Things to do in Majorca
Whenever I think of Majorca, I think of beautiful, cyan-turquoise sea. Bluer than blue and crystal-clear: the ocean that every holiday maker dreams of. Majorca’s beautiful seascape leads to many lovely beaches and coves, beyond which lie a lot of happy travellers enjoying the delights of the island and all the great things to do in Majorca.
Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, floating in the Mediterranean Sea with 550km of beautiful coastline to explore. The typical Mediterranean climate keeps winters mild and summers hot and sunny, making Majorca a perfect holiday destination. It only takes around 2 hours to fly to Majorca from London too!
Things to do in Majorca… culture and history
Old Alcudia (in North Majorca) is an ancient, walled city and has the remains of Roman houses and an amphitheatre within. It features a maze of narrow streets, some boutique shops and high quality restaurants. Spend a day here to enjoy an authentic Majorcan experience and fall in love with the charm and history of the place. Old Alcudia provides a strong contrast to the beach resort of Puerto Alcudia and is perfect for a day away from the crowds and tourists of busier resorts.
Valldemossa is half an hour’s drive away from Palma de Majorca and is one of the prettiest villages in the country. Situated in the Tramuntana valley, Valldemosa is beautiful and is popular cultural day out, surrounded by forests and lush countryside. You can visit the 13th century monastery that has links to composer Chopin and French writer Aurore Dupin (better known as George Sands). There are plenty of charming streets filled with gift shops, galleries and cafes.
La Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is a magnificent and beautiful cathedral, surrounded by pretty gardens and a lovely waterfront. Inside there are stained glass windows, paintings and tapestries to admire.
The Cuevas del Drach (in Porto Cristo) are breath-taking natural formations, providing a nice cool shelter from the heat of the day. Take a guided tour through the caves and see the underground Martel Lake. The tour is ended with a beautiful piece of live classical music played by some floating musicians on a boat.
CCA Andratx, on the south side of the Tramuntana Mountains, is also worth a visit. It’s a cool art gallery dedicated to the creation and exhibition of contemporary art and welcomes artists from all over the world.
Things to do in Majorca… for families
Aqualand El Arenal (in Playa de Palma, about 15 minutes’ drive away from Palma centre) is a water park designed for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for aqua-excitement, a parent wanting to play with your little ones or you just want to spend the afternoon relaxing in a Jacuzzi, Aqualand is the place for you.
Katmandu Park (in Magaluf) is a must-go destination for any family staying in Majorca. It’s an interactive theme park with a great variety of rides and games for the whole family, including thrill rides, golf and a 4D adventure. The Sol Katmandu Park and Resort hotel is right at the heart of Katmandu Park; stay there for a ‘fun-inclusive’ holiday and you’ll get free entry into the park too..
Go to see the Pirates Adventure show (also in Magaluf) for swashbuckling acrobatics, dancing and gymnastics. Pirates Adventure includes food whilst the Pirates Mutiny show is without a meal. It’s action-packed with laughs and lots of excitement included. According to Trip Advisor it is number 2 out of 227 attractions in Majorca, so we’d recommend you go see what all the fuss is about!
Things to do in Majorca… for the adventurous
Pay Tramuntana Tours a visit; they’re located in Port de Soller in the Tramuntana mountain range and offer an array of activities and ways to explore the beautiful Majorcan landscape. Walking, canyoning, deep-sea fishing, kayaking.. . these are to name but a few of the adventures you can take with Tramuntana Tours!
Experience Mallorca (in Can Picafort, near Alcudia) are a similar team who offer some different but equally adventurous activities: cliff jumping, sea caving, abseiling, caving and sunset horse riding.
A slightly less adventurous but still great and different day out is a wine tour, especially when its taken by train! Mallorca Wine Tours (in Binissalem) provide 3-4 hour tours of the Santa Maria area, ranging from their standard package to sunset tours with dinner included; hop aboard their train and you’ll be transported from vineyard to winery and of course, tasting is included.
Things to do in Majorca… beaches
Santa Ponsa beach is the main stretch of beach in Santa Ponsa and what beautiful beach it is! It has fine pale sand, crystal clear, shallow water and a beautiful backdrop of green pine trees. Oh and it’s sheltered too … a holiday maker’s dream.
Port de Pollensa has a beautiful Blue Flag beach that sits in a horse-shoe bay, framed by the magnificent Tramutana mountains. If you like your beach with a ‘wow’ backdrop then Port de Pollensa is for you.
Cala Millor beach is one of Majorca’s largest beaches and is another Blue Flag gem. It has a great choice of facilities including places to eat, toilets and watersports, making this beach perfect for a day-long excursion.
At 7km long, Playa de Alcudia is the longest beach in the Balearics. The water is calm and deepens gradually, which is perfect for children and for people wanting to swim out into the turquoise ocean. It’s another beach with fantastic facilities, beautiful sand and a great holiday atmosphere.
Camp de Mar beach is a medium sized beach on the south west coast. The sea is a beautiful blue-green colour and frames the white-gold beach perfectly. Choose from several places to eat including the eye-catching La Illeta which floats on in the sea on an island and can be reached by a bridge.
Things to do in Majorca … after dark
Magaluf is world-famous for its clubbing scene, so if you’re after an electric atmosphere, heated nightlife, drinks galore and hard-core partying until the sun comes up (and onwards) then this is the place for you.
Puerto Portals marina has an exclusive, upmarket atmosphere, most likely because this is where the super-rich and celebrities bring their yachts. Eat in one of the fine restaurants and then watch the sun set whilst admiring the boats and enjoying the atmosphere, cocktail in hand of course.
Porto Cristo nightlife is friendly with lots of family entertainment and bars for adults. There’s a great variety of restaurants from the traditional and family run to the international. If you’re in this resort and you’re looking for a bit of after dark excitement, head to nearby Cala Millor where there are plenty of clubs and places to go dancing.
If you fancy a relaxing night out then head to Palma for open air cinema and open air concerts. They’re the perfect way to enjoy the evening as the sun goes down and the heart of the day starts to cool.
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*Prices based on 2 adults sharing 24-31 August 2014. Prices correct when checked on 20/06/2014