Mallorca’s second city, Manacor, sits around 10km from the eastern coastline. It used to be an agricultural town but, with the help of the railway line that was opened in 1879, it became the industrial and commercial centre of the area.
Today, the train line between Palma and Manacor runs every hour and so it has become a popular mode of transport for islanders to commute to the capital for work. Very much a working industrial city, Manacor is full of local residents. It's within easy reach of some of the island’s most beautiful beaches, while the surrounding countryside also has its appeal.
Currently, tourists mainly come to Manacor to visit Majorica's factory shop, home to the island’s famous artificial pearl industry. The city has also been put on the map as the birthplace of tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, who still lives here with his family when he's not playing on the tennis circuit. Nadal has even opened up a state-of-the-art tennis academy, sports centre and museum in his hometown.
In recent years, the city’s residents have been working hard to make this city a more attractive place for visitors. It's probably best to visit Manacor on a Monday morning to enjoy its weekly market. In true Spanish style, there are also plenty of fun fiestas and fairs to enjoy here throughout the year.
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