With an area of 3648 km2, Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean sea. However, this green island belonging to Spain has its own history and culture, which was formed thanks to the work of the Romans, Moors and the Arabs left theirs here. The name Mallorca was given to the island by the Romans and means “the largest”. The capital of the island is Palma De Mallorca, which is also the largest and most visited city on the island.
The capital also offers a large number of monuments, the most famous being the majestic medieval Cathedral of Light – La Seu, the Basilica of Sant Francesc, the Almudaina Palace, but also the fortifications of Castell de Bellver. Near the cathedral there are other monuments, museums (Mallorca, Joana Miró, Diocesan…), parks, palaces, streets full of interesting buildings, shops and even a large number of restaurants and bars.
In addition to the capital, there are other places on the island that are worth a visit – e.g. Soller, which can be reached by historic railway and is known for growing oranges, Valldemosa – a monastery where the Polish composer Frederik Chopin and his mistress George Sandova stayed for a while, as well as other important personalities, Manacor – who is known for the production of artificial pearls, Llucmayor – the monastery in which the Black Madonna, Andratx, Alcudia or Formentera are located – the northernmost tip of the island, where you can see the cliffs and the sea from a height.
The island was and is popular among artists from different parts of the world, and some have even built their summer residences here, but they are very well protected from the eyes of ordinary people. But they can enjoy the bustling life of resorts almost all over the island, from east to west and north to south. Holidays in Mallorca are a little different, there are very few large hotel complexes with their own beach, usually in larger resorts in a smaller area of several hotels, guesthouses. The beaches are public throughout Mallorca, so if you want to make use of the sun loungers and parasols, be prepared for it. The beaches are diverse, wide sandy, with a long gradual entry, in the Alcúdia area there are beaches with almost white sand, but you will also find those that are located in smaller bays (calas) with rocky outcrops.
In addition to the beaches, Mallorca is known and sought after for its lively nightlife, especially for German and English visitors. Another attraction can be exploring the island, its monuments, but also natural beauty and scenery. It is not difficult or costly to rent a car and cross the island – marking is easy. A minor problem can only occur if someone has a problem parking in the narrower streets, or for drivers / beginners when driving up serpentines and hills,
, which are located mainly in the northwestern part of the island (Sierra de Tramuntana). In recent years, the island has also been discovered by cyclists, whom you will find pedaling on almost every road.
The eastern part of the island also has a unique charm, because you will find various large bays, which have a predominantly sandy bottom, the area is rugged and rocky, so there is a diverse underwater life. Calas are smaller beaches at the end of the bay between two rocky shores, as well as this area, which is typical for them. The coast is rugged and along the entire length there are smaller resorts, which are quieter than the resorts around the capital. Cala D´Or is one of the liveliest resorts in the picturesque bay, and nearby are the Cuevas Drach (Dragon Cave), which is the largest underground lake in the world, and the Hams, where there are waterfalls growing in violation of natural laws.