Holidays to Majorca are simply sublime. The island is five times the size of Ibiza, and its beaches are a paradise for sun seekers, ranging from pebbly beaches to crystal clear coves. The scenery in Majorca is stunning – the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range soars to nearly 5,000 feet, and runs the length of the northwest coast and southeast shores. You will be mesmerised by the eight kilometres of sand at Alcudia, and the popu-lar Club Mac Alcudia Hotel is great for families. The powdery coves of Cala d’Or are a touch of serenity on the island, and for a magnificent bay, Puerto Pollensa is for you.
From quiet to lively, there’s a resort to suit you
If you’re looking for fun, lively resorts such as Magaluf and Alcudia always draw holiday makers in with their never-ending fun. Head to Palma, the island’s capital, for fantastic ocean-facing restaurants, and quaint village shops. For quiet holidays to Majorca, Puerto Pollensa is great. Here the pace slows down, and the buzz is around the waterfront res-taurants. This resort is all about the beach; Puerto’s beach is perfect for sun lounging and boasts mountain vistas of the mountains and beyond.
Offering an alluring temptation of modern variety and natural beauty, Majorca holidays dazzle with charm and relaxation. The popular beachfront resorts of this Balearic Island are a short distance away from the chic capital lifestyle of Palma. Majorca remains a popular sun-soaked destination and offers something for everyone.
Why choose Majorca for a holiday?
Holidays to Majorca offer a rich mix of relaxation, sunshine and natural beauty. As well its stunning hidden coves and secluded beaches, the island is great for families, boasting many natural attractions. Whether you’re visiting the stunning Alfàbia Gardens near Pal-ma, with its Islamic, Italian and English influences, or a day trip to the Lluc Sanctuary, the spiritual centre of Majorca, the beauty of the island will lure you in. It’s not all fauna and flowers, though – Palma boasts some amazing shopping, with designer shops on Avin-guda Jaime III and Passeig d’es Born, and there’s a weekly street market in Inca and craft market in Sóller on Saturdays, with many traditional crafts.
• Don’t spend all your holiday on the beach! Whilst the beaches are beautiful, you can’t miss the bird sanctuaries, medieval towns and local museums in the north-west of the island.
• Catalan is the main language in Majorca; it’s what taught in schools and in the public services, so make sure to brush up on your language skills!
• If you’re staying near Soller, jump on the quaint tram that travels through the hillside orange and lemon groves – stunning!
Attractions and Activities
Naturally, the beaches in Majorca are stunning. For a picture-perfect sandy cove, head to Cala d’Or, on the Eastern coast; a former fishing village, the area just oozes charm. Cala Gran Beach, the largest beach in Majorca, is great for all the family; it has shallow waters, perfect for kids, and the most beautiful white sand. Watersports are one of Majorca’s main attractions – whether you’re jet skiing, windsurfing or snorkelling, there’s something for everyone.
For an unusual experience, try visiting the pretty town Sóller by vintage train; 17 miles from Palma, the train line was built so farmers could bring their produce to market in Pal-ma, and you’ll be rewarded with picturesque views of the Tramuntana Mountains. Robert Graves’ House in Deià is also well worth a visit. The great poet spent much of his life here, and the beautiful gardens make a lovely day trip. For wine lovers, Majorca has lots to offer – many of the region’s great wineries are open to the public, and José L. Ferrer, the area’s most well-known winery, is fantastic for an educational wine trip.
There are many cultural events taking place in Majorca throughout the year; look out for exhibitions at Es Baluard, Palma’s contemporary art museum, which change every month. The island hosts a Smooth Jazz Festival in April, which takes place at the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa in Sa Coma, with many special meals, events and concerts. For a tipple, in May, there’s a special Wine Day where the wineries in the Binissalem area open their doors for all, with specialist wine events and lovely food. The Copa del Rey Regatta in August is a glamorous regatta, in the Bay of Palma, with teams for around the world competing. Don’t miss the Port de Sóller classical music festival in September ei-ther – it’s a cultural highlight.
When on holiday in Majorca, renting a car is the easiest option. The roads generally of good quality, although there a few tricky coastal roads in the north and west of the island, with steep cliffs. Palma is the only centre with its own local transport system, EMT, and the buses run regularly. It’s easy to get around Palma by bike, and there are many taxi stands around the city. Taxis aren’t as easy to come by in the rest of the island, but you can always call for one. Two train lines run from Plaça d’Espanya in Palma; one which heads north to Sóller and the other to Inca.