This Leg could start later than normal due to work commitments. I'm in Worcester working on Rugby till possibly 1800z. It's a 90 minutes drive home so this leg could start at 2000z. I will update during the evening to keep all informed but be prepared for a later start.
Leg 9 of the current Spanish Tour sees us visit the Third and final Balearic Island before returning to the mainland at Valencia and then to our final stop at Barcelona. Aircraft type for this leg is the A2A Lockhead Constellation or the A2A Boeing B377 Stratocruiser.
We start in Mallorca before the short crossing over to Menorca. Mallorca’s origin dates back to over 150 million years ago when it was a part of an underwater peninsula still conjoined to Spain. Colonization according to scientists is thought to have occurred between 1300 and 1000 BC. Mallorca became prevalent in 13th Century when the Moors and the Catalan people engaged in conflict over control of the territory with ultimately the Catalan people taking control. Mallorca was prime location because of its position along the Silk Road trading route. Controlling this territory would present great trading opportunities. Menorca's name derives from its size, contrasting it with nearby Mallorca. Its largest city and capital is Mahón situated on the island's eastern side. Menorca has a population of approximately 93,397 and it's highest point, called El Toro 1,175 feet above sea level. The island has 216 kilometres of highly varied coastline, from the rugged shores and reddish beaches of the north, to the gentle relief of the south, with golden sandy coves. There are many different options to enjoy sun and sea, whether on broad sandy beaches or at small coves surrounded by pine groves. They all have one thing in common, however: clean, crystal clear waters. You can go sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and, of course, scuba diving here. Minorca's stunning sea bed has been a favourite amongst diving enthusiasts for decades. The island transmits a sense of calm, largely on account of its valuable countryside. Minorca has the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation and a wealth of flora, fauna and landscapes.
So now we set course back to the mainland and we go feet dry at Valencia which is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with 789,744 inhabitants in the municipality. The Port of Valencia is the 5th-busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC. In 714, Moroccan and Arab Moors occupied the city, introducing their language, religion and customs; they implemented improved irrigation systems and the cultivation of new crops as well. In 1238 the Christian king James I of Aragon conquered the city and divided the land among the nobles who helped him conquer it. In the 18th century Philip V of Spain abolished the privileges as punishment to the kingdom of Valencia for aligning with the Habsburg side in the War of the Spanish Succession. Valencia was the capital of Spain when Joseph Bonaparte moved the Court there in the summer of 1812. It also served as the capital between 1936 and 1937, during the Second Spanish Republic. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 ha (420 acres). Due to its long history, Valencia has numerous celebrations and traditions, such as the Falles, which were declared Fiestas of National Tourist Interest of Spain in 1965 and an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in November 2016.
Next stop is Tarragona which is a port city located on the Costa Daurada.. Founded before the 5th century BC, it is the capital of the Province of Tarragona. The city has a population of 201,199. The Roman ruins of Tarraco have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tourism is focused on the key sites of the Central Market, La Rambla Nova, El Serrallo fishing village, the surrounding beaches, the key plazas and Roman Circus, Roman Amphitheatre, and the Cathedral
Our final destination on this leg is Barcelona. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, the Ruhr area, Madrid, and Milan. Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages it became the most important city in the Crown of Aragon and the main economic and administrative centre of the Crown, only to be overtaken by Valencia. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is home to two of the most prestigious universities in Spain: the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments. But perhaps the city's most famous son is Manuel from the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers, played by Andrew Sachs. Manuel is a well-meaning but dim, disorganised, and constantly confused waiter. Sachs claimed that he only had a few weeks to learn the difficult and complex accent that Manuel is so famous for. Sachs suffered two serious injuries during Fawlty Towers. In The Wedding Party, he was almost knocked unconscious after being hit over the head with a frying pan (after John Cleese accidentally picked up a real frying pan instead of a rubber-padded prop) and in The Germans, he suffered second degree burns from a fire.
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