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Top Choice Palace in Palma de Mallorca

Palau de l'Almudaina

Originally an Islamic fort, this mighty construction opposite the cathedral was converted into a residence for the Mallorcan monarchs at the end of the 13th century. The King of Spain resides here still, at least sy…
Top Choice Monastery in Monestir de Lluc

Monestir de Lluc

Entered via a cloistered garden, the monastery is a huge complex, dating mostly from the 17th to 18th centuries. Off the imposing central courtyard rises up the grand façade of the late-Renaissance basilica, behind …
Top Choice Historic Building in Deià

Casa Robert Graves

Casa Robert Graves is a fascinating tribute to the British writer and poet who moved to Deià in 1929 and had his house built here three years later. It's a well-presented and rewarding insight into his life and a tr…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Alcúdia

Pollèntia

Ranging over a sizeable (but walkable) area, the fascinating ruins of the Roman town of Pol·lentia lie just outside Alcúdia's walls. Founded around 70 BC, it was Rome's principal city in Mallorca and is the most imp…
Top Choice Museum in Palma de Mallorca

Palau March

This house, palatial by any definition, was one of several residences of the phenomenally wealthy March family. Sculptures by 20th-century greats including Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Ch…
Top Choice Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca

Catedral

Palma’s vast cathedral ('La Seu' in Catalan) is the city's major architectural landmark. Aside from its sheer scale and undoubted beauty, its stunning interior features, designed by Antoni Gaudí and renowned contemp…
Top Choice Gallery in Palma de Mallorca

Es Baluard

Built with flair and innovation into the shell of the Renaissance-era seaward walls, this contemporary art gallery is one of the finest on the island. Its temporary exhibitions are worth viewing, but the permanent c…
Top Choice Monastery in Valldemossa

Real Cartuja de Valldemossa

This grand old monastery and former royal residence has a chequered history. It was once home to kings, monks and a pair of 19th-century celebrities: composer Frédéric Chopin and George Sand. A series of cells now s…
Top Choice Gallery in Palma de Mallorca

Museu Fundación Juan March

The 17th-century Can Gallard del Canya, a 17th-century mansion overlaid with minor Modernist touches, now houses a small but significant collection of painting and sculpture. The permanent exhibits – some 80 pieces …
Top Choice Museum in Cala Major

Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró

The Catalan artist Joan Miró lived and worked at this beautiful hill-top compound, now a major museum to his life and work. Miró's friend, the architect Josep Lluís Sert, designed the studio space (much of which is …