Diving in Mallorca

Mallorca is the perfect place to organize your summer holidays. There are thousands of activities and places to discover on the island of Mallorca. In this way you will be able to know the amount of wonders it hides. Apart from the well-known beaches of Mallorca, it can be known through excursions, climbing and cycling. Or for those more adventurous, discovering scuba diving in Mallorca.

The Balearic Islands consist of 8 natural parks, 2 nature reserves and 2 natural monuments. Most of these places are located on the larger island. Therefore, if you are planning your Majorca holidays and you don’t know where to start, we recommend that you take a diving excursion in Majorca in some of the following natural parks and marine reserves.

Dragonera Island

Isla Dragonera was established as a natural park in 1995, to the west of Mallorca and just 800 meters from the coast of Andratx. It is an archipelago made up of Dragonera, the largest island of all. This archipelago consists of around 275 hectares, 2 smaller islets known as Mitjana and Pantaleu and, finally, with a small group of islands called els Calafats.

To get to the island Dragonera can be accessed by organized boats or directly with diving schools. You can leave from the port of Andratx or from the closest point that is Sant Elmo.

The seabed that makes up this entire coast is a paradise for anyone who likes nature and the sea. As it contains a rocky bottom and the usual crystalline waters of Mallorca, it is simply an ecological treasure.

You can also find beautiful caves, with air bubbles inside, in much of the island. They can be accessed and enjoyed during your diving excursion to the island of Dragonera.

In turn, and to rest from diving, excursions can be made in Dragonera. This excursion will take you to the end of the island, where the first lighthouse built on it is located. From this point you can see wonderful views of cliffs, the sea and the well-known Serra de Tramuntana.

Cabrera

Cabrera is a natural park that has a large land area, with almost 1,400 protected hectares, and a maritime part, with around 90,000 hectares. It is made up of the island of Cabrera, a smaller one called illa des Conills, and 15 smaller islets around them.

It is located in the south of Mallorca, with the Colonia de Sant Jordi as its closest point. The boats that will allow you to make your diving excursions in Cabrera set sail from this town.

In the dives you do in the Cabrera Sea you will find a multitude of different species. From fish to other marine animals such as mollusks and cetaceans. Clear examples are sea bream, sea bass, rays, nacras and even sea turtles. All this lives surrounded by the popular posidonia, called the lung of the Mediterranean.

As it contains so much marine diversity, fishing is prohibited and altering the marine and terrestrial ecosystem to protect it and allow it to follow its natural course.

There are several places where you can dive in Cabrera, but there is a very special one: the blue cave. It is a cave in Cabrera that at sunset, when sunlight enters, dyes the cave a spectacular intense blue color. Inside this you can see a variety of marine animals and also go deep until you find other small caves inside.

El Toro

El Toro was declared a marine reserve in 2004. This was due to the number of different marine species and due to the great diversity that exists in this territory. It ranges from Clot del Moro to Cala Refeubetx.

It is located in the urban town of Santa Ponsa and can be accessed from the Port
Adriano or from the Santa Ponsa Yacht Club, these being the closest ports to the Toro Marine Reserve.

It is a very popular place for divers from all over the world. In El Toro you can find a variety of fish in a very special habitat. Fish such as amberjacks, moray eels, groupers, and barracudas. In turn, you will find other marine animals such as octopuses, mollusks and nudibranchs.

The dives at this point of the island are viable for all types of divers, from novice to experienced. But if you still do not dare to dive in Mallorca, it is the ideal place to snorkel, due to the cliffs that are created between the sea and the land of the island of Toro.

The Malgrats Islands

The Malgrats Islands is an archipelago made up of a larger island called Malgrat and 3 smaller ones known as Conills, Rates or d’Enmig. This area was declared a marine reserve in 2004, like El Toro. Since then its marine life has increased dramatically, making this place even more valuable.

Also due to being a nature reserve fishing is restricted. Like the anchorage by all kinds of boats, due to the protection of the well-known posidonia, from the Mediterranean Sea.

It is located in the municipality of Calviá and can be reached from the Santa Ponsa Yacht Club and from Port Adriano. From these places you can access up to 5 dive sites in the Malgrats Islands.

This place has a very special diving section due to the fact that a 133 meter Balearic frigate was sunk a few meters from the Malgrats Islands. It is located 400 meters deep and has since become an artificial reef. But, thanks to it, marine life has been enhanced and it serves as a home for all the marine animals in the area. In this way it is also beneficial to conserve natural reefs, and to keep marine life growing.

Holiday Center

As you may have seen, all these places are very close to our hotel in Mallorca Holiday Center. Therefore, if you are looking for a place to stay and enjoy diving: Holiday Center is your ideal hotel. At our aparthotel in Mallorca we want you to enjoy the island of Mallorca and, in turn, the moment of tranquility when you arrive at the hotel after a wonderful day discovering the Mallorca. So if you are thinking of booking your holidays in Mallorca and wanting to dive, book now at Holiday Center for a wonderful experience. We will wait for you!

Shopping Centres Mallorca

Shopping Centres Mallorca

Although many believe that Mallorca has nothing to offer but spectacular beaches, which is no small thing, the reality is very different. Mallorca has a very varied leisure offer and as the cold and rain are now approaching, taking a dip in the beach is no longer an option. That’s why it’s important to know places where you can spend a pleasant day sheltered from the weather. These are the times when plans such as taking a stroll through the wide variety of shops that Mallorca has to offer or taking refuge in the cinema to enjoy a film with a huge bucket of popcorn, become the perfect options to liven up your afternoon holiday. That is why we would like to recommend you some of the main shopping centres that you will find in Mallorca and we are sure that they will satisfy all your needs.

Mallorca has, mainly, three shopping centres located in Palma and its surroundings, so it is very easy to reach them, both by public transport and by car. If you choose the latter option, don’t worry, they all have ample parking spaces so that you don’t have to break your neck looking for a place to leave your car and you can just enjoy yourself.

Shopping Centres Mallorca

Porto Pi

The Porto Pi Shopping Centre is one of the oldest in Mallorca, having opened in 1995. It is located next to the port of Palma de Mallorca and this privileged location has made it a reference point for both residents and tourists. It stands out for being completely covered so it becomes a perfect option in the rare, rainy afternoons in Mallorca. It has 6 commercial floors and is dominated by clothing shops with the most prominent brands both nationally and internationally. In the Porto Pi Shopping Centre you can find shops like Zara, Tommy Hilfiger or Lacoste among others. In spite of focusing on fashion you will also be able to find shops of all types such as electronics, toys, sport or home. If after a long walk through this magnificent shopping centre you feel like having a bite to eat you won’t even have to move, as on the top floor you will find a multitude of restaurants where you can recharge your batteries after a morning’s shopping.

If you don’t have a car, don’t worry. Line 1 of Palma de Mallorca’s intercity buses will leave you right at the door. This is also a highly recommended option, as line 1 runs along Jaime III and Passeig Mallorca streets, where there are also a large number of shops and restaurants. If you go by car you can park in one of its 1,570 covered parking spaces.

Mallorca Fashion Outlet (Festival Park)

Opened in 2002 under the name of Festival Park, which was changed to Mallorca Fashion Outlet in 2019. The Mallorca Fashion Outlet offers a completely open shopping centre where you can walk around or calm your appetite in its restaurants. This shopping centre is located only 7km from Palma and offers a wide range of shops of the best fashion and sport brands. This makes it the ideal place to take a walk on a sunny autumn day. It also has a very particular style reminiscent of a small village, so a walk among its shops is a very important part of your visit to Mallorca. This huge shopping centre stands out for offering its customers the best prices, as it is focused on outlet sales, so visiting its shops and taking advantage of the incredible discounts they offer is an opportunity not to be missed. It also has an enormous gastronomic offer with several restaurants, cafes and ice-cream parlours for all tastes. Enjoy one of the restaurants, sit down to rest and have a coffee on one of the terraces before continuing with your shopping or go to see a film in the Cinesa Festival Park multiplex. Cinema in Mallorca that has 20 theatres where you can see all the film premieres with IMAX quality.

The mall Mallorca Fashion Outlet is located in the municipality of Marratxí, just 10 minutes from Palma by car and 20 minutes from Palma de Mallorca airport. It has a huge free outdoor car park where you can park without complications. If you don’t have a car you can get there by train, as the centre has a stop with its own name so finding it will be easy.

FAN Mallorca

The FAN Mallorca Shopping is the newest and most modern of all the shopping centres in Mallorca. It is located only 2 minutes from Palma de Mallorca Airport and has a huge gastronomic, commercial and entertainment offer. On its two floors you will find the main national and international fashion brands as well as sports, beauty and electronics shops. It also has a huge supermarket where you can do all the necessary shopping for your daily life. In spite of being an open-air shopping centre, it has large balconies with which you can take refuge in case of bad weather, which makes a visit to FAN Mallorca Shopping a great option whatever the weather.

On its two huge floors you will also find a wide variety of restaurants where you can taste dishes from all over the world, from Argentinean roast to Japanese ramen. But if all that Fan Mallorca Shopping has to offer is still not enough, you can also enjoy the latest releases in its Artesiete Fan multiplex, which has 8 cinemas equipped with the latest technology to enjoy the cinema like never before. Its proximity to the airport makes it the perfect place to spend your last hours in Mallorca.

If you come by car, you can park in its huge car park which has both underground and outdoor spaces so finding a parking space will not be a problem. If you choose to visit FAN Mallorca Shopping by public transport you can choose one of the five bus lines (L18, L28, L32, L23 and L31) which will leave you just a few metres away.

Holiday Center Santa Ponsa

As you have seen, the options to reach any of the three main shopping centres in Mallorca are endless so you can easily get there from Holiday Center Santa Ponsa. The ideal place to stay on your holidays as you will be able to enjoy all the comforts to spend a dream holiday on the wonderful island of Mallorca.

 

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