Truly in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, and the largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca has the climate, landscape, culture, and food that add up to a dream locale. History buffs arrive all year long to visit the many ancient sites - ranging from Neolithic to Roman, and Moorish eras, there are amazing sites to tempt those who are enamored with the remains of the past. And if cartography (mapping) is one of your passions, then naturally you will want to visit the island and explore the different museums and sites that relate to its long historical involvement with mapping and charting.
In addition to its miles of gorgeous shoreline, there are also two distinct mountain regions on Mallorca as well. One of them, the Serra de Tramuntana, has even been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its physical and cultural relevance. The diversity does not end with the mountains, though, and even the coastal areas range from sea cliffs and mysterious caves to silky soft white sands.
Perhaps all of this is what first initiated the arrival of upscale and "A-list" travelers to Mallorca beginning in the mid to late 19th century. Royalty from all corners of the globe began to maintain homes or pay annual visits to its shores, and as already indicated, artists as diverse as Chopin, Anais Nin, Mick Jagger, and Harrison Ford frequent(ed) the island too.
Over the course of a century, attention and tourism grew, and by the 1970s, the island played host to more than three million visitors each year. This is what initiated the development of some truly world-class resorts, but the island has never lost its charm or its quality. In fact, in many surveys and studies, Mallorca consistently ranks as a locale with some remarkably high quality visitor amenities.
Food, for example, is more than just abundant and in the early 2000s, an official head count of restaurants was conducted. In the end, it was determined that there were more than two thousand restaurants, cafes, and other dining establishments available.