Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands
Mallorca is synonymous with world-renowned beaches and coves, but is also a perfect destination to enjoy countryside, golf, culture, water sports, entertainment... There are many reasons to visit this enclave in the Balearic Islands. The island measures almost 80 kilometres from one end to the other and is outstanding for its diversity. It has 550 kilometres of coast, where you will find some of the Mediterranean's most beautiful coves and beaches: white sand beaches with a full range of services, as well as small coves set between cliffs and pine groves in the north of the island. The countryside also plays an important role. Almost 40 percent of the island is protected. Its landscapes are characterised by contrast. There are outstanding areas such as the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains, in the north, with peaks reaching over 1,400 m above sea level, and the Cabrera Marine and Terrestrial Nature Reserve, a group of islands and islets, just over an hour away by boat. Towns such as Deià, Pollença and Valldemossa have captivated artists for centuries, on account of their picturesque atmosphere. Nowadays, Mallorca is a favourite holiday destination for famous people from the world of politics, film and fashion.
Palma de Mallorca
The capital of the island of Mallorca is located in the bay of the same name and enjoys an excellent climate all year round (with an average annual temperature of 17.9 centigrades). Known for its sun and beach tourism, it also has an attractive historic quarter. The Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the Lonja fish market and Plaza Mayor are some of the sites that are well worth visiting. The most beautiful monuments are surrounded by fishing boats, pine forests and palm trees. The landscape of the island is full of coves, beaches and cliffs on the coast, and inland you will find typical towns and mountain ranges up to 1,500 metres high. The variety of the landscape and culture invites visitors to explore every corner of Mallorca and to find out more about the gastronomy of the island.
La Seu, the cathedral of Palma
The cathedral is built over the city walls of Palma de Mallorca’s old town. Construction of this building began during the reign of Jaime II, and it comprises three naves. The main nave is home to the Trinidad chapel, where the remains of kings Jaime II and Jaime III are laid to rest. On the façade, special mention should be made of the main door and the south door or Mirador, especially interesting for its decoration with sculptures by Guillermo Sagrera. The Mirador door is spectacularly beautiful on account of the decoration with geometrical and vegetal motifs, while the main doorway is supported by four majestic columns. Reforms carried out by architect Antonio Gaudí at the beginning of the 20th century are another attractive feature of this building. As are the works by artist Miquel Barceló in the Santísimo Chapel: his great ceramic mural, the stained glass windows and the furniture. Furthermore, Palma de Mallorca Cathedral has a tower with 9 bells. Special mention should be made of the size of the bell known as “N’Eloi”: it measures 2 metres in diameter and weighs 4,517 kilos.
Castell de Bellver
The Bellver Castle is located atop a hill and is in Gothic style. Bellver Castle has had various different uses over the course of history. King Jaime II ordered its construction as a royal residence. In the 19th century it was converted into a mint. Its circular structure is unusual. It has three towers and a keep divided over four storeys. Inside the castle there is a circular bailey over two storeys and a patio built over a well. There is a chapel on the second floor.
Palau de la Almudaina
The "Royal Palace", constructed over the remains of the Muslim Alcazar , was the residence of the early kings.
Plaça de Cort
Here the Ajuntament, town hall, with its outstanding 17 th century facade, and the Gothic church of Santa Catalina are located.
Perhaps one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic civil architecture in all the Mediterranean area, with a great facade and fantastic interior. It was built by Guillem Sagrera and is used today as Museum of Arts.
Between Cathedral and Plaça de Cort
Here you will find several great palaces, the Archiepiscopal Palais, the church of Sant Francesc and the Arabian Baths, one of very few remains of the Moorish epoch at Mallorca. La Rambla and Avenue Jaume III are two important shopping streets with beautiful buildings, as Casa Berga (today the province's court of law) with its impressive Baroque balcony.