Mallorca Travel Guide: The European Paradise
Dear all, This is my first blog, so I will introduce myself….. I am David Fernandez from the European product team. Although I was born in the south of Spain, city called Malaga, I will focus my first blog in the amazing island of Mallorca, the place where I lived since 5 years ago. Have you ever dreamed of living in a place where the city center will be within walking distance? A place where if you fancy going to amazing beaches will take you no more than 30 minutes? Or spend the day in magical Tramuntana Mountains no more than 40 minutes driving? Traditionally, the island was best known for its sunny beaches and hot discos, but there is much more to Mallorca than sand, sea and sun. These are some of the things that Mallorca can offer…
Palma de Mallorca - The capital of the Balearics and has a cosmopolitan look, with many shops, restaurants, and other activities for visitors. Within walking distance you can spend the day visiting monuments like the giant cathedral and the Arab baths which are also worth a visit. Those with a shopping desire might want to visit the boutiques along Avenida Jaime III and the Paseo del Borne; there are restaurants located everywhere. The district around the cathedral contains many interesting shops and boutiques. Linens, perfumes, and glassware are popular, and the Spanish leather goods are high quality. Lladro porcelain (and other porcelains) is often a good buy. The city is dominated by its wonderful Gothic cathedral, La Seu, and most of the main sights are located within the area bounded by the old city walls, especially to the north and east of the cathedral. A half-day walk around the old city can start and end at the Plaça d’Espanya. It is a popular gathering point, and is the terminating point for many buses and the train to Sóller.
Train to Soller - Prior to 1912, the journey across the mountains of Mallorca made passage difficult, and the Palma-Sóller road was a terror to navigate (and still is!). The train ride today is much like it was almost 100 years ago. Vintage railcars with mahogany panels and brass fittings rattle along the track through numerous tunnels. The ride is not fast, it’s totally the opposite, but the vistas are spectacular! The numerous tunnels along the way provide a glimpse of how difficult construction must have been. The train goes through the mountains and arrives in a valley of orange groves between the mountains and the sea. Finally you arrive to Sóller, an old fishing town that has a fine selection of pastry shops, tapas bar and a great number of sea food restaurants… The train ride back to Palma was fun and gave the visitors an opportunity to see more of the beautiful island.
Outside Palma de Mallorca - For those who wish to venture away from Palma de Mallorca, some of the most dramatic landscape is on the northern end of the island at Cabo Formentor. The road to the end of the long, narrow peninsula is long and winding. Another option outside the city is a tour of the Caves of Drach on Mallorca’s eastern coast. This immense cave system features a natural lake and is one of the most visited sites on Majorca. Unfortunately the cave has only one admission each day at noon, so it might be a bit crowded, but worthy to visit.
Next blog I will get deeper into the range of small village to visit like. One of the most popular day trips is to Valldemossa, where some say Frederic Chopin and George Sand were the first Mallorcan tourists. Finally I will go over the selection of crystal clear beaches that are with a visit.