This section of the library contains a selection of photographs taken during our holiday to Mallorca (Majorca by it's commonly known English name) in March 2005. The weather was notable for being unusually cold for the time of year and not much different to what we had left behind in the UK. However, that did not deter Lynn and I from exploring the island by car and we were well rewarded with fine views on a number of days.
At approximately 100km wide from east to west, Majorca is the largest of the Balearic islands and lies approximately 82km east of the Spanish mainland. It's nearest neighbouring island of Menorca, 40km to the east, is only one-fifth of the size, whilst the smallest island of Ibiza is some 85km to the south-west.
The Balearic regional parliament, which is based in the capital of Palma, is understood to be the fourth largest of the seventeen autonomous regions of Spain.
The islands population is thought to be in the region of 650,000 and each year some five million tourists visit the island, providing a rich source of revenue and job opportunities.
With generally mild winters and hot, if dry summers, Majorca enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. The mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana, which dominate the northern coastline, are known to get snow capped during some winter months and was certainly the case whilst we were on the island. They provided stunning views whilst travelling along the coastal road, as well as providing a landmark visible from many parts of the island.