Aside from the 3 S’s (sand, sea, and sun) that attract its’ fair share of tourists every year, the island of Mallorca has over two centuries of history and culture to discover. Being the melting pot of the Roman, Islamic, Jewish and Christian civilization and culture, and a long hub of busy Mediterranean trade routes, Mallorca has emerged into spot loaded with rich cuisines, customs, and historical sites.
Having a temperate subtropical climate with long hot summers and short mild winters, the island has rather perfect weather to sport outdoor activities. You can surely find activities that can awake you’re interested in such like working on your tan while relaxing along the beaches, playing soccer and other games with locals, hiking at exiting and well-preserved mountain ranges, scuba diving and/or snorkeling at the coast, exploring beautiful historical buildings, checking work of art by well-known artists in various museums, shopping for local and designer items, enjoying the nightlife and a lot more. Although resorts and hotels can be expensive, there are plenty of things to go and make on this island for free! In addition, the island manages to pull out various festivals and shows featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, singers, and musicians. So, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself by visiting the tropical island of Mallorca.
The island is also a popular choice for holiday destination and venue for special occasions including, private celebrations, corporate events, stag and hen nights and weddings. Are you worried because you have children with you? Then worry no more for Mallorca is a famous family destination, thus many resorts here offer play areas and planned activities to entertain and occupy the little ones so that you and your partner can enjoy what you two want. And if you are here to socialize, then don’t be surprised to see tons of party-goers especially during the night. So dress to impress and you might even rub shoulders with the rich and famous.
As a famous island of sun and sand, Mallorca is not usually known for its culture and museums. But actually, the city is packed with several museums scattered throughout it. You can surely find at least one museum within your interest, may it be containing the different artifacts that reflect the island and residents’ rich history and culture or some of the most innovative designs in contemporary art today.
Explore some of the interesting museums in the city like:
Casa Museu Joaquim Torrents Llado (Address: Carrer Portella, 9, 07001 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain / Phone: +34 971 72 98 35)
A mansion once owned by renowned Catalan artist Joaquim Torrents Llado and now exhibits a timber gallery with courtyard views and loads of interesting artworks
Es Baluard Museum (Address: Plaça Porta Santa Catalina, 10, 07012 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain / Phone:+34 971 90 82 00 )
– houses modern and contemporary art
Fundació Pilar y Joan Miró (Miró Museum) (Address: Carrer de Saridakis, 29, 07015 Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears, Spain / Phone:+34 971 70 14 20)
– displays the surrealist world and some works of Joan Miró at his former residence and studio
J Torrens Lladó House Museum (Address: 9 Calle de la Portella, Valldemossa / Phone: +34 971 72 2741)
-a museum containing the work of the painter J. Torrens Lladó, at his residence
Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani (Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art) (Address: Sant Miquel, 11, 07002 Palma de Mallorca / Phone: 34-971-713-515)
– a contemporary Spanish art museum that features some works by Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and other painters and sculptures.
Museu Diocesà (Address: Carrer del Mirador 5, Palma de Mallorca / Phone: +34 971 723 860 / web: www.bisbatdemallorca.com / Opening Hours: 10am-2pm Mon-Sat)
-presents a number of archaeological artifacts, books, ceramics, coins and paintings from the 13th to 16th centuries
Museu Krekovic (Krekovic Museum) (Address: Carrer Ciutat de Querétaro, 3, 07007 Palma de Mallorca / Phone:+34 971 21 96 06)
– showcases the works of acclaimed Croatian painter Kristian Krecovic plus several remarkable paintings and handicrafts from Spain and Latin America
Museu de Lluc (Address: Santuari de Lluc, Escorca / Phone: 971871525 / web: www.lluc.net / Opening Hours: 10 am to 1:30 p.m & from 2:30 to 5:15 pm, everyday)
– an interesting collection of prehistoric artifacts, Roman relics, ceramics, religious pieces, and an extensive array of works by 20th-century Valdemossan artist Josep Coll Bardolet
Museu de Mallorca (Mallorca Museum) (Phone: +34 971 717 540 / web: https://www.museudemallorca.es/)
– housed in a marvelous palace from 1634, the museum showcase a large collection of fascinating Mallorcan and Catalan objet d’art from the prehistoric artifacts that were discovered during archaeological digs up to fine examples of Modernista furniture.
Museu Municipal de Pollenca (Address: Guillem Cifre de Colonia, s/n. (Convent de Sant Domingo), Pollença/Phone: 971 53 11 66)
– situated in the former Dominican convent, the museum exhibits a large collection of sacred Gothic art, archaeological relics plus few modern paintings (including the exquisite Tibetan sand painting given by the Dalai Lama in 1990).
Mallorca is loaded with history and tourist attractions, from its stunning mountains, charming gardens to its breathtaking beaches. There are also many beautiful architectures that are worth a visit here like the following.
Palacio de la Almudaina ( Address: Almudaina Palace C/Palau Rial, 20, Palma / Phone: +34 971 214 134
/ Opening hours are: Summer – Monday to Friday 10:00 to 18:30, Saturdays: 10:00 to 14:00, Closed Sundays; Winter – Monday to Friday 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00 Closed Saturday and Sunday)
Palacio de la Almudaina or the Almudaina Palace is the result of the modifications to the Moorish fortress that was built in the 9th century on the same spot where the Romans had their fortress. Later it was burnt by Christians and then in the 13th century, King Jaime II converted it into a palace for the Mallorcan Kings. The building contains a rectangular tower, a hill known as Tinell, the Royal Chapel, courtyards, the Patio del Rey (King’s Palace) and Queens Patio (Queen’s Palace). The building’s exterior has 4 towers at the corners with a big one in the middle which is topped by a statue of Guardian Angel. In addition, it has a solid outer wall which is said to be part of the original citadel. Nowadays it is a museum containing art including an excellent collection of paintings, Flemish tapestries, and oriental carpets. It also functions as an official residence when the King of Spain visits for the official summer ceremonies.
Sa Llotja (Address: Carrer de la Llotja de Mar, 2, 07012 Palma de Mallorca / Opening Hours: 8 am – 11:30 pm every day and close every Sunday)
Often mistaken for a church, but actually Sa Llotja or La Lonja is originally the headquarters of the School of Merchants (Col.legi de Mercaders or Merchants guild). This Gothic-style building was made by Mallorcan architect and sculptor Guillem Sagrera between 1426 and 1448. The result was a rectangular-shaped building that has an octagonal tower at each corner, with ten smaller towers to act as defenses. The main doorway from the square has interesting sculptures including the Ángel de Los mercaderes (the merchants’ Guardian Angel) and ten gargoyles. While the interior forms a single space with two rows of tall spiral columns, creating a wonderful space with an impressive arched ceiling. Until today the building is not intended for a place of worship, instead, it is used as a cultural center, staging temporary art exhibitions.
Mallorca (also known as Majorca) is the largest and one of the most popular among the Balearic Islands in Spain. Everyone who visits the island discovers something appealing about the place. The island is loaded with historical sites, impressive mountains, marvelous coastline and merry festivals that are becoming increasingly popular today.
Being the melting pot of four main cultural periods namely: Talaiotic, Roman, Muslim and Christian, Mallorca celebrates a variety of festivals. The island also absorbs some celebrations that take place all throughout the world, in Spain or in nearby islands. The already busy social calendar of the Balearic Islands is continually being added to, which means that you can expect plenty of celebrations all year round. Nevertheless, is also possible that some dates of the festival change each year whereas a few celebrations occur in some years but not in others. It would be best to research first what festival to expect during your visit. The holidays listed below are those dates observed in Mallorca annually and established national public holidays.
1st day of January – Año Nuevo or New Year’s Day
5th day of January – Epifanía or Epiphany
19th day of March – Dia de San José or Saint Joseph’s Day
Late March or early April – Jueves Santo or Holy Thursday
Late March or early April – Viernes Santo or Good Friday
1st day of May – Fiesta del Trabajo or Labor Day
15th day of August – La Asunción or Feast of the Assumption
12th day of October – Nacional de España or National Day
1st day of November – Todos Los Santos or All Saints’ Day
6th day of December – Dia de la Constitución or Constitution Day
8th day of December – La Inmaculada Concepción or Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25th day of December 25th – Navidad or Christmas Day
Mallorca for Kids
Mallorca (also known as Majorca) is the largest island in Spain and one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. Surrounded by the beautiful and warm Mediterranean Sea plus numerous tourist destinations, Mallorca attracts a great number of tourists on their island each year. The island is the perfect destination for people of all ages who like to party or simply relax while enjoying the view and weather. And if you have kids with you, the island also offers a huge variety of entertaining things that your kids will definitely love and you might even find yourselves having fun too.
Marineland (Address: Carrer Garcilaso de la Vega, 9, 07181 Costa d’en Blanes, Mallorca / Phone:+34 971 67 51 25)
Your kids will surely enjoy this amazing park, which is also one of the main aquatic centers in Mallorca and with dolphin shows that are rated as one of the best in the world. Located close to the popular resort of Magaluf in Calvia’s Costa D’en Blanes, Marineland promises a great family day out with many shows running throughout the day, here you will be surprised by the sociability and intelligence of Bottlenose Dolphins, Californian Sea Lions, penguins, and other colorful exotic birds. There is also an aquarium where you can witness tropical fish and terrifying sharks swimming.
Pirates Adventure Show (Address: Camí Porrassa, 12, 07181 Magaluf, Balearic Islands / Phone: +34 971 13 04 11)
Recognized as one of Mallorca’s top tourist attractions that have been entertaining people for almost 30 years. Take your kids along and escape to a magical world of action, adventure, comedy, and fun for an experience that you will never forget. The show will surely captivate your imaginations as you witness Sir Henry Morgan and his gang of brave buccaneers as they fight the evil French enemies to save the treasure. Pirates Adventure Show is an entertaining dinner show that is suitable for all ages whilst the Pirates Reloaded is an un-cut and thrilling version of the show for 18 years and over.
Mallorca for Free
Mallorca is not a cheap island, a fact that most if not all tourist destinations have in common. But, there are numerous things to do and see on this island for free! Aside from the breathtaking view that the island has to offer, rewarding hiking in their amazing trails and swimming in the hidden beaches of the South East, you can also maximize your stay here by doing the following activities for free
1. Free of Charge
Save yourself 5 or 6 Euros by getting a free map at the tourist office or from your hotel reception (which is printed with “free of charge”). It contains the map of Palma de Mallorca on one side and a map of the whole island on the other side.
If you must keep up-to-date with your work online or social networking sites, you can find a number of bars, cafes, hotels, and restaurants that offer free Wifi connections for their customers while you eat, drink and relax. In addition, the Palma de Mallorca City Council has launched public spaces where you can use free WiFi including, in the 24 public libraries, the Cultural Center, Cala Estancia, Cala Major, Ciudad Jardin, Parc de Levante, Plaza Juan Carlos I and S’Escorxador Flassaders.
2. Art All You Can
If you’re an art lover, you would definitely enjoy the following museums that offer free entrance for everyone! Don’t miss the following:
Casal Sollerir, the Municipal exhibition center in the center of Palma de Mallorca, Passeig des Born, 26;
“la Caixa” Foundation (Caixa Forum Palma), a cultural center bringing art, music, theatre and humanities located in Passeig des Born, 26, Palma de Mallorca;
La Lonja, a cultural center hosting art and cultural exhibitions situated in Plaza La Llotja – Paseo Sagrera s/n, Palma de Mallorca;
Museum of Modern Spanish Art, Fundació Joan March, a contemporary Spanish art museum located in C. Sant Miquel, 11, Palma de Mallorca;
Sa Nostra Cultural Centre, a house of contemporary multidisciplinary creation shown in graphic art, photography, painting, sculpture, and art installation, located in C. Concepció, 12, Palma de Mallorca;
San Carlos Military Museum, a military museum showcasing ancient weapons and other military armaments in Dique del Oeste, Palma de Mallorca;
Ses Voltes, a civic and cultural space, situated at the foot of the Cathedral in Parc de la Mar s/n, Palma de Mallorca; and
Museu de l’Esport, a sports museum that exhibits, medals, trophies and other objects that great Mallorcan sportsmen have used, unfortunately, at this time the museum is still closed awaiting a new location.
One of the best-known vacation spots in the world, Mallorca is also becoming a popular choice for special occasion venues such as weddings, private celebrations, conferences, corporate events, concerts, Broadway shows and a lot more. And one of the best places to hold these special occasions is the grand and spacious theatres. The following are the famous theatres on the island.
Globo Balear Theatre
Address: Calle Joaquin Sorolla 17 Bajos, Edf. Alivia, 07181, Magalluf / Phone: (+34) 971 130 659
Formerly known as the Gran Casino Mallorca, Globo Balear Theatre is one of the finest venues for concerts, conferences, shows, weddings and other special events in Mallorca. Situated in the Calvia region of Mallorca the theatre can seat up to 1,500 people if arrange in theatre style or 1,350 if in dinner show style. The theatre also has a huge stage, large enough to hold a Broadway standard shows like the famous Pirates Adventure, the Pirates Reloaded and Come Fly with Me.
Carretera Palma – Soller, Km 10.8, 07193 Palmanyola / Phone:+34 971 61 75 33 Open Hours: 9 am – 11:30 pm & close every Friday and Sunday
Since 1963, Son Amar has been a very special and unique event venue. Hidden within the walls of this stunning 16th Century manor house is the majestic Sala Magna, home to one of the most famous theatres in Europe. The theatre is known for featuring internationally acclaimed artists from around the world, the best in Spain and Europe and world-class variety shows including We are the World, Pasión and the recent show Rock the World. Set in the foothills of the majestic Serra de Tramuntana Mountains, just outside Palma, on the road to Soller, Son Amar hosts anniversaries, birthdays, cocktail parties, dinners, weddings, and corporate as well as important political events.
One of the best theaters in Mallorca, Trui Teatre is dedicated to promoting the growth of culture in the Balearic Islands, and housing the most important plays and other events of the country. Set on the outskirts of Palma in Camí Son Rapinya, 29, the theatre is a comfortable, spacious and welcoming modern complex. It can seats almost 1400 people and offers a wide range of program of concerts and events.