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Mallorca Tourist Attractions Things to Do

Prehistoric caves, ultra modern aqua parks, romantic train rides through the olive and lemon groves, every kind of sport imaginable.these are just a few of the things to keep you occupied during the daytime if you tire of Mallorca's beach life.

For golf enthusiasts, there are no less than 12 courses on the island. Shopaholics will love the trendy boutiques and exclusive shops of La Palma and the traditional street markets of the inland towns and villages.

Hikers, horse riders, artists and nature lovers will want to explore the Tramuntana mountain region in the northwest. And for the "ordinary tourist" there's a wealth of day trips and excursions to Ibiza's most popular sights and attractions.

One of the most popular excursions is a visit to the extraordinary Cuevas de Drach (Dragon Caves) on the east coast, about an hour and a half by bus from the capital of La Palma. The limestone caves are full of thousands of stalagmites, stalactites and weird rock formations created out of water dripping for thousands of years.

The underground cavern opens out into a natural amphitheatre which can accommodate 300 people. The highlight of many people's visit to Mallorca is the moment when boats bearing an organist and violinists drift onto the lake to perform classical music composed especially for these caves. End your visit by exiting the caves in a rowboat.

Another "must" for those seeking another side to Mallorca than the bars of Magaluf, is the picture postcard mountain village of Deia where the famous English writer and poet Robert Graves spent most of his working life.

This beautiful village is perched high in the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean, on the western side of the island. It has long been a favourite haunt of artists, writers and those with a bent for the Bohemian lifestyle. Steep, narrow streets of natural stone wind their way up to the small church at the top of the village from where you can enjoy spectacular views. You'll find some excellent restaurants here (and not a British lager lout within miles!).


Take a boat trip from Colonia St Jordi, at the southernmost tip of Ibiza, to the lovely island of Cabrera a national park where you'll find a wide variety of protected flora and fauna, a 14th century fortress and crystal clear waters with an abundance of marine life. On the return journey the boat stops off at the Blue Grotto where you can enjoy a swim in some of the clearest water you've ever seen.

The island of Menorca is only a one hour boat ride away and makes an interesting day out with its cathedral, many palaces and traditional fishing villages.

Local tour operators organise day trips from La Palma to visit the mountainous northwest region, taking in the ancient monastery at Lluc, the orange valley of Soller and a journey through the orange and lemon groves and mountain tunnels on the Orange Blossom Train from Soller to Palma.

Mallorca's most traditional market is to be found on Wednesday mornings in Sineu, a medieval town in the centre of the island. Here you'll find everything from livestock and live snails for sale to fresh flowers, arts and crafts.