One of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca literally has something for everyone. The island nestles in the western Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by beautiful turquoise water and beaches. While beach life is great, here are two alternative ways to experience the island.
1. Big city experience in Palma de Mallorca
For those people who prefer a city vibe, with buzzing nightlife, dining and other options, Palma de Mallorca is a good choice. This resort city is the capital of Mallorca and has a number of historic sites to visit.
The Gothic Santa María Cathedral has stood in the city since the 13th century and offers views over the Bay of Palma.
Right next door, visitors can experience the Almudaina, an Arab fortress from the Moorish occupation of the island. Bellver Castle is another interesting visit, as the medieval fortress stands on a hilltop overlooking the city.
The city also offers a good range of restaurants serving local and traditional cuisine along with a good selection of international dishes. Some of the best dining and nightlife in Palma can be found in the La Lonja district of the city. Here in the winding, narrow streets, many restaurants, intimate bars, cafés and other nightspots can be found.
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Popular options include Jazz Voyeur Club and the Abaco Cocktail Bar (pictured above). The latter is set in a 16th-century palace. Its décor is amazing, consisting of marble statues, aged furniture and fresh flower and fruit arrangements.
Enjoy live music at the Saratoga Blue Jazz Club, which also offers cabaret, delicious craft cocktails and dinners overlooking the Bay of Palma.
2. Theme and Water Parks in Mallorca
For those who are vacationing with the family, or looking for a little adventure, Mallorca has a great selection of fun theme parks and water parks to choose from. While many visitors head to the beach, the following are two alternative options.
Aqualand in El Arenal is great for the whole family and is the largest of its kind in Mallorca. The park has a good selection of waterslides and pools, including the Tornado and Rapids rides for older kids and adults, and fun playgrounds like Dragonland and Polynesia for the little ones. Adults can also enjoy relaxing in huge Jacuzzis on site.
For older kids and adult-friendly fun, MarAventura Sports Park is an inflatable park anchored 164 ft (50 m) out in the Med from the coast of Palma. It’s like a bouncy castle experience, but for grownups too. You will be required to wear a life jacket and to swim out to the park. Once there, you can enjoy a series of interconnected walkways, trampolines, assault courses and slides.
Forestal Park Mallorca is a must for adrenalin junkies and is home to some of the longest zip-lines on the island, with some up to 656 ft (200 m) in length, along 80 other activities. These include rope courses, climbing walls, Tarzan swings and team-building games.
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Whatever your preferences, have fun experiencing Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain!