Mallorca - Mallorca guide, attractions and pictures

Mallorca is the native (Spanish and Catalan names) for Majorca. Spain’s largest island, Mallorca is situated in the Mediterranean Sea. It belongs to a group of islands called "Balearic Islands" archipelago. Palma is both the capital of Mallorca and the independent Balearic Islands community. Mallorca Island is a well acclaimed tourist destination.

Brief History - Mallorca has seen habitation since time immemorial. The discovery of burial chambers as well as the few signs of habitation, points to the fact that these were from the Paleolithic period (6000 – 4000 BC). The Romans had occupied the island in 123 BC. Later on the Vandals annexed this island to their territory. In 534, Mallorca was captured by the Byzantine Empire.

The Caliphate of Cordoba ushered in prosperity with its conquering Mallorca in 902. Subsequently, in 1015, Mallorca witnessed the start of a decadent era through Taifa of Denia’s reign. Later the Pisans, Catalans, Almoravides, and the Almohad dynasty came to control the rulings of the island in that order. In the year 1716, Mallorca was made a part of the Spanish province called Baleares.

Since 1950s mass tourism has transformed the physiognomy of the entire island of Mallorca.

Climate - Mallorca enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The winters are mild with storms not being an uncommon feature during this season. The summers are hot and humid.

Major attractions - Mallorca offers something for every individual taste. Whether you are looking for sandy beaches and turquoise waters, thrill and adventure, local artifacts and history, or wild life, you will find plenty in Mallorca.

• Beaches: Cala Mayor, Portals Nous, Palma Nova, Magaluf, Santa Ponca, Peguera, Camp de Mar are some of the exotic beaches in west Palma. Cala Tuent is supposed to have the most delightful beach in the north - west coast of Mallorca. In the north – east coast we have the Cala de Sant Vicenc, Puerto de Alcudia and Can Picafort beaches. The east coast has attractive beaches at Son Moll and Cala Guia.

• City of Palma de Mallorca: The Gothic Cathedral which took more than 500 years to be built is one of the important attractions of Palma. It is ideal to watch the Almudaina Palace and the Gothic Cathedral floodlit, after night fall. Palma's Cathedral, Sa Seu is also one of the important historical landmarks. Bellver Castle dates back to the 14 century and has certain exclusivity due to its circular structure and design. This castle offers magnificent views along the Bay of Palma.

• Sierra de Tramuntana: Piug Mayor is at 1445 meters above sea level. This is Mallorca’s highest point. A visit to the village of Deia can also be included in a travel itinerary as it had housed such stalwarts as poet Robert Graves and artist Joan Miro.

• Caves of Drach: One of the most impressive caves where you can find stalactites is the Caves of Drach at Portocristo. Other important caves include Caves of Arta and Caves of Hams.

Mallorca, with attractions galore is a wonderful place to enjoy a vacation.

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