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SmartTravel - Mallorca by Peter

A little information about Mallorca by Peter (in Norwegian - på norsk - klikk her)

Mallorca is a big enough island that it is like Spain in miniature. From the middle of the island where we have often been (Sineu) it is approximately one hour to the coast in all directions. The roads are good and distances pleasantly small.

 The airport is located on the south side, just outside the capital Palma. It is a short taxi ride into town. Mallorca is full of rental cars, and it's convenient to have a car.

Palma is a mini-Barcelona. There is everything: boulevards, theaters, cinemas, good restaurants, great cathedral, extensive shopping, old city etc. It has about 3-400 000 inhabitants plus a lot of tourists. I know little about hotels since we usually stay private. Palma is situated at Cala Mayor, a wide bay. In the west part of the bay are the tourist places I try to avoid.

You'll find bathing bays all around, they're called "cala". It is better to have a car to visit them. One of the most popular is Cala Deia in the north-west. It's beautiful like a dream, but it can be quite crowded.

In the north west there is a long mountain range, widely used by well fit, Norwegian cyclists and walkers. Cycling is Mallorca's sport number 1.

Famous places to visit are Banyalbufar, Valldemosa (where Chopin and Georges Sand spent a cold and tiring winter), Deia, Soller (with Puerto de Soller), Lluc (with his monastery high up in the mountains) and Pollenca, which is perhaps the nicest town on the island.

You can travel to Soller by their own little train from Palmas station. You can take the tram to Puerto de Soller with its sailboats and restaurants along the beach. If you want to drive to Soller, you can choose between the way over the mountain or use a tunnel.

South of the mountain range you'll find Sineu, the industrial town of Inca (production of shoes) and the second largest city Manacor.

Eastward is the port city of Alcudia with its Puerto Alcudia and many "cala"s. The south side of the island is also good for swimming with it's many sandy beaches.

What to eat? Seafood or fish. Certainly also pork and chicken. Sobrasada is a specialty, a kind of spreadable sausage with strong and good taste. Ensaimada is a birthday cake they are very proud of. They produce their own wine around the town Binissalem.

In Mallorca all speak Spanish (called castiliano), but the language is a form of Catalan used in Catalonia.

A lot of people believe that Mallorca is only tourism. In reality they have  - agriculture, commerce and industry. Tourism is located to a few places easy to avoid. I recommend Mallorca on the warmest.

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