Cap de Formentor, Mallorca

Cap de Formentor

Cap de Formentor, Mallorca | Photo: Magda Urbanska

Another picture Magdalena took on her recent trip to Mallorca. You want somewhere exciting to go for the long weekend coming up shortly… ? Magda says:

Cap de Formentor is a spectacular bluff, located on the northern-most tip of Mallorca and also its highest point (Fumart, 384m above sea level). If you want a high adrenaline activity just take a ride by car to the Cap de Formentor lighthouse. The road is so narrow, and the wind and the cliff edges will provide you with some exciting moments, especially if any extra attractions such as rainfall appear.

It's really worth going to Cap de Formentor no matter what the weather because the magnificent views and natural beauty of the place are simply breathtaking.

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Alcúdia, Mallorca

Street in Alcudia, Mallorca

Street in Alcúdia, Mallorca | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska

Magdalena has been over to Mallorca to visit IH Palma, our sister school on the island, where we also run Spanish courses. Alcúdia is in fact on the other side of the island from Palma, on the east coast, about 60km away, but if you do go you really must travel outside of Palma, and don't — whatever you do — just lie on the beach! If you're really energetic, you could hire a bike, though most people — like Magda — hire a car.

Alcúdia, Magda tells us, is an old town with Roman and Moorish influences. It's quiet, at least in comparison with Puerto Alcúdia, which is the resort with a fabulous beach, on the bay about 3km to the south, and a great spot to learn windsurfing and sailing.

Explore Mallorca — it's one of the many lovely corners of Spain!

>> Locate Alcúdia on map of Mallorca
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San Fermines'07

El toro rezagado en la plaza

Hm… Now which of these two should I butt first? | Photo: José María Castillejo

José María brought us back these photos (taken on his mobile phone) from the San Fermines, in Pamplona. Above, the last of the bulls ("Universal") makes it into the ring, Thursday.

One of the dangers of the encierro (the running of the bulls) is when one bull gets separated from the rest of the herd — and Universal caused several injuries, taking over 6 minutes to reach the bullring, when around 3 is normal (ie. uneventful for the Red Cross!).


Spain is different… | Photo: José María Castillejo

Once the bulls are safely locked up for the rest of the morning, they turn loose the vaquillas (shown above), which pursue the mozos (er… "brave young men"? Ed.) round the ring for half an hour or so.

It's tradition if not exactly sport or art, hardly terribly edifying but better that than some of the things kids get up to nowadays, I suppose.

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