My first holiday in Majorca was almost 15 years ago. I was a student with a cheap flight token deal from The Mirror. I loved the island instantly and have always recommended to people to book a holiday in Majorca. This year I encouraged my Mum and two of her friends to go, and then hijacked their travel plans, along with my sister.
3 THINGS YOU REALLY CANNOT MISS:
CALA FIGUERA | with just 3 nights to enjoy our holiday in Majorca, I’m really glad we hired a car at the airport. The short time meant we still only stayed in the very north of the island. Yet there’s still so much to see. The beautiful cove of Cala Figuera – a steep walk down from the car park – is totally worth it.
CALA MOLINS | for much easier access to aquamarine water, drive or catch a bus to the popular town of Cala Vicenc. It has three beaches of which Cala Molins is my favourite. Pick a spot straight off the rocks, or linger with the crowds along the short sandy beach.
PINE WALK | this gorgeous walk starts from the heart of Port de Pollenca and heads north west to a military base. The beach restaurants and shops make way for stunning villas and beautiful flora. Watch the sun set from this perfect spot.
3 THINGS WORTH A SNOOP:
CAP DE FORMENTOR | a wee confession, we didn’t quite make it to the very tip of this promontory. Sis – the driver – was too scared. It is a pretty hairy road and not for the faint hearted. The views are stunning though and the drive grants access to beaches like Cala Figuera (above) and Cala Formentor (which we didn’t see). You can also stop much earlier on at the scenic viewpoint of Mirador Es Colomer. This also gives a taste of Majorca’s dramatic volcanic formation.
PORT DE POLLENCA | is one Majorca’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why. There’s a clean, narrow beach that runs along the entirety of the front promenade. This is lined with lovely restaurants, some of which jut out into the sea or stay cool under the shade of pine trees. I pop it here only because I preferred the swimming at Cala Vicenc and found it a little (nice) Brits Abroad.
PALMA | is a beautiful capital city, that I spent more time in during my first holiday in Majorca. Hence here I can’t leave any recent tips other than to recommend a night or two here if possible. The old town is charming, plus there are beaches, the port and the famous Cathedral to explore as a minimum. This pic is just the view from Mum’s hotel on the last night – great pool too!
3 THINGS TO STEER CLEAR:
MAGALUF | Cyprus has Ayia Napa; Ibiza has San Antonio; Corfu has Kavos; Crete has Malia. It’s pretty unfair that these beautiful islands – including Majorca – get tarnished with a trashy reputation, purely due to individual resorts, like Majorca’s Magaluf. OK, OK so I haven’t been. Maybe it’s fun. I doubt it.
JUAN’S | as my Mum will never cease to say, “But you can’t beat that view…..” This is indeed true. Our beachside accommodation at Port de Pollenca was good value for the location and price. Thankfully it was far nicer to be outside or enjoy the huge balcony. You certainly didn’t want to look too closely at the state of the mattresses or the sweat-stained furniture. Peer closely at any Airbnb pics before hitting ‘book’!
FOOD | this is likely an observation of Port de Pollenca – being a major tourist spot – than Majorca as a whole. However, I found the food a bit hit-and-miss and more expensive than mainland Spain. As a rule, I’d say go for seafood rather than tapas: Majorcan tapas seem to just imitate traditional dishes with limited success.
1 THING I WISH I HAD DONE:
SOLLER | is a stop I made on my first holiday to Majorca. Soller is a lovely town on the north coast, renowned for its link to artists Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso. it’s also very close to the small coastal village of Deia. One of the best things about this part of the island is you can catch the gorgeous 1912 train. Pretty much all other destinations rely on public buses or hiring a car.
AND KNOW THIS: Beaches in Majorca are some of the most visited in the world. Over 500,000 tourists visit Es Trenc beach annually. These tourists are so vast in numbers that they carry away as much as twenty-five tonnes of sand.