Majorca is the most visited of the Balearic Island Chain
Mallorca or Majorca, which one is correct ? well both are fine to use. Mallorca ( pronounced mayorka ) comes from the Catalan language which is frequently spoken on this island, it is commonly known as Majorca in the English speaking world though.
Majorca or Mallorca, is the largest island of the Balearic Island chain, visited by over 10 million tourists each year, it is a hotspot for holidaymakers, artists, academics, and nature lovers alike. It has a population close to one million inhabitants and boasts an average temperature of 19 degrees celsius enjoying an average of 3000 sunshine hours each year.
This charming island is famed for its quiet secluded beaches, vibrant night-life, dramatic scenery, delicious food, rich in architecture, enchanting mountain villages and it's wild landscapes of mountains, valleys and pine forests.
The population is close to one million inhabitants which swells during the summer month, Mallorca boasts an average annual temperature of 19 degrees Celsius with an average 3000 sunshine hours each year.
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 in Valldemossa.
The Son Sant Joan international airport, located 8 km from Palma de Mallorca, is the main gateway to the island with direct flights from many European cities, especially from Germany and the UK. Arriving by sea is another option as there are many daily connections from different mainland ports such as Barcelona, Valencia and Denia, as well as connections from the other Balearic Island ports of Ibiza and Mahon.
Top places to see and visit
The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is the backbone of Majorca, a breathtaking area which runs parallel to Majorca’s North West coast. It is home to unique terrains and many species. A World Heritage site, the area is an ideal area for trekking with many river crossings which are perfect stopping points to refresh yourself during the hot summer months.
Palma de Majorca Cathedral is undoubtedly one of the islands highlights. It took 117 years to build from 1229 to 1346 and is an impressive structure, it boasts the largest Gothic Rosette in the world and is the resting place of Spanish kings including King Jaime II and III.
The Caves of Drach are also well worth visiting, located within the Sierra de Tramuntan mountains close to Port Cristo on the eastern side of the Island.
Captivating castles on the island include Bellver Castle, a real treat and one of only three European circular castles in existence. The Castle of Bendinat is located a short drive from Palma, it was built in the 19th century by the Marquis of the Romana.
The Sanctuary of Lluch, a monastery and pilgrimage site located in the municipality of Escorca in north-west Majorca is another inspiring historical site you should visit.
Palma de Mallorca
the largest city in the Balearics, Palma is located on the south coast and is well worth a visit. Those who visit the capital for the first time never fail to be surprised by the fact that its a stylish and elegant city with a very young vibe and a host of activities to make this a very special day out.
One of the original European party towns the popular beach resort of Alcudia has calmed down a lot and now is a firm favorite with families. Situated within a large protected bay area where the waters are clear and calm Alcudia is ideal for safe kids bathing and fun water activities.
Best Beaches and Coves
- Palma de Mallorca
- St Elm
- Port de Soller
- Can Picafort
- Cala Millor
- Port Cristo
- Cala D'Or
- Colonia de San Jordi
- Torrent de Cala Pi
Enjoy Majorcan Cuisine
Majorcan cuisine is unique and varied, it's gastronomy has been influenced by many different cultures, its superb climate and geographic location. The restaurant scene is certainly not lacking when it comes to variety of choice and budgets, the island is home to well over 2,500 restaurants so you are sure to find one or more that suits you.
Traditional food to be found in Majorca include the delicious Ensaimada a light spiral of cake powdered with icing sugar that dates back to the 17th century. Mostly eaten for breakfast with coffee or hot chocolate. Other delicacies well worth trying are the Panadas a local meat pie, Pa Amb Oli, Majorcan bread toasted and topped with tomato, garlic, cured ham and extra virgin olive oil, Sobrassada which has a texture rather like a creamy chorizo sausage and Quelitas, a traditional Majorcan biscuit.
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Recommended accommodation in Majorca
The Hotel Gran Melia Victoria is a very stylish 5 star hotel located just a short drive from Port of Las Palmas and the Palma Cathedral. It offers multiple facilities including a sauna, a fitness centre and a poolside snack bar. Each bright room at the Hotel Gran Melia Victoria includes a mini bar and bathrobes. The hotel is only a 10-minute walk from Bellver Castle, and an easy drive from Magaluf. The hotel is located within a few minutes from shops, bars and a variety of local and international dining options. Regular Reviewer Rating: 8.9
For something different the beautiful Casa Bougainvillea located close to Port Soller is an ideal choice. Contemporary in its design, Casa Bougainvillea is set within a converted mansion and offers first class amenities including a sun deck, bike rental, wifi, lounge bar and restaurant, the daily breakfast is varied and delicious. Reviewer Rating: 10.0
For a rural holiday try the small but impressive Casa Galileo guest house, situated in the town of Costitx in central Mallorca. Casa Galileo is an easy drive from Santa Margalida and around a 35 minute drive to San Son Joan airport. This popular guest house offers just 8 well appointed and comfortable rooms so you need to book early if you plan to stay here during the high season as the rooms tend to go very quickly. Reviewer Rating: 10.0