Day 4. Girona’s Jewish Quarter

We woke to leaden skies and thundery rain - not what we were hoping for on our final day in beautiful Girona. Still, it was a good excuse for a long, relaxing breakfast as there was little point in hurrying outdoors. By 10.30 a.m. the rain had eased slightly so armed with our umbrellas we …

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Day 3. Girona’s Museum of Cinema and an afternoon on the Costa Brava

Sun streamed into our bedroom as we drew back the curtains and after a long, lazy breakfast we were ready for another day of sightseeing. Our first stop of the day was just a short walk away at the Museum of Cinema, standard admission €6. We'd already had the pleasure of visiting the Cinema Museum …

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Day 2. Exploring Girona

We had slept so soundly it was difficult making a move, but after turning off the alarm clock several times we finally managed to rouse ourselves, coming to life with an invigorating shower followed by a delicious breakfast in the restaurant of the Doubletree by Hilton. Set up for the day, our first stop was …

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Day 1. A short break in Girona

We'd arranged a short break to the Spanish city of Girona with a lunchtime flight from Bournemouth Airport on Dorset's south coast. It was our third time using this airport and it's always a pleasure as there are plenty of airside facilities and no queues. Our Ryanair flight departed on time with a full load …

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Day 1. Arriving in Palma, Mallorca

We decided to exchange the chilly Easter weather of northern England for a week on the Mediterranean, staying on the largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca.  My husband hasn't  visited Mallorca since he was 13 and following a weekend visit to the island last year with my younger son,  I'm hoping to convince him that …

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Day 2. Visiting Port D’Andratx

We woke to bright sunshine and there was no sign of yesterday's late afternoon rain showers.   Although some tables had been set out on the terrace for breakfast everyone seemed to think it a little chilly and guests were all dining indoors.  Breakfast consisted of a large buffet along with show cooking for hot …

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Day 3. Castell de Bellver, Palma

From our hotel room we could see Bellver Castle on the hilltop  so after breakfast we decided to walk up and take a look.  It's quite a steep climb, first along a road and then up very many stone steps to the castle entrance.  It was another sunny morning but the cooler days of April …

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Day 4. Vintage Train to Soller

After watching a BBC television series entitled 'Great Continental Railway Journeys' which featured a delightful old wooden train that runs between Palma and Soller we wanted to take a ride on it ourselves. The train line was established in 1929 to link Palma with the north west coast of the island.  Trains depart from its …

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Day 5. Exploring Alcudia

Whilst eating breakfast we watched two large cruise liners come into port but it was a rainy start to the day so the passengers wouldn't being seeing Palma at its best.  Our plan for today was to visit Alcudia situated in the north east of the island.  We travelled by TIB bus who operate longer distance bus services …

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Day 6. Valldemossa & Palma

A lovely sunny morning for a visit to the village of Valldemossa in the Tramuntana Mountains, 17 km north west of Palma.  We travelled there by TIB bus from Palma's central bus station at Playa D'Espanya, the journey taking only 30 minutes and the bus stopping just once at the island's university UIB.  The campus is located in …

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