In the virtual-reality steps of a champion
Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal chose Manacor, his home town in Majorca, to set up his foundation, to help youngsters develop through sport, and the Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience. Naturally, a large part of the museum traces the local man's incredible journey with display cases full of trophies, cups, medals and sports gear worn by the player.
Alongside his mementoes and personal items, you can see clothes and equipment belonging to other tennis greats, such as Federer and Djokovic who each donated a racket. But there are also items from champions in other sports, Messi and Ronaldo, to mention a couple. There is even an F1 car that was driven by racing driver Fernando Alonso, discreetly parked away from the usual circuits.
The other half of the museum concentrates on fun with a selection of interactive activities for all ages. The place bristles with virtual reality and offers sensational experiences to those who try them. Equipped with a helmet, you are carefully harnessed into your paraglider, like a bird gliding through the skies, admiring the scenery that unfolds beneath your eyes. Adrenaline rushes are guaranteed on the ski-jump experience thanks to the height of the jumps. Then you can try the calmer sport of rowing or even pilot a plane thanks to hi-tech simulators. On the BMX experience, make sure you bend your knees in anticipation of all the humps and bumps along the course. The Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience is a fantastic playground for young and old, experienced sportspeople or curious passers-by in search of thrills and spills.
Rafa Nadal Museum Xperience
Ctra. Cales de Mallorca s/n
+34 971 17 16 83
The stuff of heroes up in the air
To make the most of this one-of-a-kind experience, you have to be up with the lark. As the sun rises, you will fly over the island in a hot-air balloon in the safe hands of the Mallorca Balloons team. Get ready for magnificent landscapes, nature as far as the eye can see, inaccessible creeks and 360°-panoramas set against the Mediterranean Sea!
It all starts with a snack while the team explains how the balloon works and what will happen on the flight. Then you climb into the basket which usually comes up to chest height. Staff members will gladly help you on board. And that is it – everyone is ready and the balloon has already been heated up. Thanks to the well-known Archimedes principle together with perfect temperature regulation, the hot-air balloon lifts off of the ground. Take-off is gentle and silent. And that is how it will be for the duration of your flight through the skies of Majorca. The pilot pays great attention to safety at all times. For the next hour or so, all you have to do is admire the view and capture some unforgettable shots.
When the moment comes to go back, the balloon starts its descent, negotiating its way through hot and cold air currents. Everyone lends hand to remove the air from the balloon and fold it up. Then it is time for a celebratory glass of champagne and your flight certificate.
Ma-15, Exit 44 – Manacor
07500 Cala Bona
+34 971 59 69 69
Want adventure? This is adventure!
After all those virtual-reality and high-altitude thrills, a day at the Santa Ponça Jungle Parc offers excitement of a different kind – you are going for a walk in the trees! Rope bridges, nets, swing ropes and zip-lines cut through nine hectares of forest, interspersed with 134 platforms so you can catch your breath between stages. Before you set off, you are equipped with a helmet, harness and snap-hooks to keep you safe and sound. The adrenalin is starting to rise…
The green light is given and your feet leave terra firma behind. You will probably lack confidence at first, but very soon, you will find an ability to balance you never knew you had. There are different circuits which have been designed to suit all levels, physical conditions and ages, so that everyone can enjoy a happy and memorable tree-top experience. Everyone encourages each other, offers valuable words of advice, laughs and captures scenes on camera forever… Whether you visit with family or friends, your adventure in the trees is all about having a great time surrounded by nature.
Santa Ponça Jungle Parc
Avinguda del Rei Jaume I, 40ª
07180 Santa Ponça,
+34 630 94 82 95