Spring is the perfect time of year to enjoy a little break in Mallorca. Visitors can enjoy the great Mediterranean weather, and everything that this beautiful island has to offer, whilst avoiding the bustling summer crowds. Here are 5 great things to do if you are considering a mini getaway to the most popular of the Balearic Islands.
Take the Train to Sóller
Sóller comprises a little town and municipality nearby the island’s north-west coast. It is linked by the historic railway, the Ferrocarril de Sóller (Sóller Railway), set up in 1912. The 27,3 km journey to Sóller is completed in a historic electric train which takes a route across the plains, around mountains and finally through tunnels built in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. The views are truly breathtaking! With regards to the town itself, it is located in a large valley. The principal attraction comprises Plaça Consitució square in the centre boasting a fountain and beautiful Sant Bartomeu Church. The town also features a covered market, a famous botanical garden (Jardí Botanic) and quaint fin de siècle Art Nouveau style houses.
Visit the Drach Caves
The Drach Caves (Coves del Drach), one of Mallorca’s most beautiful attractions, consists of a group of four caves. They feature beautiful stalactites and stalagmites which hang from the ceiling and rise from the ground. In addition, the Drach Caves are home to Lake Martel, one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world. As part of the attraction, visitors venture around 25 metres deep into the cave and follow a 1.2 km path allowing them to admire these incredible formations. A classical music concert on Lake Martel then follows with a light show imitating the sun rise over the lake before everyone is invited to enjoy a short boat trip marking the end of the visit.
Visit Na Foradada Peninsula
Na Foradada comprises a peninsula located on the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range in the Son Marroig territory. Flanked by the lovely Deià and Caló de S’Estaca beaches, it is considered one of the most beautiful places on the island. This unusual rock formation is famous for the enormous hole the middle to which Na Foradada owes its name. Those who brave the road between the towns of Valldemossa and Deià to get there will be rewarded with some spectacular views which have previously been the inspiration for many famous artists although, the most recommended time to go is at sunset.
Visit Chopin’s House in Valldemossa
Nearby Na Fordada peninsula is the lovely town of Valldemossa, former home to none other than famous Polish composer Chopin. Known as the “Real Cartuja de Valledemossa“, it comprises a 13th-century Carthusian monastery and it was there that Frederic Chopin spent the winter of 1838 to 1839. Aside from this little claim-to-fame Valldemossa boasts beautiful landscapes and a town with little streets, as well as an array of shops, boutiques and traditional family bakeries selling local delicacies.
Explore the Countryside
Finally, what better way to discover this beautiful island than go on a walk and discover the stunning Mallorcan countryside. There are endless opportunities, ranging from gentle routes for families to more challenging hikes for the experienced walker. Es Salt des Freu comprises one of the more popular walks given that it is an easier option and the views that can be admired throughout are stunning. This 7km circular walk will lead you through oak forest and past the stunning Salt d’Es Freu waterfalls before finalising with a sharp ascent to the top of Pas de s`Estelo. The walk begins just before the small town of Orient where visitors can leave their car and take the beaten track to the forest. Alternatively, a little circular route in Sóller (Soller and Biniraix) is perfect for those seeking something a little more leisurely. The walk, beginning and ending in Sóller, takes approximately an hour and a half. Visitors will be led through Sóller’s famous Citrus Valley featuring breathtaking scenery and soaring mountains in the backdrop. Finally, the Puig Roig walk is on offer for more experienced walkers. It comprises a 20km hike on one of Mallorca’s tallest mountains. They will climb the stairway to famous Corniche and then to the Lluc Monastery marking the end of the excursion. You can discover further routes and trails on the official Mallorca Tourism website.
Of course, a visit to the beautiful beaches and Palma de Mallorca centre goes without saying. Enjoy!
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