Characterized by many as the star of the Mediterranean, Mallorca stands out for its stunning beaches, breathtaking views and active hill towns. It is the largest island of the Balearics in Spain. Mallorca is a famous summer holiday destination for several reasons, including its magnificent coastline, luxurious seaside resorts, hidden coves unique underwater wildlife and excellent cuisine. Joan Miró named it ”the pure Mediterranean light”.
Mallorca offers the ideal combination of long sandy beaches with turquoise waters and stunning fjord-like inlets, called 'calas', where deep blue waters sit below sheer cliffs. Both make for perfect anchorages, ideal for swimming, water sports and diving in utter seclusion and peace.
Mallorca is also an ideal destination for food lovers with dozens of restaurants serving excellent food, inspired from traditional Mediterranean recipes and often combining elements of modern cuisine. Restaurants on the coast keep flavors clean, bright and simple, serving some of the freshest fish one can find while visitors enjoy the fantastic sea views. If you are looking for original Spanish paella, make a reservation at Celler Sa Sinia, situated in the beautiful town of Porto Colom. Casa Manolo Bodega Barahona at the picturesque town of Ses Salines has some of the freshest seafood on the island. El Olivo restaurant at Deia combines excellent international cuisine and incredible views.
The picturesque city of Palma, Mallorca's capital dates back to the 13th century. Rich with historical sites, Palma is home to an array of galleries, restaurants, bars and craft studios, as well as one of the largest marinas in Europe. Its 121-meter Santa Maria cathedral, makes a stunning sight on the skyline and is even more impressive to see up close. The stunning Gothic Cathedral also offers breathtaking views over the Bay of Palma. The Royal Palace of La Almudaina, is a Moorish-style Arabian fortress, that was converted into a royal residence as early as the 14th century. Walk around the city's medieval streets that are lined with aristocratic townhouses, public squares, baroque churches, vibrant bohemian neighbourhoods and overflowing markets. One of the best desserts on the island can be found at Can Joan de S Aigo, which is the oldest ice cream shop in Palma established in 1700.
Valldemossa, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, is surrounded by forested hills, a striking countryside, stunning traditional stone buildings and narrow streets. An interesting site to visit is the old Carthusian monastery, which was a source of inspiration for the Polish composer Chopin. Sóller, is set in a lush green valley, and is also considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. An enjoyable activity is to take a cable car from the town to the seaside and enjoy a coffee in the Plaça Constitució. Fornalutx is another picturesque village nestled in the Mallorcan hills that offers breath-taking mountian views.Visitors looking for some terrain activities will enjoy hiking or cycling on the Serra de Tramuntana. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, the cultural landscape of the Serra consists of paths, terraces, walls and traditional constructions made exclusively by dry stone.
Just a few miles away from Mallorca is the nature reserve of Cabrera. An uninhabited islet, Cabrera offers unaffected beauty and is home to a national park as well as a 14th century castle. Access to the island is very limited; permission is required, making it the ideal spot for anyone looking for some privacy to relax. Look out for the many rare species inhabiting the island, including seabirds and dolphins.
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