Nothing if not strategic, Alcúdia is the ideal base for exploring Mallorca's north coast, with the 13-km-long (8-mile-long) beach from Port d'Alcúdia to C'an Picafort and the adjacent Playa de Muro, the bird-watchers' paradise in the S'Albufera wetlands, and the spectacular drive along the corniche to Cap de Formentor. The charming little walled town itself is a capsule version of Mallorcan history: the first city here was a Roman settlement, in 123 BC.View more
The Moors reestablished a town here, and after the Reconquest it became a feudal possession of the Knights Templar; the first ring of city walls dates to the early 14th century. Begin your visit at the Church of Sant Jaume and walk through the maze of narrow streets inside to the Porta de Xara, with its twin crenellated towers.
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Experience the beauty, history and serenity of the Lluch Monastery during this scenic, half-day outing to La Sierra de Tramuntana. The monastery complex includes Els Porxerets, the former pilgrims' quarters with stabling beneath the rooms, and the Way of the Rosary, with touches by Antoni Gaudi. A very charming botanical garden is featured on the grounds and from the hilltop cross you can look down over an unexpected farm and valley and up into the pine-covered mountains.
La Sierra de Tramuntana and Lluch Monastery
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to La Sierra de Tramuntana via Inca, the third largest town after Palma and Manacor, and famous for its leather industry. Your first stop is at the Sanctuario de Nuestra Señora de Lluch, a large and beautiful monastery, situated in a delightful valley in the wildest part of the Majorcan Mountains. Upon arrival, proceed for a visit to the Lluch Museum. During your visit, view archaeological artefacts, religious icons, handcrafted textiles, pottery, and artwork from renowned artists like Joan Miró, Ricard Anckerman or Santiago Rusiñol.
Botanical Gardens and Interactive Displays
Next, visit the Botanical Garden for an opportunity to admire the native flora. From here, head to the 'Welcome to Lluch' room, where an interactive display helps to familiarise you with the shrine and its different areas. Afterward, continue on to the 'Heart of Mallorca' room, where you can follow the experiences of a pilgrim in the first room in Mallorca equipped with 3-D audio.
Basilica and Our Lady of Lluch
Your final stop is at the Basilica. Marvel at how Gaudí left his mark on Lluch Shrine and the site where Our Lady of Lluch, Mallorca's patron saint, can be found.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 60-minute drive back to the pier via Pollensa.
Experience the splendid coastal beauty, architecture and landmarks of Palma during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion. Palma is a major city and seaport geographically located in the south-west of Majorca, a western Mediterranean island belonging to the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Palma, Cathedral and Almudaina Palace
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Palma de Mallorca. En route, pass by the villages of Inca, Binissalem, Consell and Santa Maria. Upon arrival in Palma, drive along the seafront with its many beautiful yachts, then pass by the magnificent Gothic Cathedral and Almudaina Palace.
Old Town, Lunch and Bellver Castle
Next, some free time is made available to explore the Old Town on-foot, or browse the shops in Palma town. Afterward, re-board your coach for a drive through the Old Quarter, replete with Gothic and Modernist-style buildings and the lively Ramblas. A stop is then made for lunch at the Cellar Sa Premsa. After lunch, proceed for an exterior visit to the famous Bellver Castle for spectacular panoramic vistas over the Bay of Palma.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.
Discover the island of Mallorca from a unique perspective during this panoramic, half-day excursion to historic Pollensa. Towards the end of the 16th century, the Dominicans (a Catholic religious order) settled in Pollensa and with them started the construction of grand houses and the introduction of Guilds. The construction of a dock at the Port de Pollensa in 1830 allowed greater trading and helped create more wealth for the town.
Alcudian Roman Ruins and Port of Pollensa
Depart the pier for the short drive to the Roman Ruins of the ancient village of Alcudia. After an exterior photo stop here, re-board your coach and head to the Port of Pollensa. Situated in the northeast of the island is a beautiful bay with wide, lovely beaches. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore Port Pollensa Village and the exclusive enclave of Formentor at your leisure.
Mirador Es Colomer and Pollensa
Following your visit, leave the Port of Pollensa via a road with many hair-pin bends en route to the Mirador Es Colomer. A stop is made at this wonderful viewpoint to marvel at the beautiful panoramic views overlooking the northern coastline. Afterward, return to Pollensa, where additional free time is made available to explore this typical village and its shops on your own.
Sa Pobla and C'an Picafort Resort
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier via the agricultural centre of the island, village of Sa Pobla and holiday tourist resort of C'an Picfort.
Experience the splendid countryside, landmarks and flavours of Mallorca when you make your way into the hills and mountains to Valldemossa, where white-washed houses and villages are perched precariously on the sides of cliffs with olive groves and vineyards. Continue to the charming hill top village of Deiá for a wonderful, typical Mallorcan lunch at a beautiful restaurant.
Valldemossa and La Cartuja Monastery
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Valldemossa via Inca, the third largest town after Palma and Manacor. Upon arrival in the quaint village of Valldemossa, located at the foot of the northern mountain range, ascend the winding mountain road through vineyards and scented orange groves en route to the fortress-like Carthusian Monastery of La Cartuja.
Son Marroig and Foradada
Following your visit to the monastery, once frequented by the likes of composer Frederic Chopin and French author George Sand, continue traveling along the winding road and past cliffs more than 1,300 feet (396 metres) high toward the picturesque village of Deiá. A photo stop is made at Son Marroig for magnificent views of Na Foradada, a locally-famous rock formation rising out of the sea, before driving on to Deiá.
Deiá and El Olivo
Perched on a hillside with red-roofed houses amidst olive and almond trees, the quaint village of Deiá has been a favourite among writers and artists for many years. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the narrow, winding streets en route to the deluxe hotel La Residencia and lunch at the exclusive El Olivo restaurant. One of the best and most romantic restaurants in Spain, El Olivo has been the recipient of the 'Award of Excellence' by the prestigious Wine Spectator for four consecutive years.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.