Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mallorca - Spain

Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. The island is a popular holiday destination for the portuguese and also for tourists from Germany and the United Kingdom. 
This not my kind of place to visit but I admit that the landscapes are really beautiful. That's exactly what Gemma and Ara said. 

 Tullio Gatti Photo Gallery www.canarias-foto.com
Mallorca is the largest and most densely populated of the four Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) which form the Spanish Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, east of mainland Spain.
The immense natural beauty together with Mediterranean weather (hot dry Summers and mild Winters) are the main reason why this Island has been so popular as a holiday destination.
We also enjoy a very diverse landscape from the rocky Tramuntana Mountainous region in the North-West to the flat plains in the centre of the Island. The beautiful beaches, varying resorts and range of sports and tourist activities provide a multitude of options for visitors. This is the reason why so many tourists return to the Island year after year! - in: http://www.mallorca-now.com/

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 Originally the town of Colonia Sant Jordi was an agricultural and fishing village with tourists only starting to choose this destination as a holiday spot in the 1950s. Colonia Sant Jordi and neighbouring Ses Salines are famous for their extraction of salt and both towns carry this symbol in their town coat of arms. Salt is still extracted using traditional methods each year during a festival in August.
Colonia de Sant Jordi is now a busy resort. The fishing harbour is still a major part of the town and its small beach looks out over several islets, with good views all the way to the Cabrera Archipelago. - in: https://www.seemallorca.com/colonia-de-sant-jordi

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Mallorca is not only sun and beaches, there's also some monuments worth to visit, such as Palma de Mallorca Cathedral.
This emblematic gothic monument has earned different names for obvious reasons: Cathedral of the sea, Cathedral of the space, Cathedral of the light. 
La Seu, as the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is more commonly called, was founded by King James I of Aragon to honour a vow he made to the Virgin Mary after surviving a terrible storm. 
Built on the site of an existing Arab mosque, the cathedral is 121 metres long and 55 metres wide and occupies an area of approximately 6.600 m2 . It was designed in French Gothic style with influences of the north European gothic and made from golden limestone from the Santanyi quarries. Large scale but harmonious, its interior features three naves resting on 44-meter tall octagonal pillars, it houses the majestic Royal Chapel , the tombs of Jaime II and Jaime III as well as the tombs of Bishop Antonio Gallina and Clemente VIII.
It was a project that took an inordinate amount of time to finish, from 1230 to 1601.
The main façade, that fell off during the earthquake in 1851- was completely reconstructed in Neo-Gothic style by Joan Bautista Peyronnet. - in: http://www.best-of-mallorca.com/en/discover-mallorca/art-a-culture/biz/104/la-seu-cathedral-of-santa-maria-of-palma-palma-de-mallorca

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