Majorca

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Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago and autonomous community which is part of Spain located in the Mediterranean Sea. As of the 2009 census, the population of the capital city of Palma proper was 401,270, and the population of the entire metropolitan area was 621,000, making it the twelfth largest urban area of Spain. Nearly half the population of Majorca lives in Palma. The Cabrera Archipelago, though widely separated from Palma proper, is administratively considered part of the municipality. Its airport, Son Sant Joan, has more than 22 million passengers each year.

Majorca Valldemossa typical village with flower pots in facades at Spain. Photo: depositphotos.com

Some parts of Mallorca have multiple coastline resorts that are rather isolated and make perfect destinations for those who don’t like noisy parties and crowded areas. You can also visit stunning shores with vast surrounding territories of secluded white-sand beaches, turquois seas, and with an amazing number of activities. They are located mainly in the south of the city, where the tourist flow is not so huge. Private beaches of the Caribbean are perfect for those who search for amazing atmosphere and memorable nature! You will be able to choose from 200 beaches to find a place that suits you.

Sailing is an important part of holidays in Majorca. A series of international regattas is conducted annually, and top-ranked yachts can be seen along the entire coastline. Snow-white sails make the excellent view extremely romantic. Crystal clear waters and bright underwater beauty make this destination a  favorite of divers, surfers and sailors. Boating excursions to various points around the island are also available for less experienced seamen — they last all afternoon or even the whole day.

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Majorca is a place with a unique history where the atmosphere is just unbelievable. You can enjoy a set of delightful buildings forming the very special city architecture. Here in the capital of the island, Palma de Majorca, every street, stone and building tells the beautiful history of this wonderful port city. Here you can admire impressive architecture from the Middle Ages made before modernist creations. Palma is also a place of various nighttime entertainments, with high level restaurants and a collection of bars and night clubs.

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The rich cultural history of the island has left a huge impression: here you will plunge into an atmosphere of incredible castles and palaces, monasteries and cathedrals, majestic manors and gardens, art galleries and museums. City visitors can enjoy beautiful aqua parks, adventures parks or farms where small children can safely play with domesticated animals. The resorts of Majorca are ideal for family vacations. Don’t forget special local festivals when children are able to participate.

Beautiful Castles of Europe

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Visiting these castles is a wonderful experience.  It’s a great opportunity to explore the history of kings, and amazing stories of famous alliances and vendettas. Discover the ancient history of European regions and nations, brave conquests and cruel wars, and the tales of families who made and re-made Europe. Visit the most beautiful castles in Europe, and feel the history surrounding you in these ancient buildings.  

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Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria

Overlooking Austria’s Salzachtal Valley, surrounded by jagged peaks of the Berchtesgaden Alps, this castle was primarily a place where kings lived. Later, it was home to archbishops and even prisoners (the structure was a state prison for some period) for more than 900 years. Today, Hohenwerfen Castle is where hundreds of tourists come from all over the world. It is also the site of Austria’s famous falconry center where hunting performances are held, and visitors can witness these extraordinary events.

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The Palace of Pena, Portugal

This splendid castle is situated on a hilltop above the resort town of Sintra, located in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains. Being a royal sanctuary for a long time, the forested terrain is scattered with Clair villas and houses. The palace itself was originally created by King Ferdinand II and is arguably considered one of the greatest constructions of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal, with wonderful architecture and a magnificent interior. The palace of Pena was created in such a way that it is easily visible from any point in the surrounding park. The verdant areas of the beautiful grounds around the castle are perfect places to feel the vibes of the past.

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The Alcazar Castle, Spain

The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, Segovia Castle) is an impressive, ancient stone fortification and World Heritage Site located in Segovia, a historic city northwest of Madrid, Spain. The most famous Spanish castle, it was purportedly the inspiration behind Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World (though the information wasn’t confirmed by Disney). The castle looks beautiful and can be seen from long distances as it was built on top of a rocky crag and had no natural defensive advantage, which is typical for most castles. Located near the confluence of two Spanish rivers, Eresma and Clamores, The Alcazar is unique due to Muslim influence. It was originally built by Islamic warriors called Moors (Muslims from North Africa) and is representative of wooden construction in that era. It was highly influenced by Islamic architectural trends and Early Modern Spanish building styles. The Alcázar not only has a beautiful exterior design, but also a magnificent interior.  

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Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Pedjama Castle is a marvelous place for all castle lovers to visit. It is a Renaissance-style castle located in the center of a historical region in south-central Slovenia. Constructed in an early Renaissance style, it was built into the mouth of a cave. It is eminently famous in Slovenia itself and in all Europe. It is a wonderful site – picturesque, audacious, and mysterious. Situated in the middle of a towering cliff, it is listed in Guinness World Records for being the largest cave castle in the world.