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Majorca, out of all the Balearics, is the island of universal appeal. Home to beautiful beaches, natural beauty and some of Europe’s biggest and best attractions, Majorca is sure to keep all members of the family entertained. From nightlife that never stops to relaxing days by the sea, you can find what you need in this part of Spain, right across the sea from the Costa Blanca.
Majorca is also a great all-inclusive destination, with resorts and hotels that specialise in providing that quality package holiday experience. If you’re getting ready for your dream holiday to the Balearic Islands, here is our expert guide to the best things to do and the best places to stay in Majorca.
For more Balearics inspiration for your 2018 / 2019 holidays, why not check out Majorca's sister islands? Ibiza and Menorca both offer something similar, yet with their own unique twist.
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Alcudia is the perfect choice for families. Located in the north-east of Majorca, the seaside resort town of Alcudia, Majorca, boasts an impressive 8km beach along the Bay of Alcudia, where the kids will love playing on the sand. In the evening, there are bars and restaurants to suit every taste. Why not brush up your singing in the karaoke bars or win great prizes by entering a pub quiz? Other popular family resorts on the Bay of Alcudia include Ca'n Picafort and Puerto Pollensa (Port de Pollenca).
Magaluf and Palma Nova located in the south-east region of Calvia let you embrace the vibrant clubbing scene, and dance until the early hours on the party strip with world class DJ providing the soundtrack. When you’re not busy dancing, why not take part in various water activities such as jet skiing and banana boat rides. A visit to the Aqualand Water Park is also on many holidaymakers’ agendas. Other resorts in Calvia include the upmarket resorts of Portal Nous and Illetas.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cultural things to do in Majorca. For a breath of history and some astounding natural beauty, the Cuevas del Drach is a must-see on your Majorca holidays. Situated in Porto Cristo, the caves are full of spectacular formations, while its underground lake – Lake Martel – is one of the largest in the world. Palma is a historic capital, and its beautiful La Seu Cathedral is a must-see.
Visit the capital, Palma, for fantastic cuisine in a variety of restaurants and all types of delectable dishes. In Palma, you can find Michelin star restaurants and traditionally run eateries that offer some of the best food in the Mediterranean. Try Simply Fosh, which offers fantastic contemporary dining in the centre of Palma. From delicious Spanish tapas to pub food, eating is one of the highlights of a trip to Majorca.
Seafood is an important part of life on the Balearics, and the same can be said of life in Majorca. Finding a seaside restaurant at any of the top beachfront resort areas (think Cala Millor, Santa Ponsa and Alcudia) is an easy task. For a super relaxed evening in a beautiful location, the serene Illetas is not far from the cheap eats Palma and Magaluf but offers a completely different taste (both culinary and otherwise) of Majorca.
Playa de Muro Beach in Alcudia is great for families seeking safe play, relaxation and a little bit of adventure. This wide stretch of beach also has great facilities and water sports to try. Playa de Palma, because of its great location right next to the capital Palma, is a great beach resort for a family looking for something easy and laid back. Other excellent family-friendly resorts include Cala Millor, Santa Ponsa and Puerto Pollensa.
When the sun is shining there is nothing like a bucket load of fun at a water park and Majorca is home to no less than three fantastic water parks. With exhilarating rides, cool water pools and the latest attractions for families to enjoy it offers a splash-tastic day out. The Western Water Park in Magaluf is a must visit; enjoy a wet and wild adventure that children and adults will love. Or, try out the Exagon Park, an excellent family-friend hotel in Ca'n Picafort!
If you fancy seeing some nature and animals, there is a selection of fantastic zoos to visit that are the top Majorca attractions. Spend the day at the Safari Zoo near Sa Coma, which gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with monkeys, flamingos and meerkats. The Palma Aquarium has a great selection of sea life, and the Marineland waterpark has daily dolphin and penguin shows to enjoy.
Majorca is now a hot spot for those who love to surf; a new artificial wave machine has been installed near Magaluf, giving amateurs and professionals the chance to surf under the sun. If you are looking for a lively beach with a great selection of watersports, then head to Magaluf Beach where you will find a hub of aquatic activity. Banana boats, parasailing and scuba diving are just some of the things to do in Majorca. If you are feeling brave, hire a pedalo and head over to nearby Lizard Island.
The Tramuntana Mountains are a haven for walkers, hikers and cyclists; this UNESCO World Heritage site is a fantastic showcase of Majorca’s amazing landscapes and is made for exploring. Along the north-east coast, in the Capdepera region, you'll find epic beaches around Cala Mesquida which are ripe for exploring.
Majorca is home to 554km of beautiful coastline, making it home to one of the most desirable stretches of beach in the Mediterranean. From Playa to Playa, Majorca's beautiful coastline seems neverending.
The Bay of Alcudia is great for those that want to soak up the sun and revel in Majorca’s natural beauty in total peace. This quiet pebble beach is located in the north of the Island, near the picturesque resort of Pollensa. On the north-east coast of Majorca, just down from Alcudia, you'll find Ca'n Picafort, a timeless favourite for the beach-loving holidaymakers because of its pristine white sandy beaches.
In the south, not far from the capital Palma, is the ever-popular and enormous beach, El Arenal. Located at the base of the 6km long Playa de Palma, El Arenal is a go-go-go resort without the hedonistic nightlife of its sisters Palma Nova and Magaluf across the bay.
North of Palma Nova and Magaluf, in Cas Catala and the Calvia region, you'll find the awesome beach at Illetas, lined with upmarket hotels. Just up the coast is the sophisticated Portal Nous, one of the most desired addresses in Majorca.
On the west coast, the beach at Santa Ponsa is a Blue Flag beach ideal for families, white sands and warm blue waters. Sounds great, right? You're also not far from the beaches at Port d'Andratx and Peguera, both worth a look.
Far on the east coast, between Cala Bona and Cala Millor, you'll find around 2km of beaches to explore, and plenty of seaside restaurants to check out, too. In the south is the popular Sa Coma and S'illot Beach, then further north the chilled out region of Capdepera and the resorts of Cala Ratjada, Cala Agulla and Cala Mesquida with views of Menorca.
Majorca is a haven of entertainment in the evening for all ages. From even the sleepier seaside resort of C'an Picafort to the heaving Magaluf, Majorca has the perfect balance. In the capital, Palma, you'll find a range of restaurants and bars that curved along the beautiful bay, and along the coast in places like Cala Millor and Santa Ponsa you'll find a laid-back cafe culture perfect for dipping in and out of.
On the other extreme, Magaluf is a dream for clubbers and those on group holidays. Spend unforgettable nights under the bright lights, with the world’s best DJ’s and great music. Mallorca Rocks is one of Europe’s biggest music festivals and the hotel's annual event will welcome yet more awesome acts in 2018 and 2019. If you're looking for something more upmarket, just up the coast from Magaluf are the resorts of Illetas and Portal Nous, some of the most sophisticated addresses on the island.
Alcudia, as one of the larger resort towns on the island, has a good range of bars and restaurants catering to a variety of holidaymakers. If you don't want to stay in the bustle of Alcudia, we recommend Puerto Pollensa, a smaller town not far away with its own share of gorgeous Mediterranean coastline. Further down the east coast are the secluded and quiet areas of Cala Ratjada, Cala Agulla and Cala Millor. Here's where you want to visit if you want peace and quiet.
From luxurious beachfront hotels to self-catering apartments in its thriving capital, Palma, Majorca most certainly has the hotel for you. No matter if you're looking for a place to rest your head after an unforgettable night in Magaluf, or you want to relax with plenty of amenities on hand in the likes of Cabo Blanco, Majorca has got you covered.
Majorca is divided into almost distinct sections: in the south around Palma you'll find upmarket hotels in Portal Nous, but then just down the coast heaving party hotels in Magaluf. In the north around Ca'n Picafort and on the east coast around Sa Coma you'll find quiet hotels and romantic beaches.
There's a great range of resorts to choose from, which makes Majorca one of the top destinations for holidays in the Balearics. Whether you're looking for a relaxed holiday in Cala Millor, to a buzzing holiday in Alcudia, you'll be able to find a hotel that suits both of your needs.
An array of accommodation is available, whether you’re looking for a honeymoon suite to overlook the ocean, or a cosy apartment in a fishing village. Situated close to our fantastic luxury hotels are a number of bars and restaurants to suit your convenience.
Cycle around Palma – Local authorities in Majorca have announced a bicycle scheme for sightseers to enjoy in the capital. Similar to London’s bike scheme, holidaymakers can cycle and enjoy all of Palma’s fantastic sites using the rented bikes! With bike rental stops situated all over the capital, visitors can pick up and drop off the useful bicycles at their convenience. Five-day passes can be purchased for €12.
For history, try the medieval Alcudia Old Town. Visit a weekend market, explore the narrow streets and hop from cafe to cafe, soaking up the lovely atmosphere. In Pollenca, visit the Puig de Pollenca: a short hike up the hill to the medieval chapel and watchtower is a perfect plan for sunset. The large 14th century Bellver Castle overlooking Palma now houses a museum showcasing the history of the island. For art lovers, try the Museu d'Art Espanyol Contemporani, or the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, located in Palma.
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