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Majorca: An island of contrasts

Written by Fiona February 27 2013

My guest blogger reveals their “best of” destinations on the island of Majorca, located in the  Mediterranean Sea. From a stunning coastline to a mountainous interior to its offshore national parks and the historic capital, the holiday isle of Majorca has a lot to offer travellers.

Guide to things to do on Majorca

Fabulous cycling in Majorca

Fabulous cycling in Majorca

The capital

The most obvious place to start your trip is the capital, Palma de Mallorca. What I love about this city is its historic old town, combined with the fact there’s some brilliant nightlife to check out. This is definitely the cultural centre of the island, and it’s the ultimate place to come if you fancy immersing yourself in the local hustle and bustle.

Among the top sights to see while you’re here is the Catedral de Mallorca, which is in the charming old town (so it makes sense to explore them together). Dating back to the 13th century, this Gothic cathedral looks really dramatic and imposing.

It’s also near to La Almudaina Palace, which is the official residence of the King of Spain for summer ceremonies. Like the cathedral, this was built in the 13th century – modifying a Muslim fortress that already stood here – and is Gothic in style. Head inside and you can see furniture and tapestries from several historical periods.

Quiet corners

To experience a contrast to the hubbub of the capital, I suggest you add a few quiet villages and towns to your itinerary. For example, Pollenca and Valldemossa are incredibly picturesque and are famous for having charmed artists for centuries.

Porto Petro, meanwhile, is a tiny little village well worth visiting for an authentic slice of Majorca. This utterly unspoilt location is on the south-eastern coastline, and what is truly special about it, in my opinion, is that it’s full of locals as opposed to tourists.

The coastline

With 550 km of coastline, Majorca is an unbeatable destination for beach lovers and, since the shores here are so spectacular, spending some time exploring them is an absolute must.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to where to go, but among your options is Cala Figuera in Pollenca – a pretty little cove that has some fantastic views. If you fancy going somewhere a bit larger and livelier, however, Alcudia Beach is a great choice – especially for families, thanks to its Blue Flag status.

Try sailing and sea kayaking on Majorca for a fabulous way to take in the scenery and wildlife.


So, you’ve explored the capital, the coast and one or two quiet spots – what next? Personally, I reckon no one should miss out on a trip to Majorca’s magnificent mountains – not only are they stunning, but they also provide yet another contrast to the other places you’ve seen.

The Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains are in the north-west of the island, running for 100 km parallel to the coast. Beginning at the village of Andraxt and stretching all the way down to Cape Kormentor, they really are an unforgettable sight. Plus, this is where you’ll find the highest peak in the whole of the Balearic Islands – Puig Major (1,445 m).

Many visitors come to Majorca to walk or cycle. With year-round warm weather and many walking trails and cycle-friendly roads the choices are wide ranging. Walking is straightforward and very scenic on well-maintained paths that boast clear signage. Cycling is massive in Majorca, which has become a well-established destination for the professional road cycling teams during the UK’s winter season.

National parks

And let’s not forget the Cabrera Archipelago National Park, which is about an hour’s sail from Majorca (you can hop on a boat from Porto Pedro or Colonia de Sant Jordi).

The site is famous for having one of the most unspoilt marine ecosystems on the whole Spanish coastline, while the main island of Cabrera is home to a variety of bird colonies, as well as a 14th-century castle. So, it gives you another chance to see a different side to the destination.

Check out places to stay on Majorca for a handy list of hotels in the different ares of Majorca. And, if you have any recommendations of places to stay, leave a comment and let us know.


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