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Salamanca is a city in North-western Spain. The city lies on several hills by the Tormes River and its old city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988,  although the city is probably best known for having the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. This university is what gives this town its warm and friendly ambiance that creates a nice atmosphere to both relax and study.

 

Would you like to enjoy the ultimate Spanish students experience for yourself? That means Salamanca is your place to be! Daily hundreds of students pass through the streets on their way to study underneath the sun or to enjoy numerous of beautifully decorated bars until late at night. Salamanca is known as “La Dorada”, or “Golden City”, because of the golden glow of its sandstone buildings. There is definitely something magical about this city and just like any form of magic, you will have to see for yourself in order to believe it!

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Deià with its windy narrow streets will take your breath away… and you won’t be the first. English poet Robert Graves fell in love with it too and is buried under a great cypress tree next to the village’s church. If you’d like to learn more about his life visit La Casa de Robert Graves, the perfect museum to explore on a lazy afternoon.

DEIÀ

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The tiny town of Lluc is home to a 13th century monastery, the island’s spiritual heart. This pilgrimage that attracts visitors from all over the world and is one of Mallorca’s most popular tourist destinations. I travelled there the old school way by trekking dozens of kilometres across the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, and while it was definitely worth it don’t forget you can just take the bus there.

LLUC MONASTERY

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Sóller boasts one of the prettiest town squares in Mallorca. You can sit right in its centre, enjoying a large plate tapas while overlooking the Sant Bartomeu church. Every now and then, a bright orange tramway drives past making you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. The town is surrounded by valleys of citrus groves and you shouldn’t leave without trying their freshly squeezed orange juice or the Angel d’Or liqueur invented by local farmer Miguel Capó.

SÓLLER

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The Tranvía de Sóller links the town to Port de Sóller. You can just hop inside one of its original cars from 1913 and enjoy the wind in your hair as you cut through the leafy orchards that stand between them. In Port de Sóller you will find sandy beaches, seaside restaurants and two lighthouses. The picturesque resort is a far cry from the craziness of Magaluf in the south of the island, attracting a slightly older and more affluent crowd. Don’t forget to visit Io Gelats Artesans for a scoop of delicious home-made ice cream.

PORT SÓLLER

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This scenic town in the north of Mallorca is full of history, from the Pont Roma – an ancient Roman bridge which is still in use – to Puig de Pollença, a small mountaintop monastery just outside the town. To add a spiritual twist to your trip visit Sancturi del Puig de Maria. Although it’s overshadowed by the popular Lluc monastery, it’s actually the oldest one on the island. It was abandoned in 1576 but today the hermitage offers basic accommodation in converted nuns’ cells and traditional Mallorcan fare.

POLLENÇA

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The Far de Formentor is an active lighthouse and a favourite among photographers travelling to Mallorca. As the highest lighthouse in the Balearic Islands it offers some pretty incredible views and it is the place to watch the sunset! The best way to get there is by car, setting out from Port de Pollença and really enjoying the picturesque 20 kilometre (12.4 mile) journey. You’ll be navigating your way through twisty hair pin corners and along tall cliffs so I’d only recommend this trip to experienced drivers.

FORMENTOR LIGHTHOUSE

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Fornalutx was recently voted one of the prettiest villages in all of Spain, which is no easy feat if you ask me. But it’s not exactly unexpected – the town has been receiving awards for conservation since the 1980s. Its narrow streets and general rustic charm attract thousands of visitors every year, but not all of them are content with a short leisurely stroll. Fornalutx’s location near the GR221 route along the Serra de Tramuntana makes it a popular hangout spot for hikers and mountain bikers so expect tight jerseys galore.

FORNALUTX

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The quaint village of Valldemossa was once described by Frédéric Chopin as the most beautiful place in the world. That’s right – it received the 19th century equivalent of a five star TripAdvisor review from a renowned composer. I’d recommend getting there early and having a leisurely start to your day. Enjoy a coffee and a coca de patata, a sweet doughy pastry the village is famous for. If you’re visiting on a Sunday don’t miss the town market where you can find more local delicacies as well as charming antiques.

VALLDEMOSSA

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Few people who visit Mallorca have heard of Capdepera but it’s a real shame – this village on the northeastern side has fascinating stories written into every stone wall. The eponymous Capdepera Castle is a 14th century fortress that once protected its inhabitants from frequent pirate attacks.

CAPDEPERA

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The news of Malta’s Azure Window rock formation crumbling into the sea quickly made its way around the world earlier this year. But did you know that Mallorca has a somewhat similar formation of its own? Es Pontàs is easy to access by car and makes for a stunning photo stop.

ES PONTÀS
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