Trip

Welcome to Mallorca!

Mallorca is the sun, the sea, the mountains… It is the landscape, the art and the character of a friendly and hospitable population.
This is why this Mediterranean island is the number 1 vacation destination par excellence.

Black Beautés Magazine went to discover Mallorca in order to make you discover all the beauty, the culture, the gastronomy… of this island.

 

Dear readers welcome to Mallorca!

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Our plane, scheduled for 7:35 p.m. at Roissy Charles de Gaulle, finally took off at 8:30 p.m. because of traffic jams at Palma airport, capital of Mallorca. You should know that during the holidays every 1min30, a plane lands and takes off from Palma airport.

Fortunately the flight lasted only 1h30 min, practical for some people who have a phobia of flying!

Once at Palma airport, the Black Or White team joined the Canarios Park hotel, a very pleasant 3 star hotel located not far from the sea in the town of Callas de Mallorca.

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To start the day, head to the hotel's restaurant for a hearty breakfast, enough to get in shape to start a beautiful morning!

Then we were interested in the discovered program.
You should know that Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands. The population is over 800,000 inhabitants, more than half of whom live in the capital Palma. The locals call the island "isla de la calma" the island of calm.

Besides Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Cabrera, La Drogonera and many small islands are part of the Balearic Islands. Mallorca comprises almost 75% of the total area of ​​the Balearic Islands.

We met Marta, a young woman who took care of us in order to introduce us to a little more Mallorca and its various activities, including touring the island, the most popular excursion!

Of course, to get to know Mallorca as well as possible, Black Or White could not miss this excursion.

The Island Tour excursion

This excursion really allows you to discover the island. Black Beautés highly recommends it because you will explore the most important regions of the Mallorcan landscape: the plain, the mountains and the coast, bus, train and boat.

To start this excursion a coach picked us up at 9:00 am and then we headed for the Inca road, a town that has made a name for itself thanks to the processing of leather.

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To reach this city, with the coach we climbed to the top of the mountain at an altitude of 6687 meters. So we crossed these mountains, with many switchbacks, the 'Mallorcan Alps', and bizarre rock formations then we came back down and took a little lunch break.

Here we have an overview of the 3 most dangerous turns in the mountain called Maria because forming an M. The buses are forced to touch the security barrier to cross them and the traffic cannot be two-way for them because the road is too narrow.

We then embarked at the port of Soller for a boat trip to Calobra where we could discover the prettiest coves of Mallorca and the torrent of Pareis. When the Pareis is dry in the summer, one can walk almost 4 km among the steep cliffs, natural wells and gorges carved by erosion.

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We then took the tram where we could contemplate during the journey of thousands of orange trees and lemon trees.

We continued the guided tour of the island, discovering the main landscapes of Mallorca in an original way by taking the old "far west" train from Soller which crosses the mountain. It is the only railway on the island and the Balearics. This train offers a splendid panorama not visible from the road.

For those who like to be lively, the resorts of Playa de Palma, El Arenal, Palma Nova and Magaluf offer an impressive choice of hotels, shops and sports activities such as water skiing, parasailing. , jet-skiing, Karting ...).

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If you prefer peace, tranquility and the sun, you will love the east coast of the island which is full of small secret coves and resorts that have retained their charm of yesteryear such as Porto Cristo, Cala d'or, Porto Colom or Cala Ratjada.

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Mallorca is perfect for every sports fan! It is primarily an ideal island for cyclists.
Mallorca offers them flat paths as well as hills and mountains. Some hotels have a special infrastructure for cyclists. Are you a fan of water sports?
Everything is possible in Mallorca: diving, windsurfing, water skiing… And let's not forget swimming.

We recommend that you hire a car on site as Black Or White did, this allows you to be able to explore the island at your own pace. The road network is very practical, you can alternate cultural visits and lazy breaks in the shelter of a wild cove (Cala Fornells, El Mago ...)

We started this discovery of the island by car, we took the road from the town of Callas de Majorca (where we were staying) to the town of Porto Cristo, a lovely little fishing port where the caves are located. by Hams.

We visited these magnificent caves which offer an unusual spectacle of hardly comparable beauty.
Get ready because you will attend a sublime concert of classical music during the visit of the cave!

We were blown away by the magic of this show.

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We left the cave by boat and joined our car to continue back on the road to visit the towns of Cala Millor, Cala Bona, Capdepera, Arta, Petra, Sineu to then arrive in the capital Palma.

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Palma has one of the largest marinas in the Mediterranean. The old town alone is worth the detour, with its neo-Gothic cathedral, its churches and its maze of typical little alleys dotted with superb patios.

The capital is also a city famous for shopping: the shops are numerous and there are sometimes more interesting prices than in France.

We then continued the road with the visit of the towns Llucmajor, Cala Santanyi, Cala Figuera, Cala d'Or, Porto Colom to finally return to our hotel which was in Callas de Majorca.

Mallorcan gastronomic

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Water: Tap water is not drinkable. The level of limestone is too high hence its strange taste.
There, you can buy bottled water in all supermarkets or in your hotel bar: carbonated (agua con gas) or non-carbonated (agua sin gas) water.

Cuisine: Mallorcan cuisine uses only simple ingredients. Although the origin of many dishes is in the center of the island, the proximity to the Mediterranean cannot be ignored given the large offer of fish and seafood.

Mallorcan bread does not contain salt. Originally, bread was baked without salt to keep it longer, because salt absorbs moisture.

Mallorcan wine is also known, for example, as “Sangre de Toro” as red as the blood of a bull. Another specialty is the “sobrasada” sausage, which is spreadable.

Some Mallorcan specialties:

- Alioli: garlic mayonnaise

- Arroz brut: Spicy rice dish with pieces of fish, meat, chicken, seafood and vegetables.

- Coca Mallorquina: A kind of pizza baked in the oven with vegetables and other ingredients.

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Mallorca is a very charming island which has a very rich flora and fauna. There are sheep, donkeys, even eagles in the mountains. Almond trees are trees that are widely planted on the island, there are multitudes of kinds and their leaves serve as a meal for sheep. Spanish villas are called "finca" which means farm or property in Catalan. Usually these fincas are located in the countryside, surrounded by fields. Fincas are very beautiful homes and sometimes belong to celebrities like Annie Lennox (singer) or Michael Douglas (actor).

Note that Mallorca is only active from April to October, and is well served from many airports, which makes it possible to get there both for a weekend and for a longer stay. The rest of the year all activities are closed (hotel, bar, restaurants, etc.)

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Now it's your turn to discover Mallorca!

Report by: Daffirma Ibamu
Photos: François Ravé

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