- 1 (Catedral de Mallorca) Palma Cathedral
- 2 (Casco Antiguo de Alcudia) Alcudia Old Town
- 3 (Cuevas del Drach) Caves of Drach
- 4 Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum
- 5 Serra de Tramuntana
- 6 Valldemossa
- 7 The Royal Carthusian Monastery
- 8 Mondrago Natural Park
- 9 (Puerto de Cala Figuera) Cala Figuera Harbour
- 10 Sóller
- 11 (Puerto de Soller) Port de Soller
- 12 Hot Air Balloon Rides
(Catedral de Mallorca) Palma Cathedral
Completed in 1601, The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is a magnificent structure that was built in gothic style. The church was ordered to be built by King James I of Aragon, and it was built on the site of a former Mosque. The cathedral is located in the Old City of Palma, and sits atop a hill which makes it stand out when viewing it from a distance. The church saw construction begin in 1229, and it took almost 400 years to complete. The church has one of the largest stain glass windows in the world, with over 1,236 pieces of glass in it. You can tour the structure, and while there is no admission fee, a donation is recommended.
(Casco Antiguo de Alcudia) Alcudia Old Town
Alcudia is one of the main tourist hubs in the northern part of Mallorca. The older part of the city, referred to as Old Town, was built during the medieval times and has a medieval wall running around the area. The wall was built in the 14th century, and allows you to walk around almost the entire village on it. Old Town also includes the ruins of Pollentia, an ancient Roman city.
Another can’t-miss spot in Old Town is the Roman theatre, which is an outdoor amphitheater. The theatre was built in the first century, and is made out of bedrock. When visiting Old Town Acludia, expect to find narrow streets with older, well maintained buildings that are sure to appease those with a love for architecture.
(Cuevas del Drach) Caves of Drach
Located in Manacor, The Caves of Drach is a series of four caves. The caves have been known to exist since the 14th century, and are believed to have been formed by water being moved through the entrance by the Mediterranean Sea. The caves are connected to each other, and each has its own name – Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of the French and Cave of Luis Salvador. A tour of the caves will include a boat ride through Martel Lake, an underground lake. There is also a concert that is held within the cave featuring classical instruments. Of course, while touring the cave you will want to see the formations and stalactites that hang from the ceiling. These surround the lake, and make for a very photo-worthy scene. Tickets to the Caves of Drach are 15 euros per adult.
Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum
Opened in 2004, the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum showcases Balearic artists’ works as well as artists who have some sort of connection to the Balearic Islands. The museum has a permanent collection, which is always available for viewing, but it also has temporary exhibits. Past temporary exhibits include Picasso, Rebecca Horn and Andy Warhol, just to name a few. The museum’s building is a mix of two buildings that were combined for the purpose of this museum. A portion of the building was built in the 16th century, while the other portion was built in the early 2000s.
Serra de Tramuntana
The Serra De Tramuntana is the tallest mountain range in Mallorca. The tallest peak, Puig Major, has a peak of 4,771 feet (1,445m). This part of the island sees much more precipitation than the rest of the island and visitors can even see a touch of snow in the winter. Serra de Tramontana has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The mountains offer beautiful views of the island, for those that make the trip up. The roads in the Serra de Tramontana are famous for their windiness.
Visitors with a car will want to take a ride on Sa Calobra Road. The road is only 13 kilometers long, but it packs a punch. The road snakes through the mountains, with a 7 percent gradient and sharp turns. This road features a curve that is 270 degrees, and goes under itself. Many argue that Sa Calobra Road is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The mountains are home to several roads that are similar to this. With the roadways having a combined total of around 800 turns, driving in this area will be best experienced with a manual transmission.
The village of Valldemossa is located on the northwestern side of the island and is famous for its monastery, The Royal Carthusian Monastery. The town itself is a major tourist destination due to its Spanish influence. The village is located in a valley within the Serra de Tramontana range, and is surrounded by mountains. A walk through the city is like a walk through history. The streets can be narrow, and be made of stone. The buildings are old, and have a Spanish influence to them, as do the restaurants and shops.
The Royal Carthusian Monastery
Originally, this was a royal residence. In 1399, the building was converted to a monastery and monks began to occupy the building, which continued until 1835. In 1839, Polish composer, Frederic Chopin, and French writer, George Sand, stayed at the monastery. If you take a tour of the facility, you will see where they stayed as well as other areas of the estate. The museum charges an admission fee, and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mondrago Natural Park
Located on the southeast coast of the island, the Natural Park offers beautiful white sandy beaches, with clear turquoise waters. The beaches here can be remote, but are a popular place among tourists. Not all of the park’s coastline is beach, with part of the park having a rocky coast. The park has a total of 785 hectares, and was created in 1992 with an aim to conserve the land’s beauty.
(Puerto de Cala Figuera) Cala Figuera Harbour
Cala Figuera Harbour is an old fishing town located on the south side of Mallorca, in Santanyi. The area has been known since the 14th century, but did not see anyone move to the area until the 19th century. The area is off the radar of mass tourism due to the fact that it has no beaches, and swimming spots aren’t easy to access. The town sits on a hillside and extends all the way down to an inlet which houses the fishing harbor. The harbor has several million-dollar homes overlooking it, and is a great spot to take photos.
Soller is located on the northwest coast, and is only a kilometers from its Port, Port De Soller. Tourists can access the town by taking the Ferrocarril De Soller, which is a historic railroad that is over 100 years old. You can ride the train in from Palma, as well as the port. This is a different approach to just driving, and will provide a unique look at the town.
The town itself sits in a bowl, surrounded by orange groves and mountains. Many people visit Soller on day trips just to shop and eat. The town has several can’t-miss sites including the Sant Bartomeu Church, Banco de Soller and the Jardi Botanic (botanical garden).
(Puerto de Soller) Port de Soller
Fishing Boats in Soller Port on Majorca island/ Pawel Kazmierczak / Shutterstock.com
Port de Soller is just three kilometers from Soller, and is connected to it via a train. Some of the original trains are still in use; the train opened in 1913. The port is similar to Soller; it features shops and restaurants, and has two lighthouses. The light houses are on both sides of the bay, and sit on rocky cliffs.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Another great view of the island, aside from going up into the mountains, is from a hot air balloon. Hot air balloon rides are wildly popular in Mallorca, as they take you 300-500 meters in the sky, and provide a perfect view of the island. Tickets for 30 minute rides start around 150 euros.