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Scenic drives with picture-postcard landscapes, National Parks, historic buildings, underground lakes, family-friendly water parks or a show packed with acrobatics, dancing, gymnastics and visual effects. Here's our list of the best attractions on the island.
A scenic drive, razor-edged cliffs, a windswept lighthouse & Eleonora’s falcons are all features of the northern tip of the 20 km Formentor peninsula, Cap de Formentor. During their migration periods, you will also see thousands of seabirds resting on the limestone peaks that jut far out to sea. This picture-postcard landscape is dotted with cliffs and pine groves and during the drive to the penisnsula, you will see jaw-dropping scenery with amazing opportunities to take photos along the way.
The best known National Park in the Balearic islands is the Archipelago de Cabrera National Park which was established in 1991 and is located about 14 kilometres south of the Mallorcan coast. The Archipelago consists of 19 small islands and islets and the whole area is designated as a Terrestrial and Maritime National Park, most of which is covered by the sea. The dry, hilly, natural islands are a haven for birdlife with as many as 150 different species of birds stopping there during their migration.
White sand beaches, wetlands, turquoise seas, coastal cliffs, dry stone walls and rustic sheds are all features that you will find in the 766 hectare Parc Natural de Mondragó, a beautiful area of Mallorca that is well-known as a birdwatching destination but is also popular for swimming & hiking. This picturesque coastal reserve is located in the south of the island close to the town of Santanyí. Despite being remote, the park is very popular and is characterised by small dry-stone-walled fields and tiny winding lanes framed by olive, almond and fig trees.
Sa Calobra is a small village on the coast that is widely regarded as having the best unspoilt cove on the island. It also has a hidden beach and an incredible gorge – Es Torrent de Pareis. Tourists flock to this location in their hundreds all year around to admire the jaw-dropping scenery and to enjoy the incredible journey there with its twisting roads and spectacular views. With a 800m descent over 12km and the infamous 270 degree loop known as the 'Knotted Tie' and incredible mountain views of Mallorca’s highest mountain, Puig Major, the road to Sa Calobra is an adventure in its own right.
For over 30 years, the Pirates Adventure Show in Mallorca has dazzled over 3 million spectators with a non-stop, swashbuckling show packed with acrobatics, dancing, gymnastics and visual effects that rivals Cirque du Soleil. Mallorca’s number one show will sweep you up into the exciting world of pirates as you feast on a hearty dinner. Enjoy a night of acrobatics, gymnastics and pirate duels during an action packed evening that perfectly blends adventure, comedy and romance. This is a truly unforgettable family experience with different seating categories to suit all budgets >
Located in Playa de Palma and close to the airport, Palma Aquarium is one of the finest in Europe and has an excellent reputation for its marine research, conservation and preservation programs. The aquarium has a very impressive display of live coral and many of the corals that you will see have been breed within the premises. The 55 tanks at the aquarium are filled with five million litres of salt water and they are home to sea creatures from the Mediterranean and also far-away oceans. The central tank has a transparent tunnel, which you can walk through >
This is the strictly adults only version of the family-friendly show, Pirates Adventure. You get all the thrills and spills of the show that has entertained millions over the past 30 years in addition to a +18 script and daring dance routines. If you’re looking for a great night out with your friends and want a change from the usual bar and club itinerary, then Pirates Reloaded is the ticket! It’s a high-energy show with an electric party atmosphere, live DJ sets and world class performances.
The vast, beautiful and historic Palma Cathedral ('La Seu' in Catalan) is without question, the major architectural landmark in the capital city. The awesome predominantly Gothic 14th century structure is located in the heart of the city and the sheer scale of the golden sandstone building makes it impossible to miss. Climbing high above the old city walls, the cathedral is the glory of Palma, a magnificent demonstration of the wealth and strength of the island’s Christian conquerors, from the sea, it is a superb sight.
Even if you are only on the island for a short visit, the narrow-gauge, train journey from Palma to Sóller should be close to the top on your things-to-do list. One of the most rewarding excursions on the island, the vintage train to Sóller is a very popular attraction with a journey time of around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Sometimes known as the Orange Express, the wooden train was originally introduced to transport oranges and lemons from the Sóller valley to the capital, replacing a stagecoach service, which crossed the high mountains via the Sóller pass on a steep, narrow dirt track, which was exhausting and tediously slow.
One of the largest caves in Europe and located in Mallorca, the Cuevas del Drach are considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World. Within the caves is Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes on the planet; which today plays host to a boat-borne classical music program; which attracts visitors from far and wide. The lake is named after French geologist Edouard Martel who first mapped the cave in 1896. The caves are located on the east coast of the island within walking distance of the small town of Porto Cristo and they are extremely popular so do expect the inevitable crowd.
Castell de Bellver is a well-preserved 14th century circular castle straddling a wooded hillside to the west of Palma with spectacular views of the Bay of Palma and the Tramuntana mountains in the distance. Surrounded by fragrant pine woods, the castle is unique in design and is Spain’s only round castle. Now a renowned Palma landmark located at the top of the hill Puig de Sa Mesquida, the former grand fortress and Catalan Gothic masterpiece attracts visitors by the hundreds who come to admire the architecture, the views and visit the interesting ground-floor museum.
The Royal Palace of La Almudaina was a 10th century Muslim fortress (alcázar ) prior to being converted into a residence for the Mallorca Royal Family at the end of the 13th century. A long time before the Moors arrived in the 10th century, the site had been utilised by both the Talaiots and the Romans and the area was once home to a Roman fort. Symbolically, the King of Spain still resides here; however it is unlikely that you will see him there with the exception of an occasional important ceremony >
Inca is the third largest town in Mallorca and is located in the heart of the island. The town is famous for its leather products and its weekly market, which takes place every Thursday and attracts visitors from far and wide. They say that the best way to get to know the island is through its traditions and local products, if that’s the case then Inca is all about leather, wine, Quely biscuits and some of the best Ensaimada on the island. A combined visit to the weekly market and old Leather Factory store is recommended to make the most of your visit inland.
Located in the southwest resort of Magaluf, Western Water Park is a fun family-friendly day out full of rides, slides, thrills & spills. Designed to entertain both children and adults, the slides range from small and fun to really high and terrifying! The park includes the 11th highest water slide in the world aptly named The Beast, there’s also a further six rides designed specifically for adrenaline junkies such as The Whip, Tornado and Boomerang. For younger adults and the less adventurous, there are moderate rides, Grand Canyon and Hurricane are popular so is the Tam Tam Splash wave pool.
Located just 12km south of Palma is Aqualand el Arenal with wave pools, artificial rivers and waterslides a plenty. It’s a fun, family-friendly day out and a terrific way to enjoy a hot summer day in Mallorca. For those just looking for a quiet and relaxing time, there are plenty of areas to sunbathe or swim. Try a float down the lazy Congo River or check out Dragonland for a swim near a giant dragon. The park is much prettier than the other water parks in Mallorca with plenty of tree shaded lawned areas where you can relax and watch the world go by.
The glamorous Son Amar dinner shows are famous on the island amongst both residents and visitors and have been entertaining guests for more than 50 years. Located within a purpose-built hi-tech theatre on the Son Amar estate, the show is a world-class, high energy programme of dance, music, magic and comedy set on impressive stage sets with spectacular costumes. The show is currently undergoing a big transformation according to information on the Son Amar website and is currently only open for private events and weddings.
There is only one theme park in Mallorca and it goes by the name of Katmandu Park. Its a fun place, a little wacky and a little bizarre and not very big; however it has enough going on to keep you entertained for 4 to 6 hours. Located in Magaluf, the park contains mind-blowing attractions, water park thrills & games plus an on-site hotel, Sol Katmandu Park complete with a giant yeti scaling the outside of the building. You’ll find 10+ attractions at the park including an upside down Tibetan house where you can journey through time and imagination, the undersea world of KATOPIA Splash Park and KATOPIA Soft Play Adventure, the 16m high K3 Climb or if you prefer, you can take on the living dead in the ZOMBIES! XD Dark Ride.
Hidropark is the only water park in the north of the island and is located close to the beach and city centre in Port d'Alcudia. The park is ideal for families and smaller children. It is also quite large with a good variety of water attractions spread over 40,000 square metres. You’ll find numerous rides, slides, pools, chill-out areas and even a children’s playground plus an infant area – something to keep everybody entertained. The waterslides are the main draw for visitors to the park and include Kamikaze rides, parallel slides, foam slides, multi-slides and spirals but there’s also plenty to do for the less adventurous such as the wave pool, waterfalls, fountains, shallow splash pools and climbing frames.
Exploring a national park with its own marine reserve on this magnificent island is truly as good as it gets. Come and enjoy this family friendly excursion complete with caves, coves, towns and local food.