The biggest of the Balearic Islands combines the best bits from the other three to make the perfect location for a sun-filled holiday that isn’t a world away. Majorca holidays offer everything you could possibly want from your vacation; great beaches, fantastic weather, unique culture and a buzzing nightlife.
Every year the population of Majorca inflates to more than 12 times its usual size, as tourists from all over the world visit to soak up its famous rays. With beautiful coastline stretching for miles along the island’s East Coast and almost year-round sunshine that isn’t what the majority of us would describe as “too” hot, there’s little wonder why cheap Majorca holidays are so appealing to Brits.
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In the South of Majorca away from the main tourist destinations of the North and East coasts is Palma (formerly Palma de Mallorca), the island’s capital city. With a population of over half a million the urban area of Palma is one of the biggest in Spain and accounts for over half of the population of Majorca. It’s unsurprising to learn then that Palma has many sights for tourists to explore. The Old City is composed of mazy streets and Florentine-style buildings, while the city’s Catalan Gothic cathedral – referred to as La Seu – is an impressive landmark from the 17th Century whose restoration project was once led by the enigmatic genius Antoni Gaudí.
Majorca holidays offer an array of activities that appeal to all sorts of people, though at heart remains very much a family oriented destination. One of the most popular pastimes for Majorcan holidaymakers with the kids in tow is the dinner show. There are several throughout the island including Come Fly with Me and the highly rated Pirates in Magaluf which is approaching its 30th year. If that isn’t testament to the quality and appeal of Majorca’s dinner shows, then I don’t know what is!
Illa de Cabrera
“An unspoilt haven of beaches and coves on cheap Majorca holidays?! Never.” I hear you cry. Well there is; Illa de Cabrera is a small island just off the Majorca’s South East coast and the largest of an archipelago comprised of 19 islands. You won’t be the first tourist to visit the idyllic island (that would be the Romans) but with the only remains of any previous travellers being a 14th Century castle, you’ll enjoy a serene feeling when visiting this designated National Park. With an unspoilt seabed and plenty of verdant scenery, Illa de Cabrera offers some of the most beautiful scenery the Mediterranean has to offer.
House of Katmandu
Magaluf’s House of Katmandu is a far-Eastern styled mansion with a difference; namely that it’s upside down! The house is far more than just a sight however and upon entry you’ll find a variety of attractions including a 4D cinema, mirror maze, water piano and many more special effects, illusions and robotics. The House of Katmandu is a self-guided interactive attraction for all ages that really does have to be seen to be believed.
Aqualand El Arenal
Majorca’s most popular water park Aqualand El Arenal offers a great alternative family attraction to lounging on the beach and at poolside, as well as offering it! Kids of all ages – and that really does mean all ages – will love the park and its myriad of slides, rides and pools. Younger children are catered for with numerous smaller slides and shallow pools, while the thrill seekers can go on sheer drop slides before letting the adrenalin wear off in the lazy river.
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Why go on holiday to Majorca?
Most people go for sun, sea and sand – which are in good supply. The sunsets of Palma and the spectacular mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana make this, the largest of the Balearic Islands, well worth a visit.Majorca: Palma Cathedral
How much does it cost?
There are some real bargains but average costs for two weeks in June vary from £400 – £600 per person half-board, including return flights. A week’s self catering accommodation in June is from £270. Flights start at around £130 return.
When should I go?
May-June and September-October are best, to avoid the crowds and higher prices of July and August. Visit in spring for the flowers in the mountainous north-west.
In summer temperatures average 70-88F (23-30C) and in winter they drop to 43-58F (6-15C).
What should I do when I’m there?
Most people expect Palma to be a concrete jungle, but are pleasantly surprised. The old quarter is an attractive blend of tree-lined boulevards and cobbled lanes, Gothic churches and baroque palaces, designer bars and slick boutiques.
The Cathedral Palau de l’Almudaina, the Museu de Mallorca, the interesting Museu Diocesa, the Arab baths and the Fundacio Joan Miro – which has a good selection of Miro’s art – are all worth visiting.
What is else is there to see?
Deia is probably the most famous village on Majorca, a cluster of stone buildings cowering beneath soaring mountains and surrounded by steep hillsides terraced with vegetable gardens, vines and fruit orchards.
It is now home to writers, actors and musicians. The English poet Robert Graves lived here until his death in 1985. A trip inland by train to Soller allows a glimpse of the traditional Majorcan way of life.
Inca holds a popular market each Thursday and has numerous factory outlets selling locally-produced leather goods, while industrial town Manacor has a thriving manufactured pearl industry.
Felanix is well-known for its ceramics showrooms and factories. Frederic Chopin and George Sand spent some time at the Cartuja de Valldemossa, a beautiful monastery that still houses Chopin’s piano.