The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is synonymous with the beach scene, making it one of Britain’s favourite holiday resorts. Whether you’re heading here for a family holiday or to party the entire night, there are plenty of activities for everyone. I have therefore tried to write this post while thinking of everyone of all different walks of life, so you can find the right thing for you. If you can however think of an extra suggestion that I’ve left off, please do leave it in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
1) Relax on the beach
This one was obvious, so I might as well get it out of the way! There are more beaches than you can throw a cat at, from Nassau beach club to Ca’n Pere Antoni. The latter is great if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, while each beach will offer something unique, from the party life to scuba diving lessons. But if you want to know the most sought after and loved beach, then look no further than S’Amarador. Also, I booked a villa with a few mates through Book Majorca, who seemed well priced.
2) Check Out Alcudia’s Old Town
Deeply rich in historic monuments, Alcudia boasts one of the most scenic towns you will find in Spain. Get some photos of Roman Pellentia remains, the theatre and the city walls. You should also try to time your visit so you can explore the market, which is open 8:30am – 1:30pm on Tuesday’s and Sunday’s.
3) Embrace Your Fear Of Heights At Jungleparc
Something I try to overcome on every holiday, the moment I’m looking down, vertigo kicks in. But if you can handle the pressure, then this has to be up there as the most enjoyable adventure based activity. You can zip wire, climb through the bridges and ropes and you will get to feel like a monkey. This is also a good option if you’re on a family holiday, while there are a couple of beaches close-by.
4) The Studio Of Joan Miro
Only a bus journey away from the centre of Palma, you can scrummage through the brilliant artistry of Joan Miro, a sculptor and painter. While this is technically a gallery, it has been left just as he had left it, so paint on the walls and paintings not stuck up, which gives it a more natural feel and makes you feel like you are exploring his workplace rather than walking around a museum. You can also grab a cup of coffee at a nearby café or have a picnic in the gardens surrounding the building.
5) Climbing Rocks
One of the most synonymous images with Majorca are the rocks coming out of the sea, offering the beach resorts a picturesque view. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going at them alone, as this can be dangerous (not that this would stop me), you can book rock climbing tours. As your first stop off, I’d recommend starting with the arch in Es Pontas, where you can climb right to the top, perfect for a holiday photo (or even better if you have a GoPro).
6) Visit A Winery
Ever since I visited Argentina, I have falled in love with wineries. Exploring the vineyards and trying the wine right where it was produced has a much more magic feeling compared to popping into Tesco for ‘your cheapest bottle’. I didn’t know this before I visited, however Mallorca is home to some brilliant wineries, which are open to the public. The first one to try would be Jose L. Ferrer, however from here I would follow tips from the locals and attempt to tick them all off. Vins Nadal definitely should be on your ticklist.
7) Catamaran Cruise
These can be booked as either a half or full day cruise trip, offering you great views of the picturesque beaches, as well as providing you with a barbecue lunch. The guides will stop in areas where you are more likely to see fish, therefore making it a great choice for snorkel lovers. Also, if you’re like me, you can grab a beer and make friends with other people on holiday, a great activity to chat to others.
There are quite a few to choose from, such as Drach, which attracts a large audience pool each year. This will consume a hefty chunk of your day, so don’t underestimate and bring some snacks along with you. It took me a good 6 hours, however I also visited the pearl factory as part of my trip. If you have a guide then they can explain the history of the area and how the caves were formed over time.
You can’t come all the way to Majorca and not drink, that would be criminal. Despite the area being known as a party hub, you can also see other sides, such as the live jazz that regularly plays at the Jazz Voyeur Club to the cocktail and sunshine at Carrer Rosa.
10) Castell De Bellver
A gothic style castle located just to the west of Palma De Mallorca, it was erected (giggidy) in the 14th century. If it doesn’t look like your average castle, it is because it is a perfect example of the rarely sighted circular castles that were built throughout Europe in this period.
This is a great activity for families, however it’s also something you should tick off, even if you do it just to say you ‘did the cultural stuff’. The views of Palma are brilliant from here, as the castle is atop a hill.