If you are planning a trip to Majorca soon, find out what are the islands top spots to visit.
Whether you have a weekend or a week, make sure you see something on this definitive list.
Majorca caters for everyone, so make sure you visit these ten places:
1... Palma Cathedral:
Visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral La Seu, in Palma, the islands capital. This amazing building made from sandstone, stands above the ancient city walls. Construction began in 1230 but wasn't completed for another 400 years. It also features more recent additions by the famous Catalan architect, Gaudi.
2... The Caves D'Arta:
The whole island of Majorca has many caves scattered around its coast, however, this tremendous collection of caves is the one to visit if you are limited for time. The caves are rumored to have been visited by Jules Verne and may possibly have been the inspiration for his book 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'.
It is now part of a guided tour and comes complete with a special effects and light show but this doesn't detract from the sheer size of the chambers, the spectacular stalagmites and stalactites or the amazing sea view as you leave the caves.
There are plenty of rural mountain villages to discover on the island but the picturesque town of Valldemossa nestled amongst the mountains is famed for being the birthplace of Majorca's patron saint, Catalina Thomas .
It is also well known for being the winter resort of George Sand and Chopin in 1838. Their stay here was a disaster but was immortalized in Sand's book 'A Winter in Majorca'. Make sure to visit the Reial Cartoixa Monastery and delve into the past, as well as seeing some artworks by Picasso and Miro.
4... Cap de Formentor:
This is the northeastern peninsula of Majorca and has the most beautiful seaviews, inaccessible beaches and dramatic scenery as great cliffs emerge out of the sea and provide a perfect nesting spot for hundreds of birds. You will need a car to get here though.
Alcudia is a walled city set on the site of an ancient roman settlement, which has been completely restored to its former glory. The features it boasts are an amphitheater, roman houses and medieval ramparts. Enter the city and lose yourself amongst the maze of narrow lanes and the history of this amazing city.
There are 2 magnificent castle that are a must see whilst staying on the island. The first is Castell de Bellver which can be found in Palma itself. This fortress is over 700 years old and houses an interesting museum as well as providing spectacular views over Palma Bay.The second is Castell d'Alaro, a ruined castle and chapel atop a hill. The views are stunning but the walk to the top proves to be just as popular with visitors.
This is Majorca's most sacred town and houses a 13th century monastery. The amazing architecture, the spectacular setting and the famous choirboys who perform daily concerts for tourists and pilgrims alike. Can be found set amongst the fabulous Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
8... Train Ride to Soller:
The town of Soller can be found on the north western coast of the island in a valley surrounded by orange groves and olive trees.
Take a train ride from Palma to Soller for a peaceful day trip.
They still use the vintage carriages from 1912 that are mahogany and brass and transport you back to ye-olden days. It certainly beats driving!
9... Serra de Tramuntana:
Take a walk in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains which cover the whole of the northern coast of Majorca. The scenes change from pine covered rocks to forests and rugged peaks, whilst encountering a few goats and sheep on the way. Take a picnic and enjoy. However do take care for sudden weather changes and always go prepared. Guided walks are available if you'd prefer.
10...Mingle: (okay it's not a place, but you have to do it...)
Last of all don't forget to visit a traditional Tapas bar, experience a Catalan Festival, join the crowds at a lively local market and finally enjoy a glass of Spanish red wine whilst watching the sunset!