Visit Calvia, Mallorca
Calvia, a municipality located on the south west corner of Majorca, is most commonly known for being home to popular party place Magaluf, however, for the first time the region is promoting its vast array of stunning winter products to the UK market. Although the Brits are yet to discover Calvia as a winter destination, visitors from other European countries travel to the region to take advantage of the beautiful Mediterranean climate, which makes the area an ideal location for all the outdoor activities it has to offer.
This little known Mediterranean gem boasts six well established resorts (Magaluf, Palmanova, Portal Nous, Illetes, Santa Ponca and Peguera) which are all situated approximately 20 minutes from Palma de Mallorca airport, which is only a two hour flight from London Gatwick and other regional airports.
With an average winter temperature of 15°, Calvia is a hiker’s and cycler’s paradise. Olympic Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins will actually spend a few months each year training in the region with other athletes, who all go to the area to use the abundance of luxury facilities and natural training areas.
This October, Calvia is delighted to launch its new dedicated cycling programme. Calvia is home to ‘bike-stations’ which are located in a collection of hotels in the region. These bike-stations home up to 300 luxury bikes (costing up to £2000 each) and visitors can enquire about group tours or seek assistance with planning routes for themselves. Visitcalvia.com’s new bike programme launches seven different routes of different intensities throughout the region. Visitors can explore the borough of Calvia on the Calvia’s Landscapes route, ride through the lush landscapes of Peguera on Enjoy Peguera, cycle along the coast on the Palmanova-Magaluf route, experience the magic of the panoramic views at sunset on Sunset Tramuntama, and follow a delicious route through the regions almond and winery areas on Almond Blossom and Wineries.
For those more adventurous cyclists, Torrent de Santa Ponca and Es Capdella-Galatzo are mountain bike routes that begin at the region’s main mountain bike ride starting point, Es Capdella, and take visitors on a thrilling journey through the mountains to Galatzo, 1000m above sea level.
A new hiking programme has also been launched with includes 11 spectacular routes through the region, including the GR221 internationally recognised route from Es Capdella to Estellencs. This route takes visitors through small towns, crosses Galatzo estate and meanders through mountains and farmland, all the while uncovering fascinating bronze age archaeological sites and architecture. On other routes hikers will learn about the 14th century pirate and medieval history as well as the conquering of Majorca when King of Aragon, James I, landed at Santa Ponca and the battles with the Muslim inhabitants at the time.
On all the routes, visitors will unearth pine forests, wild olive trees, peaceful, secluded bays, panoramic coast to mountain views, and wildlife such as Majorcan goats and voltors.
Easyjet offers return flights to Palma Majorca Airport from October 2012– March 2013, from £64.98 per person. For further information and to book visit www.easyjet.com or call 0843 104 5000
For more information on Calvia, visit www.visitcalvia.com
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.