Of the Mediterranean vacation resorts, I like Mallorca the best. There are mountains and valleys, there are countless beaches, there is an underground lake complete with a boat for tourists and there is a rickety train that has been running since 1912 and takes tourists literally through the mountains from Palma, the capital, to Soller on the west coast. The longest tunnel is several kilometres long.

The capital has a population of about 400,000. Approximately half of the people of the island live there. Mallorca, or Majorca, as the British prefer to call it, has been very popular with tourists since the 1950s. Tourism is such an old and big thing there and so important for the economy of the island that the locals have learned over the years how to keep them coming. A guaranteed way to decrease tourism is to rip them off with exorbitant prices.

One can encounter the odd instance of this on the island, but on the whole prices are very reasonable. The lowest price for a pint of lager I saw was €0.80! By Finnish standards, that's cheap.


This is the central downtown boulevard in Palma.


There are many picturesque narrow pedestrian alleys in the city centre. Some of them lead to squares on which artists paint or draw your picture in minutes if you like.


I just had to take this picture!Emotion: smile A doctor offers his services in two languages, Finnish (Lääkäri) and English. Note that the more important of the two languages is at the top.


There are Irish pubs all over the world and Palma is no exception.




If you don't like taxis and buses, a horse and carriage is also available.


On Paseo Maritimo, the wide road next to the marina and harbour, the name of the capital is sculpted in red letters by the roadside.


A view of the Bay of Palma.




A&S is a department store at one end of the boulevard in the first photo.


There are windmills on the island even though these ones in Palma are just a decoration.

The next pictures were taken in Soller and Port de Soller.


The wooden benches are hard but one doesn't really worry about that as one travels from Palma to Soller on this train. The speed is nothing to boast about, 45 kilometres per hour at the most!Emotion: smile Depending on the number of stops and the time spent taking pictures of the mountains, the journey takes about an hour or a little longer.


This picture shows what the inside of the train looks like.


The train stops in the middle of nowhere so that the tourists can get off and take pictures. There is a platform but there is no station.


From Soller one can take an air-conditioned (= no walls!) tram to Port de Soller, which has a marina and a beach.


The name of the restaurant is either Roma or Amor, depending on how you want to interpret it.


This is the beach of Port de Soller.


The marina of Port de Soller.

In Magalluf and Palmanova, there are innumerable bars and restaurants and every conceivable kind of entertainment. If you are looking for something genuinely Majorcan, these areas are not for you.


This building appears to have experienced an earthquake and landed upside down on its roof. Note the uprooted palm-trees. Even the name of the building (Katmandu) is upside down on the wall. I'm not quite sure what exactly was on offer inside except for restaurants and bars. The adverts mentioned "a 4-D cinema experience" for 17 euros. For 17 euros I expect to get at least five dimensions!


Den Glade Viking, a Scandinavian bar.


No one wanted to sit here in the heat of the day but there were lots of people by midnight.


Sand art on the beach. The artist was never there but you could leave your coins for him/her and I assume that he/she collected them once a day or so.


This photo shows one of the countless hotels and the promenade next to the beach.


Some of the bars seem to be always open. This one closes at 6 a.m.


The King's Arms is the original name of this bar. Many years ago it changed hands and the new owner, a Scandinavian, wanted to attract not just Brits but also Scandinavians. The bar now has three names, which you can see in the picture: The King's Arms, Det Glada Hörnet (Swedish) and The Glade Hjörnet (Norwegian) Det Glada Hörnet is The Happy Corner in English.

CB
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CB
Ahh CB, you reminded me how deeply I need a holiday. Emotion: smile

The train trip is really great, I would like to be there but somehow I couldn't feel secure when I read that there is no station. Emotion: smile

The name of the pub is really a great idea. I found it cunning! Emotion: stick out tongue

And that strange building. I really like to see different examples like them. New architects must be really creative. I wish there were such examples in my city too.

And thanks for sharing your photos.
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I'll add a few pictures taken during this year's visit.

If you think 24-hour service is enough, think again!Emotion: wink

Santa Ponsa is a little town in the south-west of the island.




Some tourists wanted a bird's-eye-view of the beach and chartered an airplane. No, there was a forest fire near by and this plane was used to extinguish it. It filled its tanks with sea water again and again and sprayed it on the flames a few hundred metres away.

CB