Majorca is a place that is filled with history and there are so many areas of interest to choose from, here are a few of the best places to go to when visiting here.
Palma has a bit of the old and of the new to explore. You get greeted by a massive Gothic Cathedral when you first enter the city. It took an amazing 300 years to build and construction started in 1229 by King Jaume I. The side streets take you on a lovely journey where Spanish lifestyle can be seen all around you.
The old quarter is a super vibrant, bustling place with tree lined lanes, cobbled streets, and many designer boutiques. Walking is the best way to experience this place, but it can get very crowded during peak season. There are churches around every corner and many of them started out as Jewish temples. Many of the synagogues and mosques were knocked down or converted into churches after a certain period of time. Palma has many markets to explore, but if you want to go looking for bargains then it is best to go before 11am to avoid the crowds. Stop in at Calle Apuntadores – a road where you will find some great tapas bars, cozy cafés and trendy restaurants.
The annual event on the eve of Good Friday at Easter is when you can see a thousands of people all wearing long robes, tall pointy hats and unique masks, and each of them are carrying a candle. Strange, but very interesting to witness! It is also worth knowing that it is difficult to find parking spaces in Palma and the traffic officers have no issue with handing out parking fines. Tourists should keep their personal belongs close to themselves, as pick pockets are all over the place.
Palma – Bellver Castle
Bellver castle is situated in the west. It was built by King Jaume I in 1229. It was designed as a royal residence and Charles I, Queen Elizabeth II, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain have all occupied the castle at some point in time. Operating hours are from early in the morning until late in the afternoons most days of the year.
Coves De Campanet
The Coves de Campanet are some of the smallest on Mallorca, but they are the most impressive, with a many different formations, varying in colour and size. They are 40km Northeast of Palma de Mallorca. A visit here is recommended for every tourist. The caves were discovered by accident in 1945 when a survey was being conducted in search for underground sources of water. A small hole in the rock was discovered and after the hole had been widened, the geologists realized the beauty that was hiding behind the rock. The area was opened to the public after three years of excavation. There are many other fascinating things to see close by to the caves.
Pollenca is a quiet little town that is packed full of culture. The music festival that is held in summer is a popular place for people to visit. The ‘Davallament’ is another event that attracts many people from all around the world. It is a religious demonstration taking place on Good Friday – you have to be there to experience the magic that will unfold! Each of the 365 steps of El Cavario represents a day of the year and the church is famous for the life size portrait of the Virgin, which dates back to the 13th Century.
Sundays are the day to go down to the market. It is a great opportunity for visitors to investigate the town and admire the views of the bay, which can be seen from the top of the steps. Watch the battle re-enactment if you are here in August, where you can appreciate what the old folk went through for this place. Port De Pollença is another place that you do not want to miss the opportunity of seeing – lovely for families to visit!
This is the third largest town in Mallorca and it is mainly industrial. It is the last station on the Palma line and is best known for the leather factories that are there. Most of the crowds will flock here on a Thursday for the second largest market on the island. It is the perfect place to pick up some great bargains on leather goods and local produce. Try out the local cuisine after a day of bargain hunting at one of the many authentic restaurants in the area. You are sure to find something interesting and different when you sit down to lunch here.
La Raiguer is the island’s best wine producing area. Many of the Inca’s wine cellars and restaurants have achieved some type fame in the past for their produce. When you are dining you will notice that most of the wine is stored in clay flasks, which line the walls of the cellars. The road sign that is just outside of Inca – (Ermitade Santa Magdalena) takes you up to the summit of Puid d’Inca, a 304m high peak with spectacular views. There is a small chapel and café at the top.