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Mallorca: A Travel Guide For Your Unforgettable Island Trip

Anyone who has been to the Island of Mallorca considers it as a tropical paradise. It is truly a dream destination for those people who love to wander in a gorgeous stretch of pristine white sand next to blue water under the heat of the sun. Here you can find the most envied tropical beaches in Europe.

Mallorca, most commonly called as Majorca to non-Spanish tourists, is one of the, if not the most popular among the Mediterranean islands in Spain. Each year, it draws millions of tourists who marvel at the beauty of its beaches and resorts. However, browsing over our pages here in simplymallorca.org will let you know that there is more to the beautiful beaches on the island other than the water, sand, and sun.

What you’ll get reading through our pages?

For a start, you’ll get to be introduced to the island city – where it’s located, its history, what it is famous for as well as its geography. You’ll also learn about how to get to and around the city so you won’t have any trouble booking your flights or scheduling your trips. To make your travel less stressful, we’ve also provided a list of the accommodation options when in the city; each picked carefully to fit your particular needs or requirements (budget, itinerary, etc.).

Speaking of the list, we’ve also provided separate pages to help you design your trips, whether you intend for a weekend, a long weekend, a week, or even a day trip to Mallorca. We even have a whole page of tips and advice for a smooth journey around the island. And while at it, you can also look at our pages tackling the weather and best times to visit the island city, respectively.

With the desire to be your travel partner in Mallorca, we also have pages dedicated to the top attractions in the city. Simply put, the places most tourists visit when going to Mallorca, this include landmarks, museums, architecture, even the famous night spots! You also need not worry about food too because we have a page exclusively for the food and restaurants in Mallorca.

So if you are thinking about a good adventure during summer, think of Mallorca. And as you prepare for your trip, let us be your guide for a worry-free and well-informed trip to the Spanish Mediterranean island.

Now ready for the adventure?

Island Guide

Mallorca (also known as Majorca) is Spain’s largest the Balearic Islands, with over 2,000 years of intriguing culture and historical background. It is a promising tourist destination with culture, heritage, and history preserved for visitors to discover. A journey through the history of Mallorca from the first known human settlement to the present day is very interesting. The island still houses many fascinating sites of historical importance to explore, including the Capocorb Vell, Castell d’Alaró, Palma Cathedral, and Pollença.

Historians describe the Spanish island of Mallorca as being a paradise full of vegetable gardens, fountains and the end of the four main cultural periods (Talaiotic, Roman, Arab and Christian), which can be confirmed by some traces of their existence. During the Iron Age, it is said to support the Talaiotic culture with the society’s structures remain on the island today. In 123 BC, it was conquered by Quint Cecili Metel (Quinto Cecilio Metelo), as a result, the Baleares joined the Roman Empire and they even made use of the remains of a Talaiotic settlement. The islands are Christianized in the second century AD. In 707, the Muslims started attacking the island until they conquered it completely and named the city as ‘Medina Mayurka’. After 4 centuries of Arab dominance on the island, they had a strong influence its’ culture. However, only a few traces of this period were left to prove their existence (apart from the layout of the old quarter and the Arab baths) it is still evident in people’s way of life, their cuisine, customs, and their folklore. In fact, there are over 4000 words in the Spanish vocabulary that are Arabic in origin. Lead by Catalan King Jaume I of Aragon, Mallorca was taken over by the Christians on December 3, 1229, after three months of the war. The city then became known as ‘Ciutat de Mallorca’. This named was used officially until 1717, when the Roman renamed it to ‘Palma de Mallorca’, although most Mallorcans still prefer to call their city as ‘Ciutat’.

The island’s rich culture, history, and sites that it entailed had awakened tourist’s curiosity to visit and explore its’ wonders. Since the 1950s, Mallorca emerged as one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. As a result, Mallorca’s economy has incredibly increased and escorted the island to become one of the richest Spanish regions.

Tours

Mallorca is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean. It is the largest and the most admired among the Balearic Islands. Most of the island’s south coast is filled with rocky cliffs with beaches and coves, with the interior that is largely made up of the lush plain known as Es Pla. The east coast has sandy bays and open beaches, which continues to attract the majority of the island’s tourists. Here is a guide to Mallorca and popular tourist stops to help you get the most out of your visit.

1. Get to Know Mallorca

You may want to start your day trip to explore more closely Mallorca’s rich history. The island is also known for its colorful history. The old infrastructures have now become fascinating tourist spots. The island is packed with old houses, buildings, and churches. The following are some of the most famous historical attractions here that are definitely a must-see namely Bellver, which means the beautiful view is a Gothic style, 14th century, circular Castle found on a hill 3 km northwest of Palma de Mallorca. Mallorca’s spiritual core, Monestir de Nostra Senyora de Lluc (Santuari de Lluc for short) is the island’s oldest holy site, situated in the north of the island. And Palma La Seu Cathedral (or simply La Seu) is Mallorca’s magnificent 14th century Gothic Cathedral which houses many archaeological attractions and historical artifacts.

2. Discover and Unwind

Sightseeing is also a fun way to discover Mallorca. Mallorca offers rather perfect weather to enjoy its’ beaches, mountain ranges, and caves. Most of the island’s best beaches are on the east and north and along with parts of the south coasts. Along the island’s northern coast is Sierra de Tramuntana, which was recognized by World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 2011 for being in great Physical and Cultural significance. At its north-east end, another mountain with splendid beauty is the famous, Formentor peninsula. Caves on the island have also become a famous attraction on the entire island. The most striking caves are Caves of Drach (Coves del Drach), Caves of Arta and the Caves of Hams. Here are some of the caves to visit:

Caves of Drach (Coves del Drach) (Area: Carretera Cuevas, s/n, 07680 Porto Cristo / Phone: +34 971 82 07 53)
Caves of Arta (Area: Carretera de las Cuevas, s/n, Capdepera, Majorca/ Phone: 34 971 841293)
Caves of Hams (Area: Carretera Manacor | km 11, Porto Cristo, Majorca / web: https://www.cuevas-hams.com/).

You can avail of different types of transportation.    The island has buses, trains, and car rentals ready to take you anywhere you want to go. You may want to explore the island using public transport, you would be please to know that the island has an efficient timetable of public buses. If you want to see the city through hopping on and hopping off from one place to another, taking a bus is a cheap and ideal option for you.

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