Category: Towns

Category: Towns

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.

Nightlife in Magaluf

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it! Nightlife in Magaluf is infamous and the town is the party capital of Mallorca. The Strip (real name Puenta Baena) is a magnet for the young and the not so young and in just half a mile, you’ll find over 50 bars & 5 nightclubs.

Magaluf has just one ‘superclub’ and that is BCM Magaluf; which has consistently been voted in the top 10 nightclubs in the world by DJ Mag. This 5,000 capacity club is a must visit venue for anyone that enjoys nightlife.

BCM is being fully refurbished and you can subscribe to their newsletter via their website to receive information about the opening date, artists & events.

In the past, many great DJs have played at BCM including Snoop Dogg, David Guetta and Tiesto (to name a few).

Other nightclubs in Magaluf include Boomerang, Tokio Joes, Bananas & Car Wash; which are all part of the Magaluf Club Pass (MCP). Also included in the MCP is one strip club. The pass allows you entry into all 5 venues on the same night for the price of 1 club ticket. It is a great way to enjoy nightlife in Magaluf on a budget.

When it comes to bars, there is a lot of choice in Magaluf and it is not our intention to list them all here, instead we highlight a few bars that we believe should not be missed.

Stereo Bar adds a modern twist to Magaluf with a large outdoor seating area. Its either the first bar on the Strip if you’re going uphill or the last! With live DJs & live sports, Stereo is a good place to start or finish your night.

A big favourite in Magaluf is Eastenders Bar, it is not on the Strip but not far away and is the place to go to watch football. If you fancy yourself as a singer, Eastenders Bar also host karaoke. Sunday lunch at Eastenders is legendary

If you fancy a night off the Magaluf strip, or before heading to BCM, then Panama Jacks is a great venue, it is located opposite BCM Planet Dance and is always very busy.

A big favourite among tourists is Crystals Bar at the bottom of the Strip, the VIP Booths here are excellent and the DJs play chart music until 4am.

For Shisha or for football on giant screens, head to Linekers Bar or if you want drinking games and party music, head to the Red Lion.

Early starters and day drinkers will feel at home in Mulligans or Jack Daniels.

For something different and a break from the Strip, we recommend the  Pirates Adventure Show which for over 30 years, 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.

There is a 18+ version of the show called Pirates Reloaded or at the same venue, you could try out Gringos Bingo, this is bingo but not as you know it! It is the ultimate night out for adults of all ages. Expect chaos, raves, dance-offs, funny prizes and big prizes!

Inca Market

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 the weekly Inca 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 the market, leather, wine, Quely biscuits and some of the best Ensaimada on the island.

A combined visit to Inca market and the old Leather Factory store is recommended to make the most of your visit inland.

The brand ‘Camper’ famous for footwear began life in Inca and you can visit the Camper Outlet Village and Factory when you are there. You’ll find lots of bargains in a wide range of styles for men, women and children.

The market is the biggest open air market in Mallorca and is held on the streets in the town centre from 8am to 1pm. It’s a colourful, vibrant and lively experience with hundreds of stalls and to make the most of it, you should put aside a few hours of your time.

There’s an abundance of leather goods for sale ranging from jackets to bags to shoes; however there is also a wide variety of other products for sale such as local crafts, textiles and fruit & vegetables.

Prices on the stalls are set; however the traders love to haggle, there’s some great deals to be made especially if you get there early in the morning.

Inca is mostly a residential town, full of native Mallorcans living alongside a small expat community and has excellent public transport links with the rest of the island.

You will find Inca on the main road from Palma to Alcúdia if you are driving. By train, there are direct connections from Palma, Sa Pobla and Manacor.

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Tranvía de Sóller

The Tranvía de Sóller is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Mallorca. It is a tram nicknamed ‘red lightning’; which connects the beautiful town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

We’re not sure why the tram is referred to as ‘red lightning’, it is neither red nor very fast. The trams are orange in colour with wooden framed windows, open-sided wagons and wooden benches. The tramline opened in 1913 and some of the railcars and carriages used today date back to this period of time.

The journey from Sóller to the port takes around 15 minutes and passes through Plaza de la Constitución; which is the main square in Sóller and is a very popular meeting place for both locals and tourists. The tram passes cafes and bars with outside seating areas and you are so close to the tables, it is possible to see what people are eating and drinking.

From the square, Tranvía de Sóller passes by numerous orange groves and the old port facilities before reaching its destination.

The history of the Tranvía de Sóller is closely linked to that of the Tren de Sóller (the railway line that has connected Sóller with the island's capital Palma de Mallorca since 1912 with the tramline opening in 1913 as an extension of the route.

From the beginning, the rail cars were powered by electricity and initially, they served the dual function of transporting both people and goods. Freshly caught seafood was transported one way with coal and ammunition being transported in the other direction to resupply the former submarine and naval base at Port de Sóller.

The energy supply was provided by a separate power station located at the Sóller railway station.

Port de Sóller is a very pretty coastal village located in a large and protected horseshoe bay separated from the rest of Mallorca by the Tramuntana mountain range.

For further information about the tram, please visit the official website.

The most scenic driving route in Mallorca

This driving route takes you from Andratx to Port de Sóller via Banyalbufar, Valldemossa & Deià and is the most scenic drive on the island.

This is an incredible drive that begins at Andratx, the largest town in southwest Mallorca and follows the MA-10 north to the very pretty and rustic mountain village of Estellencs. The route to this village is an attraction in its own right with the deep blue Mediterranean sea to the left-hand-side and the dramatic and changing face of the Tramuntana Mountains to your right. The landscape is covered in thick pines at times and sometimes it is arid and sparsely vegetated.

Before you arrive at the laid-back and quiet little village of Estellencs, you will see a restaurant called 'Es Grau' on the left-hand-side of the road; which has the most incredible views from its terrace and is the perfect location for a stop.

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The first thing you will want to do when you come to Estellencs is reach for your camera, the narrow timeworn streets with their flower adorned stone buildings framed by the mountains is picture postcard perfect, no wonder that this beautiful village is a magnet for hikers and cyclists.

From Estellencs, continue north along the MA-10 until you reach the small picturesque and authentic coastal hillside town of Banyalbufar. This quaint, rabbit warren of a town is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range and boasts many visitors who wish to stroll down the beautiful plant-lined lanes which wind down towards the sea and admire the glorious views and stunning sunsets.

From Banyalbufar, the driving route takes you inland for a few kilometres before resuming its northward trajectory to the eye-catching village of Valldemossa, famous for the Valldemossa Charterhouse, a palace /  monastery where King Sancho of Majorca resided prior to his death in 1324 and the musician Frédéric Chopin and the writer George Sand lived from 1838 to 1839.

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Surrounded by the wooden slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains, the village boasts tree-lined, cobbled lanes, stunning villas and ancient blonde stone houses.

Whilst you are in Valldemossa, we recommend that you try Coco de Patata, a sweet tasting potato pastry; which is sold in every bakery in the village.

From Valldemossa, the driving route continues north to the small mountain-coastal village of Deià, one of the prettiest villages in Mallorca with honey-coloured townhouses, citrus orchards, almond and olive trees all perched on a picturesque hillside and set against the mountain backdrop of the Puig des Teix at 1062m.

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The writer Robert Graves famously lived in the village twice with many of his creative, artistic friends coming to visit and Deià quickly gained a reputation as an artist’s retreat.

From Deià, your journey continues north and then inland into Sóller.

Also known as the Golden Valley, Sóller is famous for its grand merchant houses, orange and lemon groves and the famous tram which connects the small town with the Port de Sóller district.

On your way back to base, we highly recommend that you take the Ma-11 heading towards Palma and visit the Jardines de Alfabia where you will discover an enchanting garden oasis of ornate fountains, atmospheric walkways, and botanical delights. It'll take your holiday snaps to the next level – More information

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Plaza de la Constitución

Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square) is the main square in Sóller and is a very popular meeting place for both locals and tourists.

Constitution Square is one of the most scenic main squares in the Balearic islands and is surrounded by modernist buildings and dominated by the Church of Sant Bartomeu, which dates from the 16th Century. The square was built in 1813 and was once used as a bullring with the balconies of the fringing town houses rented out to spectators.

Sant Bartomeu Church was famously renovated in 1904 by a disciple of Antoni Gaudi named Joan Rubió who gave the largely baroque church a beautiful new modernist façade.

Plaza de la Constitución is Sóller’s social hub and is lined with tapas bars, cafes and bars. The Tranvía De Sóller (tram) which travels from Sóller to the port passes directly through the square at regular intervals; which just adds even more charm to this already picturesque main square.

Tourists arriving in Sóller from Palma on the Tren De Sóller (a vintage wooden narrow-gauge train) amass at Plaza de la Constitución to enjoy the atmosphere and partake of refreshments. At times, it can be difficult to find a free seat at one of the many cafes and bars.

Even if you are only on the island for a short time, the narrow-gauge, Tren de Sóller 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.

Jardí Botànic

Jardí Botànic (Botanic Garden) was opened to the public in 1992 having been founded 7 years previously.

It is a centre for the conservation, study and understanding of Mediterranean flora, specifically the flora of the Balearic Islands.

In addition to conserving the rare and endangered plant species of the Balearic and other Mediterranean islands, the foundation also educates adults and school children about the flora and also has a conservation biology research function.

Jardí Botànic specialises in the management of plant species that are in danger of extinction with the objective of helping these species survive within their own natural habitats.

Sóller Botanic Garden has four collections on show, the seed bank, Herbarium, living plant collection and endangered flora.

You can find Jardí Botànic in a country estate known as “Camp d’En Prohom”, on the outskirts of Sóller.

The gardens are very popular and people interested in botany travel from far and wide to see the collections and learn about the conservation work carried out by the foundation.

Admission prices: €8 for adults & €6 for groups of more than 12 persons.

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm / Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 2 pm. (Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Epiphany and Easter Sunday).

Please visit the Jardí Botànic website for further information.

Within the grounds of Jardí Botànic, you will find The Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals (Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences).

After your visit to the Botanical Gardens, we recommend a trip into the town of Sóller it is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. It has a famous tram which connects the small town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences

The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences (Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals) is dedicated to the education, conservation and exhibition of the natural heritage of the Balearic Islands.

The museum can be found in the grounds of the Jardí Botànic (Botanical Gardens); which is a centre for the conservation, study and understanding of Mediterranean flora, specifically the flora of the Balearic Islands.

This is all located in a country estate known as “Camp d’En Prohom”, on the outskirts of Sóller.

The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences has five exhibition rooms, an audio-visual presentation room, conference room, library, classroom and various other spaces dedicated to storing collections.

The museum has several collections including The Guillem Colom Collection (Micropaleontology), The Juan Bauzá Collection (Fossils) and The William Waldren Collection (also fossils).

The collections includes fossils and artefacts that explain the history of natural sciences in the Balearic islands, such as photographs, specimens, reproductions and documents of the naturalists who have visited or worked here.

Once you have looked around the museum, the Botanical Gardens are worthy of further exploration.

Jardí Botànic specialises in the management of plant species that are in danger of extinction with the objective of helping these species survive within their own natural habitats.

Sóller Botanic Garden has four collections on show, the seed bank, Herbarium, living plant collection and endangered flora.

The gardens are very popular and people interested in botany travel from far and wide to see the collections and learn about the conservation work carried out by the foundation.

For further information about the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences, please visit their website.

After your visit to the Botanical Gardens, we recommend a trip into the town of Sóller it is an old Mediterranean town, designed around narrow streets with traditional style residential townhouses and is very popular with tourists & day trippers. It has a famous tram which connects the small town of Sóller with the Port de Sóller district.

Tren de Sóller

Even if you are only on the island for a short time, the narrow-gauge, Tren de Sóller 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.

Funded by profits of the citrus fruit trade, the Tren de Sóller has trundled along the winding 27.3km route to Sóller since 1912.

Departing from its own station in Palma, Plaça de l’Estació, the train only has one stop at Bunyola before it arrives at its final destination, the quaint Art Deco station in Sóller; which is housed in an early-17th-century mansion.

This is a train trip that will transport you back in time, you will hear a cacophony of hoots, whistles, rattles and hisses as the narrow-gauge train with its mahogany panels and brass fittings initially rolls through the streets of Palma.

Within 20 minutes, you will be enjoying the countryside dotted with olive trees and a view of the mountains in the distance. Just 30 minutes after leaving Palma, you will arrive at Bunyola, a traditional town located on the spurs of the Serra de Tramuntana. The train station at Bunyola is picturesque constructed from blond-stone and combined with traditional green shutters, definitely a chance to take some memorable photos of your trip.

From Bunyola the journey becomes super-scenic as it crosses the 496m high Serra de Alfàbia mountain range via a series of 13 tunnels, bridges and viaducts.

Things to look out for on the journey are the Túnel Major (Main tunnel); which is just short of 3km long and took three years to carve out of the rock and Mirador Pujol de’n Banya, an incredible lookout point with views stretching out over the Sóller valley. These are followed by the “cinc-ponts” viaduct which has five arches with spans 8 metres high and a great many bends and the “cinc-ponts” tunnel with its 180 degree bend.

When you arrive at Sóller and you’ve had a chance to explore, we highly recommend that you take the old tram; which regularly trundles down to Port de Sóller. Combined train and tram tickets can be purchased and this is the best option financially. A combined train and tram ticket for the entire journey from Palma to Port de Sóller and back to Palma is €32.

Please note:

The Tren de Sóller does not leave Palma from Plaça Espanya but rather from its own separate building to the left-hand-side of the main train station. Just look out for a sign that reads ‘Ferrocarril de Sóller’ above the entrance and you will find it easily.

When you purchase your tickets, you must inform them which time you will be taking the return train, so some advance planning about your itinerary for the day is required.

The website for Ferrocarril de Sóller is very informative and provides a detailed history about the train and its route, you’ll also find a timetable there with a list of up-to-date prices – trendesoller.com