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Mallorca, European paradise (The village of Valldemossa)

May 9th, 2008

Excellent, time to continue presenting the lovely Island of Mallorca as mentioned in previous blog. This time, we will looked more into detail in order to desmostrai that Mallorca is not only an Island of sea, sun and night life but an incredible Inland that offers a variety of activities to enjoy.

One of the major aspects that make Mallorca unique is without doubt his interior with amazing small villages. Starting with one of the most popular one, Valldemossa. It is a cool place and in the winter you get snow from time to time. It is well worth visiting this place, walk the streets and visit the museum.


Valldemossa lies 15km north of Palma situated North West coast of the island. It’s a pretty town surrounded by mountains though much of its charm is destroyed by the daily bus loads of visitors who arrive on coach trips to visit the genuine town.

In terms of food, Valldemossa has plenty eateries catering for the day trippers though little of note. One place worth a look even if only for the novelty of it is Costa Nord (Avgda Palma, 6). Heading a kilometer out of town you’ll come to a sign for Port de Valldemossa which takes you on a 6km drive of hairpin bends down to a little bay where you can have a seafood lunch at the Es Port restaurant. The wild sea is some sight down here on windy days

Another important thing to try is he ride from the harbor to the mountain village passes through olive and almond trees as the elevation increases from the coast. The village is quite charming, and the ancient monastery is well kept. In addition to the cells occupied by Chopin and Sand, the church and pharmacy are both interesting. Some of the drugs and potions in the pharmacy look much like they did a hundred or more years ago.

During next blog we will continue exploring other areas and attractions that this Island can offer to the visitors of Mallorca.

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Mallorca Travel Guide: The European Paradise

March 6th, 2008


Dear all, This is my first blog, so I will introduce myself….. I am David Fernandez from the European product team. Although I was born in the south of Spain, city called Malaga, I will focus my first blog in the amazing island of Mallorca, the place where I lived since 5 years ago. Have you ever dreamed of living in a place where the city center will be within walking distance? A place where if you fancy going to amazing beaches will take you no more than 30 minutes? Or spend the day in magical Tramuntana Mountains no more than 40 minutes driving? Traditionally, the island was best known for its sunny beaches and hot discos, but there is much more to Mallorca than sand, sea and sun. These are some of the things that Mallorca can offer…


Palma de Mallorca - The capital of the Balearics and has a cosmopolitan look, with many shops, restaurants, and other activities for visitors. Within walking distance you can spend the day visiting monuments like the giant cathedral and the Arab baths which are also worth a visit. Those with a shopping desire might want to visit the boutiques along Avenida Jaime III and the Paseo del Borne; there are restaurants located everywhere. The district around the cathedral contains many interesting shops and boutiques. Linens, perfumes, and glassware are popular, and the Spanish leather goods are high quality. Lladro porcelain (and other porcelains) is often a good buy. The city is dominated by its wonderful Gothic cathedral, La Seu, and most of the main sights are located within the area bounded by the old city walls, especially to the north and east of the cathedral. A half-day walk around the old city can start and end at the Plaça d’Espanya. It is a popular gathering point, and is the terminating point for many buses and the train to Sóller.

Train to Soller - Prior to 1912, the journey across the mountains of Mallorca made passage difficult, and the Palma-Sóller road was a terror to navigate (and still is!). The train ride today is much like it was almost 100 years ago. Vintage railcars with mahogany panels and brass fittings rattle along the track through numerous tunnels. The ride is not fast, it’s totally the opposite, but the vistas are spectacular! The numerous tunnels along the way provide a glimpse of how difficult construction must have been. The train goes through the mountains and arrives in a valley of orange groves between the mountains and the sea. Finally you arrive to Sóller, an old fishing town that has a fine selection of pastry shops, tapas bar and a great number of sea food restaurants… The train ride back to Palma was fun and gave the visitors an opportunity to see more of the beautiful island.

Outside Palma de Mallorca - For those who wish to venture away from Palma de Mallorca, some of the most dramatic landscape is on the northern end of the island at Cabo Formentor. The road to the end of the long, narrow peninsula is long and winding. Another option outside the city is a tour of the Caves of Drach on Mallorca’s eastern coast. This immense cave system features a natural lake and is one of the most visited sites on Majorca. Unfortunately the cave has only one admission each day at noon, so it might be a bit crowded, but worthy to visit.

Next blog I will get deeper into the range of small village to visit like. One of the most popular day trips is to Valldemossa, where some say Frederic Chopin and George Sand were the first Mallorcan tourists. Finally I will go over the selection of crystal clear beaches that are with a visit.

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