GOLF ISLAND AND MORE
“Mallorca is not “like the green Helvetia under Calabria´s sky” (quote: George Sand, writer of XIX century). Mallorca does not need a description at all, Mallorca does not even need to be compared with any other place in the world. Mallorca has been, is right now and will always be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. ” (quote: Maite Gil Domenech / Blue Guide)
Mallorca, visited by thousands and millions of visitors each year, is all but a unknown place in the world. And the ones who still have not had the chance to travel to Mallorca, at least have seen pictures of the royal spanish family spending its summer holidays on the island, or know about Rafael Nadal, tennis star from Manacor, or have read news about Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones spending their holidays in their beautiful farm near Valldemossa. And it´s not to forget about the number of famous artists of the past who were inspired by the magic of Mallorca to paint, to write or to compose. Just remember Joan Miro, spanish surrealist painter and sculptor, Frederic Chopin, polish composer and pianist and Robert Graves, british writer and poet.
For all the persons who know Mallorca, the following information is not new at all. But we thought that it may be always helpful and interesting to describe this wonderful island and provide more details, names and information about some of the most fantastic places of Mallorca.
Mallorca, with a surface of 3640.11 km2, is the largest island of the Balearic archipelago. Together with Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera the Balearic Islands are situated in the Mediterranean Sea, about 100km from the coast of the Iberian Peninsula.
The distance to cross the whole island is approximately 100 km from north to south and about 78km from east to west. No point on the island is more than 40km far from the sea.
Mallorca with its numerous bays (calas), rocky coves, crystal clear water and beaches of fine white sand is one of the most appreciated islands in the Mediterranean.
The “smart island,” so called by the Romans when they discovered the magic of Mallorca, is characterized – among other things – by its diversity of beautiful landscapes.
In the north the Sierra Tramuntana rises with its highest mountain Puig Major (1.445m), the Monastery of Lluc, pilgrimage and sacred place par excellence, and with picturesque towns such as Valldemossa, Sóller, Deia and Fornalutx and also amazing places like “Sa Calobra”, the “Torrente Pareis” and “Cala Tuent”.
“El Pla” with its typical windmills is the central area of the island. It is a fertile plain predominated by agriculture (almonds, vines, olive trees, citrus, potatoes, artichokes, tomatoes and more) and cattle (goats, sheep, cows).
In the Nature Park of Levante situated in the east of Mallorca we want to highlight beautiful towns like Artà and Capdepera, the tower of Canyamel, the famous “Caves of Drach” and numerous coves, beaches and small and charming towns as Porto Cristo, Portocolom and Portopetro.
Palma de Mallorca, capital of the island with 400,000 habitants (almost half of the total population of Mallorca) is located in the southeast of the island, precisely in the Bay of Palma, laying about 13 meters above sea level.
Palma International Airport is the 3rd most important of Spain regarding its passenger traffic.
Mallorca is a great tourist attraction, not only for its magnificent countryside but as well for its Mediterranean climate of high temperatures in summer and mild in winter (average annual temp. is 21,4ºC, average low temp. is around 14° C.).
Mallorca´s gastronomy is very exquisite and offers an ample variety of delicious plates. Popular and very flavoured dishes are “arrós brut” (rice with mushrooms and meat), “mallorquí frit” (fried liver, potatoes and peppers) and “pa amb oli” (slice of bread with fresh tomato, olive oil and accompanied by ham, cheese, meat, tuna etc.) Very typical and known is the “ensaimada”, a traditional cake which is offered with icing sugar or stuffed (with pumpkin, cream, burnt cream, chocolate, etc.).
The Mallorcan wines are strong and varied. The elaboration of grapevines is originated in Roman times. There are currently numerous wineries in Binissalem, Felanitx, Consell, Santa Maria del Cami and Algaida producing high quality wines with different appellations of origin (DO).
Art (painting, music, performance) and folklore, handycrafts, souks and markets, festivals and fairs are the essential ingredients to complete the great cultural offer on Mallorca. Visits of cathedrals, castles, shrines, exhibitions, theaters and concerts are a must during your stay on the island.
The range of sports facilities is enormous. The Mediterranean climate favors multiple activities on each of the 365 days of the year. They are water sports (sailing, surfing, kite-surfing, diving, etc.), tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, paddle tennis and soccer practice cycling, hiking, climbing and falling torrents, riding glider or balloon, go horse riding, just to name a few.
And not to forget about golf! More than 20 excellent golf courses on Mallorca make the island to one of the most appreciated golf destinations in Europe. Golfplayers arrive in just 2 hours flight from all important European airports to find a wide and fantastic offer to practice this increasingly popular sport. Mallorca Golf Island stands for living an unforgettable experience.