Largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands, Majorca is a jewel in the heart of the Mediterranean and is well renowned for its sun-kissed beaches and glorious weather.
But the island has a lot more to offer than miles of beaches for sun worshippers. For the ultimate romantic adventure, why no ride a horse into the sunset along spectacular coastal trails before savouring a glass of Spanish sangria, or sail on one of the world’s largest underground lakes – you can do it all in Majorca.
The calm, sheltered waters around are ideal to learn how to sail or windsurf while party havens like Magaluf and Palma Nova offer the thrill of water-skiing or kite-surfing in the sea.
For culture and history wander through the cobble streets between tapas bars and leafy squares in Palma de Mallorca, or explore the old town of Alcudia with its 14th century walls and towers and Roman ruins. Its market is held every Tuesday and Sunday and is the perfect place to buy traditional Majorcan leather goods and jewellery.
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Top Resorts and Hotels
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Hotels in Magaluf – the party capital of the island – are never too far away from the fun, including the three-star Bellevue Vistanova which is just 20 metres away from the nightlife and near to two beaches.
Parents looking for entertainment to keep the kids occupied while they relax need look no further than the four-star Viva Palma Nova in Palma Nova. This excellent hotel has activities for children and an adult-only retreat with its own pool.
Alcudia has its fair share of bars, as well as a golden beach and Hidro Park – ideal for families to have a great day out in the water and sun. Family-friendly hotels are in abundance such as the three-star Hi! Panoramic Hotel with facilities for tennis, volleyball and table tennis.
The quiet, pretty Puerto Pollensa is perfect for a romantic getaway with opulent hotels like the four-star Illa d’Or Hotel and Club, which boasts a peaceful seafront location and an exclusive feel to its club.
Attractions and Things To Do
With its unforgettable boat trip on Lake Martel – one of the world’s largest underground lakes – exploring the Cuevas del Drach (Cavern of the Dragon) is a must. The caves are 1.5 miles long and the hour-long tour includes a light show imitating sunrise over the lake.
Majorca is famed for its pearls and leather so if you are looking for a new necklace or handbag sign up for an organised tour which stops at a factory outlet shop in Manacor (for pearls) or Inca (for leather) to bag a well-crafted bargain!
Experience a horse-riding adventure like no other on a scenic trail at Rancho Grande, Son Serra de Marina. The 1.5 hour ride is followed by a barbecue, Spanish sangria and line dancing. Even those who do not want to ride can jump on the Sangria Express horse-drawn wagon for the tour.
Magaluf and Palma Nova are not far from the city of Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital, with its imposing Gothic cathedral and Castell de Bellver, a 14th century circular castle which is the only one of its kind in Spain. The views from the top are well worth the climb.
If you’re planning to travel to Majorca in the coming weeks, keep in mind that on the 11th May is the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3. This highly anticipated event sees 3,000 athletes swim in the harbour area of Alcudia, cycle up the mountains of the island, followed by running along the wonderful beach of Alcudia.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
Majorca enjoys hot, dry summers and warm winters receiving 2,796 hours of sunlight and an average of 427mm (16.8 inches) of rainfall a year. In the summer, average temperatures range from 31°C during the day to 17°C at night while in the winter the average temperatures range from 15°C to 5°C.
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