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Mallorca Beach For The Stars
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Mallorca, Spain’s largest island, has little room to spare. Every square inch is coveted by millions of hopefuls on the hunt for the holy trinity of Mediterranean élan: sun, sand and olive groves. The island’s spirit speaks volumes of its popularity, as its pulse is as tenacious as its beaches are beautiful. Tan-ops and celebrity sightings frost all that is hardy with enviable diversions from the real world. While spotting a Catherine Zeta-Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen or Annie Lennox makes for good, squealing gossip, Mallorca has a history rich in hosting luminaries. Joan Miró passed on in Son Abrines, and both Frédéric Chopin and George Sand engaged in tabloid worthy liaisons while on its virile grounds.
the romance
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Spend a lazy afternoon at the beach and in a sun-basked stupor, mosey on over to your private Spanish Villa. It’s a splurge, but the sequestered estates are the stuff of honeymoon dreams. In a home built for two, you’ll be nestled in the Mediterranean countryside, drinking vino with your loved one and eating all that is fried, stuffed and sinfully comforting. If your wallet’s already dented from the plane ticket, rent a Casitas. They’re small and affordable, but what they lack in poolside attractions, they more than make up for in intimate quarters.
the scenery
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Personality runs deep and unpolished through humbling mountains, charming villages and a craggy coastline, but Mallorca’s main draw is its profusion of beaches. There are over seventy seaside beauties to discover, so whether you want to mingle with tourists on sandy turf or seek seclusion in a rocky haven, you’re covered. In the end though, it’s the juxtaposition of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range with the gentle bays of the northeast that completes this island’s remarkable landscape.
the adventure
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If sun stroke has you itching for a little locomotion, visit the Caves del Drach, or Dragon Caves. It’s a natural wonder worth its depth in marveling. Classical concerts are performed daily in the auditorium and the cave walls are illuminated with ethereal smatterings. To experience the surreal sensory overload, sign up for a boat tour.
the secrets
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Several shorelines are clunker unfriendly, so to discover uncluttered beaches and furtive hideaways you’ve got to ditch the rental. Es Trenc on the East Coast is a heavenly, peaceful stretch of sand mercifully spared from development. Sa Canova is the North Coast’s answer to unspoiled beaches, while the North-Westernmost Cala Tuent is just as majestic, made snug amongst towering mountains and crystal waters.
the attractions
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Visit the capital of Palma to absorb the island’s culture heritage, well-heeled in breath-taking art and architecture. Wander through a veritable maze of narrow roads to view a luminous example of Gothic design, the famous La Seu. In addition, feast your eyes on the village of Poble Espanyol, indulge in Mediterranean cuisine and treat one another to an offbeat evening of dinner theatre at Son Amar.
before you go
What to Expect
Spring: Mild and sunny (high-10's)
Summer: June – August are warm and sunny (mid- to high-20's).
Fall: September – November are sunny months (15-20 degrees). It’s the low season so it won’t be as crowded (October is the month for the best deals).
Winter: Mild (mid-10's)
Clothing
Dress light but fashionably
Currency
Euro (€)
The Lingo
Mallorquin, Spanish (some English in tourist areas)
Documents
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Ensaimada: a spiral bun dusted with icing sugar
Frito Mallorqui: fried lamb offal with potato, onion and peppers