Sea, sun but also extraordinary protected natural areas and an important cultural heritage
Majorca, the main of the Balearic Islands, is characterized by its contrasts: it has magnificent beaches, mountains, countryside and a characteristic hinterland. Mallorca is also known for its traditional food and craft products, as well as for its wonderful beaches, which are almost three hundred, which surround the whole island and are one of the main reasons why tourists from all over the world decide to spend here their holidays.
Speaking of Majorca means in fact to speak of beaches and its 550 km of coastline reserve a great variety of landscapes. The large tourist beaches, with the most advanced services, are located in places such as Playa de Palma, El Arenal, Palmanova, Magaluf, Santa Ponsa and Alcudia. In the south or in the area of Migjorn we find long sandy tongues like Sa Ràpita or Es Trenc, a landscape of dunes and bright waters. There where the contrast between white and bright blue is spectacular.
Beaches and sports – The coast is also an important incentive for water sports. The ports and regattas like the “Copa del Rey” highlight its importance. Water sports and golf, sport of which Mallorca is a paradise: in fact, it has 24 well-equipped courses. Those looking for quiet and family beaches have a long list to choose from: Ponent beaches, others like Sant Elm or Llevant, or those located in the northeastern area of the island like Arta and Capdepera. Then there are the hidden coves, which can be reached on foot. Jewels of landscape that are found mostly in mountain areas, such as the Sierra de Tramuntana, the Formentor peninsula or the Llevant Natural Park.
Natural and historical paradises – In fact, Majorca has magnificent protected natural areas. The most important is undoubtedly the Terrestrial Maritime National Park of the archipelago of Cabrera, located in the south of the island. It is a stronghold that remains absolutely intact, which can be visited by organizing organized trips that depart from the south of the island. Other naturalistic attractions are the wetlands of the lagoon of Mallorca, in Muro; the Natural Park of Llevant in the mountains of Artà; the islet of Sa Dragonera or the coves of the area of Mondragó. The Serra de Tramuntana has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the cultural landscape category, as a recognition of its landscape, cultural, historical and ethnological values. The Serra de Tramuntana is a naturalistic area with a great heterogeneity, a succession of mountains and valleys that occupy almost a third of the island. Even the coastline is suggestive, starting from the two distinctive symbols of the island: the islet of Dragonera and Cabo Formentor.
Gastronomy and culture – To get to know Mallorca we must also taste the food. Both in Palma and in any other region, there are operative restaurants where you have to try dishes like “ses sopes” soup, pork loin with cabbage, or “frit di matances” or fried meat. Mallorca is also a key place for cultural tourism. Music, painting and literature have always found inspiration in this island, of which Chopin and George Sand were in love.
Palma, an extraordinary historical center – Palma, the capital, concentrates in itself numerous attractions. In the first place, the historical center, full of exceptional buildings and monuments from an architectural point of view, with picturesque alleys that run between houses and courtyards, churches and convents. The greatest symbol of the heritage of Majorca is undoubtedly the magnificent Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria; to admire, not far away, the Almudaina Palace, official residence of the king of Spain during his stays on the island.