Today is all about the fortifications – the imposing Scaliger castle to be precise. This amazing structure dominates the little town of Sirmione and I have been wanting to see it for ages! Sirmione was already known to the ancient Romans because of its strategic position – a peninsula that stretches into the lake –Continue reading “Scaligero castle”
We’re catching the Funchal cable car up to the botanical gardens. The cable car takes you 3200 meters upwards to the parish of Nossa Senhora do Monte, created in 1565 and now just known as Monte. Funchal shrinks into the distance as we head upwards. Resembling a tiny toy town way beneath us. Maderia isContinue reading “Floating in Funchal”
Heading back to our hotel we spot a succulent display of local fruits – most of which we have no idea what they are! Grapes, avocados and dragon fruit are probably the only ones I can identify with any certainty! Any ideas? Grapes are put to good use in a local restaurant later as weContinue reading “Madeira markets”
It’s a cloudy start but the sun finally comes out to show the stunning colours of Cala Mondragó . Cala Mondragó is a small sandy beach located on the southwest coast of Mallorca within the natural park of Mondragó.
Cala Figuera is a sleepy fishing village sat in a quiet bay. The bay was named after the fig trees that characterise the landscape. It is a Y-shaped bay located on the southeast coast of Mallorca. The two inlets: Caló d’En Boira and Caló d’En Busques are bounded by low cliffs. Here’s some boats gentlyContinue reading “Cala Figuera”
Windmills. That is all. Dotted around the Majorcan countryside like quaint relics of a gentler time.
The little resort of Cala Sant Vicenç is our first stop of today’s road trip. Known in Castillian Spanish as Cala San Vincente and in Mallorquin as Cala Sant Vicenc, this is one of the smallest resorts on Mallorca. The main attraction here is the peace, tranquillity and three small beaches. The resort is dividedContinue reading “Cala Sant Vicenç”
More Majorcan beaches and glorious waters today starting with the petit Cala Blanca. It’s a scrabble down to reach it but the gorgeous blue water is worth the walk. Then we swing by sophisticated Port d’Andratx – it’s a stylish port where people go to be seen and to sip a cool beverage by theContinue reading “It’s all about the water”
A 30-minute stroll from Deia village takes you down to Cala Deià – a small rocky cove with a shingle beach. It was very crowded when we finally arrived (via a VERY LONG WALK) so I wasn’t that impressed – but it is still quite pretty, but not worth the walk! Then we’re back onContinue reading “Beach bums”
Onto Deia now – another stunning mountain village with heaps of history. Sat in a ravine at the foot of the Teix mountain, with views out to the Mediterranean below, this is one of the most attractive villages on Majorca. Deià has long been alluring for famous artists, writers and other creative people – includingContinue reading “Delightful Deia”