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The island of Mallorca, located east of the coast of mainland Spain on the Mediterranean Sea, is predominantly mountainous and one of Spain’s most favoured tourist resorts, forming part of the Balearic Islands. Its capital, the city of Palma, dates back to Roman occupation, when the island thrived and developed. Later occupied by Vandals and Byzantines and subsequently raided by North African Muslims, the island became an official Spanish territory in 1716. Tourism flourished in the 1950s, after intense turbulence during WWII, and has continued to grow ever since, the island being particularly attractive to other European visitors.
On the island of Mallorca, visitors interested in prehistory have the chance of observing the remnants of a number of very early settlements, such as the Necropoli de Son Real or Ses Paisses.
Many architectural attractions are located in Palma, such as La Seu cathedral, originally a mosque (a fairly common transformation after Christian reconquering of territories previously occupied by Muslims), which was reconstructed with the input of the reputable architect Antoni Gaudi.
The island’s Moorish occupation left many interesting features such as the Arab Baths and archetypally structured narrow streets observable in many parts of Palma.
Taking part in Mallorca’s joyful fiestas and festivals is known to create fond memories; many such events take place yearly, both national and regional. Due to its steep mountainous landscapes and high altitudes, aside from providing pleasant hiking trails, Mallorca is also an ideal destination for those who love risky sports, such as canyoning, paragliding or rock climbing.
It is also perfect for golf enthusiasts as it is home to twenty golf courses of very high standards. There are many exciting ways to explore the island aside from hiking, such as cycling, Quad biking or even ballooning, for those who are not afraid of heights.
Concerts, opera and theatre
Eccentric local events
Fiestas and Ferias
Places of Worship