Holiday Guide for Majorca
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BEACHES AND RESORTS:
Playa de Palma is a 6km stretch of sandy beach lined with
bars and restaurants located near to
West of Palma you can find a few pleasant smaller beaches such as Cala Mayor and Illetes. Down the coast you come to the huge resorts of Palma Nova and Magaluf, both with excellent sandy beaches. Both are highly developed resorts packed with clubs, bars and restaurants and the tourists arrive in droves attracted by cheap package deals. If you’re looking for something Spanish, you won’t find it here, but if you’re after chips and a beer you’re in dreamland!
Magaluf is famous for its nightlife (though it’s
perhaps not to everyone’s taste!) and attracts a young crowd. Whether the nightlife
excites or appals you, it can’t be denied that the resort attracts some of
The beaches at both resorts are well maintained, great for swimming and boast all the facilities you need, including a whole range of water sports.
Other good beaches on the coast west of the capital are Santa Ponca, Camp de Mar and Sant Elm.
SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES:
Motor and sailing yachts of various size and luxury can be chartered for the day, a week, or longer. Palma is a thriving hub for the Mediterranean yacht crowd, and is host to sailing races every year as well as being visited by some of the world’s finest luxury motor yachts.
You can find places to hire jet-skis, water skis, windsurfs and more at all the major beaches. If you’re not after an adrenalin boost, then pedalos are widely available also.
The sheltered coves of the south and east coast are especially good for scuba diving and snorkelling.
There are lots of other activities on the island as well. Hiking is popular, especially in spring and early summer when the weather is perfect. There are beautiful coastal walks, easy strolls through the quiet villages, or more demanding hikes in the Tramuntana mountain range.
Another way to explore the island, away from the large tourist resorts, is to rent a bike or scooter or car and get out on the road.
Golf is played year round, with players enjoying the great weather and excellent courses – there are nineteen in total, most of which are 18 hole courses. The island is host to the Balearic Open.
also boasts a Primera Division football club, RCD Mallorca, who play at the ONO Estadi
HISTORY AND CULTURE:
looking to explore Majorca’s rich history
and culture, the first stop is the island’s capital,
Another impressive sight is the Royal Palace (Palau de l’Almudaina), and visitors should pay a visit to the old Gran Hotel, Majorca’s first luxury hotel and now home to a museum of modern art, Fundacio la Caixa. More stunning architecture is to be found at the huge sandstone Basilica de Sant Francesc, built in the 13th century.
WATER AND AMUSEMENT PARKS:
find two water parks in Magaluf –
Another popular outing for families is to Marineland, near Calvia which features excellent dolphin shows, as well as sea lion and parrot shows.a
In the Auto Safari Zoo, outside Sa Coma, you’ll find monkeys, giraffes, zebra, elephants, lions, tigers and many others. You can drive the 4km circuit yourself or take the mini train.
Another idea is the Golf Fantasia Theme Park at Palma Nova, which features three different 18 hole mini golf courses.
Fiestas are just as important in Majorca as they are
in the rest of
Perhaps the biggest is the Carnival in February, in which all the towns and villages turn into a riot of sound and colour.
There are religious celebrations around Easter and Christmas also. May sees an interesting festival, where locals dress up to re-enact a famous victory over Turkish pirates in 1561.For bonfires and fireworks look out for St Antoni’s day, a traditional celebration every January, and