The island of Majorca (Mallorca) lying off the east coast of Spain is the largest in the Balearic group of islands. Majorca started becoming a tourist destination in the 1960s and it was the first place I was taken on holiday when around 4 or 5 years old. I remember it like it was yesterday because I loved it so much. My folks must have loved it too, as we continued to visit annually throughout my formative years. Having not visited for many years I returned in my mid twenties on a girls holiday where, admittedly I saw very little of the beautiful Balearic island. However, what I did see relit my love for Majorca and highlighted the many reasons why it really is the perfect holiday destination.
People flock to Majorca in their thousands each year just to experience the varied nightlife on offer. Especially the wild nights in Magaluf downing fishbowls in the many neon lit bars before dancing the night away as world-famous DJs play the tunes in the town’s numerous megaclubs such as BCM. Having been there and done that I can confirm that nights in Magaluf are not for the faint hearted. If you are looking for a more laid back vibe then try one of the many traditional bars dotted along the coastline in the picturesque fishing villages where you can enjoy a pitcher of sangria or two. With the exclusive cocktail bars of Palma and the family friendly karaoke pubs of Alcudia, nights in Majorca really are as great as the days.
Delicious Food (& Wine)
Food, glorious food! Many people have the preconception that egg and chips is the dish of the day in Majorca – wrong! I’m positive that it can be found on the menu of the British pubs that litter the main tourist spots. However, if you are looking for authentic fresh Spanish fare keep an eye out for where the locals are eating, this is a sure-fire way of telling if the food on offer is high quality or not. Mr ESLT is a sea food fanatic and on his last visit to Majorca he ate freshly caught seafood paella every day he was there. Luckily for him he was with a friend who loves it as much as he does, as many restaurants will only offer paella for two. As for me, I’m not a massive seafood lover, instead I am a tapas kind of gal, I love nothing more than the cosy social aspect of sharing a few small tasty dishes and big bottle of wine.
The first thing we do when booking a holiday is decide where we want to stay. Even though Majorca is a small island, there is so much choice depending on what suits your taste. If city breaks are your thing then Palma should be at the top of your list, if hiking is your bag then head to Alaro in the mountains and if chilling out to the max on the beach is the only thing on your mind then Cala d’Or is for you. Regardless of where you choose to base yourself, picking the perfect accommodation a must. If you are a fan of privacy, space, luxury, cost effectiveness and personalisation then a Majorca luxury villa from James Villas Holidays is the perfect choice, with a range of options to suit most group sizes and budgets. Having stayed in villas all over the world, they are often our go to accommodation type, especially if we can find one within our price range that has a private pool!
Fantastic Beaches & Marine Life
Beaches in Majorca are amazing. With crystal blue waters and white sand, they are the perfect place to kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sun wash over you. If travelling with children they are also a ready-made playground, a great place to build sand castles and paddle in the sea. Majorca has so many beaches, you will never be that far from one and some are so beautiful, like S’Amarador located in south-east Majorca, they are in fact award-winning. The clear waters of the Mediterranean are home to spectacularly colourful life forms, making Majorca a great destination to visit if you want to explore the marine life further. With numerous dive centres on the island designed for everyone from the novice to the Master, take your pick and head below the sea and see what you can see.
History & Culture
Majorca is a popular tourist destination, some visiting for the nightlife, some visiting to enjoy nothing but lazing in the sun and some, like me, predominately for the history and culture. Majorca Island has been inhabited since the middle ages and little is known about the island’s earliest settlers; however there are a number of archaeological sites in Majorca which are open to visitors. Majorca became part of the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century, and has been under Spanish rule since. My favourite historical site on the island is Bellver Castle in Palma, it was built-in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, and is one of the few circular castles in Europe. It really is worth a visit! And did you know there are two official languages in Majorca which are Catalan and Spanish, but not to worry if you can’t speak them as English is widely spoken in tourist areas.
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