CONTRIBUTED BY NIKKI B.
If you are looking for a warm, sunny break from the long, cold winter, Majorca (Mallorca) may be the destination for you. Our family recently spent a long weekend on the island and would definitely like to return again someday soon!! You can go to Majorca (Mallorca) on a quick 2 hour flight out of either Frankfurt or Frankfurt/Hahn airport or you can drive to Majorca (Mallorca) with a ferry connection from mainland Spain to the Island. When we traveled, we went through Frankfurt Hahn airport and rented a car for our weekend. Quite honestly I could have probably driven around the cost the entire trip, admiring the blue crystal clear waters, but we wanted to make the most out of our time in the sun.
Here are some of the highlights of the sights that we visited.
Cathedral de Majorca (Mallorca) which is also referred to as La Seu or the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
We drove past the cathedral on our first evening and knew right away that we would return the next day for a tour inside the cathedral. It was well worth the admission cost, €6. You are given a private audio tour that not only provides you with a history of the cathedral but also gives great tips about how to navigate through the cathedral. Many times I am distracted by all of the eye catching displays, but the audio tour guide explains how to approach each item and encourages you to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. The stained glass windows were phenomenal. It was amazing to see the sunlight shining through casting beautiful colors throughout the cathedral.
The Palma aquarium is a great option for families with children. There are various interactive stations throughout the aquarium to keep the children entertained. My teenage daughter even enjoyed the discovery pool where you could touch starfish, sea urchins and sting rays. There was also a nice size play area located near the restaurants and snack stands. I really appreciated the touch screen monitors located next to each fish tank where you could select your language and learn about the various fish in each tank. We were initially drawn to the aquarium based on reviews about the shark tank and I am happy to report that it is even more impressive than I had imagined. You are able to walk through an underwater tunnel in the shark tank where you are surrounded by the sea life. I loved seeing the sharks and sting rays swimming right overhead. At the end of the aquarium is a nice cafeteria style restaurant, overlooking the bay. It was a great place to stop for a quick lunch. The aquarium also features a rather large gift shop. As an added bonus, there is a beach directly across the road from the aquarium.
If you are looking for a free activity on the island or an outdoor adventure, there are various lighthouses and look out points along the shore. Most of the lighthouses are near walking trails where you can walk up to see the spectacular views of the island and the Mediterranean Sea. It was too cold during our stay to enjoy the walking paths while we were there but we enjoyed the long, windy drive up the coast. We especially enjoyed the lighthouse in Capdepera (north-east cast) and the Far de Formentor lighthouse near Palma (east coast). They both provided the perfect opportunity to watch a magnificent sun set.
I would also recommend a day trip dedicated to Alcúdia. There is an old town section, city gate, and cathedral in the main square. I enjoyed the street markets the most. The markets featured fresh, local produce, along with a variety of general merchandise. There were stands selling clothing, purses, shoes and jewelry. I will caution that the market was extremely crowded the Sunday morning we were there, so it may be difficult to navigate with strollers or small children, but we enjoyed walking through, seeing everything that was for sale. There were also a number of boutiques and shops open in the town.
Prior to our trip, I looked through many tour guides and travel blogs to learn about the island. I was most excited about seeing the blue, clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The beaches on Mallorca are just as awesome as I had expected. If you drive on the coast, you will not be disappointed by the vast “cala” or coves around the island. We were there during off season and found the beaches to be very clean- there was little to no trash and no crowds! Cala Ratjada featured pink shell fragments making the sand appear pink with clear water flanked by several rock formations. Cala Gat was a very small, intimate beach featuring turquoise blue water and nearby white cliffs. Cala Barques was picturesque and a little more isolated.
Although it would have been nice to swim in the sea, we found that Mallorca could be visited any time of year. The locals are friendly, the seafood is fresh and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.
Tips for Your Trip:
Cathedral de Majorca
Visitors open hours:
Saturday: 1000 – 1415
Sunday: Closed for sightseeing
April – May & October
Monday – Friday: 1000 – 1715
June – September
Monday – Friday 1000-1815
November – March
Monday – Friday 1000 – 1515
The Aquarium is open 365 days a year.
Check the aquarium website for current open times.
They suggest 3-4 hours for your visit.
Kids ages 4-12: 14.00
Children under 4: Free