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Majorca is one of the Balearic Islands, which are located out in the Mediterranean Sea not far from the east coast of Spain. Majorca, coupled with its sister island Menorca, are probably the more mainstream and well known resorts off the mainland of Spain.
Visiting Palma City takes many people by surprise, particularly those who may only be familiar with places such as Magaluf or Palma Nova. Palma City is steeped in a rich cultural history supported by a beautiful Gothic cathedral and castle by the name of Bellver. This was built in the 13th century and is a must visit for anyone who has a strong interest in either religion, history, or both. Another place of particular interest is the Old Town, which gives a real taste of Palma's past and offers a strong Arabic influence in the architecture and culture.
However, destinations such as Magluf, Palma Nova, Paguera, Santa Posa, Andratx, Alcudia, Pollensa,C`an Picafort, Cala d`or, Calla Millor, Cala Bona, Soller, Puerto Soller and Deia form the main tourist destinations popular amongst holidaymakers.
There are some great waterparks and fun places to visit whilst staying at any of the main resorts. At the main Alcudia resort is the Hidropark, which is the only such place on the north of the island. As well as the exhilarating water sports there is a 54-hole golf course and lots of other activities such as paint balling and trampolining. Similarly Magaluf has the Western Waterpark to offer, with a range of pools for people of different swimming abilities as well as regular diving displays by professionals.
The Caves of Drach, in Porto Cristo are another highlight, offering a completely different perspective to the island: cool and eerie with a real sense of drama.
Of course, many people travelling to Majorca will be heading to the party town of Magaluf, known for its vibrant nightlife and outstanding clubbing. Holidaymakers visiting here will be spoilt for choice with a vast array of bars, clubs and places to eat out. Magaluf is situated on a beach that is lined with bars. Away from the seafront there are many tourist shops and hotels in which to stay.
When staying at any one of the various hotels in Majorca, there will usually be a variety of deals that may or may not include full or half board accommodation. Sometimes, it's great to go out and explore the cafés and restaurants and sample the local and traditional foods, particularly in places like Palma. The best restaurants will serve simple foods like locally caught fish that has been grilled and served with fresh salads and sauces. As with many places near to the Spanish mainland the main meat consumed is pork, so expect to see that on local menus. There are also many vegetarian and vegan options, as well as plenty of places to sample tapas and paella.