Majorca, a celebrity hot spot

Published: 05th January 2010
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Majorca, part of the Balearic Islands in Spain, has become one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers from Germany and the United Kingdom, looking to take advantage of cheap prices and package Majorca holidays offered by tour operators. But what tourists don't realise is that away from tourist areas, Majorca retains its old charms that have enticed many celebrities to holiday on the island.

Majorca has always had a tradition of attracting the rich and famous. In the 19th century, music composer Frederic Chopin used to seek Majorca's warm weather to cure his ailing lungs. Chopin's lover, French writer George Sand, famously wrote in 1839: "Majorca could very soon compete with Switzerland. The day will come no doubt when those seeking rest, and even beautiful women, will be able to go to Palma with no greater fatigue and trouble than that with which they now go to Geneva." Actor Errol Flynn, known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films, was a regular on the island in the 50s. Agatha Christie is also a former visitor. The Queen of murder mystery even set one of her stories in the bay of Pollensa in Majorca. Titled "Problem at Pollensa Bay", the short story was published in the UK in 1997. The great Winston Churchill has stayed in the luxurious hotel Formentor. Built in 1926, the hotel has also hosted another political great: Emperor Haile Selassie, as well as film icon Charlie Chaplin and cult author F Scott Fitzgerald.

Contemporary celebrities that regularly go on Majorca holidays are Julio Iglesias, Antonio Banderas and Sting. Theatre producer Andrew Lloyd Weber (of the famed musicals Evita, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera) recently held a bash celebrating his 60th birthday and Michael Caine's 75th birthday. Stars are not only visiting Majorca, they are also buying property on the island. Supermodel Claudia Schiffer owns a villa in Camp del Mar and can be spotted dining at La Cuchara Restaurant in Palma. Sir Richard Branson has a property in Deia; Annie Lennox and Michael Schumacher also own villas in Majorca.

The wonderful coastline, splendid weather and magnificent scenery are some of the features that make Majorca so attractive to celebrities. Hollywood star Michael Douglas says: 'The splendour of the landscape and history of the island bewitched me.' In an article published in the The Telegraph in 2007, British actress Patsy Kensit enthused: "Every summer, I take my children to Majorca, one of the most beautiful places that I've been to. It has sweeping cliffs, greenery, sea where the kids can swim and there are great water parks. I just love the food and sunshine". High profile golfing and sailing events also make Majorca a sought-after holiday destination for the jet set. The Robert Winsor Charity Golf, held every year, attracts personalities from the world of film and TV. The most distinguished visitors to the island, the Royal Family of Spain, are known to take part in regattas.

The Spanish island will present its first ever Film Festival in April 2011. Destined to rival Cannes and Venice, this major cultural event will further cement Majorca's position as a top celebrity hot spot!

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