Mallorca sightseeing

Attractions

Palma old town

The star attraction of Majorca's capital has to be the charming old town, with narrow, winding lanes, elegant city palaces, enchanted hidden courtyards and numerous old churches, so it’s always worth a visit. Galleries and boutiques, as well as tiny cafés and bars still exude today the authentic aura of a Mediterranean town.

Palma Cathedral

The cathedral of Saint Mary in the island's capital Palma serves as the episcopal church of the diocese of Majorca and is one of the island's most visited tourist attractions. Locals call it "La Seu", which is Catalan for "Bishop's see".

Palma Aquarium

Palma Aquarium has a great central location on the Playa de Palma. In 55 aquariums it shows a hugely diverse range of animals and plants whose habitat is in the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Their original habitats, as well as the marine and oceanic ecosystems they live in, are authentically recreated. Palma Aquarium is home to no less than 8,000 marine species, including fish, corals, jellyfish, sea horses and turtles.

Marineland

Marineland is a large park showcasing the diversity of the animal and plant life of the ocean. Highlights include dolphin and sea-lion shows, as well as various aquariums and a tropical house. Other inhabitants of the park include penguins, parrots, monkeys, turtles and many more animal species.

La Reserva la Puig de Galatzó

The Reserva de Puig de Galatzó is a nature reserve covering more than 2.5 million square metres in the southwest of the island. An easy walking trail leads around the reserve and offers the chance to see a diverse range of animals and plants, as well as more than 30 spectacular waterfalls. Around the halfway point, take a break at the picnic area with a barbecue station and a drinks kiosk. This area also includes a rock climbing wall, a zip-line treetop trail and suspension bridges.

Western Water Park

The Western Water Park, with its western town and waterpark attractions, is situated in Magaluf on the western edge of Palma Bay. The western town takes you back to the cowboy era with a stunt show featuring horses, amazing acrobatics and other action-packed performances. There is also an authentic saloon, a bank, a mine and of course it wouldn't be complete without the jail. Water lovers of all ages will find a wide range of attractions in the western park, such as the 260 metre long Mega Slide, the Big Hole, a fully enclosed water slide, as well as the Tornado, Congo River and Twister rides, all in a beautiful setting with several swimming pools.

The Caves of Drach

The Caves of Drach are located near Porto Christo in the east of Majorca. First mentioned in the Middle Ages, they cover an area of around 1,200 metres. There is a lake inside the caves which is navigated by boat as part of the tour, and visitors can admire the spectacular reflections of light and colour from the water. A ten-minute concert is also included in the tour, a once-in-a-lifetime experience due to the unique acoustics inside the caves.

Lafiore

Lafiore is a family-owned glass-blowing workshop where they have produced decorative glass items for many years. Their collections are sold internationally and have been exhibited at many prestigious art fairs. The range of Lafiore glasswares includes drinking glasses, plates, jugs and vases, as well as glass animals, lampshades and candle holders. Visitors to the workshop can also try their hand at blowing their own piece of glass.

Charter house of Valldemossa

The charter house of Valldemossa is a former monastery of the Carthusian order and is located in Valldemossa in the northwest of Majorca. Founded in 1399, this monastery is now one of Majorca's most famous attractions. What makes it so well-known are some of the relics on display there, including a lock of Chopin's hair, his death mask and the Pleyel piano which he used to compose a number of his Préludes, and which was brought over from France with considerable effort.

Majorca Wine Express

As the name suggests, the Wine Express is a small train which follows different routes and themes as it takes you through the island's vineyards. The journey includes stops at traditional fincas and a chance to taste the finest Majorcan wines. Visitors can try lots of tasty local delicacies to accompany the wine, such as ham, Spanish cheese, Majorcan biscuits and vegetables.

Deià

Deià is a small town near the northwest coast of Majorca, perched on a hill on the edge of the Tramuntana mountains. Since the beginning of last century it has attracted many artists, writers, musicians and actors who have settled here and the town has long been dubbed Majorca's "artist colony". Among others, these artists include Peter Ustinov, Pablo Picasso, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Pierce Brosnan. What really turned Deià into a modern tourist hotspot was when US actor Michael Douglas purchased the Finca S’Estaca near the Son Marroig estate not far from Deià. In addition, Deià has been the setting for the German TV series "Hotel Paradise" since the end of the 1980s.

Sóller

Sóller is the name of a valley that lies in the northwest of Mallorca, in the heart of the Tramuntana mountains. The village owes its unique charm to the spectacular location, surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, idyllic orange and olive groves and its direct access to the sea in Port de Sóller. Flowers bloom and the air is fragrant all year long in the orange valley. Over 1,000 years ago, the Moors nicknamed this place the "valley of gold" in honour of the olive groves and the oil cultivated here. Sóller can also be reached from Palma de Majorca by an old railway line. The trip takes about 90 minutes and passengers enjoy beautiful vistas as they pass through the Majorcan countryside.

Puerto Portals

Puerto Portals harbour features one of the most exclusive marinas on the island. It is located in the Portal Nous section of the community of Calvia, in the southwest of Majorca. Puerto Portals is a favourite haunt of business people, celebrities and members of the Spanish royal family, who like to spend the summer in the Palacio de Marivent.

Port Adriano

Designed by Philippe Starck, the new marina in Port Adriano lies in the southwest of Majorca and was opened in 2012. The heart of this complex is the two-storey white building stretching for 250 metres along the breakwater. It is lined with numerous boutiques, cafés and upscale restaurants. Port Adriano is considered more exclusive, elegant and stylish than all the other marinas on the island.

Castell de Bellver

The Castell de Bellver, also known as Bellver Fortress, is a fortified castle dating from the 14th century, with a commanding position overlooking Palma. It is one of the most unique structures in Spain and Europe. This is because, unlike most fortresses, it is entirely round. The castle is built around a central courtyard and the two-storey structures surrounding the courtyard are also round. Since 1936, Bellver Castle has been home to Palma's municipal history museum, with numerous historical artefacts on display.

Port D'Alcúdia

Alcúdia is considered to be Majorca's oldest town. In addition to some well-preserved Moorish structures, such as the old town wall, on the edge of town you can also find some remains of "Pollentia", a Roman settlement. The nearby Bay of Alcúdia features gently sloping beaches with fine sand, making it the perfect destination for families with children.

Es Trenc

The natural sandy beach of Es Trenc is located in the southeast of Majorca. With its fine sand, Es Trenc has been designated a protected nature reserve since tourism first came to the island. Behind the dunes, in the Salinas de s'Avall on the northern outskirts of Colonia de Sant Jordi, the renowned Fleur de Sal sea salt is harvested. The crystal-clear water in the area provides the perfect raw material for manufacturing this valuable natural product.

Santuari de Lluc

The Santuari de Santa Maria de Lluc - using its full name - is an old monastery in the interior of the island. Located in the Tramuntana mountains, it is considered to be the spiritual heart of the island. As a pilgrimage site, it attracts almost one million visitors a year, as well as countless pilgrims. Since 1974 it has been the destination of the "Marxa des Güell a Lluc a peu", a trek from the capital Palma to Lluc held each year in August.

Museums

Els Calderers

Els Calderers is an 18th century country house and can be viewed today more or less in its original state. The expansive and opulent rooms, such as the dining room, living room and music room immediately take you back to the days of old. The historical tools and implements displayed in the granary and the vaulted cellar give you a sense of how the landed gentry used to live. One of the highlights of Els Calderers are the perfectly preserved original stables, where local animals are kept, such as the famous black Majorcan pig, which is used to make "Sobrasada", the Majorcan sausage delicacy.

Museu de Majorca

The Museu de Majorca was founded in 1976 and is located in the former mansion of the Duke of Aiamans in the old town of Palma. The museum extends over three floors and presents an overview of the island's history and cultural evolution. The attractive presentation is arranged chronologically and the exhibits are supported by display boards and photos.

Museu Sa Bassa Blanca

The Sa Bassa Blanca Museum is situated on the La Victòria peninsula close to Alcúdia and is the home of one of Spain's major art foundations, the Fundación Yannick Vu y Ben Jakober. The building features a unique design, a finca in a Spanish-Moorish style, and houses artworks by Spanish, Flemish, English and French masters from the 16th to the 19th century, as well as contemporary pieces.

Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Majorca

The Catalonian artist Joan Miró had a lifelong attachment to Majorca and in 1956 he finally made the island his permanent residence. It was then his wish to bequeath his studios to the city of Palma. This led to the opening of a museum by the foundation Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Majorca in 1992, with around 2,500 of Miro's artworks and several hundred objects he had collected over the years. The museum also holds ongoing graphic arts courses, such as engraving, lithography, screen printing, photography and the latest digital design techniques.

Es Baluard Museu

The Es Baluard is one of the newest museums in Palma de Majorca and exhibits modern and contemporary art. It is housed in a newly-constructed building inside an old fort which was part of the Renaissance city wall. Spread over three floors and a spacious 5,000 square metres, it showcases temporary exhibitions by modern artists.

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