Places to Visit
Majorca is an island steeped in history with many places which are a must to visit, below are a few of our favourites. If you have particularly enjoyed a place you have visited in Majorca then please let us know so we can include it on our list.
Palma is a city of contrast; old and new fitting seamlessly amidst the palm lined avenues. As you enter the city into the more historic area, the massive Gothic Cathedral is an impressive sight. It 300 years to build, having been started in 1229 by King Jaume I. The side streets around the Cathedral provide an enjoyable walk through the real Mallorca, and thus the Spanish lifestyle of a living city.
The old quarter is a vibrant, bustling place with cobbled streets, tree lined lanes, and a wealth of designer boutiques. Such an atmosphere is best experienced at a walking pace, but be warned, in the peak season you will be hard pressed to find a quiet corner, away from the constant flow of tourists and tacky souvenir shops. Around nearly every corner in the old district there will be no doubt yet another church, many of which were originally Jewish temples. After the conquest of Mallorca by Jaume I, most of the synagogues and mosques were either knocked down or converted for Christian use, in fact the Cathedral was originally built around a mosque called the Aljama. This historic architecture provides a welcome break from the sterile scene in the hotel districts of Palma, which could be mistaken for any resort destination.
Palma like most Mediterranean destinations has it's fair share of markets, but if you intend to go searching for a true bargain then it is best to arrive early, before 11am, in order to beat the crowds. After browsing through the stalls and produce, it might be an idea to stop for lunch on Calle Apuntadores - a road known for its tapas bars, cafés and good restaurants.
The most popular annual event in Palma occurs on the eve of Good Friday at Easter - it is when a huge procession moves through the streets, comprised of thousands of people all wearing flowing robes, tall pointed hats and masks, and each carrying a candle. It does create an almost sinister atmosphere but it is well worth seeing if you're lucky enough to visit the island around this time.
On a more practical note it is worth remembering that it can be quite difficult to find parking spaces in Palma and the traffic wardens are not shy to hand out parking fines. Tourists should also be cautious with personal belongs, as with any city, pick pockets are a risk so be extra careful when getting on and off of buses as this is when they tend to strike, and also be warned about women selling carnation flowers, they can be surprisingly nimble with your wallet!
Palma - Bellver Castle
Bellver castle is situated west of Palma's city centre, it was built in 1229 by King Jaume I as was designed as a royal residence; the castle can boast the occupation of Charles I and the present Queen of England - Elizabeth II, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, as well as housing the Desuig collection of Classical sculptures.
Off Season (October - March)
Weekdays: 8am - 8pm Sundays and Public Holidays: 10am - 5pm
Peak Season (April - September)
Weekdays: 8am - 9pm Sundays and Public Holidays in April, May, June and September: 10am - 7pm Sundays and Public Holidays in July and August: 10am - 2pm and 4pm - 8pm (Sundays and Public Holidays all year round: the Rooms and Museums are closed)
Puerto D'Alcúdia (Alcúdia Port)
This is a port highly popular with tourists due to its 10km long golden sandy beach, and variety of relaxing restaurants, cafés and bars. The port is 2km south of Alcúdia, and is a frequent stop for both luxury yachts and commercial boats alike.
Puerto D'Alcúdia is the busiest town in the Alcúdia bay, with a neat and tidy town, and an ideal location for a number of water sports, and fishing. Close by is also a protected marshland, which is populated with an assortment of birds, fish and amphibians.
Coves De Campanet
The Coves de Campanet may be some of the smallest to be found on Mallorca but they are quite possibly the most spectacular, with a number of different formations, varying in size and colour. The caves can be found 40km Northeast of Palma de Mallorca, and only 3km north of the town of Camponet, located close to Inca. A visit to these caves is well worth the journey and comes recommended for every type of tourist, despite the comparatively expensive entrance fee. The caves were discovered in 1945 purely by accident - a survey was being carried out in search for underground sources of water, when a small hole in the rock was discovered, sparking interest due to its unusual air currents. Once the hole had been widened the geologists realised that the caves were amazing in some of their formations, and after a further 3 years of excavation the area was opened to the public.