Places of interest and what to do in Mallorca
Mallorca has fantastic beautiful beaches and bays with crystal clear turquoise water. You don't get tired of that, of course, but there is much more to see and do in Mallorca. Like I wrote in the previous article "The best beaches in Mallorca", Mallorca is also a cycling and hiking paradise. We made several breathtaking walks in the north and west of the island. Below you will find some places of interest that are definitely worth doing and that give your trip some variety.
Coves de Campanet
There are the Coves de Campanet, located in the Tramuntana mountain range on Mount Sant Miguel. You can visit them from 10u00 in the morning. In 1945, a farmer hit the cave when he was looking for a water source on his land. He extended a small opening, from which he could feel a draft of air... et Voilà: The Coves de Campanet were discovered. After a few adaptation works to make access to the caves possible, they were opened to the public in 1948. The complete tour lasts about 40 minutes and the total distance over the ground is slightly more than 400 meters.
The cave has several galleries and rooms and is worth seeing. Our children, then 6 & 8 year, liked it. The duration of the tour was 40 min, and ideal for there age.
Opening hours: All days of 10u00-17u30 (18u30 summer)
Price: 10 € pp (children 8 €)
Alcudia is completely surrounded by a medieval city wall with 26 towers. You can walk along the wall, both on the outside and on the inside. The number of inhabitants in Alcudia is around the 20.000 of which 6000 live in the city itself. Before Palma, Alcudia was Majorca's main City. There are some attractions, the 4 city gates including Porta del Moll and Porta de Mallorca, the church of Sant Jaume d'Alcúdia and Teatre Roma, an archaeological site. The city has, as in most Spanish villages, cozy narrow streets and shady squares. Nice town to visit.
Lluc - Pilgrimage site and starting point of many walks.
This pilgrimage site is well hidden in the Tramuntana Mountains.
Since the 13de The Black Madonna is worshiped here in the beginning, in the beginning by the many pilgrims who came to Lluc from Soller and Pollença, but today mainly by tourists who come here from all over the world.
You can stay overnight in the monastery. The guesthouse consists of 81 rooms and 39 apartments with kitchen, all of which have a private bathroom with central heating. There are even rooms with TV!
The monastery is a good base for short walks of 5 km to long day walks of 25 km through the Torrent de Pareis gorge to Sa Calobra. At the main entrance of the monastery, you will find the information desk where you can book accommodation or get information about your visit to Lluc or simply via the Lluc's website. We made in the neighborhood three beautiful walks that are worth it.
The tour starts on Pelgrimsplein where you see the town hall on the left. The sleeping places are on your right and the main building of the sanctuary in front of you. These accommodations were actually designed as accommodation for the many pilgrims on horseback, but are now mainly used as a guesthouse. Here you can reserve a room.
The church of Lluc
At the beginning of the 20 century, the whole church was decorated in the same baroque style as the choir. From this time on, the interior appears to be covered with gold.
After the church was completed, a dedication service was celebrated on 17 July 1914 by Bishop Père-Joan Campins. There is a statue of this bishop on the square.
Spread over the grounds there are various restaurants and cafés where you can eat and drink something quietly.
Port de Sa Calobra
You can get there by liner from Port de Soller, by bus or by car. From the landing place you go through a beautifully laid path that runs along the sea, through 2 tunnels to the beach. It can be very busy on the beach with pebbles. The farther you lie from the sea, the more space you have. We certainly did not mind, and have opted for a bit more distance from the sea, but also more peace. There are also a few pools in that part where my son liked to snorkel. It was full of fish and soon had a boyfriend who searched for everything that lived in that pool. Fortunately I brought his net.
Torrent de Pareis
My dad and I went for a walk. You can walk a bit of the Torrent de Pareis gorge. I wasn't really dressed for it, just a swimsuit and slippers, so we didn't get very far.
What was striking was once you were away from the pebble beach, how few people walked there and how quickly it was quiet. After walking 20 for a minute between the gorge, we arrived at a rock the size of a small house.
You can climb over the rock on the leftside, after which you can continue. At this point we returned. Everywhere you saw mountain goats on the rock walls and on our path 2 goats were busy fighting over something.
If we come to Mallorca again, we will certainly try to take the big walk from Lluc. It is a difficult walk and too difficult for small children. We made three smaller but very beautiful walks.
Here you can find additional information about Torrent de Pareis.
By train to Port de Sóller
Until the beginning of the 20th century, in order to travel from Sóller to the capital Palma, another carriage was taken. They then had to cross a high mountain along the Sóller Pass, in order to reach Palma via steep, narrow and unpaved roads. Due to the high costs, the construction of the railway was postponed to 1907. The longest tunnel on the route to Port de Sóller is 2.8 km long. From that year on, the works were started in both Sóller and Palma.
The first train reached Sóller from Palma on 30 September 1911.
Train ride through 13 tunnels
The railway line has a narrow gauge railway, a track width of 914 mm and runs through 13 tunnels and across various bridges. The train runs over the viaduct "Cinc-Ponts" with its five arches of 8 meters high.
Note: It is not possible to make a reservation in advance. It is recommended to be present between 40 min and an hour in advance to be able to buy tickets at the counter. You can not pay with bank cards. The ride takes about an hour and you can not bring bicycles.
In Sóller you can then take a tram to Port de Sóller and vice versa. The journey by tram takes about 30 min. The tickets are sold on the tram.
You can buy a combi-ticket in Palma (train + tram): 32 € Palma-Port de Sóller-Palma
Address departure Palma: Eusebio Estada, 1. | 07004 Palma de Mallorca
Tel .: 971 75 20 51 or 971 75 20 28
From Port de Pollença it is a 13 km drive via a winding road to Cap Formentor, the extreme point of the peninsula. If you want you can visit the lighthouse and eat or drink something in the bar. On the way to the top you will pass various viewpoints, which are certainly worthwhile. Mirador Es Colomer has a beautiful view of the 300 meter steep cliffs of Formentor and is most beautiful just before sunset. Be sure to follow the path from the parking lot to the tower at the very end. There is also a viewpoint with a view of Cap Formentor. It can be very busy on the narrow road on some stretches.
Located in a green valley, Valldemossa is one of the most beautiful mountain villages we have visited. The ride from Campanet takes about an hour, but we have no complaints. The village is located at an altitude of 420 meters above sea level and is known because the world famous composer Chopin and the writer George Sand lived there. There is even a statue of Chopin in the square, at the entrance of the monastery. The 14e You can visit the Scandinavian Carthusian monastery that now serves as a museum.
In 1835 the monastery was privatized by the secularization legislation and cells could be rented. Both Chopin and George Sand rented a room in 1938. The writer wrote the book "a winter on Majorca" that you can still buy.
The shady garden surrounding the monastery is also worth seeing. You have a good view of the turret of the monastery.
The garden is just as well maintained as the museum and a walk through it is a nice change from the many narrow streets of Valldemossa. There is no shortage of shops, cafes and restaurants. You have them to choose. Because the village is so famous, there are many tourists and souvenir seekers. Parking is therefore not always easy. We parked for free just outside Valldemossa. Valldemossa should not be missing from the "What to do in Mallorca" list!