Beautiful coastline, secluded coves, limestone mountains, Spanish architecture, wineries, fresh produce farms and stunning beaches
Mallorca (also Majorca) is a Spanish island in the western Mediterranean, which belongs to the autonomous archipelago of the Balearic Islands. This island is part of the European Union. 180 bays are spread fairly evenly along the coast of the island. In the northwest, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range extends for about 90 km. The mountains boast an impressive 11 peaks over 1000m. The highest mountain is called Puig Major and is 1’445 m high.
The climate in Mallorca is subtropical with warm to hot summers and mild winters. Almost 50 % of the island’s population live in the island’s capital Palma de Mallorca.
Everyone is surprised by the transparency of the sea on the Mallorcan coast, but do you know why? The seabed of the island is rich in cynical Posidonia, an alga that oxygenates the water making it much more transparent. A paradise for snorkelers and swimmers.
In 2015 Times magazine chose Palma as the world’s best city to live in.
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Mallorca is home to Ensaimadas, which is a local pastry only available on the island.
There are many large and spectacular cave systems on the island, with the Cuevas del Drach in Porto Cristo being the most famous. These caves were first explored in the late 1800s and contain Europe’s largest underground lade (also one of the largest in the world).
The world famous tennis player Rafael Nadal is from the Mallorcan town of Manacor. Often referred to as the “king of clay*, the ambidextrous (writes with his right hand, plays tennis with his left) was traines on the island by his uncle who was also a professional tennis player in his day.
Es Trenc is one of Mallorca’s most famous beaches, particularly known for its rugged, wild beauty. With two kilometers (1.2 miles) of white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, it is no surprise that it is one of the most popular spots on the island. Over 500’000 people visit this beach every year, and it is estimated that visitors take away 25 tons of sand (on towels, feet and swimwear).