Things to do
Palma de Mallorca Cathedral
The Palma de Mallorca Cathedral was ordered built by King Jaume I in 1230 after he conquered the city from the Moors. It was built on top of the old mosque in that place, called the Medina Mayurka mosque. The church sits on top of a small hill that has spectacular views of the bay and the fishing port below. The church is mainly Gothic, but there are several styles, since the construction continued into the early 17th century. There was a partial reconstruction after an earthquake in the middle of the 19th century damaged the church. Between 1904 and 1914, Antoni Gaudi transferred the choir to the Royal Chapel to gain space in the central nave. He also designed the wrought iron baldachin and the wrought iron rings on the pillars. Recently a giant ceramic mural by Miquel Barcelo (the most famous Mallorcan artist) was placed in one of the apses. The cathedral is considered as a jewel of Gothic art and is huge, occupying an area of 7000 square meters, and about 18,000 people fit in the church.
The main doorway has a Renaissance style and was constructed by M. Verger between 1594 and 1601. There is a very large rose window in the facade that has a high tower (62 meters high) on each side of it. The rose window is almost 100 square meters in size and is the largest Gothic rose window in the world. Over the main doorway is a statue of the Immaculate Conception that has the Plateresque style.
On the right side of the church, facing the sea, is the Portal del Mirador. This is also known as the Sea Door or Sea Viewpoint. The portal is Gothic in style and was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries. The tympanum of the doorway has wonderful Gothic bas-reliefs that show the Last Supper and above this is an engraving of the Lord with six angels. These were created by the artist Guillermo Sagrera. On the left side is the Portal de l’Almudaina. This has the Gothic style of the 15th century. Beside it is the bell tower, which has a bell called Eloi, which weighs more than 5000 kilos and marks the hours and can be heard all over the island. There are eight other bells in this tower.
The interior of the church has three naves, with the central nave being the widest. Their ribbed vaults are supported by octagonal columns that are 20 meters high. The Royal Chapel has walnut seats in the Plateresque style and a Renaissance pulpit from the 16th century, a work of J. Salas. Behind the altar is the Chapel of La Trinitat with an episcopal seat from the 13th century, made of Carrara marble. There are also the tombs of Kings Jaume I and Jaume II. There are side chapels with works of art, such as the Gothic tomb of the Bishop Galiana, created by the artist F. Camprodon in 1364. The Cathedral Museum contains the impressive cloister and the Altarpiece of Santa Eulalia de Merida.
Bellver Castle is located at Calle Camilo Jose Cela, 17, about 3 kilometers west of the historic center of Palma de Mallorca, and beside a forest. King Jaume II ordered its construction in the 14th century as a residence. It was built between the years 1300 and 1311. The castle is located on top a hill that is 140 meters high and its style is Gothic military. There are three semicircular towers built into the walls and a keep divided over four stories. The plan of the castle is circular and is two stories tall, and with a patio built over a well. This is the only medieval fortress in Spain with a circular ground plan. There is a parade ground with an archer’s gallery. A chapel occupies the second floor.
The castle has been used for different purposes over the years. It was first used as a residence of the kings. In the 19th century the castle was used as a mint, and also as a jail. The most famous people incarcerated in the prison were the widow of Jaume III and their two children, as well as the Spanish writer and politician Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos in the 19th century.
Today it houses the Municipal Museum, which has archaeological remains, paintings, and period furniture. From the towers one gets a panoramic view of the city and the bay. Important: If one goes to the castle with a taxi, one should ask the taxi to wait until one finishes seeing the castle. There are no taxis or buses available at the castle. To get back to town one can will have to take a very long walk down the hill until one reaches a main road where one can find taxis. This may take 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Serra de Tramuntana
The Sierra de Tramuntana forms part of Mallorca’s beautiful landscape.
From right down in Andratx on the south west to Puerto Pollensa right up the north. with hundreds of amazing villages in between.Valldemossa.Bañalbufar.Deia. Soller all beautiful walking country it’s all found in the Sierra de Tramuntana.
Small-Group Serra de Tramuntana Cliff Jumping Experience in Mallorca
Get your adrenaline soaring as you shimmy along rocky ravines, abseil down sheer cliffs and dive into startling blue lagoons on this fun-filled 4.5-hour tour from Mallorca. Zip up your wetsuit and prepare for a daring cliff jumping adventure in the heart of the UNESCO-listed Serra de Tramuntana mountains, leaping off cliffs and ledges into icy plunge pools. This small-group tour is limited to eight people and includes full instruction, so there’s no experience necessary.
Palma de Mallorca Bike Tour
Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience on a 3.5-hour bike tour of Palma de Mallorca. Follow a knowledgeable guide through the winding streets of the capital at a leisurely pace and discover spectacular sights like the stunning Palma Cathedral and the atmospheric Old Town. See historical highlights like the Basilica of St Francesco and gain fascinating insight into local heritage from your guide. Upgrade to pleasure your palate with traditional tapas at an ambient local bar for an authentic cultural experience.
Greet your guide at a central location in Palma de Mallorca then don your protective helmet and climb onto your modern bicycle. Set off at a leisurely pace and follow a picturesque path to the old harbour, admiring charming churches like the Basilica of St Francesco as you pedal parallel to the old city walls.
Stop to capture photographs and listen to intriguing stories of legend, then arrive at Palma Cathedral (La Seu) to absorb the Gothic grandeur it emanates. Hear tales of the structure’s foundation and learn about Antoni Gaudi, the prominent Spanish architect responsible for part of the cathedral’s impressive interior.
Glide through the sublime Plaza España Square to a bustling and beloved tapas bar, where those that have upgraded try Spanish specialties.
If you have not upgraded, return to the tour’s original departure point past beautiful Borne Avenue and the Bellver Castle.
Pleasure your palate to three plates of tapas and a complimentary drink within the tapas bar, soaking up to convivial atmosphere as your guide offers information on the origin of the Spanish culinary tradition. Sated, return to the original departure point and bid your guide and group farewell.
Come face-to-fin with sharks, tropical fish and sea turtles at Palma Aquarium with this family-friendly experience, which includes a skip-the-line ticket and round-trip transport from Palma de Mallorca cruise port or your hotel. Skip the long entrance lines and dive straight into the incredible marine world at Palma Aquarium. Admire vibrant coral reefs, walk through a tunnel that runs through the deepest shark tank in Europe, and get up close to seahorse, stingrays, clownfish and more. Upgrade to include a stopover in Palma.
Mallorca Horses is a company that for more than 30 years is committed with heart and soul to the world of the Spanish Horse. Originally we dedicated us to the training and education of these impressive animals, the organisation of horse shows and participation in competitions of the classic dressage – until we followed the desire of many of our friends and clients that wished to once ride a horse like ours. We decided to make our horses accessible for all those who ever dreamed of getting in touch with these beautiful horses. The horses that now are waiting for you, are exactly those, who coruscate in our shows and competitions.
Not only because of this, we attach great importance to the care of our horses and for example arrange regular ward rounds by the vet. We have awesome horses, that give a lot of pleasure to us – never mind if just running free across our corrals, our when we are dealing with selling them to the right new owner. We provide regular exercise, in order to maintain the health of our fantastic Andalusian horse, but care for not overburden them – therefore we ask for maximum two activities a day, for example a riding lesson in the morning and an excursion in the evening.
With us, you can doubtlessly enjoy awesome Andalusian horses, which are well trained. It’ll be nearly impossible to find something similar – healthy, balanced horses of this calibre, available for everyone, that is excited about them.
Add some amusement to your trip to Mallorca (and save money too) thanks to this admission ticket and round-trip transfer to Katmandu Theme Park. Visit the attraction voted the #2 amusement park in Spain as you enjoy in-park attractions like ‘The Asylum,’ 36 holes of mini golf, and the Katlantis Splash Park. It’s the perfect outing for families and anyone young at heart.
Spend your day enjoying a variety of attractions and rides catering to visitors of all ages. Guests over the age of 12 who are looking for a scare should check out ‘The Asylum,’ while younger visitors are sure to love activities like the park’s 36 holes of mini golf and the Katlantis Splash Park. A more detailed list of attractions is outlined below.
Western Water Park
One of the smaller water parks on the island but well worth a visit .
Wave House Mallorca offers a unique beachfront location that captures the essence of the Californian beach lifestyle with a touch of the Balearic flavour. All this in an unequaled atmosphere with weekly events, live music and multitude of services.
Two spectacular artificial waves, bars and restaurants, Balinese beds, swimming pool with chill out area, unique shops.
Aqualand El Arenal
Make a splash at Mallorca’s most popular aquatic park on a fun-filled visit to Aqualand el Arenal from Mallorca. Soak up the Spanish sunshine as you enjoy adrenaline-fuelled water slides and relaxing lazy rivers in the park. Conquer the twists and turns of the gravity deifying Devil’s Tail slide or sample Spanish specialties in one of the ambient cafes and bars onsite. Ample parking outside just follow the sign to the airport and continue past to Arenal it takes about 30-35 minutes from the house.
Take a picnic ! It can be a long day.
Address: Avenida Tucan, s/n, 07410 Port d’Alcudia, Alcudia, Majorca, Spain
Just a 20 minute drive from the house and you find this smaller park with rides more suited to children over 5.
Cuevas del Drach
Address: Ctra. les Coves, s/n, Porto Cristo, Majorca, Spain Phone Number: +34 971 82 07 53
Well worth a visit to theses spectacular caves. The visit to the caves are a must if you go to Majorca, the formations are amazing the water is clear and has million tones of blue, the illuminations is perfect and after the walk you end up with a live concert of classical music on boats, what else can you ask for?
For the past fifty years tourist and locals flock to Mallorca’s beaches whether it is six miles of sandy beach you are looking for or tiny secluded pebble coves – Mallorca has it all.
This beach is the biggest in the north and is fantastic with huge expanses of beach and shallow water making it safe for families with young ones.
Boat trips are readily available along with most other water sports and diving – you can even get a massage on the beach with the sea breeze lapping over you.
There is a market here too every Sunday and Tuesday in the old town so is well worth a visit.
There is a wide variety of shops bars and restaurants to choose from here too.
Playa de Sant Joan
Two beaches connected with a rocky outcrop the westerly one is better for Boarding and as it is only 15 minutes cycle from Alcudia it makes for a great escape.
Cala Agulla beach
Great to explore out of season it is very popular when the weather is good head to the North end for great walks and dune areas there are rock pools for crab hunting and beach bars for chilling.
A thin sandy beach ideal for a picnic and people watching amongst the white washed buildings , you can also get the boat to Menorca from here. Nice calm water for snorkelling.
Voted a few years ago as one of the best beaches in Europe it is well worth a visit with crystal clear waters , soft white sand and a beach bar for snack and cold drinks.
Port de Pollenca Beach
The beach is vast and clean and there are plenty of sport facilities here so you can try your hand at Kitesurfing or windsurfing. There are plenty of places to eat and drink too.
Places to eat
Sineu village has a wide variety of places to eat from a snack in the village square to some of the best restaurants the island has to offer.
Some of our favourites are:
For a delicious pizza or pasta try Tomassini just a 10 minute walk from the house in the direction of the train station.
Great BBQ food is available in Sa Fabrica set in a lovely patio surrounding close to the train station.
Restaurant Moli D’en Pau Very nice restaurant with a romantic atmosphere and very good food. Cellar Son Toreo Great local and traditional restaurant. Good food and very nice people.