Places Of Interest In Majorca

Nature has been good to Majorca and there are many places of both manmade and natural beauty to visit . Mallorca's greatest tourist treasure is formed by its 345 miles of coastline so there are many inlets, hidden coves and historical caves to explore. Inland there are gardens and old farmhouses to discover where life is portrayed as it was way before tourism came to Mallorca.

There is so much to explore, whether you plan to relax on any of the numerous beaches lapped by the Mediterranean or venture inland to explore some of the traditional villages, you will be amazed at its beauty.

There are even some great spots for nightlife and evening entertainment that you should not miss.

Bonaire Bonaire hosts a marina, chill out bar and several restaurants, with no large hotels the area has remained prestigious and laid back but within easy reach of a wider selection of bars, restaurants and supermarkets close by in the Old Town of Alcudia and further on into the Port of Alcudia.

Alcudia The port and holiday resort of Alcudia lies on the north east coast of Majorca and a major attraction of this popular villa holiday resort is Alcudia's four miles of white sandy beach. The bustling resort of Alcudia was once a Roman settlement and the old town of Alcudia is surrounded by an almost complete wall dating back to the 14th century. Alcudia is now a sophisticated resort where an inviting array of boutiques, shops, bars and restaurants line the gentle sweep of the bay. The old town of Alcudia is two miles inland and is certainly worth a visit whilst on your family villa holiday with parts of the town dating back to around 1300.

Cala D'or The chic resort of Cala D'or lies on the South East Coast of Mallorca approx one hour transfer from the airport in the south of the island.

A large marina splits the resort in two and you can take a ride into town on one of the tourist mini trains. There are three different routes and most of our villas are located near to a stop. The town centre is pedestrianised and has a varied selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

Cala Gran, close to the centre of the resort, is the largest beach. Near here is Cala D'or itself, a pine-fringed cove with a small but bustling beach. Sunloungers, parasols and pedalos can be hired at both of these beaches and also at nearby Cala Mondrago. There are around 8 or 9 other small sandy coves which give the resort its name, most have a varied selection of watersports available at reasonable rates.

The Sunday morning market in the nearby town of Felanitx is one of the best in Mallorca and well worth a visit. This is a good place to pick up some local pottery.

Evening entertainment is not rowdy and is generally hotel based, although the resort does have a large number of lively bars and discos.The resort is a slow starter with restaurants and bars not opening until late April.

Pollensa Old Town Pollensa Old Town is the perfect little Majorquin town, steeped in history and full of character with its maze of narrow streets and a busy main square. The cultural and artistic life never stops in Pollensa with its array of art galleries, beautiful handicraft shops, several good restaurants and small café,s.

Most visitors to the town will attempt to climb the 365 steps up to Calvari which offers fantastic views over Pollensa and the surrounding area. This charming Spanish town really does offer everything you need for a relaxing Majorca family villa holiday.

Puerto Cocodrilo Situated in one of the most beautiful bays of the island of Majorca, where you can still find a pristine landscape with a variety of small coves due to its irregular geographical features. Located in the small town of the same name, the marina is well known for the peace and tranquillity of its setting, as well as the greenery of its surroundings.

Taking pride of place in the small port, is the well known Restaurant Cocodrilo famous for its fresh fish and fantastic views over the bay.

La Victoria Monastery The former hermitage 'Ermita de La Victoria' lies on the peninsula of Alcudia, completely in the north of Majorca, in an idyllic, untouched mountain landscape. Far away from mass tourism, in privileged setting, you have from the Ermita an enchanting view of the 'Cap de Formentor' and the bay of Puerto Pollenca. Next to smaller walks one can undertake from here an amount of excursions (on foot, with the mountain bike or by a rental car). Not far from the Ermita (approx. 500 metres downhill) is the small beach of S'Illot. This nice hidden bath bay is used only by the visitors of the peninsula.

Alcudia Marina Centred around the old fishing port and the new marina filled with fancy yachts and trendy eating places, the marina also has a jetty which is lined by a nightly craft market from May to September. There is also a ferry port here with regular ferries to and From Menorca. The Marina is lined with pedestrianized streets filled with restaurants and café, bars to suit all tastes. The far end of the marina leads you on to Aucanada, a small quiet resort mainly focused on residential tourism with two small pebble beaches with just a couple of hotels and restaurants. 1km from the main Marina is the “Magic Centre” which is a commercial centre focused on nightlife, with fashionable night bars and a large disco Tec housed in its distinctive glass top pyramid.

Cuidad Blanca Cuidad Blanca, more commonly known as the Bellevue area, houses what's locally known as the main strip. The Bellevue is a large complex with lots of family amenities such as Go-Karting, pony riding, a mini fun fair and a large show terrace with nightly entertainment. Along the main strip you will find an array of family friendly bars, good eating places and the horse riding centre (Ranxo ses Roques). It's also close to Alcudia's water park (Hidropark). This area also has a good selection of night music bars open till the early hours.

Playa De Muro Along the far northern end of the resort of Alcudia brings you to Playa de Muro, a more laid back resort surrounded with newer hotels and a long commercial centre with plenty of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. Playa de Muro is on the edge of the S’Albufeira national park and bird sanctuary. Playa de Muro is the main base for early season cycling tourism which has grown vastly over the past few years. Here the beach narrows slightly and the sand becomes more course which leads onto the S’Albureira area where the beach is more natural with a pine forest backdrop.

Aucanada It is located on the headland between Bay of Alcudia and Bay of Pollenca with views over the Alcudia Bay. Aucanada has only a handful of hotels and more of houses and villas and a few select restaurants and a supermarket, a wider array of services are available only a few minutes’ drive away in Port of Alcudia. There are small pebble beaches in Aucanada, however, the long white sandy beach at Alcudia that stretches from the Marina along the bay to Can picafort is again but a few minutes’ drive away for all those beach lovers. The Aucanada golf course is only a few hundred meters away, making this an ideal place to stay for golfers.

Palma Palma is the capital of all the Balearics (the collective name given to Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) and was founded by the Romans in approx 120BC. The capital clearly demonstrates its long association with maritime commerce and its history as a major Mediterranean port.

The islands had a chequered history until they were captured in 1229 by the Catalonians and renamed Palma Ciutat de Mallorques. Mallorquin is the spoken dialect of the Catalan islands, the locals now call their capital Palma or 'Ciutat'. Palma is home to a host of fine churches, art galleries and museums and for the historian it will be easy to spend a day.

Verdant Palm trees grace the Paseo Maritimo (seafront promenade) running for two miles along the sweep of the bay. Stroll along the front and watch the world go by.

Start your shopping spree at 'El Corte Ingles' the biggest department store in Spain. Once finished there, you will find many small interesting shops specialising and offering an array of goods from the region.

Son Amar Situated in the Majorcan countryside Son Amar is one of Europe's best variety shows. Offering an unforgettable evening of entertainment, accompanied by a sit down meal. Forget travelling to Las Vegas - we have right here in the heart of the Mediterranean a show with an amazing combination of quality and technological expertise.

Valldemossa and Costa Nord Set amongst Carob, Almond and Olive trees a little further south from Deia, is Valldemossa, a town dating back to the 14th century.

The actor Michael Douglas came to the island and was so captivated by the natural beauty of the area that in 2001 he opened the Costa Nord Cultural Centre. Costa Nord, is a project that will help you to know a little bit better one of the most privileged places in the world.

Situated in an old residential building in Valldemossa, Costa Nord is a centre of cultural innovation that informs visitors about the fascination of the scenery of 'The Tramuntana Mountain Range'. In the north of Majorca it contributes to the promotion of the local landscape, flora and traditions and their preservation for future generations to enjoy.

The Tramuntana Mountain Range covers an area of 80.000 hectares that stretch over one hundred kilometres of the northern part of Majorca.

Its proximity to Palma (barely 15 Km away) and the artistic heritage of the village have turned Valldemossa into one of the most important cultural places in Majorca.

One of Valldemossa´s most famous residents has been Frederic Chopin who lived here in the winter of 1938 to 1939 with his companion George Sands, the French writer.

La Granja Owned by the Segui family, La Granja de Esporles is a beautiful mansion dating back from the 10th century set amongst natural fountains and beautiful gardens overflowing with greenery and flowers.

Located just south of Banyalbufar, 15 Km from Palma, La Granja offers a mixture of rustic and stately style and is a result of many periods and changes. It was also an estate dedicated to agricultural production. Today it is a living display of Mallorcan customs. There are many demonstrations held here, displays of local handicrafts, folk dancing and more. It is a living example of the historic and cultural values of a community from a time gone by that continue to be kept alive.

Jardins de Alfabia These gardens are set near the entrance to the Soller Tunnel. They are an example of Arab landscaping and retain features dating back from the fifteenth century. There are also additions from the seventeenth and nineteenth century, including a romantic garden. A flight of steps leads to a covered walkway and from here you can see wonderful examples of lily ponds, bamboo groves and citrus trees. This is an excellent place to relax amongst the well preserved gardens and fantastic scenery.

S'Albufera de Mallorca Situated between Port d'Alcudia and Ca'n Picafort, S'Albufera is the largest and most important wetland region in the Balearics. It is a former lagoon separated from the sea by a belt of dunes. Flooded for most of the year, the reserve is an extraordinary place for observing a diverse range of bird life.

Sa Calobra The approach to Sa Calobra is known as one of the most awe inspiring roads in Europe. A twisting road around the Puig Major, plunges half a mile in just 10 miles, turning 270 degrees at one point to loop under itself. Once reaching the bottom, walk through the 200m of tunnels to reach the Torrent de Pareis (twin streams). Dramatic scenery and a beautiful small pebble bay.

Soller Situated on the west coast of Mallorca, in a fertile, bowl shaped valley (valley of the oranges) lies the bustling town of Soller. The town shares the valley with the picturesque village of Fornalutx and the hamlet of Biniaraix.

In previous centuries its mountainous location restricted Soller's link to the rest of Mallorca, hence Soller established strong trade links with France. You may notice that things look more French than Spanish whilst walking around Soller and its port. From Soller town you can take the tram to Port de Soller. This is a delightful little port with a harbour, beach, yacht club and many restaurants. A visit to the lighthouse is the best vantage point for an overall view of the port area and the open sea beyond.

Enjoy a ride on the 18th century train through the orange and lemon groves of Soller and head to Palma. This is an excellent opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery.

The Caves of Drach These are the most famous tourist attractions on the island of Majorca. They are also known as Dragon Caves due to the fact that the dragon features in many Majorcan fairytales and is believed to be a symbol of strength and a defence against intruders.

There are three chambers inside the caves, Cueva Negra (Black Cave), Cueva Blanca (White Cave) and Cueva Luis Salvator (Luis Salvator Cave). Today, visitors can take a boat ride on the lake and see the beautiful limestone formations, including stalagmites protruding from the rock-face and stalactites hanging down from the roof of the cave.

As part of their journey underground by boat, they are accompanied by the sound of musicians performing classical music, including compositions by Chopin.

Formentor This peninsula on Mallorca's northeast tip has stunning views, sandy beaches and the island's original luxury hotel.

The 13 miles winding drive from the Port of Pollenca to the most northerly point offers dramatic scenery snaking past cliffs which jut out into the sea and through pinewoods.

On the way to Formentor you will pass the sign for the beautiful beach of Platja de Formentor, and after 4 miles you reach the spectacular viewpoint Mirador de Mal Pas. From here there are views equally as good as those from the lighthouse at the point.

It is often possible to see a variety of bird-life, which is predominantly found within the area, including Swifts, Ravens, Falcons and Cory shearwaters

Hams Caves Located not far from the fishing village of Porto Cristo are the "Cuevas dels Hams" (caves of the fish hooks).

The name derives from the shape of some its stalactite formations, particularly in the chamber known as the Angel's Dream which grow in all directions and curve into the shape of fish hooks.

In these caves you will discover an underground lake called the Venetian Lake.

Pollensa One of the most attractive municipalities of the Balearic Island of Mallorca (Majorca) is Pollenca (Pollensa) which is located in the north east.

Pollenca (Pollensa) was one of the first areas on the Island of Mallorca (Majorca) to attract tourists and has been the preferred destination of painters and artists since the beginning of last century. A large part of the so called "Serra de Tramuntana" is situated within Pollenca's municipality which gives the area its steep mountains, deep valleys and beautiful bays that make Pollenca (Pollensa) an idyllic setting for a Mallorca (Majorca) family villa holiday.

Puerto Pollensa Puerto Pollensa is a small town in north-eastern Mallorca, Spain, situated on the Bay of Pollenç,a. It is located about six kilometres east of the inland town of Pollenç,a and two kilometres southeast of Cala Sant Vicenç,.

The main square is bounded on three sides by restaurants, shops and bars. There is a regular weekly market when the square is filled with traders selling fruit, fish, clothing and crafts.

Puerto Pollensa is, without doubt, one of Mallorca&rsquo,s most strikingly situated resorts. Built around a pretty horseshoe bay, the resort sits beneath the Tramuntana Mountains.

Puerto Pollensa offers many opportunities to explore the dramatic northern extremes of Mallorca &ndash, with its sandy coves, hilltop villages and peaceful olive groves. A world away from the resorts of the south.

In Puerto Pollensa itself you&rsquo,ll find a range of attractions, from the beautiful Pine Walk to the stylish marina. There is a similarly enticing selection of restaurants, bars and family entertainment throughout the summer.

Cala San Vicente Cala San Vicente is built into the hillside, so the views from the beaches and the town are magnificent. The coastline around Cala San Vincente is full of drama with sandy coves and interesting rock pools to explore. If you like walking (or biking) there are plenty of well-established trails through spectacular scenery. The town itself is fairly quiet, with a supermarket for stocking your villa with the basics and some good bars and restaurants. If you want more choice for eating, shopping or nightlife, the old Roman town of Pollensa is just a 10 minute drive away. It is a delightful place to wander around, with a maze of little streets kept spotlessly clean and crammed with boutiques and gift shops, as well as interesting cafes, bars and restaurants. Another 5 minutes down the road brings you to Puerto Pollensa, a holiday resort with a great beach and tree-lined waterfront, and a brilliant Wednesday morning market where you can buy all you need for a picnic on the beach - olives, fresh fruit, wine, bread and cheese!

Can Picafort The resort has a beachside promenade, lined with restaurants and bars, running from the marina and fishing harbour to the more modern Son Baulo area of the town.

The main beach area is approx ½ mile away from the resort centre in the Baulo district, here is also where you will find a small protected nature reserve. There are numerous bars and restaurants within the resort. A regular bus service runs along the coast

Els Calderers, Cala D'or Bear witness to the wealth and influence once enjoyed over 200 years ago by the landed gentry. Walk through a sequence of handsome rooms containing fine antique Mallorquin furniture.

Being landed gentry, the owners, the "Veri family", had their own live in priest and also a small chapel is established within the main house. Visit the small café where they serve traditional Mallorquin snacks. Sample the island's "Pa-amb-Oli", local bread rubbed with ham and cheese - delicious!

Take a stroll around the animal pens which house breeds traditionally used on Mallorquin farms.

Porto Cristo Porto Cristo is still a very typical Spanish fishing village that has made small concessions towards the islands tourist industry. There are two popular theories on how the town got its name, which literally translates as "The Port of Christ."

The first comes from a legend that in 1260AD, a fishing boat carrying a crucifix was washed ashore here. This was around the time of the earliest Christian conquest of the Island.

The other is two oxen who were carrying an icon of Christ to Palma, stopped here and refused to move any further. So the icon stayed and the town was renamed in its honour.

Located just a short taxi ride away from the lively resort of Cala Millor. The focus of the old town is its natural harbour, which provides a safe mooring for both fishing and an increasing number of leisure craft.

During the day the town can get very busy due to the close proximity of both the Caves of Drac and Caves of Hams.

Cala Millor The modern resort of Cala Millor (which translates into English as "the better bay") is on the island's rugged east coast and is separated from its more quiet and traditional neighbour Cala Bona ("the good bay") by a small rocky headland.

Transfer from the airport at Palma in the south will normally take around 1½ hours to drive the 44 miles but as with all airport journeys this may vary on the time of day or night of the journey.

Most of Majorca's East coast is dotted with tiny inlets and coves, however, the beach at Cala Millor stretches for more than 4 miles along a wide sheltered bay which is protected by two large unspoilt headlands.

The beach here is considered by many to be one of the best on the island with clear water and gently sloping sands. Parasols and sun beds can be hired at various points along its length along with the usual selection of water sports activities, including a windsurfing school.

The resort has a good selection of shops and souvenirs. If you do venture beyond your sun bed, local markets are held every Friday in nearby Son Servera, further a field to the north in Arta on a Tuesday, and 13 miles inland at Manacor every Monday. For those of you who have been to the island before you would recognise that Manacor is also the home of the Mallorcan Pearl industry.

The nearby resort of Cala Bona can be easily reached by a walk along the new promenade which effectively is now almost becoming part of the Cala Millor development. For the more adventurous the resort of Sa Coma is a further 2¾ miles beyond Cala Bona to the south.

Magaluf/Palma Nova The twin resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf are situated on the islands south west coast, at the western end of the huge Palma Bay.

Transfer time along the motorway from the nearby airport at Palma, may be as little as 15 minutes from leaving the airport grounds, but this will vary depending on the time of day or night, and the sheer volume of traffic in the resort.

The two ever growing resorts now merge into one, although technically the dividing point is somewhere on the rocky headland between the two beaches.

Palma Nova and Magaluf are without doubt busy and bustling although, of the two resorts, Palma Nova is perhaps marginally the quieter one.

Both resorts have fine sandy beaches with everything on hand to part you from your money. Watersports, glass bottom boat trips, as well as countless shops, bars and restaurants are all easily located along the wide promenades

Santa Ponsa Santa Ponsa has developed a strong Celtic theme and has become very popular with both Irish and Scottish visitors. In response to this market, a large number of both Irish and Scottish themed bars and restaurants have opened in the town and many supermarkets now stock readily recognisable UK branded goods.

The main beach is reasonably large and in recent years it has been extended to accommodate an increasing number of visitors to the resort.

Santa Ponsa has quite a wide selection of cafes, bars and restaurants and excellent facilities for visitors on self-catering arrangements. In response to the strong UK and Irish influences in the town, many supermarkets now stock readily recognisable UK branded goods.

The resort really comes alive in the early evening and has an abundance of bars, restaurants, and live music venues, catering for families with children.

Puerto de Soller The village of Puerto de Soller is the only resort on the west coast of Mallorca. Nestled into the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, it is known for its dramatic scenery and surrounding countryside.

This isolation from the rest of the island has meant that the area has undergone very little change and tourist development for decades. The actual resort of Puerto de Soller is an almost perfect horseshoe bay enclosed by two headlands which is not too dissimilar from many of the resorts on the north coast of Menorca.

At a little over 1¾ miles inland from the port is the original old town of Soller. The main road that joins the two is shared with trams. This tramway is the only working tram on the island and is known locally as the "Orange Express". Not for the colour of the carriages but due to the fact that its route meanders from the old town, ending its journey at the harbour at Puerto de Soller

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