ABOUT
MALLORCA

FROM THE SPECTACULAR SERRA DE TRAMUNTANA TO THE FINE DETAILS OF THE INLAND VILLAGES, MALLORCA IS A PARADISE TO DISCOVER. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF SPOTS WHICH HAVE A SPECIAL CHARM. HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES.

PLATJA DE MURO

Muro Beach is one of the most famous beaches of Mallorca.


With an extraordinary geographical location, including the Albufera of Mallorca, the largest natural park in the island is the “Comú Muro", a virgin environment protected from of all types of cement construction.


The beach, with over 5 miles of white sand, is one of the best beaches in the country. It has been given the Blue Flag, a distinction that guarantees optimal conditions of the environment and the facilities.

 

Along the Platja de Muro you can enjoy some beautiful beaches slightly more off the beaten track in comparison with other parts of the island. We recommend packing a rucksack and walking 15-20 mins to enjoy the crystal clear water of the Mallorcan sea whilst avoiding the big crowds. This area is also famous for its fish and meat restaurants, as well as the traditional “chiringuito” beach huts and clubs where you can taste the best paellas on the island or a tasty mojito by the sea. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced this!

 

At Futurtrans, we are always happy to pick you up at your accommodation and take you by bus to all the island’s hotspots.

 

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PALMA

Palma is the capital of the island. It is a city that welcomes you and you will fall in love with it at first sight. It may be the streets, ancient monuments, the smile of the people, craft shops, the light, the ensaïmada or tapas, the terraces in summer and even in autumn and winter, the music and the musicians, the Cathedral and the nightlife in the old-town bars. There are thousands of things that you can fall in love with in this city. There are thousands of things that will you make go back to embrace it again.

 

Despite Palma being a small city, there are so many reasons to visit and so many activities it’s hard to know where to begin! We recommend perhaps taking a stroll through the streets of the old town, visiting La Seu (Palma Cathedral) or Bellver Castle, where you can enjoy some exceptional views over the Bay of Palma and the city below. You can also walk down the Rambla, buy a souvenir or two in one of the city’s many artesan boutiques, enjoy a delicious ensaïmada at Can Joan de S’aigo, visit some exhibitions and museums such as the Es Baluard, enjoy the sea views from the port or sample some of the local gastronomy and fresh produce from the Olivar and Santa Catalina markets.

 

Palma’s got it all! We recommend taking at least a day to visit the city.

SóLLER

In the northwest of the island of Mallorca, in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana lies the town of Sóller, nestled in a lush valley surrounded by olive groves and orange trees. Its privileged location facing the sea means that, along with its natural harbour, it is one of the most beautiful places in the archipelago; where the air smells of tranquillity and where the sea kisses the mountain.

 

Many travellers visit the Sóller region during their stay in Mallorca. Some are drawn to the area by its impressive natural surroundings, some by its bustling town square, some by the church with its frequently photographed Gothic façade. Another important part of Sóller’s appeal is its excellent cuisine, which makes the most of the island’s typical ingredients such as oranges, red shrimp or Sóller prawns, and of course its famous artisanal ice-cream. Others come for the traditional festivals such as Moros i Cristians (Moors and Christians), the beauty of the Sóller harbour, or the charming historical train line taking you from Palma right to the heart of the region, along a breathtakingly beautiful route. 

 

As you can see, there are many reasons to visit Sóllar during your visit to Mallorca. Contact Futurtrans to organise an excursion perfectly adapted to your needs: we can take you to Sóller, making stops here and there at different points of interest, or even take you to Palma, where you can take the old Sóller train line and enjoy a wonderful journey surrounded by nature.

SES SALINES VISITOR CENTER

An excursion we often do with the Futurtrans buses is a trip to the Ses Salines Visitor
Center or the Cabrera National Park Visitor Center, in Colònia de Sant Jordi, a must-do
for all those who want to discover the true essence of the island.


The building is located on an artificial lake that evokes the crystal clear waters of the
sea, and is at a strategic point of la Colonia from where you can even make out Cabrera
island. In addition, we must highlight the architecture, in which the sculptures that
decorate the building’s exterior perfectly tie in with the Mediterranean Sea.


We must also highlight the aquarium, a virtual immersion where you can discover the
depths of the waters of Cabrera and the ecosystems of the National Park, with more than
5,000 fish and invertebrates, from over 200 species.


Another must-do is visiting 'The spiral of time' mural by Miguel Mansanet, a vision of
Mediterranean civilization through historical and mythological scenes, with special
attention to the islands and navigation. The artist invested more than 5 years working on
this piece.


Complete your visit in the educational room, the auditorium, and the recreational areas.
Outside, sculptures of cormorants and a huge whale skeleton will certainly attract
attention.


For this kind of excursion and other group trips around Mallorca, Futurtrans puts its
fleet of very comfortable buses, of various sizes, at your disposal, all driven by the most
professional and experienced drivers.


Futurtrans will take you. Where do you want to go today?


We’d like to take a moment to thank our driver Rafa Nieto for his unflagging efforts to
take pictures of our excursions.

SANT ANTONI

Sant Antoni must be the biggest and most traditional festival in Mallorca. The festival takes place in January, just after Epiphany, when Mallorca celebrates Saint Anthony. In fact, for many Mallorcans, the Christmas celebrations are just a warm-up for the Saint Anthony celebrations.

 

Artà, Manacor, Sa Pobla, Muro, Pollença, Capdepera... Many towns compete to throw the biggest party, and everyone knows who the winner is... their own town, of course!

 

Over several days, various traditional events take place to mark this ancient festival. The main protagonists are Saint Anthony and the Devil, who act out a battle between good and evil, accompanied by music, dances and fire. The battle is always won by Saint Anthony. Groups of devils, young and old, from all the island’s towns prepare their spectacles of fire and music; families and friends collect wood to stoke the bonfires, and prepare the typical spinach, sobrassada, blood sausage and meat to be roasted during the evening; streets are closed; children paint their faces; you can hear the music from all around... All while the town’s devils and Saint Anthony act out scenes from the life of saint’s life before hundreds of enthusiastic spectators. 

 

This is one of many good reasons to visit Mallorca in the winter, where you can discover the real culture and traditions of this sunny beach island whilst avoiding the crowds (apart from the crowds you’ll find at the town festivities, of course).

 

If you decide to visit Mallorca in January, get in touch with Futurtrans: we have a selection of buses for different group sizes, with which we can arrange an airport transfer and take you to some of the lesser-known sites so often overlooked by the summer tourists.  

TRADITIONAL MARKETS

The grand majority of Mallorcan towns organise a market once or twice per week, a tradition that dates back to ancient times when the farmers, ranchers and craftsmen brought their produce to the town square so that the locals could stock up for the coming week. In the markets of Mallorca you can find Mallorcan gastronomy and crafts in their purest form: fruit and vegetables (most of which in season), spices, the famous sobrassada, cheese, wine, sweets, clothes and shoes, farm animals, plants, cooking utensils... Here are a few of the most famous markets, offering you a great way to spend the day:

 

In Sineu, located right in the middle of the island, you will find a market that must be the most frequently visited in all of Mallorca: the Sineu market. Since olden days, crowds of people pour into Sineu every Wednesday to visit its market. If you decide to go and check it out, we recommend going early, that way by the time the crowds arrive, you can pop into one of the many restaurants found around the town square to enjoy a delicious Mallorcan afternoon snack.

 

Another market fighting for top place is the Pollença market (every Sunday) which, thanks to the town’s beauty and excellent location, nestled between sea and mountains, has captured the hearts of many visitors. It is also a great idea to visit Calvari, where steps will lead you up to some great views, perfect for working up an appetite!

 

On Thursday, it’s the turn of the Inca Market, a friendly market located along the main streets of the town, where you can find more or less all of the same products previously mentioned. The market, however, is known for its fur products, such as jackets or shoes (in Inca you can find some top brands).

 

The Santa Maria del Camí market takes place every Sunday and, thanks to the good transport connections with Palma, it’s one of the most lively markets for tourists and locals alike. Here you will find similar products found in other markets: local deli produce (sobrassada, Mallorcan blood sausage, cheese...), vegetables from local farms, artisanal products such as herbs, honey, and liqueurs, pottery, clothes, shoes and accessories... What makes this market special is its selection of great wines, produced in the Santa Maria and Binissalem regions – don’t miss the opportunity to buy a quality local wine at a great price!

Whichever market you choose, don’t forget to bring your senalleta, a typical Mallorcan basket used for carrying food, so you can pick up a few things while you’re there. If you don’t have one yet, you can find one in any of the markets mentioned above or in boutiques. Don’t worry about transport – we’ll take you to the markets in one of our buses. Feel like visiting one today?

MALLORCA BY BICYCLE

The bicycle (and the bus) is one of the best options to discover the essence of the island. There is nothing like "getting lost" among the multiple secondary roads which exist in Mallorca and enjoying nature without the burden of the traffic of the general roads. It is a joy to walk through the countryside and see how it changes colour as the seasons pass (the almond blossoms in February, the greens of spring, the yellows of the cereal fields when summer arrives) or feel the sea breeze in your face while pedalling along the shore; a true luxury for lovers of this sport. 

 

The northern area has the best hotels and services focused on cycling, and countless routes for all audiences where you can relax by cycling. To avoid the traffic, we just have to look for one of the secondary roads between towns and let ourselves be carried to our next destination. Once there the ideal thing is to take a walk around the town and discover its ancient streets, contemplate the architecture of the churches and have a coffee in a bar in the square. The routes are quite short, and we can discover new aspects of Mallorcan culture on a daily basis.

 

There are also some routes which are highly valued by cyclists. Routes like the Camí de Protons, which links the towns of Pollença and Campanet. A path at the foot of the mountain which runs between holm oaks and a lot of vegetation. If you go there during the rainy season, stop to contemplate the phenomenon of Ses Fonts Ufanes, where the water sparkles from the earth to form a torrent. Spectacular. 

 

Another good option is the Camí Vell de Muro to Sineu. We will enjoy nature free of the constant burden of cars. We recommend going on a Wednesday to coincide with the famous local market.

 

For those who prefer a calmer life, we recommend taking a stroll around s'Albufera de Alcúdia. This natural park has innumerable roads which cross it from side to side. Meandering through by bicycle, we will discover countless birds, oxen, wild horses, fish, frogs, ...  Nature in its purest state. We recommend you stop at some of its viewpoints and take it easy. And, above all, don't forget your camera.

 

And to finish, we recommend you take a leg through the majestic Serra de Tramuntana. Due to the requirement of the test, there are many Futurtrans customers who decide to perform the leg in only one direction; we load all the bikes and the material in our buses which are specially adapted for cyclists and ready; we start from the point which you choose. This option is also possible at other legs. You just have to decide the way out and where you want us to pick you up. Our driver will be at the indicated time and place with the bus. Plain and simple.

 

In addition, as a specialised bus company, we make transfers from the airport to the destination hotel with all the material.

 

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THE COUNTRYSIDE IN SPRING

Normally, when people from outside the islands listen to others talking about Mallorca they quickly relate this to sunshine and beaches. This is a significant mistake which we would like to rectify with this post.  

 

We won’t deny that the climate and beaches in the summertime are not the main attraction, both for visitors and for locals, but we have many other things that are well worth discovering, and one of the best times to do this is the spring.

 

During this season we tend to enjoy a daytime temperature of between 15 to 20 degrees (sometimes higher) so we can enjoy the beaches without the crowds, without hammocks or sunshades, and in absolute tranquillity. More courageous people may allow themselves the luxury of taking the first dip of the year. The beach bars and hotels open their doors more in a more relaxed manner while they get ready for the whirlwind of the summer. The locals take advantage of this time to go on outings and have barbecues in the mountains. With the change in the time, we start to spend more time outdoors (we now have sunshine until 8.30pm) and there are cultural activities and festivals in every town.

 

As we said earlier, there is much to discover in Mallorca during the spring and, today, we suggest how you can discover its rural side. There is no better time to enjoy excursions and walks. The contrast between the greens and blues is majestic, and in many cases, the tranquillity is absolute. You can take a walk to the edge of any town and soon find yourself immersed in paradise: fields of soft grass, almond trees in bloom, traditional Mallorcan dry stone walls surrounding the fields, animals resting in the sun after the cold nights, flowers in a thousand colours,  farm workers labouring in the fields to fill the markets with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, windmills…

 

In our previous post, we have already said that spring is the time for cycle tourism, as many people take advantage of this time to enjoy the conditions on the island. It is a good time to practice the sport or to discover Mallorca in a more relaxed way.

 

Some advice: 1) If you visit Mallorca during this season, don’t forget your camera and a good-sized memory card in reserve. 2) Find out which festivals are taking place during your stay and enjoy them. 3) Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the seasonal gastronomy and the local produce. 4) If you need to make journeys as a group, you can rely on services like Futurtrans, a local bus company run by local people. We can pick you up at the airport and take you wherever you want. We can offer you advice at any time and can adapt to your needs.

 

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EXCURSIONS

Spring is a fantastic time to enjoy a good excursion in Mallorca: we have an excellent temperature; reservoirs, the torrents and streams have not yet succumbed to the summer heat; plants sprout and bloom leaving behind beautiful postcard pictures; and, above all, we won't find the crowds of people as in the high season.

 

At Futurtrans we usually take groups of excursions daily with our buses during these months. In most cases, we usually leave them at the departure point of the route to pick them up a few hours later at the same point, although depending on the excursion (if there is no circular route or if you don't want to make the return journey) our drivers head to the end of it, at an agreed point, to make the collection. It should be noted that at Futurtrans we have very comfortable buses with different capacities for our trips. It should be noted that at Futurtrans we have very comfortable buses with different capacities for our trips.

 

On the island we have a wide variety of trekking routes for all tastes and physical levels, from demanding mountain walks to relaxed walks by the sea to reach a beautiful cove. Some of our favourites are: L'ofre i Cúber, Castell d'Alaró, Puig de s'Esclop, Barranc de Biniaraix, Son Real, Torrent de Pareis, Salt des Freu, s'Albufera, Parc Natural de Llevant, Camí de pintors, Na Foradada, ca de Miner, Miradors de s'Arxiduc, Tossals Verds, Victòria...

 

In addition to all those mentioned, there are many more which you can find in blogs, on specialised pages or on hotel websites. Here are some recommendations for where to perform the search: http://www.senderosdemallorca.com, http://www.conselldemallorca.info/sit/senderisme/index_es.html, https://www.serradetramuntana.eu/, http://mallorcaconperro.com/rutas-de-senderismo/ (ofrecen opciones para que nos acompañe nuestro perro), http://www.turismepetit.com/lugares-por-tipo/excursion/ …  

 

Some basic recommendations when going on excursions: inspect the routes well and choose the one which best suits your characteristics (difficulty, altitude, length...); wear appropriate clothing and shoes (a sun hat is never too much); it's important to carry liquids and some food to recover your strength if necessary; don't carry too much weight in the backpack; if you don't know the route, don't leave the marked road; always be accompanied and don't leave anyone behind; and carry a fully charged phone in case there is an emergency.

 

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VALLDEMOSSA

Valldemossa is the most searched destination by users who scour the internet looking for the best corners of Mallorca during their visit to the island. It is with good reason, throughout its history, its uniqueness and beauty have made many people fall in love with this village surrounded by mountains and find inspiration in it: Chopin (he composed ‘Preludes Op. 28’), George Sand (he wrote ‘A winter in Mallorca’), Ruben Dario, José Luís Borges, Jovellanos, the Archduke Louis Salvador, Ramón Llull (who created the first school of oriental languages there) or, more recently, the actor Michael Douglas.

 

Valldemossa is located right in the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, an area declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The village stands out for its terrain, with typical Mallorcan stone houses that spread evenly across the mountains and where illustrious architectural elements predominate such as: the Sant Bartomeu church, the Royal Monastery or the Palace of King Sancho. It is also worth highlighting its centre, with pretty cobbled streets and Mallorcan stone façades decorated with flowerpots of colourful plants that fit in seamlessly with gardens and century-old trees.

 

As you will have been able to see, Valldemossa is history and natural beauty. So, we can’t forget that there you will also find the birthplace of  St Catherine Thomas, a strongly admired character on the island, or other places worth a visit: the Miranda des Lledoners lookout point, the Royal Monastery of Valldemossa, the Frederic Chopin and George Sand Museum, the Palace of King Sancho, the Gardens of King Juan Carlos, the church of Sant Bartome, the Miramar Monastery....

 

In addition, as we do with our customers, we recommend you sit and soak up the atmosphere of the centre while you try the famous Valldemossa Coca de patata, a gastronomic jewel that can compete with the famous ensaimada or the almond cake with ice cream, both famous Mallorcan desserts.

 

Another option for the more active amongst you is to go on an excursion through the multiple routes offered by the village:  the Comuna de Valldemossa, Puig del Teix, Camí de l’Arxiduc, Mirador de ses Puntes, Monasteri de Miramar...We advise you to check the duration and difficulty of the routes on www.visitvalldemossa.com  where you will also find relevant information about the village: history, what to see and do, gastronomy, routes, accommodation, shops...

 

To finish, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the sunset in the Port of Valldemossa, one of the most idyllic pictures that you will take away as a reminder of your visit to Mallorca.

 

For those of you who are thinking of visiting Valldemossa, we remind you that it is forbidden to drive vehicles around its centre, so you will need to park your vehicle on the outskirts (be careful with the overcrowding in summer) or park in one of the blue zone parking spaces (€1 per hour). As always, at Futurtrans we make our fleet of different sized buses available to you, a much more comfortable and cheaper option so you only have to be concerned with enjoying the scenery.

PALMA COURTYARDS ROUTE

In the centre of Palma there are many courtyards of stately homes which, over the years, have become one of the most attractive and representative elements of the Mallorcan capital's architecture. In the old days, they were spaces where neighbours met, places of leisure and social gathering and which, in addition, were a symbol of the power of each family.

 
For these reasons, one of the routes offered by the city leads us through the most beautiful courtyards of the noble families of the island which can be found in the old town. Thus the itinerary consists of fourteen courtyards to visit, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the historical essence of Mallorca and get to know the stately roots of the houses which run this city.                                                                                       .

Starting with Can Mesquida, next in the Plaza de Cort, it is a Baroque casal rebuilt on a medieval base. It is characterised by a half-way voussoired portal which allowed coaches to enter. The next one would be Can Oms, a house occupied by the Oms family in 1642, whose weapons can still be seen on the edge of the staircase. At the moment it is the Councilorship of Culture of the City council. Thirdly, Can Bordils, currently the municipal archive. Its origins go back to the Islamic era; the arch of the Almudaina rests on the house and corresponds to one of the doors of the Roman city of Palma. 


On the other hand, the route continues towards the village of Can Crespí, where Rosa Ribera Carbonell lived until 1924, in which Llorenç Villalonga was inspired by the protagonist Doña Obdúlia Montcada in her well-known novel Mort de Dama. The fifth courtyard to visit is Can Caulelles, followed by Can Alemany. The latter is curious because of the mixture of elements from various eras and because it was the home of the chronicler Joan Alemany Moragues.                                                                           .

Following on to the Estudi General Lul·lià, which became the Luliana University of Mallorca in the 17th century, and has a neo-baroque courtyard. Shortly after, you reach Can Salas, also known as Can Jordà. The next courtyard to visit is that of Ca la Gran Cristiana, where the Museum of Mallorca is located. Of Gothic origin and reformed by the first count of Aiamans, it was the home of the Togores family and, later, of the Villalonga-Desbrulls. 


Can Morey de Santmartí, the current museum of the painter Joaquim Torrents Lladó, was the medieval home of the Monzón family. Arriving almost at the end of the route, among the last casales we can find Ca la Torre, the current College of Architects; Can Frontera which, although it has a Gothic origin, its subsequent owner - an engineer - gave it a more modernist style, nowadays becoming the Hotel de Ca Sa Galesa; Can Olesa, which preserves many elements of the old courtyards of Palma. Finally, Can Ordines d 'Almadrà, where you can see one of the best sculptural examples of the late Gothic style of the island. 


Don't miss the opportunity to get to know those casales of the Mallorcan capital which have more personality. Contact Futurtrans to book the bus service you need!

BEACHES OF MALLORCA

We could speak of Mallorca as an island with a lot of variety: it has large sandy beaches, where you can spend a summer's day with your family, but it also has more hidden virgin coves which, perhaps, are more difficult to access and where, with a bit of luck, you could be the only visitor. 

 
Mallorca, and the Balearic Islands as a whole, are known throughout the world for their crystal-clear waters. In this vein, looking for comfort and easy access, we find the Formentor Beach, located about 10 km from the Port of Pollença. It is ideal for small children or elderly people, since it is perfectly accessible by vehicle and its long stretch of white sand and transparent waters makes it very comfortable for families. If you're looking for a calmer and more intimate cove, for those who prefer a hike, very close to the previous one is Cala Figuera. To get there, once the bus has left, you’ll have to walk about 30 minutes to get to the sea. In both cases, we recommend that you check the bus schedule, since, in order to avoid the saturation of private vehicles, traffic has been restricted and shuttle buses have been made available at fixed times.

Towards the neighbouring town, in Alcúdia there is the Coll Baix. It is perfect for those who are more adventurous, since to get there, you can either walk from Alcúdia (about 12 km), or make part of the journey by car and then go down to the beach on an unpaved road for about 30 minutes. Of similar characteristics and harder to access, in Escorca we find Sa Calobra. Although it is also easily accessible by car, it is recommended to reach it once the Torrent de Pareis excursion has been completed (with a medium-high difficulty level). 


If, on the other hand, if what you are looking for is an authentic paradise of blue waters, the beach you are looking for is Es Trenc, located in the municipality of Campos. It is one of the best-known, but also one of the most-visited in the summer months. Even so, its great length of 2,640 metres, along with the reduction which has been applied to vehicles which can directly access it, make it one of the most spectacular of the islands. 

 

If you want to enjoy these wonderful places which Mallorca has to offer, don't hesitate to contact Futurtrans, who will provide you with the bus to get to them!

SAN JUAN

The festival of San Juan in Mallorca is widely celebrated in many towns. Many celebrate this day as the start of summer and, on the shortest night of the year, there is a multitude of fairs. Although the 24 of June is the festival date, many towns extend their festivities. Below, we suggest the best ways to enjoy San Juan in Mallorca.


Starting at Mancor de la Vall, its festivities for the saint day of San Juan are some of the most important on the island around this time. Normally, they begin a week before the 24th of June with various activities. One of the best-known of these in recent years is the Street Parade of Menorcan Horses, which is followed by concerts in Son Morro. What’s more, two days before the festival, the Movida Manorina burst into being with acts from different music groups and finally, the Great Fair takes place on the 23rd of June. During the day of San Juan, various activities take place, such as the formal function in honour of the Patron Saint John the Baptist, which is known as the Ball dels Cavallets (Dance of the Horses) and the Batalla Festiva (Festive Battle) in honour of the elders, among others. The festival finale is a firework display to mark the end of the celebrations. 


San Juan is also the patron saint of Muro, and he reflects the importance of these festivities in the town, which tend to last around fifteen days, ending on the 24th of June - the day of San Juan. During this time, numerous events take place for all types of people: from activities for children, fairs for the young ones, the Sopar a la Fresca (the town’s annual outdoor meal), sports and cultural activities or the well-known 40-ride fair in the Town Square.


In Alaró, on the 23rd of June, the Festival of the Flame is held at Alaró Castle with a guided visit of its walls. This celebration consists of people walking from the town up to the castle and, once there, eating a meal of trempó (a summer salad) which is provided for everyone free of charge. The fair ends with the speech and lighting of the Flame, accompanied by music and commentaries. 


Son Servera is also one of the Mallorcan towns that celebrates San Juan, as he is also their patron saint. The starting point for the festivities is marked by the Announcement of the festivities, along with the Sopar a la Fresca. But the main festival begins at dawn on the 23rd of June, with the Fair of San Juan, with singing and dancing with various music groups. The festivities continue until the 24th when there is a morning Mass in honour of the patron saint, followed by a concert featuring the local music band, until festivities end at nightfall with the Traditional Dance Show. Even so, it is not until the end of the month when the festivities finally come to an end with the End of Festivities Concert.


Don’t let the opportunity to find out more about Mallorcan traditions and culture pass you by. Contact Futurtrans to plan the bus that will take you to the San Juan Festivals.

THE HIDDEN SUBTERRANEAN CAVES OF MALLORCA

One of the most visited tourist attractions of Mallorca are the underground caves located at Campanet and in Porto Cristo. Each year, hundreds of people go there to find out more about their origins and to look at the extraordinary formations that have been created within them.

 
Starting with the Caves at Campanet, these are located on the outskirts of the mountain town of Sant Miquel towards the northern part of the island of Mallorca. They have a surface area of 3.200 square metres and a distance of almost 400 metres. They are found in the Tramuntana Mountains and are some of the most notable caves within the natural heritage of the island. It is worth emphasising that, nearby, you will find Ses Fonts Ufanes, an impressive natural fountain that emerges after heavy rainfall. 


The Campanet Caves were discovered in 1945 when they were searching for water. As a consequence of geological processes (Karst formations), these caverns began to be formed 12 million years ago. During their discovery, along with other species, a large quantity of fossils of Myotragus balearicus, an endemic Mallorcan vertebrate, came to light. Today, these are part of a large variety of organisms which constitute an important part of the biological heritage, and they are the object of a great deal of research by specialists and universities.

 

During your visit, which lasts approximately 40 minutes, you can choose whether you would like to discover the delights of the cave on your own and contemplate the magic of the formations as they reveal themselves, or you may prefer to follow the explanations of a guide who is a specialist in these caves and their stalactites and stalagmites.


Alternatively, the Cuevas del Drach are located in the town of Porto Cristo on the east coast of Mallorca. They have an approximate length of 1.200 metres and a depth of around 25 metres. Within their interior, you will find a great jewel: the Martel Lake, one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world. 


Their discovery goes back to the Middle Ages, but it was not until 1880 that they were explored for the first time. They consist of four caves: Cueva Negra, Cueva Blanca, Cueva de Lluís Salvador and Cueva de los franceses, all of which are connected with each other.


The tour takes approximately one hour, and as well as being able to pause to observe the shapes, the rocks and the mineral deposits that have formed through time, you can also enjoy a classical music concert. These have been performed on Martel Lake since 1935, and you can also enjoy a boat ride on the lake. 

 

At Futurtrans we have a bus available so that you don’t have to miss out on any detail of these hidden subterranean delights in Mallorca. Don’t hesitate any longer. Contact us now!

MALLORCA’S CASTLES

If you consider yourself a lover ancient history and tradition, you should know that Mallorca, along with its paradisiacal beaches, also has great historical heritage as a result of past events. The island has numerous examples of defensive architecture, so we will recommend the most distinguished and best-preserved castles.

 

Starting with the Castell d’Alaró, it is ideal for hikers as the climb is slightly demanding, but it offers views of Mallorca that make it worthwhile. It contains archaeological sites from the Talayotic era, although the first documented reference indicates that the construction dates back to the Muslim era. The resistance of the supporters of James II before the attack of Alfonso of Aragon stands out.

 

The Castell de Bellver is located in Palma, a Gothic style castle with a circular layout, it was built in the 14th century by James II, to become the residence of the three kings of Mallorca: James II, Sancho I and James III. Around 1717 it became a military prison, but nowadays it is a place for cultural and leisure activities organized by the Palma City Council.

 

Castell de Capdepera is located in the northeast of the island. On top of a small mountain, it provides wonderful views to everyone who visits. It is a very well-preserved area, built in the 14th century by James II, where the nearby population took refuge from pirate attacks. It came to have about 125 houses inside, until the 18th century when it was deserted and became a military site. Finally, in 1983, the Capdepera City Council recovered the property.

 

Castell de Santueri is situated in Felanitx, where numerous archaeological caves have been found, which would indicate a continued use of space since prehistoric times (around 2200 B.C.). James I, King of Mallorca, inherited this property in 1241, from his uncle Nuño Sanchez upon his death. Over the years, it served as resistance against different attacks, until in 1811 the Spanish State sold it to a private owner.

 

Finally, the Castell del Rei, located in Pollença, in the Ternelles Valley. At the moment it is in ruins, but from the walk to get to it you can discover the island’s green landscape. Take into consideration the time it takes to access it, as well as the prohibited access inside the castle. You can end this tour at Cala Castell, where you can see the Cavall Bernat mountain range.

 

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HISTORICAL MONUMENTS OF PALMA

Palma is a very popular city with tourists every year. Coming from different parts of the world, arriving by plane, boat or cruise ship, thousands of people choose this destination for their holiday. The Majorcan capital is full of historic enclaves which transport you back to distant times. So we suggest a list of the most relevant monuments that humanity has created over the years, since forgotten times.

 

Starting with the well-known Cathedral of Majorca, also popularly known as La Seu, it is a religious temple which started being built in the 13th century. Of a Levantine Gothic style, it has one of the largest rosettes in the world.  With strong ties to the Spanish monarchy, it belonged to different royal successions.  Nowadays a multitude or extraordinary activities are held there, for example on Christmas eve there is a midnight mass presided over by the Bishop of Majorca, accompanied by the ‘chant of Sybil’ (canto de Sibila) and the ‘calenda’ Sermon.

 

Close to the cathedral, we find La Llotja. Situated opposite the sea, it was the old headquarters of the College of Merchants. It began construction in 1421 at the hands of the famous architect, Guillem Sagrera. Of a civil Gothic style, it was the trade exchange and meeting space of most of the merchants who interacted with the city’s port.  Here they carried out commercial contracts, banking transactions, etc. 

 

Another of the unique buildings of the Majorcan capital is that belonging to the Arab Baths situated at the Can Fontirroig gardens. They date back to the 11th century and are one of the few examples of Islamic architecture preserved on the island. They are a series of rooms that possibly formed part of a palace of a noble Muslim. The main room is characterised by having a set of warm baths, covered by a dome and a skylight. It also has a double floor where the warm water and the steam that was used in the baths circulated.

 

Continuing towards the outskirts of the city, and at 112.6 metres above sea level, we find Bellver Castle. Throughout history, this monument has been one of the most emblematic and original of the island.  It was built between 1300 and 1311 by order of King Jaime II. It has a Gothic style building of a circular shape with four large towers. Its function was based, over the years, on defence and as a royal residence. Inside you will be able to see the different rooms that were lived in as well as some sculptued objects or pieces and illustrations from the era. 

 

Finally, the Royal Palace of Almudaina, close to the Cathedral, is one of the official summer residences of the Spanish royal family. In fact, it has been a royal residence since the 14th century and was ordered to be built by King Jaime II on top of the original Arab fortress. The bottom floor preserves original medieval details, whilst the upper floor has characteristics of the 17th and 19th centuries.

 

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POLLENçA

Pollença is a town situated on the north coast of Mallorca. It is the perfect combination of sea and mountain, as it is located right in the Tramuntana Mountains and is also bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. This is one of the reasons why Pollença is one of the most visited tourist destinations on the island. It consists of three main urban centres: Pollença, Port of Pollença and Sant Vicenç. Despite being quite busy with tourism during the summer months, it is still a peaceful and welcoming place where you can enjoy an unforgettable holiday.

The fact that it combines mountainous environment with coastal spaces allows for a wide range of activities and places to visit. The bravest will opt for climbing the 365 steps of the Calvari, or even discovering the Puig de Maria, from which you can enjoy some marvellous views of the municipality and the bay of Pollença. Others will have been attracted by the town’s beaches, such as Formentor, Cala Sant Vicenç or Cala Figuera, among others; beaches which afford peace and tranquillity for anyone who is looking for a way to disconnect during their holiday. 


Even so, it is a must to stroll along the streets of the town centre and to visit to the Plaza Mayor, sit down and have a refreshing drink or a home-made ice-cream while the sun sets between the mountains. But if you visit the town around the 2nd of August, you will find Pollença in full festival spirit celebrating their patron saint, and you will be able to enjoy the mock battle between the Moors and Christians, a battle which took place in 1550 between the Saracens and the inhabitants of Pollença.  


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MOORS AND CHRISTIANS IN POLLENçA

The 2nd of August is the Patron Saint’s Day of Pollença, the festival of the Virgin María dels Àngels (Our lady of the angels). Despite the fact that the battle which is re-enacted on this day between the Saracens who came to lay siege to the town and the Christians, originally took place on the 31st of May 1550, today, it is the most important event of these festivities.


Many people from other towns come to Pollença to see the well-known mock battle, and there are also many tourists who are unaware of its existence and who are taken by surprised when come across the battle.


The Patron Saint’s Day in Pollença begins at five o’clock on the morning of the 2nd of August with the traditional Alborada, a piece of music played by the Pollença Musical Band, which plays their music through the streets of the town. This piece was composed by Nicolás de Castro and was performed for the first time in 1882. The morning continues with the dance of the cossiers, which was revived in 1981 after having disappeared for 71 years.


But the most keenly anticipated event is the mock battle between the Moors and the Christians which truly characterises the Saint’s Day festivities. It represents the victory won by the Christians of Pollença when faced by the corsairs’ attack. Led by Joan Mas, the people of the town faced the Saracen troops which were headed by Dragut. The mock battle begins in the Plaza de la Almoina, where the two sides face each other for the first time and where the first skirmish between them takes place after Joan Mas has made the well-known battle cry to the Virgin María dels Àngels. Apart from Dragut, the Saracen troops are accompanied by the standard bearer and his second in command; and apart from Joan Mas, the Christians are also aided by the l’Ajuntament Vella (the old town council). During the battle, which lasts for approximately two or three hours starting at 7 in the evening, small skirmishes take place until they reach the field at Can’n Escarrinxo, where the event comes to a close with the victory of the Christians.  


Once the battle is over, the Christians make their way to the church where the te deum is sung to celebrate their victory.  For their part, the Moors head for Monti Sion, where Dragut delivers a short speech about their defeat. Lastly, the whole town gathers to sing the Pollençan hymn “Viva Pollença” and the Albada is played for the last time, bringing the town’s Saint’s Day festivities to an end.  


As it was enacted traditionally, only the men actively take part in the battle.  The Christian men dress in white to represent the nightwear of the time, as do the Christian women. The clothing of the Moors is much more colourful and diverse. In order to enter the field at Can’n Escarrinxo, it is essential that you dress in white, and you need to be aware of where you stand to watch the mock battle, as it may be crowded and there may even be some pushing and shoving. 


Even though, as mentioned previously, the most important events take place on the 2nd of August, the days before this are also celebrated with various fairs, such as the Marcha fresca (a night of partying) or the Alborada; activities for children and adults, or voting to choose who will take charge of leading both sides, etc. 


If you are looking for some festivity and entertainment time during your holiday, contact Futurtrans. We would be delighted to put our buses at your disposal so that you can enjoy one of the best-known summer festivities on the island.

 

MOORS AND CHRISTIANS IN POLLENÇA

 

The 2nd of August is the Patron Saint’s Day of Pollença, the festival of the Virgin María dels Àngels (Our lady of the angels). Despite the fact that the battle which is re-enacted on this day between the Saracens who came to lay siege to the town and the Christians, originally took place on the 31st of May 1550, today, it is the most important event of these festivities.


Many people from other towns come to Pollença to see the well-known mock battle, and there are also many tourists who are unaware of its existence and who are taken by surprised when come across the battle.


The Patron Saint’s Day in Pollença begins at five o’clock on the morning of the 2nd of August with the traditional Alborada, a piece of music played by the Pollença Musical Band, which plays their music through the streets of the town. This piece was composed by Nicolás de Castro and was performed for the first time in 1882. The morning continues with the dance of the cossiers, which was revived in 1981 after having disappeared for 71 years.


But the most keenly anticipated event is the mock battle between the Moors and the Christians which truly characterises the Saint’s Day festivities. It represents the victory won by the Christians of Pollença when faced by the corsairs’ attack. Led by Joan Mas, the people of the town faced the Saracen troops which were headed by Dragut. The mock battle begins in the Plaza de la Almoina, where the two sides face each other for the first time and where the first skirmish between them takes place after Joan Mas has made the well-known battle cry to the Virgin María dels Àngels. Apart from Dragut, the Saracen troops are accompanied by the standard bearer and his second in command; and apart from Joan Mas, the Christians are also aided by the l’Ajuntament Vella (the old town council). During the battle, which lasts for approximately two or three hours starting at 7 in the evening, small skirmishes take place until they reach the field at Can’n Escarrinxo, where the event comes to a close with the victory of the Christians.  


Once the battle is over, the Christians make their way to the church where the te deum is sung to celebrate their victory.  For their part, the Moors head for Monti Sion, where Dragut delivers a short speech about their defeat. Lastly, the whole town gathers to sing the Pollençan hymn “Viva Pollença” and the Albada is played for the last time, bringing the town’s Saint’s Day festivities to an end.  


As it was enacted traditionally, only the men actively take part in the battle.  The Christian men dress in white to represent the nightwear of the time, as do the Christian women. The clothing of the Moors is much more colourful and diverse. In order to enter the field at Can’n Escarrinxo, it is essential that you dress in white, and you need to be aware of where you stand to watch the mock battle, as it may be crowded and there may even be some pushing and shoving. 


Even though, as mentioned previously, the most important events take place on the 2nd of August, the days before this are also celebrated with various fairs, such as the Marcha fresca (a night of partying) or the Alborada; activities for children and adults, or voting to choose who will take charge of leading both sides, etc. 


If you are looking for some festivity and entertainment time during your holiday, contact Futurtrans. We would be delighted to put our buses at your disposal so that you can enjoy one of the best-known summer festivities on the island.

 

 

SA DRAGONERA NATURAL PARK

To the west of the island of Mallorca we find one of the islets of the Balearic Islands: Sa Dragonera. Protected as a natural space with the category of Natural Park, it is formed by the islets of Pantaleu, Sa Mitjana and the island of Sa Dragonera. With a total of 908 hectares, it is separated from Mallorca by about 800 metres, with little depth and a heavily populated seabed.


Throughout history, and despite the fact that today the islets are uninhabited, there have been signs of a Talayotic settlement. It is thought that Sa Dragonera was used for burials during Roman times, since a Necropolis has been discovered in Cala Es Lladó. Towards 1229, Jaime I conquered Mallorca, and used Sa Dragonera to prepare his attack. Over the years, the islet has passed through several properties, from the Villalonga Family to Joan March. But in 1941 the PAMESA company bought the island with the intention of urbanising it with 1,200 homes, but a strong environmental campaign opposed this and the National Court prevented their construction. Finally, in 1987, the Council of Mallorca bought the island of Sa Dragonera and in 1995 it was declared a Natural Park. 


Moving on to its fauna, the name of the island comes from the large number of lizards (dragons in Mallorcan) which inhabit it. The lizards, which are absent in Mallorca because of the environmental changes which human beings have brought about over time, are one of the oldest vertebrate species in the Balearics, along with the midwife toad. It is completely forbidden to feed them, since it could modify their diet and affect other species in Sa Dragonera such as the Adouin's gull, the scorpion, the rat, etc. 


In reference to the flora, the Hyperium balearicum is one of the emblematic plants of the Balearic Islands, although it is more common in Sa Dragonera than in the rest of the islands. You can also find the nasturtium, the wild olive tree, the sea onion, the olive tree, among others. 


As mentioned, these islets are free of residential buildings. Even so, we find three unique buildings: the defence towers (na Pòpia and Torre de Llebeig), built during the sixteenth century for surveillance and navigational safety; the lights of Sa Dragonera (Faro Viejo, Faro de Llebeig and Faro de Tramuntana); and the mooring of Cala Lladó and the houses. 


There are different routes to travel around Sa Dragonera. First, Cala Lladó- Faro de Tramuntana, an itinerary of 1.7 km, which can be completed in about an hour. Its main attraction is the views of the coast of Mallorca. The route of Cala Lladóna Pòpia, with a moderate difficulty and with a gentle slope, is covered in about 3 hours, and is the most attractive excursion of the park, due to the impressive cliffs and views towards the Mallorcan coast. In third place, the Cala Lladó- Faro de Tramuntana route, of about 4.5 km and with a duration of approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, includes the access and visit to the tower of Llebeig. Finally, the shortest route, Cala Lladó-Na Miranda, is circular and can be done in about 30 minutes; it offers views of the old olive and cereal cultivation areas of Cala Lladó. 


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FAIRS IN MALLORCA

Throughout the year, numerous themed fairs take place throughout the island, where the various vendors and store owners promote traditional products from Mallorca. Although their dates are not always fixed, but depend on other events, the fairs which we suggest below usually take place just before or during spring. 


The Cuttlefish & Nautical Fair is one of the thematic fairs par excellence throughout the island, not only because of the gastronomy which is offered, but also because of the nautical exhibition. It is celebrated in the Maritime Walk of the Port of Alcúdia during a weekend in which different activities and events take place which will allow visitors to enter the maritime world of this municipality: from boat demonstrations, exhibitions and nautical workshops, to gastronomic samples, festivals and children's activities. 


Close to the previous ones is the Wine Fair, held at the Cloister of Santo Domingo de Pollença. After sixteen editions, it opens its doors to a large selection of the island's wineries, where visitors, after paying an entrance fee of €12, will be able to taste a sample of their wines and, if they wish, to buy them. Among the Majorcan wineries are: Macià Batle, Can Axartell, Can Sa Padrina, Mortitx, Binigrau, among many others. It takes place over a weekend and, as a novelty, this year has included the twinning with the Falset Fair in Tarragona.

 
In the first weekend of June, the Shoes and Crafts Fair takes place in the town of Lloseta. With the aim of paying tribute to the great traditional shoe industry of the town, artisans exhibit both shoes and crafts in this show. The activities extend beyond the weekend with numerous events such as folk dances, craft workshops, sports exhibitions, as well as concerts and exhibitions also taking place.


Finally, in Sa Pobla we find the Night Fair of the Potato, also at the beginning of June. The potato is the centre of agriculture and a good part of the town's economy depends on it. That is why this celebration takes place. There are many events which take place during this weekend. On the one hand, a diverse gastronomic sample where the main ingredient is the potato, from numerous beach bars which will be in charge of preparing plates and tapas for the visitors to taste. On the other hand, the town is also livened up with festivals and concerts.


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VIEWPOINTS OF MALLORCA

Mallorca is an island full of magic nooks and crannies from which you can view a landscape which is dominated by the sea and the mountains. These viewpoints give you a perspective in which the passage of time appears to have disappeared, as if you were looking at a postcard. Most of these places have been shaped by the striking geography of cliffs which have formed over the passing of time. It is common practice to visit some of these locations to watch the spectacular sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea.


Starting with the most northerly part of the island, in the municipality of Pollença you will find the Creueta and Colomer viewpoint. Situated on the Formentor peninsula at 200 metres above sea level, it offers magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Tramuntana Mountains. From the Creueta viewpoint, you can see the islet of Colomer, which has been the star of many works of art by many important painters.  


Following the Serra de Tramuntana, in Sóller you will find two of the most enchanting corners of the island. One of these is the viewpoint of Santa Catalina, situated right in the Port of Sóller at the foot of the Museum of the Sea and the Hermitage of Santa Catalina of Alejandría. It has picturesque views of a landscape that is well worth stopping for, simply to observe what nature has gifted us. Alternatively, you could take advantage of your visit to the viewpoint of Ses Barques and take a trip along the Costa d’en Flassada or along the Costa de en Nicó towards Fornalutx. From here, you will see some of the best scenery in the Port of Sóller. 


And we must not forget the viewpoint of Sa Foradada between the town of Deià and the Caló de s’Estaca which boasts one of the best sunsets on the whole island. It is characterised by one of those geographical accidents on the island that draw our attention due to their curious “holey” rock formations. Some say that these were caused by a cannon shot from a battle which took place between the North-African corsairs and the Christians in 1582.  


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VISIT THE TERRACES OF THE CATHEDRAL

One of the most well-known and visited monuments on the island is the Cathedral, also known as La Seu. Every year there are thousands of people who will come to find out about its charm and history. But this year, 2019 has introduced a new option: the opportunity to visit the temple’s terraces.

 

In order to equip the monument with a new tourist attraction, since last May the highest outer areas of the religious building have been opened to the public, and it is expected that this will continue until October, every day except Sundays (as opposed to only Saturdays as it has been so far). Residents of the Balearic Islands will have free access, upon reservation, while non-residents will have to pay an entrance fee of €12. There are different times in which you are able to visit, the schedules of which depend on the day. It is worth mentioning that the minimum age to access is eleven years, though they will always have to be accompanied by at least one adult.

 

The visit takes place in groups of about 25 people and lasts approximately one hour. During the tour you can discover the hidden corners of La Seu, as well as the huge terraces and exclusive views that can be seen from them. An essential element which can be enjoyed from closer than ever, is the Rosetón Mayor, a rose window 100 square metres in size and with 1,115 crystals, making it the largest in the world, along with that of the Strasbourg Cathedral.

 

Access to the highest part of the monument is via a staircase of 215 steps. Once at the top, immerse yourself in the stories, legends and traditions that have taken place here over the years, with the aid of a guide. A compilation of stories will make you go back in time and get into the skin of the characters who walked the wide rooftops.

 

On this visit, you will be able to carefully observe all the architectural details and find out about all the secrets hidden in Mallorca’s La Seu, as well as enjoying the panoramic view of the city of Palma surrounded by the sea, all from the temple.

 

Do not hesitate to try this new option offered by Mallorca’s Cathedral and book your tickets with the following link: Les terrasses de La Seu.

 

You can enjoy the exceptional view that could not leave any visitor indifferent, while you discover the history of Mallorcan ancestry.

 

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CHURCHES OF MALLORCA

In the field of tourism, churches have always been one of the monuments to visit when travelling to another city or another country. In the case of Mallorca, there are many religious spaces which have been visited by tourists over the years. Each one, rooted in its origin, gives off a different essence, the fruit of its creative ancestors, which captivates everyone who visits it.


Starting with the Cathedral of Mallorca, also known as La Seu, which is the main religious building on the island. Located at the foot of the Parc de la Mar, the beginnings of its construction date back to the 13th century. It is built in the Levantine Gothic style and has one of the largest rosettes in the world. Inside, from the seventeenth to the eighteenth century, the Baroque style began to dominate, with altarpieces, paintings and sculptures, with the altarpiece of the Corpus Christi by Jaume Blanquer being particularly noteworthy. We must also mention the adaptation of space carried out by Antonio Gaudí at the beginning of the 20th century.


A clear example of Gothic architecture is the Basilica Church of Sant Francesc, built between the 13th and 14th centuries, and located in the centre of Palma. Although the style in which it was initially built was Gothic, in the 17th century the façade was rebuilt in a Baroque style. At the moment the grave of Ramon Llull is in one of the side chapels, next to a statue of the well-known writer. 


On the other hand, and in the Serra de Tramuntana, in the municipality of Escorca, we find the Lluc Sanctuary, the oldest Marian shrine of the Balearic Islands. Its foundation dates back to the 13th century when the image of a Virgin was found among the rocks, which received the name of the Virgin Mary of Lluc. The monastery consists of several rooms: the Church of the 17th century, with later reforms by Gaudí; the British garden and the "des Blauets" choir school, the oldest choir on the islands, which performs the song of Sibila on Christmas night.

Other churches which stand out for their location or for the attractiveness of the space which surrounds them are those of the Sanctuary of Cura and the Church of San Juan Baptista, of Deià; both dating from the 14th century. The first one is in the Puig de Randa, where Ramón Llull supposedly received "divine illumination" and from where his intellectual and missionary path is supposed to have started. On the other hand, the church of Deià is significant due to its enclave, which is a beautiful landscape.


Moving on to a baroque structure, the parish church of San Bartomeu, built between 1688 and 1733 on a previous primitive temple from 1236, is located in Sóller. The facade, in a modern Art Nouveau style, was designed by Rubió, who had previously worked on the renovation of La Seu together with Gaudí. 


Finally, closer to the present day and with unique architectural details, we find the Església Nova de Son Servera, which underwent numerous modifications and finally remained unfinished, which is probably the most interesting part. Finally, the Calvario de Pollença, a small church located on the top of a mountain composed of 365 steps.


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