The Spanish island of Majorca (also called Mallorca) is a highly popular slice of paradise. Located in the Mediterranean, you're sure to find glistening blue waters, sandy beaches and quaint mountain villages. You'll also find hospitable locals and incredible cuisine that is sure to enrapture you from the offset.
Planning a visit to Majorca this year? Unsure where to go? We've come up with a list of our favourite holiday destinations in Mallorca to help you out. Whether you're after a family-friendly trip or a romantic break with a partner, there are attractions to suit all preferences.
1. Palma de Mallorca
The capital city of the island has changed considerably over the years, mainly due to extensive renovation and city planning in the Old Town. Palma is more beautiful than ever and attracts many visitors each year.
Palma is highly regarded for its culture and diversity, offering visitors a mile-long strip of beach, a castle and a cathedral. Various galleries and museums have opened in recent years, including Palau March and Es Baluard, which all showcase unique exhibitions and classical music concerts.
The Palau de l'Almudaina is a must-see attraction that is officially the residence of the royal family in Spain. Open to the public when they are out of town, the cavernous building has a rich history, including a period as an Islamic Fort.
The narrow alleys of the Plaza Mayor are also filled with small shops and boutiques that offer the sophisticated labels of the fashion world. After a long day of exploration, you can then talk a walk along Palma's seafront, where you'll find a huge selection of restaurants serving fresh seafood and bars with live Spanish music.
An ancient town of charming narrow streets, Pollensa is another popular location in Mallorca. Widely known for its impressive main square, you'll find various bars, restaurants and cafes and even more shops. The Sunday morning market is where you'll find the best local gifts.
Pollensa is a haven for those seeking a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of the nearby resorts since the beaches aren't the main attraction. Instead, you can spend your time golfing at one of the nearby courses or wine tasting.
Additionally, you can climb the 365 steps of the town's Puig de Calvari. It's definitely worth the ascent as you're met with amazing views at the summit.
If you visit during the summer months, you may be able to attend the Pollensa Festival, a programme of music and cultural events. There's also an annual fiesta that sets to re-enact the battle waged between the locals and invading moors in 1550.
3. Puerto Pollensa
A delightful blend of both resort and port, Port de Pollensa is popular with holiday-goers thanks to its long sandy beaches and warm climate. Whether you prefer a hotel with a pool or a dip in the sea, the choice is yours here. There is also a marina with long rows of boats should you want to organise a trip for the day.
Puerto Pollensa is ideal for families due to the high numbers of tourists, friendly locals and calm waters. While not a year-round resort, it is still lively in the winter. The main square is a picturesque, cobbled plaza, surrounded by numerous bars and restaurants. The market here takes place on a Wednesday, where you'll find a great variety of food, clothes and crafts sold.
4. Cala d'Or
A small village in the south of Mallorca, Cala d'Or has blossomed into a popular holiday resort town. Here you'll find several sheltered beaches in protected coves, which are perfect for young children or those who are less proficient at swimming.
Lovers of the outdoors and nature are well catered for in Cala d'Or. El Parque Natural de Mondragó is a nature reserve located 6km east of the town and is home to many species of wildlife and birds. Along the coast, you'll find signposted walks, several sandy bays and calm shallow waters.
Additionally, there are bike tours available for all levels. Whether you're hoping to go for a leisurely cycle through the town or an off-the-beaten-track adventure trail, the options are endless.
Those with sufficient experience may want to attempt the excursion to the top of Sant Salvador, a hilltop monastery more than 500 metres above sea level. What to expect here: astounding panoramic views of mountains and the sea.
The most convenient way to reach Cala d'Or from the airport is to take a Majorca airport transfer. The journey takes around an hour, so it's best to pre-book the transfer to speed up your journey.
Nestled into the green Majorcan mountains is the idyllic village of Valldemossa. With car-free cobbled alleyways and a fascinating cultural heritage, the town is a pleasure to visit.
The town has an Arab history, followed by that of Franciscan monks. As a result, you can visit the Royal Carthusian Monastery, which includes a church, cloisters and an old pharmacy. Other than Palma's cathedral, it is probably the most-visited building in Majorca.
Valldemossa is a popular location for walkers due to the variety of hiking excursions available in the Tramunata mountain range. Puig des Teix is one of the most visited peaks in the mountains, which sees experienced hikers trek up to the 1064m summit. At the top, you'll find mesmerising views of mountain vistas.
You're still on an island, so expect some secluded beach visits and trips to the harbour area, Cala Sa Marina, where you can stop off at the cosy restaurant located here for a bite to eat.