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Spain For Thrill-Seekers

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Spain has more to offer other than churches, beaches, food and festivals.  It has plenty of adventure activities to take your breath away and get the adrenalin pumping. These alternatives take you up in the sky or to the bottom of the sea.

isango! has put together 5 adventure activities of Spain that will make your Spanish experience a highly memorable one.

Western Water Park Magaluf, Mallorca
This wet Wild West themed park will challenge the daredevil in you.  It also has rides and slides for children of all ages so no one gets left out.  Some of the slides are really heart-stopping like the Kamikaze slide that drops you a sheer 30 metres or the Tornado, a knuckle-whitening whirling twisting rush of water.  The Crazy Racer and the Huracan are just as fierce and awe inspiring.

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There is also a mini theme park, Kids Waterland.  Just as thrilling as the slides, are the daily high diving shows.  The divers take off from 30 metre heights and display their skills with perfectly synchronised combined dives involving two, three and more divers at a time.

Deep Sea Fishing, Fuerteventura
The thrill of landing a legendary shimmering silvery marlin or swordfish is hard to describe or rival.  The island of Gran Canaria, especially Fuerteventura, are superb deep-sea fishing waters.  There are an enormous variety of fish to catch.

With the aid of multi-lingual instructors, you are sure to experience the excitement when your fishing line goes taut and you battle the fish at the end of your line.  In keeping with the sporting etiquette, you return the defeated fish to the sea.

Gran Canaria Adventure Tour – Jeep and Camel Safari
Changing gears you can indulge in one of the most exciting means of exploring Gran Canaria.  This ruggedly beautiful volcanic island hides a lot of its beauty, which can only be seen and experienced by going on a combined Jeep and Camel Safari tour.

Camello2 Gran Canaria

The powerful open-topped 4×4 jeeps and towering camels will carry you over rocky mountain tracks to the famous Masplomas Dunes, the lovely little village of Cercado Espino and up to the picturesque highlands of Soria.  The stunning views of the Pico de las Nieves, the Presa de las Niñas and the Ayacata will be the highlights of your adventure.

Scenic Helicopter Tour over Gran Canaria
Another fantastic way to see the Gran Canaria is by helicopter.  Even as you lift off, you understand why an aerial view of this incredibly beautiful island is the best way to see it.  As the stunning diversity of Gran Canaria’s natural features unfurl below, you will appreciate its magical properties.

The rugged volcanic landscapes have many moods and facets that can only be appreciated from the air.  The glorious golden beaches, picturesque villages, twisting, mysterious ravines and the grandeur of the Maspalomas sand dunes will simply take your breath away.

Aguamar Water Park, Ibiza
The Aguamar Water Park on Ibiza is the one attraction that rivals the rave parties and beaches for attention and attendance.  It is the largest on the island and has an exciting range of water slides and other features to either cool you off or set the blood racing.

Located just 10 minutes from Ibiza Town, the Aguamar Water Park has loads of slides for every age.  Some are gentle and slow while others have tight twists and scream-causing turns.  The five fabulous and popular ones are the Kamikazee, the Black Hole, the Spiral, Rio Ventura and the Spiro Tubo.  When you are done riding the slides there are a lot of restaurants to choose from and shady spaces to enjoy a picnic lunch.

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Scooter Tours – Spain’s Newest Way to Tour

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scooter tours in barcelona Spain has always offered a variety of attractions from discovering hidden courtyards and junk shops in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona to sun-bathing on the golden sands of Mallorca. Choosing which of their hottest destinations to visit is a hard decision. Do you want to visit a water park in Mallorca, go to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, or buy knick-knacks in Ibiza? If you do decide on Ibiza over Mallorca you’re immediately left with the sad feeling you’re really missing out on the soft sands of El Arenal beach. Luckily, now there are new tours to help you make the most of your time no matter where you choose. continue reading

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A feast of art in Mallorca

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A stunning collection of art is currently the subject of an exhibition in the CCA Andratx in Mallorca.

The Art Foundation Mallorca Collection has kicked off the season in the CCA and will run until March 1st.

Curators involved in the project include Barry Schwabsky and Friederike Nymphius, as well as Patricia Asbaek, who is also the director of the Kunsthalle.

The three have attempted to make the Art Foundation Mallorca one of the top collections in the world, pooling their knowledge and skills to bring in a host of contemporary art from across the world.

This collection now has a real eclectic flavour, with both established and upcoming artists represented in abundance.

Some of the artists involved include Jim Drain, Gerold Miller, Markus Oehlen and Carsten Fock, and with more than 50 works there may well be the need for a return visit.

In terms of disciplines, photography, ceramics and sculpture will all be featured.

Why not book the La Granja on your own tour in advance?
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The Palma International Boat Show in Mallorca

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Everyone from seasoned boat collectors to people who have never sailed will be in attendance at the 26th Palma International Boat Show in Mallorca this year.

Organised by the Fires i Congressos de Balears, this nine-day event offers the chance for visitors to peruse the latest in marine design, all in the stunning surroundings of the Moll Vell of the Palma Port.

From April 25th to May 3rd all types of nautical niceties will be on display, with rubber dinghies right up to sailing boats by way of jet skis, canoes and motor boats.

However, for the gadget-minded, there will also be plenty of accessories and other equipment on display too.

Some 30,000 square metres of sea will be covered by the Palma International Boat Show, along with 15,000 square metres of land.

With locals and tourists alike attending in large numbers, it is also an excellent chance to make friends with people from other countries, and perhaps find a place to berth while on a sailing trip.

The event is open from 10:00 local time until 20:00 with tickets costing €5 (£4.60).

Why not book the Aquacity on your own tour in advance?
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Holy Week on Mallorca

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Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is one of the most important and widely-practiced holy festivals in the country of Spain, including on the island of Mallorca.

During this week in March, the events surrounding the passion of the Christ are recalled.

Palm Sunday marks the start of the week, when people flock to the island’s churches to be blessed with palms and olive branches.

However, in the evening, this solemn and centuries-old practice gives way to colourful parades marching through the streets, as people celebrate Holy Week.

Then, on Maundy Thursday, a more sombre procession occurs, named La Sang.

During this time, the crucified Jesus Christ is represented and is carried through the streets, in an effort to symbolise what the time of Easter and the religion of Christianity mean.

Visitors to Mallorca during this time will have an excellent chance to see a traditional festival, as well as what Mallorca is really like away from the tourist areas.

Why not book the Caves of Drach (South) tour in advance?
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Out for a duck in Mallorca

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There are many weird and wonderful festivals in Spain, but the prize for the strangest could perhaps go to the "releasing of the ducks" in Can Picafort, Mallorca.

This annual event takes place in August from 12:00, is free to attend and is rather bizarre, or to put it another way – quackers.

A boat sits in the harbour and releases 250 ducks into the sea, which the local people must try and capture.

While these used to be live ducks, enough people have protested about potential animal cruelty to mean that yellow rubber ducks are now used instead.

Some people may have complained about the breaking of a tradition, but as no one is exactly sure where the tradition came from anyway, it is hard to argue.

Even people who don’t fancy getting wet or seeing how many ducks they can capture still enjoy the show, with more than 3,000 spectators usually in attendance.

Why not book the Formentor (North) tour in advance?
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Pump at the volume at Mallorca’s BCM Planet Dance

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Magluf in Mallorca is home to some world-famous clubs, but the biggest of the lot is BCM Planet Dance.

This dance music institution can have 7,000 sweaty punters dancing the night away at any one time, with two separate floors to provide a varied experience.

In the main arena dancers will not only be blown away by the powerful music – the hall features a 3D Tarm laser show which is the biggest of its kind in Europe.

However, the sounds come from a 65,000W – or very, very loud in old money – Funktion One Sound system, meaning that whatever DJ is spinning the tracks the music should be impressive.

Downstairs sees revellers take in BCM Millennium, which puts on foam parties and a host of other ways to make sure dancers don’t go home dry.

The club is open from 22:00 until 06:00 for over-18s only, and costs between €20 and €40 depending on the night.

Why not book the Island Tour before you travel?
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Aqualand in Mallorca

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Mallorca has gorgeous beaches and blue seas but Mother Nature can’t provide fun water rides – so luckily Aqualand is on hand to offer them.

Aqualand El Arenal can be found in the south of the island, near the beach of the same name.

While this is a great place to take the family, with three special areas for children: Polynesia, the Dragoland and the Mini Park, it also features some scarier rides like the Banzai, the Devil’s Tail and the Grand Canyon that provide thrills for older visitors.

Banzai offers a great opportunity for people who want to experience surfing but have never managed to stand up on a board – visitors speed down two slides on a small dinghy and then drop into a swimming pool after aquaplaning at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

Polynesia on the other hand is a slower paced affair, with lots of fun rides more suited to children.

Colours are in abundance, along with an Aboriginal mask that shoots water, allowing the smallest holidaymakers to get lost in their imagination.

Why not book the Caves Drach (North) tour in advance?
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Pure vintage at the Mallorca International Classic Car Rally

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Cars and petrol heads of all ages are set to descend on Mallorca in March for the Mallorca International Classic Car Rally, or Rally Clasico Isla de Mallorca.

This isn’t one of those rallies where drivers spin round muddy tracks at breakneck speeds and spectators teeter over dangerous objects to get a look – this is a far more civilised affair.

More than 40 teams have already signed up to take part in the event, which celebrates the best and brightest in both style and function.

The rally itself is more of a beauty pageant than a race, with prizes awarded for the best-looking vehicles, as the cars wind their way along an 18-stage, 600km track, which includes some of Mallorca’s best scenery.

However, points will still be up for grabs by the teams, so some competitive spirit and skilled driving should also be expected.

Last year’s competition saw Porsche 911 RSRs dominate the top positions in the general classification field.

Why not book tickets for the Citysightseeing Bus before you travel?
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A touch of the traditional on Mallorca’s Angel Sunday

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Easter celebrations on the island of Mallorca continue until the Sunday after the event, when the capital city of Palma de Mallorca indulges in Domingo del Angel, or Angel Sunday.

This free event includes a procession as well as lots of traditional Majorcan food, which makes the most of the island’s abundance of vegetables, including a native tomato called a Ramallet.

However, Angel Sunday is not all about culinary pleasures, with the standard Spanish festival practices of music, parties and fancy dress all well represented.

Visitors are advised not to party too hard however – festivities start in the wee small hours, when locals and tourists alike join in a walk from the town hall to the Castillo de Bellver, where the fun really starts.

The Angel Sunday celebrations have their roots in the 15th century, when the Festividad del Santo Custodio de Palma would feature a procession, along with a handing out of blessed bread to the poor.

Why not book the Western Water Park on your own tour in advance?
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