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Posted 15 Nov, 2014 | 2 Comments
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Mallorca is one of the Balearic Islands and a prime destination in the Mediterranean Sea. Located just kilometers away from the east coast of Spain, this island offers many natural landscapes, historical monuments and pristine beaches.

Walk around Palma de Mallorca.

The main city on the island is Palma de Mallorca. The city is famous for its ancient cathedral, its fortress and the port, filled with yachts. Check out to choose any of the centric chic hotels in Palma de Mallorca if you want to be pampered- the island is, after all, where the Spanish Royal Family spends their holidays. The city center is filled with cafés, gastrobars and restaurants, with several main streets lined with shops and plenty of clubs closer to the port. If you are a history buff, then head to the Miramar Monastery, located in the nearby village of Valldemossa.

If you are looking for a more authentic experience than the polished cobblestone streets of Palma, head towards the interior of the island. The town of Santa María del Cami is known for its market, considered to be one of the largest on the islands. The stalls are filled with huge chunks of cheese, gleaming bottles of olive oil and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Do not miss the beaches.

The island’s beaches are its main attractions. From the party-beaches in Magalluf to the hidden coves that pepper the island’s coast, Mallorca’s beaches the ideal place for some relaxation. There are many beaches worth visiting on the northern coast of the island if you are into water sports and diving: Alcudia and Cala Torta are two of the most famous beaches in the area. Cap de Formentor, on the northern tip of this island, is the ideal place from where to enjoy the views.


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Rent a car in order to explore the less-crowded beaches, many of which are located next to dunes and pine-forests. The east of the island is known for its secluded beaches: Cala Varques is reminiscent of a Robinson Crusoe beach, and Cala Millor is known for its powdery sand and crystal waters. Ses Covetes is located next to the salt pans, on the southern coast of the islands. This beach and the town of the same name are known for their golden sands and for the unobstructed views towards the sea.

Visit the caves.

Mallorca is not only known for its party scene and the city of Palma de Mallorca: the natural landmarks on the islands are worth visiting. The Coves de Campanet are a set of caves ideal for a day trip. These caves are located on the north-west of the island, a the foot of the Tramuntana mountains. During a guided tour of the caves you will be able to see naturally-formed chambers and pools filled with clear water. The Coves del Drac are another must see, and considered by many to be the main natural attraction on the island. These caves are known for their stalactites and stalagmites.

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Cabrera Archipelago.

The Cabrera Archipelago is a marine and terrestrial national park located near the south-east coast of the island. This island has a large nature reserve, making it the ideal day trip for those who want to relax surrounded by nature. These islands are ideal for hiking: the most popular treks lead to the ancient lighthouse and to the castle, which overlooks the harbour. The islands are home to more than 30 species of endemic islands, and in the underwater caves you will find fishes and corals. If you’re sailing here yourself, check out Yachtmail Chandlery for some yacht supplies, navigation systems and waterproof clothing.

Get Out There!

Now is the perfect time to visit Mallorca so pack your bags and try this beautiful up-and-coming destination for this holiday season!

Top image by: Hullernuc (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

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