Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Majorca is the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands. The island sits just off Spain's east coast and sees thousands of tourists land on its shores each year. Spelled Mallorca in the local Catalan language, residents of the island speak Catalan rather than Spanish. The language is also used in schools and by the government, so knowing a little ahead of time will improve any trip to Majorca.

The Mediterranean climate of Majorca is what brings so many visitors to the island. The summers are bright and warm, with all day sunshine enveloping the brown sands of the beaches. The winters in Majorca can be chilly, especially for tourists going inland. Meanwhile, summers are hot, but visitors can cool off in the bright blue waters of the sea.

From natural beauty to gothic cathedrals, Majorca provides something for everyone while they stay on the Spanish island. The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is one of the island's main attractions. Building on the gothic cathedral began in 1229, but wasn't finished until 1601.

Another gothic architecture favourite on the island is Bellver Castle. Located three kilometres west of Palma city centre, the castle was built in the 14th century for the kings of Majorca. Today the castle is a historic museum and is one of the symbols of the city.

Majorca is not only home to beautiful beaches for sun and surf, but the island also has fantastic hiking trails. Cap de Formentor is one such area, and the peninsula is a favourite of those looking to see Majorca's natural beauty.

Majorca's recipes are populated with almonds, olives, walnuts and tomatoes. These ingredients have helped shape Majorca's unique cuisine over the centuries. Being part of Spain, Majorca is famous for its paella, though the island does it with a twist; Majorcan paella features noodles rather than rice, giving it a unique texture. Fresh fish and pork are also local favourites, and visitors can sample plenty of calamari and jamon when tapas bar hopping.

The island has been a top tourist destination for Europeans for years. Due to this, the nightlife scene is tremendous and offers guests a variety of options. There are laid back Cuban style bars, modern nightclubs playing dance music and salsa clubs for those who are feeling passionate! The island is a perfect spot for both those seeking loud nights out and quiet drinks in dimly lit cafés.

 

Overview

Located in the Mediterranean, Majorca is the largest Balearic island. To the north of the island you will find many cliffs and mountains, Serra de Tramuntana runs from the South-West to the North-East of the island. It's perfect for those looking for an adventurous holiday and want to explore and hike along the cliff tops. Not to mention the caves located below, some of the best caves in Majorca are found along the east coast, Caves d'Arta and Cueves del Drach. 

Heading to the centre of Majorca, you will find flatter land and the busier towns of Binissalem and Portol. To the south of the island you will find the popular resorts with travellers, Palma, Magaluf, Cala Figuera, there's plenty of towns and fabulous beaches loacted around the South of the island.

From its sapphire coves and picture-perfect beaches to its traditional villages, Majorca is an island that never ceases to amaze. Therefore it’s no wonder that this sunny spot is one of Europe’s most sought after summer holiday destinations. Visitors will find that Majorca is returning to its roots and that even the most purpose-built of resorts can’t hide its charming Spanish flair. So whether you dream of sun-ripened grapes in Majorca’s vineyards or windsurfing on dazzling blue water, you can have it all and then some in Majorca.

Key Facts

  • Currency: Euro
    Language: Spanish
    Approximate flight from the UK: 2 hours 20 minutes
    Time zone: UTC+01:00

Great For

Beaches: Majorca’s glistening turquoise waters will make sure you don’t stray far from its shores. The pearly beaches that surround the island come in all shapes and sizes. So whether you prefer a quiet cove or a long stretch of san covered in sun loungers, Majorca has it all.
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Majorca’s rugged interior is blessed with an astounding variety of natural beauty. No matter what time of year you visit there will be enough daylight hours to cycle, hike and swim. And when winter descends on the island, visitors will be treated to the almond tree blossoms and honey-coloured countrysides to explore.
Wine Connoisseurs: The number of award-winning wines hailing from the island is a testament to how Majorca’s wine region highlights quality over quantity. Hop from vineyard to vineyard in Binissalem for a day or stay in one of the area’s ultra luxurious boutique hotels.
Best time to visit: Majorca has something to offer every season, but if you want to layout on the beach, late May-September is your best bet.

Cathedral La Seu

Cathedral La Seu; Also known as Palma Cathedral, La Seu is an impressive Gothic cathedral that visitors to Majorca won’t want to miss. The grand cathedral began construction in 1209 but wasn’t completed until 1601. The legendary artist Antoni Gaudi made additional changes to the cathedral in the 20th-century. Located in the old city of Palma, it's in a great, central location plus it has fantastic views, overlooking the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.
Address: Plaza Almoina, s/n, 07001 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
Opening times: 10am to 6pm weekdays, 10am to 2pm Saturday, closed Sunday (summer); 10am to 3pm, closed weekends (winter)

Serra de Tramuntana

The Serra de Tramuntana is a beauiful mountain range that runs from the South-west to the North-east of the island. From villages to small coves and caves, there's plenty to explore which is why it attracts so many tourists every year. There's hiking routes, small beaches for relaxing and small towns to stay in, the scenery is stunning and worth visiting.The dedication to seamlessly weaving man-made structures into the environment won Serra de Tramuntan its place as a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Also, look out for the Lluc Sanctuary, a serene retreat that includes a monastery and botanical gardens.
Website: http://www.serradetramuntana.net/en/

Binissalem

The traditional rural town of Binissalem is the heart of Majorca’s wine country. The rustic village is the perfect setting for wine-lovers to try the island’s best wines in the place they are so carefully produced. With beautiful views of the vineyards, mountains and beaches, there's plenty to explore, from hiking to rock climbing there's many activities to do during the day, and there's plenty of places to finish the day off with some wine tasting. Binissalem also has a weekly market every friday where you can buy fruit, vegatables, spices and wine plus there's stalls selling clothes, souvenirs and plants. There are othe events held in Binissalem, during the Spring and Autumn, there's events celebrating the algriculture and during the end of summer they hold the annual Festa d'es Vermar, expect celebrations on the streets and plenty of wine.

Alcudia Old Town

Alcudia is a beautiful part of Majorca, the old town is full of cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and much more. There's plenty to discover, plus there's a lot of culture and history to learn about, the Walls of Alcudia are an historical site in the Old Town, the wall is an average height of 6m and has a perimeter of 1.5km. The wall was built during the Roman period to protect the town.
There's regular buses to Playa de Muro if you're looking to have a beach day in the lovely weather Majorca receives. Visiting the Old Town is the perfect day out for everyone, couples, families and solo travellers.

Parc Natural de Mondrago

Mondrago parc is famous for it's stunning white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Surrounded by cliffs and Ses Fonts de n'Alis which is home to many different species of birds, completes this natural parc. There's plenty of exploring to do, whether you're wanting to hike and explore the land or simply set up a sun lounger and relax under the sun, it's perfect for everyone. The clear blue water makes this the most perfect place for swimming in Majorca, many like to relax, whilst others like to snorkel and discover the marine life, perfect for families and couples, it's a top attraction in Majorca. There are towns close buy if you’re looking to stay near the Parc Natural de Mondrago, Santanyi and Cala d'Or are two towns in close distance.

Have you been to Majorca recently? What are the must-do experiences that you'd suggest? Do you have tips on how to stretch that holiday budget a bit further or know of a hidden-gem that’s easy to miss?


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