This pearl of the Mediterranean is a mini continent in its own right, boasting consistently impressive scenery, as diverse as it is beautiful. Palma is a vibrant, bustling city, rich in history, culture and impressive architecture, the imposing La Seu Cathedral its standout feature.
A mere 20 minutes away, in the mountains to the northwest, is the sensationally beautiful Valldemossa—a village that composer Frederic Chopin once called home. A further 10 minutes away is the village of Deià, former home of poet Robert Graves.
Southeast of Palma you can find picturesque fishing idylls and magnificent fjord-like bays near the village of Portopetro, 45 minutes away. A slice of the West Indies in Mallorca—the vast beach of Es Trenc—lies a few miles to the west.
Head north, toward Capdepera to be amazed by the medieval castle built over a crumbled city wall. Golden sandy beaches are flanked by lofty mountains straight out of a fantasy film. The golf courses here gleam, and the sea is its deepest turquoise. Every corner of this island hides forts, monasteries, beautiful beaches, treasures, myths and legends.
Coves del Drac
Cuevas del Drach is an impressive and beautiful network of caves located in an old fishing village called Porto Cristo, around 65 kilometres from Palma. The caves are two kilometres long and thousands upon thousands of amazing stalagmites and stalactites are spread across the three chambers. Guided tours take around one hour.
Palma de Mallorca
Fishing nets glisten brightly in Mediterranean blue as they lie out to dry on the quayside. Behind the nets you can catch sight of the stock exchange building, La Lonja, dating from 1388. The place where locals now sip their coffee was where most of the Mediterranean area’s trade was handled during the Middle Ages. The whole city oozes history out of every building and street corner. A bustling city, the island's capital never fails to surprise and impress all who visit.
In the 17th century, this astonishing building was a palace – now it’s a cocktail bar with fruit and flower decorations. The interior is old-fashioned and elegant and Abaco is a must for the newly engaged, or lovers of luxury.
Good to know
There are several different kinds of public transport around the island. You can choose from buses, trains and public bikes.
The bus service on Mallorca is excellent. Depending on how much you plan to travel, there is a selection of different types of tickets and you can buy these at the Intermodal Station on Plaça d'Espanya in Palma or at tobacconists. Urban Bus number 3 in Palma goes all the way from the industrial area via Palma’s town centre to the Illetas beach.
Public transport buses to Valldemossa and other popular villages leave from the bus station behind Plaza España.
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