Mallorca guide - general information
Mallorca is situated in the western part of the Mediterranean Sea and is the main island out of the four that form the Balearic Islands. Due to its mild climate with about 300 days of sun per year, a unique nature and numerous beaches, Mallorca is a very popular travel destination. You will find long, sandy beaches as well as mountains, valleys and rocky bays on the island. There are bigger cities like Palma, Manacor, Inca and Alcudia as well as quieter little bays and villages such as Canyamel, Formentor and Valldemossa. The varieties in nature, attractions and cultures make Mallorca the ideal holiday destination for families and experienced travelers alike. There is always something new to discover, from the historic capital to sleepy seaside towns and beaches.
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Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands. Although it might seem a small town at first, Palma offers all the advantages and comforts of a large urban centre that is full of history and elegance. It is situated in the middle of the Bahía de Palma and it shaped like a fan with the Old Town surrounded by the Avenidas at the bottom and main roads stretching out from the Avenidas to the ring road in a half circle. The many invasions Mallorca has suffered through the centuries have had a great effect on the cuisine, creating one with wide-ranging and varied tastes. Not to be missed are the menus of fish and locally harvested vegetables. Finding a good place to eat will not be a problem. In Palma alone there are more than 1.200 restaurants! For those with a more heightened interest in the Gastronomic culture, a visit to the “Cellars” can be recommended, authentic old warehouses where you can sample the delights of the local cuisine.
Not to be missed are the Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the Arab Baths, the Bellver Castle and the Contemporary Art Museum.
Although the city of Palma is the commercial and cultural centre of Mallorca, the depth of history, culture and nightlife often takes visitors by surprise. Palma offers a full program of concerts, exhibitions, festivals, ballet and theatre productions that should appeal to most tastes. The forthcoming cultural itinerary is published in advance on the Palma City Council web site or alternatively can be picked up locally at any of the Tourist Information Offices throughout the city.
Events, Festivals and Holidays
There are approximately fourteen accepted public holidays in Spain, which can be acknowledged on either a local or national basis. Listed below are those dates observed in Mallorca.
* 1st January - Año Nuevo / New Year's Day
* 5th January - Epifanía / Epiphany
* 19th March - Dia de San José / St. Joseph's Day
* Late March or early April - Jueves Santo / Maundy Thursday
* Late March or early April - Viernes Santo / Good Friday
* 1st May - Fiesta del Trabajo / Labour Day
* 15th August - La Asunción / Feast of the Assumption
* 12th October - Nacional de España / National Day
* 1st November - Todos los Santos / All Saints' Day
* 6th December - Dia de la Constitución / Constitution Day
* 8th December - La Inmaculada Concepción / Immaculate Conception
* 25th December - Navidad / Christmas Day
Golf - Information on Golf Courses
Son Vida : www.sonvidagolf.com
Son Muntaner : www.sonmuntanergolf.com
Bendinat : www.realgolfbendinat.com
Aanta Ponsa I : www.habitatgolf.es
Poniente : www.ponientegolf.com
Son Termens : www.golfsontermens.com
Golf Park Puntiro : www.golfparkmallorca.com
Son Gual : www.son-gual.com
Maioris : www.golfmaioris.es
Son Antem : www.marriotthotels.com/pmigs
Vall d”Or : www.valldorgolf.com
Alcanada : www.golf-alcanada.com
Capdepera : www.golfcapdepera.com
Pula Golf : www.pulagolf.com
Canyamel : www.canyamelgolf.com
Son Servera : www.golfsonservera.com
Pollensa : www.golfpollensa.com