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Mallorca's most beautiful places

Mallorca's most beautiful places

Discover Mallorca - Sights and Sounds

Mallorca is full of surprises. Numerous scenic and cultural attractions are available on the largest of the Balearic Islands. We have collected the most extraordinary and charming sights that Mallorca has to offer. Among them are well-known buildings such as Le Seu cathedral in the capital, Palma de Mallorca and some largely unknown beautiful spots such as the natural monument, Ses Fonts Ufanes and the viewpoint, Mirador de Ses Animes.

La Seu Cathedral, Sights in MallorcaHistoric buildings and cultural monuments in Mallorca
The Gothic cathedral of La Seu is the most famous building in Mallorca and the landmark of the island's capital. It stands directly at Palma de Mallorca’s harbour and is the resting place of the Mallorcan kings Jaume II and Jaune III. With a length of almost 110 metres and a width of 33 metres Le Seu is one of the largest churches in Spain. Although the foundation stones were laid in 1230, the cathedral was only completed in 1601. The Jardines de Alfabia is a striking reminder of the Moorish days. These are the Moorish gardens at Bunyola, which are an oasis of tranquility with their cobbled paths, Mediterranean vegetation and water features. On the east coast of Mallorca is thenTorre de Canymel a medieval watchtower from the 13th century. The massive stone tower is in prime condition and is popular with visitors. Taking a trip to the prehistoric settlement of Talayot is another breathtaking piece of history and is located near Artá. The stone buildings were built by the indigenous people of Mallorca more than 4,000 years ago.

Underground mystery: Caves in Mallorca
Mallorca does not only stand out for its beaches and mountains but also has numerous subterranean attractions underground. Even deep underground, there are natural treasures that you can visit as part of a guided tour. Among the most famous attractions on the island are the Cuevas d'Arta. The stalactite cave with its impressive stalagmites and stalactites is accessed via a path and its spectacular lighting effects fill visitors with awe. At Porto Cristo you will find the Cuevas del Drach "dragon caves". In the mysterious labyrinth, you will find Lake Martel, the largest underground lake in Europe. The individual grottoes are connected by steep steps. The highlight of a guided tour is the underground boat trip on the lake. In the north of the island, in the midst of an almost untouched natural landscape are the caves of Campanet. The cave system can be visited as part of a guided tour.

Spectacular natural scenery
The S'Albufera Natural Park near Alcúdia is a vast wetland that is home to more than 200 species of birds, rare orchids and numerous amphibians. Please be sure not to leave your binoculars and camera behind if you go on a hike or bike ride through this natural paradise. The water phenomenon, Ses Fontes Ufanes at Campanet is a natural monument of a special kind that you only see the best of after heavy rains when huge volumes of water gush out of the ground in the middle of an oak forest. At the northernmost point of Mallorca, the mountain range of the Serra de Tramuntana falls dramatically into the Mediterranean. Cap Formentor has an iconic lighthouse, from which you can enjoy an overwhelming view of the Med. Similarly spectacular is the view from Mirador de Ses Animes on the west coast of Mallorca, where an ancient watchtower stands tall on a rock. Off the southern coast of the island is the Cabrera island archipelago, which is designated as a national park. In Colonia de Sant Jordi and Porto Pedro excursion boats leave for this natural wonder, which among other things takes you on a detour to a blue grotto. For divers a colourful underwater world awaits you and with a little luck you will see sea turtles, groupers and dolphins during a dive.

Monastery Lluc in MallorcaOld monasteries in Mallorca
Immersed in a spectacular mountain landscape, is Lluc monastery located in the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana. The complex was built in the 17th century and is one of the most visited attractions in Mallorca. There is a black statue of the Virgin Mary in the chapel and every year thousands of pilgrims make a pilgrimage to the mountains to see the statue with their own eyes. About four kilometres from Petra is the Ermita de Bonany, which is worth a visit for the 8th century Madonna statue as well as its spectacular views. In the south of the island Mallorca's only table mountain is also a geological wonder. The mountain sides are home to three medieval monasteries - one of which: the Santuari de Sant Honorat is still inhabited by monks today. With stunning views, Ermita de Betlém is located in the north east of the island. The monastery can be reached via a winding road with several hairpin bends as you climb the mountain. The hermitage was founded at the beginning of the 19th century and you pass through a picturesque cypress avenue as you finally reach the monastery chapel.

Interesting villages in Mallorca
In the heart of the Tramuntana mountains lies the picturesque mountain village of Valldemossa with its impressive mountain backdrop. Cobbled streets wind their way through the village and an old Carthusian monastery from the 14th century dominates the centre. This idyllic mountain village is one of the most visited sights in Mallorca and served as a winter residence for the world-famous composer Frédéric Chopin in 1838. In the north of the island, Alcúdia is one of the oldest towns in Mallorca. The Romans founded a settlement on the bay here and its historic centre with several buildings from the Moorish Era is surrounded by a mighty medieval city wall. A popular attraction in the Tramuntana mountains is the small town of Sóller, whose extraordinary architectural style is more reminiscent of Caribbean colonial buildings than the Spanish style of architecture.

Exciting destinations and attractions
One of Mallorca’s most iconic attraction is the tram with the affectionate nickname of "Red Lightning", which runs between the small town of Sóller and the island's capital Palma de Mallorca. The narrow-gauge railway was put into operation in 1912 and is now used mainly by tourists. The ride in one of the historic carriages is an extraordinary experience. "Botanicus" is Europe's largest botanical garden and is also an example of the natural diversity of Mallorca. In a vast area of 50,000 m², you can admire over 10,000 cactus species from all the most arid places on earth as well as a vast Mediterranean biotope. In the centre is an artificial lake, whose banks are lined with gnarled olive trees, almond trees and Aleppo pines. The lake’s waters have become a magnet for visitors to the island with its 50 or more pools, which create a remarkably authentic natural habitat for water dwellers from all over the world.