From mega-resorts to quiet fishing villages, Mallorca has everything you need for a great holiday.
When you think of Mallorca you probably think of Magaluf and the TV shows showing us just exactly what British teens get up to when let loose from their families for a week in the sun. But if you take the time to look, Mallorca can offer much more from a holiday than simply cheap booze.
The capital of both Mallorca and the Balearics, Palma is the only real city amongst the islands. It’s famous for its cathedral, La Seu, a Catalan gothic cathedral which overlooks the Parc de la Mer and the Mediterranean Sea. Around the Cathedral is the old town with a maze of narrow streets hinting at the city’s Arab past.
Elsewhere in the city you can find museums and an aquarium allowing you to get up close and personal with sharks! Or you can simply enjoy a little shopping or sit and watch the world go by in one of the many cafés and tapas bars that line the streets.
Located just a few miles North of Palma, Sóller is a beautiful town in its own right but the best part about it is the journey. An antique wooden train cuts through the Tramuntana mountains, past pine forests and olive groves, to give an incredible view of the beauty of the Mallorcan countryside.
Once in Soller you can enjoy some shopping in the many craft shops, view the splendid Art Nouveau houses, or grab a coffee or an ice cream in the main square, Plaça Constitució. From there you can take a tram down to Port de Sóller and dine in the harbour or by the beach.
Wine lovers would be foolish to miss out on a trip to Binissalem, a village North-East of Palma that is the centre of the Island’s wine production. You can visit a few vineyards, such as José L. Ferrer and Vins Nadal, and learn all about the grapes and terrain that make Mallorcan wine – a Designation of Origin – worth checking out.
Most of the wineries are open to the public but it’s worth checking in advance to make sure.
Artà is a beautiful little town that’s perfect if you fancy going for a mooch. The best day to go is Tuesday when the market is on but any day is great for exploring the streets packed with little shops and pavement cafés.
Just outside Artà is Ses Païsses, a 3,000 year old Bronze-Age settlement with dwellings arranged around a central watchtower, or Talayot. There are also caves nearby to explore plus some splendid beaches and if golf is your game then there are also some good courses for you to get a round in.
Getting around the island
It’s fairly easy to get around Mallorca by bus or train. The main bus and train station are located next to each other in the Plaza de España in Palma and there are routes serving most of the Island.
Alternatively, if you want to explore on your own timetable, you can hire a car cheaply from the airport and most of the major resorts. For a more energetic lifestyle, bike hire is also available in the tourist areas.