Palma de Mallorca, 02nd Mar 10
WHAT’S NEW IN CALVIA SPRING 2010
New Hotel, New Heritage Trails, New Activities for the Disabled & Strictly Ballroom in Magaluf...
Calvia, Mallorca’s largest tourism region features some of the island’s most famous resorts of Illetes, Portals Nous, Palmanova, Magaluf, Santa Ponsa and Paguera. The region has award winning beaches, excellent sports facilities including four top golf courses and two important “superyacht” harbours of Puerto Portals and the recently revamped Puerto Adriano. Plus a great variety of accommodation with 230 hotels and apartments in the entire region from two and three star package holiday hotels to four star golf and leisure hotels and luxury five stars hotels including the Hotel Puerto Adriano and the St Regis Mardavall Hotel & Spa.
The region takes its name from the traditional Mallorcan village of Calvia set against the Traumuntana Mountains, which provides a complete contrast to the buzz of Magaluf only 15 minutes drive away. Close to the village there is one “agroturismo” property providing accommodation in a rural setting so that visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of traditional Mallorca.
This year, the season starts with a new hotel opening; new heritage walks, a new country trail with special “all terrain” vehicles for the disabled and a touch of “Strictly” comes to Calvia.
MAGALUF “ROCKS” THIS SUMMER
The new “Mallorca Rocks” Hotel will open on site of an existing hotel in Magaluf in June. The hotel, which has 328 rooms, swimming pool, restaurant/snack bar, will celebrate its opening on June 6th with a concert by Brighton based pop band, “The Kooks”. This concert will be one of first five signature concerts by top selling bands during this year’s summer season. The Rocks Hotel is the brainchild of Andy McKay who opened his first Ibiza Rocks Hotel in 2008 it is aimed at the youth market providing quality accommodation and entertainment with good value.
A special opening offer is available for the Magaluf Rocks Hotel of ₤77 per person for a seven night stay from June 5th – June 12th to include accommodation in a self-catering apartment based on four people sharing. The price also includes free entrance to the opening concert.
Further information: www.mallorcarockshotel.com
CALVIA LAUNCHES NEW HERITAGE WALKS
Calvia Town Hall has launched three new cultural walks following the conquest of Mallorca by King Jaume I in 1229. Three different routes are featured around the resort of Santa Ponsa; Christian, Moors and The Battle. Visitors will be able to retrace the steps of King Jaume I when he first landed on Mallorca almost 800 years ago with his Christian Army and visit the sites where the battles took place to defeat the occupying Moors of the time.
The story is told on 19 boards along the route in four languages, plus free brochures are available from all tourist offices and hotel receptions. These are gentle walks, suitable for all ages, and take between half an hour and two hours to complete depending on which route you take.
Along each route visitors will be able to see various archeological remains from that time together with commemorative monuments such as the “Disembarkation Cross” marking the point where King Jaime I and his troops first landed and the “Montcada Cross” marking the site where the battle was won. This conquest is one of the pivotal events in Mallorca’s history and the islanders remember what happened in this area each year during the September King Jaume Fiestas August 27th – September 12th). The highlight of the fiestas is the re enactment of King Jaume’s the landing and the battle of the Moors and Christians that followed.
NEW RURAL ROUTES FOR THE DISABLED
Calvia Town Hall has presented four new “all terrain” vehicles specifically to enable the handicapped and disabled the opportunity to explore the Galatzo Estate and surrounding countryside. Three special routes have been created for excursions in these buggies which allow a disabled person to explore all types of terrain and even attempt hills of up to a 40% incline.
The vehicles are available for hire from the Fundación Handisport Mallorca, which is a non profit making organisation founded by a group of people whose aim is to provide solutions for disabled people and specifically to enjoy the excellent sports facilities in the Calvia region. Various courses and activities are organised year round including excursions, sailing, diving, water skiing and horse riding.
Further information: www.handisportmallorca.org
STRICTLY BALLROOM IN MAGALUF
Former ballroom champion, Ian Pickles and his partner, Anne Mawson came, to the island five years ago and started the Pickles Ballroom Dance Academy in Magaluf just over three years ago. Pickles features all dance styles ranging from Ballroom and Latin American to Salsa, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Latin in Line Dancing. All ages are catered for in a full schedule of events and classes aimed at holiday visitors and residents in their Magaluf, Pollensa and Arenal venues.
Pickles has launched his own take on the BBC’s “Strictly Dancing” series, called “Mallorca Not So Strictly” which takes place every month as a buffet dinner dance and competition. In May of this year he hopes to stage the first ever Champions’ Champion of “Mallorca Not So Strictly”.
MALLORCAN CUISINE FOR VISITORS
During the month of April selected restaurants throughout the Calvia region will be offering special Mallorcan dishes at special prices as part of a general promotion of local produce and flavours so that residents and visitors alike can sample the true cuisine of the island. Further information on participating restaurants: www.calvia.com or from tourist offices in the area email@example.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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