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Interesting facts about Majorca

The Balearic Island Majorca (Mallorca) offers an astonishing variety of things to see and do. Around-the-clock partying in famous Magaluf, walking the broad plains and rolling countryside of beautiful Es Pla and extended tapas lunches in cosmopolitan Palma. There's something for everyone in magnificent Majorca - here are a few interesting Majorca facts to get you started on your holiday.

Majorca has over 80 beaches. There are also several water parks; ‘Aqualand L’Arena’ one of Europe's biggest water parks located in beautiful gardens near L’Arenal resort, ‘Western Water Park’ with the highest slide on Majorca The Beast, ‘Hidropark’ a fabulous day out for visitors to the North of the island and ‘Marineland’ the first dolphinarium in Spain. For sport lovers there are lots opportunities to get active especially for those who love to play tennis or golf.
The local cuisine is very diverse serving dishes characterised by olive oil and garlic. Local specialties include; Tumbet (a dish of peppers, aubergine, tomatoes, and potatoes), Arroz brut (rice with vegetables and various types of meat) and Frito Mallorquin (finely chopped lamb, vegetables and potatoes)
Bellver Castle is one of the main tourist attractions on the island. This gothic style castle sits on a hill 3 kilometres northwest of Palma. It was built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, and is one of the few circular castles in Europe. It was long used as a military prison throughout the 18th to mid-20th century and is now under civilian control. It is also home to the city's history museum. The main yard is seat to many different public acts such as cultural performances and concerts. Its visibility from the sea or any other point of the city has made it become one the city's symbols.
The magnificent gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu sits within the old city of Palma. It overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea, when viewed from sea it looks stunning.
Artá Caves are located on the coast of Capdepera and surrounded by mountains rising above the sea. There are many caverns to enjoy including chambers with names like Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. The most dominant feature is the stalagmite known as “Queen of pillars”. The length of this stalagmite is around 22 meters. These caves have been known for notable historic events such as when Majorca became dominated by Christianity, it was discovered that about 2000 Arabs had hidden themselves there.
Déià is a village on the north-west coast of Majorca, which is very well known for its characteristic olive groves, fishermen’s houses and Moorish irrigation channels. There are a several small shops, bars, restaurants and hotels in Deià. Since the beginning of 1990, the village has been phenomenal in providing inspiration for artistic works, literature and music. For classical music lovers the ‘Festival Internacional de Deià’ is held annually at Deià. The village is covered by the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains.

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