Sightseeing in Majorca
Discover the different aspects of Palma, from the magnificent architecture of the Cathedral to the picturesque fishing villages and contemporary art galleries. The stunning La Seu is a 14th century Gothic cathedral positioned proudly guarding the bay of Palma. More recently in 1901, renowned Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudí was invited to take over part of the cathedral's restoration and many of Gaudí's contributions can still be seen today.
Palau de l'Almudaina, Palma
The Palau de l'Almudaina (Almudaina Palace) is a 14th century palace that acted as a former residence for Spanish Royals. The 14th century fortress Castell de Bellver (Castle of Bellver) was also used as a prison and still features carvings on the walls made by French prisoners. The castle also features a museum and is occasionally used as a concert venue.
Art Galleries in Palma
If you prefer art to architecture then Palma is also home to many art galleries such as the Spanish Contemporary Art Museum, home to works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.
Caves du Drach, Palma
The Caves du Drach are situated close to the marina town of Porto Cristo. These beautiful, natural, limestone caves feature spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Further inside is an auditorium by an underground lake where you are able to enjoy a light show to classical music to highlight the magnificence of the cave formations.
La Rambla, Palma
Take a stroll along La Rambla with its many flower-sellers or along the tree-lined Passeig de Born which leads to the waterfront, where fishermen mend their nets and cruise ships drift into the harbour. Further along is the Passeig Maritim where many designer bars are located for a quick drink after a long day of sightseeing.
With so much to see and do in Palma, your holiday will certainly be a fun packed break in the sun!
Water Sports for All in Majorca
If you're an adrenaline junkie and don't mind getting wet then you need look no further than the many beaches along Majorca's coastline. There are facilities provided for sailing, windsurfing, diving, waterskiing and much more.
The Paseo Maritimo is home to two of the main yachting facilities in Majorca, Real Club Nautico and Club de Mar. If you're not a sailor then why not relax and take a trip on a glass bottom boat to check out the marine life.
Golf Holidays and Go Karting in Majorca
In Magaluf, a 15 minute drive from the centre of Palma, you will find opportunities to go race karting if you're looking for thrills without the water. Alternatively spend a day at one of the many golf courses to be found on the island such as Son Termens, the newest golf course in Majorca which can be found in the town of Bunyola, just nine miles away from Palma. There is also the Canyamel, an 18 hole course just 28km from Palma centre.
Mountain Sports in Majorca
Hike over the Tramuntana Mountains, go rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, sea kayaking or take advantage of the many other exhilarating activities that Majorca has to offer.
Lively Nights Out in Majorca
Magaluf and Palma Nova are two of the best known spots of Majorca to party. The Punta Ballena in Magaluf has the highest concentration of pubs and clubs in the town and there is something there for every taste, whether you want exotic cocktails, traditional Sangria, beer, dance music, R&B or rock.
If you want to stay in the centre of Palma, head to Passeig Maritim where there is lively nightlife to be found along the seafront with many bars and clubs to choose from including Pachá and Titos.
Shopping in Majorca
During the day make for Jaume III, one of the main shopping broadways, which has many well-known Spanish brands such as Zara and Mango as well as other interesting boutiques to investigate.
Activities in Majorca
Top Tours in Majorca:
Majorca Island Sightseeing Tour
Explore some of the prettiest parts of the island like Valldemossa and Soller...
Trip to La Granja
Take a trip to La Granja, a 10th century mansion and watch local artisans practise their skills...
Excursion to Drach Caves, Pearl Factory in Majorca
Explore the fascinating limestone formation of the Caves of Drach on your trip to Majorca...
Aquacity Family Excursion, Majorca
Spend a day of family fun in the water park with thrilling rides and children's activities...
Marineland Majorca Ticket
Enjoy Marineland with your family - see dolphin shows, tropical fish, exotic birds, giant snakes...
Beach Fun for the Whole Family in Majorca
With an array of sandy beaches to choose from it would be easy to spend your entire holiday sunbathing, stopping only to take advantage of the wealth of seafront restaurants and cafes. It would however be worth your while leaving the bucket and spade behind to take advantage of some of the other activities available.
Water Sports for the Whole Family in Majorca
Also on the seafront is a vast choice of water sports to try your hand at for the amateur and for the more experienced. Only fifteen minutes from the centre of Palma and you have a choice of resorts to visit with waterparks that have plenty to keep a family entertained as you whiz down slides, whirlpools, funnels and land with a splash.
Family Excursions in Majorca
Take a 28km day-long excursion on the old train from Palma to Sóller through the mountains of Serra de Tramuntana and see the spectacular views that Majorca has to offer of cliffs, peaks, olive valleys, orange groves and ancient villages.
Romantic Breaks in Majorca
You couldn't ask for a much more romantic setting than those on offer in Palma. You could have a picnic at one of the secluded coves or take a romantic stroll along one of the many sandy beaches to watch the sunset together.
Sample the Local Cuisine in Palma
The many cafes and restaurants situated along the seafront provide a beautiful venue to eat a romantic meal whilst watching the sea lap at the shore. Why not follow a candlelit meal with a horse-drawn carriage ride setting off from La Seu, a 14th century Gothic cathedral, around the wonderful sights and most popular spots of the city.
Relax in the Turkish Baths
If relaxation is what you are after then look no further than the Turkish Baths, Banys Arabs. They are one of the few remaining Arab constructed buildings in Palma dating from the 10th century and feature a dome with 25 round shafts to allow sunlight in supported by a dozen columns.
Top Tips for Majorca
Visit the Plaza Mayor or any of the other squares in the centre of Palma where weekly markets are held on Wednesdays. You can pick up anything from souvenirs, fresh vegetables and antiques. Don't forget if you visit during the Christmas season you must visit the annual Christmas market and give your festive season a Spanish touch.
If you want traditional Majorcan cuisine, take a 15 minute drive from the centre of Palma to the village of Génova which has many restaurants to choose from. The Son Pedro is highly recommended and great value for money.
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