Majorca Holidays and Travel Guide
Majorca Holidays – part of the ideallic Balearic Islands of Spain
Majorca is one of the most popular holiday destinations of Europe. The largest island of the Balearic Islands is more than a holiday destination with sun, white sandy beaches and a great night-life, it is an island rich in architecture and enchanting mountain villages that are blessed with that kind of still tranquillity that can bring you back to your senses.
Mallorca or Majorca, which one is correct ? well both are fine to use. On the island itself it is known as Mallorca, and comes from the Catalan language which is frequently spoken on this island. However many years ago the Island was known as Majorca (meaning Major Island of the Balearics). It is also commonly known as Majorca in the English speaking world though.
The island has an area of about 3,600 square kilometres, 554 of coastline and a population of less than one million inhabitants. The average annual temperature is of about 19 degrees Celsius and there is a yearly average of 3000 hours of sunshine which has made Majorca holidays amongst the most popular destinations in Europe.
Majorca also known as the island of dreams has a varied landscape of mountains, valleys, pine forests, olive and almond trees and beaches. Other attractions include the Caves of Drach, the Sierra de Tramuntana and the Sanctuary of Lluc, the spiritual centre of Mallorca. One of the most representative buildings, architecturally speaking, is the Bellver Castle, as it is one of the only three European castles in existence with a circular form.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, is famous for having a large rose-window and is of a gothic levantine style, to the point of being known as the gothic eye.
The Sanctuary of Lluch, the most important place on the island for pilgrimage, because there is to be found the Virgen de Lluch (Patron Saint of Mallorca). ‘El Paseo’ of Calvia is considered to be the ‘green lung’ of the municipality, with a length of 32 kilometres.
The Castle of Bendinat was built in the XIX century by the Marquis of the Romana.
The Son Sant Joan international airport , located 8 km from Palma de Mallorca, is the main gateway to the island. There is a wide range of direct flights from many European cities, especially from Germany and the UK. If you arrive by sea, there are daily connections from different ports of the peninsula such as Barcelona, Valencia, Denia and other ports of the Balearic Islands such as Ibiza, Mahon and Ciutadella.
The Plaza de Espana in Palma is connected to all towns and resorts on the island through a bus network that also connects you to the airport, the beach or the University.
In this same square there is a line of trains to Inca, Manacor and Sa Pobla. Another train, in this case mainly for tourism, is the electric train which has been running since 1912, through the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains from Palma to Soller.
But this island is not only known for tourism, its beauty has also been the source of inspiration for many artists, from Joan Miro to the British poet Robert Graves, buried in Deia. Chopin also spent a winter season at La Cartuja of Valldemossa with.
One of the biggest draws for a huge number of holiday makers to the Island of Majorca are the fantastic and often very quiet coves or Calas as they are known as in Spanish. The Calas have superb beaches, secure bathing and crystal clean waters . They are a great places to chill out, safe for all the family to enjoy the sand, sea and the local cuisine.
The south east coast is home to the S´ Amarador beach which it sits in the Mondrago National Park and is a well preserved and unspoilt beach with magnificent views over the clear blue Mediterranean sea. It is made up of fine white sand and has often been voted the best beach in Spain.
Top Things to Do on your Majorca Holidays
Majorca is a large Spanish island that lies in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a hotspot for holiday tourists, artists, academics, and nature enthusiasts who travel to Majorca to enjoy perfect holidays, stunning beaches, its beauty and to experience its unique culture. Majorca plays host to over 10 million tourists each year from all over Europe, North America, and Asia. The island offers you a chance to do so many things during your holiday including enjoying its perfect climate and excellent tourist amenities.
You Should Explore the Serra De Tramuntana
The Serra de Tramuntana is the backbone of Majorca. This mountain range runs parallel to Majorca’s North West coast and is host to unique terrain and many natural species. This mountain range is impressive to say the least ideal for expert mountain climbers. The many rivers crossings are perfect stopping points to refresh yourself during the hot summer months.r The beautiful Serra de Tramuntana is currently a World Heritage Site and well worth exploring on you next Majorca holiday.
Go and see the Historic Majorca Cathedral
The Majorca Cathedral took some 117 years to build from 1229 to 1346 and is an impressive structure with its Gothic architectural style, it boasts the largest Gothic Rosette in the world. In addition, it is the only Gothic cathedral that overlooks the sea. The Cathedral is also the resting place of Spanish kings including King Jaime II and King Jaime III. This grand old cathedral is well worth visiting.
Enjoy Majorcan Cuisine
Majorca holidays would not be the same unless you indulge yourself on the delicious selection of cuisine on offer. This island is home to over 2,400 restaurants. The dining options here are amazing serving every kind of cuisine from International and local. Our advice though is go out of your way and find some of the fine back street eateries serving typical Majorcan dishes to the locals. A lot of the restaurants in Majorca offer dining in exquisite style and sumptuous meals at very reasonable prices, you can still eat a good quality 3 course menu here from just 10 Euros per person. Famous local dishes to try include sweet pastry ensaimada, arroz brut, and sobrasada. You can also go out and have a beer or two in any of Majorca’s bars where fine tapas are served all day.
Majorcan cuisine is wide and varied, influenced by many different in cultures, its superb climate and geographic location within the Balearic Islands. The common denominator however remains the sea. Seafood influences a large proportion of Majorcan dishes, it is available in abundance and widely used by most Spanish households. The traditional Spanish culinary identity, tapas, is almost everyone’s favourite and is considered a must experience when eating out in Majorca. One of most attractive aspects of any holiday to Majorca is dining out as the culinary diversity is as exciting as everywhere else in Spain. Majorca and the city of Palma in particular have a huge variety of bars, cafeterias and restaurants to suit all tastes ans pockets.
Majorca and the other Balearic Islands concentrate on vegetable-based dishes as well as typical island cuisines revolving around simple seafood. Many restaurants on the island specialize in this. The restaurant La Boveda located in Palma de Majorca is one such place that offers the best of tapas based on a seafood theme as well as formal dining options that extol the beauty of Majorcan cooking. Aside from the traditional cuisine, there are many restaurants that offer international flavours are brave enough to give you a taste of the continental cuisine. Lizarran in downtown Palma, offers a wide variety of tapas, you simply pick up a plate and choose which tapa you like from a large display cabinet. The restaurant Bon Lloc also in Palma offers some fine vegetarian options.
There is such a wide variety of food to try out in Majorca the trick is to shop around and check out whats on offer on the menu boards as you may be surprised at what’s on offer and yes you can still eat a nice three course menu from as little as 10 Euros per person.
Holidays on the Balearic Islands
Spending your holidays on the Balearic Islands has many benefits – the area attracts visitors from all over the world looking for sea, sand and warm temperatures. The Balearic Islands are among the most popular tourist destinations for visitors looking for beach holidays Spain, as the area is home to some of the best beaches in Europe, with white sands and blue seas. With a Mediterranean climate, these islands experience a warm temperature all year round, making them the perfect choice for a weekend getaway or for a longer vacation period with your family.
Where to stay?
Hotel Grupotel Valparaiso Palace and Spa – Palma de Majorca
This is a grand luxury hotel boasting an exclusive location surrounded by beautiful gardens and a stunning range of facilities, including Palma de Mallorca’s most extensive spa. Set in the exclusive residential area of Bonanova, the classy Valparaíso Palace is well-communicated, and yet extremely quiet, hidden away from the crowded city centre. Relax in style in your impressive, bright and fully air conditioned room, and marvel at the spectacular sea and city views from your private balcony.
Hotel Castillo Son Vida – Palma de Majorca
Surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and the excellent Son Vida golf course, this luxurious hotel has been lovingly refurbished from a 13th-century building, boasting beautiful views. Decorated in the style of a Mallorcan stately home, the hotel offers spectacular views over the bay of Palma. Each of the rooms is decorated in warm yellow and blue colours, and boasts state-of-the-art facilities.
Hotel Almudaina – Palma de Majorca
Here guests enjoy fantastic views of Palma and its port from Hotel Almudaina’s rooftop terrace. Hotel Almudaina is located 500 meters from Palma de Mallorca’s La Seu Cathedral. The Es Baluard Art Museum is less than 200 meters away.
Useful websites with holiday information on Majorca ( Mallorca )