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Why visit Mallorca?



Mallorca is an amazing Mediterranean island, close to Spain, with awesome weather, amazing scenery and delicious food. The biggest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is part of Spain but has a more mountain landscape and high life quality. Why visit Majorca, the subject of today.

Petra is a quiet country town 43 kilometers from Palma de Mallorca and is listed as a Property of Cultural Interest. The most important sight is the convent where Friar Junipero went to school. The town also has an excellent museum that illustrates the life and work of Friar Junipero Serra, who was born in Petra. Another tribute to the famous missionary is the festival held every year on the third Sunday of September. This lively event features parades with impressive floats and colorful floral offerings. Other interesting monuments in Petra include the Iglesia de San Pedro, a Gothic church with a fortress-like facade; the Convento de Sant Bernardi, a peaceful retreat created for the Franciscans; and the Santuario de Nostra Senyora de Bonany (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonany), a Neo-Baroque church that presides over a hilltop.

The narrow alleys around the Plaza Mayor are lined with small boutiques and shops, while Palma’s high streets, Jaime III and Paseo del Borne, offer the elegant labels of the fashion world. Culture abounds, with numerous galleries having opened during the past few years, and museums Es Baluard and Palau March offer diverse exhibitions and classical music concerts throughout the year. The quarters of El Terreno, Santa Catalina and La Lonja, as well as the bustling Paseo Maritimo on Palma’s seafront, are thriving with an abundance of new restaurants and bars, making them popular areas with the party crowd. The music bars offer live entertainment from rock and Cuban sounds to flamenco and young Spanish bands, and stay lively until the early morning hours. The city vibrates with energy.

Cala Mesquida Beach is located on the northeast of the Island and although we didn’t make it over to this beach, it was on our list of places to visit, we just ran out of time. This beach is one of the larger beaches with tons of sand and shallow turquoise waters, perfect for lazing about on a hot summer’s day. There is one popular restaurant at the back end of the beach as well as a small snack bar. The nearest towns are Capdepera and Cala Ratjada. Note: This bay is largely unprotected therefore it is advisable to avoid it on windy days. Santanyi which can be found in the southeastern part of the Island was a very typical, authentic Mallorcan town with no large resorts or hotel chains. Although we found it to be more expensive than the other towns we visited (in the restaurant department that is) it was still an experience to walk around and feel the vibe of the small town. Set some time aside to enjoy lunch in the peaceful courtyard of East 26, visit one of the many galleries and if you’re visiting on a Saturday, be sure to check out the markets which are held in the main plaza.

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