Add Mallorca to Your Bucket List
By The Mariner Creative Team | 26 Jan 2018
bucket list: noun; informal; a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetimeHere are five reasons to add Mallorca to your bucket list:
- Artist Jean Miro lived here.
One of the great modernists of the 20th century, Miro lived in Mallorca on and off during his career, and then permanently until his death in 1983. In the hills above Palma, Mallorca’s capital, you’ll find the Miro Foundation, featuring 11 of the artist’s unseen works, and more than 2,000 pieces donated by Miro. The Foundation sits next to the house once lived in by the artist, which is still occupied by his grandson.
- Secluded beaches are plentiful.
Outside of the resorts and tourist spots, there are plenty of secluded beaches on Mallorca, for those who like to get off the beaten track. In the north, a visit to the tiny (40-metre wide), stunning pebbled cove of Cala Figuera beach requires a 15-minute walk along a path inhabited by goats. In the west, Cala Deia is a shingle beach of rock pools and pebbles with two restaurants perched on the rocks overlooking the crystal water. If you’re willing to explore the more remote areas of the island, you’ll be richly rewarded with the many hidden gems on offer.
- There are galleries and museums. Good ones.
A trip to Mallorca isn’t just about the beaches. You’ll find plenty of culture here, too. There are a variety of fantastic museums and galleries, including the Es Baulard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palma, which has hosted works by Picasso, Warhol and Miro among many others. In Valldemossa you’ll find the Museum Chopin, where the famous composer created many of his renown works, while a visit to Deia in the mountains will bring you to the Museum de Robert Graves, where the writer lived for 56 years.
- Local markets will delight your senses.
Nothing connects you with locals more than a visit to a market, and on Mallorca every town has a market which will bring you up close to the sights, sounds and tastes of local culture. The popular Sunday market at Pollenca has around 300 stalls, including fruit, vegetables, souvenirs, shoes, clothes and plants. At Palma’s Mercat de l’Olivar you’ll find everything from a fish hall and spit roasted rabbit, to fresh local pastas and colourful spices.
- You can satisfy that craving for adventure or adrenaline.
Mallorca isn’t just about lying by the beach, strolling through a museum or relaxing in a fine dining restaurant. You’ll find adventure here, too. Whether you fancy sea-caving, cliff diving or canyoning, you won’t be disappointed. For those who enjoy the taste of adventure without the danger, visit the Drach caves where you can drift through an underground lake on a boat, or listen to a concert in a cavern. Or take a day trip to the uninhabited Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park, 10km off the coast, where you’ll find important, protected bird colonies and marine fauna.
If you're interested in sailing in Mallorca, check out our small-group guided tour, the 2018 Mallorca Yacht Rally here.