When it comes to a trip to Spain's stunning Balearic Islands, many assume the only city worth visiting is the capital of Palma. While Palma's multitude of attractions are absolutely worth a day trip or two, they shouldn't overshadow the rich history and vibrant culture accessible from the great location of our vacation rentals in Manacor!
As you wake up in your amazing Manacor vacation rental and start planning your day on the beautiful island of Mallorca, you might be tempted to make a beeline towards the city's famous landmarks. Instead, take a deep breath, relax, and head on a slow, meandering walk. The old-fashioned architecture and winding streets of the city really let you soak in the lax, old-world atmosphere.
That being said, there are plenty of destinations you should absolutely plan on visiting. The towering spires of the Church of Nostra Senyora dels Dolors have to be seen to be believed, and the surrounding neighborhood provides a lovely atmosphere for a walk. Inside the church, you can watch pilgrims pay their respects to a statue of Christ.
Perhaps the most famous attraction of the city is Perlas Majorica, a pearl factory that creates over 50 million synthetic pearls per year from fish scales. If you'd prefer to preserve the mystery surrounding pearls (or if someone in your group is uneasy about what happens to the fish), the town has a wide variety of museums to visit. Over five hundred years old, the Torre de Ses Puntes has undergone a transformation from a formidable tower into a contemporary museum for art and photography. The Manacor History Museum, meanwhile, is located in the Torre dels Enagistes, a gothic mansion that's over eight hundred years old!
Visit the bustling market on Saturdays, where you can also admire historic mansions dating back to the 17th Century. And don't forget about festivals - from the Christmas Craft Fair to the Spring Fair, there's something fun to try no matter what time of year you reserve a vacation rental!
Nestled in the eastern interior of Mallorca, the town of Manacor has a surprising amount of nearby places to visit. For starters, the town is in the midst of the island's wine country! Manacor is surrounded by vineyards, many of which would be happy to arrange a tour or wine-tasting session if contacted in advance. Cyclists will also love the surrounding flatlands, with a plethora of cycling trails ready to be explored - just be sure to bring some water along and avoid dehydration!
If you're in the mood for some seaside fun, the beach town of Porto Cristo is just under eight miles to the east. The town has soft white sands, gentle blue waves, and plenty of bobbing ships you can admire, but it also boasts something you won't find in resort towns like Alcudía or Can Picafort. Porto Cristo lets visitors explore two stunning cave systems: the Coves del Drach and Coves del Ham. Shining pools and hanging stalactites make for an amazing contrast to the sunny beach beauty outdoors!
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