There is so much more to do in Mallorca than party and soak up the sun (but be sure to indulge in some of that too). Explore historical and impressive Palma, visit tiny coastal villages and remote mountain monasteries, hike the Serra de Tramuntana, take a dip in any of the picturesque coves surrounding the island, or go wine testing in Binissalem Wine Village. Mallorca offers a truly notable variety of sights and activities, and those who take the time to explore this small and very manageable island in depth will be greatly rewarded.
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.
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.
This imposing gothic cathedral stands tall atop the old Roman and Renaissance city walls, looking out over Palma's harbour and old town. It was built over hundreds of years on the ruins of the mosque that once stood there. Famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí had a hand in the restoration project early in the 20th century, though he quit over a dispute with the contractor. This beautiful architectural wonder offers breathtaking views in every direction, and is the perfect starting point for a walking tour through the city.
The narrow lanes and alleyways of the Old Town echo with centuries of sea-faring, intercontinental trade and intercultural encounters. Take a stroll around one of the largest areas of ancient buildings in Europe, cast your eyes over the spruced-up palaces and visit the luxury hotels, shops and bars.
Dizzying twisting roads and dramatic cliffs, north-west Mallorca is wild and beautiful. People crowd the vantage points along the road to photograph this beautiful cape that locals call the "meeting point of the winds."
High mountains and deep valleys frame Valldemossa, the village where the island’s two first “celebrity tourists” (composer Frederic Chopin and authoress George Sand) lived in 1838. At the monastery, all the monks' cells are lined up, each with its own exit to the garden terrace with blossoming magnolias and a wonderful view over the valley.
Tasting some of Mallorca’s award-winning wines at José Louis Ferrer and the other many bodegas is a feast for the senses. During the Wine Festival in September, Binissalem is just one long table laden with wine and food.
Right in the centre of Mallorca lies Sineu, the ilsand's oldest village. For over a thousand years, farmers have been coming to this unbearably picturesque town with their cows, bulls, horses, sheep, mules, ducks, hens and swans to market each Wednesday.