Majorca Holidays

Brilliant beaches and so much more

By far the biggest and most popular of the Balearic Isles, Majorca is one of the top holiday destinations in Spain. With hundreds of kilometres of gorgeous coastline and more than 200 beaches, it’s easy to see why. From vast sweeping bays and romantic secluded coves, to family-friendly stretches of gorgeously soft sand, Majorca holidays offer almost every kind of beach break you can imagine.

While some parts of the island are lively party spots, others are more mellow and ideal for couples and families looking for a quieter holiday in the sun. Tempting as it would be to spend every day barefoot on the beaches, it’s not just traditional bucket-and-spade tourism that makes people choose holidays to Majorca. Just as much of a draw are authentic island experiences. The capital, Palma, has become a popular destination for city breaks, with a historic old town and a wealth of world-class restaurants.

The dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is a hotspot for adventurous outdoor activities, from rock climbing to forest hiking. Majorca’s also very popular with cyclists. From its pine-clad mountains to its vineyard-covered central plains and its gorgeous coastline, Majorca’s landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful. If you want a beach holiday with that extra something special, you won’t have to look far to find it in Majorca.

Three tips for a top trip

Hit the road

The best way to get around Majorca is by car, but if you don’t fancy driving, the public bus and train network is very good.

Head up high

In the summer months, you can join a rooftop tour of Palma’s Gothic cathedral where you can swoon at its impressive terraces and bell tower.

Take a boat trip

Arrive at one of the island’s loveliest beaches, Formentor, by hopping on a boat from Puerto Pollensa. The views of the coastline along the way are sensational.

Best attractions to see in Majorca

The beach at Es Trenc

An absolute must for any beach lover, this spectacular 2-kilometre stretch of white sand and turquoise sea means it’s often referred to as Majorca’s Caribbean.

The Caves of Drach

A tour of these fascinating caves – their name literally translates as ‘Dragon caves’ – in Porto Cristo involves a thrilling boat trip on Europe’s largest underground lake.

La Reserva Nature Park

At this nature reserve you’ll find jaw-dropping mountain vistas, forest walks, an animal sanctuary and the chance to swim in waterfalls and cooling natural pools.

Your Majorca questions, answered

While summer is the hottest time, you can hit the beach from April right through to November. Winter can be pleasantly mild, September and February are the wettest months.
Majorcan wine is delicious, and there are many different local vintages to choose from. Get to know them on a tour and wine-tasting session at one of its vineyards.
With just about every location along the coastline having a choice of sandy beaches or scenic bays, you really don’t need to worry about finding a place to go. To the north, you have the sands of Puerto Pollensa and Playa de Muro. Along the southern shores, you’ve got the beautiful coves around Cala D’Or. Head east and you can enjoy the golden beaches of Cala Millor, Cala bona and Sa Coma. And, to the west, are the white sands of Portals Nous.
The nightlife is not simply good in Majorca, it’s varied and vibrant. The main buzz of nightlife can be found in areas such as Palma, Magaluf and Alcudia. Clubs, beach bars and restaurants all have a lively atmosphere, whether you’re dancing or sitting back with cocktails. There’s an upmarket feel to the late evening spots at Cala D’Or, Puerto Soller and Puerto Andratx. And, in the quieter villages, there are still peaceful dining spots along with live music and festivals to enjoy.
This pretty island really does have wide-ranging appeal. Families and groups, couples, beach lovers, party animals, outdoor enthusiasts and nature buffs are all catered for.
For an area with a bit of a buzz, you could head to S’Arenal or Palma. For a laid-back, traditional feel, you could base yourself in Porto Colom or Puerto Soller. If you’re looking for a peaceful location with plenty of scenery, then Fornalutx or Orient may be a good choice. And Puerto Pollensa has a good mix of traditional buildings, nice restaurants, sandy beaches and scenic walks.
You can fly direct to Majorca in two to three hours from UK airports. Majorca’s airport is at Palma where there are good transport links to help you reach the island’s other resorts.
Majorca is one of the Balearic Islands. The two official languages spoken here are Spanish and Catalan. However, Majorca has been welcoming English-speaking tourists for a long time, so you’ll find it easy to get by without needing to learn a new language. In the resort towns, you’ll even find signs and menus translated for you. Of course, you may like to try out a few Spanish phrases while you’re there.
Hiring a car is a good idea if you fancy the thrill of taking to the scenic, meandering roads through the mountains. And it’s great for exploring to your own timetable. However, the island has a bus network that will easily get you around the towns and villages you wish to explore. It’s a more leisurely way to travel but, with such great views, many visitors prefer it.