Cosmopolitan and idyllic, exotic and affordable at the same time with a Mediterranean temperament, Mallorca, belongs to the Balearic Islands and is located 60 miles from the coast of mainland Spain. With an area of 3,640 square kilometers, it is the largest island of the group. The turbulent history, with obvious signs of many different civilizations such as the Roman, the Byzantine and Arab coupled with its strategic location in the Mediterranean, became very early a multicultural commercial and financial center. Since the 1960s and flag triptych “sun, sea, fun” began to attract significant numbers of visitors and very quickly considered a synonym for mass tourism. Miraculous, especially architectural, the endless miles of exotic beaches with palm trees, villages, plains with windmills, impressive mountains and the wild nights with cosmopolitan partying style promise visitors everything it want from their holidays. Besides the diverse natural landscape with constant changes, giving the island an unequaled beauty.
Cathedral, Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca – The capital, Palma de Mallorca, is virtually the only town on the island. Stylish and lively, combining excellent cultural heritage with a cosmopolitan air, seducing visitors. The port of Palma is dominated by the cathedral La Seu, one of the largest in Europe. It is an impressive building of the 14th century, with bastions, obelisks, columns, that seem to get lost in heaven and windows that shine in the sun. The church is mainly Gothic, except the central façade that was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1851 and some parts inside, which were renovated in the early 20th century by the renowned Catalan designer Antoni Gaudí. The pulse beats of Palma’s historic center, the “Old City” starts from the harbor and stretches to the north. It is an attractive blend of boulevards and narrow cobbled with gothic churches and Baroque palaces, creating the impression that in some corner of a dismal chatelaine would comb her hair on the balcony, waiting until her prince charming arrives.
At the same time however, this medieval town pleasantly surprises the modern traveler with a wide variety of restaurants, bars and glamorous shops, which are overwhelmed by both locals and visitors, without affecting the character and aesthetics of the area. The Palma and Mallorca in general, after all, is famous for its all-night party in the frantic pace.
Mallorca inside temple
East Coast – The eastern side of the island is a spectacular area, consisting hundreds of small bays, stretching from Cap de Ferruxt, close to Cala Ratjada in the north, to the Punta Negra, the most western edge. West of Cala d’Or you will find the famous National Park Mondrago and some of the most beautiful and popular beaches such as Cala Figuera and Cala Santanyi worshiped by artists from all around the world.
During your stay here you must visit Porto Cristo, a beautiful seaside city, which hosts the famous Cave of the Dragon with stalactites and stalagmites of unique shapes. In the evening, when the lights go out of the cave, small boats emerge from the rocks, decorated with lights. In one of these a trio of classical music helps you overcome your frustration of not meeting a dragon. Going south from Port d’Alcudia until Ca’n Picafort dominated by majestic beaches that made her famous throughout Europe.
By Nicole P.
Photos: Matias Ximelis, Boy de Nijs, Vadim Plessky, Daniele Lanci.