Majorca (also written as Mallorca), is one of the most visited Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea between Spain and Northern Africa. It lies next to Ibiza and it is the biggest and the busiest of the Balearic Islands. Millions book last minute Majorca holidays to enjoy its climate, nightlife and exceptional beaches.
Rich in beautiful natural landscapes such as the Serra de Tramuntata, Majorca’s own mountain range that creates outstanding sites and rocky shores or the Covers Del Drach, the biggest underground lake in of the Mediterranean, Majorca is a great place for those who like hiking, water sports and wants to explore the wild side. On the other hand, if you want the perfect place for a relaxing holiday, Majorca is the place to be. Having lots of great beaches and holiday resorts, the island is a great destination for everyone.
Majorca is world famous for its diving places, sailing and golf resorts. If you look for golf, visit Golf Son Vida, Golf de Bendinat or Golf de Santa Ponca courses. You can enrol in a diving course on any beach in any resort where several diving courses are held daily.
Majorca consists of the following regions:
Serra de Tramuntata – Has beautiful sites such as the Valldemossa monastery (La Cartuja) where French writer George Sand and the composer Chopin have spent 2 winters. Other beautiful cities include Sóller and Binssalem, both beautiful small historical cities and Cala Ratjada, the Northern shore populated by Germans all year long. Its biggest town is Pollenca with long traditions of fishing and crafting.
Palma de Mallorca region: This is the region of the big Palma Bay with two main cities of Majorca, which includes the capital and Magaluf, located by the entrance of the Bay.
Palma de Mallorca city: Capital of Majorca, the town is the centre of the island with busy day and nightlife, colourful markets and with several holiday resorts in its area.
Raiguer: Being in Northeastern part of the island, it is most popular.
Migjorn is the Southeastern area of the island with picturesque towns and sites such as Santanyi, Cape Salinas with nearby lying Cabrera Island.
Levant: Its most popular cities include Manacor and Porto Cristo, both being pretty fishing villages with holiday resorts here and there.
What makes Majorca a top last minute holiday destination?
The 300 days of sunshine that Majorca has throughout the year with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world make this island one of the top international touristic destinations. If you want to enjoy the perfect sun-sea-sand holiday, Majorca is the place to go.
Budget tips: As for flights, package tours start their trips to Majorca from around May lasting until September. They offer cheap and last-minute air tickets for great prices, only you need to check them out frequently to find such offers. This includes agencies with charters, such as Thomson, TUI or Thomas Cook, for UK Majorca flights.
How to get to Majorca: From April to mid October, frequent flights of budget airlines and charters fly diverse Majorca UK routes from each big city in the UK. Most important cheap airlines to check out include Ryanair, EasyJet, and TUI.
There are ferries from the mainland coming to Majorca every day or multiple times a week; these mostly come from Málaga, Alicante or Cádiz.
Travelling in Majorca: Palma de Mallorca and the coastal region of the island have a very good public transportation that consists of buses, which go along the beaches especially in and around Palma de Mallorca. Most holiday resorts have a good bus service, but once it comes to the Middle and Northern hilly parts of the island, the situation changes.
Therefore, if you want to spend your time exploring the island and you are a good driver who is used to driving mountain roads, then you should definitely get a car with which it is relatively easy to go across the island and have a great, fun holiday.
Car rentals are all around the beach resorts and the capital city, so you just cannot miss them. In case you want to save money and you are sure of your plans, you can book a car online in advance, which is much cheaper and saves you lots of energy as well. Check out the cheap car hire deals of Holiday Autos with pick up and drop off at Palma Airport. Renting a bike is cheap and trendy. All holiday resorts have a couple of bike rentals open all week long.
When to visit: Main season is from May to September. If you arrive in October, it is still warm and you can have an extra cheap and much more peaceful holiday experience.
Why visit Majorca: This great island of the Balearic has it all what it takes to capture the soul, with its beautiful sandy beaches in the South, wild mountain ranges and pine forests in the North. With picturesque fishing villages and with its great hiking and water sport possibilities, Majorca is one of the best holiday destinations in the world.
Top Five Places to See In Majorca
• Palma Aquarium – Palma de Mallorca
One of the best Aquariums in Europe, Palma Aquarium, situated in Palma de Mallorca, represents the diversity and beauty of underwater life in the best possible form. The Palma Aquarium is not only a place where sea creatures are represented to the public but also a Marine Centre that works hard in order to find ways to protect sea creatures for the future. Palma Aquarium has several different sections, the biggest of which is the Big Blue, where guitar sharks, manta rays, barracudas swim together in 3.5 million litres of clean seawater.
The most popular program of Palma Aquarium is called “Dining with the Sharks”. It is a great program for couples and families.
Opening hours: From mid-May to mid-September, the Aquarium is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
For more information on entrance fees, visit the website of the Aquarium.
Address: 21/C Manuela de los Herreros
• Magaluf Beach Resort
Magaluf is the most popular, most beautiful lively beach resort of Majorca, famous for its white sandy beach, its great shopping streets and its nightlife. This town is always packed with tourists, several of which have fallen in love with Majorca so much, that they have decided to settle here. Therefore, you will see several British run pubs and hotels in Magaluf. The sea here is perfect for families and for diving. The water is crystal-clear.
• Puerto de Pollenca –Pollenca Bay
Being one of the most picturesque fishing villages of Majorca, Pollenca and its bay is a worldwide famous place that millions visit every year. This world famous city, bordered by two hills, is also the birthplace of the poet Miguel Costa i Lobera that makes it a centre of artists, especially painters who come here to re-gather their inspiration from the beautiful sea, flora and fauna of Majorca. Pollenca is also the place where the yachts of the rich and famous often arrive with stars and celebrities on-board to enjoy their Majorcan holiday. This town has some of the best and most popular fish restaurants in Majorca.
• Western Park
Western Park is the one of biggest Water Theme Park of Majorca. Situated in Magaluf’s Ctra Cala Figuera a Sa Porrasa, the Theme Park wears a Western style theme with a great web of blue lagoons, channels and lake-like swimming pools. Its extra attractions are the water currents that make the huge quantity of water move along like a river in its channels. This is the perfect place for families and water lovers. You can decide whether you want an active or relaxing times spend just with swimming in the water. The Western Park features sea lion shows and other sorts of driving shows in its area.
Opening hours: Western Park is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm in peak season and from 10 am to 5 pm in low season.
• Coves del Drach
Coves Del Drach is the most outstanding natural attraction of Majorca. This alone-standing cave features the biggest underwater sub-Mediterranean lake in the world – the Lake Martel – 177 metres long and 30 metres wide. There are daily shows, and light shows held on the lake for the visitors, and thanks to its acoustics, several concerts are being held here yearly. Visiting Coves del Drach is perfect during a very hot day, as its climate is stable being always around 20-25 degrees. Tickets cost 13.50 per person for which you can also attend a cave tour.
Tours are held every hour from 10am to 7 pm. From November to March, the cave is open from 10.45 hours to 15.30 hours with 4 hours a day.
Top 3 Beaches To Relax/Other Places:
C’an Picafort: Lying between the villages of C’an Picafort and Alcunia, this beach is the most beautiful in whole Majorca.
Magaluf Beach: The busiest holiday resort of Majorca, Magaluf is always packed with tourists. Perfect if you want to enjoy a real beach holiday.
Cala Ratjada Beach: Surrounded by cliffs and a pine tree forest, this is an amazing place for those wanting to enjoy the nature to the fullest.
Other places of attraction:
La Seu Cathedral- Palma de Mallorca
Serra de Tramuntata
Basilica de Saint Francesc
Castell de Bellver