The island of Mallorca nestles in the Balearic Islands of Spain and is renowned for its beautiful scenery, perfect beaches and quaint and fascinating towns and villages. Palma, the capital of the island, is a worthy visit with a choice of great shopping and dining. The attractions of this lovely island are too long to list in one article, so we have picked out three must-see attractions for your next visit to Mallorca.
1. Tren de Sóller, Palma, Spain
Besides shopping and dining, the city of Palma and the island in general, both offer an excellent range of accommodations. Visitors can choose from quaint bed & breakfasts, hotels, resorts and luxurious villas in Mallorca. However, once settled in and unpacked, it is time to start exploring.
One particularly enjoyable way to explore the coastline of the island is the famous Tren de Sóller. This historic electric train has been operating since the early 1900s and is a must for train lovers. It also gives the opportunity to travel through the mountains of Mallorca to the town of Sóller. Readers can enjoy a brief look into the journey in the video included here.
To this day, the train line is well-maintained and is a unique way to travel through mainland Mallorca, while heading through the 13 tunnels along the way. On arrival, make sure you take time to explore the lovely town of Sóller itself.
This wonderful historical estate is located in Bunyola in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range in Mallorca and is a perfect place to enjoy beautiful gardens and a classic old home. The gardens are beautifully manicured, displaying flowers from all over the world and an orchard. In fact, a stroll along the pathways in the Jardines de Alfabia gives an incredible experience of colours and scents.
Meanwhile, the old manor is also a worthy visit with its beautiful exterior and equally lovely interiors. The structure has Roman-Andalusian roots with features and elements of various different styles, including Arabic, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Roman and Rococo.
3. El Puente de las Siete Bocas, Santanyí, Mallorca
Returning to the subject of trains, one fascinating site to visit is El Puente de las Siete Bocas (The Bridge of Seven Mouths). Back in the day, travelers used to take the trains throughout the island. In fact, the Mallorcan railway network used to run trains along the Arenal coastline. Sadly, this is no more..
Unlike the lovely Tren de Sóller mentioned above, the tracks leading across this impressive bridge have been removed. They were dismantled in 1964, but the viaduct, with its seven magnificent arches remains. The bridge is 65 feet high and stretches for 255 feet. Each of its arches measures 25 feet in width and is as tall as a six-storey building.
In order to see the bridge, visitors need to head into the woods around 500 feet from Av. Del Baladre in the El Arenal resort town outside Llucmajor.