Mallorca Attractions & Things To Do
Majorca | Spain
The island is laden with history and sights, from its castles and enchanting gardens to its caves and spectacular mountains. Below is a list of some of Palma's and Mallorca's most outstanding attractions. Also of interest: Mallorca museums and art galleries and Mallorca family attractions and activities.
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Mallorca Attraction - Without doubt the Catedral de Mallorca is the crowning architectural jewel of the island. If you visit Palma, you can’t leave without having seen la Seo – the local name for the cathedral. Besides being one of the most magnificent Gothic cathedrals in Europe, its interior reveals the entire history of Mallorcan art: from its Gothic altarpieces to its famous gold work - the treasure of the cathedral, and something really worth seeing. And don’t miss the Baroque altarpieces or the additions of Antoni Gaudí, including his magnificent baldachin in the presbytery.
Tel.: +34 971 723 130
Hours: Monday through Friday: 10 - 15.15h. – Saturdays: 10 - 14.15h. – Sundays and holidays closed.
(C. Palau Reial, 29)
The Almudaina Palace
Majorca Attraction - This building, which dates back to Roman times, was the residence of the Muslim walis. After the Christian conquest, the Mallorcan king, Jaime II, restored and enlarged it. Of the new construction the salón del tinell is of particular interest - today it is divided into two floors – and the Chapel of Santa Ana is considered to be one of the most beautiful chapels in the city. Also noteworthy is the Torre del Angel (angel’s tower) so called because of its weather vane, which is a representation of the archangel Saint Gabriel. King Jaime II ordered its construction in the 14th century.
Tel.: +34 971 214 134
Hours: Monday through Friday from 10 - 14h and 16 - 18h. – Saturdays and holidays: 10 - 14h. – Sundays: closed.
Tickets: 3.20€. Guided tour: 4€. Wednesdays: EU citizens free.
(C. Palau Reial, 20)
Mallorca Attraction - The castle was built all at once in 1300, which gives it a very beautiful and unified appearance. The view from the terraces is spectacular and its circular form makes it a unique example of European Gothic civil architecture.
Tel.: +34 971 730 657
Hours: June to September: 8.30 - 20.30h. – October to May: 8 - 19.30h. – Sundays and holidays: 10 - 17h.
(C. Camilo José Cela, 17)
Majorca Attraction - The exterior of this building dates from the 17th century and the interior from the 19th. It is located in the Plaza de Cort, the nerve centre of Palma. Originally this was the seat of the Jurados, the executive branch of the Kingdom of Mallorca. When the administration changed in the 18th century, the Palma city council inherited the building and the furniture from the former University of the Kingdom. The interior is accentuated by an art gallery, the highpoint of which are the portraits of distinguished gentlemen of the kingdom.
(Pl. Cort, 1)
La Lonja (the fishermen’s market)
Mallorca Attraction - La Lonja de Palma presides solemnly over the Paseo Sagrera beside the sea. The beauty that the building radiates outwards - the grand windows with gothic tracery, the gargoyles and saints that flank the building - is reflected within. The unique interior space is accentuated by the fine helical pilasters, like a garden of stone palm trees. La Lonja was built by Guillem Sagrera in the 15th century.
Tel.: +34 971 711 705
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 11 - 14h and 17 - 21h. – Sundays and holidays: 11h - 14h. – Mondays closed. Interior room open to the public only during exhibitions.
Majorca Attraction - This is one of the few examples of Arabic architecture in Palma. The baths date from the 10th to the 12th centuries. They were constructed using older elements, for example recycling capitals from earlier eras (Arab, Byzantine, or Roman). This building and its gardens are integrated into what was the vegetable garden of the Casa Fontirroig.
Tel.: +34 971 721 549
Visiting hours: April to November, 9 - 19.30h. – December to March, 9 - 18h.
(C. Can Serra, 7)
Mallorca Attraction - Historic Palma is home to more than seventy houses whose unique architecture is expressed through a characteristic patio. These patios contribute to Palma’s unique personality and charm. Descriptions recounted by travellers throughout the ages have often focused on the impact of these magical spaces. These patios let us travel back through Palma’s history, as we can see examples dating back to the 14th century and going all the way up to the 20th, each of them reflecting the style of their time. For centuries these patios, which were considered semi-public spaces, paid witness to the political, social and romantic goings-on of the people of Palma. Nowadays, despite the disappearance of Palma’s urban patriciate and the changes in the use of these houses that modernity has imposed, Palma’s patios retain their charm.
Churches and Chapels
Majorca Attraction - Palma is a city rich in religious architecture of predominantly Gothic and Baroque styles. The Church of San Francisco, with its spectacular 14th century medieval cloister, stands out among the conventional churches as does the church of the former Convento de la Misión, one of the most beautiful examples of Palma Baroque, and then there’s the Church of Santa Clara, the Church of Montesión and the list goes on and on. La Casa Sagrada del Temple is one of the smallest and most charming chapels in Palma and the oldest in Mallorca, and is located in the Temple fortress. Other small and lovely chapels to visit are the Chapel of San Juan del Hospital in the seaside neighbourhood of La Lonja, and the 14th century Chapel of San Lorenzo, also known as the Crypt of Santa Cruz, located in the parish church of the same name. The five parish churches of the old quarter also deserve a visit: San Jaime, Santa Eulalia, San Miguel, San Nicolás and Santa Cruz. And last but not least, we cannot forget the Cathedral, the flagship of Mallorcan architecture.
Palau March Museum - Old books and contemporary sculptures
Mallorca Attraction - The museum is home to the Bartolomé March Foundation's collection of art and books and is situated in the heart of Palma de Mallorca's historic old town.
Located in the Palau March palace it has a collection of contemporary sculptures on display in the outside patios, with outstanding works by artists such as Rodin, Moore and Chillida. There is also a series of 40 religious sculptures in polychromed wood. One of the rooms contains an 18th-century crib from Naples, with more than 1,000 dressed, painted pieces, while in the Book Room you can see manuscripts, incunabula and codices, as well as a unique collection of nautical maps from the 15th-17th centuries.
(C. Palau Reial 18)
Mallorca train to Soller
Majorca Attraction - The unique Palma to Soller railway that winds its way through the spectacular Alfàbia mountain range.
(Plaza Espana, Palma - Soller)
Palma Mallorca Museums and Art galleries
Mallorca Attraction - Click here to find out more about the numerous museums Palma has to offer.
Mallorca Attraction - In the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range, Valldemossa is one of Mallorca's most beautiful and quaint towns. It is where the pianist Frederic Chopin and the writer George Sand spent a notable inter in 1838. Download the Vallsemossa pdf Guide.
Majorca Attraction - Originally a Phoenician settlement and the capital of the island under Roman rule, destroyed by the Vandals and rebuilt by the Moors, this important town in the north contains many historical sites of interest (and lots of things to do!). Download the Alcudia Beaches pdf guide or the Alcudia Day Trips pdf guide.
Mallorca Attraction - A dramatic extension of the Tramuntana mountain range, this rugged peninsula has stunning views, hidden calas, sandy beaches and the island's first luxury hotel where many movers and shakers have come to play.
Es Trenc beach
Majorca Attraction - This beach is the last big sandy area in Mallorca which is still unspoilt and well preserved and as a result attracts the most crowds during the summer weekends. Together with Es Salobrar de Campos it encompasses a protected area of 1492 hectares.
Es Trenc has white, fine-grained sand and a system of dunes with gentle slopes that separates the beach from a wetland which contains 171 different species of fauna.
Mallorca Attraction - Set right in the middle of a lush, green valley with the sea at the mouth, Deia is one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Also home to arguably the best tapas on the island (in my opinion!).
(Tramuntana Mountains, just past Valldemossa)
Gardens of Alfabia
Majorca Attraction - An oasis in the heart of the mountains.
(Bunyola, Tramuntana Mountains)
Mallorca Attraction - 15 Km from Palma, is a beautiful 10th century mansion, surrounded by lush vegetation, beautiful gardens and natural fountains. Greatly valued by the Romans, Moors and Christians the abundance of water that flows there is still evident today through a 10m high natural spring.
Mondragó Nature Park
Majorca Attraction - Mondragó was declared a Nature Park by the Balearic Government in 1992 and covers a total area of 785 hectares. The park consists of two coves that contain a large variety of ecosystems: beach, rocky coast, dunes, lagoons, scrubland and pine forests, traditional agriculture and a very diverse wildlife.
The perfect torquoise sea is the main attraction of Mondragó but the parks offer visitors the chance to discover a large number of plant species too, such as marine fennel. Certain birds like the red seagull and the cormorant are very common in Mondragó as are limpets, crabs and sea urchins which can be clearly seen on the rock platforms.
Check out any of the beaches in Santanyi, they are all stunning.
Cabrera National Park
Mallorca Attraction - Just 1 hour sailing from Mallorca, Cabrera is the best example of an isolated ecosystem in Spain. Since 1991, after being named a National Marine and Land Park, Cabrera has encompassed all the natural wealth of these limestone islands: important colonies of sea birds, endemic species and one of the best-preserved sea-beds on the Spainsh coast.
The Archipelago consists of one main island, Cabrera, and six smaller islands and a dozen rocky isles. It is the visible extension of Majorca's Sierra de Levante mountains and possesses an uneven and rugged aspect. Apart from its nature attractions, it possesses others of a cultural variety, such as the 14th century Castle, declared to be a historic-artistic monument, plus land and underwater archaeological sites.
The Nature Park can be visited by boat from Colonia de Sant Jordi and Porto Petro. For private boat trips you will need authorisation from the Park Authorities.
Download the Cabrera Information Guide for more info (pdf, Spanish).
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