I assume that you have already organized your Majorca vacation using my previous post. The next step is to select at the six best places to visit (one per day for a week long stay). Of course, here is my list of six recommendations.
The main attractions there are the beaches, cafes, restaurants and small villages. Get a book or magazine, sit at one of the many water-front cafes – take a drink, eat a salad with fish, a home-made cake and you will find the best definition for relax.
There are several must-to-see places and there are cafes around all of them. You have to be prepared for different types of adventures. Keep in your car a book or magazine, good hiking shoes and swimming gear. Do not forget the mineral water and your camera!
Cuevas del Drach
If you have already visited a lot of caves in you life, you might think that you can skip this one. You will be wrong. At the very least, spare 10 minutes of your time for the lake concert. The concert is held by an ‘orchestra’ in a boat passing trough a small lake. It is an incredible way to enjoy the magic of classical music.
You can visit the famous monastery where George Sand and Frédéric Chopin spent several months in the period 1838 – 1839. The monastery is turned into a nice museum. Just entering the building will make you go back 160 years, what a great way to time travel!
Portocristo – great cafes – my favorite place for a coffee, book and a magnificent view of the sea!
Visit it on a sunny day when you need a walk in the open with breathtaking sea views. Park your car in front of the beach, leave you flip-flops there and change to good hiking shoes.
I’m not sure how long the round trip takes, I gave up after an hour and did not reach the end. The path is a little bit rocky, with a meter high wall on the sea side – so you can enjoy the views without triggering your fear of heights every step you take.
Calobra is the perfect place if you enjoy driving and windy roads are your passion. I was there out of season, so I’m not sure how busy the road is during the high season. The road is slow and if there is a lot of traffic, it can be quite nerve wracking. On my vacation, I was in the only car there in the company of a lot of bikers.
At the end of the road, there is a big parking area. The last 200 meters of it are pedestrian zone. There is a small harbor there and a nice path to a hidden gulf. The path consists of several small tunnels – you have to see it!
Port de Soller
There is a Historic Train To Soller from Palma but I strongly recommend using only the tram. Do not forget to take the tunnel to Soller.
Yes, the train is historic, but you will have to organize your day around its schedule. I found the tram interesting enough – it runs every 30 minutes and you can always take the next one if you want to stay more at the port and watch the sea and mountains while having a cup of hot chocolate. Visit the souvenirs shops – you can find unique gifts for your friends at a reasonable price.
Alcudia – a nice little port and cafes, perhaps too busy during the high season (it was closed out of season).
Lluc monastery – an old monastery with an ancient sundial and a path with great view to the valley.
Cap de Formentor – Definitely a must-see! A cobbled-stoned alley has some of the most amazing view to the rocks and sea. Strongly recommended to go there with your camera and to capture the beauty of Mallorca’s nature!
Fornalutx – a mountain village with nice restaurants and lots of trees – very pastoral!
Puerto Pollensa – another port for relaxing walks along the sea side
Every guide says that there are two main points of interest there (I agree):
Castell de Bellver – Great place for a walk in the surrounding park and one of the best view points over the Palma harbour.
The Cathedral – Very majestic! You have to visit it! Plan an hour to walk around it and through the small streets of the ‘old town’.
My inspiration for this post was VirtualTourist article Majorca Island Things to do. Without it, my good plan for Mallorca vacation would have been nearly impossible.
Stay tuned! There will be one more post – Mallorca with kids. If you don’t have kids, either don’t read it or make love (and kids), so you can take advantage of my unique tips.