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Places of interest in Mallorca for everybody
Mallorca is by far the most versatile island in the Mediterranean as it serves up treats for absolutely everyone. On top of the classic tourist attractions that grace the pages and covers of every travel guide known to man, it makes sense to go to less known places to get a real feel for Mallorca and break away from the typical touristy stuff. We would like to give you a helping hand in figuring out what needs to be ticked off your list when you go on your gorgeous getaway to Mallorca.
Things to see in Mallorca for culture vultures:
Palacio de la Almudaina
The Palacio de la Almudaina is right next to La Seu Cathedral in Palma. You can easily recognise the royal palace when you catch sight of the large Spanish flag that flies over the tower. The former fortress was once inhabited by Muslim rulers, but today it is the official residence of the Spanish royal family. With a total area of 20,000m², the building offers plenty of space for state receptions and official events. The military also has a seat in the royal palace. After the reconquest of Mallorca, the Arabic building was rebuilt in the 14th century with a more Gothic style. Although a lot of the Royal Palace is not open to the public, a guided tour is still worthwhile for those who want to get more in touch with the culture in Mallorca. Run your eyes over the pretty palace and pay attention to the Roman and Arab roots, get to know more about gorgeous Gothic architecture, stroll past numerous paintings and tapestries and visit the Saint Anna court chapel.
La Lonja is a stunning structure which people often mistake for a palace or a church, but it was used as a place to hold maritime related meetings in Palma. Nowadays, it opens its arms to welcome official guests and state visits as well as showcasing incredible artwork of the harbour. The Gothic building was built back in the 15th century by an architect by the name of Guillem Sagrera as a place to go merchants and to make sure that all kinds of maritime maintenance and trade would run smoothly. After the maritime heyday of maritime trade, La Lonja served very different purposes. It was used as a warehouse, a cannon factory, a courthouse and at times even as a painting and archaeology museum.
sunbonoo travel tip: La Lonja is called Sa Llotja oin Mallorqui (Mallorcan) and is located in the very south of the old town directly opposite the harbour, about 300m from the cathedral. The entertainment district that surrounds the beautiful building has also adopted the same name; pay its tapas bars, jazz clubs and Irish pubs a visit to make the most of the affluent area. The pretty promenade is peppered with palm trees and merges into the Paseo Marítimo in no time at all.
Things to see in Mallorca for sun worshippers:
Es Trenc beach
Es Trenc is one of the most famous beaches in Mallorca amongst residents and tourists alike which makes it a tourist hot spot and a local favourite rolled into one. The wonderful white beach in the South East has been aptly nicknamed Caribbean of Mallorca by many visitors. The white sands, turquoise water and its secluded location in a nature reserve make it well worth a visit. Even though there is a bit of hustle and bustle on some parts of the beach, it’s not hard to find your own little spot on the huge 5km-long beach. You can get to the beach easily by car as there is an access road.
Ciutat Jardi beach
The sandy beach of Ciutat Jardi is located on the bay of Palma, about 5 kilometres from Mallorca's capital and is worth a short trip. On the 450 meter long beach mostly locals from the suburbs meet. The promenade of the bay of Palma passes Ciutat Jardi. The cycle path starts at the beginning of the port, passes the cathedral and the fisher port of Portixol, passes El Molinar and ends at the Platja de Palma, at Ballermann 1.
sunbonoo trvel trip: Should you stay in Palma or at the Platja de Palma, we recommend renting a bicycle from one of the many providers. Along the miles long promenade you can explore the bay of Palma and are independent of traffic and bus connections. If you don't want to go by bike, then take the bus line 35, the Platja bus. It runs every 15 minutes on a parallel road along the entire bay of Palma, from the cathedral to the Palma Aquarium and back. The single trip costs about three euros and is paid directly to the bus driver.
Things to see in Mallorca for nature lovers:
Those who are interested in the fascinating nature of the holiday island will feel very comfortable at the reservoir Cúber at 750 metres. A place where worlds meet, around the lake there is perhaps the wildest nature on Mallorca. The Cúber lake is the drinking water reservoir for the city of Palma, the surrounding areas are a nature reserve. At the lake itself there are 2 parking lots, which can be easily reached by car. A path leads along the canal and in the surroundings the giants of the Tramuntana grow out of the ground.
Botanical garden Botanicactus
The botanical garden in the south of the island is a place of superlatives. More than 15,000 plants thrive in the 150,000 square metre area near Ses Salines. The Botanicactus is mainly dedicated to cacti with more than 1600 species and the Majorcan flora with olive trees, pomegranate, almond, pine, cypress, orange, carob and eucalyptus. There is also a desert-like area where the tropical vegetation is represented and a 1 hectare pond with aquatic plants. The Botanical Garden is the second in Mallorca and one of the largest in the world.
Things to see in Mallorca for families:
Nature park La Reserva
In the middle of the Tramuntana mountains, this nature park offers adventure and entertainment for the whole family. On a historic charcoal-burner's trail you can walk through a Mediterranean forest, take a cable car, go mountain climbing and walk across the suspension bridge. In addition, surrounded by caves and waterfalls, there is a small animal park with ducks, donkeys, sheep, ponies, peacocks and artificial water pools where you can swim. The circular route through the La Reserva Natural Park is 3.5 kilometres long. The area is located in Puigpunyent, about 17 kilometres from Palma.
East Mallorca is home to the so-called “Dragon Caves” which are better known by their Spanish name “Cuevas del Drach”. You can walk in to the stalactite cave system on a family outing in Mallorca. Children will undoubtedly by in awe of the countless stalactites which come in a range of shapes and sizes and hang like icicles from the top of the cave. A 170m-long, 25m-deep and 1km-long underground lake is by far the highlight. Hop on a bus or drive down to what takes the title for the largest underground lake in Europe.
Things to see in Mallorca for groups:
Train ride to Sóller
The nostalgic train ride from Palma to Sóller is one of the prettiest train rides in existence. This is a great option for groups as everyone gets their pennies worth and appeals to everybody from nature lovers and kids to old-timers and photographers. It’s a much smoother ride than by bus and a dozen times more scenic. The 1927 electric Siemens train which has been named “Red Lightning” runs between the capital and the west of Mallorca. You sit tight for about an hour and make your way through olive groves, orange plantations and 13 Tramuntana Mountain tunnels and over countless bridges on your trip to the quaint little town. The seats are adjacent to one another in old-fashioned open panorama style wooden wagon carriages. The last stop is at Sóller itself. You then jump off and hop on the one and only Majorcan tram to Sóller’s port which is just 5km away. You can pick up your tickets from the ticket counter at the old train station on the edge of Plaza de España.
Puig de Randa
Puig de Randa is an approximately 550m high mountain in the heart of Mallorca. If you want to see more than just the picturesque and panoramic views, then the three magnificent monasteries are just what you’re looking for. You’ll go right past two monasteries half way up the mountain on the narrow and winding road on the way to the top. The first part was built in the 15th century and attracts a lot of interest. It is surrounded by heaps of cliffs which the birds use as their refuge for nesting. The third 13th-century monastery “Santuari Nostra Senyora de Cura” is based right at the top of Puig de Randa and welcomes you to explore its church, museum and garden. You get a 360° view over Mallorca from Puig de Randa which is made even more superb at sunset.