Majorca has been a long-time favourite for most British tourists. Well known attractions like Palma Cathedral and the Caves of Drach are always worth a visit, but, you’ll be pleased to know there are lots of interesting and beautiful places for you to discover too. So, if you’re heading to Majorca any time soon we have put together a guide of our nine favourite hotspots ranging from the extremely popular to the hidden gems.
Get ready to be inspired!
Caves Of Drach
Visit these spectacular caves situated in Porto Cristo on the east coast. These are undoubtedly one of the top tourist attractions on the island and you’ll be in awe at the beautiful sights of stalactites and stalagmites – there’s even a lake where you’re transported by boat.
The tour concludes with a short concert, musicians show off their beautiful acoustic skills in this unique setting. A trip here can also be combined with a picnic in the gardens, there’s a bar and souvenir shop too. Plus, if you plan on taking a car, parking is free.
Top tip – this trip is not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties due to the number of steps.
The Cathedral Of Santa Maria of Palma
This cathedral is also most commonly known as La Seu and is a Gothic-style building. Built on the site of a pre-existing mosque, it dominates most of Palma city due to its huge size. This remarkable building is definitely worth the entrance fee as it contains the work of Gaudi, and the chandelier he designed which hangs over the altar.
Top tip – opening times are summer – Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm. Saturdays 10am to 2pm. And in winter – Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and closed on weekends.
Cap de Formentor
On the northeast coast of Majorca you’ll find a long winding road that leads to a stunning lighthouse. Cycling is the best way to get there, but be warned it isn’t an easy trek. Alternatively, you can always hike or take a car. This trip is not one for the faint hearted, especially for new drivers as there are lots of bendy roads and it can get very busy. Photographers will be in their element as Cap De Formentor offer some breathtaking views with its unspoilt setting.
Top tip – we recommend you take a picnic, the small cafe can be quite pricey due to the popularity of this trip.
Castle of Capdepera
This 14th-century fortress, built to protect the residents from pirates, is a great place to take in the views of the surrounding Majorcan countryside. And, with a lovely garden to sit and relax in, this is a truly tranquil setting. The town of Capdepera has lots of alleyways that all seem to lead to the castle. There is also a central square with a few cafes if you fancy a bite to eat.
Top tip – its worth visiting Capdepera when they have festivals on. They have Medieval Festival usually around the third week of May, a Sant Bartomeu festival around the end of August and they also celebrate Sant Anoni feast day mid-January.
This is a former monastery and a pilgrimage site located on the northwest coast of Majorca. It became Majorca’s most sacred site when a boy discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary in a rock. The image was taken to a local church but mysteriously returned back to the rock three times. The villagers saw it as a message from God so a shrine was built. The statue now sits in a chapel and Pilgrims in their droves come to visit.
Top tip – at 11am you’ll be treated to a concert by the choir.
Fiesta Rey En Jaume
Every year at the beginning of September this festival takes place in Santa Ponsa.
The festival re-enacts a 1229 event when King Jaime sailed over to the island and defeated the Moors. They have mock battles and a medieval market where you can enjoy 13th-century style food. Nothing says fun like this festival with the fun street processions, fairs, live entertainment, and on the final Sunday of the fiesta they have a fireworks display.
Top tip – this is great with the family as there are loads of activities for kids.
Serra De Tramuntana
As part of the cultural landscape category, the Serra De Tramuntana has been awarded a World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. This mountain range running from the south west of the island up to the northeast side, is an important nature reserve.
The fantastic hiking territory offers some beautiful walks, but if you get tired easily, you can drive. Please note that are some of the most dangerous roads in Majorca, so be careful with any method of transport you do. Besides, it is a great way to take in the striking views as you will pass though pretty village houses and may even spot a number of wildlife.
Top tip – Soller and Pollensa are beautiful towns to visit too, just make sure you take a jacket, it can get cooler the higher you go.
This is the largest centre of contemporary art in Majorca. Art lovers will have a great time here as it offers such a large gallery of artwork. With regular changes to the exhibitions including photography, sculptures and canvases, there is plenty to keep you occupied.
There are some beautiful grounds outside the gallery and there is a café where you can grab some lunch and drinks.
Top tip – keep a look out for the regular summertime classical concerts or any other events held in the central courtyard. This is a beautiful setting with its relaxing atomosphere.
Palma De Mallorca sightseeing
The best way to see this city is by using the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours. All you need to do is purchase a 24-hour or a 48-hour ticket and you can get on and off the bus as you please. There are also headphones provided which play a narration of the places you visit, so you can learn a thing or two about the places your visiting. Palma offers a mix of history, shopping and nightlife.
Top tip – looking for somewhere to eat? We recommend Intaliando Ristorante where the food is delicious and reasonably priced too.
The list could go on forever, so just make sure you choose wisely to ensure your holiday to Majorca is one to remember.