Staying at one of our hotels in Mallorca in the Balearics in the Mediterranean is a fantastic introduction to this chain of islands. The Balearics is comprised of five main islands – Cabrera, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. Mallorca is the largest and offers the widest range of things to do and places to stay. Most tourists at some point pay a visit to the capital Palma de Mallorca, where it’s worth stopping by the Cathedral, which was built on the original site of an Arab mosque. The island offers everything you could wish for on a holiday – sun, sea, activities and entertainment. And of course top quality accommodation to go back to each night. Our set of hotels in Mallorca certainly offer the spice of variety. From hotels in Magalluf for those seeking a place to kip between parties, to our hotels in Cala d’or for a break enjoyed at a slower tempo. If is island life in general you are looking to sample you can of course check out our fantastic range of Holidays to Majorca – the neighbouring island with a legendary party reputation. Whichever Balearic you choose, a great time is assured and all out Mallorca hotels can be accessed below.
Majorca holidays are enjoyed every year by a variety of visitors, including couples, families and youngsters looking for fantastic nightlife. So whether you want to kick-back, relax and soak up the sun with your other half, party all night with your best buds or take a trip round the island with your family, you won’t be disappointed – all you need to do is choose the right resort for you.
Majorca offers a typical Meiterranean weather, with an average of sun 300 days a year, so your shades and shorts will get a good airing. As expected, the hottest months mirror those of the UK with the temperatures in July and August hovering around the 80 degree mark, but blue skies and sun remain de rigueur from June right through to early September – however, it is worth noting that if you plan to explore the mountainous regions, an extra layer or two to protect you from that cool sea breeze won’t go amiss.During October and November you may get caught in a few showers, with October being the wettest month of the year, but it is still warm enough to enjoy the beach with an average high of 22°C in October and 17°C in November.
Things to do in Majorca?
Prehistoric caves, ultra modern aqua parks, romantic train rides through the olive and lemon groves, every kind of sport imaginable.these are just a few of the things to keep you occupied during the daytime if you tire of Mallorca’s beach life.
For golf enthusiasts, there are no less than 12 courses on the island. Shopaholics will love the trendy boutiques and exclusive shops of La Palma and the traditional street markets of the inland towns and villages.
Hikers, horse riders, artists and nature lovers will want to explore the Tramuntana mountain region in the northwest. And for the “ordinary tourist” there’s a wealth of day trips and excursions to Ibiza’s most popular sights and attractions.
One of the most popular excursions is a visit to the extraordinary Cuevas de Drach (Dragon Caves) on the east coast, about an hour and a half by bus from the capital of La Palma. The limestone caves are full of thousands of stalagmites, stalactites and weird rock formations created out of water dripping for thousands of years.
The underground cavern opens out into a natural amphitheatre which can accommodate 300 people. The highlight of many people’s visit to Mallorca is the moment when boats bearing an organist and violinists drift onto the lake to perform classical music composed especially for these caves. End your visit by exiting the caves in a rowboat.
Another “must” for those seeking another side to Mallorca than the bars of Magaluf, is the picture postcard mountain village of Deia where the famous English writer and poet Robert Graves spent most of his working life.
This beautiful village is perched high in the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean, on the western side of the island. It has long been a favourite haunt of artists, writers and those with a bent for the Bohemian lifestyle. Steep, narrow streets of natural stone wind their way up to the small church at the top of the village from where you can enjoy spectacular views. You’ll find some excellent restaurants here (and not a British lager lout within miles!).
Take a boat trip from Colonia St Jordi, at the southernmost tip of Ibiza, to the lovely island of Cabrera – a national park where you’ll find a wide variety of protected flora and fauna, a 14th century fortress and crystal clear waters with an abundance of marine life. On the return journey the boat stops off at the Blue Grotto where you can enjoy a swim in some of the clearest water you’ve ever seen.
The island of Menorca is only a one-hour boat ride away and makes an interesting day out with its cathedral, many palaces and traditional fishing villages.
Local tour operators organise day trips from La Palma to visit the mountainous northwest region, taking in the ancient monastery at Lluc, the orange valley of Soller and a journey through the orange and lemon groves and mountain tunnels on the Orange Blossom Train from Soller to Palma.
Mallorca’s most traditional market is to be found on Wednesday mornings in Sineu, a medieval town in the centre of the island. Here you’ll find everything from livestock and live snails for sale to fresh flowers, arts and crafts.
The Beaches and Cultura
Visitors to the Island of Calm, as Santiago Russinyol called it, were fascinated by Mallorca’s enormous number of monuments, outstanding buildings, art galleries and literature. Not only were they attracted by famous historic monuments in Palma itself, such as the Cathedral, Bellver Castle, the Royal Palace, “Sa Llotja”, the Gran Hotel, the Museum of Mallorca, but also by the monasteries, watch towers, cloisters, churches, town halls and museums which Mallorca’s fifty-two towns and villages feature.
During the winter months, the island’s cultural life is enriched by an opera season, the Ciudad de Palma Symphony Orchestra concerts or a programme of events entitled A Winter in Mallorca. Meanwhile, in summer, there are festivals of open-air classical music and recitals of modern music, jazz, ballet or theatre.
The island’s public foundations also contribute towards the promotion and enjoyment of the arts, and exhibitions by the “Fundación Pilar y Joan Miró”, “Fundación la Caixa”, “Fundación Sa Nostra” and the “Fundación March” add to the programme of visual arts exhibitions usually offered by the government in places such as “Sa Llotja”, “Ca’n Solleric”, “Ses Voltes”, the “Museo de Bellas Artes” or “La Casa de Cultura”.
There are daily literary or education programmes of events on offer, promoted by the University of the Balearic Islands in coordination with public and private institutions, held in comfortably-furnished, well equipped function rooms both inside and outside the capital.
Shopping in Palma
Palma’s shopping district has everything from up-market boutiques to familar high street stores. You’ll find modern shopping malls and hypermarkets. Enjoy shopping in this historic city strolling through tree lined avenues whilst surrounded by great gothic achitecture.
Visit a Majorcan Market Town
Practically every town in Majorca has a weekly market. Typically starting early in the morning and finishing by noon. The largest market is held on Thursdays in Inca.
Take a Trip on the train to Soller
Whether you’re a rail buff or not you’ll find the Soller Railway a must do activity during you stay on Majorca. The railway links Palma and Soller via a 27km narrow-gauge track through some spectacular landscapes. See the Soller Train for more info.
Windsurfing in Majorca
All the major beach resorts in Majorca offer windsurfing facilities. Hire out the windsurfing equipment by the hour. Majorca’s not the windiest of places so this is a great place for begginers to start learning – perhaps not such a thrill for serious windsurfers.
Horse racing in Majorca
The Hipodromo Son Pardo was Europes first floodlit racecourse. The racecourse is located in Palma and was opened in 1965. In Majorca a popular form of horse racing is Trotting racing. It’s a form of racing where the jockey sits in a cart pulled by the horse and the jockey must prevent the horse from galloping. It’s been popular in Majorca for over 200 years.
Scuba Diving in Mallorca
Scuba diving is available in most major beach resorts. You can take the PADI course or if you’re already qualified you can hire out a partner/trainer. Water temperatures in Majorca range from 14 degrees C in winter up to 26 degrees C in the height of summer. A single tank dive including equipment should cost in the region of 60-70 euros.
After-hours you will find just as much variation. Most hotels and apartments offer evening excursions where you can experience a traditional Spanish night out and get wined and dined with Sangria and tapas whilst watching Flamenco dancers and castanet players perform.
If you prefer to make your own entertainment you will find that the nightlife in Majorca varies from resort to resort. For a lively evening, head to the southern resorts as they have a wider range of bars and clubs. The northern resorts are much quieter and holiday-makers tend to spend their evenings in restaurants and quiet bars.
The liveliest resort in Majorca is Magalluf which has a huge choice of busy English themed pubs, clubs and bars aimed at those wanting to party all night, the most famous being the BCM club. Palma Nova is also busy but aimed more at families and couples.
Eating and Drinking
When eating out, foodie fans can take their pick as the island’s cuisine is generally divided up into traditional tapas, paella and fresh fish dishes and English favourites where pizza, egg and chips and burgers grace the menu, although this does tend to be restricted to the main tourist-traps. In addition, Spanish wines and Sangria flow freely across the island, although in areas such as Magaluf and Alcudia, cheap cocktails and pitchers are often the most popular thirst-quenchers! As a rule, diners should usually leave around a 10% tip when eating out.
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