Valldemossa (half day)
Valldemossa is situated about 400 metres above sea level. Here you can visit the Real Cartuja, the Carthusian monastery, founded by King Martin in 1339, and its church and cells where the composer Frederic Chopin stayed with George Sand in the winter of 1838.
The monastery is now preserved as a museum, where Chopin’s original pianos, manuscripts of his compositions and his death mask can be seen (entrance not included).
Palma (half day)
Enjoy a trip to Palma, capital of Majorca, a vibrant city where more than half the island’s 600,000 inhabitants live.
It has an attractive seafront and pleasant streets, but its most outstanding monuments are the beautiful Gothic cathedral and the circular Bellver Castle, built by King Jaïme II as a royal palace, and later used as a prison.
Palma has many other interesting buildings including the Almudaina Palace, one of the official residences of the King of Spain.
There are steps to the castle and cathedral, and there is a considerable walk from the coach drop-off point to the cathedral.
Plus on holidays of 14 nights or longer:
Puerto Andratx and Santa Ponsa (half day)
Take the road from Palma along the west coast, stopping in the resort of Santa Ponsa, from where there are fantastic views over the coastline. It was in present Santa Ponsa that the Christian army landed on September 10, 1229 and expelled the Moors under the leadership of Jaime I of Aragón, James the Conqueror. A large cross on the headland marks the place of the landing.
Continue to Palma Nova for a brief tour of this popular resort, one of the earliest purpose-built resorts on the island. The original fishing harbour still remains, though there are now more expensive yachts moored in the nautical club and marina.
Finally, stop in Puerto Andratx for a short stroll around the chic shops and to enjoy a relaxing drink in one of the small, pretty harbourside bars. The major feature of the town is its marina, with space for over 300 moorings.
Llucmayor (half day)
The municipality of Llucmayor has a wide variety of landscapes that contrast mountainous areas such as the Randa massif with impressive coastal cliffs, beaches and the plain on which the village of Llucmayor itself is located. The square layout of the village originated in the 14th century and its stone facades adorned with curious door knockers evoke a medieval atmosphere.
The parish church of St Miguel was built between 1781 and 1853, while the convent of St Bonaventura dates back a century earlier. Other attractions include several neo-Classical and modernist buildings around Placa d'Espanya, the Town Hall and the old marketplace building.