Palma, the island's capital, has a population of approximately 300,000, which is practically half of the entire population of the island. It stretches some 15 km along the coastline, from El Arenal and Palma beach in the east as far as the cosmopolitan districts of Cala Mayor and San Agustin in the west.
Palma is a smallish city, having all the advantages that this brings, while at the same time having all the possibilities of a much larger city. Its main source of income comes from tourism and, consequently, leisure activities of all kinds are more than well~atered-for here. There are restaurants, cafeterias, pubs, concert halls, discotheques, a bull-ring, and all types of shows, offering the visitor entertainment and amusement at all times.
Tourism had already become an important aspect of life on the island of Majorca back in the early 1920's, although on a much smaller scale than today, of course. It was a select, mainly winter tourism which grew up steadily until the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. The later 'discovery' of Thiza and Menorca did not occur until well alter the Civil War.
At that time Majorca was full of artists, who established what was, to all intents and purposes, a colony in and around Pollenca and its port. One of the most famous of them all was Anglada Camarassa. That conglomeration of artists and poets at Pollenca was to bring about something previously unheard of in island tourism -the construction in 1929 of the Hotel Formentor. It was promoted by the Argentinian entrepreneur Adan Dihel, who even suffered personal hardship in his determination to build the finest hotel on the Mediterranean, near a beach which was not really considered the most adequate place for rest and relaxation.
The Hotel Formentor brought about a previously unimaginable change in the island's tourist industry, and was soon imitated by the Hotel Cala Dor and the Gran Hotel Camp de Mar. These new hotels successfully joined forces with the already-existing Hotel Victoria, Gran Hotel de Palma and the Hotel Principe Alfonso.
The furthest distance that can be travelled on this island of 581,564 inhabitants is 120km. It covers an area of some 3,640 km2 between Puerto de San Telm and Formentor lighthouse at Cape Formentor.
Apartment rental in Mallorca
MAJORCA MALLORCA and the BALEARIC ISLANDS, IBIZA and MENORCA
Luxury villa overlooking Puerto Andratx: This air conditioned villa is very private and has spacious living areas for family holidays. Covered terraces, out-door dining and a pool terrace make this a luxury rental. The twin garage has a lift for taking shopping down to the kitchen, although the temptation of the waterfront restaurants in Puerto Andratx means that aperatives and breakfast are the only meals likely to be taken on the terrace dining area. 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8. 2014: Good availability..
Near Ibiza Town in secluded rural location: Large villa with separate apartment making it ideal for groups and large families. This beautifully renovated traditional finca stands in large grounds with fantastic views and a pool. Parking for many cars and easy access to the beaches and towns of Ibiza make this the perfect holiday place for all members of the family. 5/6 bedrooms sleeps 10 - 14. Currently long-term unavailable.
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3 room apartment to rent in Châtel in the Haute Savoie. Sleeps 6. Balcony with a fabulous view to the mountains. Châtel offers all summer sports, including tennis, mountain-biking, walking, swimming, archery, pony trekking and there is white water rafting within 10 miles and water-skiing on Lake Geneva within 20 miles. Who needs a beach or a pool?! Available throughout July, August and September except 13 July to 3 August. Currently long-term unavailable.
Central Nice: 3 bedroom airy apartment in traditional old building with high ceilings and stone floors - two roads from the beach, 10 minutes walk from the Old Town and 15 minutes drive from the airport. Owned by nice American. Sleeps 8. Fully equipped kitchen and DSL line for internet access Available June, July, August and September. Currently long-term unavailable.
Cap d'Antibes villa rental near Phare Au Chapel. It is has large grounds, magnificent gardens, 4 bedrooms, large lounge and huge terrace and pool. Available to end of June (special offer available), last two weeks of July and September.
Apartment in BARCELONA with air conditioning and heating ZONA ALTA Via Augusta, accomodates 6 Persons. Other apartments are also available from here in the best areas of Barcelona. 2014: Good availability..
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