Manacor is the second largest city in Mallorca and it is mostly known for its pearl factory and for its good-quality wooden furniture and for being the birthplace of tennis star Rafael Nadal.
The city has about 40.000 inhabitants and it is located on the east side of Majorca, about 12km from the coast and 50km from Palma.
To visit Manacor is to visit another side of Mallorca. The city is today an important industrial and trade city and for many visitors they come to Manacor just to visit one of the pearl factories or to simple just pass through on the way to somewhere else. But there is more to the city and it is worth to pay a visit, especially on Wednesdays when the city gets busy as hundreds of visitors come to the weekly market. There are stands located along the main streets and squares selling all sorts of products including clothes and local food.
There are several pearl factories one can visit to not just buy the gems but also to learn about the production process. The first factory was founded in 1902 and in 1951 the well-known pearl called Majorica was introduced.
In addition to the pearl factory and market there are also plenty of stores, supermarkets, bars and restaurants open every day of the week but Sundays. When you are in the city there are other interesting places to visit and one is the church of ‘Nostra Senyora dels dels Dolors’ which is the highest building in town and dates back to the 18th century.
It is easy to reach the city as it is well connected by public transport including a train line and many bus services.