MAJORCA, WHAT TO DO
White beaches and crystal clear sea, are the main reasons for choosing Mallorca as a destination for their holidays. But the island, and its capital Palma de Mallorca, they can offer a lot more, with a variety of attractions and beauties that are second to none. Prepare yourself, therefore, starting to discover the wonder of the Balearics.
Palma de Mallorca deserves special attention, being the fulcrum of the whole island; founded by the Romans in 123 BC, in the Middle Ages it was first conquered by the Arabs and then in the 1229 by Jaime I, King of Valencia and Aragon, becoming a very important commercial port. During the years, dark periods alternated with economic revivals, up to 1950, when Palma became a popular tourist destination up to the present day, where mass tourism took over; today, in the capital, there are more than half the population of the entire island.
Do not miss absolutely:
Built in the 1300 as the residence of the King of Mallorca, this example of Catalan Gothic architecture is located in the upper part of the city of Palma, and houses an archaeological museum with classical finds and sculptures.In addition, it offers a splendid view of the whole bay. It is one of the most famous castles in Spain, and if you are passionate about art and architecture, it is a site that you can not forget during your holiday in Mallorca.
Open every day all year.
Lun 8: 30-13: 30.
Tue-Sat 8: 30-18: 00.
Sun and holidays 10: 00-17: 30.
Prezzi: Adult 4 €; Reduced € 2
Official Website: wwjw.CastellBelver.Palmademallorca.es
How to get: from the center of Palma, the Castle is 4,5 km; you can start from the Intermodal Station and take the Buses, 102, 104, 106, 107, 111, going down to the fourth stop Av. Gabriel Roca 30; the bus ride takes 15 minutes, once you get off the bus, you have to start a nice climb of about 10 minutes.
Poble Espanyol Mallorca
El Poble Espanyol it is an open-air museum of architecture. Nothing comparable to that of Barcelona, but, being in the center, you can spend a few hours; the Poble is structured as a village in which facsimiles of the major Spanish architectural works are exhibited. The idea is to reproduce a sort of medieval village, as it was originally. During the week there are craft shops, restaurants and bars inside the museum.
Open from April to October from 10: 00 to 19: 00
From November to March from 9: 00 to 17: 00
Prezzi: Adult 5 €; 3 children €
How to get: from the Inter-Modal Station of Palma, take the Bus n. 102, 104, 106, 107, 111, get off at the third stop, H.Costa Azul; after about 10 minutes of walking, you reach the destination.
Official site: www.puebloespanyolmaiorca.com.
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Calling La Seu, the church of Santa Maria is the symbol of Mallorca; fascinating, imposing, it stands on a promontory overlooking the Palm.
The construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century, above the ancient Arab Mosque; the church is an example of Catalan Gothic architecture, and over the centuries has undergone several interventions, the last of which, from the very famous and excellent Gaudí between the 1904 and the 1914.
Being the symbol of Mallorca, a visit is highly recommended, possibly when you are returning from the sea, in the early afternoon or taking advantage of a veiled day; immerse yourself in this temple of beauty, surely you will not be disappointed!
Mon-Fri: (April-May) 10: 00-17: 15
(June-September) 10: 00-18: 15
(October) 10: 00-17: 15
(November-March) 10: 00-15: 15.
Saturday from 10: 00-14: 15
Closed on holidays and Sunday
Prezzi: Adult 7 €; Children and Senior Free
How to reach: da Plaza Major, walk into 7 / 8 minutes. The nearest bus station is that of Piazza de Cort.
Official Site: wmww.catedralmaiorca.info
Obviously, the beaches and the sea represent the element of greatest attraction of the whole island. Here are some really not to be missed.
The beach Cala Millor, it is located about 3 kilometers from Son Servera, right on the border with the municipality of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar.
It is a beautiful beach of soft white sand awarded with the Blue Flag, with a fairly granden coastline (1800 meters). The sea is very beautiful, turquoise, crystalline and transparent, with sloping and sandy bottoms, ideal for swimming and swimming.
It is the ideal beach for windsurfing or KiteSurf, because often beaten by the winds, with rough seas.
Reaching Cala Millor is easy by following the directions; from Palma city, it is about 70 km, to be covered on the fast-ma-15 road, and then taking the direction Carrer Estanyol. The journey is quite long, but we are sure it is worth it; once you arrive you can leave the car in the large parking lot. Cala Millor It is very well equipped: you will find everything you need.
The beach Cala Mondragò of Mallorca, also known as Cala de sa Font de n'Alis, is located about 6 kilometers from s'Alqueria Blanca, in one of the most beautiful bays of Mallorca; It is a beautiful beach of soft light sand, characterized by a coastline about 80 meters long, with a fragrant pine wood behind it that offers a pleasant natural shade.
The beach has been awarded the Blue Flag, it was declared a Natural Park in the 1992 and, three years later, it was declared by the European Community a Natural Area of special bird interest.
The beach is well equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas, pedal boats and numerous tourist services, which is why in the high season it is very popular; the sea is beautiful, limpid and of turquoise color.
If you take a path from the beach to the west, you can get to Cala des Burgit; in an easterly direction we reach the beach of s'Amarador.
Reaching Cala Mondragò is simple but the journey is long: you have to travel a little less than 60km, taking the road Ma-19.
Authentic jewel, this is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, quite small but with an incredibly clear sea and an extremely luxuriant vegetation close to the rocks overlooking the water.
The cove is well protected from winds and suitable for anchoring sailboats; next to the beach there is also a small diving school. The coast is equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas and pedal boats and is always overcrowded.
To reach Cala Santanyì you will have to take the Ma-19 road; the arrival time is around the 50 minutes (56km) and, given the small size of the cove, we recommend arriving in the morning to find space.
The beach Cala Pi Mallorca is located about 17 kilometers from Llucmajor and about 4 from the village of Capocorb. National Artistic Historical Monument, it is a beautiful cove with light sand; the coast does not exceed the 45 meters in length, set in a picturesque inlet bounded by rocky walls high more than 30 meters, very very impressive.
You can reach this beach by following the sign for Lucmajor and then for Cala Pì; it is about 45 km from the center of Palma.
Kanoa remember that the beach is equipped with umbrellas and deck chairs but you have to arrive in time, as in high season you could find very few free places.
Es Trenc it is a spectacle of colors, with very fine sand, shallow and limpid water: a mythical paradise! Considered the beauty of this part of Mallorca, Es Trenc is known with the nickname of Caribbean Majorchini.
To reach this wonderful beach you have to spend a lot of time, in fact it is far from Palma city 47km, to be crossed through the road Ma-19. Es Trenc It is particularly well equipped: there are sunbeds, deckchairs and parasols, a restaurant, bar, a very large parking lot; in other words, it is ideal for spending a great day of relaxation in contact with nature.
Other really beautiful, pristine and little advertised beaches are: Cala Clara (San Vicenc), Cala d'en Marcal (protocol), Cala Esmeralda (Portocolom), Cala Mendia (Portocristo).
The Natural Parks of Mallorca
Mallorca is amazing: thanks to an uncontaminated ecosystem, there are many green parks, including, first of all, the archipelago of Cabrera, with a sea bed among the best in the Mediterranean and an uncontaminated ecosystem; then, the Albufera Reserve, composed of lagoons and natural canals and the Mondragò Reserve, with beaches, dunes, coral deposits and streams.
All the areas that we have listed, have incredible animal species, such as sea gulls, cormorants, wild birds, dolphins, Mediterranean turtles ... in short, a natural spectacle that you will hardly forget!
In case you have to stay a few more days, the areas of Llevant and Serra de Tramuntana, whose valleys are rich in orchards, orange and lemon trees.
According to us from Kanoa the visit of at least one of these natural parks should not be missing in your itinerary, perhaps, interspersed with a half day at sea: you will not regret!
The Villages and Towns of Majorca
Mallorca, in addition to being the island with the largest number of inhabitants of the Balearic Islands, has typical villages and small towns that proudly preserve the Majorcan roots and culture, as Capdepera.
The largest and best preserved fortress in Majorca dominates the village of Capdepera, a small settlement founded in 1300 in the eastern part of the island at 8 kilometers from Cala Rajada and 9 from Arta; from Palma de Maiorca is 70km Ideally, it would be to plan a day not to be affected by the time to reach this part east of Mallorca.
Villages like Estellencs, Valdemossa, Deià, Soller they conserve their medieval structure with simple houses with a sober style, typical of the traditional architecture of Majorca; this part to the west of the island is rarely visited by mass tourism, and we are sure you will really appreciate these picturesque towns.
After having visited Deià, you will cross Lluc, an incredible spiritual center, where we pray next to the image of the island's patron; not to be missed at all, Cap de Formentor, one of the most visited centers, especially for the presence of the lighthouse from which you can admire a splendid view of the Mediterranean.
To reach Cap de Formentor, from Palma, take the road Ma-13, about 81km for 1h and 15 minutes, by car, in what is a nice walk, maybe a bit 'long. The result, however, really deserves!
The Caves of Mallorca
Maiorca it presents many caves, some quite famous, and others hidden, but certainly no less beautiful ... on the contrary: they are always authentic beauties, and masterpieces of inestimable importance.
The caves hide limestone formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and offer a surreal atmosphere, in the limbo ... between dream and reality.
Le Caves of the Dragon (photo above), among the most famous in the world; right here, in a unique setting, classical music concerts are held! The caves of the dragon hide within them a large underground lake, the Martel lake, considered one of the largest underground lakes in the world.
Other caves of particular importance are the Caves of Hams, in which artificial lighting creates a magical atmosphere; the Caves of Artà, where you will admire stupendous stalactites; the Campanet Caves, divided into several rooms, which house a garden from which to admire a beautiful view; finally, the Caves of Gènova, small but very deep.
To reach the caves of the DragonFrom Palma de Mallorca, take the Ma-15 road for 60km; you will arrive in the center of Porto CristoFrom there, you have to park the car in one of the many spaces.
From November 1 to March 13: 10: 45 h, 12: 00 h, 14: 00 h and 15: 30 h.
From 14 March to 31 October: 10: 00 h, 11: 00 h, 12: 00 h, 14: 00 h, 15: 00 h, 16: 00 h and 17: 00 h.
25 December and 1 January closed.
Prezzi: 15 € adults; 8 € children from 3 to 12 years; Free children up to 2 years
Official Site: www.cuevasdeldrach.com.
An activity that could do for you is the famous train for Soller (pictured below).
During your holiday you can not fail to get on board the Ferrocarril de Soller, a panoramic train that leaves from Palma city and in an hour's journey takes you to the ancient center of Soller, with its small port and very picturesque shops.
In 20 'after the departure you will already be in the countryside; the train goes back to 1913, all in wood. To be admired on the left of the first stretch, the Serra de Tramuntana, and then the mountains of Bunyola; the very suggestive train passes through bridges and tunnels until you get to Soller.
The cost of the ticket is € 5.50 per person (adult) each way, or 9.00 € round trip; it is also possible to buy them on board.
Although the cost of the tickets is a little high, the journey up to Soller it's pleasant and could be a different parenthesis during your holiday in Majorca.
For practical information and timetables, you can consult the official website from this link.
Among the things to do in Mallorca, we could not talk about music and discos, having a nightlife like Ibiza. In fact, Majorca attracts young people from all over Europe especially for its nightlife, especially in the area of the port of Palma, with many young people pouring out along the renowned Countryo Maritimo, among drinks, tapas and sangria ... the night in Majorca seems to never end!
Here you are, our 5 Top of the entertainment places:
Tito's Palma de Mallorca: born in the years' 30, is the most famous club of the island, nestled in the mountain, along the busiest street of the port of Palma.
To enter this temple of entertainment there are two entrances: the main one is on Placa Gomilla, while the other is accessed from Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, through a panoramic lift where you can admire the port of Palma, in a breathtaking show.
At the entrance there is a large terrace with chairs and tables, on the first floor, instead, the largest room, with five mini-bars, where you can start dancing; climbing higher, we find the privè on the second floor, the third and last the VIP room, crowded with famous people, especially in August.
In the absence of special events, admission prices are around € 12 with consumption; in August and on the occasion of International DJs the price can rise up to 60 €.
Official Website: www.TitosMaiorca.com
Pacha Mallorca: less famous than Ibiza but equally elegant and fun, the Pacha of Mallorca is one of the landmarks in the Paseo Maritimo area of the city of Palma.
Here, every evening, a themed evening is organized between elegant white sofas, a terrace and the music that has distinguished the club for years. Theme nights ranging from Pacha Classics to Bella Italia with Italian DJ's, up to the weekend with international DJs.
Prices starting from 20 €
Official Website: www.PachaMallorca.es
BCM: il BCM Planet Dance is the largest nightclub in Mallorca, with a capacity of 4000 people; contains 3 plans plus a Vip Lounge, and is one of the most famous clubs in the world, so much to be in the Top 10 of European nightclubs for several years and in fifth place in the special world ranking.
Il BCM rises in the locality of Magaluf, just minutes from Palma; the area is full of entertainment of all kinds, and is particularly popular with Anglo-Saxons.
Even if you do not have to love Techno or Electronic music, an evening here is absolutely worthwhile. We recommend the Laser Show or the foam party, really well organized. The admission ticket includes unlimited drinks, but keep in mind that it is anything but cheap.
A particularity: at the entrance you will be given a small gadget, hat, fan, bracelet, t-shirt, inflatable or cuff.
Prices from 20 € to 50 €, depending on the type of party organized.
Official Website: www.Bcmplanetdance.com
El Divino: is a very well-appointed club, not very large, and consists of a main ballroom where you can listen to the best international DJs and excellent music and a VIP area with tables and service, ideal for those seeking a more intimate and exclusive.
There is also a covered terrace and a beautiful swimming pool to enjoy fresh air with a panoramic view of the Paseo Maritimo.
El Divino is positioned almost opposite the Tito's.
In principle, in addition to the premises just mentioned, there are many others throughout the island: ideal even if you just want to have a drink, listen to music. You are spoiled for choice.
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