Majorca holidays

Majorca holidays

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Majorca is made up of idyllic beaches fronted by turquoise-tinted waters, epic waterparks perfect for fun-seeking families and lively party spots in the shape of VIP beach clubs. This holiday hotspot is no one-trick pony. Both Palma and Alcudia have stunning Old Towns, making them versatile city break destinations, ideal for both culture vultures and beach lovers.

Is Majorca the same as Mallorca?

Yes, the Balearic’s largest island is referred to as both Majorca and Mallorca. The capital is Palma de Mallorca, often shortened to Palma, but not to be confused with Palma Nova, a coastal resort town around 13km away.

Places to stay

If one thing's for sure, you’ve got your pick of the bunch when it comes to resorts. Whether you’re after neon-lit bars in lively Magaluf, low-key secluded sand spots backed by adorning mountains in C’an Picafort. Or how about safari zoo adventures and scuba explorations in Sa Coma? And if you’re looking to get away from it all, the east coast is dotted with small cove-like areas including Calas de Mallorca. Here, you’ll stumble across authentic tapas eateries and sprawling Sunday markets. That’s when you’re not hiking its cliff tops, of course. Most Palma hotels are city break style, ideal if you’re looking for a centrally located hotel to use as your base for exploring.

Attractions

Majorca’s beaches should be at the top of your to-do list. Some stretch around beautiful bays for several kilometres, while others are tucked into sheltered little coves that are known locally as ‘calas’. There’s even a Palma de Mallorca beach - Ca'n Pere Antoni is 750m long and has the famous Palma Cathedral as its backdrop.

If you don’t want to spend your entire holiday on a beach towel, this Balearic Island beauty has plenty of other natural marvels to admire. Including its mysterious caves, especially the Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Cave), one of Mallorca’s top sights. It’s home to the largest underwater lake in Europe and the spectacular stalactite formations that you’ll want to share on your Insta feed.

Entertainment

If you think holidays to Majorca are only about its world-renowned clubbing scene, you couldn’t be more wrong. Away from its party-all-night-long vibe (especially in Magaluf and Palma Nova), you’ll find yourself enjoying awe-inspiring views from waterside bars, tucking into Mediterranean favourites at seafood shacks and eating barbecued bites at the island’s famous Pirate Adventure Show. Food aside, there’s acrobatic stunts, gymnast performances and dazzling dance routines.  

Days are just as impressive with the animals of Marineland and Palma Aquarium awaiting your visit. And there’s plenty of waterparks in Majorca, for splash-filled excitement. From tipping buckets to vertical drops on the most daring slides and wild wave pools. You can even book a hotel with its own waterpark, such as Sol Katmandu Park & Resort, which boasts over 150 interactive water elements.

Towns and cities

Majorca holidays are more than just sun-kissed beaches. Culture vultures will feel right at home with an array of museums, galleries, and castles to explore. The pick of the crop is the island’s sophisticated capital, Palma de Mallorca. Flaunting gothic and Roman influences throughout its cobbles, you’ll get lost in its history. The 14th century Palma Cathedral is the city’s crown jewel with stunning interiors designed by Antoni Gaudi. For sightseeing on a smaller scale, Alcudia will give the bigger resorts a run for their money. With a Moorish fort wall protecting its timeless Old Town alongside exhibits showcasing Roman archaeological objects, you can deep-dive into Mallorca’s heritage.

When’s the best time to visit Majorca?

Majorca is dry and warm year-round. For those who like to sunbathe, June to September is the perfect time to visit. April, May, October and November are a bit cooler, but still warm, so ideal for sightseeing. Even in December and January you won’t need a thick winter coat, but you will need a jumper or jacket, especially in the evenings. If you’re looking for a cheap holiday to Majorca it’s normally best to book early and to avoid school holidays, but you may be able to grab a last minute bargain.

More Travel Guides

We also have travel guides available for destinations, including: Alcudia | Cala Bona | Cala d’Or | Cala Millor | Calas de Mallorca | Ca’n Picafort | Magaluf | Palma | Palma Nova | Puerto Pollensa | Sa Coma |  Santa Ponsa

Map of Majorca

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Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Majorca enjoys long, sunny days in summer and pleasant winter temperatures.

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The only airport on the island is Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), around 8km east of the capital Palma.

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Scenery lovers: Hire a car and enjoy the scenic drive from Andratx to Sóller, with lots of vantage points along the way. Or pack your hiking boots and head up Serra De Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll discover ancient woodland, reservoirs and pretty mountain villages. 

Families: The island is home to a wealth of family-friendly attractions, including Palma Aquarium and the captivating Pirates Adventure Show. You can also take the family to explore the enchanting Caves of Drach. Alternatively, spend a day riding the scenic Soller Train - a restored tram from 1912 that takes you through stunning scenery through the Mallorcan countryside.

Foodies: For stunning views and fresh catches, head to Port de Pollenca for some of the best seafood on the island. And it doesn’t matter where you are in Majorca, the tapas and meat-stuffed paella are bound to get your taste buds buzzing. Looking for inspiration for eating out? Check out our best restaurants guide.

Fast facts for Majorca

Language: The local populace converses in both Spanish and Catalan. In the main tourist areas English and German are often used.

Currency: The currency is Euro (€)

Local time: Majorca is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to:  Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI). Transfers to Santa Ponsa take half an hour, Magaluf and Palma Nova take 1 hour. And to Cala D'Or, Sa Coma and Alcudia it's 1.5 hours. Venture further afield, around 1 hour and 45 minutes, to reach Cala Bona and Cala Millor. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Majorca is around 2.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at the official website for tourism in Majorca.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Balearics Sustainable Tourism Tax: You’ll need to pay a Sustainable Tourism Tax which has been introduced by the Balearic Government to help with environmental and tourism improvements. For hotel stays the charge is  €2-4 per person, per night, plus 10% VAT. This is subject to change, and varies based on the official star rating of your accommodation. Children under 16 won’t have to pay and guests staying for more than nine nights will receive a reduction. 

 

Getting around Majorca

By taxi: Taxis are the easiest way to get from A to B in Majorca. You can either hail one from the street or call a firm, both of which will charge you on a metre. Rates tend to increase after 10pm until 6am and on public holidays. 

Hire a car: If you want the freedom to explore Majorca on your own terms, then a hire car is a great choice. Discover places of interest like Formentor Lighthouse and Lluc Monastery, or go off-the-beaten-path to uncover the island’s best-kept secrets.

Events in Majorca

Fira del Ram, Palma de Mallorca: Open between February to April this huge funfair sits on the outskirts of Palma. With plenty of thrill-seeking rides including a 60-metre-high ferris wheel, water rapids, go-karts and rollercoasters, it’s a paradise for daredevils. Plus, there’s a fun house, stalls, games and dodgems for your mini holidaymakers. 

Nit del Foc: This annual event is held on the 23 June - the eve of Sant Joan fiesta. Experience a dynamic medley of celebrations featuring lively street festivities, towering bonfires, breathtaking fireworks displays, entrancing musical performances and portrayals of devils and demons. Plus, there's the famous 'correfoc' - an exhilarating fire-filled procession. There's events all over the island, with the largest in Palma.

TaPalma Tapas Festival: This culinary extravaganza takes centre stage every November. Embark on a delightful journey through Palma's streets, following a path that guides you to the participating bars and restaurants. The best part is the exclusive festival offers, adding an extra layer of delight to your tasting experience.

Majorca weather

Majorca experiences a classic Mediterranean climate characterised by gentle winters and sun-drenched, scorching summers. While the summer heat can sometimes be a touch humid, it is alleviated by refreshing sea breezes.

In Palma, the average daytime high is typically around 15°C in the months of January and February and 31°C in July and August. Rainfall is exceedingly uncommon during the months of July and August.

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FAQs
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What is the best month to go to Majorca?

It totally depends on the type of holiday you’re seeking! If you’re a beach lover who wants to soak up the sun, then the summer months of June to August are perfect for sunbathing stints. The weather is hot and dry, and the sea is warm enough for a refreshing dip.

However, if you prefer to avoid the crowds and enjoy a tranquil atmosphere, then the shoulder seasons of May, September, and October may be more your style. During these months, the weather is still pleasant, and you'll have more space to explore the island without the summer crowds. Additionally, if you're interested in hiking or outdoor activities, then the cooler months of January to March can also be a great time to visit.

What is the prettiest resort in Majorca?

When it comes to choosing the "prettiest" resort in Majorca, it really comes down to personal preference. However, there are several that are known for their natural beauty and charm. One of the top contenders is Cala Millor, which boasts a long sandy beach and crystal-clear waters. Another popular choice is Port de Pollenca, located on the north coast, with its stunning mountain views and serene blue ripples.

And of course, we can't forget about Alcudia, which is known for its ancient ruins, medieval walls, and gorgeous beaches. So, whether you prefer a bustling resort or a peaceful retreat, Majorca should be on your radar.

What is the rainiest month in Majorca?

When it comes to the rainiest month in Majorca, it usually varies from year to year and can be influenced by weather patterns. However, generally speaking, November tends to be the rainiest month in Majorca. During this month, you can expect an average of around nine rainy days with a total precipitation of approximately 72 mm. But even during the rainy season, which runs from October to December, there can still be plenty of sunny days due to the island’s mild climate. 

What are some of the must-see attractions in Majorca?

Some of the must-see attractions in Majorca include the historic city of Palma, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, the beaches of Cala Millor and Es Trenc, the Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves), and the Castell de Bellver. 

What is the food like in Majorca?

Majorcan cuisine is influenced by Spanish, Catalan, and Mediterranean traditions. Some local specialities include pa amb oli (bread with olive oil and tomato), ensaimada (a sweet pastry), and sobrasada (a cured sausage). Seafood is also plentiful and delicious in Majorca.