Spain as a nation is a must-see destination for avid travellers. Whether it’s the sights, the culture, or the gastronomical delights, Spain has all that and more. While the mainland has its own fair share of tourists, the Spanish islands offer more of a care-free lifestyle with its many beaches and coves. Mallorca is one of it, being the largest of the Balearic Islands.
While the name may not sound all too familiar, perhaps you’ve heard of Ibiza, which is also one of the residents of the Balearic Islands. As Ibiza has become a household name known for its effervescent nightlife, Mallorca offers a more laid back approach with its beach resorts, sheltered coves, and limestone mountains.
What to do
There are plenty to see and do in Mallorca, given its location in the Mediterranean. It has a healthy balance between its beaches and cultural heritage sites, as well as ports, towns, beaches, and coves that will please those consumed by wanderlust to a great degree. Checking out the resort city of Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital is a must as it is steeped in rich history.
It was first founded by the Romans before going through a Byzantine period and finally, colonised by the Moors, which were essentially the Muslim inhabitants of the Maghreb, the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily, and Malta during the Middle Ages.
The resort city itself has plenty of Gothic architecture. This includes Lonja de Mallorca and Catedral-Basílica de Santa María de Mallorca, to name a few. Another historical landmark worth visiting is the Alcazar (fortified palace), which is essentially the Royal Palace of La Almudaina. Other places around Mallorca that are worth spending the day visiting include the islet of Sa Dragonera for hiking; Platja de Muro for all your beach-related activities, and the secluded cove that is Caló des Moro.
What to eat
Mallorcan cuisine mainly combines the likes of Mediterranean cooking with plenty of Roman, Moorish, and North African influences. However, Mallorca has also started leaning towards Catalonian and Spanish flavours as well, providing plenty of depth, complexity, and flavour into its cooking. Due to its many influences, one can expect plenty of cured meats, tapas, and of course, seafood.
If tapas is what you’re after, there are plenty of restaurants around Mallorca that offer a diverse selection of sharing plates, especially the original La Bodega Restaurant, Quina Creu Restaurant, Ombu Restaurant, TAST Restaurant, and 13% Restaurant.
There are many cafes and bakeries in Mallorca as well serving local pastries like ensaïmada. Horno Santo Cristo Cafe is one such place in particular as it has been creating authentic Mallorcan ensaïmadas since the year 1910. Can Joan de S’Aigo Cafe at the heart of old town is another institution on the island serving up traditional and authentic Mallorcan pastries. If you’re looking to keep cool, be sure to pay a visit to Giovanni L. Ice Cream Parlour, who made its name delivering gelato into the royal Spanish household. It has since grown and transformed into a global brand with ice cream parlours located all around the island.
Where to stay
Being one of the most popular island destinations around Europe, it’s safe to say that Mallorca has its fair share of luxury accommodation. This ranges from beachfront resorts to luxury boutique hotels and even mountain top getaways, there’s something for everyone at Mallorca.
If you’re looking to soak up some sun and sea, some of the most extravagant beachfront resorts located around Palma include the Gran Melià de Mar in Illetas and the Hotel Hospes Maricel & Spa in Cas Català. Both of these hotels are located just a stone’s throw away from one another as it’s located on the southwest side of Palma with breathtaking views of the ocean.
The latter is considered to be one of the more unique hotels around the area as the building was originally a majestic palace built in the 1940s. This allows the hotel to exude a sense of old-world style, posh, and glamour but with 21st century amenities to boot.
Another unique beachfront hotel you can find around Mallorca is Cap Rocat in Cala Blava, which is housed in an old military fortress. It has since been renovated with the help from its architect, Antonio Obrador. Of course, it also offers a stunning view of the coastline as well as top notch amenities that one can only expect of when it comes to beachfront hotels in Mallorca.