Mallorca or Majorca (as tourists from the UK tend to call it) is a jewel-like Mediterranean island. As one of Balearic Islands that make up a Spanish archipelago, Mallorca with its more than 200 gorgeous beaches and nearly three hundred days of sunshine has long been a favored holiday destination. Famous names like supermodel Claudia Schiffer, novelist Jeffrey Archer, tennis great Boris Becker, the King of Spain and the late Princess Diana have all vacationed on this beautiful isle that current tennis heartthrob Rafael Nadal calls home.
Covering an area of 3652 km2 (2269 sq. miles), Mallorca is the largest of the four Balearic Islands. The island measures about 100 km (62miles) in length and 70 km (44 miles) in width and is bestowed with a long coastline spanning approximately 552 km (342miles). Not just the rich and famous, but even young vacationers seeking a ‘fun in the sun holiday’ and retirees who want to spend their golden years in the warmth of the sun head to Mallorca. Such is the popularity of the island and given its vast expanse it has enough room for all.
However, aside from pristine, sandy beachfronts, the craggy island also hosts imposing mountain ranges and lush plains. The Serra de Tramuntana range (a UNESCO World Heritage site) located in the northwestern half of the island and the Serra de Llevant in the east are the island’s main mountainous regions. Quaint mountain villages and austere monasteries dot these mountain areas as they offer stunning views of the ocean. EsPla is the large, fertile central plain situated in between these two mountain ranges. It abounds with olive, almond and citrus groves, windmills and quaint market towns.
Mallorca’s wild and rustic beauty is renowned, and over the years it has greatly entranced many a creative soul, like the famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin and English poet, novelist and scholar, Robert Graves. Chopin spent a long winter on Mallorca with his lover, French novelist George Sands at the CarthusianCartoixaReial Monastery in the stunningly beautiful mountain village of Valldemossa. While Robert Graves and his companion, the poet Laura Riding settled in the beautiful, coastal village of Deià after the First World War.
Each region of Mallorca offers its particular brand of charm. Choosing a place to stay for a vacation or even for long term depends on your individual preference, for the island and its many lures seem to appeal to most folk. Listed below are just some the island’s most famous attractions.
The city of Palma de Mallorca is the lively, cosmopolitan capital of Mallorca. Easily accessible via its Son Sant Joan airport, this vivacious city is home to stunning beaches, museums, art galleries, churches, restaurants, nightclubs bars and cafes. The city’s most famous landmark is its magnificent Gothic cathedral, Santa Maria of Palma (commonly referred to as La Seu) which stands sentinel within Palma’s Old Town neighborhood. The cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of Palma, Saint Sebastian and dates back to the 13th century.
The mighty buttressed walls and tall turrets of this imposing edifice rise like a beacon over the city of Palma and constitute its not to be missed attraction. The museum at the Cathedral showcases a multitude of medieval era artifacts, though an important point of interest of the Cathedral is a wrought-iron canopy. Spain’s most revered architect of all time, Antonio Gaudi added his inimitable touch to the cathedral in the form of this decorative accent, in the early 20th century.
In addition to the Cathedral, Palma’s Old-Town neighborhood offers a multitude of attractions within its many winding cobblestone streets. Located here are sights like the historic Arab Baths, the expansive Plaza Mayor(the city’s largest square) and Ca’n Joan de S’aigo, Mallorca’s oldest ice cream parlorthat was established in 1700 and endures until today. Also, worth a whirl are the many excellent shopping haunts along AvdaJaume III including an outpost of the famous Spanish department store El Corte Ingles.
Another prominent attraction in Palma is its PaseoMaritimo, a lengthy ocean front boulevard lined with hotels, restaurants and cafes that offer stunning views of Palma Bay. Some of the most exclusive, not to mention expensive yachts from around the world come to berth at the marinas located within Palma Bay and they make for an impressive sight.
Beaches and resorts
Mallorca hosts a plethora of gorgeous beachfronts including commercial, tourist hubs, (Magaluf and El Arenal in Palma Bay) sublime retreats (Port d’Andatrax and Portixol) and billionaire magnets (marina resorts Port Adriano and Peurto Portals) amongst others. Suffice to say there is a beach for everyone in Mallorca.
Sòller and the Port de Sòller
The delightful town of Sòller situated between Tramuntana Mountains and the sea is as yet another must visit attraction on any ‘See Mallorca’ itinerary. A visit to Sòller makes for a fun day trip from Palma. You can easily access Sòller by car in half an hour from the city-center. However, a far more impressive conduit is offered by a ride aboard an old-world wooden carriage railway that originates at the Plaza de España, the transport hub in the center of Palma.
This ancient railway traverses the city of Palm as it makes its way into the beautiful countryside on its scenic journey to Sòller in the mountains. Sòller offers the archetype medieval town experience for it features cobblestone streets and wide plazas dotted with restaurants, bakeries and ice-cream parlors. The town is a favored locale for a typical Spanish lunch but also offers a few interesting sights like the Church of St Bartomeu and museums like the Natural Science Museum and The Museu Municipal.
Sòller is linked by trolley car to the heavenly beach town of Peurto de Sòller located along a crescent-shaped bay. Puerto de Sòller also hosts several restaurants and stores, which are well worth exploring.
Famed as the bolt-hole of Chopin and his lover George Sands, the extremely scenic village of Valldemossa dates back to the rule of the Moors on Mallorca. The village still retains its old-world air for it features narrow, winding streets lined with typical Mallorcan stone homes topped with painted terracotta tiled roofs.
A short distance away from Valldemossa lays the coastal village of Deià, a popular haunt with photography enthusiasts for it affords magnificent views of the countryside and the sea in the distance. These are by no means the only charismatic villages and towns on the island. Similar experiences can be had at several other captivating old world towns on the island like Arta, Pollensa, Alcudia amongst others.
Activities and recreations
Life on Mallorca is by no means dull and boring. If you relish the big city life, then Palma with its oceanfront promenade PaseoMaritimo and its many chic hotels, eateries, bars, cafes and shops can offer you all that and more. However, if active pursuits are more of your thing, the island has even that covered for it offers much scope for activities like cycling, hiking, golfing and sailing expeditions.
If you relish a quieter, gentler pace of life even that is possible on Mallorca, especially within in its many tranquil fishing villages and serene mountaintop towns dotted with monasteries and other holistic retreats. Depending on the sort of lifestyle you desire, Mallorca may fit the bill for your place in the sun. The island offers a wide range of accommodations in the form of stylish, upscale city-center apartments; quaint country-houses and luxurious villas outfitted with private swimming pools and golfing facilities.
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