In a future post we will present here both the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands of Spain. Today we will stop at Mallorca. The multiple faces of Mallorca are no longer a secret to millions of tourists coming here. Here you can turn your attention from the rocky mountains to the crystal-clear coves, from the white sandy beaches to the caves or the lively Palma.
Most beautiful beaches in Mallorca
Alcudia beach, awarded with the blue flag for fine white sand and clean waters, extends from Alcudia port to Playa de Muro. Because the water is very smooth, this is certainly the ideal place for holidays for families with children. It is a pleasure to swim in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea or to comfortably relax on the seaside slopes along the sea, on the beach that is almost 3.5 km long. Alcudia Beach has plenty of organic toilets and showers. We can say that Alcudia beach is one of the best beaches in Mallorca.
Calla Agulla Beach
Cala Agulla is near Capdepara and Cala Ratjada, in the northeast of Mallorca, surrounded by pine forests and mountains in the Levant Natural Park. At Cala Agulla beach we find a fine sand and the sea is very clean. Tourists who want to go to Cala Agulla Beach have the possibility to rent sun loungers. There is a bar and a restaurant on the beach, and parking is on hand. The closest beach resort of Cala Agulla is Cala Radjada.
Cala Ferrera Beach
Cala Ferrera Beach is the next beach on the coast. The beach has sun umbrellas, sunbeds, a hydro-bicycle, a bar, but also lifeguards.
Cala Gran Beach
Cala Gran is the largest of the Cala d’Or beaches, 40 meters long. Fine and white sand contrasts perfectly with blue water.
Cala D’Or Beach
It is the last bay on the south of Cale d’Or. The beaches here are known as Es Forti, being very similar to Cala Esmeralda. The beach is equipped with umbrellas and sun beds, as well as showers and ecological toilets. Behind the bay is also a bar.
Cala Formentor Beach
It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca located in the Gulf of Pollenca in the northwest of Mallorca. The panorama of the famous bay is amazing. With an amazing background of pine forests and a magnificent view of the mountains. The turquoise of the sea waves make this place a fairytale. The beach itself is quite narrow, it is very steep in water, makes it inaccessible to children. On the beach of Cala Formentor we have many facilities, such as toilets, showers, sunbeds and sun umbrellas. Here we also find restaurants and bars, but also good access for disabled tourists.
Impressions from Palma de Mallorca
Tenerife is considered the capital of the Canary Islands, but Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands is an attractive and joyful city. More than half of the 700,000 inhabitants of the island live here. The seafront palm trees, elegant harbors and houses of the eighteenth century give birth to a majestic backdrop, while the pedestrian streets around the Plaza Major are full of admirers. Impressive built around the curve by the Romans in 123 BC, captured by the Moors in 903 and entered the Catalan network in 1229. The port is dominated by Almudaina, the Moorish citadel. Gothic extensions have been added to him as a palace of Jaume II and continue to be an official royal residence. Get here on foot from the cool Parc de la Mar, with its lake of high gardens and a bell tower. The southern decorated portal, Portada del Mirador, offers beautiful sea views. The vast proportions continue in the sober ship, dominated by the rose-shaped window, designed by Antoni Gaudi. A chapel has an installation made by Miguel Barcelo. Kings Jaume II and Jaume III are buried in the beautiful La Trinitat mudejel chapel.
What can we visit in Palma?
First of all we can not miss the magnificent Cathedral of Palma. Immediately in the east of the cathedral is the Museo de Mallorca (Carrer Portella 5, phone 971 71 75 40, closed Sunday afternoon and Monday), where archeological exhibits and medieval works of art are shown in a beautiful 17th-century mansion . Alongside are Bănos Ârabes (Arabian Baths, Caera Serra 7, tel. 971 72 15 49), dating back to the tenth century, the only reminiscence of the presence of the Moors. From here on the north stretches a network of more than 150 patios, the heart of the old neighborhood of Palma, synthesized by a Roman arcade and Caile Plateria.
The Cathedral is called by the spanish locals “La Seu”
Palma also has an exceptional art collection of the twentieth century. Northwest of the center, Fundacio Pilar and Juan Miro (Carrer Juan de Saridakis 29, phone 971 7014 20, www.a-palma.es/fpjmiro, closed Monday) was arranged by the artist and his wife to he retains the workshop where he worked from 1956 until his death in 1983. Some of his works are exhibited here, but you can see more at the Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporary (Sint Miquel 11, phone 971 71 35 15, closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday), alongside other great Spanish artists such as Picasso, Juan Gris and Dali. behind Almudaina is Palau March Museu (Caile Palau Reial 18, phone 971 71 1122, www.fundbmarch.es, closed on Sunday). What stands out for this baroque building is the panoramic terrace full of sculptures by Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Chilliada. The latest art exhibition in Palma, opened in 2004, is the Museu Es Baluard, with an impressive architecture (Plaça Porta de Santa Catalina, tel. 971 90 82 00, www.esbaluard.org, closed on Monday), seen through the descent of the meadows and very beautiful views, despite a rather limited international collection.
You can not miss the sculpture of Santiago Calatrava on the terrace!
Aquarium of Palma
One of the most interesting places you can visit in Mallorca is its magnificent Aquarium. The beauty of this place multiplies when you get yourself in the aquarium for scuba-diving and pictures.
Thanks to Restless.ro website we have some pictures for you…
Mallorca- The North-West Area
Avoid the very concentrated tourist area of Mallorca, located west of Palma, between Magaluf and Santa Ponça, but not the spectacular north coast of the island. Here, the coast is bounded by the Sierra de Tramuntana and bounded by a winding serpentine road (C710) with steep views.
Even when granite rocks are covered with brilliant clouds, mountain villages and rocky hills are spectacular.
On the mainland, right after the picturesque Port d’Andratx, a fishing port and the yacht paradise in the summer, Andratx is dominated by a fort From here, a secondary road descends to the small golf course of Sint Telm, located in the southern extremity -this, where the ship’s circuits take you through the island’s natural reserve Sa Dragonera. The next stop is the Valldemossa (901 61 21 06, closed, Sunday afternoon) cartoon monastery, nested on the 1,064 meter high slope of Tex.
This monastery has never forgotten the winter of 1838-1839, when French writer George Sand and her boyfriend Frédéric Chopin lived here, their love story is brought back to memory by piano concerts held from hour to hour.
The beautiful hilly village of Deia, discovered decades ago by writers and artists, including Robert Graves, 1895-1985, the British author of Claudius) is a bucolic stop Further north, the city of Sâller is bounded by a line the railway with the bay below, which turned into a thriving resort. Boat trips take you along the splendid coast. It is worth taking a detour from Sâller through the hills to see the palm trees, oleanders, bougainvillea and the bamboos of the lush Jardines de Alfabia I (Carretera Palma-Solleţ tel. 971613123), which towers over a stately building. Inside, you can admire an artesonado (sculpted carved ceiling), preserved from the original Moorish building.
The northern part of this road is winding inwardly to finally reach Follenţa, situated between two hills. The bay is a bare bay, Bahia de Follenta, whose waters are ideal for water skiing (but maybe too dirty for swimming). At the end of the promontory, the head of the Formentor Head rises above a 200-meter-long hut that flows directly into the waves. From here, the impressive view includes the Formentor Island from the bay below. To get to the bay’s white sandy beaches, half an hour by boat, take a stroll from Bahia to Follenta. The charming AlaidJa dominates the eastern edge of the bay. Museo de Follentia (Carrer Sânt Jaume 30, phone 97154 70 04, closed Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Monday) is dedicated to the remote Roman fortress of Follentia in the east, the swamps of S’Albufera attract over 230 species of birds.
Mallorca- South-Est Part
Much to the south-eastern part of the island of Mallorca opens up to an idyllic, pastoral splendor, a row of bays, streams and impressive caves lining the eastern coast to the south, where salty plains and marshes allow you to see plenty of birds , there are fewer beaches, and monasteries and megalithic sites are sprinkled inside the island.
The extraordinary spectacle of the Mallorca Island resides in 800 caves dug in limestone. Immediately after Canyamel, a twelve-century tower, is the stunning Coves d’Artâ, located on the seafront. This underground cavern with dripping stalactites is lighted from place to place to highlight the extraordinary formations. The so-called las Banderas (Flag Hall) is 45 m high. If you want, go further south to the Porto Crîsto fishing village to reach the caves that stretch 1.6 km from Coves del Drac A tour this stunning geological objective involves a boat ride over the Lago Martel, the world’s largest underground lake, 1.6 km long, named after the French speleologist who discovered it in 1896. The impression of another world is added to the musicians on a ship that sings classical music in this unreal natural setting.
To the south of this is Felanitx, an important center of pottery, sprinkled with furnace chimneys and dominated by windmills on top of the peaks. The central square is a delightful place to relax and admire the unusually rich church, a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque ornaments. South of the city, a British of Claudius) is a bucolic stop Further north, the town of Sâller is linked by a railway line with the bay below, which has turned into a thriving resort. Boat trips take you along the splendid coast. It is worth taking a detour from Sâller through the hills to see the palm trees, oleanders, bougainvillea and the bamboos of the lush Jardines de Alfabia I (Carretera Palma-Solleţ tel. 971613123), which towers over a stately building. Inside, you can admire an artesonado (sculpted carved ceiling), preserved from the original Moorish building.
To the south of the city, a road winds through the pines to Santuari de San Salvador (phone 971 82 72 82), impressively sitting; which has panoramic views and interesting relics. Campos, Santanyi and Felanitx create the golden triangle of delightful pastoral scenes where the stone walls adjoin the grain fields, the citrus and olive groves. Campos, the commercial town, has a traditional architecture, just like Santanyi. Seek to see the talayot of Son Danus, a megalithic watchtower in the outskirts.
The coast to the west of this triangle is a succession of wonderful streams of crystalline water, bordered by white sands and dominated by wooded hills. Cala d’Or is one of the developed resorts, but it does not compare with those on the west coast. Cala Figuera still has that atmosphere of fishing village.
The most beautiful is Cala Mondrago, declared natural reserve. After Colonia, Sant Jordi on the southern coast is the Cabrera Archipelago (phone 971 72 50 10, for overnight stays and boarding a permit is required), a national park full of birds and marine life.
A last jump 45 km from Es Trenc’s nudist beach takes you north of Llucmajor, at Santuari de Cura (phone number 971 12 02 60), which is in many ways the quintessential island of Mallorca – this modernized medieval monastery, still preserved the 17th-century church, the grammar school and the museum linked to its teaching role. From the top of the hill you open wonderful views westwards to Palma, to the bay and to the capricious Sierra de Tramuntana, and to the north, to the lighthouse from Formentor