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The 7 Best Mallorca Boat Trips Reviewed For 2019

Whether you call it Majorca or Mallorca, it’s definitely an island. And the best way to explore any island is by sea.

Mallorca boasts a beautiful, rugged coastline with many attractions. You can find nature parks, little offshore islands, sea caves, and peaceful, hidden coves.

Maybe you enjoy watersports, or perhaps you’re looking for a romantic sunset cruise. Whatever your tastes may be, there’s an ideal cruise for you.

Because Majorca’s coastline offers so much variety, there are many Mallorca cruises to choose from. I’ve selected 7 fantastic tours below.

Best Mallorca Boat Tours

 Bay of Palma: Catamaran Excursion Including Lunch & DrinksMallorca: North Coast Catamaran Cruise With LunchPalma: Sunset Catamaran Excursion With Food & Drinks
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 Bay of Palma: Catamaran Excursion including Lunch and Drinks Mallorca: North Coast Catamaran Cruise with Lunch From Palma: Sunset Catamaran Excursion With Food and Drinks
Departure Point:Muelle de las Golondrinas, PalmaAlcudia Sea Trips Boat KioskMuelle de las Golondrinas, Palma
Departure Time:9:00 AM9:45 AMAround 4:45 PM
Duration:4-5 hours5 hours4 hours
Includes:4-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch, soft drinks, option to rent snorkeling equipment, and a licensed bar5-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch with drinks, and free kayak, SUP, or snorkeling equipment rental4-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch, soft drinks, and a licensed bar

Quick Answer: The 7 Best Boat Trips in Mallora For 2019

  1. Catamaran Excursion Including Lunch & Drinks From Palma
  2. Mallorca: North Coast Catamaran Cruise With Lunch
  3. Sunset Catamaran Excursion With Food & Drink From Palma
  4. Half-Day Catamaran Cruise To Es Trenc
  5. Mallorca: 5-Hour Isla Dragonera Cruise With Lunch
  6. Mallorca: 3-Hour East Coast Caves & Coastline Boat Trip
  7. From Palma de Mallorca: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise

We have reviewed the top rated boat tours in Mallorca providing overviews and highlighting the details of each. We also make recommendations on staying in Mallorca in our guide section.


Mallorca Boat Trip Reviews

#1. Catamaran Excursion Including Lunch & Drinks From Palma

 Bay of Palma: Catamaran Excursion including Lunch and Drinks

Tour Highlights At A Glance:

  • Departure Point: Muelle de las Golondrinas, Palma, or Club San Antonio de la Playa, Can Pastilla
  • Departure Time: 9:00 AM
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Includes: 4-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch, soft drinks, option to rent snorkeling equipment, and a licensed bar

The best way to view the city of Palma de Mallorca is aboard an 80-foot-long catamaran. The Royal Palace of La Almudaina and La Seu Cathedral look stunning when viewed from the bay.

But the great thing about this cruise is that it allows you to do a little bit of everything. Yes, you get to sightsee, but that’s not all.

For a mere €10 fee, you can also hire snorkeling equipment and enjoy swimming in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the bay.

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Alternatively, you can hang out on the bow nets, listen to pleasant music, and enjoy a cocktail with your friends.

You won’t go hungry when there’s an inclusive buffet lunch with soft drinks. Tuck into roast beef and chicken wings with paella. Enjoy salads and fresh fruit.

You’re sure to have a fantastic time on this beautiful boat. And the memories you’ll take away from the Bay of Palma will last a lifetime.

 

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#2. Mallorca: North Coast Catamaran Cruise With Lunch

 Mallorca: North Coast Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

Tour Highlights At A Glance:

  • Departure Point: Alcudia Sea Trips Boat Kiosk, Transportes Maritimos, Puerto Alcudia
  • Departure Time: 9:45 AM
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Includes: 5-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch with drinks, and free kayak, SUP, or snorkeling equipment rental

If you enjoy watersports, you’ll love this cruise. Along Mallorca’s northern coastline, there are many calm and secluded bays, perfect for activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), and snorkeling.

The northern coastline offers some of the best natural scenery of Majorca, where Formentor Lighthouse looms over the cliffs and warns ships away from the northernmost tip of the island.

Take along your camera so you can capture memorable photographs to share with your friends on social media.

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After setting sail from Port d’Alcudia, you’ll cruise along the coast past a pretty islet and the Aucanada Lighthouse.

Your catamaran will anchor in Cala den Gossalba, a beautiful sheltered cove near the popular beach of Formentor. Here you can relax on the bow net or make use of the provided watersport equipment.

After you’ve splashed around in the Mediterranean, you’ll probably be hungry. It’s a good job lunch is included. Dine on delicious pasta salad, sausages, barbecued meat, bread, and fresh fruit. Drinks are also included.

 

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#3. Sunset Catamaran Excursion With Food & Drink From Palma

 From Palma: Sunset Catamaran Excursion With Food and Drinks

Tour Highlights At A Glance:

  • Departure Point: Muelle de las Golondrinas, Palma
  • Departure Time: Around 4:45 PM (Times vary to match sunset)
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Includes: 4-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch, soft drinks, and a licensed bar

Watching a sunset over the Mediterranean Sea is one of those sublime experiences that everybody should have on their bucket list.

The crystal-clear waters sparkling in the bright sunshine, turning hues of red and orange as the sun sinks into the horizon.

Aboard a luxury catamaran, you have the best viewpoint from which to observe this beautiful phenomenon. And while you’re watching, you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the licensed bar.

But the cruise doesn’t begin at sunset. First, you’ll cruise along the coast around Palma, allowing you a fantastic view of the white limestone buildings of this historic city.

It’s views like this that caused the poet Robert Graves to make this island his home.

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Next, you’ll anchor in the calm cove of Cala Blava. Here you can swim in those crystal-clear waters while the sun still shines. Or, if you prefer, you can lounge on the bow net and absorb the last rays of the dying sun.

After you’ve had your fun, the crew will provide a delicious buffet meal and soft drinks. Try some traditional paella along with chicken wings, roast beef, fresh fruit, and salad.

Finally, you’ll cruise back along the coast to Palma de Mallorca, where you’ll see it in a completely different light.

With street lights and windows lit up, the ancient capital stands out from the sea and casts mesmerizing reflections in the early hours of the night.

 

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#4. Half-Day Catamaran Cruise To Es Trenc

 Mallorca: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise to Es Trenc

Tour Highlights At A Glance:

  • Departure Point: The pier next to Hotel Marqués del Palmer in Colonia de Saint Jordi
  • Departure Times: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Duration: 5 Hours
  • Includes: 5-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch with drinks, life vests, and free snorkeling equipment hire

If you want to see Majorca’s southern coastline, this is the best cruise for you. If you’re tired of the area around Palma, and have seen the rugged coastline around Puerto Alcudia, why not try the south?

It’s notably warmer here than in the north, which is great for sun worshipers.

The turquoise waters to the south of the island give the southern coastline a particularly picturesque aspect. When your catamaran anchors off Es Trenc Beach, you can swim to the shore or frolic in the crystal-clear water.

Your cruise will take you past Cap Salines, the southernmost tip of the island. Here you’ll see some fantastic landscapes, so keep your camera ready.

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The catamaran anchors for a second time off Es Caragol Beach, where you can make use of the free snorkeling equipment hire to explore the water for local marine life.

Or, if you prefer, you can swim over to the beach and soak in the sun on the sand.

After you’ve built up an appetite, the catamaran crew will prepare a buffet meal, with sausages, chicken breast, and fresh salad. For dessert, there’s cake!

Enjoy some local sangria with your meal, or opt for a rosé, red or white wine. Mineral water and soft drinks are also available.

 

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#5. Mallorca: 5-Hour Isla Dragonera Cruise With Lunch

 Mallorca: 5-Hour Isla Dragonera Cruise with Lunch

Tour Highlights At A Glance:

  • Departure Point: From the Pier Playa Santa Ponsa at 10:30 am or the Pier Playa Tora Paguera at 10:45 am
  • Departure Times: 10:30 AM or 10:45 AM depending on departure point
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Includes: 5-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch with drinks, life vests, and snorkeling equipment hire (with €10 deposit)

This is my personal favorite cruise and the best one for nature lovers. Aboard a large, “submarine-view” catamaran, you have a unique opportunity to try out your wildlife photography while you observe Mediterranean marine life.

It’s also a great opportunity to explore beyond the island of Mallorca, because this cruise takes you to Dragonera Island, a protected natural park and former haunt of pirates.

Your cruise begins along the scenic southwest coast and includes a brief stop in a sheltered cove so you can swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea. Snorkeling equipment is available with a €10 deposit.

Next, enjoy the submarine view of the local sea life while you cruise across to the island. The catamaran has underwater windows built into its hull so you can peer into the crystal-clear waters.

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Once you arrive at Dragonera Island, you’ll disembark for an hour of exploration. There’s a sea cave where you can swim, a museum you could visit, and unique animal and plant life.

Watch out for the rare wall lizards endemic to the island, which gave the island its name.

The cruise also includes an inclusive buffet meal. Enjoy local paella, pasta salad, green salad, and water. If you like, you can also try traditional sangria.

 

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#6. Mallorca: 3-Hour East Coast Caves & Coastline Boat Trip

 Mallorca: 3-Hour East Coast Caves and Coastline Boat Trip

Tour Highlights At A Glance:

  • Departure Point: Alcudia Sea Trips Boat Kiosk, Transportes Maritimos, Puerto Alcudia
  • Departure Times: 9:45 AM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Includes: 3-hour boat cruise, free snorkeling & stand-up paddleboard (SUP) equipment hire

If you find sea caves fascinating, you’ll love the east coast of Majorca. This 3-hour cruise aboard a modern boat will take you on a voyage of discovery along the beautiful eastern coastline.

The boat will transport you to Llevant Nature Park, where you’ll have an opportunity to swim or make use of the snorkeling and SUP equipment provided. If you snorkel around the nature park, you’ll observe a wide range of unique marine life.

After your swim, re-board the boat to explore a marine cave. The east coast offers some of the most beautiful scenery on Mallorca, especially the Serres de Llevant Mountain Range.

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#7. From Palma de Mallorca: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise

 From Palma de Mallorca: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise

Tour Highlights At A Glance:

  • Departure Point: From the boat dock near the Auditorium de Palma, Palma
  • Departure Times: 10:00 AM morning cruise or 3:30 PM evening cruise
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Includes: 5-hour catamaran cruise, buffet lunch with drinks, life vests, and free snorkeling equipment hire

This is a great cruise for anybody who simply wants a leisurely cruise down the south coast of Majorca. Relax aboard as your catamaran passes millionaire’s yachts and heads on down to the south coast, the warmest part of the island.

Depending on how the wind blows, you’ll sail on over to Cala Vella, east of Palma, or Portals Vells, west of Palma.

There your catamaran will drop anchor, giving you a chance to swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea.

If you prefer, you can make use of the snorkeling equipment provided to explore under the waves and search out the local marine life.

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While you’re enjoying the waves and sunshine, the crew will be busy preparing a buffet meal for you. You can look forward to delicious sausages, chicken breast, and fresh salad.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll be delighted to hear that there’s cake! And why not enjoy a red, rosé, white wine, or sangria with your meal? Soft drinks and water are also provided.

 

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Majorca Travel Guide

Best Mallorca Boat Trips

Is it Majorca or Mallorca? Whatever you call this beautiful Mediterranean island, it boasts a rich history, sheltered beaches, and stunning limestone mountains.

The Spanish and Catalans call the island Mallorca. However, the double “L” in Spanish sounds like “Y” in English, so it’s pronounced “Ma-yor-ca”. It’s the British who began spelling it Majorca, yet this spelling is used not only in British articles and books but also amongst Majorcans promoting hotels and attractions.

Speaking of which, there’s a lot to see and do in Mallorca. You won’t want to miss any of its fantastic attractions, so ensure you do your research before you visit. I wrote this guide to help you start.

Airports & Entry

Palma de Mallorca Airport is Spain’s 3rd largest airport and sees over 29 million passengers every year. When you arrive, you’ll find yourself inside a modern, 4-floor terminal. Each of these floors is divided into 4 “modules” A through D. Note that most of the food outlets and stores are landside.

There are 30 mobile charging stations and there’s free Wi-Fi, so you can entertain yourself while waiting for your plane. Connect to the fast “kubiwireless” network. If the main concourse isn’t plush enough for your needs, you can enter one of the 1st class lounges for a fee.

You’ll find 6 information desks scattered around the airport. 2 in Check-In, 1 each in Arrivals and Departures, and 1 each in Module C Boarding and Module D Boarding. ATMs are found both airside and landside, and you can find the Global Exchange bureau de change on Floor 1, Module A.

If you’re traveling with kids, note that there’s a baby room in the Arrivals Hall and multiple children’s play areas around the terminal. In a medical emergency, the 24-hours First Aid Station in on Floor 2 in the Check-In Area.

You’ll find that the shops operate different hours at different times of the year. During high season, the Duty-Free shop on Floor 4, Departures Airside is open 24 hours. Many of the airport stores and restaurants close or operate on limited hours during winter (November through March). The only food outlet open 24 hours is Espression Lavazza on Floor 4, Departures Airside.

The easiest way to from the airport to the city is by bus. For routes, schedules, and fares, check out the Palma de Mallorca Airport website. Alternatively, you can also hire a car from one of the 8 car rental agencies operating from the airport. However, note that many car rental companies in Majorca refuse to hire cars to people under the age of 23.

Taxis are always an option, but they are expensive compared to the bus. Taxis charge an airport surcharge of €2.90, an initial fare of €3.12, and then €1.08 per kilometer.

Planning Tips

Mallorca is a fantastic island, and I want you to have a great time there. Here are 6 tips I hope will help you plan your visit.

Tip #1: Don’t be fooled by a con artist

Thieves in tourist areas sometimes pose as plainclothes police officers to trick visitors into handing over cash for “on the spot fines”. If you are asked to pay such a fine, calmly request he or she calls in a uniformed officer to deal with the “offense”. Also, watch out for pickpockets in crowds, especially around tourist attractions.

Tip #2: Book tickets in advance, especially during summer

Because Mallorca is a tourist hotspot, many tours and hotels are fully booked, especially from June through August. Ensure you don’t miss out on the tour or room you want by booking in advance. Check the refund policy for anything you book. Many companies offer full refunds for cancellation if you tell them at least 24 hours in advance.

Tip #3: Think about tipping

You may sometimes feel Spanish waiting staff are a little slow. This is a cultural thing, so don’t take it personally or get angry. Note also that Spanish people eat late, so some restaurants might not provide a full service until around 9 pm.

Good service should be rewarded with a tip of 7-10%. However, don’t feel bad if you decide they don’t deserve a tip. Tipping isn’t mandatory in Spain.

Tip #4: Be careful what you say

Be careful what you say to Spanish people. Many Spaniards are devout Catholics who may be offended by offhand blasphemy or frank statements of disbelief. If you’re a Spanish speaker, be aware the Mallorcan you approach may not be. Catalan is their main language and Spanish a second language for most.

Tip #5: Don’t wear your Speedos on the street!

Although Majorca is notorious for its wild beach life and clubbing scene, it’s actually illegal to wear swimwear on the streets. When you go to the beach, wear something over your swimwear and take a bag to tuck your outer clothes away when you get there. Otherwise, you could be slapped with a heavy on the spot fine by the police.

Tip #6: Go when it’s best for you!

If you’re into the clubbing scene and sun worship, summer is the best time to go. However, if you’re more interested in the cultural side of Mallorca, you’ll find it less crowded and more affordable in spring and fall. Winter can be quiet on the island, and many shops close or operate on limited hours.

Restaurants & Eating Out

There are over 2,400 restaurants in Mallorca, so finding somewhere good to eat won’t be difficult. The real question is, what should you eat?

Majorca boasts a wide range of unique dishes, many making use of locally produced olives, almonds, walnuts, and ramallet tomatoes. The island is a big vegetable producer, so you’ll find a lot of green in your grub.

There are cafés serving traditional cuisine all over the island, so just ask a local where they eat. One restaurant popular with Majorcans is the Meson Ca’n Pedro in Genova near Palma. There you can dine on traditional Majorcan cuisine while admiring countryside views.

Ensaimada is a popular choice for breakfast. This sugar-dusted pastry is often eaten alongside coffee. It’s like a croissant but baked using pork lard. Sometimes ensaimada come stuffed with chocolate or cream.

At lunchtime, cocarrois are popular pasties that come in a variety of different fillings. And panades are local meat pies, usually filled with lamb and peas. But coca de trampo is a more popular dish. The coca de trampo is like a pizza without cheese but with vegetable toppings consisting of tomatoes, onions, peppers, and parsley.

Pa’amb oli is a delicious local version of garlic bread. It composes a slice of moreno bread smeared in garlic and coated in pureed ramallet tomatoes and olive oil. Some locals also top it with cheese or cured ham.

Carnivores will love sobrassada, a traditional sausage with a pate like texture. It is made from pork, bacon, and a unique mix of spices. The most sought after sobrassada is made using pork from a black pig, which is a breed unique to the island.

In winter, you can find chunks of sobrassada together with vegetables in traditional rice soup. Any time of year, Majorcans spread sobrassada on crisp bread to eat as a snack alongside a cold beer.

Locals also love tumbet and fideua. Tumbet is like ratatouille, created by frying vegetables, covering them with ramallet tomato sauce and then baking them in an oven. Fideua is the Majorcan version of paella, made with pasta instead of rice.

And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love Majorca. The locally harvested almonds are used to make a tasty handmade nougat called turron. And greixonera de brossat is the best cheesecake you’ll ever taste!

Nightlife & Entertainment

The Balearic Islands are infamous for their wild nightlife. While Ibiza is the undoubted king of clubbing, Mallorca boasts many outstanding bars, clubs, and music venues of its own.

Because there are popular beaches all around the island, you’ll find many beach bars where you can sip cocktails while watching the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea.

You can find a bar or restaurant that serves drinks around the main square of any village in Majorca, but you’ll have to visit one of the larger towns or beach resorts for a livelier venue. Most hotspots are found in Palma, but there are bars and clubs aplenty in the resorts, too.

In Palma, you’ll find the greatest concentration of nightlife around the Old Town, Santa Catalina, and the Paseo Maritimo. Old Town is the area surrounding the cathedral, and that’s where you’ll find lively bars frequented by locals.

While in a traditional bar, you might like to try Herbs de Majorca, which is a famous local liqueur made from anise and other aromatic herbs. It is amber or green in color, and you’ll often find a piece of one of the herbs visible in the bottle as a marketing gimmick.

The bars around the Old Town tend to close between 1 am and 2 am. If you want to prolong your night, head down toward Santa Catalina or the marina. In Paseo Maritimo, many of the bars lining the street stay open all night long.

Around the gothic historical building known as La Llonja there’s a broad selection of more international style bars.

There’s a good selection of live music venues around Palma. Jazz seems especially popular. You’ll find the Blue Jazz Club on the 7th floor of the Hotel Saratoga, which is a restaurant where you can drink cocktails while listening to live jazz from 8 pm every evening. The Galactic Club promotes live swing music, blues, soul, and rock n’ roll.

On the southwestern coast of Mallorca lies the infamous resort of Magaluf. There you’ll see clubs and bars lining the streets, all aimed at young people on holiday.

During the peak holiday season, the clubs in Magaluf party all day and through the night. During the winter period, November through March, the resort goes into hibernation. But if you want wild nightlife from April through October, Magaluf is the place to go.

On the north coast is Port d’Alcudia, which features the BelleVue Club, one of the largest hotel complexes in Europe. There you’ll find a great selection of music venues and nightclubs surrounding the marina.

During the summer, Mallorca hosts many festivals and fiestas dedicated to parties, fireworks, and live music. The largest annual music festival is the Mallorca Live Festival held every May.

If you like country music, you’ll enjoy the Waiting For Waits Festival held in July. This quirky festival is held every July and honors the artist Tom Waits. Islanencanta (The Island That Sings) is also in July and features DJs from all around the world. And August Through September sees the Fonart Short Film Festival, with screenings all around Palma.

Getting Around

The easiest way to get around Majorca is by road. Three freeways link Palma and Palma de Mallorca Airport with other parts of the island. Traffic congestion is rare on the island. The roads are generally good quality, but the mountain roads can be narrow and steep.

The speed limit on the freeways is 75mph (120kmph), 62mph (100kmph) on main roads, and 37mph (60kmph) on side roads. Locals make frequent use of their horns.

If you’re 21 or over, it’s easy to hire a car in Mallorca, either at Palma de Mallorca Airport or any of the main resorts. But, to be honest, it’s probably easier to take a bus. The local bus company in Majorca is cheap and efficient and can take you anywhere you want to go.

The local railway is also efficient and affordable. The train is quicker than the bus but doesn’t reach as many destinations or run as many services. You can find both the main bus station and the main train station next to each other in the Plaza España, Palma.

Taxis are always an option for shorter journeys, and all are metered. Cycling is also a great way to get around the island, though I wouldn’t recommend it on those steep and windy mountain roads.

Accommodations

Mallorca is a popular destination, so there’s no shortage of places to stay. Your choice of accommodation will be determined by what kind of holiday you plan and your budget. Do you want to go to Majorca to party or to admire the landscape? Are you fascinated by Moorish architecture or drawn to Majorcan culture?

Accommodation is reasonably priced in Majorca compared to other Mediterranean tourist hotspots. The exception to this rule is during the key summer months of July and August when schools are closed and Germans, English, and other people from the north of Europe flock to the island for its summer sun.

Hotels tend to grow cheaper as you move inland. Those near the best beaches or with sea views are in demand, and those in Palma are generally the most expensive.

Many visitors stay in tourist hotels around the popular, purpose-built holiday resorts, like Magaluf, Palma Nova, and Port d’Alcudia. These offer family-friendly hotels and easy access to family-focused entertainment, beaches, and nightlife. Around the resorts, you’ll often find crazy golf courses, theme parks, and waterparks.

But if you’re a culture vulture and have the budget, you might want to stay in a luxury boutique hotel in a historic village or one of the cities and towns, like Valldemossa, Soller, and Palma. If you’re traveling as part of a group, you could rent an apartment, villa, or fincas for a week or two. Fincas are traditional Mallorcan ranch houses.

For those who love historical towns, Pollenca is a great place to stay. Rustic buildings surround a 13th-century church and market square. You can find boutique hotels in the old town, but the best places to stay are the villas spread across the nearby coastline and countryside.

And, of course, Palma is a fantastic place to stay. It’s where you can find the museums and galleries as well as popular nightspots, restaurants, and good quality hotels.

Weather

One of the reasons Mallorca is such a popular destination is its wonderful Mediterranean weather. It is sunny most of the year, and there isn’t much rain. Due to the large size of the island and the presence of mountains, its northwestern cost is notably cooler than the more sheltered southeast.

Summers are hot and dry, with average temperatures ranging from 730F to 860F in August. Despite the heat and blazing sun, cooling breezes provide pleasant conditions for sun worshipers. There is little rain in summer.

Fall is still pleasant and sunny but sees the most rainfall. In November, average temperatures range from 540F to 670F.

Winters are mild in Mallorca. The rain continues through the winter months, though less than fall. average temperatures range from 470F to 600F. High in the Tramuntana Mountains, light snowfall is common.

In spring, the rainfall decreases, and the days grow warmer. April sees average temperatures ranging from 530F to 670F.

Attractions

Majorca is an island steeped in history. It’s seen Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, and a period of independence, but is now Spain’s largest island. With all those cultures leaving their mark, you can find a broad variety of architecture and attractions.

One place you must visit is Palma de Mallorca. Palma is the capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands and the largest settlement on the island. The Old Town is where you’ll find many of the most interesting cultural attractions in Mallorca.

One ancient structure that towers over the others is La Seu, a 14th-century cathedral. Perched above Parc de la Mar, it’s one of the tallest Gothic buildings in Europe and a key landmark for any sailors approaching Palma on the sea.

The cathedral boasts 61 stunning stained-glass windows, earning it the nickname “Cathedral of Light”. Every morning, the rising sun shines through the central rose window to spread beams of colored light across the nave. La Seu was built on the site of the mosque used by the Moors who built the nearby Royal Palace of La Almudaina.

The palace is arguably the most spectacular building in Palma. It has a much longer history than the cathedral and is the official summer residence of the King of Spain.

The earliest building on the site was a Roman fortress, and in the 10th century, the Moors built their own fortress here. After Mallorca was reclaimed from the Moors, James II of Majorca transformed the Moorish fortress into his palace.

The royal family rarely occupy this building, preferring their other palace in Mallorca, the Palau de Marivent, so the Royal Palace of Almudaina is open to the public. Inside the palace, you can see tapestries and period pieces in the 3 grand rooms. The private chapel is especially beautiful.

Another spectacular fortress in Palma is Beliver Castle. The same James II who transformed Almdaina also built this impressive circular castle. The castle is a great place for keen photographers, and the circular inner yard is particularly picturesque. The Mallorca History Museum is housed inside the castle.

There are also many attractions outside of the capital. In the north, you can find the scenic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. The 55-mile-long stretch of rocky terrain is peppered with ancient olive trees and historic villages.

Here’s where you’ll find the highest peak in the Balearic Islands. Puig Major looms 4711 feet over the surrounding area. The whole mountain region was named as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

Within the Serra de Tramuntana region lies the Monestir de Lluc, a spectacular 17th-century monastery complex now open to the public. It’s worth seeing for the fine Renaissance basilica alone, but the museum is also fascinating.

The displays include an eclectic mix of folk arts and crafts, Talayotic artifacts left behind by the prehistoric inhabitants of Mallorca, and vibrant impressionist paintings.

In the same area, you’ll also find the Casa Robert Graves. This house was built by the British novelist and poet and is now a tribute to his life and works. It’s filled with period furniture and objects connected with the writer.

But if you’re more into wine than words, why not visit one of the 70 bodegas (vineyards) scattered around the island. Visiting the bodegas is a great way to see the scenic countryside of Majorca. Many vineyards offer tours and tastings.

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Robert Baker

I had the good fortune to be born in a first-world country at a time when fast international travel became possible for average people. Having shared meals with families in huts with no electricity and dirt floors, I appreciate the "little" things that my fellow Englishmen take for granted. Over the years I've worked in many different fields. I've been an archaeologist in the Scottish Hebrides, an accountant in London, and taught English in China. However,I've never enjoyed any other job as much as writing.

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