This Island Off The Coast Of Spain Is Must-Visit For Beautiful Beaches And Historic Landmarks

Desperately seeking a blend of sun, sand, and history? (Throw in some gorgeous architecture, too!) With its stunning beaches and rich cultural heritage, the Spanish island of Mallorca offers the perfect combination of relaxation and exploration. You can build an itinerary full of respite, beautiful beaches, and historic landmarks.

The largest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, Mallorca is home to some of southern Europe's most stunning beaches, which have picture-perfect crystal-clear waters and sandy shores. It's the perfect place to lounge on the sands with a good book or get out on the water to enjoy activities like swimming and snorkeling — or a combination of the two. 

If you're looking for a vibrant beach experience, head to Playa de Palma, home to several beach clubs and water sports options. For something more relaxing and quiet, there's Cala Varques — a scenic hike takes you to this gem known for its clear waters and golden sands. There's also Cala Agulla, a tranquil beach in a pine forest. 

Get in your history fix

To dive into the island's rich history, explore Palma, the capital city. Catedral de Mallorca, known as La Seu, is a Gothic masterpiece dating back to the 14th century. "This was a gorgeous Cathedral and well worth the time. You must pre book your tickets if you want to visit and having an audio guide is needed if you want to know what you're seeing. There are no explanatory panels on the walls. If you have an audio guide, it will walk you around the Cathedral in a counter clockwise fashion giving plenty of commentary," one visitor suggested on Tripadvisor. [SIC]

Nearby, you can also visit the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, a historic residence of the Mallorcan monarchy. Mallorca's strategic location on the Mediterranean led to the construction of numerous castles and forts. Bellver Castle, a circular fortress overlooking Palma, has unique architecture and panoramic views of the city and the sea. Further inland, the Castle of Capdepera, constructed in the 14th century, is another historical gem providing insights into Mallorca's medieval past.

Immerse yourself in the medieval charm of the historical towns Alcudia and Pollença. Wandering through the narrow streets will give you ample opportunity to soak up the culture and the history. Alcudia's well-preserved walls, dating back to the 14th century, encircle the old town. In Pollença, the Plaça Major is a historic square surrounded by charming cafés and shops. 

Don't miss the monasteries and archaeological sites

Mallorca is home to several monasteries and convents that offer a glimpse into the island's religious and cultural history. The Lluc Monastery, situated in the Tramuntana Mountains, is one of the most famous. It houses a black Madonna statue, an important religious symbol for Mallorcans. 

The museums on the island also provide insights into the history and culture of Mallorca. The Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palma houses an impressive collection of art and offers beautiful views of the bay. "Fabulous location overlooking the harbour. The museum is beautiful. The restrooms alone are a work of art. Well worth a visit for that essential shot of culture and art," wrote one reviewer on TripAdvisor. "Very stimulating installations...all worth the six euro entrance fee." [SIC]

The Museu de Mallorca also presents a comprehensive view of the island's history through its exhibits. In addition to art, it's home to artifacts from throughout the island's history. And if you want a break to enjoy the outdoors, just head to one of the nearby beaches.