Mallorca is the holiday destination for those who love sun, sea and sand. However, there is much more to see and do than just beautiful beaches and fun. There are a lot of natural sights and several cultural and historical places that are worth leaving the pool or the sea.
The airport of Mallorca is, as the name suggests, located just 8 kilometers from the capital of the island. Mallorca airport is the second busiest and also the largest in Spain. During the summer months it even has the honor to go through life as the busiest airport in the country.
TUI Airlines flies from several European cities to the Spanish holiday destinations. The company is Dutch so has its headquarters in Amsterdam.
Malaga is a prime destination for low-budget airlines. Easyjet offers flights from several European cities to the island at low rates.
From New York, Mallorca can be reached in 11 hours and 25 minutes. London has a flight time of 2 hour and 25 minutes. Mallorca can be reached with direct flight from European capitals, however intercontinental flights often require a stopover.
The caves of Cuevas del Drach are one of the top sights of Mallorca. Although discovered much earlier, they were only opened to the public in 1896. You will find stalactites and stalagmites here in all strange shapes and sizes. The caves also contain one of the largest underground lakes in the world (177 meters long, 40 meters wide and 30 meters deep). You can sail with boats in the cave, which is very busy in the summer and holiday periods.
The Serra de Tramuntana follows the entire northwest coast of Mallorca. This spectacular mountain range is an unmissable attraction for those who love nature. This chain covers almost a third of the island. The area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 and is generally considered to be of exceptional value to humanity.
To the west of Palma you can find the Bellver Castle. The castle was built in the 14th century under the leadership of King James II of Mallorca. Originally the castle was also the official residence of the kings of Mallorca, but later it was used as a military prison. On the inside of the castle you can find an interesting historical museum. The castle is particularly striking for the fact that it is one of the few round castles in Europe.
Eat as much as possible locally produced food. This is good for the environment and the local economy. Moreover, you discover the local specialties.
Make use of local facilities. Avoid an all-inclusive vacation or international hotel chains, rather sleep in smaller family hotels.