Majorca

Visit Majorca, the great island of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, Mallorca in Catalan and Spanish is the largest and most populated of the Balearic Islands. Its main city, Palma de Mallorca, also capital of the archipelago, is called Ciutat by its inhabitants.

The city is nestled at the bottom of a bay surrounded by hills in which its port has always been the object of many covets.

Sheltered behind the ramparts at the bottom of this natural shelter, the alleys of the historic city, lined with old houses with visible patios, are rushing towards the harbour in the shade of the Almudaima, the ancient Arab palace and the Cathedral.

Palma is the starting point for wide tours of the 80 km long island which hosts three mountain ranges, La Serra Tramuntana in the north, the Levant Range overlooking Alcúdia Bay in the east and the Randa massif in the centre.

Majorca is characterised by its great diversity. The activities and discoveries are different depending on the place. Its coasts are made of beautiful beaches interspersed with coves and cliffs.

Activities and water sports, fishing, hiking, golf, the reasons to stay there are numerous.

The island of Mallorca has several small towns and seafaring villages. The most important ones are besides Palma, Calvià, Inca and Manacor.

To the south of Mallorca, a small archipelago of which Cabrera is the main island depends on the municipality of Las Palmas.

The island is connected to the mainland by boat from Barcelona and Valencia, the airport Son Sant Joan is served by several international airlines.

What to see in Majorca

While Palma concentrates the cultural pole of the island with a succession of concerts, literary events, exhibitions, the picturesque atmosphere of some localities such as Valldemossa, Pollença or Dellà have attracted many artists or celebrities.

The caves of Artà

Carretera de las Cuevas, s/n. Capdepera – Prices: 14 €, from 7 to 12 years old: 7 €.

Known for centuries, once inhabited, the caves of Artà are located on the coast of Capdepera. The caves are accessed by a ledge overlooking a small bay surmounted by the headlands of Cap Rouge where, at the foot of one of them, is the entrance to the Coves d’ Artà.

The visit of this complex of caves with impressive stalactites and stalagmites takes place in different rooms, some of which are named after the Hell, Purgatory, Organ, Elephant… inspired by the Divine Comedy.

The visit, which lasts about 40 minutes, is commented in several languages. Free parking, bar, shop and toilet available.

Lluc Monastery

Admission: 4 €.

The Monastir de Nostra Senyora de Lluc, founded in the 13th century, is both the spiritual centre of the island and the largest and most famous monastery in the Balearic Islands.

Situated in the middle of a small, rocky and wooded valley of the Serra Tramuntana, this place of pilgrimage has also become a stopover for hikers using the GR 222.

Bellver Castle

Carrer Camilo José This, s/n. Palma de Mallorca – Admission: 4 €. Discounts: 2 €

Dating from the fourteenth century, the castle of Bellver, the castle of beautiful view, erects its gothic style on a wooded hill of pine trees three kilometers from the historical center of Palma de Mallorca to the Bosc Bellver.

Betting on the four fortresses of circular shape in Europe, its construction, to make it a royal residence, lasted thirty years.

The gardens of Alfàbia

Carretera MA-11 Palma – Sóller km 17. Bunyola. Admission: Summer: 6.50 €. Winter: 5.50 €. Free for children under 10.

The Alfabià estate, originally owned by a twelfth-century Muslim vizier, Ben Abet, is located at the foot of the Alfabià Mountain Range, just before the entrance to the Sóller tunnel.

An estate consisting of an old farm, a manor house and its chapel, a pond, pathways with fountains surrounded by bougainvillea, palm trees, bamboo, olive trees, orange figs and many other exotic plants and trees.

Restored in the 19th century in a medieval spirit more than Moorish, this museum garden of Hispano-Moroccan origin, of which only a very beautiful ceiling in Mudejar style remains from the former residence of the Vizier, has many elements of Renaissance and Baroque style.

The Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa

Plaza de la Cartura, n/a. Valldemossa.

It was originally a palace that King James II had built for his son Sanche in the 14th century. Built in the heart of Serra Montana, it was donated in 1399 to the order of Saint Bruno who made it a religious establishment.

A large part of this monumental ensemble is open to the public, including cells containing objects related to the stay of George Sand and Frédéric Chopin who stayed there in the winter of 1838/39, the palace of King Sanche 1er including folk dances in the visit.

Sa Dragonera

The island of Dragonera is a maritime extension of the Serra Tramuntana and is separated to the south-west by a 300 to 800 metre wide channel, the Es Freu Channel.

Illa Dragonera faces the resort of Sant Elm from where you can embark to visit the natural park of Sa Dragona which also includes the neighbouring islets of Es Pantaleu, Sa Mijana and Els Calafats.

Departures every half-hour from Sant Elm or Paquera take passengers to the landing stage of Cala Llado, from where paths start to discover the island and an endemic population of lizards sometimes called dragons of the Balearic Islands.

The island, 4 km long, is equipped with a natural harbour jetty and a steep relief with a peak at 352m, Puig Des Far Vell. Moreover, an old abandoned lighthouse and an old watchtower still dominate the relief and varied flora of the area.

Palma de Mallorca, capital of the island

Romans and Arabs long coveted Palma de Mallorca, coveted by King James I, who expelled Muslims from the island in the 13th century.

The old town, its churches, palaces and stately homes with their vast patios are protected by walls dating from the 18th century, glorious ramparts that repelled many attacks from pirates and privateers.

In Sa Seu, the imposing Gothic cathedral of Palma rises in front of the bay and its fishing port. It was erected on the site of the ancient mosque of the Medina Mayurga on the orders of James I.

In contrast with its defensive architecture, converted into a museum, stands the Almudaina Palace, an ancient Arab fortress palace that became the historic residence of the Mallorcan kings.

In front of the harbour, on Paseo Sangrera, are the Sa Llotja halls. Typical of Spanish civil Gothic architecture, the old market has been transformed into a vast exhibition space. Next door, the Consolat de Mar houses the autonomous government.

On the other side of the harbour, close to the Feixina park, the Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art allows visitors to admire works by Cézanne, Picasso, Gauguin, among others…

Useful addresses

Almundaina Palace

Carrer del Palau Reial.

Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. Closed on Monday.

Mercado Sa Llotja

Plaça de Llotja, 5.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 11 pm Closed on Monday.

Museum of Modern Art Es Baluard

Plaça de la Porta Catalina, 10.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. Closed on Monday.

Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art

Carrer San Miguel, 11.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6:30 pm. Saturday from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays.

Palma de Mallorca Tourist Office

Downtown: Plaça de la reina, 2.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 8 pm. Saturday from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Closed on Sunday.

TRANSPORTS

The international airport Son Sant Joan (PMI) in Palma is located 11 km south-east of Palma de Mallorca.

Bus from the city of Palma. EMT.

Carretera Josep Anselm Clavé, 5.

25 routes serve the city and the surrounding area. Brochures map “Piensa by bus” with all itineraries, available at the Tourist Office.

Unit ticket: 1 €. Night bus: N° 41. Every 20 minutes from 11 pm to 6 am. Price A/R: 1 €. This bus leaves from the Plaza d’ España and goes up Las Avenidas through Paseo Maritimo, the autopista of Levante and back.

Estació Intermodal. Plaza de España

Lines: Palma – Sóller- Port de Sóller / Palma – Inca – Manador – Sa Pobla.

Metro. A line Plaza de España – Son Oliva – Poligon de San Castelló – San Sardina – Universitat de les Illes Balears.

Shops: On weekdays, the usual hours are from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Supermarkets open continuously from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, some of which can be open on Sundays and public holidays.

During the summer, some administrations and businesses open from 9 am to 3 pm

The bars and discotheques are open until 3 am, see more weekends.

Beach: they are all free of charge, including in coves where hotels have their feet in the water. Only parasols and deckchairs are subject to a charge with rates varying according to the zone.

Activities in Majorca

Mallorca is 80 km long and is characterized by great diversity. The activities and discoveries are different depending on the place, nature or city.

In the hinterland, three chains of small mountains and hills favouring hiking.

Preserved from massive urbanisation, the Serra Tramuntana, a nature reserve classified as a World Heritage site since 2011, is the largest and highest, the Puig Mayor is 1145 m high.

To the south of the Mallorcan coast, the 100 km2 Cabrera Archipelago National Marine and Terrestrial Park, the ideal place for hiking, has a tourist office, a 14th century castle and a museum.

The dry stone road, Ruta de pedra en sec in Mallorca, refers to the GR 221 hiking trail from Mallorca.

150 km long, it links Andratx in the west of the island to Pollença in the north-east, crossing the Serra Tramuntana park.

A second trail to the east of the island, the GR 222, links the village of Àrta to the Monastery of Lluc.


ORGANIZED TOURS OF MAJORCA


ACTIVITIES AND LEISURE


TOURS OF A HALF DAY OR 1 DAY


RIDE IN QUAD AND BUGGY


DIVING


AT SEA


KAYAK

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