Can anyone remember back to the early days of tourism when Arenal became popular ? I stayed with my parents at the Hotel Mallorca for the first time in 1967. We had booked for the Hotel Saga but had a last minute change due to overbooking I think. We travelled with a company called Airways who flew from the North East. It took well over three hours to fly to Palma.We thought Majorca was beautiful.When we saw the Hotel Mallorca I thought it was fantastic, a lovely white building set among the pine trees.I remember the exchange rate was 167 pts for £1. A Kas orange or Coca Cola was 7 pts a San Miguel or apricot brandy 10pts and a wash and set at the hairdressers 35 pts. We watched two levels ot the Hotel Bahamas built while we were there ,amazed at how it was constructed.We stayed again at the Mallorca in '68 and in '69 at the Hotel Gracia.Its main attraction was being two minutes from the beach.It was a very friendly small hotel and had a place called The Pub opposite where they played all the great pop songs of the 60's.I remember you could get lovely coffee and toast in the San Diego cafe on the corner.Also a wine tasting shop down a stair called Brenda's.They had sherry and liquers on tap to try before you buy ! Also remember wonderful leather shops selling beautiful bags.Bought five home from my first holiday in Majorca. (and first year working) Other hotels we stayed in were the Maria Isabel Hispania and Sol Pinos.Arenal dissapeared from the brochures and by then we were looking for new places but i will always have a spot in my heart for my first spanish resort.Staying at Palma Nova a few years ago with my husband Steve he suggested a day out at Arenal as he had never been and knew I would love to see it again.We arrived in style by taxi but my memories had all disapeared. The lovely Hotel Mallorca looking run down,the good shops all gone replaced by tourist tat.The old Yacht Club had been replaced.Wonderful pavements but the character had gone.Sometimes its best not to go back.Even worse was to come my favourite hotel was on Holidays from Hell the TV Programme a couple of years ago.Can anyone else remember when Arenal was the place to go?