Que hacer en Mallorca 2019

Come and fall in love with Mallorca!

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1) PALMA CATHEDRAL

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2) ES TRENC BEACH

    • Category: Beach
    • Location: Southeast Mallorca
    • Activity: Family, couple, friends or alone
    • Distance: Punta Reina (47 km / 50 min.), PortoPetro (33 km / 35 min.), Sant Jordi (6 km / 12 min.)
    • Address: Campos (between Colònia de Sant Jordi and Ses Covetes)

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  • Category: Natural wonder
    • Location: Porto Cristo
    • Activity: Family, couple, friends or alone
    • Price: €15 for adults, €8 for kids aged 3 to 12
    • Distance: Punta Reina (4 km / 8 min.), PortoPetro (29 km / 35 min.), Sant Jordi (52 km / 50 min.)
    • Address: Carretera de les Coves, s/n, 07680 Porto Cristo
    • Telephone: +34 971 82 07 53
    • Website: http://www.cuevasdeldrach.com/en/
      • November 1st to March 10th daily opening times: 10:45am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm
      • March 11th to October 31st daily opening times: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm and 5:00pm

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The beauty of Mallorca is on full display in this rural mountain town, nestled amongst a picturesque valley in the Tramuntana mountains. This quaint mountain village boasts ancient blonde stone houses and charming streets dotted with shops, art galleries, cafes and much more. The town is set to a backdrop of olive, oak and almond trees which line the towering mountains. Ruled by Arabs for over 300 years, the town is rich in history and culture. There are many things to do in Valldemossa, but here we will highlight two of our favourites:

Things to do on Mallorca 2019
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Cartuja de Valldemossa

  • Category: Historic monument
  • Location: Valldemossa 
  • Activity: Family, couple, friends or alone
  • Price: General: €12 / Students: €6 / Groups (10+): €8.50 / Tour Only: €3
  • Distance: Punta Reina (80 km / 1 hr. 15 min.), PortoPetro (77 km / 1 hr. 10 min.), Sant Jordi (70 km / 1 hr.)
  • Address: Plaça Cartoixa, S/N, 07170 Valldemossa
  • Telephone: +34 971 61 21 06
  • Website: https://www.cartoixadevalldemossa.com/en/

Visiting the Cartuja de Valldemossa (the Valldemossa Charterhouse in English) is like taking a trip back in time which begins in the year 1309 when King Jaime II ordered the construction of the palace. The palace was built for his son, who suffered from asthma so that he could live in cleaner air conditions in the mountains. When the Kingdom of Mallorca joined the kingdom of the Crown of Aragon in 1349, the residence was no longer needed to house royals and was eventually donated to Carthusian monks who began making changes to the old palace. In 1717 the monks built a new monastery which was attached to the palace. After 400 years of living in the monastery, the Spanish government forcibly took the Charterhouse of Valldemossa in 1835 and sold it to individuals as residences. Famous artists and writers stayed at the palace during this period such as George Sand, Frederic Chopin, Rubén Dario and many more. Today the palace is a monument for everyone to enjoy.

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If you are coming by car to Valldemossa then you can park in the paid car park at the entrance of the town, or along the streets where you must also pay. La Cartuja is located in the centre of this magical Mallorcan town, and we recommend relaxing in one of the many coffee shops along the main avenue either before or after your visit so you can try local favourites such as coca de patata, coca de cuarto, ensaimada and much more.

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Valldemossa Chopin Museum

  • Category: Museum
  • Location: Valldemossa 
  • Activity: Family, couple, friends or alone
  • Price: General: €4 / Kids (10 years old or less): €2
  • Distance: Punta Reina (80 km / 1 hr. 15 min.), PortoPetro (77 km / 1 hr. 10 min.), Sant Jordi (70 km / 1 hr.)
  • Address: Celda 4, Plaza de Cartuja, 07170 Valldemossa
  • Telephone: +34 696 40 59 92
  • Website: http://www.celdadechopin.es/

The Frederic Chopin & George Sand Museum in Valldemossa is a must-see during your visit to this beautiful town. Located next to the Cartuja de Valldemossa, the museum houses special artifacts from the Polish composer and French writer. The two met in the summer of 1838 and decided to spend the following winter on the island of Mallorca. They stayed at the Valldemossa Charterhouse during the majority of their time on the island, and it was here that Chopin completed the collection of 24 preludes. Chopin and Sand’s time in Mallorca wasn’t fairytale-esque as the two encountered a winter heavy with rain. They also struggled to acclimate to the diet, fell ill several times and Chopin’s imported piano was lost during transport. Composing music on a poor-quality Mallorcan piano until his imported piano was found, Chopin had to make do with what was available. Upon their departure from the island, many of their items were burnt by locals as they were afraid of tuberculosis. Today you can still find the original piano and many other artifacts from Chopin and Sand at this charming museum in Valldemossa.

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Much like the Cartuja de Valldemossa, we recommend parking either in the main parking lot at the entrance of the town or along the streets. A reminder that you will need to pay for parking. You should also enjoy the lovely streets of Valldemossa where you will find cafes, restaurants and plenty of little shops. At no additional cost, you can also enjoy the beautiful garden area after your visit to the Chopin Museum.

5) PALMA AQUARIUM

  • Category: Aquarium
  • Location: Palma
  • Activity: Families and couples
  • Price: Adults: €25.50 / Kids: €14
  • Distance: Punta Reina (60 km / 53 min.), PortoPetro (53 km / 56 min.), Sant Jordi (45 km / 40 min.)
  • Address: C/ Manuela de los Herreros I Sorà, 21, 070610 Palma
  • Telephone: +34 902 70 29 02
  • Website: https://palmaaquarium.com/en
  • Opening Hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm (last entry), closes at 6:30pm

One of the island’s most visited tourist attractions, the Palma Aquarium is a must-visit during your holiday to Mallorca. Ideal for families and couples, the aquarium is home to 55 tanks which house over 700 different species of marine life from the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The most famous tank in the aquarium is without a doubt “Big Blue” which is 8.5m deep and home to 11 sharks of two different species: the graceful sand shark and nimble sandbar shark. The Palma Aquarium is also home to many interactive displays and educational activities, great for all ages. A few of the activities include the AquaDome which is a 3D experience that takes you to the depths of the ocean, the Shark Vision Boat where you can take a boat ride in the shark tank on a boat with a glass bottom and Diving With Sharks where you can get an up-close and personal experience with our Palma Aquarium sharks. With so much more to experience at one of Europe’s largest aquariums, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

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If you are coming by car you can utilize the free Palma Aquarium parking which is next to the ticket offices or the public underground car park (discount offered for aquarium guests). Otherwise, you can search in the surrounding neighbourhood where parking is free. We also advise buying your tickets online beforehand so that you can clearly see the prices and all the add-ons which are offered. Food is also a bit pricey in the aquarium so don’t hesitate to bring in some snacks. And finally, the aquarium recommends around 2-3 hours to see all the exhibits, but don’t hesitate to block out more time so you can enjoy every inch of this incredible facility.

Tren de Soller, Mallorca
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6) SOLLER TRAIN

  • Category: Excursion
  • Location: Palma to Soller / Port de Soller
  • Activity: Family, couple, friends or alone
  • Price: Palma – Port de Soller – Palma: €32
  • Distance: Punta Reina (66 km / 1 hr.), PortoPetro (63 km / 1 hr.), Sant Jordi (55 km / 50 min.)
  • Address: Calle de Eusebi Estada 1, 07004 Palma
  • Telephone: +34 971 75 20 51
  • Website: http://trendesoller.com/en/
  • *Please refer to the website for all ticket prices and all schedules

Almost mandatory during your holiday to Mallorca, the Soller Train (or Tren de Soller as it is known locally) offers a journey from Palma to Soller full of picturesque scenery and unique history. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the railroad was designed to relieve Soller of its isolation from the rest of the island. With Soller tucked away in the Tramuntana Mountains and its booming industry, the time was right for the railroad to be built to help with the area’s development. Over 100 years later, the railroad and trains are still in use and maintain their handcrafted details and traditional style. The journey for most begins in Palma and passes through the beautiful landscapes of Bunyola before twisting and turning, climbing and dropping through the picturesque mountains. Throughout the journey, you will encounter various tunnels, bridges and arched viaducts. The price of the train all the way to Soller is €25, and if you’d like to complete the route to the Port de Soller you can take the electric tram which costs an extra €7. If you would like to go to the Port de Soller, we highly recommend stopping in Soller before continuing your journey. The central plaza in Soller is wonderful and is home to numerous cafes and restaurants. One of the central pieces of the plaza is the Sant Bartomeu Church, whose facade and architectural design belong to Joan Rubió, one of Antoni Gaudí’s disciples. Gaudí’s collaboration on the Church of Soller attracts visitors from all over the world who want to see it’s spectacular exteriors and detailed interiors. Soller is also known for its oranges and almond slushies among other delicacies, so don’t be shy in trying a few!

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Tren de Soller tickets must be purchased in person at the station itself. They advise arriving 40 minutes early to ensure you can purchase tickets for the train you want. Be sure to check the train schedule online as well as it varies during different parts of the year. If you will be going to Palma by car then the easiest place to park is in the Plaza de España car park, which is located just a few minutes walk from the Palma train station. The station itself offers a bar where you can relax and enjoy a drink and snack before taking your train. Also be sure to bring sunscreen, water and your camera!

Sa Foradada, Mallorca
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7) SA FORADA

  • Category: Viewpoint and restaurant
  • Location: Close to Deià 
  • Activity: Family, couple, friends or alone
  • Price: Viewpoint: free / Restaurant: see website
  • Distance: Punta Reina (88 km / 1 hr. 20 min), PortoPetro (85 km / 1 hr. 20 min.), Sant Jordi (76 km / 1 hr. 10 min.)
  • Address: Ctra. de Valldemossa km. 65, 07179 Deià
  • Telephone: +34 971 63 60 84 (Restaurant Na Foradada)
  • Website: http://naforadada.es/en/

A very popular spot with the locals (and for a good reason!), we highly recommend a visit to the lookout point of Sa Foradada to have a drink, enjoy some great music and watch the sunset across the glistening Mediterranean Sea. Located past Valldemossa and just before the quaint town of Deià, the lookout point sits high up in the Tramuntana mountains and offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Here you’ll find a tiny bar which offers great drinks at a good price, as well as the Na Foradada Restaurant where you can enjoy a nice meal with a spectacular view. From the viewpoint you will be able to not only see spectacular views, but also an incredible rock hole carved into the peninsula which juts out from the island down below. Especially great for couples and groups of friends, this is a fantastic way to spend a romantic or fun evening amongst the people closest to you while surrounded by some of the islands most spectacular scenery.

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The easiest way to get to the lookout point is by car, but beware that parking isn’t always easy. The small parking area right by the lookout point fills up quickly and can be difficult to manoeuvre. If you will be visiting with people who are capable of walking a bit, we highly advise parking along the road. Otherwise, you can arrive several hours before sunset and park in the parking lot next to the lookout point. If you would like to have a lovely dinner at the Na Foradada Restaurant then we advise making a reservation. You can either call or do so directly on their website. Finally, we recommend combining this adventure with the visit to Valldemossa as they are very close to each other.

Mallorca is full of well-known tourist attractions, as well as hidden gems which are mostly known to the locals. We hope this guide has provided you an idea of some of the best things to see in Mallorca! With activities for families, couples, friends and individuals, our tiny paradise in the Mediterranean has so much to see and do. We also hope you’ll share your own experiences with us, and if there is anything you feel we should add to the list, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

ENJOY!

And if you’re looking for more adventures in the Mediterranean then be sure and check out our Sardinia travel guide and enjoy another breathtaking island!

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