The biggest and most diverse of the Balearic Islands, Majorca is one of our favourite holiday destinations! As famous for its beaches – all 262 of them – as it is for its hiking, biking, nightlife, and food, it entices visitors year after year with its stunning coastline and magical mountains. You might think you know everything there is to know about this gorgeous island, but here are 10 surprising facts about Majorca that will amaze you!
1. There are over 2,500 restaurants in Majorca. So, plenty of places to tuck into gorgeous fresh seafood, rice dishes and tapas.
2. Es Trenc, Majorca’s longest and possibly most beautiful beach, loses an estimated 25 tons of sand every year. (Some of that is on your towel and flip-flops!)
3. The ensaimada, the spiral-shaped, sugar-dusted pastry you see everywhere, enjoys special status as a unique regional food, and has been given the prestigious protected geographical indication (PGI) status from the EU.
4. BCN, Majorca’s biggest nightclub, has the world’s largest foam machine.
5. Majorca boasts some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean! Why? Well, the seabed is rich in posidonia oceanica (sea grass meadows), which oxygenate and clarify the water. No wonder the island is beloved by snorkelers and scuba divers.
6. The name ‘Majorca’ comes from the Latin insula maior, meaning ‘larger island’. This later became ‘Mairoica’, meaning ‘the larger one’; neighbouring Menorca’s name means ‘the smaller one’.
7. Spanish and Catalan are the co-official languages in Majorca. So, you’ll hear ‘bon dia’ just as often as ‘buenos días’, and road signs are in both languages as well.
8. Almost 14 million holiday-makers visited Majorca and the rest of the Balearic Islands in 2017: they spent an average of 1058 euros each, and stayed for an average of 7.3 days.
9. Majorca has a gorgeous Mediterranean climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and a year-round average temperature of 21°C on the coast. Perfect!
10. The Majorcan national anthem is ‘La Balanguera’, which was adapted from a poem about an ancient nursery rhyme about a spider.