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.
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.
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