Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish) is
the most popular of Spain's
Mediterranean islands. Although it is heavily crowded in July and August crowds
considerably drop off in September when we’ll be there on our cruise. And the weather
will still be great!
People flock to the island’s beautiful coast filled with upscale resorts, but
you can also find secluded beaches and picturesque coves.
And the beaches are only a small
part of Majorca’s draw. Head toward the
mountains and hike to the hilltop monasteries. You’ll find kite-surfers,
windsurfers and be able to look down on sailors in the turquoise waters. Rent a
bike and explore the honey-stone villages. Majorca
is a mecca for European cyclists. Or wander through almond and olive groves
Excursions and tours that you can
visiting Majorca's Drach Caves
home to the largest underground lake in the world. Situated on the outskirts of
the ancient fishing village
of Porto Cristo
natural wonders will leave you mesmerized. With exceptional lighting and a
perfect mix of shadows, you can see the caves' authentic beauty with Lake Martel
You may also visit the ancient La Cartuja monastery. Once a
royal hunting lodge, the monastery was later inhabited by Carthusian monks. In
1838 it became the chosen sanctuary of composer Frederick Chopin and writer
Or explore Majorca
coast and the spectacular Valldemossa, Michael Douglas' home for twenty years.
A ship excursion will take you to this charming town, set against a large wall
of lime rock, long protecting it from coastal winds and invaders. At Costa Nord
Foundation, you will watch a documentary in which Michael Douglas explores the
legacy of artists and thinkers enchanted with this region. And you’ll finish
your day tasting four Mallorcan
with delicious breads and olive oil at San Bosch.
Maybe you’d like to play golf, snorkel
or take a glass bottom boat ride. It’s all available.
But this is one port of call that
you don’t have to take an excursion.
The ship will dock at Palma de Mallorca, the largest city on Majorca.
It’s a big, bustling place with a wonderful old town around the landmark cathedral that dominates the oceanfront.
The architecture of this ancient Mediterranean port blends
Gothic, Moorish and Renaissance styles. Palma's
winding streets make way to grand churches, yacht harbors, beaches, fountains
and old castles. Because there is so much history so close together, it's a
perfect port to explore on foot.
This sun-kissed port is also an outdoors city in-season, with
much pedestrian traffic and the opportunity to eat or relax outside in myriad
settings -- some free (parks and boulevards), and some in conjunction with
visits to museums and historical sites (always be on the lookout for interior
courtyards, extra features of older buildings, and the high door knockers that
used to save horseback callers the trouble of dismounting to announce their
arrival in years gone by).
A local bus which travels from the ship to
the center city is about 2 Euros each way, so you can save your money for
souvenirs, like: Majorica pearls, leather goods (particularly shoes),
hand-blown glass and any locally made handicraft from the wood of the olive
tree -- unusual and unique to the area.
And that’s just one of our stops! Are you
tempted? I hope so because if you’re reading this you’re invited to join us!
me know if you need the original flyer with prices and full itinerary.
and I spent a week in Majorca when we were living in Germany
and I promise you – it’s a
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