What kind of images does Spain conjure up in your head? Warmth, a relaxed pace, late-night feasts? And what about an island off Spain? We picture even more relaxation and luxury, lots of sun and beaches.
Our Majorca mantel surround takes its name from the largest island in the Balearic Sea off the east coast for Spain. The island of Majorca (also spelled Mallorca) has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This week we’ll take a look of the allure of Majorca – both the island and the mantel surround.
Lay of the Land
It’s only 50 miles from one end of Majorca to the other, but the island packs in more than 340 miles of coastline. Visitors come from around the world to enjoy windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving, or just relaxing on white sand beaches. Nearly 40 percent of the island is protected land. Bike or drive inland, and you’ll encounter the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains, with peaks of 4,500 feet. Coastal and inland trails are accessible for hikers and mountain bikers. Majorca’s capital, Palma, boasts nightlife and a historic old town. Visitors arrive by yacht or ferry, or fly into the Son Sant Joan airport, located a few miles outside Palma.
You won’t have the beaches to yourself; you’ll have to share them with celebrities. Royals and film stars have vacationed here for decades. Spanish film stars rub shoulders with denizens of Hollywood. Some even buy homes in Majorca.
Here are just a few celebrity sightings:
- Composer Frederic Chopin wintered in Majorca in 1838, proving the island has celeb staying power.
- Princess Grace and Prince Rainier honeymooned here.
- Regular visitors via yacht include rocker Rod Stewart and designer Valentino.
- Julio Iglesias once had a home here.
- Brad Pitt’s been spotted in the chic Karma Bar.
- Paris Hilton has graced Majorca parties with her presence.
- Spanish King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia hosted Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha at their summer palace in Palma in 2010.
While beaches and yachting are big in Majorca, the island also has cultural attractions. Palma’s massive gothic cathedral is a must-see. Construction began in 1230 and continued for 400 years. Artists have added to the cathedral over the centuries, most notably a canopy over the altar created by Antoni Gaudi.
You can ride a vintage train between Palma and Sóller, a 17-mile journey that passes through pine forests, citrus orchards, olive groves and a series of tunnels. Sóller features Art Nouveau houses and shopping for crafts.
Wine drinkers will relish a trip to Binissalem, a vineyard destination northeast of Palma. José L. Ferrer is the best-known winery in this region.
The Alfabia Gardens are home to tropical plants and citrus trees dotted with fountains and pools. Stroll beneath sweet-smelling jasmine and honeysuckle.
Have you started Googling airfare to Majorca yet? It’s certainly a worthy destination for your summer vacation. But if you can’t quite swing the trip this year, consider bringing Majorca to you. We guarantee that the Mediterranean-inspired design elements of our Majorca mantel surround will bring a touch of elegance and culture to your abode.