It is easy to forget to go out and about when you are in a luxury villa in Mallorca. The sun, the water, the scenery and the comfort of beach houses or villa rentals can make it difficult to tear yourself away from such comforts and amenities. However, there is much to see and savor on this island, especially in the city of Palma de Mallorca. If you are on a family getaway or luxury vacation in Mallorca, you will be well rewarded by spending a day taking in the sights and sounds of this unique city.
Of course, you will also enjoy the flavors, as the island has become food-lover’s paradise and gourmet destination. Be sure you make plenty of stops along the way to savor the local foods and drinks. Our suggested itinerary would include:
La Seu Cathedral and Parc de La Mar
Start your day at this stunning, gothic Roman cathedral with its impressive scale, dramatic façade, and remarkably location. In fact, if you can begin your day on the water outside of the town, you may find you get an astonishing photo by taking it with the water in the foreground and the mountains in the distance.
The little park in front of the cathedral is also picturesque and a spot to simply marvel at the building and its surroundings.
Castell de Belver
This 14th century fortress is another must and though you will need to walk a short distance, it is well worth it for the views from its ramparts and tower. Sitting so high, it delivers unprecedented views and is one of the only circular castles in Europe. If you want to visit a museum during your day of exploration, you will have time for only one. The History Museum here may be of interest to history buffs.
Looking at them, it may astonish to know that they are 10th century structures. Dating to the Moors, they are all that remain of the Madina Mayurqua. Today, they are part of the gardens of the that were once an orchard of the manor house, and most visitors may not realize that each column is different. Salvaged from other Roman ruins, they are a fascinating sight and one that leave many intrigued and eager to learn more about the Arabs in Mallorca’s past.
Once you are done sightseeing at the cathedral, castle and baths, it is time to reward yourself with some shopping and dining. Strolling the Placa Major can be overwhelming to the senses thanks to the colorful houses, the scents emerging from the cafes, and the entertainment from artists and musicians.
Rather than waiting at one of the crowded and tourist-filled restaurants, take a turn into any of the charming alleys you will pass. These are fabulous spots to find the tapas bars preferred by locals. You might also stop at Olivar Market just off the Placa Major and purchase all you need for a picnic. Be wary, however, as many become so intrigued by the market that they spend hours wandering among the vendors.
Also, if you pass any bar in the market, you may want to sample the local favorite – coffee with a dash of brandy. It is a fantastic way to ease into your afternoon. If it is lunchtime, head to El Baluard, a restaurant on the old city walls, with stunning views over the harbor.
If it is evening, you will want to visit Abaco in the old town for its views or the Nassau Beach Club which has an uninterrupted view of each sunset.
Many visitors also skip Palma and opt for a trip through the mountains to Soller. This is a great idea as well, and you will want to book seats on the train that leaves from the historic Plaza Espana.