Valldemossa

September 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The historical records of Valldemossa go back to the 14th century, when the asthmatic King Sancho built this palace in the mountains to make the most of the clean air. In 1399, the palace was handed over to the Carthusian monks, who remodelled it as a monastery. The Real Cartuja de Jesu de Nazaret (Royal […]

Marineland

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Marineland is the only amusement park in the Balearic Islands where you can see performing dolphins and sea lions. This mini-zoo also houses a number of aquaria containing sharks and exotic fish. As well as the sea life, there is a good aviary and you can also see exotic animals such as crocodiles and snakes. […]

Mallorca attractions

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Alcúdia Set between two huge bays, Badia de Pollença and Badia d’Alcodia, this busy town was once a Roman settlement. Although you can see remnants of its ancient past, the town has a slightly sanitised feel and most of the medieval walls encircling it are a modern copy. Just outside the walls are the remains […]

Street-by-Street: Palma

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In 1983, Palma became the capital of the newly created Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands and transformed itself from a provincial town into a metropolis. Today, it has over 300,000 inhabitants and captivates all visitors as it once captivated Jaume I, who, after conquering it in 1229 described it as the “loveliest town that […]

Museu de Mallorca – Museums in Mallorca

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The best museum in the Balearic Islands can be found close to La Seu, in Palau Ayamans, a residence built around 1630. The palace was erected on the foundations of an Arab house (12th–13th century), which is still visible in the underground rooms of the museum. Opened in 1968, the museum houses a superb collection […]

Arta

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This hilltop town was built on the site of an Arab stronghold; its name is derived from the Arabic word jertan (“garden”). Much of its medieval walls and fortifications have survived to this day. The town’s most interesting structure is the hilltop Santuari de Sant Salvador. It can be reached from the mid 13th-century parish […]

Andratx

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Andratx has ancient origins and was known as Andrachium by the Romans. It lies in a valley of olive and almond groves, at the foot of the Puig de Galatzo(1,028 m/3,400 ft). The local architecture is typical of the inland settlements that used to defend the island against raids by pirates. Old ochre-colour houses with […]

Parc Natural de S’Albufera

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The wetland south of Port d’Alcuia, occupying the shores of Lake Grandeup to C’an Picafort, was once a swamp. Most of it was drained in the 1860s, but a portion remains, which in 1985 become the Parc Natural de S’Albufera. The marshes can be explored on foot, following the marked trails. A major conservation project, […]

Mallorca’s caves

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Mallorca is famous for its caves, which are carved out of the island’s limestone rocks. Many were known by the locals for hundreds of years and they once provided shelter for the early settlers, or served as hiding places from marauding pirates, dens for smugglers or religious sanctuaries. In the 19th century Archduke Ludwig Salvator […]

Cabrera Island National Park

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Cabrera (“goat island”) lies just 18 km (11 miles) from mainland Mallorca. A rocky, bare place and virtually uninhabited, it nevertheless has a rich history. It served as a prison camp during the Napoleonic War and was used as a base by Barbary pirates. Since 1991, Cabrera Island, together with an archipelago of 157 sq […]

Soller

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Situated in a valley, Soller is sheltered by the Serra de Alfabia mountain massif and overshadowed by the lofty Puig Major (1,445 m/4,740 ft). Its name reputedly derives from the Arabic word suliar, meaning “golden bowl” – the valley is famous for its many orange groves.

Things to do in Alcúdia

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The delightful town of Alcúdia, surrounded by 14th-century walls, lies at the base of the peninsula separating Pollen Bay from Alcúdia Bay.

Cap de Formentor

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The FormentorPeninsula, at the northern end of the Serra de Tramuntana, is a 20-km (12-mile) long headland of steep cliffs, that is in some places 400 m (1,300 ft) high. The footpath from the road leads to the Mirador des Colomer from which you can enjoy spectacular views of the sea and the El Colomer […]