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Top 10 Majorca Landmarks

Castell de Bellver - Palma

The Castell de Bellver to the northwest of Palma is a 14th-century circular castle with round towers standing on the four sides. It is a unique monument of its own kind situated in the laps of Spain. The castle took around 10 years of construction to be built atop the hills of Puig de Sa Mesquida. This famous monument is also known as the Bellver Castle.

Banys Arabs (Arab Baths) - Palma

The Banys Arabs in Palma, also known as the Arab baths are merely the existing ruins of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa belonging to the 10th century. The structure, which was once a part of an Arab nobleman's house, is one of the crowded tourist places in Majorca. The Arab Baths resemble many other architectural designs found in Islamic countries.

Son Morroig - Deia

The Son Morroig is a medieval mansion built-in 1276, but it was acquired by Austrian aristocrat Archduke Ludwig Salvator in the 19th century. At present, the building hosts a museum in the memories of Ludwig Salvator, who was a great admirer of the island and spent his entire life exploring Mallorca and its neighboring islands. Because of its location high above sea level, the medieval mansion offers stunning views of Majorca.

Cathedral (La Seu) - Palma

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, which is also known as La Seu, is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral constructed on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style, it is one of the largest catholic cathedrals found in the world.

Passeig des Born - Palma

In the 19th century, the Passeig des Born was placed on the site of a dried-up riverbed. This is now one of the famous shopping streets in Palma with a wonderful view of lined trees on either side of the road. It boasts mid to high priced shops, cafes, bars. The Passeig de Born is also a famous place for hosting many feasts during summer.

La Llotja - Palma

The La Llotja in Palma is an eccentric building, which looks like a half-castle and a half-church. This peculiar structure was designed by Guillem Sagrera in the 15th century  when Majorca was the main maritime trading center. At present, this monument is a cultural center and also hosts temporary exhibitions.

Valldemossa Monastery - Valldemossa

The Valldemossa Charterhouse in Valldemossa village was constructed on the demand of King James II of Majorca, who wanted to dedicate a palace to his son, Sanç. Later on, all royal possessions of Valldemossa were transferred into the hands of the Carthusian monks. The monastery is a museum today displaying the Charterhouse heritage and collections from the 15th - 20th centuries.

Centre Cultural Contemporani Pelaires - Palma

The Centre Cultural Contemporani Pelaires in Palma is a part of the historical Palacio de Can that was renovated to accommodate the cultural center. This structure opened in 1990, where the two large floors were used to hold art exhibitions. At present, this 17th-century building is also used to host events, concerts, debates, and conferences.

Palau de la Almudaina - Palma

The Palau de la Almudaina in Palma is originally an Islamic fort, which was transformed into a residence for the Mallorcan monarchs at the end of the 13th century. One of the famous landmarks in Majorca, it is positioned right opposite the Cathedral. It has a series of cavernous stonewalled rooms that are lavishly tinted to attract tourists. The palace is used as the King's residence for official ceremonies during summer.

Fundacio La Caixa - Palma

The Fundacio la Caixa in Palma is situated in one of the legendary buildings of Majorca, which was previously the Gran Hotel. In 1993, the building was captured by Fundacio la Caixa, who turned it into an architectural beauty as well as a first-class place for organizing programs, cultural and art events.

Popular Attractions in and around Majorca

Coves del Drac 

Coves del Drac or Dragon Caves are located in the municipality of Manacor south of the village of Porto Cristo and have become one of the top tourist attractions in Majorca. Open throughout the year, there is a small entrance fee charged to enter the caves. The guides inside explain the interpretation of the bizarre stalactite formations in four different languages. The whole one-hour tour ends up with a violin concert on Lake Martel and visitors can take a boat ride steered by a gondolier.

Serra de Tramuntana

'Mountains of the north wind', the Serra de Tramuntana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain range runs from southwest to the northeast region, thus forming the northern backbone of the Spanish Island of Majorca. Around 88 km long, this range runs from Andratx to Pollenca, with pine-covered trees and the rocky protrusion of Cap de Formentor and Sa Dragonera along with peaks mostly concentrated around the Lluc area, with the highest in the Puig Major and Puig Massanella. As one climbs higher, the forested hills devolve into barren land and peaks. One can get the best view on foot with the smell of rosemary, the sound of the sheep bells, the fresh air, the marvel at pine trees growing through the red rock, and the lovely Majorcan village houses. The drive through these mountains gets exciting from Soller to Lluc through tunnels and ravine making its way between the Puig Major and Puig Massanella. The roads are dangerous and driving through the parade of the hairpin bends and calls in for total concentration.

Cap de Formentor

Located on the Northeastern coast of Majorca, these natural landscapes can offer wonderful views and are definitely worth a visit. Another unforgettable experience is to have a safari-tour. There are many spectacular viewpoints and do not forget the lighthouse at the end of the road.

S'Albufera d'Alcúdia

S'Albufera d'Alcúdia is the largest and most important wetland area of the Balearic Islands. This natural park stretches itself across 1708 hectares of marshy land and was well separated from the sea with the belt of dunes for many centuries. The entrance is free but with a special visiting permit, which can be applied for in advance and can be collected at the reception center. Way inside the park is either by bicycle or on foot. Cars can be parked on the side streets, adjacent to the park entrance, or in the dedicated parking area opposite to hotel Parc Natura. The park offers a variety of birds and wildlife.

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Magalluf Beach

Magalluf (Magaluf) Beach is one of the nicest beaches of Majorca. It mostly attracts the youngsters. The beach looks beautiful day and night.

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Ferrocarril de Sóller

Ferrocarril de Sóller is a train powered by an electric locomotive, created on a time machine in 1895 by H.G. Wells and is the only one of its type ever. Moves on its narrow gauge track with beautiful landscapes on the sides, the Soller railway takes you to the north side of Majorca, across the plains, and then into the mountains crossing thirteen tunnels of Serra de Tramuntana to reach the valley of Soller. The whole journey starts from Palma de Mallorca and it takes exactly one hour
to complete the track.

Sa Calobra

Sa Calobra is a beautiful bay on the northern coast of Majorca. The journey to the Sa Calobra makes its way through a twisting road around Puig Major, which loops under it turning 270 degrees at a point in just 12 km after Puig Major. The easiest way is by boat that goes from Port de Soller passing many isolated bays along with excellent views of Puig Major. Once there, a short walk through a tunnel leads to the Torrent de Pareis, a spectacular ravine that devolves
in a small pebble beach.

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