Mallorca is a desirable vacation destination for those seeking tranquility or adventure. With 300 days of sunshine, it is easy to take advantage of the area’s many outdoor attractions. The Sierra de Traumuntana, the main mountain range, stretches the length of the north coast and is popular amongst hikers. The island’s many beaches provide recreation for boating enthusiasts or sunbathing for those seeking R & R.
Palma, the capital of Mallorca, is a cosmopolitan city that boasts a stunning waterfront, gothic cathedral and vibrant shopping district in charming “old town.” (see the youtube video: Mallorca – The Architectural One.mpg ). The smaller towns, while more rustic and tranquil, have plenty of historic charm, excellent restaurants and lodging options consisting of refurbished fincas (farmhouses), modest guest houses and boutique hotels.
Situated 3 km inland from its port, the lovely town of Soller (population 3000) lies in a fertile, bowl-shaped valley famous for its orange groves and olive trees. Visitors to Soller enjoy breathtaking views of “Puig Mayor,” the highest peak in the whole of the Balearic islands, at 1,445 meters above sea level. The entire traumuntana area has been nominated to become a Unesco World Heritage SIte. The charming town of Deià, part-time home to Michael Douglas, is a 20-minute drive from Soller and a “foodie’s” paradise, while the villages of Fornalutx and Binaraix (4 km from the center of old town) still exemplify the traditional Mallorcan way of life.