Sitting in the Mediterranean, is Majorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands.
Majorca has a rich history, which has been dated as far back as the 6th century BC.
It has for long been a popular tourist destination for many in Europe looking for a beach getaway.
Arriving on a cruise ship, we were off our ship early in the morning and embarked in a tour that would take us to the main points of Majorca.
The bus took us through some really nice areas on our drive to the Northern coast. We stopped at an observation area called Cap de Formentor, the northernmost point of the island. If you are afraid of heights, this could be an impressive drive and stop, as the road to the Cap de Formentor is a narrow road with some steep drops. However, the views of the Mediterranean’s waves breaking on the cliffs below are breathtaking and worth the ride.
After our stop at Cap de Formentor, we headed to the Beach of Formentor. The beach has a couple of hotels at the base of the mountains and, even in late spring, had very nice cool weather. The beach is also a port for the Barcos Azules (Blue Boats), which offer service to a few ports on the island.
We boarded the boat for the Port of Pollença.
We had free time there to explore and have lunch. We had lunch at a little restaurant on the main avenue facing the Bay of Pollença. We tried the local cod croquettes, which were very good. As a popular tourist destination, there are many souvenir shops in the area. You can find some nice souvenirs for as low as €1.00.
After a nice walk on the oceanfront, we boarded our bus to the town of Alcúdia. Alcúdia was founded by King Jaume II in 1298. The city’s medieval walls were completed in 1362, and still stand today. We took a walk through the city center, which has many souvenir shops and street side restaurants and cafes, in true European form. If you have time to rest, this may be a great spot to sit, order a glass of wine and people watch.
Our tour ended in the city of Palma, the Capitol Majorca.
In Palma you can see the influence of its Roman, Byzantine and Muslim rulers. The city has seen a large increase in tourism in the last 50 years, growing from 500,000 tourists a year, to over 25,000,000.
If you have enough time, you can visit the 14th century Royal Palace of La Almudaina, the 17th century Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma or the 14th century Bellver Castle.