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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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Museums of Mallorca

Museums of Mallorca

Museums of Mallorca – Specifically the museum of Mallorca was created by decree of November 2, 1961, from the collections of the former Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, the Marroig collection, the archaeological collections owned by the State, the funds deposited by the Archaeological Society Lul liana and by the Prado Museum. Since then the funds have increased extraordinarily, divided into different sections: archeology, ethnography, fine arts and decorative and industrial arts.

The main headquarters are located in the house of the Counts of Ayamans, better known as Can Desbrull or popularly as Ca la Gran Cristiana. It has two sections in the Part Forana, the ethnological one in Muro and the monograph in Pollentia in Alcúdia.

The Museum of Mallorca is a scientific and cultural center that wants to satisfy the research, educational and play needs of the different types of users. It is also a place open to scientific research, study and consultation, learning, exploration, discovery and enjoyment, all referred to the field of history, art and culture of the island of Mallorca.

The house conserves a good part of the baroque pentagonal structure, only altered by the modifications made throughout the 19th century. In the subsoil, architectural structures from the Muslim era have also been discovered and among other remains.

The Museum of Mallorca was erected by the union of several old houses in the city of Palma.

It was not until 1976, when it opened its doors to the public: it has a height of three floors, a main portal with a semicircular arch, a noble floor with balconies and a loft with Gothic windows.
In 2010, its management resumed an underground excavation that had been carried out in the center of Palma in the late 1960s, and which continued in 1980, revealing the structures of a Muslim ceramic workshop belonging to the Almoravid dynasty, but that at that time, the works of archeology never finished.

The Museums of Mallorca have works by Francesc Comes and Joan Rosat, Gothic painters, as well as the Hispano-Flemish artists Pere Terrencs and Baltasar Buira, and the Renaissance artist Mateu López, all active in Mallorca.

Other important museums of Mallorca to visit are

  • Palau March
    The Palau opens its doors to the public as the new headquarters of the Bartolomé March Foundation with a permanent exhibition dedicated to medieval art, contemporary sculpture and the Neapolitan nativity scene. The building, located in the historic center of the city, next to the Cathedral and the Almudaina, has a museum; a public library specialized in the Balearic Islands and an auditorium. Price: 4.5 €
  • Castell de Bellver
    it is located on a hill 112 meters above sea level, in an area surrounded by forest, from where you can see the city, the port, Sa Serra de Tramuntana and the Pla de Mallorca. The design of a circular floor plan with attached circular towers seems to come from the upper Herodion complex (in the West Bank), also circular and with a large master tower and three smaller towers. The smaller towers are attached and the tribute is crossed by a wall so it is attached. This building have a porch in the courtyard either. Price: € 4 and for residents € 2.50.
  • Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani, Fundació Juan March i d’es Baluard with a price from € 4 – € 6 and if you go by bike, you will only pay € 2.

All these museums are true works of art that have been restored and cared for over centuries and centuries in Mallorca. Totally recommended if you visit the island to take in mind a bit of historicity.

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Christmas in Mallorca

Christmas in Mallorca

Christmas in Mallorca – a time of relaxation, renewal and celebration for family and friends. Whether you want to spend a few busy Christmas or if you prefer to spend more quietly, Mallorca offers a wide range of activities and places that lend themselves to it. It is essential to visit the Christmas markets that make us know the most charming part of the island.

Puerto Portals: from 15th December to 7th January

From 15th December, Puerto Portals will be a place full of Christmas in Mallorca spirit thanks to its “Christmas Market” with dozens of stalls, where, in addition to give us some ideas for the Christmas presents, you can enjoy a good culinary proposal, with traditional Christmas specialties and international dishes, such as “Kartoffelsalat” or “Lebkuchen”.

Plaza Major: open every day from 10:00h to 21:00h

The Plaza Mayor overflows with Christmas charm. You can buy decorative objects and gifts or visit the nativity scenes that are mounted in the different squares, being the most famous in the Plaza de Cort.

Pueblo Español: from 1st to 10th December

At Christmas in Mallorca, the streets and squares of Pueblo Español in Palma become a winter wonderland, with many gift stands, charming food and drink stands and, of course, the special appearances of Santa Claus. El Pueblo Español is located in the Son Dureta area and has free parking. Totally recommended, you will be fascinated.

Alaró: from 16th to 17th December

Discover Alaró during this 2-day Christmas market that takes place every year in December.

Port Adriano: from 21st December to 6th January

Port Adriano has a 300m2 track and a 30m long slide for the whole family.

Christmas in Mallorca – family activities time

There will be exhibitions, ice skating classes with access and use of free equipment and a Christmas concert.
The hours are from Monday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The innumerable churches, sanctuaries and hermitages scattered throughout Mallorca pay special attention to their Christmas decoration. Join one of the most important social activities on the calendar of La Seu, the magnificent cathedral of Palma, on Christmas Eve. The Midnight Mass takes place at midnight on the day before Christmas and, here, it is an impressive event that also takes place in Lluc, the most sacred monastery in Mallorca.

Of course, do not miss the opportunity to visit the city of Palma, the heart of the city, during Christmas in Mallorca. There you will be able to walk seeing the Christmas markets and the lights that adorn the streets; they will make you believe that they are in a fairy tale allowing them to live the real Christmas.

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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

Wandern Mallorca

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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Cycling in Mallorca

Ciclismo en Mallorca

Cycling in Mallorca is, without a doubt, the perfect choice.

Cycling in Mallorca means, for professionals and amateurs of this sport, to have an unforgettable experience. They choose every time further the peacefulness of the island during the months of March, April and May . Each spring, cycling in Mallorca offers the best conditions to practice this sport, so you can feel it in the majorcan roads or routes.

Chris Froome, the current “Tour de Francechampion spent a few days training this year with his “team Sky” nearby Port d’Alcúdia, on the eastern side of the island. He knows all about the requirements of the island’s routes, although he also enjoyed its advantages: perfect weather, routes of all kinds, clear landscapes and good roads to boost his training. It’s been a long time now since the professionals focused to Cycling in Mallorca, names like Jan Ullrich, Eric Zabel or Alexander Winokurov could improve their preparation thanks to the comforts of the island.

There are also countless routes for any kind of public.

The “Via Verda” is a country route that connects the towns of Manacor and Arta, passing through beautiful towns like Sant Llorenc, Son Carrió and nearby beaches like Cala Millor and Cala Bona.

There are also high mountain routes around the town of Soller, for stronger legs, but also bike paths through most of the island’s coastal towns for two-wheel rides. Even if you are interested in the highest level of competition, you can try the “Mallorca 312” race, which will take place on April the 28th this year and is sold out every year. 312 km and 5,050 meters of altitude, it is with no doubt the hardest cycling race on the island.

From the east side of the island we encourage you to visit us and you will enjoy a few days of sport and quietness, having a look to our complementary offer… A spectacular gastronomy, dreamly beaches and holiday homes where you will recover the strength for the next route.

Best Regards from the reservatum team,

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Vía Verde Mallorca

Vía Verde Mallorca

Vía Verde Mallorca

Between the towns of Manacor, the second largest city of Mallorca and Artà a city full of rustic and typical atmosphere, is the increasingly famous Vía Verde Mallorca, which was built on the tracks of a former railway, from the tracks of an ancient railroad known as such worked between the years 1921 and 1977.

The old railway that connects the cities of Mallorca and went very close to the coast with stunning views of the sea and Son Servera, where it connected with the bike path leading to the nearest white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters and today continues the Vía Go away.

Vía Verde Mallorca – Forests and Mediterranean nature

As you walk along the Vía Verde, immerse yourself in the Mallorcan agriculture and in the typical forests of the island, with more than 6.000 indigenous trees from the Balearic Islands.

With 29 kilometers in length and easy level of difficulty, fully suitable for hiking, horse riding or cycling the “Vía Verde” runs from Manacor to the towns of Artà by Sant Llorenç, Son Carrió and Son Servera all very charming and full of Mallorcan tradition. Above all, this route is designed to enjoy with family and friends as well as promote tourism and sports in contact with the Mediterranean nature.

The “Vía Verde” de Mallorca has almost 4 feet wide, no difficulty in passing and has 6 seating areas with benches and picnic tables or picnic to sit and relax, also has aparcabicicletas areas and landscaped gardens.

The proximity of the greenway to Cala Millor, Sa Coma and Cala Bona make it a great option for enjoying these coastal towns and exploring the countryside further away from the coast.

From Cala Millor, known for its great international atmosphere and its white sandy beaches, halfway, there are several entrances to Vía Verde, such as:

  • On the bike path from Cala Millor towards Son Servera, right at the entrance of the city center
  • From the road PM-4023, from Porto Cristo to Son Servera:
  • From the road from Cala Millor to Son Carrió, at the roundabout, 500 meters.
  • On the way to Na Penyal.

There are other approaches along the route that make it possible to integrate many points.

La Vía Verde is a direct connection to the capital of the region Llevant, Manacor, where you can connect with Inca and Palma by train, two places full of life, we recommend you to visit.

La Vía Verde is waiting for you, do not think twice and go on one of the most beautiful routes in Europe.

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Mallorca in Winter – discover beautiful landscapes and mallorcan traditions!

Invierno en Mallorca

Mallorca in Winter

Mallorca Winter – Known as a summer destination with a lot of  sun and beautiful beaches, the main island of the Balearics offers much more, special in the winter months.

Palma de Mallorca in Winter is an ancient city with a lot of activity and authentic traditions; The rural environment throughout the island is green and just beautiful to visit and the Serra de Tramuntana is covered as a backdrop of white snow. All this makes Mallorca a very successful place in which to spend your Christmas holidays as a family or have a short getaway with friends.

* The Mallorcan traditions that you should know and see:

Christmas markets in Palma:
The spectacular craft market Som Nadalencs is located in the Plaza Mayor. Popular for its figurines of Bethlehem and for the typical mallorcan gastronomic products.

The Arrival of the Three Kings:
If something represents Spain, these are the 3 kings and on Mallorca its a spectacular event, if they arrive.The streets are filled with lights, camels and riders. Specially for children its  full of color and magic, the highlight of every Christmas season.
In some places like Porto Cristo or Cala Millor you can appreciate the beauty of seeing the three Kings loaded with gifts on a boat, arriving at the famous white beaches of Mallorca that for a night filled with magic and fireworks.

But not only is Christmas something beautiful on Mallorca in winter; during all the winter months occur events worth seeing, such as the birth of the blossom of the almond trees.
Between January and February all almonds of Majorca dress in white, blue and pink flowers, a print that has served as inspiration for paintings, novels and photographs.
You can visit places full of such almond trees as Randa or Sóller, or taste typical dishes of the almond on Mallorca like the Gatò (vanilla ice cream with a sweet almond cake) or the homemade Turrón (a kind of spanish confectionery). Book one of our beautiful holiday homes surrounded by countryside and almond trees and live close to these beautiful event.

You can also enjoy the celebration of San Sebastián in Palma or Sant Antoni in the rest of the towns, in January, this party was founded on the Island of Mallorca and really is fascinating.
If you like animals you can not miss the celebration, as hundrets of people bring their animals to be baptized.
And if you like food and good celebrations you can not miss this evening, where the streets are filled with bonfires and typical dances to their surroundings, music and fun.

Also during the winter there are many cultural offerings, you can see thousands of sculptures in the streets and cities of Mallorca, and many museums at your disposal from great sculptors and architects, to great painters or museums of Majorcan history.

Now you know! Mallorca is great in its fullness throughout the year, it is culture, it is beauty, it is so much more than sun and beaches.

Definitely a great choice for a good holiday – Mallorca in Winter!

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Top 7 Beaches Mallorca

Strände Mallorca

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.