Majorca is synonymous with world-renowned beaches and coves, but is also a perfect destination to enjoy countryside, golf, culture, water sports, entertainment… There are many reasons to visit this enclave in the Balearic Islands.
The island measures almost 80 kilometers from one end to the other and is outstanding for its diversity.
It has 550 kilometres of coast, where you will find some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful coves and beaches.
There are white sand beaches with a full range of services, as well as small coves set between cliffs and pine groves in the north of the island.
Its clean, clear waters are ideal for swimming and water sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, and even surfing.
However, these are not the only sports available: there are a range of well-designed golf courses, harmoniously set in their surroundings, suitable for all levels.
The countryside also plays an important role. Almost 40 percent of the island is protected. Its landscapes are characterised by contrast.
There are outstanding areas such as the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains, in the north, with peaks reaching over 1,400 m above sea level, and the Cabrera Marine and Terrestrial Nature Reserve, a group of islands and islets, just over an hour away by boat.
There are pleasant surprises to be found in every corner of Majorca.
Good ways to explore the island are hiring a car or going on outings. There are a host of routes and hiking trails, both along the coast and inland.
They are fully signed, with information panels, meaning you can discover the island’s diversity on foot or by bike.
Towns such as Deià, Pollença and Valldemossa have captivated artists for centuries, on account of their picturesque atmosphere.
Nowadays, Majorca is a favourite holiday destination for famous people from the world of politics, film and fashion. Culture is a vital part of the life of the island.
Throughout the year there are festivals, concerts, literary events, exhibitions…
The capital, Palma de Mallorca, is the island’s cultural centre, outstanding for its historic old town and excellent night life.
Furthermore, the island has excellent communications, with Son Sant Joan international airport, eight kilometres from Palma, and scheduled boat and ferry services from Palma and Alcúdia ports.
You will have no difficulty here if your aim is to enjoy the good weather, to practice sports in a natural setting and to explore the island without following the traditional tourist routes.
A good plan is to cover the more rural parts of Majorca on foot or by bicycle; you will pass through the island’s valleys, mountains and plains until you come to the villages in the interior.
The viewing points in the mountain ranges of the Sierra de Tramuntana (to the northwest) or the Mondragó Nature Reserve (to the south), where you can hear the roar of the waves against the cliffs.
You will find there are numerous routes to follow along country paths and local roads.
Another fun option is to hire a sailboat or motorboat (with or without a skipper) with your travel companions, and to view Majorca’s natural charms from the sea as you explore its most secluded and sun-drenched azure coves.