Lush nature for the explorer, vibrant culture for the history buff and top-class clubs for the party animals. Choose one that suits you best or sample a bit of everything to your heart’s content. When it comes to things to do, Majorca does not fail to deliver….Then again, if you simply want to sit back and relax – you will hardly find a better place to do so either.
Places to visit: Palma
Get your cultural fix – you might be surprised but Majorca offers a lot more than just sandy shores. Visit the gorgeous Catedral in the capital, Palma: an absolutely massive structure and the city’s major architectural landmark, this is a truly mesmerising sight to behold. Head inside and you are going to be in for a treat once more for the interior is equally as gorgeous. Small wonder: after all it was designed by Antoni Gaudí and contemporary artist Miquel Barceló.
However, there is a lot more to Palma than its magnificent Gothic cathedral – from Old Palma’s picturesque narrow streets to the stunning views of the sparkling Mediterranean, this is an absolutely gorgeous capital. Truth is, getting to know the city is incredibly easy thanks to its compact size making it very easy to explore on foot. The old quarter, for instance, with all its little cafes, shops and charming buildings is right next to the Palma Catedral. Plenty of bars and restaurants can also be found within a walking distance making sightseeing here all the easier, all the more pleasant.
If you are into your Gothic architecture then there is one more impressive structure to visit before you leave Palma. The Bellver castle is located only 3km from the centre of the city and is also the seat for the city’s History Museum. Built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, today the castle is one of the main tourist attractions in the area.
Impressive art scene
Get lost in the medieval world of Old Palma, soak up the sunrays as you sip on a cocktail in a trendy bar along the beach, and shop to your heart’s content. Palma is trendy, sunny and even artistic. The art galleries are an absolute must-visit showcasing masterpieces from world-renowned artists such as Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso: for your fix of modern and contemporary art head to Es Baluard, one of the most important Spanish museums. Then there is the Museu Fundació Juan March boasting a permanent collection of seventy works by the most important Spanish vanguard artists of the twentieth century, including the likes of Picasso, Miró, Juan Gris and Salvador Dalí.
Things to do
Naturally, Majorca is a lot more than just Palma. The largest of the Balearic Islands is an absolutely stunning natural beauty that needs to be explored. So, spend some time hiking in Serra de Tramuntana: a mountain range in the west of Majorca that is also a World Heritage Site due to the extraordinary techniques used to develop agriculture on its steep slopes over the centuries. Cycling here is also particularly popular and makes for quiet the experience: a must for anyone who wants some extra excitement from their time in Majorca, not just the perfect tan.
However, the perfect tan is pretty important too. With 300 days of sunshine per year there is hardly a wrong time to visit so get going and buy all the sunscreen you can get. Generally any time between May and October is great for a sunny beach getaway to Majorca. From long stretches of fine sands to secluded coves perfect for some snorkelling, the island should do just fine when it comes to lazy beach relaxation…
Nature lovers should also consider visiting early in the year – February is not great for beach but is perfect if you want to have a long romantic stroll under the beautiful almond trees. Discover the small, picturesque villages scattered all over the island and sample the delicious local cuisine.
Finally, do not forget that Majorca is Spanish and as such you can still get your fair share of great wine here. Visit some of the lovely wineries located in the centre of the island and sample the delicious wines here. There are three main wine producing areas so choose one of them: Binissalem (central), Pla & Llevant (central & eastern Mallorca), and around the Tramuntana Mountain range. Wine making is a big part of Majorcan culture so visiting those regions will help you get to know the island even better. So, book a tour and enjoy a day filled with culture…and loads of wine.
Have you been to Majorca? Did you do any of that or something completely different? Tell us in the comments below!