Mallorca – A Fantastic Holiday in the Mediterranean

If a destination with a warm weather, wonderful beaches and lush vegetation is what you need for a perfect summer holiday, Mallorca is the right choice. Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, which is an autonomous community and a province of Spain. Blooming palm, almond, olive and fig trees add to the idyllic scenery. The steady mild Mediterranean climate makes Mallorca an exotic paradise, where the sun shines for 300 days a year.

Holiday lettings in Mallorca will satisfy all tastes. Both visitors who seek a dynamic urban atmosphere and more conservative tourists looking for quiet locations with historical and architectural sights will find places that match their preferences. Mallorcan people are friendly and hospitable. They respect their cultural and historical traditions. The strictly observed three-hour afternoon siesta is a good example. Mallorca has plentiful tourist attractions, such as water parks, amusement parks, aquariums and zoos. The Marineland dolphinarium and marine zoo is very popular. If you prefer to explore the country on your own, you can venture out on a search for the right beach or admire the natural wonders of the green inland.

Swimming in Mallorca

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Cala Llombards Beach

The pleasantly warm and unbelievably clear Mediterranean Sea in Mallorca is accessible from a rugged, 623-kilometre-long coast lined with rocky cliffs and 180 beaches. Long sandy beaches are located in the north and the south of the island. In the east, between the rocky outcrops of the coastline you will find secluded sandy coves.

To find a beach away from the crowds, you need to go to the northwest where rocky beaches are popular with the locals or take a boat to a pebble beach out in the sea. Families like shallow sandy beaches in Mallorca, where gradual water entry helps children and beginner swimmers feel safe.

The Formentor Peninsula in the north of Mallorca is famous for stunning views of the cliffs against the azure blue sea. The most popular beach is the 840-metre-long Platja de Formentor located about 14 kilometres from Port de Pollenca. The most well-known beaches in the southwest are S’Arenal de sa Ràpita, Cala Esmeralda and Cala Llombards. In windy weather the first is a surfer’s paradise, and the second is famous for breathtakingly picturesque cliffs. Cala Llombards, located 6.5 kilometres from the ancient town of Santanyí, is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca. Cala Murada near the Calas de Mallorca resort is a unique place to visit. Right on the beach there is a freshwater lake fed by water from a creek called Torrent des Fangar. For a view of the open sea and large waves, go to the Ses Covetes beach in the south of the island, situated 11 kilometres from the town of Campos.

Beauty Spots in Mallorca

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Amarador beach in Mondragó nature reserve

The 90-kilometre-long limestone mountain ridge, Serra de Tramuntana, separates the coast from the lush inland. The scenic beauty of the area attracts climbers and hikers. The highest mountain is Puig Major (1,445 m). The ridge is a designated UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Outdoor enthusiasts also appreciate the Mondragó nature reserve in the southeast of the island. A rocky coastline, lakes, wetlands and spectacular beaches with sand dunes are typical for the reserve. Systems of caves formed by underground water forces in Mallorca are another attraction for nature lovers. In the east of the island, Coves dels Hams and Coves del Drach with mystical underground lakes near Porto Cristo are very popular, as is the Campanet cave situated 40 kilometres from Palma.

Mallorca Sights and the Capital of Palma

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Palma de Mallorca Cathedral

Palma de Mallorca, the capital city, exemplifies Mallorca’s history with the stark contrast of ancient buildings, typical urban developments and contemporary architecture all set among densely growing palm trees. The robust building of the Gothic Cathedral (1229-1529) has become the symbol of the city. Right there in the historical centre, you can feel the lively pulse of the Spanish pace of life, which continues to fascinate visitors from around the world. Another historical sight, The Bellver Castle from the 13th century, is located west of the city centre. For a break from sightseeing and to savour a cup of coffee or a delicious dinner, the first-class establishments on the boulevard of Calle Apuntadores guarantee a gourmet experience. Picturesque towns await visitors who like to venture beyond the big city. In the mountain village of Deià you can take a walk through steep narrow streets. Old churches will charm you in Andratx, and the Roman wall in Alcúdia might be the most impressive sight on your trip. Another interesting place to see is the monastery in Santuari de Lluc, to which pilgrims have been travelling for centuries. In the west of the island, Manacor, a centre of pearl production and the birthplace of the tennis player Rafael Nadal, is also worth a visit.

Tourist Attractions and Amusement Parks in Mallorca

The ports of Puerto d’Alcúdia and Pollença are home to opulent yachts and private boats as well as top fish restaurants on the island. The taverns and restaurants on Mallorca can always be relied on for great service and a good meal. Boat trips are another nice way to spice up your holiday. The catamaran Magic, for instance, will take you round to the best beaches in half a day.

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A view with a lighthouse on Mallorca

Variety shows and performances have a long tradition in the way of tourist entertainment in Mallorca. They are typically held in or near the capital city. One of the most popular night shows is Es Foguero. A flamenco show about love, passion and betrayal, called Carmen, is performed while the audience enjoys a full Mediterranean dinner.

Another well-known dinner show is Son Amar, which is a dynamic international music show with laser effects drawing on multicultural influences from the contemporary world of music and dance.

The Palma Aquarium is the second biggest aquarium in Europe. Indoor and outdoor exhibits show over 800 species of marine animals. A dolphin, penguin and parrot show is offered by Marineland at Portals Nous. The latter park has an underwater observatory, a penguin pool and a swimming pool with a shallow beach for children.

To have fun with exciting water attractions, you can choose from several large water parks. The biggest and most popular are the Western Water Park, Magaluf and the Aqualand El Arenal near the capital city of Palma. Aqualand El Arenal features diving pools and water streams which simulate different types of rivers, which visitors can go down on canoes, inflatable devices or other vehicles. Yet other attractions for children and adults are offered by the Katmandu amusement park. You will find a 4D cinema, a Desperados game with laser weapons, interactive games, a paranormal arena called Asylum and other surprises.

More to explore in Mallorca:

Holiday lettings in Mallorca – apartments and holiday houses with online availability and online booking:
http://www.avander.eu/spain/balearic-islands/majorca

Western Water Park – official website:
http://www.westernpark.com/en/

Aqualand El Arenal – official website:
http://www.aqualand.es/elarenal/en/

Katmandu Park – official website:
http://www.katmandupark.com/

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