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  • San Sant'Antimo - a large church in Tuscany, Italy
    04/03/2020 - Nick 0 Comments
    Does Tuscany have the Coronavirus?

    Tuscany is not currently classified as an area at risk.

    The number of identified cases in Tuscany are very few. All patients are in a good, stable health condition and have been isolated according to procedure.

    Italy adopted exceptional controls and measures at the beginning of the outbreak in China. They are tracing cases extremely quickly, efficiently and precisely.

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  • 27/02/2020 - Great Little Escapes 1 Comment
    The Filming Locations Featured in The BBC TV Series, ‘The Mallorca Files’

    People who love feel-good police drama series can’t keep calm, thanks to the recent release of ‘The Mallorca Files’ late last year. The fun show which is aired on BBC features two detectives, Miranda Blake, a British and Max Winter, a German as the main characters. Although the two are polar opposites, it’s very fascinating to see how their mismatched crime-fighting partnership culminates to great results. If you watch this light-hearted series, you’ll see beautiful and unique scenes that might leave you wondering, “What are The Mallorca Files filming locations?”

    Well, the name itself (The Mallorca File) gives you an idea that the film might have been filmed in Mallorca. If this is your guess, then you are right. The series was actually shot in Mallorca Island, which is also known as Majorca Island. It is one of the Spanish Mediterranean Balearic Islands. Popular for alluring beach resorts and limestone mountains, among other intriguing natural and human-made landmarks and attractions, the island gives The Mallorca Files an incredible splendor. 

    Possibly you are now asking, “Where in Majorca is The Mallorca Files BBC TV programme filmed?” On that note, let’s have a look at all the locations in Majorca from where the series scenes were drawn. These filming locations include:

    1. Palma de Mallorca Airport

    Palma de Mallorca Airport is where the opening chase scenes of the series’ initial episode were filmed. It’s where DC Blake is seen escorting a star witness who’s heading to the UK.

    2. Ses Cases del Virrey

    Some scenes of the series’ first episode were shot at a hotel located in the vicinity of Inca’s central town, and this hotel is called Ses Cases del Virrey. The 4-star hotel features classic décor and an array of modern facilities. Better still, in its surroundings, lies a beautiful exotic garden. You can have a snippet view of some of those from the first episode of the show.

    3. Felanitx

    The scenes in “Death in The Morning,” a bullfighting episode in the series, were shot at Felanitx, a beautiful town situated on a hill. From the episode, you’ll see Julian Looman and Elen Rhys, the two major protagonists of the film, being in a convertible car. As the symbolic meaning of the episode might suggest, filming scenes at this old town was quite frustrating to the cast members, as the heavy downpour washed out the set outdoor dance sequence.

    Being an old town, Felanitx has many outstanding historic buildings such as San Salvador, Castell de Santuri and the church of San Miguel. Also, there are beautiful vineyards in its surroundings.

    4. Soller Railway

    The filming of “Number One Fan,” the fourth episode of The Mallorca Files’ was done on the Soller Railway. From the scenes taken from this place in the series, we see Max and Miranda trying to investigate how a top German model could have gone missing from a moving train. The train featured in the scene is actually a real Soller train. The railway, which was built in 1912, has old-fashioned trains that ferry local people and tourists through the mountains, allowing them to enjoy the glamorous views of the mountainous landscape.

    5. Central Mallorca’s vineyard

    The fifth episode of the crime drama series shows Miranda and Max going to a wine region to probe how a dog was killed at one of the key vineyards of Mallorca, and the person(s) responsible. The filming of the scenes took place in Central Mallorca’s vineyard. Particularly, the vineyard scenes actually took place between Bodegas Oliver Morgagues winery and Bodegas Ribas winery. It’s a place that will create you beautiful life-time memories if you visit it.

    6. Posh Villas in Mallorca

    There are various scenes showing luxury villas in the series. All these villas are actually located in different places in Mallorca. One of them is Clara Blava, which is nestled in the eastern part of Palma Bay. We see the friends and relatives of the “murdered person” gathering in this state-of-the-art-designed villa. The villa appearing in the sixth episode, “To Kill a Snag,” is Sol de Mallorca, which is found in the southern area of Magaluf. It’s a breathtaking residential property too.

    7. Sa Calobra (the Knot)

    In the second episode titled “King of the Mountain”, Max and Miranda are competing in a cycling race. We see them cycling along a very beautiful road, which is Sa Calobra (also called The Knot or The Tie Knot), in reality. Stretching 13 kilometers, The Sa Calobra is among the most scenic roads in not only Europe but also worldwide.

    Meandering through the mountainous north of Majorca, the road features Nus de Sa Calobra, a 360-degree curve, and this is where the name “Knot” stems from. Another interesting thing about this road is that it was built manually about 90 years ago, without involving any machine whatsoever.

    Would you like to have a first-hand experience with any of the above fascinating locations for your holiday? At Great Little Escapes, we are ready to help you make that happen. Contact us now to find out how we’ll take you there conveniently, comfortably, safely, and with your budget in mind.

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  • 27/02/2020 - Great Little Escapes 0 Comments
    Multi-Generational Holidays in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca

    1. What are the Multi-Generational Holidays?

    Nowadays many families spend little time together. Three-generation or 3-G holidays are a good option to change this. Grandparents, parents and children can spend a holiday together and make up for what they miss during the year.

    Families choose 3-G for various reasons. They might just want to spend time together or they wish to celebrate a special occasion.

    Benefits are numerous.
    • Grandparents can get to know their grandchildren better.
    • Distant family members can enjoy the quality time together.
    • Parents can have a break from the day-to-day routine of looking after the kids.
    • Shared holidays can also help to reduce holiday costs, particularly if you choose self-catering and share a villa or apartment.

    2. Why should you choose Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca?

    First, visitors to Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca can choose from a great selection of accommodations.
    From our own experience, these trips work best if you rent a villa. You should rent a villa because:

    • You will enjoy the comfort of the villa just for yourselves.
    • Parents or grandparents will have space for themselves.
    • Kids will have enough space to play.
    • You can easily find the best sun lounger.
    • You can dine when you want to.
    • You can plan activities to suit your schedule.
    • Nobody will disturb you in your leisure time.

    Equally important, choose a villa :
    • with restaurants and supermarkets nearby.
    • with plenty of outdoor space for mealtimes and leisure.
    • with en-suite or multiple bathrooms

    Otherwise, you can check in at a hotel. In that case, you use traditional services and you will not have to take care of anything.
    Port de Pollensa is one of the best multigenerational holiday destinations. It offers a wide choice of large apartments and villas:
    • Seaside houses.
    • Rural hideaways with a private swimming pool.
    • Town centre dwellings.
    • Near supermarkets, fabulous restaurants and shops.
    • Villas with en-suite or multiple bathrooms

    Peter Kirk shares with us his own experience. He stayed with his family on multi-generational holiday in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca:

    Let me introduce the resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Cala San Vicente.

    My family and I enjoy a multi-generation holiday on the Island of Mallorca twice a year. We are six people - two seniors, two adults and two children.

    We choose the resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Cala San Vicente, which are located in the north of the Island of Mallorca because they cater for families and couples. We usually take an apartment or a villa, which give us three bedrooms so we can all have our own space.

    The resort of Puerto Pollensa straddles a beautiful bay with a gorgeous sandy beach and a mountainous backdrop. There is just one large hotel, an abundance of smaller hotels and a good selection of apartments and villas.

    The resort is blessed with lots of small shops, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes, but the good thing for families is there are no noisy nightclubs or late-night music bars to disturb the children at night.

    We have been holidaying in Puerto Pollensa for several years. Before that, my wife and I stayed in hotels within the resort for many years. Our favourite is the Hotel Illa d'Or, which is located in the famous Pinewalk.

    For an even quieter location, choose the resort of Cala San Vicente just a 20-minute drive from Puerto Pollensa. Cala San Vicente has two beautiful bays surrounded by mountains. Accommodation is mainly villas and apartments, but there are three or four established hotels.

    My family and I often take the car and drive to Cala San Vicente. We enjoy the beach and take lunch at a favourite restaurant Pepe’s Bar. Outside the resorts, you can stay in attractive villas with private pools in the countryside for a quieter lifestyle. My family chose one of those villas last October for our own holiday.

    Getting to both resorts from Palma airport by taxi, shuttle or hire car takes around 55 minutes. We find a self-drive car useful particularly if you choose a villa in the countryside and we use it for visiting other locations on the island.

    3. Car Hire in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca

    We have been on several of our own multi-generational holidays in Majorca before. Thus, to avoid the pitfalls and relieve unwanted stress, ask us to help you:
    • Choose excellent quality cars for hire in Mallorca.
    • Choose the right-sized vehicle for you and your luggage.
    • Avoid hidden charges or inconveniences at the airport.

    4. Be Careful About Choosing Your Flight to your Multi-Generational Holiday in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca

    We will help you choose the best available flight times to Palma de Mallorca airport and an airline that:cares about you your luggage and your travel arrangements.

    don’t have hidden extras.

    Cheap and cheerful is rarely the best.

    5. Thinking of a memorable holiday Multi-Generational Holiday in Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca with your family?

    With these incredible ideas, Granny and Grandpa will enjoy their time away just as much as the junior members of the family. If anything catches your eye or you would like more help, contact one of our specialists to start planning your family escape.

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