Mallorca with Gina Vasquez: Miró, Michael Douglas & Missionaries - When in Spain podcast episode 94

Updated: 2 days ago

We're back in the Balearic islands after being on Menorca last episode. This week on the When in Spain podcast, we visit the largest of the Mediterranean island group, Mallorca.

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Joining me to scratch beneath the surface of Mallorca's party-goer, mass tourism image is guide and long-time Mallorca resident, Gina Vasquez. We chat the Roman city of Palma, meeting Miró, Bronze Age ruins, celeb spotting, film locations, wine, almonds, delicious ensaïmadas, underwater lakes y mucho más!

La Seu Cathedral, Palma

Gina runs her own tour company Visit My Mallorca - and talks us through the ancient history of Mallorca and recommends things to see in the island's capital, Palma, including the city's impressive gothic cathedral, La Seu, which has one of the world’s largest stained glass windows.

Gina Vasquez from Visit My Mallorca

We also get out across the island and look at Gina's favourite towns, villages, beaches and natural beauty spots to include on a visit.

Biniaraix village
Drach Caves

We talk about the artist and sculptor Joan Miró who lived and worked on Mallorca - Gina's husband knew Joan Miró personally and she recommends a visit to the the Fundació Joan Miró where you can see Miró's workshop and numerous pieces of his work.

Fundació Joan Miró

St. Junípero Serra

Gina also tells us about a fascinating slice of Mallorcan history. The small town of Petra is the birthplace of St. Junípero Serra (1713-1784), a Franciscan friar who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco.

Serra de Tramuntana (Sierra de Tramontana)

Places and other things we mentioned in the episode:

La Seu Cathedral, Palma

Santa Catalina neighbourhood, Palma

Plaza d'Espanya, Palma

Olivar Market, Palma

La Llotja de Palma

Castell de Bellver

Royal Palace of La Almudaina

Across the Island

Sineu (with its 15th Century market)




Cala Figuera



Sa Calobra


Mirador Es Colomer

Parc natural de Mondragó

Serra de Tramuntana (Sierra de Tramontana)


Deià (Robert Graves called it his home)

Drach Caves (Porto Cristo)

Sant Elm (San Telmo)

Pollença (Family beaches)

Bakery in Palma to buy Ensaimada - Fornet de la Soca

TV Series - The Mallorca Files



government tourism site

transportation island-wide

Palma city bus.

One of Gina's favorite restaurants in Palma,


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