5 good reasons to go to Palma de Majorca
To see / do
Culture and history
Majorca's capital is a rich tapestry of magnificent medieval buildings. The Gothic cathedral rises up in all its ochre splendour, while just opposite, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina is a stunning combination of Arabic and Spanish designs. Today, the palace serves as the royal family's summer residence. Just five kilometres away from the town centre, the incredible Bellver Castle has towered over the city from its hill top since the 14th century.
A listed natural park, Mondragó is a protected space that stretches over close to 800 hectares. Meander along the park's trails and paths, soaking up the gorgeous countryside as you stroll. Sheer drops, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches fringe the island, and you'll be able to spot sea birds, turtles and native plants, all left to thrive in their natural habitat.
Jump on the sight-seeing train
Book a flight to Palma and a Sóller train ticket! This little train has been whisking tourists from the capital to Sóller since the early 20th century. An hour's ride gives you the chance to take in the mind-blowing views of the Serra de Tramuntana. Stop off at traditional little villages, and explore Sóller and its enchanting port.
Meet farmers and craftsmen
Majorca is a bustling, resourceful little island, with knives, cloth and pottery all bearing testimony to the local expertise. Inca is just 30 kilometres away from Palma and specialises in leather goods. You'll find gorgeous pieces to take back as unique souvenirs. Make the most of your time here to venture into the many wine cellars to sip at regional wines.
Malaguf: the heart of the action
For fun days out and vibrant nightlife, head to Malaguf! Just 20 kilometres away from Palma, this seaside resort is renowned for its thrilling dance-til-dawn clubbing scene. Stylish bars and beach gigs galore. And during the day, a host of amusement parks fling open their doors for good old-fashioned fun.
Sobrassada, Majorcan sausage
Don't be fooled by appearances: sobrassada isn't the same as chorizo. Although they share the same colour and paprika-infused flavour, this local sausage is thicker and softer. Locals spread it on bread or add it in cooked dishes.
Empanadas in Majorca
A firm Latin favourite, empanadas are delicious little pasties stuffed with vegetables, meat, egg, cheese and more. In Majorca, empanadas are shaped like little tarts and make for the perfect snack.
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