10 Things to Do in Mallorca on a Rainy Day

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While Mallorca boasts 300 days of glorious sunshine every year, that still leaves 65 when the weather inevitably turns wet as the clouds roll in. Fear not, however, as it presents the perfect excuse to explore numerous other experiences the island offers away from its beaches. We’ve compiled some of the more interesting activities available to get you thinking outside of the (sand) box.

1. Explore the local sea-life at Palma Aquarium

Aquarium

Palma Aquarium
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Palma Aquarium is the perfect place for families to while away a few hours indoors. Explore the many fascinating exhibits including the largest shark tank in Europe, which you can float across in a glass-bottomed boat, and a jungle pathway with cascading waterfalls and noisy parrots. At feeding time you can watch fully scuba-clad humans dive into the tanks with huge turtles and colorful sea-life, along with informative talks about the different species. In addition, for the livelier kids aged three and up who need to let off some steam, you will find a huge indoor soft-play area.

Descend into the Cuevas del Drach

A trip to Mallorca – rain or shine – is incomplete without a visit to one of its world-famous limestone caves, and the Cuevas del Drach in Porto Cristo are particularly memorable. Guided tours through the illuminated caverns encourage you to imagine the experience of discovery by Édouard Martel in the late 19th century. There are thousands of romantically-named stalagmites and stalactites to see, and visitors are even treated to a classical music concert performed from little row boats on Europe’s largest underground lake.

Underwater lake with pillar, Cuevas del Drach, Mallorca

Go on a traditional glass-making tour

The earliest recorded glass furnace in Mallorca dates back to 1327. Artisans have honed their craft over the centuries, importing Venetian creations throughout the 16th and 17th centuries in order to examine, imitate and perfect their techniques. Today, the island is home to three glass-blowing factories: Menestralia, Gordiola, and Lafiore. Visitors can watch master craftsmen blow the molten glass into incredible forms – a skill which takes many years to perfect. No two pieces are identical so every decorative keepsake taken home will be entirely unique.

Menestralia, Carretera de Palma-Alcúdia, Campanet, Spain, +34 971 87 71 04

Gordiola, Ctra. Palma – Manacor Algaida, Spain, +34 971 66 50 46

Lafiore, Carretera Valldemosa, S’Esgleieta, Spain, +34 971 61 18 00

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Learn how to cook at The Gallery Club and Lonja 18 Open Kitchen

Choose from an array of cookery courses at these two culinary institutions in Palma de Mallorca. Aspiring chefs, foodies and kitchen novices alike will be immersed in a jam-packed day of gastronomy. Visit the local markets to purchase fresh produce before heading back to the school for practical lessons in preparation right through to presentation. The workshops culminate with a three-course meal that you have produced alongside your newly inspired and skilled classmates.

The Galley Club, Carrer de Cotoner, Palma, Spain, +34 662 34 83 06

Lonja 18 Open Kitchen, Carrer de la Llotja, 18, Palma, Spain, +34 665 91 59 64

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