Thinking about summer holidays usually brings mental pictures of white sands, crystal clear beaches and palm tree branches gently dancing to the sea breeze. Tropical beaches however are only one side of our dream holiday as history has provided us with some of the most amazing sights and monuments. A tropical island with history close to home you say? Well look no further because your tropical paradise might be also hiding some historical treasures and it’s all just a couple of hours away!
Welcome to Palma Majorca! You certainly have heard of it, know someone who’s been there or probably even made plans to visit it yourself (purple travel link). Situated in the Balearic Sea off the coasts of Spain, Majorca has always been a holiday favourite for families and bon viveurs alike. The warm Mediterranean weather and stunning views have made this island into one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe so it would be rude not to give it a try. In this article we bring you five of the most amazing and diverse historical sights guaranteed to tickle your fancy!
Starting from the chronologically oldest, the Ses Païsses Bronze age settlement is guaranteed to tease your inner Indiana Jones with its mix of history and nature dating back to 900BC! Ses Païsses is a remnant of the now extinct Talaiotic civilization comprising of several stone buildings which develop on a picturesque hill, providing an imposing view of the region surrounding the neighbouring town of Artà. Visit the place where it all begun and take advantage of your holidays in Majorca to expand your knowledge and take in the views!
A small gem located in the old town of Palma, the Banys Arabs or Arab Baths link back to the island’s occupation by the Moors during the 10th and 11th centuries. Surrounded by a little tranquil garden and available to visit for the modest price of 2.5 €, the Arab Baths are a small wonder. Take some time for a detour from the touristy places and enjoy the palm tree shade and quiet atmosphere on a warm summer day. Despite its size it’s well worth a visit during your holidays in Majorca all year round.
Get your sword and shining armour on and visit one of the few circular castles in the world! The Bellver Castle, built for King James II in the 14th century and still standing proudly on a hill 2 miles away from Palma is guaranteed to intrigue history fans and regular tourists alike! The castle has seen a diversity of uses in the past, from being a palace to a political prison or even a concert and event hall, its imposing structure and close proximity to Palma make it a popular destination so we certainly urge you to devote a bit of time from your holidays in Majorca to witness it for yourself!
Royal Palace of La Almudaina
Located in the city of Palma, the once Moorish fort of La Almudaina was captured and expanded upon by King James II who restored and converted it into a fortified palace. Situated opposite the Palma Cathedral and overlooking the bay of Palma, the palace is officially used as the official royal residence for ceremonies and state receptions by the Spanish Royal Family. This certainly goes to show that the magnificent views and rich history make it a sight worthy of mention and at least one if not more visits during your holidays in Majorca. Feel like a royalty and learn about Majorca’s history while enjoying the views!
Ferrocarril de Sóller
Last but certainly not least, the historic Ferrocarril de Sóller interurban railway deserves of mention as it’s a monument that can still be used today! Built in 1911, the Ferrocarril de Sóller railway was initially aimed at moving the produce of the booming orange and lemon trade between towns thus earning the nickname “Orange Express” by the locals. The small wooden electric trains can carry you on a picturesque route from Palma to Sóller and other small villages and towns in between through a scenic route in the Majorcan countryside. Traversing through the 13 tunnels of Serra de Tramuntana and nearby mountains, the Ferrocarril de Sóller is guaranteed to provide you with a holiday experience that few can match. Give that twist to your holidays in Majorca and get ready to forget what you know about public transport. Did anyone say London tube?