Mallorca: tour of the largest island in the Balearic Islands

 

Mallorca belongs to a group of islands in Spain, the Balearic Islands, in the Western Mediterranean, such as Ibiza, Minorca and Formentera. Mallorca is the largest of the four islands of the complex. 2nd is Menorca. 3rd is Ibiza and 4th in Formentera. In 1983 Palma de Mallorca became the capital of the Autonomous Region of the Balearic Islands as these islands have their own Parliament. They are mainly suitable for summer holidays and are the favourite destination of Europeans for their holidays.

Accommodation in Mallorca

Once you arrive in Mallorca, you will have to choose which area to stay in. The most interesting and busiest location is the coastal El Arenal, with a length of 5 km, which is a continuation of the coastal front of Palma de Mallorca. Part of this is Playa de Palma, which has many hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars for all tastes. The beach is clean, sandy, shallow, organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, lifeguards, showers, ideal for water sports. In Mallorca, there is a biological treatment system for this, and all the beaches are crystal clear. It also has a very well organized material recycling system.

 

In Playa de Palma, most hotels are very close to the sea, so you do not need a car. You can go for a swim on foot. There is a large boulevard that separates the houses from the beach. Cars are not allowed on the main avenue, but bicycles are permitted. You can rent bikes, which are for many people and enjoy your ride. The roads are quiet, and you can walk safely. Tourist police patrol the main streets 24 hours a day and do not allow drunken tourists to make a fuss.

 

The beach at night ceases to be in use as a workshop of the Municipality, collects all the sunbeds, one on top of the other and with a special vehicle cleans and straightens the sand. The morning you wake up, everything will be in place. To find a sunbed, you have to go around 11 a.m. Because most hotels are very close to the beach, many people leave their belongings on the sunbeds, go for lunch and return for the afternoon swim.

 

Tour of the island

To the west of the island, to the towns of Valldemossa, Deia and Soller. The mountain town of Valldemossa is 17 km from Palma. It became famous in 1838. Composer Chopin and his mistress George Sand rented rooms in the former convent, Cartuja de Valldemossa and stayed there for one year.

 

The old town has high walls built by the Moors 1000 years ago. There are many cafes and restaurants, an open-air market near the parking lot and the Costa Nord cultural and ecological centre founded by the famous actor Michael Douglas. The place has a restaurant, with amazing views and allows you to enter and photograph it.

 

If you want to go down to Port de Valldemossa (7 km), and you should. You will take a winding road. After this you will reach a rocky cove where there are few houses and a restaurant.

Farther afield

Deia is a mountain village with old wineries that have been turned into expensive houses. It is the favourite place of many artists, and you will find many bars, expensive restaurants and shopping shops.

 

Then at the end of the route, you will meet the town of Soller and the Port de Soller. To get here, you have to choose either a winding road, unknown to the tourist, or enter the tunnel (you pay entrance). The tunnel passes through the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range to get there faster and safer.

 

To return to Palma de Mallorca, you will have to go through the tunnel again. The town of Soller has nothing tremendous but the Placa de la Constitution and the gothic church, Esglesia Parroquial de San Bartolome (16th) by Antonio Gaud. This is where the Palma – Soller Railway ends. Descending to the port of the city, Port de Soller, you will see a large beach, with fine sand, organized, with umbrellas and sunbeds, a boat marina, many hotels and shopping shops. A small train makes the route between Soller and Port de Soller, but you can, of course, go all the way with your car to enjoy the magnificent scenery at the time you desire. If you do not have your own vehicle, you can choose a car hire from the company Enjoy Travel, which can offer you a quality and economical offer.

 

How to choose eye protection for travel

Sunglasses are not just cosmetic accessories that give you a unique style wearing them, but also necessary since their main job is to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Choosing them is a grave matter, and it would not be suitable for your criteria to be based only on the aesthetic part, but to keep in mind some other parameters, especially in the case of a trip during which you will be exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Below you will find answers to all your questions to find out what sunglasses suit you!

Proper frame and good fit

A frame is considered suitable when it has the necessary size for everyone’s face. It should not come in contact with certain parts of your face, such as the temples, eyelids, eyebrows, cheeks, because there is a possibility of some kind of intolerance. Improper application of sunglasses can make them unsuitable for use.

 

Protection filters

Remember that sunglasses’ most basic “job” is to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. A good pair of sunglasses is labelled UV 400. This means that it prevents UVA and UVB rays from entering your eyes while keeping the area around them healthy. It would be good to use your glasses daily, even during the winter months, for more comfortable vision.

 

Lens material

Take some time to find the material you want your sunglasses to be made of. The material is related to durability, cost as well as other parameters.

 

  • Glass, although very fragile, quite heavy and thick material compared to others, but gives an excellent level of visual acuity and is resistant to scratches.
  • Polycarbonate is a light and thin material that at the same time offers a relatively high level of optical clarity. It has excellent UV absorption.
  • Plastic, lightweight material, highly resistant to breakage, offers a satisfactory level of visual clarity.

 

Lens colour

It affects how you distinguish colours and their contrasts, as well as the percentage of light that enters your eyes. The UV filter has absolutely nothing to do with how dark or light your sunglasses lens is.

 

  • Green, brown and grey. They are considered the most suitable for everyday use. They do not change colours and, in conditions of medium and high sunshine, are highly effective.
  • Golden yellow, orange. They are considered excellent for winter sports. They provide a high sense of depth and perform very well in medium and low light conditions.
  • Red and pink. Ideal lenses to be used in an environment dominated by blue and green. They perform exceptionally well in common light conditions and do not offer much shading.
  • Mirror lenses. These lenses provide almost 100% protection for the eyes from UVA and UVB rays. Also significantly reducing the amount of light that reaches the eyes. They do not change the perception of colours, and the user does not notice any difference in his vision. The way to find out what shade these lenses are is to observe them from the front. Mirror lenses have the “charisma” to enhance image significantly.

Where can you get your sunglasses?

Of course, from an optical store. Skilled workers will help you with their knowledge to find the right sunglasses for your needs. But before you go to an optician’s shop, you should visit a specialist ophthalmologist, who will examine your vision in detail and give you the appropriate tips to protect your eyesight during your trip. An ophthalmologist such as Aris Konstantopoulos of Aris Vision Correction clinic will be able to offer you the best services and tips on protecting and maintaining your vision at normal levels.

Getting together safely with the help of Jacks supermarket

Ad – Payment was received in return for writing this post. All opinions are honest and my own.

If there has been one thing I have missed during the whole Coronavirus debacle, it has been the opportunity to spend time with family. Nothing flash, just having people over and enjoying the time together. What better way to do this than with a BBQ!?

Aside from the obvious (wasps), the downside of a BBQ is that it can get pretty expensive. Unless you are a fan of a cheapo sausage – and I am not – then by the time you have forked out for meat, buns, drinks and all of the sides… Well, you could be headed for a bit of a dent in the weekly food budget let’s put it that way.

Jacks supermarket challenged me to get together with family and have a BBQ on a budget. Honestly, I wasn’t convinced that it could be done without forgoing the BBQ food I like but I took their challenge and here  is what happened.

So, where was the BBQ?!

First steps in putting together a lovely BBQ afternoon with family is to make sure you actually own a BBQ. When I announced the plan at 11:30am on a sunny Sunday, I was quickly reminded by MrG that we did not, in fact, own a BBQ because I dislike sharing my meal with wasps and the cheap barrel BBQ we bought 10 years ago had long since rusted away. Not an ideal start to be honest.

Luckily Jacks has an awesome middle aisle where I found a decent sized BBQ for less than £60! That was 1 box ticked! I was also able to grab a BBQ cleaning brush and some tongs and a burger flipper. I presented these items to MrG who was less excited to receive my gift than you might imagine. Guess who is on cleaning duty..

The grub

A quick trip to Jacks and we were loaded up with goodies. Managing to get all of the food I needed to feed 7 people (plus leftovers) for less than £40 was a great feeling.

I picked up packs of quarter pounders and sausages for the kids. I was really surprised by the quality of the burgers for the price especially as they were 86% beef!

The Firepit range at Jacks is awesome. Priced at just £2.99 per pack there was a range of tasty sounding products including kebabs, maple pork loin steaks and even flavoured cheeses!

I chose the salt and pepper thin cut beef steaks which were every bit as tasty as they looked. Also, the peri peri chicken which I used to make chicken, pepper and chorizo kebabs. Everyone loved these!

The kids wolfed down the sausages and burgers and to be honest so did the grown ups! We all agreed that the Jacks brand ketchup and mustard were really lovely especially for less than £2 for both bottles!

2 boys eating burgers

For our side dishes I made a lovely green salad using fresh ingredients from Jacks veg aisle and a rice salad which was just a couple of packs of Jacks golden savoury rice (35p per pack) which I cooked and then quickly cooled in cold water.

We all thought that the bottles of pop were great value at 45p each.

The veggie option

My niece has been a vegetarian for quite a while now and thankfully meat free options are becoming more and more widely available and the choice better and better!

Jacks stocked meat free sausages and burgers and I was also able to keep to veg for the side dishes. Coleslaw was just 38p for a tub and the Jacks potato salad was 55p. I even knocked up a veg kebab which my niece refused to share…

As well as the savouries we also found some delicious sweet options. Of course we had to have some marshmallows for toasting but we also chose the double chocolate gateaux and the toffee and pecan roulade. It was decided pretty early on that the kids would have the gateaux and the grown ups would get to share the roulade. This worked out very well on all counts and I even saved on washing up as you can see…

We loved the chance to spend time together and Jacks was an excellent choice when it came to keeping the costs low without compromising on quality or taste. We bought all of the food and drinks shown in this post for under £40 and Jacks also offer a BBQ bundle which comes in at less than £20!

What is your favourite BBQ food? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Meal plan – The now we are 5 (again) edition

We are all back at school and work now. I was really pleased to have been able to take a bit of time off over half term – in fact I only ended up working for one day of it! I’m feeling a bit anxious about how I will juggle childcare and work over the Summer though. I am running out of holiday days and fast and 6 weeks is a long time..

Col (the eldest) is back at home with us for a little while. It’s awesome having him at home but my word the cost of food has just soared. It’s not like he is Pac-Manning his way through the fridge.. Simply put, things come in 4’s, not 5’s!

Because of this more than slight leap in the cost of the groceries I am having to be a bit careful so we are back to planning. On the upside, Col is pretty good in the kitchen so he will be cooking once or twice a week which will be a nice break for me.

I have tried to plan meals which can be padded out with vegetables or which don’t really come in packs so we are at least eating pretty healthily I think!

This week in food 

Monday: Col’s Lasagne and salad

Tuesday: Jambalaya and Crusty bread

Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognese

Thursday: Caramel sesame chicken and egg fried rice

Friday: Jerk chicken, potato salad and green beans

Saturday: Pizza

Sunday: Roast chicken and vegetables.

 

Katykicker

 

How to keep your baby cool in summer  

We all know how vital it is to keep cool and spend some time out of the sun in summer. But this can be a challenge when you have a little one to think of. Follow these steps for some of the best ways to look after your baby and keep them from overheating.

 

Hydration is essential

Preventing dehydration is so important for babies and young infants as they do not sweat or perspire the same as we do. This means they can have temperature spikes and suffer heat stroke very quickly and easily. Follow guidelines to what liquids you can offer your baby depending on their age, as they should not be drinking water before 6 months.

 

Clothing to wear

Dress your baby in light weight clothes that are made from natural fibres such as organic cotton and bamboo. These materials are more ‘breathable’, meaning they can absorb perspiration well compared to synthetic fabrics. You might find it useful to have to hand plenty of items that provide shade, such as a sunhat, sunglasses, visor, umbrella, mesh screen and a canopy. You can even find parasol’s that can be attached to your baby’s pushchair.

At night, avoid blankets and use a baby zip sleepsuit made of breathable cotton fabric which can help regulate body temperature. If it is a very hot night and your baby seems restless, consider putting them to sleep in just a nappy.

Keeping cool in the sun

As well as shading your baby from the sun for protection, it is also important to use SPF. Again, use this with caution depending on your baby’s age.

Less than 6 months – when they are so young, their skin doesn’t produce enough of the pigment melanin for protection. For this reason, you should keep your baby out of direct sunlight. On occasion you can thinly apply sun cream if they are, for example, going in the swimming pool with you.

Above 6 months – the guideline is more relaxed and you can apply sun cream more liberally. This should protect against UVA and UVB rays, and be a minimum of SPF 30. Opt for a brand that makes sun cream for children with less additives and ingredients that might irritate the skin.

 

How to cool down

In the event that your baby is overheating, uncomfortable or even getting a heat rash, run a cool bath to help them cool down. Create shade in the room and keep the blinds or curtain closed during the hottest time of the day, and use a fan to circulate. If all else fails, you should NEVER feel like you are overreacting. If you are worried about your little one call 111 for further help and advice.