Of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca (Majorca) is the largest and most popular. In 2019, almost 12 million international visitors chose it as their holiday destination, far exceeding any of the other islands in this Mediterranean group. Although it’s most popular in summer, the dry and sunny weather make this a year-round destination. But what attracts tourists to Mallorca? Here are the top spots you must visit to find out.
Palma’s UNESCO-listed cathedral is its most recognisable landmark and a must-see while you’re on the island. Locals know it as Le Seu. It took several centuries to construct but once you lay eyes on this magnificent building, it’s not hard to see why. It’s worth popping inside to see its splendid windows and also some unusual pillars so slim you wonder how they hold the roof up.
Port de Sóller
To reach delightful Port de Sóller from Palma, you first catch a vintage wooden train and then a characterful tram. It’s worth it for the ride alone, which takes you through some of Mallorca’s prettiest landscapes. In Port de Sóller, watch the goings on in the harbour or enjoy a seafood lunch overlooking the water. Alternatively, take a boat trip to pretty Sa Calobra, a tranquil cove which featured in the movie Cloud Atlas.
Salines d’Es Trenc
Salt has been mined on Mallorca since the 2nd century BC. Today, workers keep that tradition alive at the Salines d’Es Trenc, where visitors can learn about the processes which convert sea water into salt. Salt crystals form, and then raked off to be sun-dried. The salt that’s produced here is rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium; it contains less sodium chloride than you’d expect.
Dazzling Cala Figuera is one of Mallorca’s most beautiful coastal spots. Clear turquoise water shimmers beneath blue skies, surrounded by rocky headlands. In the village, fishermen mend their nets in front of whitewashed cottages, their boats bobbing in the bay. Sleepy cats monopolise the shade. It’s a fantastic choice if you want to slow the pace a little and allow Mallorca to work its magic.
Cuevas del Drach
The Cuevas del Drach, or Dragon’s Caves, are an impressive cave system on Mallorca’s east coast. Discover a subterranean lake and the thousands of stalactites which dangle from the ceiling. The caves have fabulous acoustics, which your guide will demonstrate. As the chatter subsides, listen to classical music in this underground space. It’s a very popular choice in summer, when the steady 21°C temperature offers respite from the baking hot Mediterranean sun.
This, and more, awaits if you book a trip to Mallorca. Why not allow Mundana to weave these top sights into a personalised itinerary tailored to your needs?