The resort of Palma de Mallorca, Spain located on the Balearic island of Mallorca has long been a favored summer destination for both royalty and the rich and the famous, many of whom like the German supermodel Claudia Schiffer and Hollywood actor Michael Douglas have homes here on the island.
In recent times however the island with is blessed with more than three hundred days of sunshine and has a topography which consists of mountains and more than forty gorgeous white sand beaches, has become a favored destination of many European tourists who find Mallorca extremely accessible thanks to the many low cost and charter airlines that fly there. While the British contingent usually sets up camp at a resort town known as Magaluf located in the south west corner of the stunning Bahai de Palma (The bay of Palma) the Germans congregate at a beach town known as El Arenal located on the east coast of the bay.
However apart from these gorgeous beaches which are popular for their many bars and restaurants and there are many picturesque and quaint towns and villages which should be explored to get a feel of true Mallorquin life on any visit to Palma de Mallorca.
Sòller and the Port de Sòller
The scenic town of Sòller is located on the northwestern part of the island of Mallorca and the journey to Sòller can make for a charming day trip from the city of Palma. Sòller can be reached by car in a mere half hour from the center of the city but an ideal way to visit this rustic town which is covered with orange and almond groves and is located between the mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana range and the sea is to ride in the charming wooden hundred year old train that travels to Sòller from the Plaza de España, the transport hub of the city.
The train travels through the city of Palma before it heads into the Mallorquin countryside and takes the extremely scenic route to Sòller. The views from the train are absolutely breathtaking as the train chugs along and climbs into the mountains until it reaches the town of Sòller. Sòller with its cobble stone squares and many ice cream parlors and tapas restaurants is an ideal spot to have a Spanish lunch and if sightseeing is your thing, then the town offers the Church of St Bartomeu and two museums, the Natural Science Museum and The Museu Municipal which will fulfill your need to see the sights . In the summer months the town of Sòller also hosts an international art festival which attracts artists from all over the world.
From Sòller a trolley car transports you to the beautiful crescent shaped natural harbor which is called the Peurto de Sòller. This tiny beach town also has many restaurants and shops and the best way to explore it is to walk its streets on foot.
Valldemossa and the village of Deià
Valldemossa is another extremely picturesque village which is also located in the green mountains of Palma de Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana range. The town was the locale for the affair of French novelist George Sands and composer Federic Chopin in 1838. The couple occupied a cell in the Cartoixa Reial Monastry located here and were shunned by the local populace during the winter that they spent in Valldemossa. This scenic village dates back to the times of the Moors and is made up of narrow winding stone streets on which you can see typical Mallorquin stone homes which sport painted terracotta tiled roofs. Further on from the village of Valldemossa, towards the coast, is the charming village of Deià. The village and surrounding landscape are quite stunning and afford glorious vistas, where the sea and sky seem to become one.
Picture of Spanish village, Mallorca originally posted by David de Mallorca