Category: Attractions

Category: Attractions

Manacor to Alcudia

The Manacor to Alcudia route begins in Manacor, Mallorca's second-largest city, best known as the birthplace of tennis great Rafael Nadal and as a centre of furniture manufacturing.

There’s not a lot to see here; however the Esglesia dels Delors de Nostra Senyora church is worth a visit, so is the Manacor History Museum.

When you leave Manacor, follow the signs for Porto Cristo where you have the opportunity to visit the Caves of Drach, one of the largest caves in Europe and 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.

From Porto Cristo follow the signs for Son Servera and Cala Millor, a lovely road; which meanders through orchards until you arrive at Cala Millor; which is a good place to stop for a short beach break.

The route then takes you east into Son Servera and then to Capdepera, largely undiscovered by the majority of visitors to the island. The biggest attraction in Capdepera is the ‘Castell de Capdepera’, it is a quite demanding walk uphill but the views are outstanding.

From Capdepera, take the road to Artà, a quiet, attractive rural town with a maze of narrow streets, medieval buildings and pretty cafes with an impressive hilltop fortress built in the 14th century.

From there, continue along the coastal road around the bay to Alcúdia, a beautiful medieval walled town of quiet charm and character.

Surrounded by mighty walls that contain historic mansions, scenic plazas, cafés with beautiful terraces & warm-stone houses, this vibrant town is a year-round destination, providing a rich taste of history and culture.

The Manacor to Alcudia drive is an excellent way to spend a day taking you through some great locations and with some incredible views.

Sa Calobra Serpentine

Just 13km long, the Sa Calobra Serpentine (MA-2141) is one of the most scenic drives in the world.

It is referred to as ‘The Snake’ by locals but ‘Spaghetti’ would be more apt and was built specifically to avoid tunnels resulting in a road that snakes through the landscape often with a gradient in excess of 7%; which is why it is very popular with cyclists and is mentioned in our ‘best cycling routes’ section.

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.

The Sa Calobra Serpentine was manually built in 1932 and was created by the engineer Antonio Paretti and is a masterpiece of twists and turns; however it is one of the most dangerous roads in Spain with no marked central line and no guardrails and much too much traffic especially during the summer.

At times, the road is very narrow and impassable for 2 cars at the same time and on rainy days, the asphalt becomes extremely slippy. It should not be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. 

The 25 minute route is an unforgettable and sensational experience but definitely not for anyone who is nervous of steep, winding descents. It has more than 50 curves with the majority of those being hairpins and the gradient can reach as high as 11.5%.

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.

Palma Arab Baths

Palma Arab Baths (Banys Arabs) is a 10th century ancient bathhouse and some of the last remnants of the Arab City known as Medina Mayurqa, the capital of Muslim Mallorca for 300 years.

The Arab bathhouse or ‘hammams’ is located in the gardens of a former nobleman's manor on the quiet street of Can Serra within the narrow streets of the medieval quarter of Palma and amazingly, the building is still intact.

Palma Arab Baths are similar to those found in other Islamic cities. The steam room has a preserved tepidarium with a cupola (dome) in the shape of a half orange; which is supported by 12 columns believed to have been recycled from a number of Roman buildings as each column is different.

The cupola has various round apertures to allow steam to escape the room and there is a double floor through which the hot water and steam travelled, proof that this room was used for hot baths. The cupola also has five oculi which let in light.

The bathhouse has a walled garden with cactus, palm and orange trees and is where the residents of the manor would have cooled off after their bath. Many locals come here to enjoy a refreshment during the day.

Palma’s Arab Baths are located on Carrer de Can Serra, just behind the Museum of Mallorca. It’s easy to reach the Baths on foot from downtown; they are about five minutes’ walk from Palma Cathedral.

The Cathedral occupies the site of what once was the central mosque of Medina Mayurka.

Arab Baths

The story behind the cathedral is long and full of interesting twists but began with the young King Jaume 1 who vowed to build a grand cathedral if he was successful in surviving a storm and also ridding the island of Moors.

The Arab Baths are open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and the entrance fee is €2.50.

Hidropark Alcúdia

Hidropark Alcúdia 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 and 1km away from the medieval walled town of Alcúdia. 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. Add to the list, bouncy castles & trampolines and it is easy to see that this park could keep a family entertained for the whole day.

Just in case you run out of things to do, there is also a 54 hole mini golf course to try and paintball too!

The park does not allow visitors to bring their own picnic; however there are fast food places and bars on-site.

The park is open each day from 1 May to 30 October from 10am to 5pm, during July and August, it stays open until 6pm.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults and children aged 11+ €24.90, Children 3-10 €17.90, Seniors €17.90. There is a small discount if you purchase your tickets online from their official website.

After you’ve finished at the water park and if time permits, consider taking a short drive to Alcúdia. Surrounded by mighty walls that contain historic mansions, scenic plazas, cafés with beautiful terraces & warm-stone houses, this vibrant town is a year-round destination, providing a rich taste of history and culture.

For further information about Hidropark Alcúdia, visit their website at – hidroparkalcudia.com

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Katmandu Park

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.

The on-site resort hotel is themed around The Legend of Katmandu™ – a mythical story featuring a Great Yeti who guards the powerful Red Jewel, Desirata™ – its a lot of fun and includes hotel employees wearing Steampunk costumes and check in at a whimsical, time-travelling tram.

There’s some benefits for families who stay at the hotel; which include a free Sol Katmandu Play pass worth €200 per day for a family of four, it gets you into the park until 6pm daily with options to upgrade to a Gold pass, which includes night time entry.

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.

For a full list of available attractions, check out the Katmandu Park website at – katmandupark.com

If you are feeling peckish, the Snack Shack in the centre of the park serves hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries, hamburgers, cold drinks including alcohol plus tea and fresh coffee.

The park is usually open until 10pm, obviously being Magaluf, it can get quite boisterous in the evening so if you are with children, the best time to visit is during the day.

Further information about Nightlife in Magaluf.

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Son Amar Dinner Show

The glamorous Son Amar Dinner Show is famous on the island among both residents and visitors and has 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 Son Amar Dinner 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. They state that they are building a bigger and even more exciting vision for the future of entertainment in Mallorca. We can’t wait to see how they can improve on a show that is already so good!

In the past, the show has been amazing with renowned artists entertaining guests with a mix of acrobatics, modern ballet, Flamenco and gymnastics – all to great music and a superb multi-colour laser light show.

The history of Son Amar is impressive. It has grown from a humble outdoor barbecue dinner with a hog roast, to an amazing 2,000 people capacity theatre producing spectacular shows that have attracted International visitors from all over the world.

A special mention must be made of the Flamenco at Son Amar, it is simply outstanding. The costumes are magnificent and the skills of the Flamenco troop are incredible.

The Son Amar show is located on the Sóller road near the village of Palmanyola, just 11 km from Palma.

Aqualand El Arenal

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. Aqualand El Arenal is much prettier than the other water parks in Mallorca with plenty of tree-shaded lawned areas where you can relax, cool down, have an ice-cream and watch the world go by.

Aqualand Arenal is one of the island’s largest waterparks and it caters for all ages. Kids can enjoy Children’s Paradise or Polynesia, which are fun, colourful and child-friendly pools with waterslides or opt for one of the other four themed areas such as Adventureland and Dragonland.

Adrenaline junkies have a superb choice of rides & slides to keep them happy. Try Tsunami, a 15m high half pipe with two vertigo slides or challenge your friends or family to a race down Anaconda’s twists and turns. If those rides don’t hit the mark, then you also have King Cobra, Fórmula Race, Tornado, Kamikaze, The Devil’s Tail & Banzai to try to name a few!

After all of the thrills & spills and you’re ready for a break, there are few cafes to choose from or you can check out the gift shop for a souvenir or two.

We recommend that you book in advance to beat the crowds and maximize your time at Aqualand El Arenal.

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Western Water Park

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.

There’s something for everyone at Western Water Park; which is divided into three different sections called Western Land, Indian Town and El Paso.

You’ll find swimming pools and water fountains; which are perfect for toddlers, lots of places to grab something to eat including a pizzeria and an ice-cream shop plus if you want to bring along your own food, there are designated picnic spots within the park.

Western Water Park is unique from the other two parks on the island due to its diving show; which occur three times a day and is really fun. You get synchronised diving, high diving and diving whilst set on fire.

The park is open each day from 10am to 5pm (May, June and September) and 10am to 6pm (July and August).

The ticket prices range according to age and there are discount packages available.

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Other water parks on the island are Aqualand El Arenal and Hidropark Alcúdia.

Both of these parks provide excellent facilities and a fun-family day out.

Royal Palace Of La Almudaina

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, the Royals prefer to spend summer in the Palau Marivent (in Cala Major) instead. In fact, since King Jaume III died in 1349, no king has lived in La Almudaina on a permanent basis.

Remodelled in the Levantine Gothic style by the Christians, The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is located opposite the magnificent Palma Cathedral, La Seu. Its elevated position has provided the palace with protection and strategic importance over the years and the building still serves as the Balearics military command.

Today, the palace is one of the capital’s main attractions and tourists can enjoy incredible, scenic views overlooking the Bay of Palma in addition to exploring the inside of the palace and its numerous rooms.

Whilst exploring the interior of the palace, you will find three grand rooms with bricked-in-Gothic arches that have been cut off in the middle, they were once double their height and would have formed a vast hall. These rooms have been luxuriously decorated and furnished with period pieces and tapestries.

Within the main courtyard, you will find the 11th century lion fountain and and the entrance to St Anne’s Chapel. This Chapel was built for the Queen at the beginning of the 14th century, as was St. James’s Chapel, which was for the use of the King.

The grand staircase takes you up to the royal apartments with beautiful timber ceilings and lavishly appointed rooms, which are worth seeing as many of the palace rooms are completely bare.

Beneath the palace are the S’Hort del Rei gardens which are a great place to sit, relax and watch the world go by. Look out for Joan Miro’s Egg sculpture and the Arc de la Drassana, once the gateway to the royal docks.

If you are staying in Palma, it’s a short walk or public bus ride to the Royal Palace. There is also plenty parking spaces in front of the Cathedral along the Paseo Marítimo.

The palace is open from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday (closed on Monday) and 10am – 6pm on weekends and public holidays. Prices are €7 (basic), €4 (reduced) with an extra €4 for a guide or €3 for an audio guide.

Visitors can explore the grand rooms and apartments, and the chapel, at their leisure. See the opulent art, tapestries and furniture, then wander through the tranquil gardens.

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Free entrance: Wednesday all day and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.

Further information can be found on the official website – patrimonionacional.es

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The Caves Of Drach

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. The tour of the caves covers around 1.2km and due to the number of visitors, takes place at a very slow pace. You will be led through the many chambers accompanied by a multilingual commentary, which finishes at a vast amphitheatre and Lake Martel.

The chambers are jaw-dropping beautiful and very cleverly lit in a multitude of bright colours designed to enhance dimensions and highlight the impressive stalactites and stalagmites which adorn each chamber. There is also an underground river. It feels at times like you have been transported to a different world.

During your tour, you will go about 25 metres deep; which results in the caves having 80% humidity and a temperature of around 21°C.

The duration of each tour is one hour. The opportunity does exist to take a short boat ride on the lake at the end of the concert.

If you are driving to the caves, there is free parking and also picnic areas. You’ll also find a café and a souvenir shop plus free WIFI.

The Caves of Drach are open all year round, offering four daily excursions during winter increasing to seven for the summer months.

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BEWARE: There are TWO cave attractions in Porto Cristo. Cuevas dels Hams is much smaller than then the Caves of Drach and contrary to some of their advertising, they do not have a boat ride or concert. Their tickets are also much more expensive than the Drach caves. Many of the road signs around Porto Cristo are misleading and it is easy to think you are being directed to the Caves of Drach.

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