Like its sister island, Ibiza, Majorca has a reputation as a party capital, with hundreds and bars and nightclubs jostling for English and German tourists. Yet, behind the busy strips, Majorca is a beautiful Balearic island with much to offer in terms of stunning natural scenery.
When to go
Close to either side of the summer season is the best time to travel to Majorca. You’ll avoid the noisy crowds while taking advantage of the beautiful weather.
Where to go
Enjoy a bracing hike through the Serra de Tremuntana. Climb to the ramparts of Bellver Castle and learn about the turbulent history of the island. Explore the Spanish Royal Family’s summer residence, the moorish palace of La Almudaina. Admire the Gothic cathedral of La Seu. Go boutique shopping in the winding streets of Palma. Dance into the night at a small neighbourhood bar. Or, simply relax on the golden sands of the island and catch some sun.
Food & Drink
Balearic cuisine is good for the heart, low in fat and high in olive oil. Prepare to eat a lot of legumes and fresh vegetables, complimented with lamb and seafood. Palo, Frigola and Hierbas are the local spirits, infused with local herbs, but beware - they are rather potent! Es Molí d’en Bou (Protur Sa Coma Hotel, Calle Liles) offers Majorcan favourites in swish contemporary surroundings, while Es Guix (Urbanización Es Guix, Escorca) prides itself on much the same, complimented by the stunning mountain scenery and dining terraces.
Away from the main party strips, there are plenty of places for the discerning traveller to relax and unwind. The Jazz Voyeur Club (Carrer d’Apuntadors 5, Palma) offers a place to catch live bands and cool jazz in a laneway, away the thumping bass.Opio Bar (Calle Montenegro 12, Palma) at the Puro Hotel is a cool lounge bar with great cocktails - one of the island’s hippest spots.
Where to stay
The Cases de Son Barbassa is our pick for Majorca. It is a contemporary boutique hotel, set in rolling hills with excellent facilities. We highly recommend the hotel’s rustic terrace dining with lovely views. The hotel also has the benefit of excellent access to some of the island’s premier attractions. The Forn Nou is a delightful little boutique hotel with only six rooms, although it does not skimp on service. Boasting a fantastic restaurant and a beautiful location, this hotel has been in the same family for four generations. Finally, Gran Hotel Son Net is one of the world’s best hotels, with a luxurious spa, superb restaurant and delightful grounds through which to wander.
How to get there
British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair all fly direct to Palma.