Majorca Holidays and Travel Guide

Majorca is part of the idyllic Balearic Islands of Spain

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The largest island of the Balearic Islands is more than simply a sunny holiday destination.  Majorca is the home of white sandy beaches, great night-life and delicious food.  This Balearic Island is now one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.

Mallorca or Majorca, which one is correct ? well both are fine to use.  Mallorca ( pronounced mayorka ) and comes from the Catalan language which is frequently spoken on this island.  It is also commonly known as Majorca in the English speaking world though.

 It is a hotspot for holiday tourists, artists, academics, and nature lovers.  Majorca plays host to over 10 million tourists each year from all over Europe, North America, and Asia.

Majorca is  also  rich in architecture and enchanting mountain villages that are great for exploring.

The island has an area of about 3,600 square kilometres of which 554 is coastline.  There is a population of around one million inhabitants which swells in the summer months. The average annual temperature is around 19 degrees Celsius with an average 3000 sunshine hours each year.

Majorca also known as the island of dreams due to its varied landscape of mountains, valleys and pine forests.  Olive groves and almond tree plantations can also be found in abundance.

Top Majorca Attractions

Palma de Majorca Cathdedral

Palma de Majorca Cathdedral

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.  The beautiful Serra de Tramuntana is currently a World Heritage Site and well worth exploring on you next Majorca holiday.

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.

Charming Majorca attractions include the Caves of Drach and the Sierra de Tramuntan.  The Sanctuary of Lluc, is known as the spiritual centre of the island.

Bellver Castle is a real treat and one of only three European circular castles in existence.

The Sanctuary of Lluch, the most important place on the island for pilgrimage. The Virgen de Lluch  (Patron Saint of Mallorca) can be found here.

The area know as  ‘El Paseo of Calvia’ is considered to be the ‘green lung’ of Majorca.

The Castle of Bendinat was built in the 19th century by the Marquis of the Romana.

Getting around Majorca

Palma de Majorca port and marina

Palma de Majorca port and marina

 

The Son Sant Joan international airport , located 8 km from Palma de Mallorca, is the main gateway to the island. There are 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 and Denia.   There are also many connections from the Island ports such as Ibiza and Mahon.

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.  There is an electric train,  running since 1912 which takes you through the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains from Palma to Soller.

A perfect holiday Island destination

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The island is not only known for tourism, its beauty has also been the source of inspiration for many artists.   Joan Miro and British poet Robert Graves to name two. Chopin also spent a winter season at La Cartuja of Valldemossa.

One of the biggest draws for holiday makers to the Island of Majorca are the amazing coves or Calas as they are known as in Spanish.  Most of the Calas enjoy secluded secure bathing and crystal clean waters.

The south east coast is home to the S´Amarador beach located  in the Mondrago National Park. It offers one of the best beaches 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.

Enjoy Majorcan Cuisine

Fresh fish from Majorca

 

Majorcan cuisine is wide and varied, influenced by many different in cultures, its superb climate and geographic location.

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. Research the menu boards as you may be surprised at what’s on offer. You can still eat a nice three course menu from as little as 10 Euros per person.

Famous local dishes to try include sweet pastry ensaimada, arroz brut, and sobrasada.

Seafood influences a lot of Majorcan dishes, available in abundance and widely used by most Spanish households.

This island is home to over 2,500 restaurants on the Island,  you are sure to find many to suit your taste and budget. Our advice is to search the back street eateries serving food to the locals.

Where to eat in Majorca

Here is a selection of recommended eateries.

The restaurant La Boveda located in Palma de Majorca is one such place that offers the best of Spanish tapas. Based around seafood as well as formal dining options.

Lizarran in downtown Palma, offers a wide variety of tapas . Here you  simply pick up a plate and choose which tapa you like from a display cabinet.

The restaurant Bon Lloc also in Palma offers some fine vegetarian options.

Where to stay?

muave-arrow-icon   Hotel Grupotel Valparaiso Palace and Spa 

Hotel Valparaiso PalaceSpain Hotels on Tripadvisor This is a grand  luxury hotel boasting an exclusive location surrounded by beautiful gardens.

The hotel is home to Palma de Mallorca’s most luxurious spa and wellness centre.

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.

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muave-arrow-icon    Hotel Castillo Son Vida 

Hotel Son VidaSpain Hotels on Tripadvisor 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.

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muave-arrow-icon   Hotel Almudaina

Hotel AlmudainaSpain Hotels on Tripadvisor  At the Hotel Amudaina guests enjoy fantastic views of Palma and its port from hotel’s sunny  rooftop terrace.

This  popular Palma de Mallorca hotel was built in the 1960s and was recently refurbished to ensure modern comforts to guests.  There is a stunning rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a drink whilst enjoying views of the city.

Palma de Mallorca’s attractions, such as Palma Cathedral and Royal Palace of La Almudaina, are within a 10-minute walk of Hotel Almudaina. Serra de Tramuntana is within an easy car ride from the hotel.

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Useful websites with holiday information on Majorca ( Mallorca )

Wikiepedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majorca
Telegraph.co.uk – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Lonely Planet – http://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/mallorca