For those seeking an unforgettable vacation in the Mediterranean, Mallorca (also known as Majorca) is one of the first names to come to mind. The island is the largest in the Balearics archipelago off the East coast of Spain, with the other three being Formentera, Ibiza and Menorca.
Mallorca Island Travel Guide
Mallorca is well known for its sunny climate, beaches, amazing landscapes, historical buildings, and wonderful mountains; hence it is one of the most popular summer and wedding destinations. It is also a hotspot for tourists especially those who love to enjoy the sand and sun.
With more than 200 beaches stretched over 500km of coastline, there are more than enough white sand and crystal water beaches to choose from. Most of the main tourist areas are on the southern and eastern coast. The best beaches are backed by holiday resorts and have great facilities from shops and cafes, to sun loungers and watersports.
Palma De Mallorca is the capital of this autonomous region. Almost half of the total population live here and a day trip should sit atop the to-do list of every holiday maker visiting. The city promises a health night life, classy restaurants, culture enriching museums and fabulous shopping experience.
The Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain range running southwest–northeast forms the backbone of the Spanish island. For its significant cultural and visual attributes, the cultural landscape was in 2011 enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca (La Seu) is another of the island’s landmark. The majestic Catalonian Gothic cathedral overlooks the harbour and is dedicated to San Sebastian, Palma’s patron saint. It is also home of the Royal Chapel which contains the tombs of Kings James II and James III of Mallorca.
Blessed with Romanesque and Moorish buildings, the Alcúdia is the island’s primary tourist hotspot. The preserved old town has so many al fresco bars and cafes scattered around the area, and the ruins of the ancient city of Pollentia can be found on the edge of town.
The Mondragó Natural Park, located along Mallorca’s southeast coast, in the municipal area of Santanyí, has a surface area of 785 hectares. More than 12% of the park are public property while the rest, sits on privately-owned land and estates. The trekkable paths here are suitable for all levels of hiker.
When to Go?
Mallorca has a pleasant Mediterranean climate and the weather is a bit more enjoyable than that of continental Europe. Summer (from 1st May – 31st October) tends to be hot and dry, while winters are mild and pleasant. Also, the southeast regions of the island are much warmer than the northwest.
Winter is a lovely time to visit the island as activities such as hiking, climbing, sailing and touring cultural and historic areas can be enjoyed. The city of Palma is rather popular for short breaks all year round.
Mallorca is about a two-hour flight from most major European capital cities – London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan and Zurich. There are frequent flights from many European cities to Palma de Mallorca airport. The island is also five hours away on the fast-ferry from Barcelona.
The island is navigable via Bus and some by foot. While bus schedules can be found online, medium- and long-distance services may be sparse in low seasons. There is an inland train transportation (limited to Puerto de Sóller, Manacor, Inca, Sa Pobla and Sineu) and car can be hired in many tourist towns, especially along the coast.
Things to Do
Presence of land and water activities such as hiking, cycling, birdwatching, and sailing make Mallorca the perfect destination for outdoor purists. The Serra de Tramuntana offers some fine trails for hiking while there are a number of golf courses across the island, that are all open to the general public.
There are also various attractions and theme parks to go for the sightseeing and relaxation as well as shops to visit for shopping.
Mallorca Quick Guide
- Currency: Euro
- Dialing code: 0034 971
- Driving Side: Right Hand
- Demonym: Majorcans
- Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz
- Language: Catalan (Mallorquí) and Spanish
- Time zone: UTC+01:00 (CET)