For a relatively small island, Majorca packs a lot in. Famous for its picturesque coastline and impressive beaches, the island, also known as Mallorca, is one of the most loved in the Balearics. Its popularity is no doubt down to its sheer variety – its beautiful cities, serene countryside, wellness centres, activities, incredible food and drink and, of course, great weather.
Majorca holidays are always a great option for very cheap holidays abroad, particularly with families. Majorca is also perfect for either 3 night holidays to 7-14 day breaks. There are many other ways to holiday on this beautiful island.
Best times to go: Majorca is a nice all-year holiday destination, but for real holiday warmth April through to October are the best months to visit.
Flight frequency: Most major UK airports have around three or more flights a day.
Paperwork: Passport, medical and travel insurance
When to arrive at the airport: Check-in desks open three hours before flight, but most travellers are advised to arrive 90mins before flight.
Cost to hire a sunbed: €5.50 per day
Pint of beer: €2-€2.50
Otherwise known as la Seo, this outstanding example of Gothic architecture is one of the jewels of Palma. Keep an eye out for additional work by Anton Gaudi which took place in the early 20th century.
This is a former Carthusian monastery and once home to composer Frederic Chopin and former palace to King Sancho in the 14th century. Work by Miro, Bacon and Picasso are displayed within.
These baths date back to the 10th – 12th centuries, and one of the few examples of Arab architecture on the island.
If your family are up for adventure, take a trip to the limestone cliffs of Cap Vermell, which is near Canyamel Beach on the east coast. Lights and music accompany this trip through a labyrinthine network of caverns, with a collection of stalagmites and stalactites resembling creepy silhouettes, funny vegetables and even ghosts.
This theme park, voted the best in Majorca and the second best in Spain, is found on the Calvia Beach area of Magaluf. Experience the unexpected with exciting rides, 4D encounters and splash park fun.
A trip to the gorgeous city of Palma is a must – and a visit to the Aquarium should be top of the list on every Majorca family holiday. Wander through the tunnels around the 55 tanks which contain around 700 different species of marine creatures and marvel at the sharks, rays and colourful tropical fish.
Take a trip to the island of Cabrera off the coast of Majorca. While it’s the largest of the archipelago, it’s also pretty tiny. What was once a prison camp is now a stunning national park, and a boat from Colonia de Sant Jordi will get you there in no time. For twitchers, this place is a dream – with kestrels and falcons swooping in and out of the landscape throughout the day.
Cycling in the Sóller Valley
Make the most of the natural beauty of Majorca by taking a tour on two wheels. The Sóller Valley is an easy cycle compared to some of the hillier climbs around Tramuntana mountains. There are guides that you can hire to show you around and show you the sights.
Palma to Sóller by vintage train
A 17-mile journey on a hundred year old train line takes in some beautiful sights through orange groves and pine forests. Sóller is a great town to wander around with a picturesque beach, some lovely restaurants and cafes to order ice cream and watch the world go by.
Learn to paddleboard in the Bay of Alcúdia
Learning a new skill together can be very entertaining, and booking a lesson in the calm waters of the Bay of Alcúdia is also an exhilarating way of exploring the caves and lagoons of the area.
Spend a day at a beach club
Fancy a day of pampering? Go to a beach club and enjoy a whole day of sunbathing, reading, snoozing, ordering refreshing cocktails and relaxing in total style. Majorca has an array of great clubs to check out, including Purobeach, Bardot and Mood Beach Club.
If you want a change from the beaches and sunloungers, take a trip into Palma – which was voted the world’s best city to live. The island’s capital, also known as the pearl of the Balearics, boasts beautiful architecture, traditional narrow streets and a lot of history. Take an open top bus for an easy way of checking out the area and don’t forget to take advantage of the boutiques and restaurants.
Organise an excursion
Or rather, let the experts organise your excursion! There are many reputable companies on the island who will take groups out to show off the most stunning parts of Majorca. Whether it’s the Caves of Drach, a day in Valldemosa or dolphin watching on a catamaran, there’s a wealth of options to make your trip even more unforgettable.
Hang out at Jungleparc
Majorca’s answer to Go Ape, this is the largest tree adventure in the Balearics, with 120 platforms dotted about a beautiful pine forest in Santa Ponsa. Use a mixture of ropes, zip wires and bridges to move about the canopy of the forest – there’s a number of different levels to suit all ages and abilities.
Walking and Wine!
Why go on a normal hike when you can combine it with sampling some of Majorca’s famed wines? The 8km hike to Banyalbufar – an ancient village, takes in some of the beautiful sights of the island. When you reach the end of the hike, you’ll be invited to a bodega which overlooks the sea where you can learn about the area’s wines. There will also be food included, and it’s a great day out which lifts the lid on authentic Majorcan life.
Nightlife in Majorca offers something for everyone. Whether it’s an intimate jazz club or late night clubbing experience, you’ll find it all on this Balearic island.
For a meal, drinks and conversation that continues into the early hours, Majorca has some great venues including roof bars and courtyards that are buzzing with chatter well into the night, like the Hostal Cuba hotel, in the Santa Catalina district of Palma.
If you’ve got children, family holidays to Majorca are wonderful. Those with kids will love how easy it is to enjoy an evening meal. Find a square, choose a place to eat and let your children roam around making friends with other kids within easy vision of your table, while you relax with a glass of wine and freshly cooked Majorcan food.
For the young at heart, the island has its fair share of nightclubs. Of course, Magaluf has made a name for itself with clubbers, but Palma, Santa Ponsa, Cala Ratjada and Calvia are all vibrant alternatives.
Majorca is famous not only for its culinary tradition, but also for the wealth of Michelin-starred chefs who have set up restaurants on the island. From rustic local dishes to the most exciting gastronomic creations, your holiday to Majorca will be filled with meals to remember.
£ - Quina Creu, Sa Gerreria, nr Palma
This bistro is famous for serving incredible food at cheap prices. Lean at the bar or collapse on the sofa while jazz music plays softly and while you choose from the extensive list of tapas, pinchos and yummy cocktails.
££ - Es Guis, Castell Son Claret Hotel, Escorca
It would be hard to find a more Majorcan eating experience than Es Guis, which is hidden between a clearing in oak trees in the Serra de Tramuntana. As you’re seated at your table on the shady terrace, enjoy the views of rolling hillsides overlooking the rock pool. The menu is 100% Majorcan and if you’ve got kids in tow there’s a play area they can escape to while you enjoy your meal.
£££ - Simply Fosh, Hotel Convent de la Missio, Palma
Awarded its first Michelin star in 2014, the British chef Marc Fosh specialises in using local produce to making dynamite Mediterranean dishes that have won praise from critics all over the world. For a push-the-boat-out restaurant, the lunch menu is a bargain, and evenings allow you to experience more elaborate taster menus.
There’s a huge range of car hire companies to choose from online, which you can pick up on arrival at the airport. If you decide to stay put in a resort, or are staying in a city like Palma, there is little need for a car. However if you want to travel around the island, or have little children in tow, getting a car is a good idea. One thing to watch out for is the extra add-ons like insurance costs, which get included at the hire desk, and could add up to an extra few hundred Euros on to your bill.
Palma is one of the best shopping destinations in Europe. For a shop-til-you-drop experience, head to Jaime III, a boulevard which has Cartier, Loewe and Guess.
Palma also has some incredible markets. Some stand-out examples include Santa Catalina food market, La Lonja the fisherman’s market, Inca on Thursdays, and Felanitx.
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