There’s no denying that the Balearics’ largest island is the place to be for sun, sea and sand, but you can still enjoy a great holiday on Majorca, even if beach holidays aren’t your thing. From ancient caves to majestic cathedrals and a whole host of historical attractions, there’s plenty of culture to be uncovered on the island, so all that sunshine is just an added bonus. Read on for our favourite historical attractions on Majorca.
Cathedral de Mallorca
Nestled in the historic Old Town of Palma city, this 13th-century Gothic cathedral is a real treat for architecture enthusiasts, and it even boasts 20th century renovations from renowned Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi. See if you can pick out his modern additions!
Cartuja de Valldemosa
Dating back to the 14th century, this former monastery in Valldemosa housed monks until 1835. However, it’s much better known for some of its more recent residents including composer Frederic Chopin and writer Georges Sand. Restored in a neoclassical style, this old monastery is now home to the local tourist office and a fascinating Municipal Museum. Here you can see mementoes from the stays of Chopin and Sand as well as the heritage of the Carthusians.
Looming over the town of the same name, Capdepera Castle was built in 1300 under the orders of King James II on the remains of a Muslim villa. Since then the castle has been an important political and historical figure and served as an important army post in the 18th century.
At the highest point of the complex you can find temple dedicated to Saint John which is home to an image of Our Lady of Hope. As well as the seaway separating the islands of Majorca and Menorca, you can also see a small museum dedicated to the old crafts of weaving baskets, brooms and hats.
La Torre de Canyamal
If you’ve found a great deal to Majorca with cheapflights, this is an absolute must-see! Also known as the Canyamal Tower in English, this defensive structure acted as a place of refuge for the local townspeople and protected the Canyamal Valley.
Dating back to the 13th century, the Gothic tower is 23m tall and is still in remarkably good condition considering its age and there’s something to see on each of its three floors. While the bottom floor tells a fascinating tale of the tower’s history, the first floor showcases an ethnographic exhibition including ceramics and military artefacts, and the top floor boasts beautiful views over the valley. If you do decide to visit, remember that the tower is closed on Mondays!
Caves of Drach
Majorca is home to a plethora of enchanting and fascinating caves, but of them all the prehistoric Caves of Drach are most worth a visit. You can take a boat tour deep in to the cave to check out some of its amazing stalagmites and stalactites. There are four caves in total – the White, the Black, the cave of the French and the cave of Louis Salvador – and while you’re taking a boat tour through them you’ll be treated to a short underground music concert at Lake Martel.