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31st October, 2015

Palma, Mallorca

As I mentioned previously I have always considered the island of Mallorca to be my second home, I lived here as a child and now my parents have retired here to the island’s east coast and so visiting always evokes many happy memories.

Past settlers have left their mark on this vibrant city, and it retains a wealth of attractions, including the Bellver Castle which has dominated the skyline since the 14th century, and also the cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece which took over 400 years to complete.

One of our most interesting tours on offer today was to ‘the Caves of the Dragon and Porto Cristo’. The magnificent Caves of Drach or ‘Caves of the Dragon’ are one of Mallorca’s top attractions and this tour shows you the weird and wonderful natural formations in its chambers. As our passengers entered this serious of mysterious caverns, they were able to marvel at the stalagmites protruding from the rocky surface and stalactites hanging down from the roof of the cave. The caves are also home to Lake Martel, one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world. Here our guests could enjoy the unique experience of live classical music being performed as they admired the awesome underground scenery. Afterwards, to round off an unforgettable excursion, our guests travelled to Porto Cristo (near to my family home funnily enough!), a beautiful fishing town built around a natural harbour where they could either relax on the sheltered beach or take a stroll along the quayside admiring the somewhat expensive floating real estate.

For myself, I had the opportunity to catch up with my parents and their friends who made the trip down to Palma to join me onboard for one of Chef Thierry’s sumptuous lunches. A fantastic day, but all too soon I bid them farewell and we departed under a setting Mediterranean sun towards our next port of call, the vibrant city of Barcelona.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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