Palma de Mallorca, 30th Oct 08
DISCOVER MALLORCA'S SOUTH EAST
South East Mallorca offers the ideal family holiday in an area of outstanding natural beauty with some of the island's finest beaches.
Mallorca, one of the favorite overseas destinations for British holidaymakers still has many relatively unknown corners which offer a wide range of activities, sandy beaches and wonderful countryside. Colonia San Jordi, located on the south east coast is better known for the Cabrera National Park and the famous Es Trenc Caribbean style beach.
Colonia San Jordi was originally a small fishing port where, over the years, local Mallorcan residents kept their summer homes and this tradition still continues. The holidaymaker looking for a different family resort will find that the Colonia has a lot to offer.
Here with a round up for 2009:
Cabrera National Park, NEW Visitor Centre & Speedboat Excursion
The Cabrera Archipelago lays 13kms offshore of Colonia San Jordi and comprises of the main island of Cabrera, Conejera and a group of 15 islets. It is Mallorca’s most famous area for marine life and strict controls ensure that the area remains protected.
Mallorca is one of the leading tourism destinations in the Mediterranean dedicated to preserving its environment and to promoting an ongoing campaign to residents and visitors to assist in this task by respecting the countryside, coastal areas and wildlife reserves. It ensures that management of these areas adhere to the most advanced and highest standards of environmental protection so that it will be known as an island synonymous with respecting its natural environment.
The NEW Cabrera Visitors Centre
This centre was opened earlier this year in Colonia San Jordi to provide visitors with the opportunity to experience life underwater and see examples of the marine life that you would find in and around Cabrera. The first part of the underwater journey starts with a three dimensional film on general marine life complete with a pair of special glasses to view the full effect. When you emerge from the film you are effectively on the sea bed and as you walk around you view corresponding marine life until you reach land once more. Entrance is free and all ages are welcome. Information: http://reddeparquesnacionales.mma.es/en/parques/cabrera
MarCabrera – NEW Speedboat Excursion
For visitors wishing to see the Cabrera at first hand, swim and snorkel, this new speedboat excursion launched this year is great for ages of seven years upwards. The speedboat, which has a maximum capacity of 12 people, is moored in the port area and departs daily at regular intervals. The excursion takes two hours in total and includes a complete tour of the Cabrera Archipelago, audio guide, a swim and snorkel (weather permitting) in the Blue Cave. From the boat you also get the chance to see the seabird colonies on the islands. Prices are from €30 (approx £24)per child and € 38 (approx £30) per adult with discounts for groups of 10 or more.
Further information: www.marcabrera.com or Tel: +34 622 574 806.
New – Sea Taxi Service
Also new for this year is the island’s first sea taxi service, which runs from April to November. “Boat Service” has a float of small speedboats for hire to take you to one of the five wonderful beaches along this coastline. You can either pre-arrange pick up, or call the company via mobile when you are ready to leave. Prices start at €7 per person for a group of 3 or more. Alternatively, you can hire a speedboat on an hourly basis and prices start from €35 (approx £28) per hour. The company also hires out small Gipsy and Laser sail boats from €25 per hour. Instruction classes are also available. Further information: Tel: + 34 659 980 659 or +34 625 925 015. www.boatservice.es
Accommodation in Colonia San Jordi
A range of accommodation is available from self-catering apartments through to hotels. For full information consult the local hotel association’s website: www.coloniadesantjordi.com.
Here are two examples of two completely different hotels:
Colonia San Jordi Club – great for families
This is one of a handful of self-contained family resort complexes on Mallorca and is located within a few minutes walk of the beach and the attractive port area. Accommodation is on two/three levels in separate buildings surrounded by 65,000 square metres of Mediterranean gardens. The complex has 192 double rooms all with terrace or balcony, air conditioning, safe and satellite television plus 203 suites featuring a separate living area with sofa bed. Other facilities include three buffet restaurants with outside terrace seating areas, a pizzeria/grill, café/bar and a poolside bar.
Sports facilities include eight tennis courts, ping pong tables, a sports pitch for volleyball and football, a large exterior swimming pool and a heated indoor pool, a full equipped gymnasium with Turkish Bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, a health and beauty centre with treatment room and hairdresser. Classes are available for diving, windsurfing, A full programme of entertainment is available for all ages every day and evening and there are four different clubs for children from toddlers through to teenagers with a dedicated playground area.
The Colonia Sant Jordi Club is open from January 23rd, 2009 through to November. Prices start at €40 (approx £31.86), including local taxes, per person, per day, on a half board basis based on two people sharing a double room.
Further information, Tel: + 34 971 656577 www.blau-hotels.com
San Juan de la Font Santa – a natural thermal spa hotel
Walking into this hotel, which features its own natural thermal baths, is like walking back in time to when the hotel first opened in 1845. The main lounge area is magnificent with high ceilings and many original, antique features.
The hotel features 19 bedrooms and is situated in a peaceful countryside location on the south east coast of the island just 3 kms away from the famous Es Trenc beaches. Visitors to the hotel come to experience the therapeutic effect of the thermal waters, that maintain a constant temperature of 38 degrees centigrade and are considered to be among the best in Spain and possibly Europe.
Prior to any treatment each visitor is consulted by a specialist in house doctor in thermal remedies who will prescribe the best treatment for that visitor’s requirement. Thermal therapy is beneficial for people with skin conditions, chest complaints, rheumatism etc…
One of the attractive features of taking the waters here is that the guests take the waters in individual thermal baths offering complete privacy. A fully qualified team is on hand at all times to assist visitors and carry out the entire range of treatments and massage. Day visitors can also visit the thermal baths, which are open from 09.00 – 12.00 and from 16.00- 18.00 Monday – Saturday.
The hotel is open annually from April 1st through to October 31st and in 2009 it will feature a new thermal swimming pool. Accommodation prices are per person, per day, on a half or full board basis.
For updated prices please visit website: www.balneariofontsanta.com or call: (+34) 971 65 50 16.
The area is also known for its salt plains (Ses Salines) which dominate the landscape with salt “mountains”. This natural rock salt is harvested by various companies and one company, called “Flor de Sal d’Es Trenc” now mixes the salt with black olives, herbs and spices to produce different flavours. Further information: www.gustomundial.com.
For further information, please contact:
Mallorca Tourist Board, Dominique Carroll / Anna Skidmore,
Tel:(+34) 971 725 396 Fax: (+34) 971 713 540
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