Welcome to MyTravel to You newsletter no. 6, an extension of my blogs, facebook and twitter posts, anecdotes, travel news, events, my latest travels and pictures and some useful tips.
Happy New Year 2016
MAJORCAMajorca is one of the oldest and most popular resorts for British, German and Scandinavian holidaymakers. I reckon most of us have had their annual 7 or 14 night holiday at sometime in their lives. It was actually my first grown up holiday travelling with my friends rather than my family. My most recent visit was for a 70th birthday party a little out of season end of September/beginning October, a perfect time for a short break. We visited the popular resort of Magaluf and at that time of year it is mostly older clinetele. Don’t let that fool you into believing that it is quet and sedate. These oldies can rock and roll and bop until they drop. Entertainment never starts until at least 9.30pm and more likely 10pm and expect an early night to be 2am. Magaluf and neighbouring Palma Nova is pretty much as you would expect, bright lights, tacky bars, Keep Calm parephernalia and fish and chips galore so not a resort I would recommend for children at any time of year but Majorca isn’t just Magaluf and there are many resorts that are more suitable for families such as the more mature and sophistacted Santa Ponsa just down the road, Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa on the North coast and Cala D’Or on the East coast. South coast resorts like Magaluf and Santa Ponsa have the advantage of a short flight and a short transfer and even in winter there is plenty of sunshine so it is perfect for a short break or a stag/hen weekend.
Majorca has a good bus network so it is cheap and easy to get around so we took advantage of this for a day trip to Palma and a day of shopping and tapas. Palma isn’t that big and it is easy to walk around as many areas are pedestrianised or find a horse and carriage to take you round the city. There are sights and smells of peppers, garlic, sausages and hams, so tempting and so typically Spanish alongside designer shops and old buildings. Somehow, bizaarely it all seems to work, but find a local tapas bar and try the local fare for yourself washed down with a local beer or a glass of wine, a perfect way to finish the afernoon. If you have a little more time in Palma take the train up to Puerto Soller.
January is a very busy month and always a month of many quotes and bookings, hence a lot of marketing going out as well. I have had a lot of enquiries for Latin America. Costa Rica in particular has a lot of renewed interest following the new direct route with BA. Costa Rica is one of the most bio diverse countries in the world with so much packed into a small area. I have also had enquiries for Venezuela which looks stunning and Cuba. A lot of people want to go to Cuba before it gets too popular. Cuba has Havana a UNESCO World heritage site, some of the best beaches in the world, coral reef and its fair share of nature and comparitively cheap for a Caribbean country. Last year the trend towards Asia
Plan early particularly if you are looking for school holidays, flights and 2-bdrm apartments are already proving difficult
Renew your passportby next month if it is due to run out over the next 9 months. You should get it back in a few days if you do it now
THIS MONTH’S NEWSDEALS
Most of the seat sakes have finished now are are due to finish soon but there are still are few early booking deals
The new route to San Jose, Costa Rica is already proving very popular so long may it last,
A charter route is being planned from London to St Helena when the new airport opens in May. There will also be regular services from Johannesburg
CRUISE NEWS MSC is introducing all inclusive making it even better value for the family and for those with a limited budget.
Princess will be launching Majestic Princess in 2017 and are currently planning a new innovative ship for 2019