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3 Days in Majorca

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As pioneer of the package holiday, Majorca was often dismissed as a purely sun, sea, sand and “cerveza” (beer) destination. But over the years, a more discerning clientele has emerged, who recognise just how much more the island has to offer. Today, visitors can’t get enough of its history, culture, and gastronomy. Meanwhile, sporting enthusiasts come in their droves to experience the superb cycling, sailing, and mountain hiking. In just three days, it’s possible to visit attractions the length of Majorca and really get under the skin of this small island that truly deserves its big reputation.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

15 Places

5 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Catedral de Mallorca

Churches & Cathedrals

Palau de l'Almudaina

Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums

Palau March Museu

Speciality Museums

Museum Es Baluard

Art Museums

Placa Major

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Misa Braseria

Restaurants

Bellver Castle

Speciality Museums, Castles

Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca

Art Galleries

Day 2

La Granja

Speciality Museums

Royal Carthusian Monastery (Real Cartuja)

Historic Sites

Robert Graves House

Historic Sites

Jardi Botanic de Soller

Gardens

Santuari de Lluc

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Speciality Museums, Churches & Cathedrals

Day 3

Parc Nacional de Cabrera

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Colonia de Sant Jordi

Destinations

Anna N's City Tips

  • Majorca has an excellent local bus and train network, but timetables change at weekends and during holidays.
  • Majorca is fairly flexible about dress code, but beachwear is discouraged in the towns, and fines can be imposed in Palma for inappropriate attire.
  • Arrive early for buses because there's always a long queue!
  • Head for restaurants where the locals dine for better-quality and better-value.
  • Remember to leave tips because they are rarely included on the bill.
    Day 1
  • Catedral de Mallorca
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Anna N Says:

    This striking landmark overlooking the Bay of Palma is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe, and took 500 years to build. Construction began under King James I of Aragon, following his invasion of the island and defeat of its Moorish occupiers in 1229. Inside, the sheer scale and height of the nave is astounding, while the light coming through the stained glass windows creates a beautiful effect. It's also worth visiting the museum, which contains a wonderfully eclectic selection of ecclesiastical artefacts.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid the rush and arrive at opening time.
    • Remember to dress with decorum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 151 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing, a must to visit! 16/11/2018
    • Few days away. 15/11/2018
    • Catedral de Mallorca
    Address:
    Placa la Seu s/n
    07001 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 71 31 33
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • Palau de l'Almudaina
    Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Anna N Says:

    The imposing Royal Palace, which was once home to the island’s Moorish rulers and later the Christian Kings of Majorca, combines features of both eras. Around the central courtyard, you will find a series of airy, elegant rooms finely decorated with exotic, historic tapestries and Flemish paintings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss the stunning views of the city of Palma and splendid harbour from the top floor.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 151 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Autumn visit 07/11/2018
    • Historically very interesting 04/11/2018
    • Palau de l'Almudaina
    Address:
    Calle Palau Reial s/n
    07001 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 21 41 34
    Other:
  • Palau March Museu
    Speciality Museums
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    Anna N Says:

    Palau March, a Rennaisance-style palace, is a treat for art lovers. Built in the last century on behalf of one of the island's most powerful citizens and avid art collectors Joan March, it contains a rich collection of works by Henry Moore, Rodin, and Barbara Hepworth, as well as a beautiful library.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss the 18th century crib with Neopolitan figurines.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 151 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the Visit for the Price Charged 30/10/2018
    • Palma Museum 11/10/2018
    • Palau March Museu
    Address:
    Calle Palau Reial 18
    07001 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 71 11 22
    Other:
  • Museum Es Baluard
    Art Museums
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    Anna N Says:

    The museum of contemporary art is nestled within a vast stone bastion overlooking the harbour. Large geometric sculptures mark the entrance of the museum, which offers three floors of permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as a lovely shop. One room is exclusively devoted to the works of Joan Miró, who spent much of his working life in Majorca. Another contains many exquisite examples of Picasso ceramics.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy the views over a cappuccino on the museum cafe's vast terrace overlooking Palma Bay.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 151 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
    • Quirky modern art 06/11/2018
    • Modern art that anyone can enjoy 29/10/2018
    • Museum Es Baluard
    Address:
    Plaza Porta de Santa Catalina 10
    07012 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 90 82 00
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Placa Major
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Anna N Says:

    There are two city plazas a short walk apart, and each is worth at least a brief visit if you're in the area. The first, Plaça Major, was once the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition. Today, it's a happy home to cafes, minstrels, and craft stalls. Meanwhile in Plaça Cort, you will find a magnificent City Hall, the swanky Hotel Cortclose, and a glorious, gnarled olive tree believed to be 1,000 years old.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There's a wonderful Iberican ham shop on the south side of the plaza if you fancy buying an edible gift.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 151 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
    • Worth a visit but be attentive to thefts 11/11/2018
    • Nice Square, but no Activity in Late October 30/10/2018
    • Placa Major
  • Misa Braseria
    Restaurants (Mediterranean)
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    Anna N Says:

    Why not take a lunchtime break at this peaceful little jewel of a restaurant, housed in the San Miquel Hotel and run by famed British resident chef Marc Fosh? With the ever-changing, scrumptious three-course Mediterranean menu, you can't go wrong. The pretty patio is a perfect place to dine and unwind.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Make sure you try Mark's delectable signature dish of slow-cooked farm chicken – it won't disappoint!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Very enjoyable lunch 06/07/2016
    • Disappointing - we won't be back 24/06/2016
    • Misa Braseria
    Address:
    Calle Can Macanet 1
    07003 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 59 53 01
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$45
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Bellver Castle
    Speciality Museums, Castles
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    Anna N Says:

    High on a wooded hill overlooking the entire city is the well-preserved citadel of Bellver Castle, the only circular castle in Spain. Built in the late 13th century, during the reign of James II, it has served many purposes in its long history – military stronghold, royal residence, prison, and now museum. It also has an Arab bath house and is used as a venue for summer concerts.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Wear sensible walking shoes, as there are many steps leading up to the castle and the terrace can be uneven in places.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 151 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bargain Senior (Pensioner) entry fee 2 Euro 15/11/2018
    • Coty break 12/11/2018
    • Bellver Castle
    Address:
    Camilo Jose Cela
    07014 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 73 50 65
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca
    Art Galleries
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    Anna N Says:

    Take a bus or taxi to reach the former residence and studio of artist Joan Miro, located outside the city. It's a feast for the eyes: Every period of his painting is represented, as well as many fine examples of his work as a sculptor.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do make sure to visit the charming café and shop within the museum.
    • Look out for the bizarre stuffed cat in the kitchen of the house!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 151 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • For fans of Joan Miro 30/10/2018
    • ONE OF THE MUST-SEES OF PALMA 12/10/2018
    • Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca
    Address:
    Calle Saridakis 29
    07015 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 70 14 20
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • La Granja
    Speciality Museums
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    Anna N Says:

    A few miles north of Esporles is a grand old estate in an idyllic wooded valley, which until fairly recently was home to the same family, the Fortunys, for 500 years. The house itself – which is replete with all manner of examples of patrician life in past centuries, including a little theatre and a family chapel – is surrounded by a maze of workshops, demonstrating the level of self-sufficiency that existed in 19th century rural Majorca.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For a self-guided tour, pick up the numbered map before reaching the ticket office.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Esporles
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • SO much to see! 24/10/2018
    • Very disappointed 17/10/2018
    • La Granja
    Address:
    Ctra Banyalbufar, Km 1.5
    07190 Esporles, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 61 00 32
    Other:
  • Royal Carthusian Monastery (Real Cartuja)
    Historic Sites
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    Anna N Says:

    The 14th century Cartusian monastery in Valldemossa is famous for its connection with Frédéric Chopin. It was here that the famed composer spent a year with his companion, the French writer and journalist George Sand, 1838-1839. Thinking that the mountain air would help Chopin’s health, the couple rented cells in the monastery for their short sojourn, where the composer reportedly penned his preludes, trying them out on the Pleyel piano, now on display. Apart from the cells occupied by Chopin, it is worth viewing the pharmacy, with its beautifully decorated, antique glass receptacles. The Contemporary Art Museum housed on the upper floor also has a fine selection of works by Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Francis Bacon and the Spanish modernist Juli Ramis.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make time to sample the town's famed potato buns and hot chocolate at a local café in Valldemossa.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Valldemossa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Marvelous views 08/11/2018
    • A short visit 05/11/2018
    • Royal Carthusian Monastery (Real Cartuja)
    Address:
    Plaza de la cartuja s/n
    07170 Valldemossa, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 61 21 06
    Other:
  • Robert Graves House
    Historic Sites
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    Anna N Says:

    The mountain village of Deia has long been a magnet for the literary and artistic crowd. Today, affluent Deia is more Chelsea-on-the-sea than the bohemian hangout of years past, although some artists still remain. It was here that American writer Gertrude Stein stayed in the 1920’s, later persuading Robert Graves, prolific English writer and novelist, to move to the area. Apart from a gap of ten years during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, Graves spent the rest of his life in Deia, at his beloved home, called 'Ca N’Alluny', just outside the village. The house and garden, kept as they were in the 1940’s, have been transformed into a fascinating museum, where you can also experience an audio visual presentation about Robert Graves.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • If time permits, head up the hill to the village cemetery where the poet's headstone simply reads “Robert Graves: Poeta”.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Deia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really worth making the effort 18/11/2018
    • A charming, peaceful place 05/10/2018
    • Robert Graves House
    Address:
    Carretera Soller Km 1 07179
    07179 Deia, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 63 61 85
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Jardi Botanic de Soller
    Gardens
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    Anna N Says:

    In the heart of the Soller Valley are the Botanic Gardens and the adjoining Natural History Museum. Among various intriguing fauna and flora displays, you will find a perfect specimen of Myotragus, the diminutive mouse goat which was unique to Majorca and Menorca, and became extinct some 3,000 years ago. The gardens include a wide selection of indigenous plants of the Balearics and flora from the Canary Islands.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ask in the museum to see the collection of Myotragus bones stored in a temperature-controlled facility.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 19 things to do in Soller
    • Great section on cactus, so nice I have been here twice. 25/10/2018
    • Nice little garden 20/09/2018
    • Jardi Botanic de Soller
    Address:
    Carretera Palma km 30,5
    07100, Soller, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 63 40 14
    Other:
  • Santuari de Lluc
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Speciality Museums, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Anna N Says:

    Following the Reconquista in 1229, legend has it that a shepherd boy discovered a painted statue of the Virgin in the nearby woods, which prompted the monks to build a monastery in this verdant locale. To this day, the little statue known as La Moreneta – 'the little dark one', because its colour has faded and is now just brown stone – sits in a small chapel behind the high altar. The monastery has undergone many alterations over the centuries, including changes in decoration and the application of Baroque architecture. Inside, you will find a fascinating museum of archaeological discoveries, folkloric objects, and religious offerings. A small but delightful botanic garden also includes many indigenous plants growing amidst pretty ponds.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Lluc Monastery’s altitude makes it a chilly place in the winter months, so warm clothes are essential.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Lluc
    • Very good 27/10/2018
    • Wonderful place to stay but limited facilities. 19/10/2018
    • Santuari de Lluc
    Address:
    Plaza Peregrins 1
    07315 Lluc, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 87 15 25
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Parc Nacional de Cabrera
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Anna N Says:

    The small seaside resort of Colonia Sant Jordi is the launching point for the one-hour crossing to the archipelago of Cabrera (or Goat Island), a national park of outstanding natural beauty. Home to many species of birds, including the rare red-billed Audouin’s gull, peregrine falcons, and shearwaters, Cabrera is also famed for its population of Lilford’s blue-bellied wall lizards and, below the waves, sea turtles. Though now uninhabited by people, in years past Cabrera has been a haven for pirates, a military base, and a POW site for French soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars. A castle built for defence purposes in the 14th century makes for an enjoyable excursion above the main harbour, and affords splendid views in all directions. Today, a limited number of daily visitors are permitted entry, and yachtsmen are granted a permit to anchor in the bay under strict guidelines.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check sailing times to Cabrera beforehand, and book in advance.
    • Remember to pack swimwear for a dip in the Blue Cove en route to the island.
    • Bring a picnic lunch and rubbish bag for the beach on Cabrera.
    • The ticket office in Colonia is on the harbour front.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Colonia de Sant Jordi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing day trip 01/09/2018
    • Hidden gem of Majorca 21/06/2018
    • Parc Nacional de Cabrera
    Address:
    Carrer Gabriel Roca
    Colonia de Sant Jordi, Majorca
    Spain
    Other:
  • Colonia de Sant Jordi
    Destinations
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    Anna N Says:

    After a visit to Goat Island, make the most of your time in the town of Colonia de Sant Jordi and pop by the aquarium, cleverly designed to illustrate many facets of the terrestrial and marine natural history found in the archipelago and the surrounding area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pop into the recently opened local visitor centre for ideas on other local spots to visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    • Colonia de Sant Jordi
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