THE Balearic tourism ministry plans to extend the network of cycle tracks in Majorca and the guided cultural tours in the Balearics next year.
This was announced yesterday by tourism chief Joan Flaquer at the traditional Christmas reception for the media.
He said that the cycle tracks will link the north to the south of Majorca and will allow cycling buffs to ride for more than 230 kilometres.
Carlos Piza, the director of the Instituto of Touristic Strategy, announced that a cycle network would be set up in Ibiza next year, and in Majorca, there will be routes through Costitx, Buger, Llubi and Sineu.
The new guided tours will be in the Puig de sa Morisca in Calvia, Dalt Vila in Ibiza and one in Mahon, which will probably be on land and by sea. At the moment, there are six guided tours (with commentaries in English and German as well as Spanish and Catalan) in Palma: the city and the sea, the Jewish quarter, the convent of the Capuchine nuns, Nouveau Art buildings, Nativity Scenes and monuments. There is also one in Valldemossa and one to the manor houses of Ciutadella in Minorca.
Piza announced that all the services related to the routes will be based in the former council information office in the Cuesta de Sant Domingo, which has been ceded by the Palma city council and is now being refurbished.
Tourists and residents will be able to sign up for the walks at this office.