Mallorca Holidays | A Guide to Mallorca Holidays
Mallorca offers something for everyone – from beaches to mountains to bucolic inland valleys, with accommodations that range from high-rise resort hotels to self-catering villas.
Palma de Mallorca, the capital, is an attractive city of 320,000 with a splendid Gothic cathedral and a maze like old town.
Don’t miss the harbour, where you’re likely to see yachts, cruise ships, and the ferries that connect Mallorca to her sister islands and the mainland.
Heading east along the Bay toward S’Arenal, you’ll encounter the Platja de Palma, a beach that extends for 3½ miles with a backdrop of hotels, restaurants, and night-clubs that cater to package holiday visitors.
A more appealing trip is the drive via Andratx to the north-west coast, past the terraced fields of Estellencs and Banyalbufar to scenic Valldemossa.
A few miles along the road lies Deià, long-time home of the novelist and poet Robert Graves.
Continue up the coast to Sóller and its harbour resort, the Port de Sóller.
This is one of the prettiest regions of Mallorca, with scenery that includes mountains, orange groves, and an attractive bay.
The far northern reaches of the island are dominated by Pollença, an ancient market town long favoured by English visitors.
Pay your respects to the British expat colony in the nearby Port de Pollença, then continue on to the Badia d’Alcúdia, a vast horseshoe bay whose best-known resort, the Port d’Alúdia, has become a Mecca for mass tourism in recent years.
The eastern part of the island is mostly agricultural, with modern resorts dotting the coast.
The German tourist enclave of Cala Ratjada is worth a visit for the Artà caves, and the Coves del Drach (“Dragon’s Caves”) near Porto Cristo offer the kitschy spectacle of musicians performing in boats on Europe’s largest subterranean lake.
Perhaps the most rewarding attraction in south-eastern Mallorca is the boat trip to Cabrera, a tiny island with a 14th Century fortress and abundant wildlife.
If you have time, allow a day or two to explore Mallorca’s inland plain, where a number of old manor houses have been converted into luxury hotels and B&Bs in recent years.
Olive trees, almond groves, and vineyards offer a pleasant break from the resort circuit – especially during February when the almond trees are in bloom.
Finally, if you enjoy mysteries, the 23 Inspector Alvarez novels by British expatriate Roderic Jeffries offer a great way to become acquainted with Mallorca before your trip – or to jog memories of the island on a cold winter’s day back home.
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