The Ingredients of a Perfect beach Holiday
There are many types of holiday out there; adventure, relaxing, cycling, walking etc, the list is endless! However, what most people crave is a beautiful beach holiday, and it isn’t hard to see why. With relaxing gentle waves, gorgeous sunshine, and golden sands, Majorca is the perfect destination for a beach holiday.
So now that you’ve decided on your destination, what do you need to make your beach holiday perfect?
The Sea Front Hotel
If you’re a beach lover, then a hotel located right on the sea front is the integral ingredient to your holiday. Nobody wants to walk very far to get to the beach, especially during the summer time. Hotel Sis Pins is situated a tiny 20 yards from the beach, so our hotel is the perfect place to stay if you’re after a fantastic beach holiday!
The Holiday Wardrobe
For a holiday spent on the beach, make sure that you have the perfect holiday wardrobe full of fashionable swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, and cover ups. Flip flops and sandals are a must-have if you’re planning on visiting the beach everyday!
Fun in the Sun
If you’re travelling with kids, or if you just fancy a bit of fun in the sun, make sure that you have a bucket and spade! Making sandcastles is so much fun. If you prefer to be in the sea rather than on land, get yourself an inflatable lilo; there are many available from the local shops in Pollensa, and they are available in a range of unique shapes and sizes!
When you get to your destination, locate the best bar in the area so that you can stock up on fresh beverages that will keep you cool, hydrated and in the holiday mood. You must have a cocktail whilst away, and if you don’t drink treat yourself to a mocktail – all of the fun minus the hangover! As one of the best hotels in Pollensa, we serve fine food and drink so that you can remain comfortable throughout your beach holiday. We are famous for our excellent cappuccino!
So if you’re after a holiday in the sun, choose a beach holiday and make sure that you have all the ingredients above to make it extra special!
If you would like more information about Hotel Sis Pins, please get in contact with us; we are more than happy to provide advice where needed. Call 0034 971 867 050 to speak to someone today!
Majorca: A Paradise for Cyclists
Bar the stunning scenery, open roads and beautiful weather – Majorca has plenty to offer all types of holiday makers alike; including the novice and professional cycling enthusiasts amongst us. Whether coming to the picturesque island for a relaxing holiday or specifically to enjoy the quiet cycling routes; there is sure to be lots to see, do and experience.
Majorca has become a well-respected and renowned place for cyclists, with its roads being described as a “scalextric set for cyclists” by Bradley Wiggins, winner of 2012 Tour de France. So, if it’s good enough for the pros eh?
Here at Hotel Sis Pins, we believe Majorca to be one of the most idyllic and exciting islands available offering something for everyone, and aim to make every Majorcan experience tailored to suit you when staying in one of the most luxurious and traditional Puerto Pollensa Hotels. Here are just a few great reasons why Majorca offers the perfect destination for cycling.
For a relatively small island, Majorca offers a complete diversity in the countryside it offers, including pan-flat plain, mountain ranges and rolling low hills to create a perfect haven for cycling, walking and adventurous sports. Whatever suits your cycling style; there are numerous routes for all and the island offers enough variety to change route daily and still enjoy new views and adventures. As Majorca is a tourist island, all the most popular areas are on the coast, meaning the cycling routes are unspoilt, situated in blissful rural surroundings. Each route offers tradition, Majorcan culture and the ideal scenery for any level of cyclist.
Many countries offer the same weather and countryside as Majorca, however very little have the roads to match. Majorca offers a criss-cross of great roads and various countryside textures to provide cyclists with a wide variety of cycling experience. As well as the winding, rolling countryside, Majorca offers sweeping plans and perfectly proportioned Alpine-style mountain ranges. Local governments value the contribution of visiting cyclists to the economy, so have invested in keeping roads well-repaired and surfaced. Mallorca allows cyclists to stop worrying about traffic and junctions and just enjoy the ride of the outstretched roadways.
Majorcan weather is probably perfect sunshine for 300 out of 365 days, making it an ideal climate destination for cycling enthusiasts. The winter also provides perfect training conditions, and Majorca tends to become home to the professionals who come to practice in harsher cycling conditions during the colder months. In January, although you probably won’t be sunbathing in Majorca- if cycling, you can cruise the open roads with little fear of hitting any risky conditions or icy roads.
Is Majorca a cycling paradise because the pros choose to train here? Or do the pros come because Majorca is the perfect cycling destination? Whatever the answer, it really is the ideal setting for any cycling getaway or day out. Majorca continues to provide good weather, quiet roads and a huge range of cycling options to all visitors. If you fancy getting amongst it all, January and February are the ideal times to take to the roads and often get overtaken by a group of training pro riders, and by March their racing season is well underway! In February, you can also watch the pros race during the four days of the Trofeo Mallorca, which last year saw Wiggins, Rodriguez, Pozzato and Rui Costa take to the roads.
Here at Hotel Sis Pins, we truly believe that cycling is at the heart of Majorcan culture, and as one of the most beautiful and unique hotels in Puerto Pollensa are perfectly situated in close proximity to all the cycling routes. Whether you are a keen cyclist or you simply want to bike around the island, Hotel Sis Pins is located in the centre of the main cycling area, and is set near many long flat roads, mountain climbs, secondary roads and rolling hills.
Whatever route you enjoy, visiting local villages is easy as they are accessible within both long and short distances depending on your cycling ability, so cycling is the ideal form of transport for getting around the beautiful island. If you are interested in finding out more about the fantastic cycling options Majorca has to offer, please feel free to get in contact with our friendly team on 0034 971 867 050!
Traditional Food from Mallorca!
When you go away on a holiday or adventure you really need to harness the full cultural experience to make the most out of your stay! (You can’t go to Australia without throwing a boomerang!) One massive part of the cultural experience has to be food! Everywhere you go there will be some exciting new cuisine just waiting to tickle your taste buds!
So, what fantastic food does Mallorca have to offer?
An extremely popular breakfast on the island is an Ensaimada. This local delicacy is a yeast bun in the form of a spiral that is dusted with icing sugar. When people try to make these off the island it always ends in failure. The local sea air has been said to benefit the rising dough.
There are hundreds of local delicacies that you could eat for lunch. Why not try local Grimalt cheese? Cocorrois are also popular. These are delicious pastries that resemble a Cornish pasty, usually filled with Mediterranean vegetables.
If you are a real meat lover the island makes some fantastic sausages, but you must try a Sobrassada! This is a cured sausage made with ground pork, paprika, and other spices!
For your evening meal why not try the local version of paella, Fideua. This is a dish that is made with noodles similar to vermicelli! Another popular main course is the Tombet. This is a vegetable dish made from sliced potatoes, aubergines, and red bell peppers, topped with tomato fried in garlic, so it resembles a crust-less pie!
If all this exciting new food doesn’t make you want to jump on a plane and stay in our fabulous hotels in Pollensa then you need to read our post about the Fiestas in July! Mallorca is such an idyllic place, perfect for relaxing and unwinding! To book a room at our beautiful hotel contact us now on +34 971 86 70 50 14.
Preparation is the key to a stress free holiday
Every year millions of Britain’s take to the sky in search of the sunnier climes available on the continent. One of the most common reasons for going on holiday is to get away from the everyday grind and get some much needed rest and relaxation.
There is no denying that a walk along the warm blonde sands and a dip in the cool blue Mediterranean is the perfect way to wash away any stress. Top this off with a tasty and vibrant evening meal and you are likely to forget all about whatever stresses you have left behind. The idea of simply packing a bag and taking off for a relaxing break is undoubtedly a very attractive one. The reality is that these types of trips take a good amount of preparation in order to ensure they are not simply another source of stress.
Here at Hotel Sis pins we like to think that we know a thing or two about relaxing holidays. We are one of the premier hotels in Puerto Pollensa and are perfectly placed only metres from the beautiful coast. We have also seen our fair share of unprepared travellers and the stresses that they go through; lack of organisation really can ruin a holiday.
We all know the obvious things not to forget but it is those little things that can cause problems as your holiday gets closer. With this in mind we have decided to put together our own little guide on exactly how to prepare for your perfect holiday:
The first step is to get it booked; make sure that it correlates with your holidays at work, and then pick your favourite location and go ahead. It is important to make sure that you do not skip over any part of the booking process, check and double check to ensure there is nothing that you have missed. There are several ways in which you can take money abroad; whether it be cash, travellers checks or if you take your card away with you, it is important to make sure that you have enough to last and a little in reserve for emergencies.
This section should be tackled along with the other documentation of the holiday but we have given it its own section to highlight exactly how important it is. Holiday insurance is cheap and can be arranged in only a few minutes, it really must be one of your top priorities when booking a holiday. The consequences for those that forget and then go on to receive treatment can be financially ruinous.
If you have any medication then no doubt you will have made sure that you have enough of it to cover you throughout your holiday. One thing to remember though is that Europe has different restrictions on certain medications from country to country. Before you go away ensure that your medication is allowed to enter your chosen destination, if not then you will need to seek a doctor’s note in order to take it with you.
Over the summer, kennels and other pet care facilities become full very quickly so it is important to book these early. If you choose to leave pets with family or friends then it is important to make sure that they will definitely be available at the time. If your pets have any special dietary or medical requirements then make sure that those that care for them are aware of these.
The last thing that you want when you go away is to be constantly worried about your home and whether you left it completely secure. The best way to stay stress free throughout your holiday is to leave a trusted neighbour or a family member with a key and ask them to regularly visit the house to make sure that it doesn’t look empty.
By checking that you have completed the five above steps before you go away you will avoid many of the most common stresses that interrupt your holiday relaxation. Though these preparations may take up a little extra time, they are sure to make those dreamy days by the sea all the sweeter.
Fiestas in Majorca July 2014
You may think that Majorca is just a place for relaxing by the pool or sunbathing on the beach, and yes it is the ideal location for this. However, Majorca is also a lively island, full of exciting festivals and markets. If you’ve booked your stay with us this summer, or you’re looking for a getaway this July take a look at the exciting events which are coming up.
July is the month where summer kicks off and there are some fantastic fiestas and activities for the whole family to enjoy all over the island.
The Night Markets: Throughout July
In the summer Majorca can reach high temperatures, so you may not want to visit the markets during the daytime. Lucky for you, there are many night markets across the island. Here you will find local produce, food, crafts, clothes and much more. It is the perfect place to purchase souvenirs and experience true Majorcan culture. In Puerto Pollensa there is usually an array of different stalls along the beach front.
Seafood Festival in Porto Cristo: 14th July
If you’re a lover of sea food and fancy a little bit of travelling, Porto Cristo (about a 1 hour drive away from Pollensa) hosts the annual seafood festival. Here you can enjoy all things marine. All of the local restaurants take part; it’s a great way to spend an evening if you want to take advantage of local Majorcan cuisine.
Verge Del Carma: 15 & 16 July
Verge Del Carma is the fishermen’s fiesta, where the Virgin, the patron of fishermen is celebrated. This festival is celebrated throughout all Majorcan coastal resorts including Puerto Pollensa. It truly is a picturesque sight if you get to experience it, as there are many decorated fishing boats and a procession where a statue of the Virgin is carried out to sea. It is fantastic to watch, and there is usually a variety of family friendly activities held on land.
Sá Mostra International Folklore Festival: 19 – 24 July
This world-renowned festival takes place in municipalities right across Majorca. Parades, dancing and live music can be experienced and it certainly is a wondrous sight to behold; it will really get you into the spirit of holiday, without spending a euro! Groups come from all over the world to take part in this exciting event.
Saint Jaume: 25July
The festival of Saint Jaume takes place across Majorca. Saint Jaume is the patron saint of Alcudia, and during this fiesta season you can enjoy everything from live music to bull fights, and dances. The festival concludes with an impressive firework display in Alcudia, which is a short 20 minute drive away from Puerto Pollensa.
There are many incredible festivals in Puerto Pollensa and throughout Majorca in July. So book your stay at Hotel Sis Pins, one of the finest beach hotels in Majorca and experience that true holiday feeling by taking advantage of all the brilliant fiestas that this beautiful island has to offer!