Mallorca Sights & Attractions

 

 
Palau de l'Almudaina
La Almudaina Royal Palace, Palma de Mallorca – Image courtesy of spain.info

Top attractions in Mallorca


The island of Mallorca offers a range of must-see attractions, including the following.

Palma de Mallorca
In Mallorca's capital, Palma de Mallorca (or Palma as it’s commonly known), explore the atmospheric old alleyways around the Plaça Santa Eulalia and wander wide boulevards that were once the base of the original Moorish walls built to protect the city.

See the remaining 12th century ramparts at Ses Voltes on the seafront and visit the towering Gothic Catedral (La Seu) that took 400 years to build (from 1230 to 1601). Admire the cathedral’s spectacular 121m-long and 43m-high nave, supported by 14 slender 20m-tall pillars that branch out at the top like palm trees to support the single-span vaulted roof.

Explore a maze of rooms and examine Flemish tapestries at the Palau de l'Almudaina, a Moorish castle later used by Mallorcan and Spanish royalty. Pop into the elegant domed chamber of the 10th century Banys Àrabs (Arab baths), a former public bathhouse set in a walled garden of lemon and palm trees.

Then examine archaeological finds as well as medieval religious paintings inside the Museu de Mallorca, housed in a 15th century mansion. Don’t miss the 13th century Basílica de Sant Francesc, one of the finest of Palma’s medieval churches.

Later, browse fashion boutiques and choose from a range of al fresco bars and restaurants facing a bay renowned for its magical sunsets.

Castell de Bellver
Explore this well-preserved 14th century circular castle built on a hilltop near Palma de Mallorca, enjoying panoramic views from the battlements.

Pollença
Walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar, who once owned this pretty town and built the imposing 13th century Church of Nuestra Senyora de Los Ángeles, which stands in the present day Plaça Major.

Walk charming narrow alleyways and enjoy views across to the 330m-high Puig de Maria, home to a 15th century Sanctuary. Climb up the 365 stone steps of the Calvari of Pollença for panoramic views that stretch as far as Capo de Formentor.

Cabo de Formentor
Discover this dramatic peninsula by hire car along the 20km-long twisting, vertiginous road from Port de Pollença to the lighthouse at the cape's end. Stop briefly to enjoy spectacular scenic views from miradores (lookouts) set atop 200m-high cliffs overlooking secluded rock-framed coves lapped by intensely coloured turquoise waters.

Wander the steep cobbled streets of Fornalutx, a pretty mountain village lined with stone houses and surrounded by groves of almond trees. Then drive through hairpin bends to the port village of Sa Calobra, with a tiny white-sand beach surrounded by soaring cliffs and overlooking a turquoise inlet.

Alcúdia
Explore the maze of narrow streets in this medieval old town lined with tall ochre houses and surrounded by a 14th century wall indented with massive fortified gates and crenellated towers. Then drive out to nearby Pollentia to see Roman ruins at the 1st century BC Teatre Romà (Roman amphitheatre). Alcúdia is just 3km inland from Playa Puerto de Alcúdia.

S'Albufera Nature Reserve
Explore on foot or bicycle the largest wetland area in the Balearics – an 800ha expanse separated by low vegetation-covered sand dunes from the sea in the Bay of Alcúdia.

Hire a pair of binoculars from the reception centre and try to spot some of the 200-plus species that visit the park, including egrets, sandpipers and warblers. S'Albufera Nature Reserve is located between Port de Alcúdia and Ca'n Picafort.

Sóller
Come for a night or stay longer at one of the most beautiful towns on the island, most notable for its palatial 19th century mansions, sprinkling of 16th century facades, an 18th century convent and a 16th century parish church.

From Palma, take the train to enjoy spectacular views in the comfort of charming belle epoque wooden carriages with leather-covered seats, dating from 1912. Or hire a car and treat yourselves to a magnificent drive through lemon and olive groves thriving on stonewalled terraces, forested cliffs and quaint old stone farmhouses.

After strolling the narrow streets, catch the blue-and-brass tram that winds its way through town down to the attractive Puerto de Sóller. Soller sits on the west coast, around 30km from Palma.

Deià
Walk in the footsteps of the English poet and writer Robert Graves, who lived here from 1929 until his death in 1985. Located in a stunning mountain setting of the Serra de Tramuntana, the inspiring setting of Deià has attracted artists and writers for centuries.

Stroll around the narrow tree-lined streets of this picturesque village surrounded by olive trees then wander down to the beach at Cala de Deià for a sunset drink and a chat with locals and expat literati.

Ca N'Alluny
Visit the former home of writer and poet Robert Graves, which he built in 1932 overlooking the sea. The house is now a museum boasting a wide collection Graves' furniture, books and personal effects.

Jardins d'Alfàbia
Stroll among pergolas, a pavilion and ponds in this lush garden that surrounds a one-time Moorish palace on the outskirts of Sóller. Inside the palace, admire Arabic and Mallorcan furniture.

Cuevas del Drach
Wander through a huge cavern crammed with an underground forest of stalactites and stalagmites as well as five subterranean lakes. Tour the cavern by boat or time your visit with one of the frequent concerts held here. The caves are located on the east coast of Mallorca, south of Porto Cristo, around 61km east of Palma.

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