Culture and nature
SALT MINE OF ES TRENC
For centuries, men and nature have shaped the dreamlike landscape of the Salines d’Es Trenc in the south of Mallorca. The Levante salt pans were renovated in the 1940s and 1950s, and since then, traditional techniques have continued to be used, drawing on the Mediterranean waters that come from the natural area of Es Trenc beach. It is one of the best preserved areas of the island, thanks to its declaration of Natural Area of Special Landscape and Rural Interest.
Located 3 km from the center of the city of Palma and 112.6 m above sea level, Bellver Castle was built at the beginning of the 14th century in the style Gothic, with an original circular plan. In it you can visit, in addition to the old offices of the Kings of Mallorca, the City History Museum, a collection of classical sculpture and what was the cell of the politician and enlightened writer Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos.
Inaugurated in 1863 as part of the installation of various light signaling points in Mallorca, the Formentor Lighthouse was the one that presented the most difficulties due to its location. Located in the extreme north of the island, it is found in one of the most rugged and isolated places; which, on the other hand, offers you the highest focal plane in Mallorca and impressive views.
Although it may look like a sleeping dragon on the horizon, the name Sa Dragonera is not due to its resemblance to the reptile. However, the island is a vestige of a still wild Majorca. You will come across a maritime landscape that evokes times of colonization and piracy, a geological fossil that, as an extension of the Sierra de Tramuntana, is home to one of the points of greatest environmental relevance in the Balearic Islands.
The Cathedral of Mallorca or Seu, built between the 14th and 16th centuries, is the quintessential jewel of Mallorcan Gothic architecture. In addition, it houses important works of art from different periods (Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary).
The Cathedral of Mallorca has had many admirers. Among them, the painter Santiago Rusiñol, who often traveled to Majorca, with which he declared himself to be truly in love. He ended up getting to know the island well, to which, in 1912, he dedicated the book The Island of Calm. In it there is a chapter dedicated to the Cathedral of Mallorca. Of her he said that there was no other temple that with greater simplicity of means would have achieved such beauty. Span>
We could say that the most famous viewpoint on the island is Sa Foradada, one of the most emblematic and photographed landscapes in Mallorca. It is a small peninsula with a large rock at its end, which has a hole 18 meters in diameter. It is the place par excellence to enjoy the most spectacular and romantic sunsets.
The Malgrats islands are made up of two islets, the largest is called Es Malgrat, with an approximate length of 2 kilometers and cliffs over 60 meters high ; and another considerably smaller but not less important, called in various ways by the locals: Ses Rates, des Conills or d’Enmig, less than half a kilometer long and 30 meters high. The islands are located in the municipality of Calvià, in front of the bay of Santa Ponça.
TORRENT DE PAREIS
Take us at our word: this is the most spectacular cliff in the Sierra de Tramuntana. The Torrent de Pareis is a 3 kilometer long canyon surrounded by large limestone rock walls. Its source is in s’Entreforc, where it meets two other streams, the Lluc stream and the Gorg Blau stream, and its natural mouth is on the beautiful Sa Calobra beach. It was declared a Natural Monument in 2003.
In the south of Mallorca to discover another of those corners of the island that you cannot miss. We are talking about Es Pontàs, a large natural rock in the shape of a bridge (or arch depending on how you look at it) located in the municipality of Santanyí, between Cala Santanyí and Caló des Macs. This photogenic geological formation is located in a pleasant coastal setting of pine trees and cliffs facing the Mediterranean Sea. This natural monument is the result of the beating of the waves over hundreds of years and which has resulted in one of the most beautiful natural arches in the Mediterranean. So, if you are touring the south of Mallorca, you should not miss a stop in Es Pontàs.
CHARTHOUSE OF VALLDEMOSSA
The architectural ensemble included in the Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa dates back to the 14th century. The visit includes the neoclassical church, the cloister that is part of the old core of the building, the gardens and the rooms of the priory cell, where the historical and artistic legacy of the Carthusians is preserved.
Throughout its history, the ensemble has attracted numerous illustrious personalities, including Frédéric Chopin and his companion George Sand (whose stay took place between 1838 and 1839), being one of the main attractions of the municipality and one of the main tourist visits.
PORT DES CANONGE
Port des Canonge and its beach is located next to the town of Banyalbufar in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana, on the north coast of Mallorca. It is a small pebble cove used for decades as a slipway for small fishing boats.
Its surroundings are very pretty, like the nearby Cala d’es Port in Valldemosa. The high mountains that surround the beach stand out. It is a cove frequented by residents of the area. For fans of diving it is a perfect place, since its bottom is rocky. Nearby are the towns of Banyalbufar, Esporles and Valldemosa.
Alcanada or as we say in Majorcan Aucanada is a pleasant coastal area located at the northern end of the bay of Alcudia, northeast of Mallorca. Its pebble beach is not frequented and becomes quite a claim since it is far from the main hotel areas. It is an ideal place to walk, take a bath or simply sit by the sea under the shade of the trees.
Something we love? Its privileged situation that allows us to enjoy on the one hand the fabulous views of the bay of Alcudia and on the other hand of the small island of Alcanada and its lighthouse.