The Spanish island of Mallorca feeds your wanderlust with vivid visions of the past as well as sparkling sea moments in the here and now.
True, southern Mallorca can be over crowded and over touristic, especially in August. But take the main highway north to parts less frequented and you will find a peaceful paradise of tradition and slow living. Spending a day or two in Palma de Mallorca is not a bad idea, if only to take in the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, locally known as La Seu. Begun in 1229, its nave is the highest of all Gothic cathedrals, higher even than Notre Dame de Paris. Mallorca’s strategic location along the ideological rift between Christianity and Islam, Carthaginians and Romans, North and South means that it has a tumultuous history of siege and warfare. The construction of the cathedral is a testament to this upheaval and was not completed until 1601.