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Majorca

About Majorca

The most popular holiday island among the Germans carries many different names: “Malle”, “Ballermann” or the “17th German province”. Majorca is part of the Balearic group in the western Mediterranean Sea and is known by everyone. In the past, Majorca was mainly famous for the party area Ballermann, today the Spanish island is appreciated for its stunning landscape, various sights and numerous culinary specialties.

Majorca, with a dimension of 3,650 square kilometers, is the biggest Balearic island and the largest island in Spain. Approximately 870,000 people live on the island that has an east-west extension of 98 kilometers and a north-south extension of 78 kilometers. Half of the habitants live in the capital Palma de Majorca. The lively metropolis is a good destination for party-holiday. The Ballermann 6 (in Spanish Balneario 6) is a build-up of 15 beach bars that range from El Arena up to Can Pastilla. The Ballermann already opened its doors in 1960 when the locals found out what German tourists are mostly interested in: German beer and German food. They followed this trend and could raise the popularity of the Ballermann, so that a “17th German province” developed. If you are looking for a party holiday with lots of Sangria and German food, the Ballermann is the right place for you.

Everyone who is looking for a calm place far away from mass tourism and who wants to experience real culture, should go on a discovery trip outside of the capital. The rural part of Majorca with its fascinating views and the blue ocean can be found already when leaving the airport in Palma westwards. Idyllic mountain and harbour villages make you forget that you are in Majorca. The flora and fauna on the island is also very worth-seeing. You should do a hiking or cycling tour in one of the nature reserves. Real Spanish flair can be experienced at the eastern part of the island – Caribbean beaches, dunes and small villages are a welcomed change from the hotel experience.

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Majorca Sights

Sóller – Town of the “red flash”
The name “red flash” indicates an old railway which connects Palma de Majorca with the town of Sóller since 1912. It is recommended to start the one-hour-ride directly from the capital and go up to Sóller as you can enjoy a stunning view of the olive fields, the orange groves and the picturesque Tramuntana mountains. However, beside the landscape, the ride itself is an adventure as you will take an original electric train from 1927 with wooden wagons. The jerky ride is fun for the whole family. After the arrival in Sóller, visitors can stroll through the narrow alleys of the town and watch the lively atmosphere in one of the cozy cafés.

Cap de Formentor
The most northern point of Majorca is looming far into the sea what makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Spanish island. Departure point for a tour to the mountain landscape of Formentor is the village Port de Pollença. From here, the twisting road leads you directly to the first point of interest: The observation platform Mirador del la Nao that offers a great view of the rocky coast. If you are looking for more stunning views and if you are not afraid of the narrow twisting roads, you can make your way to the watch tower, departing opposite the car park Mirador del la Nao. Back on the normal road, the romantic drive through pine forests continues. Next stop is Cala Pi, the most picturesque bay in Majorca. The crystal clear water invites you for a relaxing refreshment. Afterwards you will arrive at the hidden bay Cala Figuera. From here it is only a short walk to the tip of the cape where a lighthouse awaits its visitors with an amazing view.

Coves de Campanet (Caves of Campanet)
The Coves de Campanet were discovered in 1945 and are far smaller than the dripstone caves at the east coast of Majorca. However, the caves of Campanet are much more virgin and natural as they are less touristic. Even during peak season you only meet very few visitors here. A guided tour of the caves is definitely recommended. During a multi-lingual tour you can use the language-breaks to marvel at the different stalactites and stalagmites. In 45 minutes you are covering a distance of 400 meters through the cave.

Ermita de Betlém
The Ermita de Betlém is a small hermitage. Driving through the picturesque landscape, the hermitage located on a castle hill becomes visible already from a far distance. The hermitage is circled by a glorious entrance gate. Entering the area behind the gate, you step into a peaceful and quiet world. At first glance you will recognize the cypress alley that leads up to the harborage and the church of the Ermita. A small gate signs the way out of the Ermita de Betlém. After a small walk up the hill you can enjoy a stunning view of the Alcudia bay.

Castell de Capdepera
The castle area of Capdepera is located on a small hill and only accessible via a narrow twisting road. It is therefore recommended to park your car at Plaça Espanya and walk up the 147 steps of a staircase. The castle consists of numerous crenelated walls and watch towers. The fortress is walkable and offers a spacious view of the surrounding area. In the year 1300, the castle only consisted of one single watch tower. 37 years later, the former king Jaume II instructed the extension of the castle area. The houses of the inhabitants were built within the castle walls to protect the people. Due to destruction, today visitors can only see the outlines of the houses.

Cala Figuera
The most beautiful fishing village in Majorca is Cala Figuera in the south-east of the island. Immediately when arriving at the village, visitors will feel the special atmosphere. The small fishing huts perfectly fit into the surrounding landscape as they are built on rocks which are only accessible via staircases. Most of the houses are white or light brown and adapt to the colours of the rocks. The gates to the boathouses are painted in green and are an eye-catching contrast. Not only the untouched atmosphere, but also the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen in the village, make Cala Figuera a place straight out of a picture book.

Jardins de Alfábia (Gardens of Alfábia)
The gardens of Alfábia are hidden between the towns of Palma and Sóller. They once were created by the Arabians. An oasis located in the gardens has developed due to the high groundwater level at the bottom of the Serra d’Alfàbia. The presence of the water does not only guarantee a green garden throughout the year, it also offers visitors a variety of watershows. Within the garden area you find an ancient manor which houses a valuable library and antique paintings and furniture.

Santuari de Bonany
The pilgrimage church Santuari de Bonany is located in the town Petra in the middle of the island. Even before entering the church ground, a stony cross will grab your attention. At this place local people once found a Madonna statue and built the church Santuari de Bonany in 1920 right next to it. The word “Bon-Any” means “a good year” and is attributed to the big aridity in 1602 when the people were all bagging for relief. A “rainmaker” finally brought the desired rain and became an important figure for the locals. Her statue was built directly behind the altar what makes obvious how much the people appreciate her. On the way to the church you find numerous cypresses that provide the site with shadow during summer. Another refreshment offers a spring with ice cold water in front of the church. The shady places on the site are a great place for having a picnic with a stunning view.

Botanical Gardens Botanicactus
The botanical garden opened its doors in 1989 and is located on the borders of Ses Salines towards Santanyi. With a size of 150,000 square meters it is the biggest botanical garden in Europe. Alone the desert-area has a size of 40,000 square meters and houses more 400 plants and 12,000 cactus species. The image of the landscape is characterized by small hills and impressing cactuses. On further 25,000 square meters Majorca’s local flora with olive, almond, orange and cypress trees is exhibited. Decorative elements like clay jugs, old donkey-carts and springs complete the Mediterranean atmosphere. Other 10,000 square meters are used for an artificial lake with a depth of four meters. Highlights of the lake are the water fountain and a small island in the middle. Around the lake you find Tropical vegetation.

Port d’Andratx
It is known as the most beautiful marina in Majorca and is located in the south-west of the popular holiday island. Numerous sailing boats and motor yachts are an attraction themselves. If you very lucky, you will get to see one or two celebrities who possess a holiday property in Port d’Andtratx. A complete opposite of the yacht-marina is the old fishing harbour where visitors can watch the fishermen at work. There is no beach in Port d’Antratx, however, this is not a disadvantage for the village as many other beautiful places, like the old houses or the palm-lined boulevard with cafés and restaurants, create a unique charme. Especially during the evening, when the last boats arrive at the harbour, the atmosphere is very romantic. An inside tip is the Cap de la Mola that offers a great view of the west-coast.