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Former founder of Asiarooms.com and now reporting mainly on the Asia Pacific region and the global Coronavirus crises in countries such as Thailand, Germany & Switzerland. Born near Cologne but lived in Berlin during my early teenage years. A longterm resident of Bangkok, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Phuket. A great fan of Bali, Rhodes & Corfu.

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Soller Sóller Mallorca

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Sóller is a town on the island of Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off the Spanish east coast.

Understand

Sóller is a town located on the north west coast of Mallorca. It is set in a green valley surrounded by Mallorca’s highest mountains. Much of the town is residential and agricultural: it is full of orange, lemon and olive groves. The resort area of Port de Sóller is four kilometres away and is much more tourist oriented.

The combined population of Sóller and Port de Sóller is 12 000. The town has a beautiful square and many of the buildings are of architectural interest.

Get in

By car

Sóller is twenty kilometres drive north of Palma de Mallorca on route MA-11. You can either drive through the toll tunnel or go over the top of the Coll de Soller. Once you arrive in Soller, park your car and continue on foot, as the town’s narrow streets are not conducive to driving.

By train

The Ferrocarril de Sóller train service runs between Palma’s Plaça d’Espanya and Sóller six times a day between 8AM and 7PM. Tickets are €15,00 single and €21 return and can be purchased at the station half an hour before the train leaves. The train journey is slow, taking over an hour, but is scenic, with marvellous views of the mountains on both sides of the tunnel. Note that even in the lower seasons the train can be very crowded. The trains are very old-fashioned with outside viewing platforms at the front and rear of each coach. The line is narrow gauge.

By bus

TIB operates several bus services to Port de Sóller. The IB-09 service operates between Palma and Port de Sóller; the IB-12 service operates between Peguera, Valldemossa and Port de Sóller; and the IB-15 service operates, except in winter, between Port de Pollença, Lluc, and Port de Sóller.

Get around

A tram service operates between the Sóller train station and Port de Sóller approximately every half hour between 7AM and 8:30PM. Tickets are €5.50 per journey and are available on board. Like the train service from Palma, the tram service is very crowded, especially before the last train to Palma leaves in the evening. The Tranvía de Soller was one of only two tram lines (the other being the exceedingly short “Tramvia Blau” in Barcelona) to survive from the first generation of Trams in Spain and as such it offers a glimpse of a bygone era before the tram renaissance of the last forty years.

What to see and do

  • There’s a beautiful church in the centre of Soller that was built by one of Gaudí’s students.
  • The town of Sóller is in a bowl surrounded by mountains which makes for very good walking.
  • You can take the train to Palma or take the tram to the Port de Sóller or simply wander around and look at the beautiful scenery, streets and houses.
  • There is a free museum of modern art located at the train station. This has some work by famous artists, notably Joan Miró.

What to do

For bike lovers there are great tracks for both roadbiking and mountain biking. Please note that mountain biking is in rocky terrain so one needs to be experienced and ride a full suspension bike. The old road to the Sóller Pass (since the tunnel opened there are only a few cars on the road) is a magnificent ride on a road bike. There are approximately 50 hairpin bends if you cross the pass to the other end of the tunnel.

Walking the mountains is popular and local guides are available. Try Tramuntana Tours in Sóller, Calle de la Luna, 72 or Puerto Sóller, Paseo de Traves, 12. +34 971632423. info@tramuntanatours.com. 

Eat

Its possible to buy pizza just off the square and there are a couple of new places down the Calle dela Luna.

  • Bens D’AvalOutside Sóller there’s a place called Bens D’Aval serving delicious food. You may have to book in advance.
  • Cafe SóllerPlaça Constitució 13, 07100 Sóller (in the main square). A German-run place, but it has had the same menu for years, and the food could be so much better and more varied.
  • Gran Hotel SóllerServes great food. You may have to book in advance.

Where to stay in Sóller

  • Land hotel Ca’s CurialCamí de la Villalonga 21 ,   Check-in: 14.00, check-out: 12.00Good views over the mountains, hiking, walking, golf, tranquility walkingat 10 minutes from the center. See more information in www.cascurial.com…
  • Immobiliaria Mas PropertiesPlaça del Mercat ,   Sea-front apartments, charming Mediterranean villas, rustic cottages nestled in the valley of oranges…

Budget

  • Casa MargaritaCarrer de Reial, 3.  Near train and tram stations. Shared toilet, but washbasins in rooms. Breakfast with boiled egg and delicious bread served in room on request.

Go next

  • Port de Sóller – the local seaside resort.
  • Palma de Mallorca – Mallorca’s capital and largest city.
  • Easy walks to delightful villages of Biniaraix and Fornalutx.
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El Medano Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tenerife Travel Report

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El Médano is a town in Granadilla de Abona.

Spain Coronavirus since reopening
2,560,587
Confirmed
148,269
Confirmed (24h)
55,041
Deaths
404
Deaths (24h)
2.2%
Deaths (%)
196,958
Recovered
0
Recovered (24h)
7.7%
Recovered (%)
2,308,588
Active
90.2%
Active (%)

Credit/Source: Sentosa Medical Exchange Germany & Singapore

Understand

El Médano (Spanish, “The sand dune”) is a town in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, on the island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands.

A place of strong winds, it has been the site for various windsurfing competitions and championships, though in recent years, an increase in the number of high-rise hotels and apartment buildings has reduced these winds’ power. However, El Médano is still one of the world’s best windsurfing/kitesurfing locations, with three different windsurfing spots, the Bay (flat/swell), the Harbour Wall (wavespot sideshore), and Cabezo Beach (wavespot onshore).

Get in

El Médano can be reached by bus or by taxi (€12-15 from the airport). See www.titsa.com for bus timetables.

Get around

El Médano is small enough to cover everything on foot.

What to see and do

The town is situated near the largest natural beaches of Tenerife, the Playa Grande and the Playa Tejita. Between the beaches is La Montaña Roja (“The Red Mountain”), a volcanic cone that is a protected natural reserve. It’s a great place to relax and wind down. There is a large town square in front of the main beach, which holds many local fiestas, especially during the summer months and a spectacular annual public firework display across the bay. Around this square are many bars and restaurants where you can take a coffee or eat Spanish tapas or sea food. El Medano is located just east of the Reina Sofia airport, in the south of Tenerife.

What to do in El Médano

  • Bla Tenerife Language SchoolAvenida Magallanes, Local 5 ,   9- 5Language school – offers Spanish courses from beginners to advanced
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Menorca Covid-19 Safe Restaurants & Bars

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Menorca is packed with good restaurants whose menus especially feature fish and seafood. Menorca also has a great variety of bars and cafes, with some open for 24 hours a day.

The Windmill Restaurant (Es Moli D’es Raco), Carrer Major, 53, 07740 Es Mercadal (On the main Mao – Ciutadella road.).  12:00 – 16:00 , 19:00 – 23:00 dailyThe restaurant inside the 300-year-old “molino” has an authentic, homely atmosphere. Authentic Menorcan cuisine.

Es CrancCalle de las Escuelas, 31, 07740 Fornells (From the main road into Fornells go straight through the first roundabout and right at the second. The restaurant is on your right at the next junction.).  13:30 – 15:30 , 19:30 – 22:30 dailyOne of the finest restaurants in Menorca, what it lacks in interior design, it makes up for in tasty home cooking. Be sure to try the shellfish soup ‘Caldereta’.

Ca n’OlgaPont de Na Macarrana, s/n, 07740 Es Mercadal (From the ME-1 turn right up the Carrer de Ciutadella then take the next left. The restaurant is on the corner.).  13:00 – 16:00, 19:30 – 23:00 dailyPrimarily Mediterranean cuisine and attracting a stylish a sophisticated clientele, Ca n’olga is warm and intimate. It offers dining on a pretty outdoor patio or at a handful of indoor tables and an eclectic menu featuring local produce.

Son Granot (Son Granot Hotel Rural & Restaurant), Carretera de Sant Felip, 41, 07720 Es Castell (Follow the ME-6 past Es Castell and you’ll soon see the rural hotel on your right.).  Son Granot offers an extraordinary traditional Menorcan cuisine and fine Spanish and French wines. Enjoy a romantic fine dinner in the terrace with nice views to the Mediterranean and Maó. All the vegetables are grown ecologically in Son Granot’s very own kitchen garden.

American BarPlaça Reial, 7, 07702 Maó (If in the port of Mahon head up the twisting Costa de ses Voltes then turn right at the top).  Mon-Fri 07:00 – 22:00 , Sat 07:00 – 16:00 , Closed SunSit down on a seat on the terrace while sipping on a coffee and pore over a newspaper at this recommended breakfast spot.

Where to drink in Menorca

Menorcan Gin

On Menorca there were a great many junipers, (there still are), and in the harbour lay the British fleet. The twain met and Ginet was the result, a spirit far removed from the Spanish and Mediterranean traditions and with notable difference from the English Gin.

It is a kind of cross between London Gin and the Mediterranean spirit, invented in Menorca. It was very successful and was drunk throughout the British Fleet and it surprised more than one distinguished visitor to declare “the best of the sprits found in Europe today” was historian Vargas Ponce’s opinion on visiting Menorca in 1781.

The major difference between London Gin and Menorcan Ginet, is that Menorcan ginet is based on a spirit distilled from the grape, as is usual in the Mediterranean, and not on a cereal based spirit. The juniper now comes from the mainland, but the distilling continues to be done in old copper stills. The spirit rests in oak barrels cured in gin so that the end product does not take the colour of the wood.

Gin is found all over Menorca, drunk neat or in a mix. One such mix, named Pomada, is created by adding bitter lemon. It’s the drink of choice during the many fiestas which take place throughout the summer on the island. You can find information about how to visit the distillery shop in the ‘See’ section above

Bars in Menorca

Nightlife in Menorca is low key compared to nearby Mallorca or Ibiza. For a drink with a waterside view, head to the waterfront which is where the majority of bars are situated.

Sa SiniaSa Sinia Art Hub, Cl St Josep 49, Es Castell, 07720 ,   Pleasant spot of a drink and some music. Local DJs spin anything from 1980s classics to hip hop.

Akelarre (Akellare Jazz Dance Club), Moll de Ponent, 07701 Mahón, Balearic Islands, Spain (The bar is situated in the heart of Mahon’s harbour, where the cruise ships dock.).  Jazz music echos off the warm stone interior which is open until the wee hours. Great cocktail list.

Vinateria Parra (Parra In Vino Veritas), Carrer de San Fernando, 5, 07702 Maó, Illes Balears, SpainIndulge in a great selection of wines and accompany it with a selection of cheese or meat platters from the bar. The interior features timber and marble tables and compliments the soft music that plays.

MiradorPlaza Espanya, 2, 07701 Maó-Mahón (If in the harbour, head up the twisty Placa Espanya, and the bar is on the left.).  09:00 – 01:00 dailyA popular music haunt for locals which impresses with its cave-like interior carved out of the walls above the harbor.

Cova d’en XoroiCarrer de Sa Cova nº 2 07730 Cala en Porter, Alaior.  Nightclub open 11:00 – late. Open for daytime drinks 11:30 – close.Constructed out of a cave dug into the cliff stone and peering over it. The atmosphere within the cave is unique and must be seen to be believed. One of the few nightclubs in Menorca, it is open until the early hours of the morning. Watching the sun set over the sea from the terrace is simply breathtaking.

Maritim Café (Maritimo Maó), Carrer Moll de Llevant, 291, 07701 Maó (If on the harborside, head for the casino. The bar is just next door.).  Nice bar and terrace next to the Casino Maritim of Maó. At night is transformed into a lounge bar were people can have cocktails, long drinks and dance.

Dinky Bar (part of PortBlue Rafalet / Dinky Lounge), Passeig Maritimo, S’Algar (Continuing straight down the Carrer S’Algar then turning right at the roundabout will take you straight to the bar, on your left after 250m.). Mon-Sun 12:00 – 02:00Nice beach bar in S’Algar Resort open till 02:00 everyday. Good place to meet locals and have a beer on the garden terrace.

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