From civilised family beach lazing to energetic 18-30s nightlife, city sightseeing to scenic mountainous bike rides, few islands can match the diversity of experiences that Majorca can offer holidaymakers.
Holidays in Majorca
Just over a two-hour flight from the UK, Majorca is the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands and has long been enjoyed by tourists the world over.
A big enough island to cater to a variety of different holidays, from energetic nightlife in the resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova, to family-friendly attractions belonging to Alcudia, Majorca also boasts over 550km of stunning beaches. From the bustling inner-city avenues of Palma to the stunning rural roads that traverse Serra de Tramuntana, Majorca's versatility is its biggest asset.
Pose for a picture beside the spectacular gothic cathedral in Palma, enjoy a catamaran trip across the turquoise waters of Cape Formentor or hire a bicycle and follow the scenic coastal path from C'an Pastilla to Arenal.
Alternatively, enjoy a spot of lunch across from the yachts that belong to the cosmopolitan harbour resort of Port de Pollença, paddle the crystal clear waters fringing Es Trenc beach or purchase authentic Majorcan souvenirs from the island's weekly markets.
Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, Majorca enjoys a warm year-round climate. Enjoying hot average summer temperatures of 21-25°C between June and August, and average winter temperatures of 10-12°C between January and March, Majorca is an appealing prospect both in and out of peak season.
For families determined to avoid any chance of rain, trips between June and August are advised, with September to December representing Majorca's rainiest months. However on average, the island doesn't receive more than seven days' rainfall each month.
Things to do on holiday in Majorca
Given the size of the island, it'd be impossible to list every worthwhile experience obtainable during your stay, but here are some of our favourite things to enjoy.
Given international tourists have been descending upon Majorca for decades now, tourists can discover a wide variety of worldwide dining options on the island, from Chinese to Indian, Italian to American, and all convenience options in between. With most globally-themed restaurants based in Palma, it's also worth tasting some island specialities during your trip.
Vegetables feature heavily in many native Mallorquin plates so why not get out of your comfort zone and sample some fare the locals love? Traditional restaurants such as Restaurante Bar Andaluz in Arenal and Mesón Olé El Limonero in Portocolom serve up some delightful options such as bacalao con tomate (cod with tomato), trampos (vegetable pizza slices) and pa'amb oli (Majorcan bread with garlic, tomato and olive oil).
Other Majorcan delicacies to enjoy on your holiday include tumbet (layered aubergine, potato and peppers), sobrassada (cured minced pork sausage) and porcella (suckling pig).
With over 550km of beaches to choose from on Majorca, there really are a plethora of sandy seaside communities to suit each taste.
For access, ample amenities, safety and shallow water, Alcudia Beach in the town of the same name is a solid choice. Families will fall in love with this 3.4km long Blue Flag beach community that is based next to the town's high rise hoteliers, featuring fine white sand, boat tours, toilets/showers and plenty of sun loungers.
For more of a secluded, rural beach experience, Es Trenc is simply unbeatable. Majorca's most famous unspoilt beach, the underdevelopment here is its biggest asset. Boasting crystal clear water and an idyllic dune landscape, a large wetland area and salt marshes allow sun lounging to take place amidst awesome natural scenery.
Other popular resort-based beaches on Majorca include Playa de Palma, Playa de Muro and Port de Pollença, while for those craving more peaceful, tranquil surroundings, Calo d’es Moro, Cala Deia and Cala Llombards are well worth the trip.
Majorca's capital Palma is Spain's fourteenth biggest city and is home to most of the island's best sightseeing spots. You simply cannot miss the gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma which casts a striking shadow over the city's port. After all, it features one of the biggest stained glass windows in the world.
Palma is also home to Bellver Castle, with incredible bay views, and the unmistakable tree-lined avenue of Passeig des Born. Don’t miss out on ticking off multiple sights of cultural interest in one go with double-decker sightseeing buses running regular routes around the city.
At the other end of the spectrum, spectacular natural beauty is best observed in the rural north of the island in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. A World Heritage Site since 2011, the region is a fine mix of rugged coastal cliffs, dry stone terraces, two lakes and dramatic peaks that forge the most impressive of backdrops.
Tucked away in the south-western reaches of Majorca is the internationally acclaimed party resort of Magaluf. With more than 100 bars packed into this energetic corner of the island, the resort is a larger-than-life community of neon-lighted pubs, late night underground discos, huge-scale nightclubs and daytime boat cruises.
The resort's most famous club, BCM Planet Dance, is the largest nightclub in Mallorca with global superstars such as Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and Tinie Tempah having performed here. Teeming with two-for-one drinks deals, indie rock hideaways, Irish pubs and not forgetting a stunning beach to relax on in the daytime, Magaluf's popularity has spanned decades.
Outside of Magaluf, Palma contains several notable live music venues such as the Tunnel Rock Club and Shamrock, which despite its Irish roots, plays a wide variety of reggae, jazz and funk. Elsewhere, seaside resorts such as Cala Millor, C'an Pastilla and Arenal all boast their fair share of alfresco cafes and restaurants - great to appreciate a Majorcan sunset in the company of loved ones.
Whether you're looking for an extravagant holiday purchase or a souvenir to remember your trip by, there are plenty of great places to enjoy a spot of shopping in Majorca.
Visit Spain's best-loved department store El Corte Inglés with two stores based in central Palma. The Alexandre Rosselló store is spread across an incredible nine floors, and features everything from jewellery and cosmetics to sporting memorabilia, shoes, music and video, books and more.
For more choice, the Palma vicinity is also home to two major shopping centres, Centro Comercial Porto Pi and FAN Mallorca Shopping - a state-of-the-art facility opened in 2016 and featuring well-known brands such as C&A, Foot Locker, H&M and Primark.
Don't overlook local markets that travel to most of Majorca's most popular holiday resorts too. Nearby the east coast resort of Cala Millor, a Friday morning market travels to Son Servera each week. Here, tourists are able to purchase a range of items that include local fruit, leather handbags, jewellery, crafts and more. Haggle a bargain or alternatively, simply take a stroll and indulge your curiosity.
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