Mallorca (Majorca) is the biggest island in Spain and is located in the Mediterranean sea approximately 170 kilometers east off Barcelona. Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago which also includes Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Mallorca has approximately 870,000 inhabitants where almost half of them live in the capital, Palma de Mallorca.
Mallorca is an extremely popular holiday destination and might be considered as the most popular tourist destination and the best holiday destination in Mediterranean. The majority of the tourists are from Britain and Germany, but also Americans and Scandinavians love Majorca. Annually, just over 10,0 millions tourists are visiting Majorca. In high season the island receives about 8 million tourists from around the world. Tourism is a major industry on the island and more than half of the population works in the tourist sector.
The main reason for Majorca’s extremely high popularity amongst tourists are the sunny beaches, amazing landscapes, wonderful mountains, affordable Mediterranean food, high-quality tourist amenities and off course warm weather.
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Things to do in Majorca
Shopping in Palma de Mallorca
The capital of Palma is definitely worth a visit. It is a busy and charming metropolis and offers a great mix of ancient and modern culture and architecture . A must see in Palma is the huge cathedral, the old centre of Palma and the marina which are home for very exclusive yachts. Palma offers everything you can imagine from cozy cafes, top-class restaurants amazing churches over culture, galleries, shopping and colorful cocktailbars. I can also recommend the city beach in Palma. In my opinion Palma de Mallorca has an unique mixture of beach, shopping and nightlife.
White sand beaches in Alcudia
Majorca is world-famous for its amazing sandy beaches. The most visited beach is by far the beach in Alcudia next to the town of Port de Alcudia which is the most popolur resort in Mallorca. Alcudia offers wide sand beches, shallow waters, nice resorts and comfortable apartments. The beaches here are really amazing and the water in the bay is shallow, clean and family friendly. Cozy beach bars are located along the shore. Alcudia is really ideal for family holiday. Activities as wind surfing and water skiing is very popular too. I can recommend visiting the old towns of Alcudia and Pollenca as well as the beautiful marinas in Port d’ Alcudia and Port de Pollenca. Alcudia is actually the oldest town in Majorca.
The west coast of Mallorca is dominated by the magnificent mountain range of Tramuntana (Serra de Tramuntana) which is considered to be one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean Region. The area offers amazing views, high mountain peaks, steep slopes, green canyons, deep forests as well as fragrant orange and olive trees.The Serra de Tramuntana region is intersected by the main road C710, which goes from Pollensa in the north to Andratx in the south. It is truly a beautiful trip which takes you through charming mountain villages e.g. Sóller, Valdemossa and the monasteries in Lluc and Fornalutx. I can also recommend visiting Puig Mayo which is the highest peak in Mallorca and Formentor the northern tip of Mallorca which is a stunning rocky nature area.
Nightlife in Megaluf
Together with the neighboring town of Palmanova, Megaluf offers the wildest nightlife on the island. Megaluf is a resort strecthing a long the water with bars, restaurants, discos, hotels and shops. During summer Megaluf is dominated by youngsters from mainly Britain who loves all the sports facilities in particular the water sport. In my opinium, Megaluf is more for young wild people more than families with kids.
Majorca is famous for its caves and, and Majorca is home for over 300 of them. Cuevas del Drach also called Dragon Caves is located near Porto Cristo on the east coast and is probably the most famous cave in Majorca. The Dragon Cave is magnificent in size and beauty. In addition, it includes one of the largest underground lakes in the world. Unfortunately, the most known of the caves are really overcrowded by tourists. Instead I will recommend visiting some of the smaller caves e.g. Cuevas de Campanet Here you more privately can enjoy the impressive view of the interior.
I will recommend to rent a car in Majorca. The infrastructure is really good and by car it is possible to discover the entire island. The prices are often very high along the coast and close to the resorts. The majorcan culture and life is in the small villages in the mountains and in the wine fields. I suggest to visit to Valdamossa, Carimari and Inca as well as the wine fields in the east. These places are not overcrowded and you can discover more authentic atmosphere.