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Description of the area
Its mild climate, scenic beauty, sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and valuable artistic heritage make Mallorca an island of dreams. Mallorca has managed to maintain areas that jealously guard their ancient traditions as well as a cuisine that allows you to enjoy the purest Mediterranean flavours and smells.
Walk through the streets of the old quarter and let yourself be enveloped in the magic of some of the buildings with a modern touch. Wander through las Ramblas and el Born and continue your walk to La Seu, the majestic Gothic cathedral in Palma, which has some superb views overlooking the sea.
The variety is one of the hallmarks of Mallorcan cuisine. Mallorca's cuisine can be tasted in the Cellars, the name of the traditional Mallorcan restaurants, which often have cellars that were traditionally used for making wine. There is no shortage in the island's cuisine of dishes based on pulses, nor of sea-based dishes. In fact, the most traditional dishes of Mallorcan cuisine are trampó, a delicious salad with tomato, green pepper and onion, tumbet with potatoes, aubergine, peppers and tomatoes, or Mallorcan vegetable-based soups and brown bread.
Other popular dishes are frito mallorquín, rostit, lechona al horno, pork loins with cabbagebrut rice, as well as the vegetable tarts, vegetable "cocas" and pasties.
Visitors to the island must try pa amb oli, juicy slices of bread with oil and tomato served with ham, cheese, Mallorcan olives and a good local wine, as well as the sobrasada sausage, botifarró, or camaiot, sausages typical of the region.
The most characteristic sweets are the ensaimada, Mallorcan almond cake, cheese cake, apricot cake, potato cake, duquesas, crespells cookies and robiols.
The Cathedral. Built between the 14th and 15th centuries in the French Gothic style. It has the largest rose window in Europe and is probably the most distinctive symbol of Palma, capital of Mallorca.
Almudaina Palace. Royal Palace built on a Muslim Alcázar, it was the residence of the first kings of Mallorca.
La Lonja. One of the most beautiful examples of Gothic civil architecture in the Mediterranean, today houses the Museum of Fine Arts.
Paseo del Borne. Hub and heart of the old quarter, it is one of the busiest streets of the city.
La Plaza de Cort. The Palma town hall is found in this square, with its beautiful façade of the 17th century, and nearby is the Gothic style Santa Catalina Church, which is worth a visit.
Bellver Castle. An almost perfect example of 14th century military architecture, it is the only circular castle fortress in Europe.
Monastery of Lluch. Spiritual centre of great devotion for Mallorcans, where the image of the Virgin of Lluch, patron saint of the island of Mallorca, is venerated.
Valldemossa. It is a small town endowed with a special charm and situated in the Sierra de Tramuntana valley. Its main attraction is the Charterhouse, an ancient Carthusian monastery, and the memories left behind in the winter of 1838, of the romantic stay of the couple Polish musician Frederick Chopin and writer George Sand.
The cultural diversity of the Balearic islands is also manifested in its arts and crafts. Here you can buy glass crafts, ceramic objects, embroidery, fabrics, shoes, leather articles, silver, jewellery, pearls and the latest trends in fashion by all the artists who have been introduced to the Balearic Island tradition.
The most typical handicrafts of the island are Llengües fabric, a fabric used to make unique quilt designs, upholstery and curtains, pottery and traditional Siurells, horse-shaped whistles covered with lime and bright red and green brushstrokes, handmade blown glass produced mainly in the village of Algaida, Manacor pearls and furniture, and the shoes and leathers of Inca.
Baleares is a community with a strong market tradition, and there is no shortage of weekly street markets held in every town of Mallorca . Some of the most visited are the Alcudia (on Tuesdays and Sundays), Inca (Thursdays), Binissalem (Fridays) and Santa Maria (Sundays).