Majorca, also called Mallorca, is the largest of the Balearic Islands that lie to the east of Spain’s Catalan coast. The name simply means that it is the large island, compared with its smaller neighbour, Minorca. The island has been a favourite holiday destination of Germans, Scandinavians and British tourists for decades. Most of these tourists arrive via the international airport at the island’s capital of Palma, although there are also regularly scheduled ferries from the Spanish mainland.
With over 6 million visitors in an average year, Majorca has plenty to offer, including great beaches and warm weather. But there is much more to the island than the seafronts and the resorts. So, what is the best way of getting the most out of your holiday in Majorca?
Majorca’s public transport network is reasonable. Palma has a small metro system and there is a rail network that has three main line. However, the best way of exploring all that the island has to offer is to hire a car. Cycle hire is also popular on the island, but the average holidaymaker probably can’t cover the entire island with pedal power alone.
Before leaving Palma, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria. It was built in the thirteenth century and is a remarkable gothic structure. The Old City in Palma belies its Arabian history and is a network of pedestrian-only streets and pretty squares. There are number of museums and galleries to explore.
Drive out to the natural beauty of the Cap de Formenter, near to Pollenca in the north of Majorca. The Cap is a spectacular bluff that will take your breath away. The road to the Cap is not for the faint-hearted, though, as it skirts the nearby cliffs to reach its destination.
For a lively and fun time make your way to Pirates Adventure Show in Magaluf. Kids will love this entertaining show that has been running for over two decades. The show mixes a pirate story of swashbuckling adventure with acrobatics and fire breathing. Food is included along with the entertainment.
Before leaving, explore Majorca’s interior and some villages such as Valldemossa which has a rich cultural history. Valldemossa was a one time home of the composer Chopin amongst other artists and writers.