With a shimmering coastline that stretches as far as the eye can see, impeccable golden crescents and year round sunshine, it’s easy to see why a trip to Majorca for 2018 is top of the list for so many. Year after year, the island has remained enduringly popular with holidaymakers, and it’s easy to see why. You can easily tailor your holiday to suit your wants and needs, stretch out under the warm Mediterranean sun with a cocktail in hand on one of the islands gorgeous golden crescents, or drink in the rich scenery exploring the idyllic harbour towns and ruggedly beautiful terrain. A holiday to Majorca can be as action packed or relaxing as you desire. While we’re sure the sleepy seaside towns and breathtaking landscapes will work their magic on you, it’s also worth spending time soaking up the majestic coast. Whether it’s brushing shoulders with the rich and famous in the glitzy Porto Cristo, or sprawled out on the warm sands of Playa del Muro, the coast has remained the island’s main draw.
Most popular hotels in Majorca
Club Cala Romani Hotel
Cales de Majorca, Majorca
BH Mallorca Hotel
Gavimar Ariel Chico Club & Resort
Cala d'Or, Majorca
Elegance Vista Blava Hotel
Cala Millor, Majorca
Gavimar Cala Gran Costa Del Sur Hotel & Resort
Cala d'Or, Majorca
Mediterranean Bay Hotel
El Arenal, Majorca
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 45m
When to go
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There’s an abundance of things to keep you busy in Majorca, so cultural pleasures may not be top of the agenda for your trip. But with a unique cultural heritage, the island has wonders aplenty. Seek out the magnificent cathedral in Palma for a glimpse of one of the finest architectural attractions this retreat has to offer. It’s a joint venture by Spanish greats, Gaudi and Bartelo, and the cathedral has an imposing quality that separates it from other European structures. With a seamless blend of the contemporary and gothic, it’s a must-see for any culture vulture. While its reputation for romantic resorts and blissful beaches is well earned, a holiday to Majorca can also provide some of the most beautiful backdrops and stunning scenery the Mediterranean has to offer. With dramatic vistas and crystal-clear azure waters, craggy limestone precipices and picturesque olive groves, and hidden islets of diverse coral that provide an explosion of life and colour, Majorca is a picture-perfect destination that never fails to take your breath away.
Wine and Dine
Wine connoisseurs will have found their new home along the glittering coast of Majorca, with an endless number of exclusive selections to be sampled. While many of us will have tried the world-famous Spanish Denominacion de Origen range at a dinner party or two, such as delicious Rioja and Ribera del Duero offerings, if you want something that’s not available anywhere else, seek out the more obscure wine cellars of this glorious island. Wines made in this region aren’t commonly exported, so you’ll need to come straight to the source to enjoy them. So if you’re in Majorca and are even a casual fan of wine, you’d be crazy to miss out on the special selections that aren’t offered elsewhere. With its wine production, Majorca proudly wears its Mediterranean heritage on its sleeve and deviates from standard practices, giving each wine its own unique flavour. Some of our favourites include the aromatic An Negra Viticultors found in the Mijorn region, and the Gran Vinya Son Caules from the Vins Miquel Gelabert winery, which is effortlessly rich and mature on the nose and tongue.
As the largest of the beautiful Balearic Islands, Majorca offers plenty to do for a family holiday. Littered with gorgeous family friendly beaches and packed to the brim with an unbeatable range of hotels, apartments and villas, the big family holiday can be as peaceful or action packed as you wish. Plenty of water sports are on offer to suit every member of your clan, with paddle boarding a steady favourite family activity due to the tranquil turquoise waters of the Mediterranean – they’ll simply adore taking in the sights from their board, with plenty of time for snorkelling and rock jumping as you make your way around the bay. For some advice from us, why not book a visit to the atmospheric Arta Caves? With spooky rock formations and vast imposing caverns that have formed over thousands of years, they’ll be amazed and intrigued in equal measure. You could even play a family game of who can spot the weirdest thing amongst the eerie stalagmites, stalactites and dripstones, as the interactive lights and music send their imagination into overdrive.
Action and Adventure
Over the past few years, Majorca has achieved its potential as a haven for adventurous types, with the rugged terrains and warm transparent waters in particular playing host to high-octane or more laid-back thrills. With something for everyone, even the most insatiable adrenaline junkies will find their kicks amidst the jagged cliffs and steep mountain passes. Canyoning is a particular highlight, as it can’t be enjoyed everywhere on the Balearic Islands. Suit up in your best wetsuit and boots, and cross the intense gorges of Serra de Tramuntana, Sa Fosca and Gorg Blau as you tackle waterfalls, super-fast rivers and launch off imposing ledges into the rock pools below. Elsewhere on the coast, why not jump aboard a jet ski and cruise across the shimmering waters like a rockstar?
Life's a Beach
Simply packed to the brim with luxurious beach resorts that boast incredible views and more pampering than you can shake a stick at, choosing your holiday to Majorca is a no-brainer. With a plethora of ever-popular glitzy resorts in Playa de Palma, Porto Cristo and Callas de Mallorca providing the sun-kissed satisfaction and heavenly white sand beaches always within reach, you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to living the high life in Majorca. Equally adaptable for the big family holiday or a romantic retreat, the Balearic beauty and splendid Spanish ambience will provide everything you hoped for in a destination. On the north east of the island you’ll find charming Cala Agulla, famed for its golden sands and wide range of beach activities. Stunningly situated amongst gorgeous mountain landscapes and pine forests, the beach feels isolated, but you’ll be pleased to know it still features all the usual amenities like sun loungers, lifeguards, bars and restaurants, while also sporting warm shallow waters that are perfect for families to splash around in.
If the unbeatable vibrancy of Majorca’s bustling nightlife is more your bag, then follow the rowdy revellers to the party capital of Magaluf. With a thriving club scene that never sleeps, cheap drink promotions and world-renowned DJs spinning club bangers ‘til the wee hours, the nightlife in ‘Maga’ truly is mega. When the sun begins to set, partygoers often like to begin their night in the lavish La Lonja district. Named after a 15th century Maritime Stock Exchange still located in the centre, the area has managed to shake off its cultural roots to become a party hub for the younger set. A veritable maze of cocktail joints, bars and clubs, the area is home to the classy Jazz Voyeur Club, where you could sip a whiskey and enjoy some jazzy blues before moving on to explore the heart of the night. Elsewhere, Palma’s Paseo Maritmo is the perfect choice for those that simply want to get down and bust a few dodgy dance moves, with Tito’s and Pacha being firm favourites.
If you want to celebrate a special occasion with your partner, or simply get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and spend some quality time together, Majorca is a treasure trove of romantic opportunities. With a plethora of stunning locations to sink your teeth into, including seductive settings by the sea, private hideaways within the mountain terrain or the cosmopolitan capital, the island can be effortlessly suited to whatever you have in mind. Mesmerising sunsets, private beach coves and charming quaint little villages abound, so your Balearic sojourn will prove unforgettable. With romance on the brain of many who visit here, it’s no surprise that many restaurants, spas and hotels cater specifically for couples with incredible packages on offer. For our money, the underrated San Telmo tucked away in the southwest corner of the island is a must-see for loved up couples – a hand-in-hand stroll from San Telmo to Port Andratx as the sun begins to set being of particular interest. With stunning scenery and greenery to admire along the way, and plenty of secluded spots for a picnic, you could even sneak a bottle of the finest Majorcan wine along for extra brownie points.
Majorca is a bona fide goldmine for culture vultures and art impresarios alike, with those who favour ‘high culture’ being particularly looked after. Art is almost everywhere you look here, with a plethora of top-notch galleries and museums on offer, with special events like the Nit de l’Art, and public spaces like Palma and other towns, the airport and even the motorways are littered with intriguing art pieces. Be sure to check out the memorable metal sculptures of dancers near the Es Cruce roundabout if you’re in the area. Elsewhere, the Moscow Ballet performance in Palma and Majorca Ballet Season both occur annually if you fancy a touch of class with your cultural dose. Plus, the Sa Pobla Jazz Festival and Jazz Voyeur Festival are both enduringly popular with hipsters – in the old sense of the word – bring some esteemed jazz greats to the island each year.