06 Sep Why visit Mallorca?
If you have ever been to Mallorca, you’ll know all the reasons to come back. If you have never been here, in this post we will run through all the reasons why you should choose the island as your next holiday destination.
Because Mallorca is ideal for those seeking a little R&R, as well as those who like adventure, or history. A very complete island that offers nature, amazing beaches and coves, city life, gastronomy and culture.
Nature and rest
One of the main reasons to visit the island is for its incredible beaches and coves lapped by turquoise waters. There are tucked away beaches, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the sea, and others that are more popular (especially during the high season), offering a great atmosphere. We recommend caves such as Cala Formentor, Cala Deià and Cala Varques.
Mallorca is also known for the great variety of its landscapes and coasts with impressive cliffs. During your visit to the island, you should definitely take in the Serra de Tramuntana, situated in the northwest of the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also visit the Mondragó Natural Park, located on the coast, and the Albufera Natural Park, in the north of the island. Don’t forget to visit some of Mallorca’s towns and villages, such as Valldemossa Deia, Soller (which can be reached by an old wooden train that crosses the Sierra Alfabia) and Fornalutx (deemed one of the prettiest villages in Spain).
One of the island’s greatest attractions are undoubtedly its caves, such as the Cova del Drach. If you would like more information, click here.
Mallorca is also a good destination for city tourism. Palma (with an average annual temperature of 18 degrees) offers cosmopolitan city life, culture, gastronomy, sport and leisure. In addition, if you are based in the city itself, you can visit the rest of the island easily, since the major attractions are within an hour’s drive, which makes getting around much more comfortable.
The gastronomy of the Balearic Islands is very varied. It is undoubtedly famed for its Ensaimada pastries with different fillings (cream, pumpkin preserve, chocolate, sobrasada cured sausage). Why not try some of the incredible local specialities made around the island, such as: coca de Trampó (flatbread with vegetables), el arrós brut (meat and vegetable rice dish), el frito mallorquín (offal and vegetable stew), el tumbet (roasted vegetable dish) or el pa amb oli (bread rubbed with oil, garlic and tomato).
History and Culture
Palma de Mallorca has a wealth of history. You can discover its rich historical legacy as you stroll around the old medieval quarter and in the religious architecture present in the city. And no trip to the island would be complete without a visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria and Bellver Castle.
The island also has several museums where you can learn more about the history of Mallorca. One of them is the Museum of Footwear and Leather. It is located in the old Cavalry barracks and recreates a shoe factory from the first half of the 20th century.
Another one of the museums we recommend is Esbaluard, the island’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, featuring more than 700 works of art by artists from the Balearic Islands and around the world. If you like art, you can also visit the Joan Miró Foundation and the Horrach Moya Sa Drassana Gallery, with works by contemporary artists.
And if you’re travelling with the family, we recommend a trip to Palma’s Aquarium, home to the deepest shark tank in Europe, and Mallorca’s Planetarium.