Majorca is so much more than the stereotypical all-inclusive holiday destination. Beyond the resorts the island is now a hot spot for independent travellers and families looking to stay in boutique hotels and explore beyond the beaches. With cheap flights from the UK and buckets of sunshine, it makes a superb all season holiday location, making it easy to avoid the crowds without compromising on quality or weather.
If you’re thinking of heading to Majorca and wondering how to spend your time on the island, here are a few favourites to get you started.
Popular with photographers, this is the highest lighthouse in Majorca (and indeed in the Balearic Islands), boasting stunning coastal views with imposing cliffs and sparkling Mediterranean seas. To get here you need to conquer a few mountainous hairpins, but if you’re a confident driver the roads shouldn’t pose too many problems if you take it slowly. And the sunsets from the lighthouse are more than worth the effort. A visit here is a must if you want to impress your instagram followers!
Many visitors fly to Majorca and head straight for the beach, but those who chose to stay for a few days in the historic city of Palma are rewarded with charming cobbled streets in the old town, colourful bustling markets, authentic local and international eateries, and a whole heap of boutiques and galleries. The 13th century Gothic Cathedral (La Seu) is a highlight on the historical scene, and it’s well worth popping into the beautiful Iglesia de Santa Eulalia too. Palma makes an ideal base for exploring the island, with some of the best family hotels in Majorca, as well as guest houses and boutique retreats to suit all budgets.
Serra de Tramuntana
Up on the north western coast of Majorca, the Tramuntana Mountains are a haven of secluded pine forests, sun-bathed flowery meadows and swathes of olive groves carpeting the slopes. It’s a world away from the bustle and development of the cities and coastal resorts, and was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. There are towering cliffs to gawp at, hiking trails for all levels to discover, and even a couple of lakes to enjoy.
This quaint hillside village in the stunning Tramuntana Mountain range offers visitors who get this far some superb scenic walking trails, and enough traditional family bakeries to keep you in pastries for weeks. Try the coco de patata, a sweet pastry made from potato that has put the village well and truly on the culinary scene. Valldemossa is an idyllic countryside retreat, ideal for those who enjoy a bit of rural living, away from the crowds.
13th Century Lluc Monastery is Majorca’s most sacred site, and famous as the spiritual heart of the island. Pilgrims make their way here from around the globe, and it’s a popular spot for visitors too, who can even opt to stay here if they wish, in comfortable en-suite rooms, many with superb views. To reach the monastery you can hike over the Tramuntana Mountains, or if you’re feeling a little less energetic, there’s always the bus. It’s a peaceful place to spend a few days in quiet countryside contemplation, and makes the perfect compliment to a stay in Palma, or one of the beach resorts.
Have you been to Majorca? What must-sees would you add?