There are few places in the world that can offer travellers such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location as Mallorca. Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and one of the most popular and beloved destinations in the Mediterranean – with good reason.
The Balearic Islands are an autonomous region of Spain, consisting of the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. The two official languages are Catalan and Spanish and in Mallorca, a local dialect of Catalan, the Mallorquín (mallorquí) is spoken. In addition, there is a lot of English and German spoken across Mallorca, making communication quite easy.
On a day-trip or city break to Mallorca’s capital you will want to discover Palma’s most interesting places to see. The city is more attractive than ever, thanks to careful city planning and extensive renovation measures in the old town (Casco Antiguo). The so-called ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’ offers a vibrant lifestyle by day and night, brimming with Mediterranean flair, which attracts millions of visitors each year. ‘The Sunday Times’ named Palma one of the world’s best place to live.
One of the island’s glamour spots, Puerto Portals is the place to see and be seen and, during the summer, you’re more than likely to catch a glimpse of a few famous faces. Paris Hilton, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Jenson Button and Bill Gates are among the famous people who have been seen at Puerto Portals – it is often compared with Puerto Banus in Marbella.
Pollensa in the north of the island is an ancient town of attractive narrow streets and an impressive main square, lined with cafés, restaurants and bars, and is just a few kilometres from Port de Pollensa.
Cap de Formentor
On the northern tip of Mallorca is the Cap de Formentor, where the top end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range meets the Mediterranean. Cap de Formentor literally means ‘end of Formentor’ – the name of the 20-kilometre peninsula, northeast of the port of Pollença.
The authentic town of Sóller sits in the heart of the ‘valley of oranges’ or ‘valley of gold’ as it is sometimes known, and offers much to visitors and residents. Find out all you need to know about spending time in this Modernist town.
The town of Valldemossa is only around 15-20 minutes’ drive from Palma de Mallorca into the Tramuntana mountains, but feels a world away from the capital. Perched on a hilltop, surrounded by terraced terrain, Valldemossa was named after the area’s original Moorish landowner, Muza. With its car-free cobbled alleys and rich cultural heritage, the town is a treat to visit.
If you are lucky enough to find yourself settling down for a sunset drink on the water’s edge at San Telmo, it may feel like you are sitting on the edge of the world. This tiny fishing port, which is also a low key resort on the furthest tip of southwest Mallorca, has something very special in its ambience which is difficult to define. This charming village is named after the patron saint of sailors, with good reason.
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