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Majorca

The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca is divided between the white beaches and seaside towns along the coast, and the villages and wild landscape inland. Luxurious resorts, vivacious nightlife and urban charm can be found on the southern side of the island, while the northern part is a wild, jagged painting of cliffs rising out of the sea, mountainous ridges and stunning retreats nestled in azure coves. Whether you are based along the more famous coastal stretches, in the romantic capital of Palma or somewhere more secluded, you’ll never be far from fascinating sights, pleasant walks and interesting things to do and see.
   Start your exploration of the island in the main city of Palma. A significant port in the Roman Empire, it has subsequently seen different rulers and kingdoms sweep through its street, leaving stunning architecture and ruins behind to be marvelled at. The circular Bellver Castle, perched on top of a hill north of the city, offers panoramic views of the city below, the yacht-filled bay and the mountains rising in the background. Walk along the seafront until you come to the Parc de la Mar. Immediately next to it, the majestic Mallorca Cathedral and the Royal Palace of L’Almudaina rise above the sea. Among other stunning places to experience in Palma, remember to visit the surrealist Joan Miro Museum, the beautiful buildings around Plaça del Mercat and the Pueblo Español museum.
   Outside the capital the landscape reveals natural treasures around every corner. Explore the truly breathtaking Drach Caves near the city of Porto Cristo. Small boats will take you through the lit-up caves where a multitude of stalactites hang from the ceiling. In the northeast of the island you can gaze across the cobalt Mediterranean Sea from the lighthouse at the Cap de Formentor, before exploring the picturesque coast along the Alcudia Peninsular and the ancient city of Pollenca. Regardless of what brings you to Majorca you’re guaranteed to find something new and enchanting about this sun-swept destination.

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