Transport news and features; boats, planes and cars
Cruise ships brought over 1.5 million passengers to the big ports of the Balearic Islands, predominantly Palma, in 2013. This figure puts them as the 20th biggest cruise port stop in the
world with Barcelona leading the way for Spain followed by the Canary Islands. It must be said however that Barcelona has the advantage of being a start and finish point for many cruises due to its
position and air transport links.
Interestingly, theme cruises appear to be in vogue these days as the berthing of a heavy metal music cruise and sybarites' wine cruise in Palma this year demonstrate.
Passenger figures at the airport are up again. February, normally quite a disappointing month saw 625,387 passengers pass through the airport, 36,000 more than last year and around 40% of them
foreigners. It's a demonstration, especially amongst Spanish travellers that the long recession is finally ending and an indicator of the different types of holiday taken by different
nationalities. Though figures for British and German travellers are fairly similar over the whole year, in February for every one Brit in Mallorca, there are seven Germans!
One Brit who visited Mallorca last year was Henry Catchpole, the motoring journalist, on a mission to find the best driving road in the world! He found two; the spectacular winding roads to
Formentor near Puerto Pollensa and the twisty-turny road to Sa Calobra in the Soller area of the island. Just take a look at the video featuring Henry at the wheel of a Porsche Boxster GTS. I'm not