The first hotel was inaugurated in the late 70s by Fidel Castro who swam in the pool. The village inland comprises several rundown apartment blocks and is home to about 200 inhabitants. Read the rest of this entry
Cala Mondrago is not a town, village or a resort but a 500 yds by 500 yds small 2-hostal hamlet which has one small road, a tiny shop, a couple of beach snack bar/restaurants and a car park and a handful of private homes which lie scattered among the pine trees.
Its significance as a holiday destination is its unspoilt stunning surroundings which is very suitable to those looking for a quiet holiday with a love of the outdoors.
Cala Mondrago is found on the E coast, 5 mls SW of Cala d’Or, 40 mls SE of Palma, 35 mls SE of the international airport. It is an unspoilt protected nature reserve of low scrub- and pine-covered hills, sand dunes, wetlands and small rocky coves. Cultivated farmland and almond groves surround.
The area is particularly suited to those looking for peace and quiet, twitchers, beachcombers and those of an independent nature with a love of the outdoors. The area attracts day-trippers and locals at weekends.
In terms of accommodation there are 2 small privately run 1-star hostals; 1 small privately owned self-catering apartment block and an all-inclusive property 2 mls away. The area has 2 fine sandy beaches: s’Amarador, which is adjacent to a car park, flanked by rocky pine-clad slopes and packed with loungers; there are 2 snack bar/restaurants. The unspoilt Mondrago Beach, reached by a low path (220 yds) curving round a rocky coastline, is over 220 yds wide and 75 yds deep and backed by small dunes, pine forests and marshland.
Both beaches can get extremely crowded with day-trippers and, at weekends, coolbox-carrying locals. Main attractions include walking, hiking, bird-watching, cycling and horse-riding. There is a small picnic area with barbecue and children’s playground. The area has nothing in terms of nightlife. In terms of ‘food’ there are 2 basic beach snack bar/restaurants and a selection of fish restaurants on harbourside at Porto Petro (2½ mls).
Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles Archipelago, is situated in the Republic of Seychelles in the western Indian Ocean. The capital city Victoria, the wonderful beaches, and the lush green vegetation of the island make it one of the mostly visited tourist destinations in the world.
Mahé, housing a well equipped international airport, destinations that provides you with relaxation and the much-needed break from the monotonous chores of daily life, attracts a good number of visitors all through the year. Surrounded with the calm and quiet neighbouring islands.
Mahé also serves as the base to access all the neighbouring islands on the ocean, ideal to make your weekend itinerary.
This area is suited to well-off honeymooners and families, it appeals to special-interest groups. Prices of accommodation and every day living here are high here. This is predominantly an international resort complexes and medium-sized hotels, all with modern facilities. There are family-run guesthouses and bungalows which are interesting cultural-exchange alternatives.
Mahé has a comfortable weather with temperature remaining between 26°C to 29°C all through the year. However, during the month of November to February, the island gets a good amount of rain.
Due to the position of the island, which is beyond the cyclone belt, you can keep your worries of high storm or thunderstorm aside. Looking at the Southeast trade winds and the Northwest monsoon the best time to visit Mahé would be between March and October.
Mahe is situated off the east coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean (640 mls NE of Madagascar and 975 mls E of Kenya). The international airport is on the E coast, 6 mls SE of the nation’s capital, Victoria). The largest and one of the most northerly of the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands. Its nearest neighbours are Silhouette, Praslin and La Digue.
The beaches here offer a wide choice, with around 70 in all, small or large, deserted or crowded, highly visible or hidden away in some remote part of the island. Beau Vallon, the main tourist beach on the NW coast, is a 2-ml-long arc of white sand with clear waters and a wide range of water sports on offer, it is also the calmest of the beaches, so good for young families.
Victoria offers a range of locally produced wares and a daily market for fresh fish and vegetables; the Codevar Centre has a wide selection of local art and crafts. All villages have small, basic grocery stores for every day living.
During the daytime there are many beach and water sports, including snorkelling, diving and sailing. There are also acilities for golf, horse riding, paragliding, bird-watching, walking and hiking.
The nightlife here is based mostly in hotels offering evening entertainment programmes, from barbecue nights to dinner dances and folk singing. There is one cinema in Victoria, a national theatre, 5 discos/nightclubs which are open mostly at weekend, and a couple of hotel-based casinos.
The main choice of food here is by far is creole, but many eateries offer a more bland “international” cuisine for those who can’t take the spice. A reputable pizzeria at Beau Vallon. Several takeaways can be found in Victoria. A few Chinese and Indian restaurants exist in the bigger hotels.
Most of the religious festivals that are celebrated in Port Victoria are related Roman Catholicism like Easter, Corpus Christi on June 10, The Assumption on August 15, and the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Festival Kreole is celebrated every year at the end of October to showcase the Crèole culture and tradition to the outside world.
Reykjavik’s foundation is equally romantic and beguiling as its location, set on the fringe of the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by a lunar volcanic netherworld, with the shadowy hulk of Mount Esja in the background. Legend has it that ‘Arnarson’ a viking leader named the place Reykjavik (‘Smokey Bay’) after the steam rising from the hot springs . Today, these numerous geothermal springs, running beneath the city, provide almost all the heating and water in the city. The only by-product of this system is a faint odour of hydrogen sulphide, especially evident when showering. But the low level of fuel emissions gives the city clean air and crystal clear skies. The lack of pollution is also due to the comparatively small size of the capital.
The city’s nightlife is perhaps fuelled by the fact that most Icelanders let go of their weekday Nordic calm and instead reveal the fiery Celtic side of the their heritage (the Vikings kidnapped many Scots and Irish on their way over), especially evident in their friendliness and openness to foreign visitors.
During the day, Reykjavik is a far more sedate place with trim houses, rubbish-free streets and an easygoing pace of life. There are bountiful cultural attractions, countless cafés, six geothermal swimming baths and a myriad of day trip opportunities into the stunning hinterland. One of the most charming things about Reykjavik is that everything visitors would want to see is handily located within walking distance. Cultural festivals are also currently multiplying and maturing, as Iceland begins to establish its cultural identity.
The vast, beautiful landscape of Iceland lends itself to innumerable outdoor activities. Visitors to Reykjavik will be impressed by the city’s proximity to nature and struck by the cleanliness of the city itself. There are plenty of possibilities when planning outdoor excursions during your stay in the capital.
With the increase in numbers of international travellers in the past years, Iceland has assimilated many outdoor sports from other countries and adapted them to its own natural environment. Sports such as kayaking and white-water rafting are not native to Iceland, but they fit perfectly with the natural surroundings.
Nightlife in Reykjavik is legendary for its energy and stamina. It is not uncommon at the weekend to spend the whole night partying at one of the city’s many nightclubs, known for their cool atmosphere and stylish patrons. There are nightclubs to suit a variety of tastes in terms of decor and music.
Those looking to see the sights are recommended to take one of the many available tours with many different themes: seeing such sights as waterfalls, spouting geysers and glaciers, horse-riding, whale-watching, sea-angling.. there’s something for everyone.
Epicures will find plenty to keep them happy when wining and dining in the nation’s capital. Icelandic cuisine, like many things in Iceland, benefits from the open-mindedness of the Icelandic people and the willingness of the culture to adapt foreign tastes to its own. Icelanders may be modest about many things, but food is not one of them.
All the main hotels are well situated within the city, with easy access to all the attractions of the downtown area.