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Best Things To Do in Mallorca

The best things to do on Mallorca revolve around the island's stunning natural landscape and long history. White stretches of sand – such as Cala Llombards and Playa de Muro – encircle much of the island, but that's broken up by craggy cliffs and the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, beloved by hikers and cyclists. For culture and history, the capital of the Balearic Islands – Palma – is filled with treasures, such as the gothic Palma Cathedral and the circular Bellver Castle. But don't forget about quaint towns like Alcúdia, which are begging to be explored.

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#1

#1 in Mallorca

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, Serra de Tramuntana ("mountains of the north wind") are located on Mallorca's northern coast and offer travelers the chance to hike, cycle or drive through a landscape of deep gorges, jaw-dropping cliffs and the highest peak in Mallorca, Puig Major.
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Hiking Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Serra de Tramuntana
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Serra de Tramuntana ("mountains of the north wind") are located on Mallorca's northern coast and offer travelers the chance to hike, cycle or drive through a landscape of deep gorges, jaw-dropping cliffs and the highest peak in Mallorca, Puig Major.
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#2 in Mallorca

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White sands and clear, shallow waters, along with a handful of quality restaurants and hotels, make Playa de Muro a favorite strip of sand among travelers. Aside from its safe waters, Playa de Muro is also a hit thanks to its amenities, including umbrellas, restroom facilities and access for those with disabilities. And its proximity to the Parc Natural de s'Albufera de Mallorca, a nature preserve known to draw bird watchers from all over Europe, means you can hit up a trail when you're ready for a change of scenery.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Playa de Muro
White sands and clear, shallow waters, along with a handful of quality restaurants and hotels, make Playa de Muro a favorite strip of sand among travelers. Aside from its safe waters, Playa de Muro is also a hit thanks to its amenities, including umbrellas, restroom facilities and access for those with disabilities. And its proximity to the Parc Natural de s'Albufera de Mallorca, a nature preserve known to draw bird watchers from all over Europe, means you can hit up a trail when you're ready for a change of scenery.
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#3

#3 in Mallorca

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The aquamarine waves that lap Cala Llombards, located on Mallorca's southeast coast, are warm and gentle – and a favorite among families for that reason. Its picturesque setting is another point in its favor: Framed by pine trees and bobbing boatsheds, Cala Llombards boasts smooth white sands, plus a tropical beach bar that serves up cold drinks and plates of fish. In between snorkeling and sunning, you can stretch your legs on a walk toward Cala Santanyi, where you'll be rewarded with a view of Es Pontas, a natural arch rock outcropping that resembles a bridge.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Cala Llombards
The aquamarine waves that lap Cala Llombards, located on Mallorca's southeast coast, are warm and gentle – and a favorite among families for that reason. Its picturesque setting is another point in its favor: Framed by pine trees and bobbing boatsheds, Cala Llombards boasts smooth white sands, plus a tropical beach bar that serves up cold drinks and plates of fish. In between snorkeling and sunning, you can stretch your legs on a walk toward Cala Santanyi, where you'll be rewarded with a view of Es Pontas, a natural arch rock outcropping that resembles a bridge.
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#4 in Mallorca

Commissioned by James II of Aragon in the 14th century, the rounded Bellver Castle reigns atop a wooded hillside just west of Palma and offers visitors a 360-degree view of the city and the bay. Although the castle was initially constructed as a royal home, it also served as a military prison. Today, along with an unbeatable view from the top, it also offers visitors a visual timeline of Mallorca thanks to its ground-floor City History Museum (or Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat), which tells the story of Palma's past through present day and contains various ceramics, statues and other artifacts.
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver)
Commissioned by James II of Aragon in the 14th century, the rounded Bellver Castle reigns atop a wooded hillside just west of Palma and offers visitors a 360-degree view of the city and the bay. Although the castle was initially constructed as a royal home, it also served as a military prison. Today, along with an unbeatable view from the top, it also offers visitors a visual timeline of Mallorca thanks to its ground-floor City History Museum (or Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat), which tells the story of Palma's past through present day and contains various ceramics, statues and other artifacts.
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#5 in Mallorca

The Palma Cathedral Le Seu – or simply Catedral de Mallorca – started out as a mosque. But after the city fell to the French conqueror James I of Aragon, what would become centuries worth of work on the cathedral commenced. The finished product is a Gothic masterpiece, which overlooks the Bay of Palma to the south and features a spectacular pediment depicting the Last Supper. Inside, must-sees include the giant, circular rose window (one of the world's largest stained-glass windows) that measures nearly 40 feet in diameter, and Antoni Gaudí's canopy that hovers above the main altar.
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Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Palma Cathedral Le Seu
The Palma Cathedral Le Seu – or simply Catedral de Mallorca – started out as a mosque. But after the city fell to the French conqueror James I of Aragon, what would become centuries worth of work on the cathedral commenced. The finished product is a Gothic masterpiece, which overlooks the Bay of Palma to the south and features a spectacular pediment depicting the Last Supper. Inside, must-sees include the giant, circular rose window (one of the world's largest stained-glass windows) that measures nearly 40 feet in diameter, and Antoni Gaudí's canopy that hovers above the main altar.
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#6

#6 in Mallorca

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Like much of the island, Alcúdia has experienced many different reigns, from Phoenicians to Romans to Vandals. When the Moors took control of it around the year 800, they built a fortress and named it Al-Kudia or "on the hill." Later, it became a center of trading and these days, it's a beautifully restored old town complete with ancient architecture, hidden gardens and delicious eateries.
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Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Alcúdia Old Town
Like much of the island, Alcúdia has experienced many different reigns, from Phoenicians to Romans to Vandals. When the Moors took control of it around the year 800, they built a fortress and named it Al-Kudia or "on the hill." Later, it became a center of trading and these days, it's a beautifully restored old town complete with ancient architecture, hidden gardens and delicious eateries.
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#7

#7 in Mallorca

Viewing Mallorca from the water that surrounds it is a great way to experience the island’s remote corners and cerulean waters. Plus, many of the tours offer transportation from local hotels and resorts and some even include a nice meal, making the logistics simple. Most of the tours depart from and return to Palma's port, but they range in price and the length of time.  Regardless, of what tour you choose, remember to bring along sunscreen, a towel and bottled water for your day out at sea.
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Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Boat Tours
Viewing Mallorca from the water that surrounds it is a great way to experience the island’s remote corners and cerulean waters. Plus, many of the tours offer transportation from local hotels and resorts and some even include a nice meal, making the logistics simple. Most of the tours depart from and return to Palma's port, but they range in price and the length of time.  Regardless, of what tour you choose, remember to bring along sunscreen, a towel and bottled water for your day out at sea.
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