Majorca – Fuelling the wanderlust…
Modern marinas, authentic towns, marvellous scenery, gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, family attractions, water sports, golf courses… you name it, Majorca has it! And with a plane journey time of only 2 hours from the UK, the island is a great place to start for anyone with a desire to travel. The island is easy to navigate, with almost any of the resorts on the east and south coast reachable in around an hours’ drive from Palma Airport. You’ll also find pretty good bus and taxi links between towns too.
So what’s all the fuss about?
Keen gastronomists will not be disappointed. The resorts around the north east coast offer everything from authentic eating places to fine dining restaurants. Venturing to the old towns of either Pollensa or Alcudia, you can enjoy a traditional lunch or dinner of tapas or paella. Or, for a completely different dining experience, Puerto Pollensa Marina or Port d’Alcudia both have a number of more contemporary restaurants overlooking the sea.
If its sun and sand you’re after, both Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa each have a large sandy beach with clear water, great for families. Or, if the thought of a more laid back, little sandy bay is more appealing to you, Cala D’Or in the south has 7 of them, whilst Cala San Vicente in the north also has 2 small coves.
Places to visit
No trip to Majorca would be complete without a visit to Pollensa. The town square and cobbled streets are filled with quaint shops and traditional cafes and restaurants. In the height of summer, the town also plays host to some of the most popular and lively fiestas in Spain! Plus, the weekly market gives you a chance to practice your haggling skills. And scaling the 365 steps from the square up to the Calvari church is rewarded with some spectacular scenery, a great opportunity for keen photographers.
Similarly, the old town of Alcudia is also well worth seeing. You’ll also find traditional restaurants and shops here, as well as being able to walk along the top of the medieval wall which surrounds the town. Other island highlights include the scenery from the hillside as you journey from Puerto Pollensa to Formentor Beach, the beautiful island landscape from La Victoria Monastery, and a daytrip to Palma City.
Activities and attractions
Thrill-seekers and families are also catered for with a number of activities to choose from. Most of these are water-based and include boat hire, jet skiing, water skiing, paragliding, wake boarding and scuba diving. Any of the beaches also provide the ideal setting for snorkelers. Children will love a trip to the waterpark in Alcudia, which also has mini golf facilities. Golfers will also find a choice of courses in the area and there are plenty of walking and biking trails to be found, including exploring the S’Albufera National Park.