Majorca Balearic Islands Spain
Majorca is a classic holiday destination in Spain. Since charter tourism started in Europe Majorca has always been one of the favourites.
Palma de Majorca
Light is the word to describe the city Palma de Majorca or Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The best way to approach Palma de Majorca (Palma de Mallorca) is from the sea. The first thing you see when approaching the port in Majorca is the cathedral and the Bellver Castle, that was built six hundred years ago, overlooking the city.
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Majorca is back as one of this summer's big favourites: Majorca has for some years been among the classic holiday resorts that suffered from the popularity of new exciting and exotic destinations in South America and Asia that managed to push Majorca back in the shade for a while, but now Majorca is back as one of summer's hottest destinations.
Mallorca is the largest Balearic island. The population in Majorca does not reach 700.000 inhabitants, and of those, around 50 percent lives in the capital Palma de Mallorca or simply Palma. Palma de Mallorca is one of the 15 largest cities in Spain. Tourism is the most important industry on Mallorca: 6 - 7 million tourists visits the island every year.
Palma de Mallorca is a historic city. Many tourists miss the history and culture when they spend the entire holiday at the hotel and the beach. The architecture in Palma de Mallorca is well worth some attention. The old city is renowned for beautiful buildings with courtyards, palaces, churches and fine art galleries. The sea is always close and harbours, ports, beaches and Mediterranean atmosphere are present everywhere.
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The most popular sights in the city of Palma de Majorca is undoubtedly the Miró Museum, the beautiful Gothic cathedral "La Seu", the bail Bellver, the palace Palacio Almidaina and the ruins of the Arabic baths.
The major tourist destinations in Majorca are the capital Palma de Mallorca and also Illetas, Magaluf, Palma Nova, Santa Ponça, Cap de Formentor, Puerto Pollenca, Cala Millor, Porto Cristo, and Cala d’Or. And also the marine national parks of Sa Dragonera and Cabrera.
Palma's most renowned shopping district is located around the avenue "Via Sindicato".
Popular excursions and day trips in Mallorca are the caves Cuevas del Drach, close Porto Christo. The caves has a fabulous lake, Lago Martel, and concerts are often played inside the cave.
Those who like walking should not miss a walking tour in the nature reserve "Puig de Galatzo": A valley in the mountains a bit more than 15 kilometers from Palma: Beautiful scenery with many waterfalls in completely unspoilt nature.
The best way to see more of the island of Majorca is to rent a car and travel around at your own pace. Well worth to visit are: Palma Nova, Alcudia, Cala d'Or and Soller.
Although Palma is the largest and most well known city on Majorca, there are many smaller towns on that are great holiday options.
Palmanova is located about 20 kilometers from Palma and is one of the golf player's favorites. Palmanova has nice beachesand the typical vacation life with lots of bars and restaurants.
In Alcudia you will find Mallorca's longest beach, 14 kilometers. Alcudia is a family resort, but you will also find entertainment in evenings and nights.
Cala d'Or is for those who want peace and relax during the vacations on Mallorca. Many nearby beautiful bays with crystal clear water are quite fascinating. A nice walk through groves of almond trees leads to Porto Prieto, a small fishing village with a very special atmosphere where food and swimming are the attractions.
Soller is not exactly a beach resort and is located in a lush valley about 3 km from the coast. The small port Puerto de Soller is visited frequently by tourists seeking nature. The valley is full of fruit trees like oranges, olives, figs and many other.
The Sephardic Route Palma de Majorca
The capital of the Balearic Islands, a secular maritime college and a reference for Mediterranean culture over the centuries, Palma de Mallorca can pride itself on being one of the Spanish cities with the earliest Jewish settlements, dating from the 5th century, when Jews lived alongside Christians long before Moorish rule. The xuetes, or chuetas, which was the name given to Majorcan Jews even today, were experts in astronomy, astrology, mathematics, medicine, philosophy and science, and contributed greatly to the cultural prestige of Palma de Mallorca in the Middle Ages.
When the Christians re-conquered Palma (1229-30), they found the Jewish quarter lay inside the Moorish fortified town, north of the Almudaina castle, and the first transfer of the Hebrew population took place, to the Call Menor, or Smaller Jewish Quarter. It stood at the top of the San Nicolás neighbourhood, along Calle San Bartolomé and Calle Argentería, but no original buildings remain.
Mondays: Caimari, Calvià, Lloret, Lluc, Manacor, Montuiri
Tuesdays: Alcúdia, S'Arenal, Arta, Campanet, Can Picafort, Llubí, Lluc, Porreres, Sta. Margaret Lida
Wednesdays: Andratx, Capdapera, Colonia de Sant Jordi, Llucmajor, Lluc, Marratxi, Petra, Port de Pollença, Santanyi, Selva, Sencelles, Sineu, Vilafranca
Thursdays: S'Arenal, Airany, Campos, Consell, Inca, Lluc, Ses Salines, Sant Joan, Sant Llorenç
Fridays: Alaró, Algaida, S'Arenal, Binissalem, Can Picafort, Inca, Llucmajor, Lluc, Maria de la Salut, Marratx, Sta. Eugenia, Son Ferrera
Saturdays: Buger, Bunyola, Campos, Cala Ratjada, Costitx, Esporles, Lloseta, Lluc, Muro, Sta. Margaret Lida, Santanyi, Soller
Sundays: Alcúdia, Felanitx, Inca, Llucmajor, Lluc, Muro, Sa Pobla, Pollença, Porto Cristo, Sta. Maria, Valldemossa.
The Palma de Majorca Airport: The airport in Palma de Mallorca airport (Son Sant Joan) is located Eleven km southeast of Palma de Mallorca. Airport code: PMI. Telephone: (+34) 971 789 000. Fax: (+34) 971 789. 014
Airport Bus - Transport:
Bus number 1 leaves from the airport in Majorca every 15-30 minutes. The bus takes you to Palma de Mallorca. The Airport bus operates from 06.10 to 02.10. The bus from Palma de Mallorca to the Airport leaves from Paseo de Mallorca from 05.40 to 01.30. The ride takes around 30 minutes. The stops are: Arrivals, airport gas station, edificio Gesa, Porta d'es Camp, Avenidas, Paseo de Mallorca, Es Jonquet, Paseo Marítimo, Porto Pí, Puerto.
Majorca has more than 40 ports. In the Bay of Palma de Mallorca you find the largest concentration of boats and yachts, with the Palma Royal Yacht Club, Portitxol, and the Club de Mar in Calvia.
Apart from the two main ports in the Bay of Palma, the Club Nautico and the Club de Mar, there are several smaller ports.
If you are looking for jet set lifestyle then head for Puerta Portals, where many celebrities have their boats moored. The Port of Andraitx offers similar facilities but with a much more laid back atmosphere.
There are several smaller ports in Majorca that still retain the original Mediterranean atmosphere. For example: Portixol.
Most Important Ports in Majorca
Cala d'Or Marina
Club de Mar Palma
Club de Vela Puerto Andratx
Club Nautico de Porto Cristo
Club Nautico El Arenal
Club Nautico La Rapita
Club Nautico Porto Colom
Club Nautico S'Estanyol
Club Nautico Santa Ponsa
Marina Port de Mallorca
Puerto Deportivo C'an Picafort
Real Club Nautico de Palma
Alcudia and Playa de Muro
Andratx and Port d'Andratx
Cala Ratjada and Cala Mesquida
Camp de Mar
C'an Picafort and Son Baulo
Es Trenc and Sa Rapita
Paguera and Cala Fornells
Playa Mago and Portals Vells
Portals Nous and Costa d'en Blanes
Puerto Pollensa and Pollensa