Mallorca June 2014 076 (Small)If you tell someone you’re going to Majorca, they’ll probably repeat it in a stupid, irritating voice and think that they’re hilariously funny. Majorca got a bit of a bad name, not due to anything that the Majorcans did, but because of the budget tourists who used to fly there and forgot to pack their manners.

Luckily, the worst tourists are like bedbugs. They get picked up and stay where Mallorca June 2014 040 (Small)they’re dropped off. So, apart from just a few touristy areas, most of the island is totally unspoilt. I went there a few weeks ago and visited several hotels and B&Bs, which were all completely different. I’ll be writing about them one at a time in the near future.

The island of Majorca (in case you’ve just arrived from the Planet Zog) is located in the Mediterranean. It’s one of the Balearic Islands, along with Minorca, Ibiza Mallorca June 2014 100 (Small)and Formentera. Majorca has two mountainous regions, and some very interesting caves.

Be warned; although the mountain regions are only 70kms, 43 miles, in length — which doesn’t look very far on the map — the roads go up, down, round and curve back, so what looks like a short journey really takes a long time, and it will make Mallorca June 2014 144 (Small)the driver’s arms ache! But it’s well worth the effort to visit some of the mountain villages. Most of the roads are good. It’s worth hiring a car and exploring.

The capital, Palma, needs a day’s visit as there’s so much to see and do. I love walking along the narrow streets and nosing through gateways into the courtyards. Some of them are picturesque. Sometimes, tours are arranged to take you around a lot of the courtyards. Ask Doug about it. The Cathedral stands, looking down on the port. It’s a magnificent building.

Stroll along the seafront and drool over the yachts moored there. Then choose a place to sit and eat or have a coffee – there’s a huge choice – and watch the world go by. Palma’s market sells fresh fish, fruit and vegetables; all local. There’s a huge selection, Mallorca June 2014 083 (Small)and eating in Majorca is a wonderful experience, as most of their food has only travelled a short distance.

Despite the number of planes that pass through the airport, I hardly saw a cloud in the blue sky. In fact, pollution seems to be low on the island and the light is almost 3D!Mallorca June 2014 127 (Small)

The roads are lined with flowering shrubs, and there are trees everywhere; lemons, almonds, olives. Take my word for it, Majorca’s a beautiful island. And you know me by now. I don’t throw corny clichés around like Picturesque, Beautiful, etc.

My advice? Go to Majorca. It ticks all the boxes. But don’t tell anyone. Tell them you’re going to the Balearics and let them say that in a silly voice!

Hotel Bon Sol Resort & Spa has 146 rooms & villas spread through the grounds with excellent dining and leisure facilities including a luxury spa; 3 swimming pools, tennis, and a quiet beach cove (see www.hotelbonsol.es).

Classic Collection Holidays (www.classic-colllection.co.uk 0800 294 9318) offers 3 nights at Hotel Bon Sol from £597 per person or  7 nights from £1049). Prices based on 2 adults sharing a classic twin room on half-board basis with return flights from up to 24 UK airport and private transfers.

Hotel Tres is a stylish 4 star hotel in the heart of Palma with contemporary interiors.  A rooftop sun terrace offers a plunge pool, sunbeds and sauna with stunning views.  Double rooms from €215 with breakfast – advance bookings offer 15% discount   www.hoteltres.com

Finca Dalt Murada opened on 3rd May in Binissalem (www.fincadaltmurada.com).  This rural agroturismo offers 25 rooms & suites in the main house & grounds with pool, gardens, and bikes for guests use.  Opening rates for 7 night stay from €675 per double room with breakfast, including an optional 2 night stay  at Hotel Dalt Murada, a 16th century manor house in central Palma www.daltmurada.com.

For more information on Mallorca visit Fomento del Turisme www.fomentmallorca.org/en/

For more information, please contact:

Doug Goodman

doug@douggoodmanpr.com Tel: 0208 614 1448.

Andrew Farr

Andrew.farr@classic-collection.co.uk Tel: 01903 836 611

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.