SPAIN (2022)- Europa 2022- Myths & Legends

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In the southwest of the island of Mallorca is the legendary island of Sa Dragonera.

The island is about four kilometers long and one wide.

Between the 14th and 16th centuries it served as a hideout for corsairs, pirates and smugglers.

A Natural Park since 1995, home to species such as the disappeared monk seal, today its inhabitants are twenty endemic species such as Eleanor's falcons, cormorants and seagulls, which build their nests on its high cliffs.

Also, following the line of the myth that surrounds it, there are many small “dragons”, guardians of the area: the sargantanas or Lilford lizards, an endemic species of Mallorca and Menorca. They are similar to geckos and during the warmer months they can be seen as soon as they land on the most uninhabited islands in the area.

Sa Dragonera takes its name from its own silhouette. If you fly over the island, the image leaves no room for doubt showing the figure of a sleeping dragon.

The legend of the dragon speaks of this mythological animal, snakes and all kinds of reptiles that protect Mallorca from unwanted invaders.

The stamp that Correos dedicates to this island is part of the Europa series. This series is one of the most emblematic in the philatelic world. All PostEurop member countries participate in it, each presenting a stamp with its own design, but a common theme. This year, the chosen theme is about myths and legends.

The main reason for this broadcast shows an illustration about the legend of the dragon, where you can see this legendary animal watching over the coast and the ships that approach it.

The island of Sa Dragonera invites visitors to explore a still virgin territory where they can enjoy its wildest side both on land and in the sea, where diving becomes one of its greatest attractions.

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