Tag: tourist attractions in Majorca

Santuari de Lluc, Majorca

| February 1, 2012
Santuari de Lluc, Majorca

The sanctuary at Lluc is the spiritual centre of Mallorca and has been a place of pilgrimage for over 800 years. The main point of interest is the little statue of the Virgin (La Moreneta de Lluc), which, so the story goes, was found in a cave by an Arab shepherd boy who had converted to Christianity. The image was initially moved to the church but it kept returning to the same spot. A chapel was built to house this miraculous object and this has since been decorated with precious stones. Thousands of pilgrims now arrive here every year to pay homage. Continue Reading

Santanyi, Majorca

| January 22, 2012
Santanyi, Majorca

Santanyi old town is full of stone houses built from the local honey-coloured sandstone. The same sandstone was used in the building of the cathedral in Palma and Castell Bellver. Continue Reading

Palma Cathedral

| January 13, 2012
Palma Cathedral

Palma’s cathedral, La Seu, is the most precious architectural treasure of the Balearic Islands and is regarded as one of Spain’s most outstanding Gothic structures. Continue Reading

Inca, Majorca

| December 31, 2011
Inca, Majorca

Inca is the third largest town on the island. A modern industrial place, visitors come here nevertheless, attracted by the cheap leather goods in Avinguda General Luque and Gran Via de Colon. Thursday, market day, is Inca’s busiest time. The stalls lining the streets and squares stretch over several districts of town. Here you can buy almost anything – souvenirs, household goods, flowers and food. Continue Reading

Train from Palma to Port de Soller

| December 30, 2011
Train from Palma to Port de Soller

The most enjoyable way to travel from Palma to Soller is aboard the “Red Arrow”, an electric narrow-gauge railway line, which opened in 1912. After passing through farmland, the 27-km (17-mile) route winds its way through the steep peaks and valleys of the Serra de Tramuntana. The line is justifiably regarded as one of the most attractive in Europe, and the narrow-gauge rolling stock, musty carriages and clanking engine only add to the experience. Continue Reading

Majorca tours: Palma, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller

| December 29, 2011
Majorca tours: Palma, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller

Valldemossa
Valldemossa lying 17 kilometres from Palma along the s’Esgleieta road, is famous, among other reasons, for the Carthusian Monastery, known as La Cartuja, where Frédéric Chopin and Georges Sand spent the winter of 1838-1839.

The monastery (closed Sundays), with its distinctive green-tiled belfry, rises head and shoulders above the town. In the church, there are frescoes by Miguel Bayeu, Goya’s brother-in-law. The cloister encloses a beautiful garden, where summer concerts are held, with famous pianists playing Chopin’s works. The “Pleyel” piano which the Polish musician caused to be brought from Paris can still be seen here. Continue Reading

Pollenca, Majorca

| December 25, 2011
Pollenca, Majorca

Founded by the Romans in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Pollen has retained much of its old-world charm with narrow, twisting streets, some good restaurants and a lively Sunday market. The remains left by the town’s founders include Pont Romu, a bridge spanning the banks of the Torrente de Sant Jordi river, at the north end of town. After 1229, the Knights Templar began the building of the parish church of Nostra Senyora dels Angels. Continue Reading

Calvia, Majorca

| December 23, 2011
Calvia, Majorca

This quiet little town in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains is the administrative centre of Calvia Province, which includes the resorts from Ses Illetes to Santa Ponca. Continue Reading

Cabrera Island National Park

| December 21, 2011
Cabrera Island National Park

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 km (60 sq miles), has been designated a national park. This protection extends not only to rare species of plants, but also includes the surrounding marine life. Continue Reading

Things to do in Alcudia, Majorca

| December 19, 2011
Things to do in Alcudia, Majorca

The wonderful city of Alcúdia, encompassed by 14th-century walls, is situated at the base of the peninsula separating Pollen Bay from Alcúdia Bay on the island of Majorca. Continue Reading

North western coast of Majorca

| December 15, 2011
North western coast of Majorca

The northern slopes of the Serra de Tramuntana provide some magnificent views and a wonderful sense of isolation. Andratx and Valldemossa have a number of interesting historic sights but it is the scenery of the rugged coastline, which manages to be both sinister and beautiful, that is most impressive. The route is dramatic, traversing tunnels and gorges, but it is not difficult, except for the approach to Port d’es Canonge and Port de Valldemossa. It can be covered in a single day. If you are fit, you could even cycle. Continue Reading

Marineland, Majorca

| December 9, 2011
Marineland, Majorca

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. This is great fun for families with young children. Continue Reading

Porto Cristo, Majorca

| December 8, 2011
Porto Cristo, Majorca

The ancient fishing port of Porto Cristo is situated at the end of a long bay, where the El Rivet flows into the sea. Today it is a pleasant family resort but as early as the 13th century this was a seaport for the inland town of Manacor. As the best sheltered harbour on the eastern coast of Mallorca it was also an important naval base. During the Spanish Civil War, Republicans landed here with the intention of taking over the island from General Franco’s forces. Continue Reading

Soller, Majorca

| December 7, 2011
Soller, Majorca

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. Continue Reading

Valldemossa, Majorca

| December 6, 2011
Valldemossa, Majorca

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 Carthusian Monastery of Jesus of Nazareth) was abandoned in 1835 when the monks were dispossessed. Continue Reading