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Top Things To Do in Mallorca

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Within reach of both Europe and North Africa, Mallorca has seen its share of different kingdoms throughout the centuries. Today, it is known for drawing hordes of travelers who come to enjoy its sunny beaches, spellbinding culture, and riveting architecture.

Palma Aquarium

Take your entire family for a fun outing where not only the kids but you too would enjoy. Palma Aquarium is an entertaining spot where you can sample the joys of being in water with the help of installations like the pirate ship and more. You could also feed the sharks and watch with rapt attention the other colorful fishes present in the tanks. A trip here would be an educational trip of sorts that would help kids to know more about their surroundings and the ocean. Activities too take place that ensure the kids whole-hearted participation.

Calle Manuela de los Herreros i Sorà 21, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 07610
Cap de Formentor

Cap de Formentor is located on the northeastern tip of Mallorca. It offers visitors stunning views of blue water and interesting rock formations. Standing 384 meters (1260 feet) above sea levels, it is also referred to as the "meeting point of the winds" by locals. There are quiet a few lookout points, but visitors should take precautions against strong winds and stay clear of the cliffs' edges. Besides the stellar views, the Formentor Lighthouse, built in 1863 is another noteworthy attraction here.

Cap de Formentor, Mallorca, Spain, 07460
Palma Cathedral (La Seu)

A glorious ode to the French Gothic style, Palma Cathedral seems to ascend from the ocean with its flying buttresses and golden-hued sandstone walls perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The cathedral's high ceilings and gorgeous rose windows inlaid with stunning stained glass adds a sense of light and space to the interiors as the sunlight streams in bathing the columned aisles with a warm, multi-hued glow. Master architect Anton Gaudi left his mark on the cathedral in the form of a fascinating Crown of Thorns that's suspended over the altar, wrought from cork and cardboard. Among the cathedral's many gems, the Portal del Mirador, an ornate door designed by Guillem Sagrera depicting scenes from the Last Supper is worth a look.

Plaça de la Seu, Mallorca, Spain, 07001
Castell de Bellver

From a luxurious castle built for King James II in the 14th century to a military prison in the 18th and 19th centuries, Bellver Castle bears testament to Palma de Mallorca's centuries-old history. After the Spanish inquisition, it was later used in the 1930's by dictator Franco to imprison insurgents during the Spanish Civil War. Today, it is one of the most visited sites on the island, offering visitors a spectacular vista of Palma and its surrounding areas that have earned it its name 'Bellver' the word meaning 'beautiful view' in Catalan. A unique feature of this medieval castle is its round shape. The circular freestanding keep is surrounded by three cylindrical towers that look out in three directions while the two-leveled courtyard exhibits architectural styles like vaulted Gothic archways. The castle contains the Municipal Museum of Palma with a permanent collection chronicling the city's rich history.

Carree Castell de Bellver, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 07014
Cuevas del Drach

These caves are famous worldwide for their extraordinary beauty. They have even been immortalized on film in a classic moment of Spanish cinema in El verdugo by Berlanga. Although the caverns were known since the Middle Ages, the first scientific exploration of them was not until 1873. Inside the caverns you'll discover one of the world's largest underground lakes that's 170 meters (558 feet) long. A tour of the cave includes listening to a live classical concert and the opportunity to take a boat ride on the lake.

Carretera de les Coves, Porto Cristo, Spain, 07680
Old Town Alcudia

Old Town Alcudia is located two miles from the port. It was the Phoenicians and Greeks who settled here first and were followed by the Romans in the 2nd century, who made Alcudia the capital of the island. But many of the historical sites found here are dated from around 1300 AD onwards, which include old homes, windows, churches, gates of Xara and Palma, ancient city of Pollentia and coat of arms. To enter the old town you have to walk through the two portals (gates) located in the high and impressive city walls that surround the city. To get to know Alcudia, it is best to be a part of the guided tour that will walk you along the city, its narrow streets and ancient sites.

Carrer del Lledoner, Mallorca, Spain, 07400
Palacio Real de La Almudaina

Adjacent to the Catedral de Mallorca, Palau de l'Almudaina, today a lavish royal residence, was once an imposing Arab alcázar or fort. Remodeled in the Gothic style in the 13th Century by Jaume I, the palace's sombre exteriors give way to ornately appointed interiors rife with riches like beautiful tapestries, period furniture, and antique curios. When the royal family is in situ, it is closed to the public. The rest of the time, visitors can tour its stately rooms and main courtyard decorated with an Moorish-era lion fountain. A noteworthy feature is the beautiful marble Capella de Sant’Anna constructed in the late Romanesque style. The landscaped gardens S’Hort del Rei surrounding the palace offer a tranquil retreat.

Carrer del Palau Reial, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 07001
Es Baluard - Modern & Contemporary Art Museum

Situated inside the renaissance city wall, the Es Baluard - Modern & Contemporary Art Museum houses many works that have been contributed by institutions such as The Palma Town Council, the Mallorcan Council, the Balearic Autonomous Community and the savings bank Sa Nostra. Most of the works, however, belong to the businessman Pere Serra who has allowed the museum to put on exhibition most of his stunning collection. The building is constructed of white concrete and features many artists including Picasso, Miró, Tàpies, and Barceló. There is also a restaurant and gift shop.

Plaça Porta Santa Catalina 10, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 07012
Parque Natural de Mondragó

The Parque Natural de Mondrago is the combination of two of the most beautiful coves on Mallorca's east coast. Within its boundaries it has a great variety of ecosystems: beaches, rocky coastline, little dunes, small lakes, low forest, pine forests and traditionally cultivated areas. The small lakes of Amarador and Fuentes de n'Alis are two of the most important ecosystems of the park. That is because these sorts of humid zones are very rare on the Mallorcan coast. The lakes are formed by the growing streams and a wide variety of birds are attracted here such as: water-hens, the common seagull, the red seagull, cormorants, hoopoes, robins, doves, swifts, etc. With picnic spots and great views, the park makes for a great place for a picturesque outing.

Carrer de la Barca Trencada, Santanyí, Spain, 07650
Es Trenc

White sands and azure blue waters describe Es Trenc perfectly. A well-known place in the city, Es Trench is most popular for being a social nudity beach. Not only are the white sands fine-grained and soft but the waters are also calm and crystal clear making quite a dramatic landscape. Stretching for over 2 kilometers (1.24 miles), the beach offers the perfect haven for those who wish to escape the stresses of urban life, swim in calm waters, or simply soak up the rays.

Es Trenc, Las Palmas, Spain, 07639
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