The largest of the Balearics, Majorca has space enough to be uniquely Spanish in charm, as well as having that quintessential Mediterranean feel. Majorca is holiday escape bliss.
There’s a long tourist history to this island. And as soon as you take your first steps on this beautiful island it’s easy to see why. Its sweeping beaches, tiny inlets and sandy coves all contribute to the island looking like what picture-perfect postcards are based on. And even when you travel further away from the turquoise-tinted waters, you’ll find even more natural beauty on offer. Majorca also boasts some breath-taking mountains with jagged peaks. These mountains are surrounded by the sweet aroma of neighbouring pine forests, meaning no matter where you stay on the island, you’re met with pure beauty.
The weather in Majorca is typically warm all year round. Because of its Mediterranean climate, the summers are hot and dry with temperatures firmly staying above 30 degrees. Perfect temperature for tan topping, sea swimming and holiday making. Even the winters are mild and the rainfall is almost always very low, meaning this beautiful Balearic Island is a hospitable host in every season.
Leaving its natural scenery to one side for the moment, Majorca also possesses some amazing man-made sights and the 14th century Gothic cathedral in Palma, many people’s first sight as they fly to the island, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to striking man-made structures for you to marvel at during your stay. And we haven’t even mentioned Magaluf yet…
Consisting of one of the longest beaches in Majorca, a quaintly beautiful old town and pavement cafes, Alcudia has many things to offer tourists looking to visit Majorca. The city’s old town walls date all the way back to the 14th century and the architecture inside it is both breath-taking and well-utilised. These archaic buildings are now used for cafes, boutiques and - of course - many a restaurant. There is also the picturesque church of Sant Jaume which has a medieval belfry and rose window. All this talk of architecture and we still haven’t mentioned Alcudia’s other main selling point, the beaches.
Unravelling from the marina and leading to a quieter stretch near a nature reserve, the beaches of Playa de Muro and Ca’n Picafort are clear, calm and immensely popular with snorkelers. These amazing Blue Flag beaches possess beautiful sand and of course a number of beachside restaurants and bars to cater to the rest of your needs.
Looking out to Cala Bona, the term rustic comes to mind so if you’re in the mood for a more laid-back environment when holidaying to Majorca, it could be the place for you. Made for relaxed dining and lazing on the gorgeous sand, Cala Bona has an abundance of quaint charm. Fishermen bring in the local catch for the harbour-side restaurants and when you’re done with dinner you can take a stroll around the modern shopping centre and pick up some souvenirs for special people back home.
Palma Nova is made for indulging in adventure during the day with some intense water-sports and then bar-hopping in the evening with some equally intense nightlife. Known as the quieter, slightly more appropriate neighbour to Magaluf, this resort was purposefully built around white sand beaches and its promenade is jam-packed with bars and restaurants which represent the perfect start to a night which could end in the aforementioned Magaluf, as it is only a ten minute walk away.
Sun-drenched Magaluf is Majorca’s party capital. With all-night bars and clubs, and a steady supply of visitors, it is high energy and high octane. The wide sandy beaches have beautiful views and plenty of space for sun seekers, while the large number of hotels in the town offer plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation. There are a now a number of chic beach clubs, with white canvas umbrellas, large loungers and plenty of bubbly chilling in ice buckets. There are some quiet spots to be found, too. Cala Vinyes is relatively calm and is an easy day trip. The pretty cove has crystal clear water for swimming.
A short hop from Palma de Mallorca Airport, C'an Pastilla is a small and relaxed resort. With a long sandy beach, there’s plenty of room to lie back and catch some rays, and the town has a nice selection of bars, restaurants and tourist shops for days spent pottering. The proximity to Palma – it’s about 15 minutes away by car and there are buses available – means there are a wealth of facilities on offer, from museums and galleries to shops and history. There is also a nearby waterpark, making this resort a great choice for families.
This family-friendly resort is the perfect destination for a chilled-out holiday. The pace here is fairly slow, and while there are a range of restaurants, bars and shops in the resort, they all function with a gentle hubbub compared to some of the livelier towns on the island. The Blue Flag beach is a beautiful sweep of sand and turquoise water, perfect for swimming and playing on a pedalo. Sa Coma also has a large expat population, which means it’s easy to navigate with plenty of child-friendly restaurants – perfect for a stress-free holiday.
Serra de Tramuntana
Almost as an antidote to the night before, this UNESCO world heritage site offers a world-class hiking experience. With strong slopes and dramatic landscapes, Serra da Tramuntana is a draw for hikers all over the world, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it only caters to those very experienced hikers as the site offers many different activities from family excursions to canyoning. No matter your skill level the trails at Serra de Tramuntana will mystify you with not only it’s natural beauty but also its illustrious and ancient history.
Palma Cathedral Le Seu
When approaching the beautiful Palma Cathedral Le Seu, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped back in time. Horse and carriages sit outside the site and give the place a regal feel. This amazing architectural masterpiece is not only pretty from the outside, but it also has a wealth of character inside with stained-glass windows reflecting right across the gorgeous ceiling and some amazing art on display from artists as luminary as Gaudi.
Alcudia Old Town
Known by many as a detox the many tourist-heavy attractions on the island, Alcudia’s Old Town proves a great detox for those looking to escape the crowds. The streets and squares are filled with character and you can find many a trinket, good meal and relaxing atmosphere in any of the town’s many quaint establishments.
The stunning Bellver Castle in Palma de Majorca is a perfect day trip for people who want to add a bit of culture to their holiday. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle sits in gorgeously manicured gardens with views of Palma Bay. Unusually, Bellver Castle is round, giving it unique architectural details and a circular inner courtyard. It also has a rich history, which is chronicled through the exhibits. From Palma it is a short taxi ride away and there are pretty pine woods nearby, perfect for shady strolls and picnics.
If you get a taste of Majorcan wine during your holiday, why not take the opportunity to visit one of the island’s many vineyards. Most are open to visitors and many have bodegas or restaurants on site, as well as tours and tasting sessions. Angel Bodgas is a 20-minute car journey north of Palma in the town of Santa Maria del Cami. With views of the Sierra Norte mountain range and lush green countryside, it is definitely worth a day away from the beach.
Cuisine in Majorca
Start your day as the Majorcans do with an Enssaïmada. This sweet spiral cake dusted with powdered sugar is a treat worth waking up for and it will no doubt hit the spot. Accompanying this sweet treat with coffee or hot chocolate is usually enough for most but alternatively, you can also fill it with other ingredients like cream or chocolate. When your stomach begins to rumble again around lunchtime, make sure to try the local Grimalt Cheese. Either as a topping on the vegetable pizza dish Coca de Trampó or as a starter before you experience the local meat pie of Panada.
For dinner in Mallorca, the Mediterranean Sea is at your beck and call. From salted cod and paella to fresh oysters and squid, the seafood dishes will transport you to a food coma you won’t want to leave. For those not keen on seafood, Lechona is another island favourite and this whole roasted pig is a great choice for the dinner table.
For an affordable holiday which ticks off all three boxes of nightlife, beaches and fine dining, Majorca is the destination for you. So grab your beach towel, shades and swimming costume and book an easyJet holiday now.