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Istria - Croatia
Size: 56,542km²
Population: 4,493,312
Capital: Zagreb
Airports: Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Rijeka, Pula

Croatia is situated in Central Europe to the east side of the Adriatic Sea and east of Italy. It is also bordered by Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the southeast, Serbia in the east and Montenegro to the south. Croatia boasts a coastline of over 1700 km on the Adriatic Sea and encompasses more than a thousand islands with crystal clear waters and long stretches of sand and shingle beaches. The Dinaric Alps that run alongside the coastline create dramatic scenery of natural beauty with craggy peaks, caverns, river canyons, waterfalls and picturesque lakes. Further inland the landscape flattens out into rolling farmland of vineyards and olive trees and then to the north central high lands of central Croatia and it’s capital Zagreb distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and diverse museums.

Croatia is steeped in history and has been passed between competing kingdoms and empires for thousands of years mainly due its insecure position between the Balkans and central Europe and each conquest has left its stamp on the landscape. From Venetian palatial structures, Napoleonic forts and Roman columns protruding from early churches and the gamut of European history is showcased in the excellent museums.

Croatia is split into 5 travel regions:

  • Istria - A large, triangular peninsula pointing down into the northern Adriatic and one of the most developed areas of Croatia. At the southern tip lies the port of Pula, Istria’s largest city with its Roman relics and amphitheatre. To the west are pretty towns with shuttered houses, alleys and cobbled town squares and in between the two lies Porec. A popular tourist destination with Marinas and beaches but with a historic old town, the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica complex is famous for its gem-studded Byzantine mosaics. The historic hilltop towns of inland Istria sit high above the rolling hills, green pastures and forests, ancient stone structures left over from another century.
  • Kvarner - Squeezed between the Istrian peninsula to the north and Dalmatia to the south and sheltered by soaring mountains the Kvarner Gulf offers more than a mild climate, cobalt waters and beaches. There are many options for hiking in the two protected forests of Ucka Nature Park and Risnjak National Park, a rich legacy of stately Habsburg-era architecture in Opatija and Lovran and the gateway to an archipelago of islands in Rijeka. The islands of Cres, Lošinj, Krk and Rab all have a laid-back atmosphere, historic towns/ports, stretches of unspoiled coastline that are dotted with sandy beaches and remote coves. The sandy beaches of Rab boast to have almost a Caribbean quality.
  • Dalmatia – The hub of Southern Dalmatia is Split, the Adriatic’s main ferry port and a city grown from a previous Roman palace. Just outside the city are Roman ruins, a Rennaisance town and a medieval fortress built on a mountain pass. The south coast of the Markaska Riveria is probably the most enchanting with long pebble beaches sheltered by the beauty of the mountains. The major coastal city Dubrovnik has huge 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with white limestone streets, Gothic and Renaissance buildings. The Islands of southern Dalmatia, Brac, Hvar and more, with ancient ports, great beaches, stunning scenery have a more laid back and secluded feel. An opportunity to get to know the locals and enjoy their local food and wine.
  • Slavonia - The north-eastern region of Croatia and an area of forests and fields. Kopački Rit is the biggest natural wetlands in Europe and the birdlife here is spectacular.
  • Central Croatia – Home of Croatia’s capital city Zagreb, grown from to medieval communities with architecture from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. An arty, quirky and creative place with a big following of the alternative music scene, edgy fashions, eccentric bars and small cafes selling very strong coffee. Over the last decade Croatia has become one of the fastest growing tourist destinations, with amazing weather conditions and incredible scenery for various activities throughout the year. Water sports, mountain/rock climbing, biking, hiking, canyoning, sea kayaking and many more but you will see that it has not been overworked and remains a place to discover many different landscapes and experiences.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Krka National Park
  • Walking the walls at Dubrovnik
  • Pula Amphitheatre
  • Diocletian’s Palace, Split
  • Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Korcula Town
  • Varazdin – A Baroque town
  • Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb
  • Kornati Islands
  • Gornja Vala, Gradac - This, the largest beach on the Adriatic coast, sits at the southernmost end of the Makarska Riviera.
  • Pakleni Islands beaches, Hvar - The Pakleni islands are other-worldly they are all glorious and unspoilt.
  • Rajska Plaża, Lopar -Rajska plaza (Paradise Beach). It’s long, sandy and shaded and the water is unusually shallow, you can paddle for 1km.
  • Telašćica Bay, Dugi Otok - This nature park is one of the most healthy-looking places you can visit. There are a number of little coves at the cusp of a warm, saltwater lake.
  • Zlatni Rat, Brac - Probably Croatia’s most famous beach, referred to as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn because of its distinctive shape, a golden stretch of pebbles that reaches out into the Adriatic.
  • Spiaza beach, Susak - Susak island is the sandiest of all, and Spiaza beach is its majestic, shore-hugging centrepiece.
  • Bačvice, Split – A shallow shingly bay and a favourite of Split’s residents.
  • Nin, Dalmatia – With 8,000 staggering metres of sandy beach and largely untouched.
  • Proizd, Vela Luka - A deceptively basic-looking islet of Proizd, but home to a quartet of bathing areas with hot slabs of stone lying in wait for sunbathers.
  • Šunj Bay - Work your way over the elevated central part of the island to get to the beach, but it’s worth the breathlessness. Fine shingle and sand mingle in this sheltered spot, nestled between rocky, moss-covered hills.

From the seafood dominated dishes of the Mediterranean to the filling schnitzel and strudel style dishes of Central Europe one thing is guaranteed and that is they both share the same passion to use locally sourced produce. Top-rated olive oils, prime white truffles, wild asparagus, award-winning wines and some fiery spirits included.

Dishes to sample:

  • Ispod peke or ‘under the bell’ - Usually lamb, veal or octopus is placed with vegetables inside a dish with a metal lid. The dish is then cooked in an open fireplace by the hot coals and embers which are placed over the lid.
  • Janje na ražnju - Lamb on the spit.
  • Punjena Paprika - Stuffed Peppers
  • Octopus Salad
  • Ćevapi - Grilled skinless sausages, served with chopped raw onions, ajvar (relish made from peppers) on flatbread.
  • Pašticada -A stewed beef dish cooked in a special sauce and served usually with gnocchi or homemade pasta.
  • Fish on the Grill - Served with some garden-grown blitva (chard) and potatoes.
  • Pršut & Pag Cheese - Home-cured ham pršut, which is perhaps Croatia’s most famous hors d’oeuvre with Paški sir, cheese from the island of Pag.
  • Burek - Baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough and usually filled with spiced beef.

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Crete - Greece
Size: 260 km long x 56 km (at widest point)
Population: 600,000
Capital: Heraklion
Airports: Heraklion/Chania

Located on the southern side of the Aegean Sea, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and one of the most popular tourist destinations. With its diverse area of over 8,260 km² and a soaring mountain range running from east to west the island is plentiful in natural beauty with deep ravines/gorges, caves, valleys and high plateau, dense woods, meandering rivers, waterfalls, a freshwater lake and of course a stunning 1,000 km coastline with fantastic beaches.

The island is divided into four administrational regions (prefectures): Chania and Rethymno on the western side with their Venetian style, elegant mansions, arches, old towns and ports. Heraklion, the largest and the capital of the Island and Lassithi with its picturesque mountainous villages (the perfect place to experience the traditional Cretan way of life and sample the local dishes) on the eastern side. You will find that the northern coasts are more developed whilst the southern coasts have more of a secluded feel so whether you prefer to be busy or quiet Crete has something to offer to everyone.

Crete is steeped in history, an island of lost civilisations, the birth place of Gods and heroic figures, poets, musicians, writers, artists and political leaders. Its long history has left evident marks all over the Island with Minoan palaces, Venetian towns, Medieval Castles, Ottoman mosques and Byzantine monasteries.

  • The ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and has been called Europe's oldest city. Minoan Palace at Phaistos., Archaeological site of Gortys.
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the most important archaeological museum in Crete. Artifacts from all eras of Cretian history/prehistory with frescoes, figurines and tombs.
  • Fortezza of Rethymno, the Venetian fortress of Rethymno.
  • Chania, Venetian old town and port.
  • Spinalonga, an ancient island with an intriguing past.
  • The Samariá Gorge, situated in the National park of Samaria in the white mountains of west Crete.
  • Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake in Crete and a must for lovers of nature and beautiful scenery.

The beaches of Crete are famous for their crystal-clear waters and the relaxing atmosphere. Wherever you are on the island there will be a beach to suit you and some of the most impressive are:

  • Balos in Chania - Exotic waters, soft white sand and a huge island with a Venetian Castle on top.
  • Elafonissi in Chania - Majestic colours, pink sand, green-blue waters and cedar trees lining the coastline.
  • Falassarna in Chania - Large organised sandy beach and ideal for families.
  • Preveli in Rethymno - a natural beauty where a river flows down towards the sea, meandering through the palm trees and forming a lake.
  • Vai in Lassithi - Soft sands, exotic waters and surrounded by the largest palm tree forest in Europe.

The Cretan diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world and “locovore” is their way of life! Benefiting from a perfect climate for agriculture fresh produce is in abundance, their animals roam free and feed from the land producing the finest meat and milks and the warm seas attract the most delicious fish. The locals are friendly and hospitable people who love to welcome you to their tables to share and enjoy healthy food with incredible flavours, sample their local wines and maybe even a glass or two of Raki!

Visit the markets held all over the island to see what is on offer, a variety of cheeses including mizithra, citrus fruits, cherries, watermelons, tomatoes, zucchini, egg plant, herbs, pulses, meats, fish, bread, yogurts, honey and not forgetting the main ingredient of a Cretan diet the best ever “olive oil”.

Local dishes:
Dakos, Cretan Cheese Pies (Kaltsounia), Fried snails (Chochlioi boubouristi), Lamb with stamnagathi, Gamopilafo, Mountain Bulbs (Askordoulakous), Cretan Brandy (Raki or Tsikoudia)

Top 10 Restaurants:

  • Elia, Plakias
  • Dounias, Main Road, Drakona
  • Ferryman Taverna, Akti, Elounda
  • Alekos, Armenoi Rethymniou-spiliou, Rethymno
  • Taverna Dionyssos, Mirthios, Plakias
  • Gramboussa, Gramboussa Kissamou, Kaliviani, Kissamos
  • Crysostomos, Defkalionos & Ikarou, Chania Town
  • The Alchemist, Agiou Vasiliou 58, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos
  • O Gero Tsegas, Limni Kissamou, Vathi Chanion
  • Herb’s Garden, 15 Epimenidou St, Heraklion

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Kefalonia - Greece
Size: 786.6 km²
Population: 35,801
Capital: Argostoli
Airports: Kefalonia

Kefalonia also known as the “island of seafarers” is situated in the Ionian Sea, west of mainland Greece with Lefkada to the north and Zakynthos to the south. It is the largest of the Ionian Islands and includes the islands of Ithaca, Kastos and Kalamos within its’ prefecture. Kefalonia has a spectacular landscape with an abundance of nature, majestic caves, exotic beaches with crystalline waters, picturesque seaside village, small towns and a cosmopolitan port with neoclassical architecture.

Due to its huge natural wealth Kefalonia, like all of the Ionian Islands it has been dominated by various civilizations such as the Byzantine, the Frankish, the Ottoman, the Venetian, the Napoleonic and the British Empires. These cultures have left a visible sign on the architecture with medieval castles, beautiful monasteries and great works, such as the bridge of Argostoli. They have also left memories of darker times that took place during World War II and was the inspiration of Louis de Bernieres to write his famous book entitled “Captain Corelli's Mandolin”.

Kefalonia’s main source of income comes from, tourism, fishing, animal breeding, agriculture and a long winemaking tradition, home to the dry white lemony wines made from the “Robola” grape. Olive oil plays a major role in the island's local, rural economy, “koroneiki” and theiako” are the two main varieties cultivated on the island followed by a smaller number of “ntopia” and “matolia”, grown amongst over one million olive trees covering almost 55% of the islands area.

Kefalonia has an amazing mountainous vista with the highest being Mount Ainos rising at an altitude of 1520 metres. It is the only mountain in the whole of the Mediterranean to possess a unique fir forest species called Abies Kefallia, a protected species and an area now declared a National Park. The island has a rich biodiversity with a substantial number of rare and protected species including the well-known loggerhead turtle population which nest on many beaches along the south coast. Kefalonia and natural beauty walk proudly hand in hand with important natural features including the Melissani Lake, the Drogarati caves and Koutavos Lagoon to name a few. The islands indented 237 km coastline is made up of limestone cliffs, secluded bays and strips of white sands with crystal-clear waters and is considered to be amongst one of the most impressive coasts in the Mediterranean Sea.

Apart from the fantastic swimming on offer there are also opportunities to explore the interesting reefs and underwater caves at one of the diving centres, there are organised beaches with water sports and windsurfing in the peninsula of Lixouri. The countryside is great for hiking with many old footpaths leading to monasteries, Medieval castles, mountainous villages and secluded coves.

With so much on offer it is no surprise that Kefalonia has become a popular holiday destination but due to its size the beaches are never overcrowded and the Island keeps a quiet and laid-back style with its own enchanting and romantic charm.

  • Argostoli & De Bosset Bridge
    the capital town and the main port of Kefalonia with elegant architecture, the stone bridge to Drapano and watch the Loggerhead turtles that frequent Argostoli bay each morning.
  • The Municipal Theatre
    one of the largest and oldest in Greece with Neoclassical architecture and the archaeological museum opposite in Argostoli.
  • Melissani & Drogarati Caves
    a boat to tour of the cave, archaeological excavations with exhibits from the 4th and the 3rd century BC and a cavern of rare beauty with stalagmites.
  • Katavothresis
    one of the world's most astonishing geological phenomena and the subject of much discussion.
  • Fiscardo
    one of the prettiest villages in Kefalonia with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and surrounded by beautiful greenery, the centre of activities in is the port, where fishing boats and yachts moor in summer.
  • Assos
    a picturesque village on the northern side of the island situated on the peninsula with a castle overlooking the bay.
  • Sami
    one of the prettiest and most picturesque villages, close to beautiful beaches and serves as a starting point for excursions around the island.
  • Lixouri
    a short ferry ride away from Argostoli with quite a few similarities to it but smaller with a lovely waterfront and elegant architecture.
  • Saint Theodoroi Lighthouse
    a structural building of Doric architecture standing on a peninsula about 3 km north of Argostoli.
  • The Monastery of Kipoureon
    with many rare post-Byzantine icons and built on the edge of a steep slope with amazing views of the sea and sunsets.
  • The Castle of Saint George
    the ruins stand on a hill above Peratata village, originally built by the Byzantines but the Venetians gave it its final form in 1504.
  • The Monastery of Agrilion
    on the top of the hill of Sami and dedicated to Virgin Mary Theotokos, built during the 18th century on the site where the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary was found.
  • Cyclopean Walls of Ancient Krani
    near the main road that goes from Argostoli to Sami.
  • Myrtos
    the most famous and a beautiful beach with turquoise waters, white sand and surrounded by steep cliffs.
  • Antisamos
    a vast golden beach surrounded by lush greenery and where scenes of the Hollywood movie "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" were filmed.
  • Platia Ammos
    was only accessible by boat until a few years ago but can now be reached on foot by climbing down approximately 280 steps. This is a secluded beach of impressive natural beauty.
  • Makris Gialos
    a beautiful and popular beach with golden sands and many water sports on offer.
  • Skala
    a large organised sandy beach within a walking distance from the old fishing village and port.
  • Lourdata
    a calm but organised resort beach with white sands and clear waters.
  • Foki Fiskardo
    a small picturesque relaxing beach with large stones, crystal waters and surrounded by green vegetation.
  • Petani
    a beautiful beach similar to the bay of Myrtos located in the peninsula of Lixouri.
  • Xi
    a large organised and popular sandy beach.
  • Trapezaki
    a small beach with calm ambience.

Kefalonia cuisine is dominated by local products such as meat, fish, olive oil, vegetables, cheese and the very important traditional products too like honey, extra virgin olive oil and yoghurt made from sheep milk. Kefalonians’ take pride in their produce (you will be pleasantly surprised by how high the standard and quality is) and enjoy nothing better than to gather around a table and share good food, wine and conversation.

There are many great restaurants on the island found in the towns and the beach locations and the majority are family run tavernas with a traditional menu but there are also more high-end eateries and fish restaurants to be found in the north around the port of Fiscardo.

In addition to the excellent food on offer Kefalonia is also a famous wine-producing island, taste the delicious house wines, the local Robola (white and dry), the "Mavrodafi", (red, strong and sweet) and the "Muscat” (dessert white).

Dishes to sample:

  • Kreatopita - the trademark of the island “Kefalonia meat pies” with a homemade crust pastry.
  • Other pie recipes include artichoke, cheese (with the unique dairy products of the island), greens (nettle) and cod (salted cod).
  • Bourbourelia – a soup made of beans, salt, pepper and olive oil.
  • Stifado - veal cooked with onions and tomato sauce.
  • Giouvetsi - lamb cooked into a large pot with rice.
  • Bifteki - meat balls filled with cheese, onions and peppers and grilled.
  • Aliada - a dish consisting of boiled octopus, garlic and mashed potatoes.
  • Strapatsada - eggs with tomatoes, fried in olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Riganada - bruschetta with olive oil and oregano.
  • Pissara – a salad made from fresh greens sun-dried tomato, feta and pine-nuts.
  • Tsigaridia - wild greens or cabbage sauté with spinach, leeks and onions.
  • Galaktompoureko - one of the tastiest sweets with a homemade crust and custard filling.
  • Mantoles – a sweet snack of almonds and sugar.
  • Pasteli – a sweet snack with sesame and excellent local honey.

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Thassos - Greece
Size: 380.097 km2
Population: 13,770
Largest Town: Limenas Thasou (Port of Thassos)
Airports: Nearest is on the mainland at Kavala
Ferry Ports: Kavala to Limenas or Keramoti to Skala Prinou

Thassos is the most northern of the Greek Islands in the Aegean region, an Island of breath-taking scenery, lush green vegetation, crystal clear waters and some amazing beaches. It is situated just off the coastline of the Greek mainland approximately 10 km to the southeast of the Macedonian seaport of Kavala and is part of the Kavala prefecture.

During Balkan War’s the Island became under Greek control, prior to that it had a turbulent history of wars and battles between different regimes including the Athenians, the Persians, the Lacedaemonians, the Romans, the Latins and the Turks. They all tried to control Thassos and ruins from ancient Thassos in Limenas including the Agora, the Acropolis and the Hellenistic theatre speak volumes about its past.

Thassos has always had a vibrant economy, during the ancient times due to the abundant supply of precious natural resources including timber, gold, marble and ore mines. Today it is famed for its wine (with a distinctive apple aroma), the highest quality olive oil and the sweetest natural honey and its numerous biproducts including a honey and walnut liqueur. The locals are mainly occupied by herding their animals, fishing and cultivating the land producing some of the finest almonds, walnuts, grapes and the famous Throuba olives.

The Island has a magnificent mountainous landscape dotted with pine forests, vineyards and traditional villages with grey roofed stone houses and paved paths. There are many opportunities for hiking, biking or just gently strolling whilst taking in the natural beauty of the countryside and surroundings. The coastline offers some of the most amazing beaches, from long stretches of golden sands and crystalline waters with opportunities for sporting activities to wonderfully quiet and secluded coves and bays. Whichever is your preference you will certainly be choosing from some of the best on offer in Greece.

Although a popular destination the Island remains unspoilt and retains its authenticity and traditions, “The famous Carnival of Thassos” included. With a “chilled out” and “laid-back” atmosphere Thassos truly is the perfect Island to visit.

  • Ancient Agora
    remains of the ancient town of Thassos, with ruins of temples and sanctuaries, an odeum, a theatre and the Acropolis.
  • The Old Port
    The Old Harbour of Thassos.
  • Monastrey of Archangel Michael
    an old monastery with interesting architecture, located on a hill above Livadi.
  • Church of Agia Paraskevi
    situated in Theologos, is among the oldest on Thassos.
  • Theologos Folklore Museum
    situated in a two-storey traditional building in the heart of Theologos.
  • Thassos Dragon Cave
    also called Drakotrypa, the cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites located in Panagia a beautiful and lively village.
  • Thassos Cave of Pan
    the sanctuary of Pan, the goat-god, is situated in the area of the ancient town of Thassos.
  • Potamia
    is a beautiful mountainous village with traditional architecture and view to the sea.
  • Kazaviti
    a traditional and beautiful mountain villages and a must.
  • Golden Beach
    a long and impressive beach, with golden sand and crystalline waters. It is surrounded by dense vegetation reaching down to the sea.
  • Makriammos
    the closest beach to Limenas and surrounded by a thick forest with crystal water and fine sand.
  • Alyki
    beautiful and picturesque with two small white sand beaches, calm seas and soft sand.
  • Metalia Beach
    a fine sandy beach ideal for children with clear shallow waters.
  • Livadi
    a great spot for swimming and secluded by green vegetation.
  • Pefkari
    Fresh pine trees surround the beach of fine sand and clear waters. Sports activities on offer.
  • Skala Potamias
    a quiet tourist resort with a beach surrounded by tall pine trees, a glimmering sea and offers magical scenery.
  • Skala Rachoniou
    an endless beach with fine sand, clear waters and lots of vegetation.
  • Papalimani
    a small beach of soft sand and blue waters and distant views to the verdurous mountains.

Greek food and drink is famous for its high quality and amazing taste, using the freshest local produce grown from the land and freshly fished from the seas. In Thassos there are restaurants to be found almost anywhere, many are Greek tavernas with traditional menus spread in the squares of the mountainous villages or pretty seaside establishments lining the beach fronts as well as the more sophisticated eateries offering the best in cutting edge cuisine.

Dishes to sample:

  • Peppered Cabbage - mainly a winter dish, consisting of the local variety of pickled cabbage, combined with white beans and flavoured with peppery spices.
  • Tatarka - served in the spring and the early summer and mostly found in the more elegant restaurants it comprises local fresh vegetables and spring herbs all combined to give an absolutely delicious and fresh taste.
  • Stuffed Zuccini Flowers and Sarmadakia - flowers of small courgette plants that are stuffed with cheese and eggs, dipped in flour and fried in fresh olive oil. They can also be filled with fresh herbs and rice along with Sarmadakia (stuffed vine leaves).
  • Pitarakia - A type of very light fritters made from slices of courgettes, dipped in flour seasoned with mint and spices, quickly fried, served with zucchini relish and maybe a glass of retsina or ouzo.
  • Kolious “Gouna” – the local way of cooking a chub mackerel, flattened, lightly salted, smoked, and then baked, it is also the perfect complement to a glass of Tsipouro.
  • Bouyourdi – slices of the Thassians’ prized feta cheese is placed into a small clay pot with other soft cheeses, fresh tomatoes, sliced peppers, olive oil, and black pepper and baked in a hot oven.

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Mallorca - Spain
Size: 3,640 km²
Population: 869,067
Capital: Palma
Airport: Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca (sometimes referred to as Majorca) is located in the Mediterranean Sea, off the south-east coast of mainland Spain. It is the largest of the Balearic Islands and a popular tourist destination with a sunny personality, fantastic cuisine and a vibrant cosmopolitan capital. The impressive landscape offers two soaring majestic mountain ranges, Serra de Tramuntana in the north west and Serres de Llevant in the east. There are fertile green plains with orchards of oranges and almonds, vineyards and soulful honey coloured stone villages. The coastline stretches for 500 km with secret coves/caves and over 200 beautiful beaches with turquoise-blue waters to choose from. The island is steeped in history with a rich artisan and cultural scene and breath-taking azure views. The regions of the island are all very different but each one has its own unique appeal making Mallorca an island that really does have it all!

The Regions:

  • North: Mountainous scenery, long stretches of white sandy beaches with clear shallow waters, coastal villages and traditional fishing ports. Historical and ancient towns with medieval walls, churches, convents, market squares and the imposing area of Formentor, all filled with Mallorcan culture and heritage.
  • North East: Quieter, rural and home to the Llevant Natural Park with wild hills and birdlife. The tranquil countryside is beautiful and dotted with pretty beaches and coves. There are charming towns with winding alleyways of boutiques and quaint art galleries. Impressive hilltop villages with a castle and a fortress.
  • East: A resort area with a varied coastline of golden white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters to the north. Smaller and even prettier beaches in the south, found in the coves with sparkling waters reflecting the green of the surrounding pine trees. This coastline also includes the famous cave formations of Cuevas del Drach and Cuevas dels Hams. The traditional fishing villages of Porto Cristo and Porto Colom and the resort of Cala d’or with its lively, welcoming atmosphere and chic boutique shopping. The beautiful Marina is home to the prestigious yacht club and boasts a multitude of fantastic restaurants plus the sandy beach of Calo d’es Pou.
  • South East: Home of the salt flats and the famous “Flor de Sal” with a landscape dotted with windmills and the prettiest natural park in Mallorca, Mondrago. The famous beach of Es Trenc, an undeveloped Carribean-like beach which stretches for miles and a coastline of pine forests.
  • South: The most developed area of the island with its lively capital of Palma. The iconic gothic cathedral dominates the skyline, situated just in front is the huge marina and a promenade lined with palm trees. Palma has everything to offer, stunning architecture, a pedestrianised historical centre, art galleries, markets, trendy restaurants/bars, nightlife and excellent shopping. Southwest of the capital is a busy resort area with fantastic beaches and a whole host of attractions. To the south is now a popular destination for the rich and famous with prestigious yacht filled Marinas, golf clubs, exclusive beach clubs, high end restaurants and a designer lifestyle.
  • West: Dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range it is an area of dramatic scenery and picturesque villages with cobbled streets where bougainvillaea and other colourful plants grow in abundance. A 13th century monastery, a cliff top town with mesmerising views, art galleries and a large selection of the finest gourmet restaurants. Central: A place to experience authentic Mallorcan culture and join in with one of the many village festivals celebrating agriculture produce. Rustic, green and a must for wine lovers with pretty vineyards set amongst orange and almond orchards. Soak up the atmosphere of the market towns with their vintage shops, traditional bakeries, cafes and local architecture and you truly will have embraced the Mallorcan way of life.
  • Palma de Mallorca
    La Seu Cathedral, Parc de la Mar and Marina. Take the Ferrocarril de Sóller - a train powered by electric locomotive, created on a time machine in 1895 by H.G. Wells and is the only one of its type ever. It follows a pretty route cutting through the Tramunta mountains.
  • Serra de Tramuntana Mountain Range and World Heritage Site
    The magnificent mountain range that runs from southwest to the northeast region. Dramatic scenery, nature, walking, hiking, cycling and outdoor activities.
  • Lluc Sanctuary
    In a beautiful setting in the Serra de Tramuntana, Lluc sanctuary is considered to be the spiritual centre of Majorca.
  • Cuevas dels Hams & Coves del Drac or Dragon Caves
    Located on the east coast near Porto Cristo, remarkable cave formations and large impressive underground lake.
  • Cap de Formentor
    An amazing place located on the northernmost point of the Island with its highest point at 384 meters above sea level and a spectacular winding road leading to the cape.
  • Castell de Capdepera
    An early-14th-century fortress, a walled complex built on the ruins of a Moorish fortress. The castle is one of the best preserved on the island.
  • The Picture Postacard Village of Deià
    Robert Graves House - The great poet, novelist and historian, author of I Claudius.
  • The Vineyards – Around Binissalem
    Many of Majorca’s wines are made in and around this village north-east of Palma.
  • S’Albufera Nature Reserve
    Near Port d’Alcúdia on the northeast coast, wetlands that cover around 4,200 acres and are great for birdwatching, cycling and walking.
  • Museum - Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró
    The Catalan artist Joan Miró lived and worked at this beautiful hilltop compound, now a major museum to his life and work.
  • Gallery - CCA Andratxs
    Probably the best private gallery on the island offer world-class international exhibitions.

Whether it is rocky bays, secluded coves, sandy beaches, children friendly or those offering water sports and activities Mallorca’s amazing coastline can deliver it all with over 260 beaches to choose from.

  • Portals Vells (southwest)
    The three small coves of Portals Vells offer a paradise of calm, clear sea and a backdrop of shady pinewoods. The interesting cave of ‘la Mare de Déu’ is on the right of the beach.
  • Cala Blava (south)
    Facing the Bay of Palma stand the cliffs of Cala Blava. There are several steep access routes down to the many coves and rocks, the waters are part of the protected natural marine reserve and ideal for snorkelling.
  • Cala Varques (east)
    South of Porto Cristo, a captivating virgin cove with white sandy beach. It is not signposted and therefore secluded.
  • Es Trenc (south)
    Probably the most famous beach and often referred to as Mallorca’s Carridean, due to te 3km of white sands, dunes and tranquil crystal-clear waters.
  • Cala Mondragó (southeast)
    In the heart of Cala Mondragó Natural Park you can enjoy nature at its purest state with glorious sands and a wooded backdrop.
  • Formentor Beach (northeast)
    The long narrow sandy beach is sheltered, fringed with trees and offers sumptuous bay views.
  • Cala Mesquida (northeast)
    Declared a Place of Special Interest in 1991 by the governing body of the Balearic Islands and a is perfect beach for nature lovers.
  • Cala d'Or (east)
    There are five associated beaches situated in small coves (also known as calas) - Cala d'Or, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Ferrera, Cala Serena & Cala Gran. The beaches are all beautiful with calm turquoise-blue waters.
  • Cala Figuera Beach (north)
    A quiet small pebbly beach and not the easiest to access but you will be truly rewarded by the sight of the clearest and most beautiful sapphire sea on the island.

Mallorca has experienced a food revolution in recent years and has an increasingly sophisticated choice. After working away in high-end restaurants many of the young Mallorcan chefs have been returning home to open their own eateries serving traditional dishes with a modern twist. In addition to all the many already established restaurants, cafes and bars there are also several Michelin-starred available. Whether you choose a rustic roast in the mountains, authentic paella on the beach, tapas in the local bar or the freshest fish overlooking the sea you are sure to be guaranteed a gastronomical delight!

For centuries wine making has been part of the Mallorca culture with a perfect climate and fertile lands. The native grapes are Callet, Manto Negro and Moll and a sample of the locally produced wines is a must.

Mallorquin' dishes make full use of delicious local almonds, olives and the finest olive oil, walnuts, vegetables and fruits including the local tomato called Ramallet which is native to the island.

Dishes to sample:

  • Ensaimada – usually eaten for breakfast a delicious spiral yeast bun dusted with icing sugar.
  • Local Grimalt Cheeses, Cocarrois - delicious pasties with various fillings.
  • Trampos - vegetable pizza slices.
  • Pa'amb oli - majorcan bread with garlic, tomato, olive oil and sometimes cured ham or cheese.
  • Wholesome rice soups – mainly eaten in winter, made from seafood, vegetable, or chunks of the local sausages.
  • For lovers of meat try Sobrassada.
  • Tumbet – A famous dish made of vegetables.
  • Fideua - the local paella made with noodles rather than rice.
  • Tapas - small dishes of different combinations, meats and vegetables in sauces, including meat balls is a spicy sauce, garlic mushrooms and Calamares (battered squid rings).

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