According to computerminus, Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearic archipelago. It is also the most popular holiday island in the region. The development of tourism in Mallorca took place relatively early. Mallorca is therefore one of the first destinations that could be classified under the heading of mass tourism. Most tourists stay in the south of Majorca. Along the south coast are the popular seaside resorts such as El Arenal, Playa de Mallorca and Playa de Palma. For nature lovers, Mallorca offers a number of beautiful nature reserves, which can sometimes be found a short drive from the seaside resorts.
Mallorca is a popular island for cycling thanks to the pleasant climate, the mountains and the excellent roads. Many professional cyclists and amateurs come to Mallorca especially for cycling.
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Top 10 places to visit in Majorca
The mountain village of Valldemossa is located in the northwest of Mallorca. The area is rich in resources and green surroundings with olive trees, almond trees and other vegetation. the monastery ‘La Cartuja’ belongs to the main attraction of Valldemossa. The famous composer Frederic Chopin and writer Aurora Dupin alias George Sand lived here for three months. It dates back to the 14th century. Especially peace seekers and hikers like to stay in this rustic town of Valldemossa.
#2. Porto Cristo
If you want to dine in a very romantic location, you should definitely visit the quiet Porto Cristo. With a great view over the sea, you can enjoy this coast intensely. It is recommended to rent a boat and sail along the coast. Very well known are the caves of Ham and Drach, which, together with the underground lake Lago de Martel, form a very special attraction in Porto Cristo.
The compact medieval town of Alcúdia lies between the bays of Alcúdia and Pollença. The place has old city walls and a city gate. The picturesque town has many old small houses and many narrow streets and alleys. The peninsula of La Victoria also belongs to Alcúdia. This is where the holiday resorts Mal Pas and Bonaire are located. The beautiful beach attracts many summer tourists in the summer. This is a great destination, especially for families with young children.
In the place Sóller you will find many old houses from between the 16th and 18th century. Sóller and Port de Sóller lie in a semicircle on the coast and are surrounded by green hills with olive trees and citrus fruits. Port de Sóller, in particular, attracts many tourists in summer looking for a bit of tranquility or ecotourism.
#5. Palma de Mallorca
The capital of Mallorca is Palma de Mallorca. This very popular seaside resort on this island has a beautiful cathedral ‘La Seu’ from the 13th century, a large marina, a castle and a pleasant square called Plaza Mayor. Often there are some street artists on this square who show their tricks and cozy terraces and bars. You can go shopping in the cozy city center with its cozy narrow streets and historic buildings. The nightlife is located on the Llotja and the Plaça Gomilla. Near the city you will find beaches at Playa de Palma with various catering establishments.
#6. Cap Formentor
The Formentor peninsula has a beautiful lighthouse at its southernmost tip. Various excursions depart from the bay of Cala Pi de la Posade to nearby places such as Port de Sóller and Port de Pollença. The beautiful and luxurious hotel Formentor regularly hosts celebrities. From this hotel you have a phenomenal view over the area.
#7. Palma Nova
The small town of Palma Nova is a somewhat more intimate seaside resort with a few beautiful beaches, one of which is on the harbour. Some beaches drain quite quickly into the water. There are a large number of bars and restaurants, where many types of cuisines are represented. In the nearby town of Magaluf you will find more options for nightlife. Not far from Palma Nova is an aqua park.
#8. El Arenal
The famous resort of El Arenal has a pleasant and lively boulevard. Playa de Palma is close by and is slightly quieter than El Arenal. There are all kinds of activities to do on the beautiful sandy beach, such as banana riding, parasailing, water skiing and other sports. The nightlife is very diverse and one can continue until the wee hours.
#9. Playa de Palma
In the lively resort of Playa de Palma there is more to do than just lying on the beach. Although the beaches are nice and cozy, the city and the promenade of Playa de Palma has more attractions. For example, it is incredibly fun and relaxing to take a trip by horse and carriage through the city center and along the beach. There are plenty of shops and boutiques for an afternoon of shopping. Or take advantage of the many boat trips offered. The beautiful sandy beach is perfect for some exercise in the form of various water sports. If you rent a scooter, go into the beautiful interior to explore it.
#10. Santa Ponsa Santa Ponsa
is located in the southwest of Mallorca. Especially golf enthusiasts like to stay in one of the resorts of Santa Ponsa. The area has no fewer than three golf courses. There are many luxury villas and some more exclusive accommodations. In neighboring Calvia it is possible to ride a horse and there are several options for renting a boat.