Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, known for sun-drenched beaches that are perfect to relax on. Recently, I found myself returning to the island for another holiday in the sun, but this time I was looking forward to trying new adventures. If you’re looking to try something different away from the beach, why not take a look at a few of my favourite experiences?
Sóller is a small town in the north west of the island, which comes alive with local markets. From the old station in the centre of town, a wooden tram takes you on a trip down the narrow streets, through orange groves, and to the harbour at Port Sóller. You can see the best of both worlds, a beautiful view of the Tramuntana mountain range surrounding the area and the calm, clear sea at the same time. Along the promenade, you can take your pick from cool cafés and lively tapas bars with all the best Majorcan dishes, or try some fresh handmade ice cream on a sunny afternoon. There’s always the option to relax on the shore, but if you’re looking for water activities, boat trips are extremely popular. They’re a great way to view the dramatic scenery and find hidden coves along the coastline, or fantastic for snorkelling or diving.
Cuevas del Drach
Majorca’s known for its underground caves, especially the Cuevas del Drach (or dragon caves) found in Porto Cristo. I was amazed that something so wonderful was right beneath my feet. When you enter the caves, initially you’re plunged into a much darker, cooler environment, out of reach of the Mediterranean sun. But as you walk down the steps, you’re greeted by breathtaking natural creations that cover every surface. The path guides you around the caves and towards one of the largest underground lakes in Europe. A classical concert is then performed by a live quartet, which glide over Lake Martel in an illuminated boat; this represents a sunrise over the water and makes even the darkest corners of the cave come to life. When the concert is over, you can travel across the lake in a boat too; it’s truly an unmissable experience.
If you head to the northern tip of Majorca, Formentor will give you the most mind-blowing views. On top of the 400m cliffs, which are famous for their unusual rock formations, it’s hard to believe that this island is home to the same places that you were walking on the sand. Following the mountain road, the first viewpoint you pass is Mirador des Colomer. Stopping here, you can see the sights from the old watchtower, including the Formentor headland and the glittering bays of Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa. You can also reach Cap de Formentor Lighthouse, where it’s possible to see all the way to Menorca on a good day. Here’s the perfect place to get a beautiful view of both the sunrise and sunset, as well as some stunning Instagram pictures that’ll be the envy of your friends!
The Palma Cathedral, also known as La Seu, is possibly the most iconic building on the island. When you enter the cathedral, you’ll quickly understand why it earned the name ‘The Cathedral of Light’. In total, there are 61 stained glass windows, including the Rose Window, which is made up of 1,236 pieces of glass and is the largest of its kind in the world. When the sun shines through, every inch of the cathedral illuminates like a rainbow, creating a spectacular light show. Make sure to take your camera with you to capture the stunning interior and historic design.