Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic islands, located just off the south east coast of Spain. It offers a heady mix of beautiful scenery, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Its history dates back to 123BC and its architecture is an enticing blend of Roman, Moorish and European. But what really defines Mallorca is its weather – long sunny days that make for a relaxed way of life where there really is no rush.
Whilst the island’s scenery and climate alone make Mallorca worth a visit, it has many attractions for those looking for a more active break. Take the old electric train through the mountains to Soller or a day boat along the coast to enjoy one of the many coves not accessible by road. Explore the rugged Serra de Tramunata or visit the monastery at Valldemosa where Chopin spent the winter of 1838. The island is also famous for its golf, and there are now 11 courses to be played, including the Dorint Royal that also includes a fabulous spa.
The famous port of Andratx is a great early morning spot to watch the fisherman land their overnight catch, whilst at night the town is transformed into busting markets and restaurants. Wander through the old streets in the early evening and enjoy dinner on the quay, watching the sun set over the bay. Alternatively head to Mallorca’s capital city Palma, and visit the cathedral of La Seu, built over 400 years from 1229. Its old cobbled streets hide a range of excellent restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Mallorca’s excellent road network makes getting round the island a dream, yet it is easy to lose yourself in yesteryear only a few hundred metres off the beaten track. The island’s culture is naturally welcoming which makes Mallorca a wonderfully relaxed destination to visit.
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