Majorca has an astounding number of attractions and places of interest for holidaymakers. The largest of the Balearic Islands, it boasts plenty of resort towns, beaches, waterparks, historical landmarks and traditional villages. If you plan on soaking up more than just sun, sea and sand on your holiday to Majorca, we have some great alternatives to keep you and your family busy.
Let’s start with a few of our favourites:
The party-loving beach resort of Magaluf can sometimes get a bad rep for its lively crowds of under 25’s, but it welcomes families and couples too with a handful of great beaches, outdoor activities, restaurants and family-friendly hotels.
Palma is the Majorca’s main city and is best known as “that place you fly in to”, however, it is definitely worth looking into as a holiday base. This cool and stylish city has a nice mix of cultural activities and attractions such as Palma Cathedral, Llotja and Castell de Bellver, plus boutique shopping in independent shops and designer stores.
Alcudia is another well-known resort, popular for its beaches. It boasts shallow and clear waters, while the local area has a good mix of bars and restaurants. The town is popular with families who enjoy its water parks, go-karting and crazy golf.
Cala D’or is a sophisticated and stylish beach resort that is very picturesque, while Palmanova in the south of the island is a very upbeat family-focused resort. Finally, the hilly coastal town of Deià offers a slice of traditional village life.
THE SERRA DE TRAMUNTANA
The Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain range that runs along the northwest coast of Mallorca. It is great for walkers and cyclists of all levels and can be explored independently or in a guided group. Not only does it boast views and scenery to die for, but it has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the extraordinary techniques used to develop agriculture on its steep slopes over the centuries.
While Majorca isn’t known for its wine, in the recent years it has been producing some exceptionally good vintage wines. As a result, it is attracting a new kind of traveller and offers wine tastings and tours for those who want to discover more about the process of wine production locally.
CAVES OF DRACH
Located on Majorca’s east coast, the caves are without doubt one of the island’s most outstanding tourist attractions! The caves extend for almost 1, 200 meters and the cavity is 25 meters high. Technically, there are four caves together; The Black Cave, The White Cave, The Cave of Luis Salvador, and The Cave of the French, plus a breath-taking lake. Tours take about an hour and include a classical music concert and a boat trip across Lake Martel.
THE MARINE LIFE
Majorca’s iridescent blue sea gets divers itching to slip on into their wet suits, because it has many great dive sites with varied marine life. Some of the best sites are around the south west of the island where there are a number of marine reserves. Where the island emerges out of the sea it creates incredible wall dives that are home to lots of marine life. There are also many caves, tunnels and wrecks around the coastline offering diving for all levels and scuba diving centres offering courses, excursions and rental gear.
ALCUDIA OLD TOWN
In the north of the island there is the ancient town of Alcudia, not to be confused with the beach resort. This hidden gem is a medieval town that was built in land to protect the island against pirates! Its enchanting walled city, which sits on the site of a Roman settlement, is the stuff of fairy tales – with its very own remains of an amphitheatre! The maze of tiny streets will keep you enthralled for hours, as you wind your way around the town, which looks like a film set.
CAP DE FORMENTOR
This place is seriously spectacular! If you are on the island, then this is a must-see. Cap de Formentor is located on the northern-most point of island and is the island’s highest point – 384m above sea level! Visitors rave about this dramatic place, which some describe as looking “otherworldly”, the razor-edge cliffs and buckled limestone peaks jut out to sea; from a distance, it looks just like giant waves about to break!
Waterparks are always a big hit with the kids and should be on your list of things to check out in Majorca. Aqualand in S’Arenal is one of the largest waterparks in the world, which is quite a feat considering there are over 2,000 across the globe. The attractions at this watery paradise range from huge adrenaline pumping slides, to smooth wave pools, and from relaxing sunbathing, to splash pools for the little ones. Other waterparks worth mentioning are Hidropark in Port d’Alcudia, MarAdventura, a floating waterpark in Playa de Muro and Western Waterpark in Magaluf. As the name suggests, this one is Wild West themed!
Sound like a lot to squeeze in? We have barely scratched the surface. This tiny island really does have so much to offer for an unforgettable holiday to the Balearics.