With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the lush island of Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish) is truly paradise. Majorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, has 500km of stunning coastline, rugged mountains, sprawling flatlands and ancient cities that are perfect for exploring.
Every region of the island has its own charm and appeal. The best Majorca holidays combine explorations of both manmade and natural wonders, cultural experiences and plenty of sunshine. Check out some of the gems of the largest island of the archipelago.
South and Palma de Majorca
Not long ago, Palma, the capital of the Balearics and of Majorca, was bypassed by travellers who had their sights set on the beaches. However, the southern city has been restored to its former glory and is well worth a visit. The historic centre, filled with mazes of cobbled streets, stone palaces, quaint plazas and vibrant cafes and tapas bars is quite charming. The marina and palm-lined promenade gives way stunning views Mediterranean Sea. The highlight of the city’s skyline is the Gothic cathedral. Known as La Seu, encases the world’s largest rose window and fascinatingly ornate décor. Other noteworthy attractions include the Arabic fortress of Palacio Almudaina the medieval Bellver Castle, the contemporary art in the Es Baluard museum and the Pueblo Español.
The northeastern part of the island consists of the Alcúdia and Pollença bays which are the most alluring holiday destinations for tourists. The Roman city of Pollença has a well-preserved amphitheatre. Alcúdia has gorgeous golden sand beaches and is home to the s’Albufera Nature Reserve which is great for birdwatching and cycling. The Alfàbia Gardens in the north are not to be missed. Italian, English and Islamic influences cab ne seen throughout the various tropical plants and fountains. For breathtaking views, head to the Formentor peninsula.
West and Central
The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range spans the entire west coast. Surrounded by olive, almond and carob trees is the small and steep town of Valldemossa which dates back to the 14th century. The famous monastery, La Cartuja, and the Costa Nord Cultural Centre are worth checking out. The picturesque town of Sóller, with its French influences and prominent orange trees is also a must visit as is the city’s port. The interior is vast and consists of small villages and farmlands and forests. Dotted with old market towns, almond groves and windmills, traditional ways of life are most visible here.
The eastern coast of Majorca is flanked by stunning bays, beautiful beaches and hidden coves and caves. Family-friendly resorts can be found along the coasts and activities for kids. If the warm sand and crystal waters don’t suffice, there are several water parks such as Aqualand Mallorca in the area. The east is home to some of the most spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations and underground lakes in the Drach, Hams and d’Arta caves. The town of Artà, is an attraction of its own, as is the nearby town of Ses Païsses which boasts great golf courses and beaches.