‘Mediterranean’

The great winter feast in Mallorca

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  On the magic night of January 16th one of the most Deep-rooted traditions of Mallorca takes place: the feast of Sant Antoni. This celebration originated from the ancient pagan ceremonies of the Balearic farming people, when people invoked St. Anthony, the patron saint of domestic animals, asking for his protection for their animals. This saint has been venerated in many different ways over the years, evolving to become the feast we know today, which never lost its essence or its raison d’être: revering the saint and asking for his protection over animals. The town of Sa Pobla is the…

Palma, an attractive urban destination

It’s not by chance that The Times chose Palma as “the best place to live in the world” because “it has everything” and “in an accessible manner.” That’s quite a bit—and it’s all true. Palma also enjoys an exceptional climate and the cultural stature of its old quarter, aside from having beaches right in the city. Palma stands out for how easily it can be accessed, as well as for its gastronomic culture, infrastructures and the fact that it is “the gateway to the beautiful, sophisticated and charming Mallorca.” A visit to the island of Mallorca is not quite the…

The only thing missing is the dragon

When visiting the Coves del Drac (Caves of the Dragon) in Mallorca it is easy to imagine a dragon in slumber, surrounded by treasures in a faint light and with water drops trickling down the stalactites into an underground lake. This magic corner is made up by four large caves near Manacor with a total length of nearly two and a half kilometers that go down to 25 meters into the ground. This is a natural wonder filled with spectacular forms—stalactites, stalagmites and one of the biggest underground lakes in the world, Lago Martel. The lighting is beautiful, allowing visitors…

The best winter activities in Mallorca

Oh Mallorca! It doesn’t matter what time of the year you choose to pay a visit, Mallorca is always nice, you’ll always love it and you’ll never have enough days to really get to know it well. However, many people think (wrongly) that during the winter there isn’t much to do on this beautiful Mediterranean island. This is far from being the case! Here go just a few (very good) ideas: · Visit the capital, Palma: This is the ideal time of the year to visit its museums and its myriad art galleries. Stroll through the huge old quarter. The…

6 essentials on the island of Crete

Crete is one of the 600 islands of Greece and one of the largest and most visited by tourists. In order not to get lost with all the variety of places you can visit, here goes a list of essentials, those that you cannot leave Crete without having visited them. Then if you have any time left over you can see other things, but don’t even think of missing these: · Elafonisi Beach. The finest sand—and it’s pink! It is considered one of the best beaches in Europe and deserves it: the wonderful natural surroundings make it a true paradise.…

Crete has it all.

Crete is a fascinating island of the refined Minoan civilization with fine beaches and traditional inland towns in the mountains. It is an island of a mysterious past with mountainous landscapes filled with olive trees, huge cliffs, hidden towns, solitary beaches and welcoming people who are fond of good cuisine. Crete has it all: you will find Minoan settlements near the eastern coast; in the western part of the island you’ll fall under the spell of the beautiful port of Chania and its polychrome houses, a reference point for access to the westernmost beaches, and the Samariá Gorge. Archaeological sites,…

Mallorca, Errol Flynn’s favorite island

In the midst of his honeymoon with his wife, Patricia Wymore, the actor and bon vivant Errol Flynn was sailing towards Gibraltar on his yacht, Zaca, when they were caught in a terrible storm. Seeking the shore, their only choice was to moor their boat at Pollença, a harbor on the island of Mallorca. The place, plentiful in boats and with a distant view of the mountains, swept them in bewilderment. After that first sight of the Mediterranean culture, they subsequently sailed to the Bay of Palma. After their honeymoon ended, Flynn promised to return to Mallorca to stay and…

The Serra de Tramuntana, a World Heritage Site

On other occasions we have spoken about the famous Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca. We have spoken of the charm of these mountains and its cliffs, the hidden coves and towns and people. This time we want to show you this mountain range on this beautiful video by Álvaro Leiva: SERRA DE TRAMUNTANA – MALLORCA - Álvaro Leiva     “The hotels in Mallorca of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts provide visitors with irresistible emotions that you can experience on the largest of the Balearic Islands. The excellent location of the IBEROSTAR hotels in Mallorca, distributed in different parts of the island, provides…

The brilliant Pearl of the Mediterranean

Montenegro, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, is a small, charming country washed by the waters of the Adriatic Sea. With a mere 293 kilometers of coast, it is undoubtedly the jewel of the region of Dalmatia. Montenegro boasts a natural wealth of warm beaches, forests, lakes with crystal clear water, rivers and magnificent mountains to be discovered on a weekend escape or a vacation. A mountain range reaching an altitude of 1,500 m separates the coast from the interior. Not to be missed the deepest fjord of southern Europe , the Mouth of Kotor. The sea goes in…

The wonderful tradition of thermal baths in Northern Africa

Throughout the territory of Northern Africa we can find hundreds of thermal spas, with Tunisia and Morocco at the forefront of this custom. Water sprouts up in the most unexpected places. These waters have important medicinal benefits that have led Tunisia, for instance, to develop thermal tourism for people wishing to benefit from these mineral and medicinal waters that are good for treating an array of ailments, ranging from stress to dermatological and locomotive system maladies. The most important spa resorts in Tunisia are located in the coastal town of Korkobous, near Hammamet, with its famous seven fountains, and the…