Forming part of Spain's Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Mallorca (Majorca) is renowned for its beautiful golden sandy beaches, secluded coves, sprawling beach resorts, rugged limestone mountains, hiking and cycling trails, and ancient cultural treasures. The second most populated of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca offers a wealth of things to see and do from relaxing on the gorgeous beaches and exploring Roman and Moorish remains to partying the night away in the capital city of Palma. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Museu Arqueologic de Son Fornes (Son Fornes Museum)
The Museu Arqueològic de Son Fornés (Son Fornés Museum) is dedicated to the history of Mallorca and provides an insight into prehistoric times on the island. The museum is based in an old flour mill dating back to the 18th century and known as Molí des Fraret. The building is an excellent example of traditional Majorcan architecture and houses an array of artifacts discovered at the nearby Son Fornés archaeological site. The museum gives visitors an idea of life in the Talayotic settlement of Son Fornés more than 2000 years ago, with exhibitions featuring an array of multimedia materials, images, objects, and texts. Guided tours also exhibit artifacts from the Post-Talayotic and Classical periods and provide fun activities for the whole family.
Carrer Emili Pou, 07220 Montuïri, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-64-41-69
2.Botanicactus Botanical Gardens, Ses Salines
Botanicactus Botanical Gardens in Ses Salines was established in 1989 and is one of the most extensive botanical gardens in Europe. The gardens are home to dozens of varieties of cactus, palm trees, bamboo, several Mediterranean species, a selection of tropical plants, and a tranquil artificial lake. The garden is divided into three zones, including semi-arid, wetland, and flora areas. These sections have been carefully designed to protect the plants from the wind. The wetland area features a large lake and is home to an array of tropical plants and flora. In contrast, the semi-arid region has species of grass, bamboo, palms, and more than 400 species and 12 varieties of cacti varieties. The native flora of Mallorca boasts almond and olive trees, orchards of apples and oranges, and groves of cypress, pine, carob, Eucalyptus trees.
Carretera, 07640 Ses Salines, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-64-94-94
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3.La Reserva Puig de Galatzó (La Reserva Nature Park)
La Reserva Puig de Galatzó (La Reserva Nature Park) is a private nature reserve that conserves and protects Mallorca's natural landscapes and the fauna and flora what call it home. The park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features a variety of different terrains, including mountains, valleys, grasses, waterfalls, and a mountain swimming pool. The park is home to a wide diversity of animal life, ranging from brown bears to potbelly pigs, and an adventure park boasts rock climbing, zip wires, Amazonian, and Tibetan bridges. The park can be explored on several hiking trails, and a variety of summer school activities are hosted in July and August.
Calle Net, 0 S N, 07194 Puigpunyent, Spain, Phone: +34-971-61-66-22
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4.Coves del Drac (The Caves of Drach)
Located on the east coast of Majorca near the town of Porto Cristo, the Caves of Drach are four great caves reaching over 2.5 miles and 82 foot deep. One of the island’s main tourist attractions, the caves feature a sizeable underground lake known as Lake Martel, which is named after French explorer and scientist Édouard-Alfred Martel, and considered one of the largest underground lakes in the world. The four caves, known as Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of Luis Salvador, and Cave of the French, are connected and can be explored on guided tours. Tours end with a short classical concert performed by four musicians on a boat in the lake.
Ctra. de les Coves, s/n, 07680 Porto Cristo, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-82-07-53
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Palma Aquarium is a marine sanctuary owned by Coral World International that features 55 tanks housing over 700 different species from the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans. The magical marine world has the deepest shark tank in Europe – the 28-foot deep Big Blue Tank, which contains large fish, sharks, and the largest collection of live coral in Europe. The award-winning aquarium hosts environmentally focused activities for visitors of all ages and plays a vital role in several conservation campaigns. The Palma Aquarium also has two cafés, an outdoor play area with a bouncy castle, a pirate ship, and a splash park, and a large gift shop.
Carrer de Manuela de los Herreros, 21, 07610 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
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6.Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca (Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma)
The Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca (Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma) is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral that was built by the Crown of Aragon. Commonly referred to as La Seu, the cathedral was designed in the Catalan Gothic style and begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229, however, only completed in 1601. Nestled between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace on the site of a Moorish-era mosque, the church overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.
Plaça de la Seu, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
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Bellver Castle is a Gothic-style castle dating back to the 14th century that was built for King James II of Majorca. Situated on a hill overlooking Palma, the well-preserved 14th-century royal fortress was started by Jaume II in 1300 and created by the architect of the Almudaina Palace, Pere Salva, and is one of the few circular castles in Europe. The castle’s central courtyard is surrounded by three large towers that visitors can climb to soak up spectacular views over Palma. Once used as a prison, the castle is now home to Palma's museum of local history, which houses an array of historical artifacts, including pottery from the Talaiotic, Roman, Arab, and Spanish periods.
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8.Fundacio Miro Mallorca (Foundation of Pilar and Jean Miro)
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The Fundació Miró Mallorca (Foundation of Pilar and Jean Miro) is a museum dedicated to the work of Spanish artist Joan Miró. Based in a building designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, the museum boasts more than 6,000 works, including paintings and sculptures, a comprehensive library, and a serene sculpture garden. The spectacular collection also features a critical document collection and four of Miró’s original studios, where he produced his best works.
Carrer de Saridakis, 29, 07015 Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain, Phone: +34-971-70-14-20
9.Ferrocarril de Soller (Soller Train)
The Ferrocarril de Sóller (Soller Train) is an inter-urban railway that is characterized by its narrow gauge with a track width of 914 mm (an English yard). The Sóller railway runs along a beautiful route through the Sierra de Alfàbia mountain range, rising 660 feet and winding through 13 longitudinal tunnels ranging in length from 108 to 9,500 feet long. The railway also crosses over several bridges and the magnificent 26-foot high “cinc-ponts” viaduct with its five arches.
Carrer d'Eusebi Estada, 1, 07004 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-75-20-51
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10.Jardines de Alfabia
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Jardines de Alfabia is a beautiful complex with a historic Gothic-style home, exquisitely manicured gardens and grounds, and ornate 18th-century water fountains. Once the sprawling estate of Majorca's Moorish governor, the gardens are nestled in Bunyola in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range and has several lovely attractions such as a courtyard fountain dating back to the 15th century, a serene canal with jets of water, and romantic 19th-century garden. The historic home has a combination of architectural styles and features, ranging from Arabic, Baroque, English, Gothic, Renaissance, Roman, and Rococo.
Ctra. Palma-Sóller, km 17, 07110, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-61-31-23
11.Cartoixa de Valldemossa (Carthusian Monastery Valldemossa)
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The Cartoixa de Valldemossa, known as the Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa or Valldemossa Charterhouse is a monumental complex originally erected as a royal palace of the Majorcan dynasty in 1309 and ceded to the Carthusian monks in 1399. The once former royal residence and Royal Charterhouse of the king Sancho of Majorca is located in the Sierra de Tramuntana near Palma and features several buildings from different periods, including an 18th-century neoclassical church, an old pharmacy used by the Carthusians, a former library, and beautifully manicured gardens. The cells of the Cartuja house several art and heritage collections of exceptional value, such as those relating to the legacy of the Carthusians and their lifestyle.
Plaça Cartoixa, S/N, 07170 Valldemossa, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-61-21-06
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12.Mirador d'es Colomer
Officially known as the Mirador del Mal Pas, the Mirador d'es Colomer is a famous elevated lookout and spectacular viewing point near Puerto Pollensa that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding rugged cliffs and the sea. Situated in the Sierra Tramuntana mountain range on the north side of the Formentor Peninsula near Puerto Pollensa, the Mirador d'es Colomer rests nearly 1,000 above the sea and overlooking the small islet of Colomer, from which it’s popular named was coined. The lookout point also offers vistas of the bays of Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
Ma-2210, 4, 07460 Port de Pollença, Balearic Islands, Spain
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The Sineu Market is a traditional agricultural and livestock market in the small town of Sineu and one of the biggest and most famous markets in Mallorca. Surrounded by beautiful countryside in the middle of the island, the market offers everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and flowers, locally made handicraft, and leather goods. It also has a live animal market where farm animals are traded in an age-old tradition that has been occurring here around the main square by the church and the Placa del Fossar since 1306.
Es Fossar, 160, 07510 Sineu, Illes Balears, Spain
14.San Juan Mercado Gastronomico
© San Juan Mercado Gastronomico
Located in the Centre Cultural Comercial Escorxador, San Juan Mercado Gastronomico is a trendy, vintage-chic gastronomic market featuring stalls serving diverse fare, communal tables, and a cocktail bar. Occupying a 110-year-old dusky-pink Modernista building in the S'Escorxador cultural center, the market offers an array of local and traditional Mallorcan and Spanish food such as fideuá, top-grade acorn-fed jamón, silky croquetas, sobrassada, and Basque-style pintxos. Offering over 250 dishes of authentic cuisine and more than 360 wines from around the world, the market is a gourmand’s paradise.
Carrer de l'Emperadriu Eugènia, 6, 07010 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-78-10-04
15.Ciudad Romana de Pollentia (Pollentia Roman Ruins)
The Roman Ruins of Pollentia is a working archeological site in the north of Mallorca that was founded in 70 BC and features a Roman forum, an amphitheater, and an ancient residential area. Located in the strong defensive position of Alcudia, which had a strategic advantage of being between the two ports of Alcudia and Pollenca, the ruins show the remains of what was once one of the most important cities in the Balearic Islands. Discovered by chance in the 16th century, the ruins are the most complete and significant archaeological site in Mallorca, and excavations continue today during July and August.
Av. Prínceps d'Espanya, s/n, 07400 Alcúdia, Balearic Islands, Spain, Phone: +34-971-54-70-04
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16.Royal Palace of La Almudaina
The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is a 10th-century Muslim fortress in the Alcázar of Palma, the capital city of Mallorca. Located just opposite Palma’s imposing Cathedral ‘La Seu,’ the Royal Palace of La Almudaina rests in a once strategic position high atop a cliff overlooking the Bay of Palma and is one of the capital’s main attractions. Built in the Moorish style, the fortress was rebuilt in the Levantine Gothic style by King Jaume II when the Christians took possession of the island in the 13th century. Today, visitors can explore the fortress on guided or self-guided tours and soak up the magnificent grand rooms filled with period pieces and rich tapestries.
Carrer del Palau Reial, s/n, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-902-04-44-54
17.Mirador Ses Barques
© Mirador Ses Barques
Mirador de Ses Barques is a viewpoint above Fornalutx with spectacular views down to Port de Sóller. The viewpoint can be reached by a beautiful linear coastal walk from Sóller or the small bay of Cala Tuent. The path passes one of Mallorca’s old rural enterprises, the ancient Finca Balitx d’Avall, which is now a restaurant and hotel tucked in a deep valley lined by terraced with olive trees. The path continues up via Coll de Biniamar to join the coastal route of Sa Costera along to Cala Tuent.
Carretera Lluc, Ma-10, km45, 07100 Sóller, Spain, Phone: +34-971-63-07-92
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18.Jazz Voyeur Festival
The Jazz Voyeur Festival is an annual festival in Palma that takes place between October and December and showcases the best of local talent who play blues, Bossanova, gospel, jazz, tango, and fusion, and soul. Spread across different venues around the town, the festival brings both up-and-coming talents, as well as well-known international jazz artists who perform in concerts programmed throughout the week except for Mondays.
Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
19.S'Albufera de Mallorca (S’Albufera Wetlands)
S'Albufera de Mallorca is a nature preserve that is home to the largest and most important wetlands in the Balearic Islands. Located south of Port d'Alcudia in the northwest of Mallorca, S'Albufera de Mallorca spans 1,650 hectares and is a Wetland of International Importance, a Site of Community Importance (LIC), and a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA). Formed out of an ancient lagoon, which was separated from the sea by a series of dunes, the nature preserve is home to a wealth of bird species, including rare migrants here like Eleanora's falcons and Montagu's harriers. The bird watcher's paradise also attracts breeding species like mustached warblers, stonechats, and the long-eared owl, along with ospreys, peregrines, and hoopoes, who reside in the wetlands year-round.
Av. de s'Albufera, 07458, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-89-22-50
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20.Celler Sa Premsa
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Based in an old wine cellar, Celler Sa Premsa is a cozy restaurant with low ceilings, warm décor and furnishings, faded bullfighting posters, and original wooden barrels. Established in 1958, the aptly named restaurant exudes an intimate ambiance and serves a menu of traditional local fare, featuring specials such sobrassada (cured pork sausage), tumbet (Mallorcan-style vegetable ratatouille), roast suckling pig, pork with cabbage, and frito mallorquín (sautéed lamb offal). The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around Spain and Europe, craft beers, and cocktails, and is open for dinner, nightly.
8 Plaça del Bisbe Berenguer de Palou, Palma, Illes Balears, 7003, Spain, Phone: +34-971-72-35-29
21.Restaurant Es Guix
© Restaurant Es Guix
Restaurant Es Guix is a hidden gem nestled in an ancient hunting lodge the heart of the mountains between Lluc and Caimari that is famous for its suckling pig. Established in 1970, Restaurant Es Guix is tucked away among oak groves, rock crags, and wild vegetation and features a spring-fed swimming pool carved into the rocks. The restaurant serves traditional Mallorcan mountain food, including their signature dish of roasted suckling pig and fresh grilled fish. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around Spain and Europe, craft beers, and cocktails, and is open for dinner, nightly.
07315, Balearic Islands, Spain, Phone: +34-971-51-70-92
22.La Taberna de la Boveda
Taberna de La Bóveda is a restaurant with a cozy terrace on the harbor promenade in the lively La Lonja restaurant area that serves traditional tapas and other traditional Spanish dishes. Located next to the cathedral in Palma, the charming eatery has rustic wooden tables and a bustling kitchen that produces steaming dishes of fresh seafood, choricillos, pa amb oli, snails, and an extensive list of tapas. Exuding Castilian charm, Taberna de La Bóveda is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner, and serves a selection of fine wines from around Spain and Europe, craft beers, and cocktails to accompany the cuisine.
Passeig de Sagrera, 3, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-72-00-26
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© QuitaPenas Valldemossa
Based in a former simple village house in the beautiful cobbled streets of Valldemossa, QuitaPenas Valldemossa is an unpretentious tapas bar serving traditional Mallorquin delicacies. The tiny hidden gem has small tables and high stools where diners can tuck into an array of tapas and Spanish fare such as handmade sobrassada, pa amb oli, platters of local cheeses, and olives, and fresh seafood. The cuisine is accompanied by an array of local craft brews, chilled Mallorcan wine, and other local beverages.
Carrer Vell, 4, 07170 Valldemossa, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-626-84-00-06
24.Celler Ca'n Amer
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Celler Ca'n Amer is an award-winning traditional cellar restaurant in the leather town of Inca that serves a tasting menu as well as à la carte menu of traditional Spanish cuisine. Located opposite the indoor market, the family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving the community since the 1960s and features a cellar dating back to the 1700s. The restaurant has high beamed ceilings, concrete floors, huge oak barrel ends lining the walls, and decorative copper pans and ceramic plates on the walls and serves a menu of traditional Mallorcan cuisine, using seasonal produce. Signature dishes include lamb cutlets, roast suckling pig, baked stuffed aubergines, and fresh salads, accompanied by Mallorcan and Spanish wines.
Carrer de la Pau, 39, BAJO, 07300 Inca, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-971-50-12-61
25.DINS Santi Taura
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Situated near the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca in the eclectic neighborhood of Sa Calatrava, DINS Santi Taura offers a unique gastronomic experience based on the traditional cuisine of the islands. Interpreting traditional Mallorcan cuisine with a contemporary twist, Santi Taura uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create delicious dishes of fresh seafood, prime local meats, island-grown herbs and vegetables, and Spanish sweet treats. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around Spain and Europe, craft beers, and cocktails, and is open for dinner, nightly.
Plaça de Llorenç Villalonga, 4, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain, Phone: +34-656-73-82-14
25 Best Things to Do in Mallorca, Spain
- Museu Arqueologic de Son Fornes (Son Fornes Museum), Photo: ruben/stock.adobe.com
- Botanicactus Botanical Gardens, Ses Salines, Photo: kstipek/stock.adobe.com
- La Reserva Puig de Galatzó (La Reserva Nature Park), Photo: mymallorca/stock.adobe.com
- Coves del Drac (The Caves of Drach), Photo: dudlajzov/stock.adobe.com
- Palma Aquarium, Photo: silinatatiana/stock.adobe.com
- Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca (Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma), Photo: James/stock.adobe.com
- Bellver Castle, Photo: dero2084/stock.adobe.com
- Fundacio Miro Mallorca (Foundation of Pilar and Jean Miro), Photo: Fundació Miró Mallorca (Foundation of Pilar and Jean Miro)
- Ferrocarril de Soller (Soller Train), Photo: allard1/stock.adobe.com
- Jardines de Alfabia, Photo: Kevin Eaves/stock.adobe.com
- Cartoixa de Valldemossa (Carthusian Monastery Valldemossa), Photo: Andreas Mariotti/stock.adobe.com
- Mirador d'es Colomer, Photo: rorue/stock.adobe.com
- Sineu Market, Photo: Jeanne Emmel/stock.adobe.com
- San Juan Mercado Gastronomico, Photo: San Juan Mercado Gastronomico
- Ciudad Romana de Pollentia (Pollentia Roman Ruins), Photo: dudlajzov/stock.adobe.com
- Royal Palace of La Almudaina, Photo: larairimeeva/stock.adobe.com
- Mirador Ses Barques, Photo: Mirador Ses Barques
- Jazz Voyeur Festival, Photo: Khunatorn/stock.adobe.com
- S'Albufera de Mallorca (S’Albufera Wetlands), Photo: teo/stock.adobe.com
- Celler Sa Premsa, Photo: Celler Sa Premsa
- Restaurant Es Guix, Photo: Restaurant Es Guix
- La Taberna de la Boveda, Photo: goodluz/stock.adobe.com
- QuitaPenas Valldemossa, Photo: QuitaPenas Valldemossa
- Celler Ca'n Amer, Photo: Celler Ca'n Amer
- DINS Santi Taura, Photo: DINS Santi Taura
- Cover Photo: Arcady/stock.adobe.com
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