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Why Holiday in Mallorca

The island of Mallorca is a beautiful holiday destination with its European Blue Flag awarded beaches and a vast choice of the finest Villa Rentals in all of Spain. The island has beautiful scenery, packed with history and is suitable for all the family on their HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SPAIN. When thinking holiday's, think of the holiday rentals in Mallorca and use akilar to make your choice of villas, homes and apartments for your holiday travel.

The climate in Mallorca is pleasant most of the year with hot summers and mild winters making it an ideal holiday rental destination. The island is generally quieter in the winter as many hotels will close during this period. So if you want a quiet holiday in Spain where the weather is cooler, the winter is a good time to visit. There are lots of things to do and see on the island including the historic sights and activities that are available. Palma is the capital of the island and is where you will find many historical buildings to be explored.

The beaches of Mallorca are beautiful with white sand and crystal clear waters perfect for watersports. Visitors can choose from surfing, waterskiing, windsurfing, diving and many more. There are several waterparks to choose from on the island which are a great day out for families of all ages. Biking, hiking and golf are popular fun activities for those who prefer to stay on dry land for have fun.

The nightlife on Mallorca is very vibrant and there is a great clubbing scene for those who want to come to the island to party with the main resorts for clubs being El Arenal and Magaluf. Alcudia is a very nice resort for great dining and entertainment which is good for both families, couples and groups alike.

With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that so many holiday makers visit the island for their HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN each year..

History of Mallorca

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Years of History Buried on Mallorca

Mallorca has a very rich history which is still visible today, all of the people who have settled or visited here have contributed to this history in one way or another. It is the ideal stop for your Holidays in Balearic Islands if you enjoy history at its finest.

In 902, the island of Mallorca was discovered by a powerful Moor who’s ship blew off course while on his way to Mecca, once he discovered this island was there he convinced the Emir of Cordoba to conquer the BALEARIC ISLANDS.

In 1115, a mixed force of Catalans and soldiers from Pisa captured Palma after an 8 month battle, although due to problems on their own island the Catalans left and the island reverted to Moorish rule. Eventually by the 13th Century, the Catalan Army entered Mallorca and captured it once more, ridding the island of the Moors, the Catalans ruled the land from then on with King Jaume I until his death, his son (Jaume II) then became king of Mallorca.

By the16th century, there were several factors, which affected trade on the island like the plague, rebellions and frequent attacks by Turkish pirates, this period of decline lasted until the end of the 17th century. Palma received its name in the 18th century due to changes in the governmental regime, which Philip V put into place, Palma then became the Capital of Mallorca.

The beginning of the 1950's saw the tourist trade rise which changed the island completely making it into the centre of attraction for the visitors who stayed there. Since then tourism has grown and grown, and it is a hugely popular destination today for SPAINSH HOLIDAY RENTALS.

Mallorca Holiday Rentals Information

Things to do on your Mallorca Holidays
Fun on the Sea While Visiting Mallorca

When you have chosen one of many Mallorca HOLIDAY RENTAL VILLAS, you will have the choice of staying in either the lively parts of the island where the nightlife is buzzing with bars and nightclubs or the quieter areas where it is ideal for just relaxing and taking it easy in your holiday home.

There are many Rental Villas available to suit every requirement and taste, whether you are a large group ready to come to the Island for constant partying, or a couple looking for a small, intimate apartment in a quiet area with beautiful views as many perfect self catering villas are available. There are 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as luxury Mallorca Villas With Pools. The scenery can vary depending on which area of the island you choose for your villas in Mallorca. You will also find many choices of large villas for your private holiday rentals Spain which will cater for groups of up to 10 and possibly more.

All of the villas on the island have well equipped kitchens, whether you want to cook the odd snack or a full family meal. Most HOLIDAY RENTAL APARTMENTS IN MALLORCA come with balconies for enjoying that long cold drink in the evenings while taking in the scenery, if you are interested in a villa then you can expect to have a private terrace perfect for barbecues with friends and family. Akilar helps you selecting a suitable holiday rental apartment in Mallorca for you and your family or travel group.

Special Information for Booking Holiday Rentals in Mallorca

Check the adverts for special discount rates when choosing your RENTALS IN SPAIN. Most MALLORCA RENTAL PROPERTIES will offer a discount based on either early booking or even a last minute booking. Some also offer long term rental prices if this is your requirement. Check the winter rates as this is considered the low season.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Mallorca

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Mallorca Water Parks for your Holidays

There are many sights and activities to participate in around the island of Mallorca, so when you are on your HOLIDAYS TO THE BALEARIC ISLANDS you may find it difficult choosing where you will want to go first on a day out from your rental home.

The Capital of Palma is a very historic town, and there are lots of attractions to be seen which are important to the history of the island. One of the most famous sites is the Palace de l' Almudaina which was once a Moorish fortress, the Arab Baths from the 10th Century, the Palma Cathedral which was built on the site of an Arab mosque, and many more. There is also the Aquarium, perfect for all the family to enjoy and is known as one of the most spectacular marine Parks in Spain.

For those who are interested in sports including water sports, there is a large choice on most of Mallorca's beaches including, surfing, windsurfing, Waterskiing, and many more. Also on the island are several fantastic water parks which are a must visit on your family holiday.

For those who prefer to keep dry when participating in sports on the island there are biking and hiking trails available which are great to see the beautiful scenery on the island. There are also several golf courses on the island to test your skills on. Spend a few minutes looking through all of the things to do (link to next page)

Villages around Mallorca

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Exciting Villages on Mallorca

Mallorca has many towns and rural village rentals scattered over the island, some of which are very historic and important to the island and a day out from your rental villa you will not want to miss!.

Alcudia, in the North of Mallorca, is a restored walled city on the site of a roman settlement with many roman houses and an amphitheatre. Alcudia is a traditional rural town typical to Mallorca, with narrow streets and green shutters, the central square dominated by a sandstone church. There are several purpose built resorts on the island, one of which is Cala d'Or on the East coast of Mallorca, visitors go there to dive, sail and drink champagne at the waterfront bars. It is one of the nicer purpose built resorts on the island. Inca, in central Mallorca, is a commercial town situated halfway up the motorway from Palma to Alcudia. The town is known as the city of leather as there are many shops which sell leather goods. There are also markets which line the streets every Thursday selling everything from leather to jewellery, carved wood and lace.

The towns and rural villages on the island have their own individual charm and attraction and are all worth a visit as there are historical sites, shopping towns and trendy resorts made for relaxing. So when choosing a villa in Spain to rent, it is a good idea to look around at all the different rural villages and towns to see which one will provide the perfect choice of VILLA FOR RENT SPAIN destination. Akilar.com has put together a whole list of villages to plan your holiday around (link to next page)

Golfing in Mallorca

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Play a Round on Your Mallorca Holidays

Golf is a popular sport on Mallorca as it is possible to play the sport all year round due to the agreeable weather on the island. The island welcomes golfing groups who have chosen a VILLA IN SPAIN as their renal base for a golfing holiday.

There are 20 golf courses on Mallorca, sixteen of which welcome visitors to play. The majority of courses are in two parts of the island - the East and the South West. Son Vida Golf course opened in 1964 Making it the oldest golf course on the Island and is amongst the best courses on the island with breathtaking views.

Golf Poniente is only 12km from Palma, the course which is a John Harris Course, opened in 1978 and is described as a tough but fair course with 18 holes and beautiful views. Capdepera Golf Course is one of the most beautiful courses on the island, which provides peace and tranquility every step of the way. The 15th hole, designed by a US Architect, has even been voted several times as the most beautiful on Mallorca by the Mallorca magazine.

If you are interested in competing on a golf course in Mallorca, there are weekly tournaments held at various different courses on the island, so if you are feeling lucky why not go along and have a go, if nothing else it is guaranteed to be a great day out.

Most of the golf courses on the island offer beautiful views and tranquil surroundings which makes the game that little bit more special and enjoyable.Make sure to think about your rental apartment location in relation to the courses you would like to play when planning your holiday. You can view most of the area golf courses and their details here. (link to next page)

Mallorca Fiesta's

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Unbelievable Fiestas on Mallorca

There are many Fiestas which take place throughout the year in Mallorca, the locals on the island celebrate the national Spanish holidays and also have their own traditions. Not all fiestas are religious, and many are of pagan nature or sporting fiestas. Food and traditional costumes are both an important parts of all fiesta's. When booking your rental home to check out which fiestas are occurring.

January 6th - The National Fiesta of the Three Kings takes place and is where the children receive gifts similar to Christmas.

January 17th - Is the Sant Antoni Festival, this is celebrated all over Mallorca. There is always a mass in honour of Sant Antoni and after the locals take their pets to the church to get them blessed.

July 15th and 16 - Are The Fiestas of 'Verge del Carme' - This begins at night time with mass which is then followed with a procession of locals carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary down to the port where the patron of fishermen take the statue onto a decorated boat and send it out to sea. The spectacle continues with a fleet of small fishing boats and tourist yachts following the boat decorated with banners, which makes a colourful, traditional scene.

Many tourists choose to HOLIDAY IN MALLORCA at the time of the Fiestas so that they can experience the truly magical events which are not to be missed. We have prepared a list of fiestas so you can book your holiday rental accommodation to enjoy at least one. (link to next page)

Dining and Nightlife in Mallorca

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Exciting Cuisine to Die For in Mallorca!

Mallorca has a very popular and vibrant nightlife to enjoy away from your rental villa, with an excellent clubbing scene for those who come to the island to party. The main resorts for busy all night bars and clubs are Magaluf, El Arenal, and Palma.

The main club in Magaluf is BCM Planet Dance which accommodates 5,000 people every night, many of well known dj's play there and this club easily competes with Ibiza.

El Arenal has several lively nightspots which are great for partying, the region is very popular with the club eighteen to thirties groups. There are nightclubs and bars which often stay open until 6 in the morning such as Zorbas, The Joy Palace and Uforia.

Palma is home to the biggest and most well known club in Mallorca, Pacha, as many tourists flock here every year to experience one of the best clubbing experiences in the region. The most exclusive club in Mallorca is also situated in Palma on the seafront, Paseo Maritimo and is called Titos.

If you want more family orientated entertainment or quiet meals for two, Alcudia is a very pleasant place to spend a holiday with the family. The entertainment there is mainly hotel based but easy to reach from your rental home. There are several beautiful restaurants and cafes with dining ranging from fine cuisine to traditional tapas. There is something for everyone in this resort.

Sa Coma on the East coast of the island is a very family friendly resort and the entertainment there is perfect for families with the bars usually closing shortly after midnight. The dining is relaxed in this part of Mallorca which is great for children, however there are several fine dining restaurants available which are perfect for those candlelight dinners for two.

There are many places to dine, drink, and party on the island of Mallorca, so you are guaranteed to be spoilt for choice even is choosing a Self Catering Holiday Rentals accommodation for your Holiday to Spain.

Shopping in Mallorca

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Retail Therapy During Your Holidays

The shopping in Mallorca is excellent, and Palma is the main attraction for shoppers on their MALLORCA HOLIDAYS. There are shopping malls with department stores, fine little boutiques, and now the area can easily compete with the main cities on the Spanish mainland. In Palma, you can buy anything from the large department stores and boutiques such as leather goods, fine needlework, and traditional Mallorcan pearls. You can even visit the shops and purchase glassware handcrafted by glassblowers. The main shopping streets are San Miguel, Carrer Sindicato, Jaume II, Jaume III, Carrer Platerí, Roman and Passeig des Borne.

Porto Pi is a large shopping centre located in Cala Mayor and has a huge range of products available for purchase, you can buy anything from motorbikes to cd's! There are many clothes shops including Zara and Etam, and after you have shopped stop in one of the many pleasant cafe's or bars for refreshments, there is even a cinema. If you are staying in a Magaluf rental apartment or Palma Nova, there are buses which will transport you directly to the centre.

The weekly markets in Mallorca are perfect for a day out, where you will find great traditional products available including souvenirs and handmade goods. Many markets offer local food and drink, so there are plenty of options to make a quick pit stop for refreshments. The best and most authentic market is The Sineu market which will provide the visitor with the most traditional experience of Mallorcan shopping. The best markets to visit are those which are not located in a tourist area, they tend to be more authentic and less expensive. Shopping could not be easier by looking here. (link to next page)

Best Times to Visit Mallorca

When thinking of the times of the year to visit Mallorca for your Balearic Holidays, the most obvious time which springs to mind would be summer. The weather is very hot, all the shops, bars and restaurants are busy and bustling, the clubbing season is well under way in Palma and Magaluf and activities are plentiful. However, the spring and autumn times are also great to visit the island as the weather is pleasant, and the island enjoys an average year round temperature of 21 degrees.

If you are hoping for the island to be slightly less crowded when visiting, a good time to book your holiday would be in the Spring as the flowers and blossom's are beautiful at this time of the year. The fiestas begin in the spring, so there will be plenty of things to see and do.

Autumn time in Mallorca is very quiet so if you want a relaxing holiday this is the best time to visit. The bars and restaurants will be quieter than in Spring and the weather will still be pleasant through to late October.

Winter time in Mallorca officially runs from November to February and at this time many hotels, restaurants and bars will close for a few months, so it is a very quiet time to visit. The weather can be cold at this time and and may even snow there.

Climate for Mallorca

The island of Mallorca enjoys pleasant Mediterranean weather perfect for your rental stay, with hot summers and mild winters. The island does not get much rain and averages 300 days of sun per year.

The hottest months in Mallorca are June, July and August and the temperatures at this time are very high, mostly around the 30 degrees mark, September can even reach 30 degrees. The sun is extremely strong at this time of the year, so sunscreen is a must.

October and November are cooler months, although still pleasant which makes it the perfect time to take in the sights on a day out from your Mallorca Rentals accommodation. The temperature can range from 24 degrees down to 9 degrees.

The winter months are from December to February, and the temperature is usually somewhere around 5 degrees to 15 degrees. These months are much cooler than other times of the year, and it can even snow on the higher ground.

The weather in Mallorca starts to warm up again in March, April and May bringing pleasant and sunny days often with average temperatures between 5 degrees and 18 degrees.

Getting To and Around Mallorca

Mallorca has one airport, Son Sant Joan and is situated 8km away from the Capital, Palma de Mallorca. The Airport is the main entry point for holiday makers as there are daily flights from most principal European cities.

There are many airlines which fly to Mallorca directly including budget and chartered flights. It takes around 2 to 2.5 hours to fly from the Uk to Mallorca and from France and Germany it takes under an hour.

If you would prefer to drive to Mallorca, there are many ferry connections from mainland Spain which take you directly into Palma from Barcelona, Valencia, Denia, Ibiza, Ciutadella and Mahon. There are also ferries which can take you to the Port of Alcudia and the Port of Cala Rajada.

There are many options available when you want to travel around the island and explore, of course the obvious option would be to hire a car and make your way around the sights yourself. If you do not drive or would rather take the pressure off and allow somebody else to get you to your destination, there are plenty of public transport links. The best option of transport is the train called Ferrocarril de Soller. This train will take you from Palma to Soller and from there it is possible to connect to Manacor and Sa Pablo. There are several stops on both routes in interesting villages so that you can do some sightseeing.

There is also a bus system for getting around the island. The main bus station is in Palma and from here you can get on buses which will take you to any of the major towns on the island. When making your choice of which HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SPAIN to take, remember that Mallorca is a year round holiday playground.

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Mallorca, Balearic Islands, SpainThe vineyards of Bodegas Ca'n Vidalet will only offer the finest and best variety of grapes. White wine varieties of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasia and Moscatel; red wine grapes include the time-honored Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon sorts.
Palma, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, SpainWhile on your holidays to majorca it may well be worth noting that at last Palma the capital of the Islands has its own sight seeing bus for the city, and is a superb way to visit. A ticket is valid for 24 hours and you can get off and on as many times as you like at the 16 different stops it makes including Rambla, Port, Poble Espanol, Bellver Castle, Es Baluard and several shopping centres. An entire trip takes about 80 minutes and is best to do first and then make your list of stops and places to visit to have a great day in Palma
Towns & Resorts on MallorcaMallorca (big island) is a popular tourist destination and has been since the 1950's. It is the largest Island, as the name indicates, in the Balearic chain. It was once the inspiration to Chopin and Miro but now has the reputation as a spring break destination. If you are a history buff then the island has a lot to be explored including the 16th century church in Bar Abaco.
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Not to be out done by other Spanish Islands, Mallorca or Majorca however you prefer to call it, also has a number of fabulous villages for those who want to explore the more traditional aspects of Spanish life and culture.

If it's peace and relaxation that you are looking for, then your first stop should be Valdemossa.

Golf on MallorcaInaugurated in 1987 and designed by Pepe Gancedo, the course is of average difficulty. Mixed vegetation provides scenery around the course including giant hundred-year-old Chamaerops palm trees, fig trees, almond trees, pines, wild olives, carob trees, and vines which climb up from the gully which runs past the 10th, 11th and 12th holes. Canyamel is located on the north-east side of Mallorca and is about 80 km from Palma.