Wander Around the Jardines d’Alfàbia
Located in the picturesque Sierra de Tramuntana, the gardens of Alfàbia are bursting with colorful vegetation and idyllic water features. The greenery envelops a historical farmhouse which is open to the public. The building is an architectural gem; features which hark back to the Moorish occupation are combined with Baroque elements from the later reformation of the site.
Visit the Pollentia Ruins
Be transported back in time at the ruins of the Roman city, Pollentia. Founded in 123 BC, the city was once the capital of the Balearic islands. Nowadays, the site, including the well-preserved Roman theatre and forum, is open to the public. Bring plenty of water and comfortable shoes and spend the morning exploring. Finish your visit with a look around the museum to learn about the fascinating history of the ruins.
Take a Ride on the Sóller Train
If sightseeing has taken its toll on your feet, a ride on the Soller train is a great way to discover the Mallorcan landscape without moving from your seat. Since its opening in 1912, the train has been operating daily services. The efforts to preserve the rustic, old world charm have been successful. Its narrow gauge, for example, which is characteristic of the first trains, has been maintained.
Be sure to take a camera along when you visit Cap de Formentor. This zone, where the Sierra de Tramuntana meets the Mediterranean, marries together the beauty of mountainous and coastal landscapes. The journey through windy, narrow roads is not for the faint-hearted but the views from the various lookout points which punctuate the trajectory are well worth the trip. Check out the windswept lighthouse, Faro de Formentor, which is perched on the cliff.
Museu Fundació Juan March
Art lovers should not miss the Museu Fundació Juan March. The building is a converted stately home, nestled in the old town of the island’s capital, which dates back to the 17th century. The collection features some of the masters of the Spanish vanguard, including Salvador Dalì, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. Despite its small size, the museum offers a varied tour through the Spanish art of the 20th century.
Mallorca is home to a number of impressive castles. The Bellver castle is particularly worth a visit given the variety of its historical uses. The Capdepera castle dates back to the 14th century, the same period in which the Bellver castle was built. When the island was under threat of pirate attacks, the local people could seek protection within its walls. History lovers should take a walk around these fortresses and absorb the rich heritage and culture.
Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró
The museum Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró offers the public the unique opportunity to view the works of one of the most important artists of the Spanish vanguard within the space he used as his workshop in the last decades of his life. Along with an extensive collection of his sculptures and paintings, the museum also houses temporary exhibitions in which intellectuals from a variety of disciplines examine and are inspired by the work of Joan Miró.
Chase Light in the Cathedral
The Cathedral of Palma has become an emblem of the Balearic islands and it’s not difficult to see why. This gothic temple is known as the cathedral of light due to the colorful patterns which are created by the Spanish sun beaming through the impressive painted windows. The cathedral boasts of the largest rose window in the Gothic world. Antonio Gaudì left his mark on the building during its restoration and it is said that his manipulation of natural light in the cathedral was practice for his later work on the Sagrada Familia.
Caves of Drach
Take a guided tour of the caves of Drach and be stunned by the beauty of the natural world. Admire the stalactites which drip overhead and the stalagmites which crawl up around you, and enjoy the wonderland of shape and texture. The caves harbor one of the largest underground lakes in the world and the reflections of the skillfully positioned artificial lighting creates an eerie atmosphere.
Parc Natural de Mondrago
The Mondrago natural park offers the opportunity to admire the island’s native vegetation and animals. The land is shaped by decades of agricultural activity with a smattering of dry stone walls, irrigation ditches and waterwheels, creating a rustic charm. After a morning of bird watching on the dry landscape, cool off in the crystal-clear water of the park’s beaches. The adventurous might like to snorkel from bay to bay.