Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and many audaciously believe it's the most beautiful Mediterranean island. Its population is over 500,00, and it's mostly concentrated in or close to its capital, Palma de Mallorca. It's no wonder that Palma is a sizzling and popular hub! It has a small old town with cafes, graceful palaces and old buildings. Exploring the city, you'll find both shady and vast squares, all of which are equally inviting. Enjoy in the glittering sun, refreshing sea, numerous beaches and hidden coves. Have a delicious meal as you watch how the locals go through their daily routine, and you might just be one more person to fall in love with the place. Hire a car at Palma de Mallorca Airport and explore the beautiful island of Mallorca as a hired car offers you mobility to visit every corner and remote place on this breathtaking island.
The roads are well maintained, however, traffic in the city can often be hectic, and city centre parking can be sparse. On the other hand, the great Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is a driver's, hiker's and cyclist's paradise – it's covered with pine trees and looming cliffs with the endless blue of the Mediterranean in the back. There are many directions you can choose from, but perhaps the most scenic drive is if you take the R710 route from Andratx to Pollenca. The best time to visit Palma de Mallorca (weather-wise) is from March until May. The maximum BAC level is 0.05% for drivers of private vehicles, but the drink/drive laws are strict, so it's recommended not to drive if you have been drinking. There is a Zero Tolerance Law for novice drivers who have held a driving licence less than two years and for young drivers under the age of 21.
One of the first attractions to marvel at is the beautiful 13th century Palma Cathedral, or La Seu. If you want to get a great capture of the famous Gothic cathedral, you can head towards the spacious Parc de la Mar close by, and take amazing photos while relaxing in the sun. When you're ready to mingle with the crowds, enjoy a cup of coffee and some people watching at Plaza Mayor! For more amazing architecture, you only have to walk for about five minutes from the plaza to arrive to Basílica de Sant Francesc and be amazed by this, yet another, Gothic structure.
Discover places outside of the heart of Palma de Mallorca, and have an unforgettable vacation! Hire a car and drive less than 25 mi/40 km to Valldemossa, Deia and Soller, picturesque old villages that will steal your heart. Head for the beaches and the Old Town of Alcudia, about 30 mi/50 km from Palma. Walk the trendy marina in the aforementioned Andratx, also only 18 mi/30 km away from Palma, or take your rental to the beachy Porto Cristo, less than 40 mi/60 km and see the famous Caves of Drach, with one of the largest underground lakes in the world!
Mallorcan cuisine is all about fish, vegetables, garlic, olive oil and pork – the star meat product is sobrasada sausage, made out of pork meat. Order Arroz Brut, which is basically paella done Mallorcan style – rice with veggies and meat. Another traditional dish is Frit Mallorqui, consisting of offal and vegetables. It has lots of local variations. There are also soups, tapas and salads for you to try and enjoy. Their pastry is not to be missed also, such as the famous Ensaimada, a spiral-shaped pastry with pork lard. Again, lots of variations can be found across the area. Take a break between your sightseeing and order their light and fluffy Coca de Cuarto cake. It pairs up heavenly with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or ice cream. Most local liqueurs are packed with herbs and can be either sweet or dry in taste. A famous traditional liquor is Palo, a mixture of sweet caramel and the bark of the Quina plant.If you prefer wine, you'll be happy to learn that their white and red wine is rich and elegant.
If you want to go clubbing or bar hopping, explore the La Llotja and Darsena de Ca'n Barbarà districts and Portixol suburb.
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