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Mallorca the birthplace of world champions

Mallorca the birthplace of world champions

Mallorca – Island medalist of the world

Mallorca the birthplace of world champions: living intensely the sport. The amateurs and professionals of football, basketball, athletics, golf, cycling, motoring, horse riding, sailing and other practices can enjoy all year long endless sports because Mallorca has sports services, facilities and places suitable for the practice of any sport.
This data is known and that is why we are the favorite place of many elite athletes who seek tranquility offered and a good training space. It is also the island chosen by ex-sports professionals to reside or spend a vacation.

The footballer Samuel Eto’o says he will retire at Real Mallorca, Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins looks for a permanent home in Puerto Pollensa, Boris Beker and Michael Schumacher have been living with us for years. The 8-time world cycling champion Sarah Hammer trains and rests on the island, footballer Steve McManaman got married at the Palma’s Cathedral, several stars of the Spanish summer soccer team in Mallorca or Ibiza and thus an endless list of athletes from All Categories.

Mallorca the birthplace of world champions – what stands out is the amazing number of Olympic medalists and world champions who have been born in this wonderful island: Mallorca is one of the regions of Spain that has more first level athletes per square meter.
Since the shooter Cristobal Tauler was proclaimed the first Mallorcan world champion back in the twenties, going through the Davis Cup with Carlos Moya and Rafa Nadal against Roddick; until the recent and many medals of Marga Crespí and Melani Costa in the swimming world championships in Barcelona.

Tòfol Castanyer, world champion of Mountain Racing; Margarita Fullana, Bronze in Sydney and several times BTT world champion; Miquel Capó runner-up in the world of Duathlon; Guillem Timoner, 6 times world champion on track; Joan Llaneras proclaimed 7 times world champion; as well as Miquel Alzamora or Toni Tauler medalists and world champions.
If we talk about tennis, we undoubtedly have Rafa Nadal on the retina, number one for 102 weeks and king of the clay. Carlos Moya, was the first Spanish to be number 1 of the ATP. Nuria Llagostera, first island tennis player to lift a Masters Cup and in football, the “Chichi” Soler and Gabi Vidal from Palma made history in 1992 by hanging the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. To all this adding, of course, the numerous titles obtained by Miguel Ángel Nadal with FC Barcelona.

In motorcycling we have Jorge Lorenzo being 2 times world champion in moto GP and 2 more in category 250cc. Lluís Salom today number one in the overall Moto3.
In basketball, the historic Rullan or the Palmesan Rudy Fernandez who has been part of the national basketball gold generation; he won the European Championship in Poland, silver medal in the Olympic Games in Beijing and in 2006 he won the World Championship in Japan, was an NBA player and is currently one of the pillars of Real Madrid and the national team.
In Taekwondo it is necessary to highlight Brigitte Yagüe, who with three world championships, Olympic runner-up and four Europeans being the most awarded Spanish in this discipline. Another woman synonymous with triumph is Elena Gómez, who in 2002 was the first Mallorcan gymnast to hang a gold medal in a World Cup.

Mallorca the birthplace of world champions – National and international successes.

Mallorca the birthplace of world champions – certainly also in water sports. The national and international successes of Rafael Escalas and Xavi Torres, this last winner of 15 golds between world and Paralympic Games and Blanca Gil, one of the best water polo players on the international scene. In underwater fishing and sports, the Mallorcan ones stand out with up to 19 world champions!
In sailboats, the “pollensí” Pepote Ballester, who in 1996 won the gold medal of Atlanta or Jordi Calafat with his last two cups won in the Copa América os Sailwater.
Mallorca, the birthplace of world champions – where we also boast of having world champions of Majorcan crib in disciplines such as Petanque, Kick Boxing, Bodybuilding, Chess, Canoeing, Trial Bike, Golf, Olympic and Paralympic Shooting, Front Tennis or University Football.

Due to this, the Insular Department of Sports wants to continue offering acts of recognition of sports merits to federated athletes who have achieved meritorious results in national or international categories; since in this way, sport is promoted as a way of life, the efforts made are recognized and the rewards obtained are congratulated.

Undoubtedly and proudly, Mallorca has been and will continue being the birthplace of world champions as well as having a modern and vibrant city, full of history, culture, fun and first class gastronomy.

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Ballooning an adventure in Majorca

Ballooning an adventure in Majorca

Have you ever dreamed of being able to fly? If you want to join the adventure or have an experience that you never forget … Well, how about a balloon ride? Beyond its postcard landscapes, Majorca is the perfect place to enjoy unique adventures by land, sea and air. Ballooning an adventure in Majorca makes sense when all the adrenaline and maximum adventure is concentrated. On the island, you discover unique and exciting experiences that allow you to live them in the purest of insular nature.

Ballooning an adventure in Majorca is summarized in discovering Mallorca from the air and in slow motion, flying over the island in a hot air balloon, since this island is presented in a totally original way from the air and thanks to the number and variety of routes that offer these exciting trips. A walk that invites us to taste in slow motion and from the sky the most hidden and beautiful corners of the island.

There are standard excursions starting at 8 a.m. (6.30 a.m. in summer). After watching a video and receiving technical information, passengers prepare for the trip. The course is always indeterminate, since it depends on the weather conditions.
You can choose the excursions that best suit your taste, offering flights through the Sa Serra de Tramuntana, Cala d’Or, flights in the light of the moon, the Alps and even trips with breakfast and stewardess on board with video of the excursion. Under demand are also organized travels to other countries.

Germans, Majorcans and Russians are the most frequent customers, with an average age of 30 to 60 years.

Ballooning activity – an adventure in Mallorca is maintained all year round, although 95% is done in summer. In winter the most requested month is February, due to the flowering of the almond trees and Valentine’s Day.

Taking as departure base outstanding areas such as Canyamel, Portocolom, Cala Rajada, Cala Millor or Port d’Alcúdia, ballooning – an adventure in Majorca trips are perfect to live the island’s landscape experience in slow motion. A way to understand our physiognomy as a whole and the best way to know in detail the most exclusive coves and the most authentic natural parks, such as the Parc de L’Albufera.

Other recommended routes for Ballooning an adventure in Majorca are:

Hiking route through La Vall de Coanegra: with a journey of four hours approx.

A walk through the heart of the Torrent de Pareis: one of the most complicated routes due to its unevenness, however, known as the star of Mallorca.

Tijuana: located between Cala Santanyí and Cala Figuera, two of the most beautiful coastal areas of Mallorca.

In addition to this activity, you can also try paragliding, also organized by the companies that offer ballooning; a pure and very rewarding adrenaline experience.

Do not hesitate; enjoy this exciting ballooning an adventure in Majorca. It will be a wonderful trip that you can enjoy with your partner, family or friends from one of the unique experiences in life: be impressed by the spectacular views of the Mediterranean and have the opportunity to glimpse the most secret and exciting places on the island.

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Gastronomy Mallorca

Gastronomy Mallorca

Gastronomy Mallorca – in addition to having a spectacular environment and some paradisaical places, will offer its tourists a quality, tasty and healthy gastronomic offer. You can enjoy a variety of typical foods in any corner of this island.

Gastronomy Mallorca – cuisine we refer to in this post, however, it must be said that there are a lot of typical products because Mallorca is rich in what the Mediterranean diet refers to. The Mediterranean gardens are rich thanks to the climate that we have here throughout the year; the sea within reach from any part of the island and the mere fact of being an island brings a series of endemic species that make the island’s gastronomy unique and special in the world.
So, here you have some recommendations that if you want to be part of the island, you should not miss.

TUMBET.

Originally, due to the exceedance of vegetables, this dish is based on frying potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, green pepper, red pepper and garlic and can be cooked either with meat or with fish.

TREMPÓ.

Original typical food is this typical summer salad that can be eaten solo or with bread. It is seasoned with oil, salt and paprika and mixes different cold meats, with tuna and many vegetables such as tomato, onion, green pepper and red pepper.

“ARRÒS BRUT”.

Typical and native to the island, it is undoubtedly the “arròs brut” made with rice, peas, green beans, onion, tomato, garlic, chicken liver, rabbit, mushrooms and various condiments such as saffron, cinnamon, paprika and pepper. All this stew makes it very characteristic because the dark broth that all these ingredients give off with their spices highlights the flavor making it an autochthonous dish from Mallorca.

FRITO MALLORQUÍN

Another of the star dishes and oldest in Mallorcan cuisine is the “frit de matances”. It can be made with fish or only with vegetables, although traditionally the fried is known to be with liver and pork or lamb, potatoes, red peppers, chives, fennel, peas, garlic, salt, olive oil and hot pepper.

CARACOLES A LA MALLORQUINA

A good dish of snails with broth made with parsley, garlic, fennel, mint and chili leaves no one indifferent. They are ideal as a starter and are combined with the traditional “all i oli” to emphasize the flavor.

RAW SAUSAGES: SOBRASSADA, BOTIFARRÓ I CAMAIOT.

The “sobrassada”, on the one hand is a very typical sausage of the island, being raw and cured it has been introduced inside a pork casing and has been maturing in a place without humidity, similar to “camaiot” although made of lean pork chopped, black pepper, anise and salt. On the other hand, the natural “botifarró”, in the same way, gets inside lamb casings and each and every one of them can be eaten either raw or cooked. A mandatory delicacy while on vacation.

ENSAIMADA.

Finally, gastronomy Mallorca shows up the sweetest snack and probably the best known worldwide. Its preparation requires practically a day between cooking and preparation of the dough but without a doubt, it’s worth it. Originally from Palma in the seventeenth century and for festivals and celebrations, these “ensaimadas” are created with water, sugar, eggs, dough and butter and can be filled or not, with cream, chocolate or with the sweetest and most typical “cabello de angel”.

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Hiking Mallorca

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Hiking Mallorca – the best open air sport

Hiking Mallorca has always been and will always be a magnificent sport to practice in a dream destination for everyone, being able to practice amount of outdoor activities. With the incomparable mild climate of the Balearic Islands, you should not miss the hiking routes that this beautiful island offers us, because as well as being able to cross it by bicycle, we can go on foot. Some of the most well-known routes perfect for hiking Mallorca, which we differentiate by their levels of difficulty, are the following:

  • Sant Elm-Sa Dragonera (medium difficulty)

Leaving from Andratx towards Sant Elm, passing through the Avenida de la Trapa towards the Tomeví road, it goes down until reaching the old monastery that is currently becoming a mountain refuge; we can contemplate wonderful views of the whole landscape including the Island of Dragonera and Cala en Basset.

  • Artà-Lluc (high difficulty)

Structured in several stages it also provides a fun and signalized tour.

Stage 1: Artà– Sa Duaia- Cala Torta- Torre d’Albarca- Refuge of S’Arenalet des Verger (17.258 km) -Parcialally signposted
Stage 2: S’Arenalet des Verger- S’esquena Llarga- S’Alqueria Vella d’Avall- Ermita de Betlem- Betlem (14,092 Km) -Signified
Stage 3: Betlem- Caloscans- Colònia de Sant Pere- Sa Canova- Son Serra de Marina– Son Serra- Montblanc- Santa Margalida (31,261 Km) -Partially signposted
Stage 4: Santa Margalida- Llubí- Inca (23.408 km)
Stage 5: Inca- Selva- Caimari- Lluc (15,170 km) -Partially signposted

  • Es Galatzó-ses Sínies (low difficulty)

In a walk of just over an hour, also adapted for people in wheelchairs; we find areas of traditional culture, typical mediterranean vegetation, a rest area and the village of Ses Sínies, an archaeological site dating from the Bronze Age.

  • Torrent de Pareis-Sa Calobra (medium difficulty)

Called “Natural Monument” in 2003 for the diversity of its fauna and flora. It has been progressively transformed avoiding the consequences of human action and develops on a rough soil free of moisture. All its way ends in sa Calobra, in the Sierra de Tramuntana, a totally recommended destination.

  • Sa Pedra en Sec (high difficulty)

Hiking Mallorca knows also the route of “Pedra en Sec” (= dry stone) or also known as the GR-221 is a 283km trail that crosses the Sa Serra de Tramuntana de Mallorca from end to end. It is known by this name for the amount of constructions made with the method of dry wall construction that are found as they go along the road combining coastal areas, little or no inhabited towns and villages; agricultural areas; forests; bushes and the highest peaks.

Finally, it is worth mentioning in this post of hiking Mallorca “the route of the almond trees”; so called because in the Balearic Islands, thanks to its great flora richness and its mild climate, more than 7 million trees bloom from the end of January, especially in the municipalities of Marratxí, Bunyola and Sóller or also in towns such as San Llorenç, Son Servera or Llucmajor. A recommended route would be the one that goes from Selva to Moscarí, where we will enjoy without limits the authenticity and color of these beautiful trees in bloom.

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Top 7 Beaches Mallorca

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Beaches Mallorca – Sun, white sand and crystal clear water in Mallorca

Beaches Mallorca – The main attraction of Mallorca are the wonderful beaches Mallorca. If you are planning to travel to the island and see the beaches, we recommend you to rent a villa with private pool, It gives you much more freedom than staying in a hotel; you can enjoy an entire home with family and friends, organize better without any Timetables , planning barbecues, cooking, etc.

Among the most beautiful beaches on the island we include:

  • Cala Millor with more than 1km in length, is open to the sea and it is one of the most popular white sand beaches with its clear and clean waters. Cala Millor is 3km from Son Servera. Along the boulevard of Cala Millor you can go for some shopping after a beautiful day at the beach in one of the plenty shops or you relax in one of the beautiful cafes and restaurants with wonderful sea views.
  • Costa de los Pinos is a very exclusive residential area in the East of Mallorca, famous for its beaches and sandy bay surounded by Pine woods and hills. There is a beach bar, where you can enjoy fresh drinks and have some lunch.
  • Cala d’Or is one of the first coastal residential areas of Mallorca with a variety of bays, which are open to the sea. The beach of Cala d’Or is a white sand beach with rocks.
  • In Cala Ratjada you should visit the beach of Son Moll, a beach of white and very fine sand. Also noteworthy are the beaches of Cala Agulla, Cala Mesquida, the beautiful beach in Canyamel or Font de Sa Cala.
  • The coastline of Pollensa is immense, with spectacular cliffs, headlands, islands, the closed bay of Pollença with white sandy beaches.
    Enjoy the beach of Llenaire or Puerto Pollensa with around 1.000m Length, which also is ideal for take a nice walk to the harbour. The white sand and pebbles beach of Can Cullerassa is around 500m. Other bays are Cala Formentor Pollensa, Cala Figuera, Cala Clara, Cala Murta, Cala Sant Vicens.
  • Porto Cristo is a beautiful seaside village about 12 km from Manacor, the second largest city of Mallorca. The beach is not one of the biggest with its 300m length, but its a wonderful and protected bay with white sand and cristal clear waters. In Porto Cristo you can visit also the famous caves “Cuevas del Drach” with its underground lake.
  • Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the island and offers all amenities of a big city, like restaurants, with typical mallorcan but also international foods, shops etc.

The sandy Mallorca beaches of Cala Estancia, Playa de Palma, Ciudad Jardín, Ca’n Pere Antoni and Cala Major are easily accessible and are equipped with multiple services. On the beaches of Palma you can practice various water activities such as swimming, diving, boating etc.