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The S'Albufera Park on the outskirts of Playa de Muro is a treasure for nature lovers, where birds from all over Europe return to nest every year. The whole of the park is open to visitors and is easy to explore along its well sign posted paths, and if you ever tire of the beach, a stroll along some of its paths makes for a relaxing day out.
Throughout the park there are hides where you can watch the birds at your leisure. The Reception Centre at the main entrance to the park, is adjacent to the Pont dels Anglesos or Englishmen's Bridge, and will provide you with all the necessary information.
In fitting with the general surroundings, visitors to the park will need to follow a few basic rules, which to most people is general common sense anyway. These include not shouting, staying on the recognised paths, and not disturbing the flora or fauna.
What most visitors don't realise, is that the park actually extends over an area of 2,580 hectares with a perimeter of almost 32km, and covers parts of the municipal districts of Alcudia, Muro and sa Pobla. S'Albufera is open every day of the year from 9:00am to dusk, and entry is free.
The Labyrinth Giant Wooden Maze at Playa de Muro, is certainly "a must" to see and do during the day and evening for children of all ages. This massive wooden structure is about the size of a small football pitch, and I defy anyone to solve it in less than 45 minutes.
During the day you have to solve the maze, collecting various coloured fish and stamp a game card with the letters M A Z E, whilst being "rained" upon by a sprinkler system. During the late evening the "game" becomes a little more sinister by the threat of being chased by either a swamp monster or ghost.
This may be perhaps a little too scary for the very young, but for anyone over the age of 8 a real must do! Certainly worth a look before you go is their web site at: www.amazenlaberintos.com
The northern coastline of Majorca around Alcudia and Playa de Muro, is geographically one of the nearest points to the neighbouring island of Menorca, and on a clear day it is often possible to see the former Menorcan capital of Ciutadella.
Iscomar run a daily ferry service from Alcudia to Ciutadella, taking 2.1/2 hours
to make the short crossing, and costs 59€ per person for a same day return ticket.
Advance bookings are recommended in high season, and also if you are planning
to take a car with you. Contact details are:
Muelle Comercial s/n
Telephone: +34 971 54 98 54
Web site: www.iscomarferrys.com
Also from around the port area in Alcudia, there is a good selection of 1/2 day boat trips running north to a secluded beach at the tip of the Formentor headland. The average cost of one of these trips is quite reasonable at around £12 for adults and £6 for children, which usually also includes lunch.
The boats are quite modern, with both a small bar and toilet facilities onboard. On most trips the captain will also stop for about 30 minutes giving you the chance to dive or jump off the back of the boat and cool off in the sea.
With its giant water slides, swimming and boating pools, and three mini-golf courses in landscaped surroundings, the Hidropark on the Avda. Tucan in Alcudia, makes for a great day out for all the family. They're open from early May to the end of October each year, and entry is quite reasonable at around £15 for adults and £8 for children.
In addition to the usual selection of slides and flumes the park also boasts 2 large swimming pools, a wave pool,
and extensive "chips with everything" fast food type catering outlets. Full contact details are:
Avenida Tucán, s/n
Telephone: +34 971 891 672
Fax: +34 971 891 827
Web site: www.hidropark.com
Although not an attraction in the truest sense of the word, the Easy Rider Mobility & Hire Centre, do
nevertheless provide a service that has in the past, proved to be invaluable to many of the visitors
to Majorca. In addition to an excellent range of both mobility scooters & wheelchairs, they also offer
a range of other items such as prams, cots, high chairs, toasters & kettles which can also be delivered
free to your accommodation in the northern resorts. Contact details are:
The Easy Rider Mobility & Hire Centre
Telephone: +34 971 545 057
Web Site: www.easyridermobilityhire.com
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