Things to do and sights to see in Majorca, Spain
Even if you’ve not been to the Balearic Islands, you’ve likely heard of them. There’s a charm and a cache associated with these Mediterranean gems from the glitzy nightlife of Ibiza to the beachy draw of Majorca. With its plentiful sunshine and golden sands, Majorca (you’ll also see it spelled Mallorca) is the largest of the Balearic chain and a particularly popular destination for holidaymakers from around the world. But remember: if you’re planning a trip to this island in the Balearics, it’s not just about beaches. There’s a rich history and culture to take in, so make sure you add the following attractions to your vacation itinerary.
Explore the old and the new in Alcúdia
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1Located on the north coast of the island, Port d’Alcúdia boasts seemingly endless beaches and it’s the perfect place to splash about in the sea. Its shallow waters and clean sands make it one of the top coastal spots on the whole of the island, and you’ll find plenty of tourist amenities including bars and cafes, onshore.
Heading away from the busy tourist areas into the old town offers a completely different experience. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as you enter its atmospheric alleyways. Some parts of Alcúdia date back to the 13th century. If you’re there on Sundays or Tuesdays, look out for the bustling street market.
Marvel at the Castell de Belver
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2Another highlight on the island is the Castell de Belver. This striking piece of Gothic architecture was built for the king in the 14th century and it stands proudly on a hill three kilometres to the north-west of Palma de Mallorca. As well as marveling at the castle itself and enjoying spectacular views from its top, you can do some fact-finding in the museum.
Take a hike in the Serra de Tramuntana
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3If you fancy stretching your legs while on vacation, make your way to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. This area in the northwest of the island is ideal for hiking if you want to add some sightseeing and exercise to your itinerary. Exploring this beautiful terrain, you’ll soon see why it has been listed a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ten of its peaks are above 1,000 meters, with the highest being the Puig Major and the Puig Massanella. Listen out for the jingle of the bells worn by mountain goats and keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful flowers and plants.
Get close to nature in the Mondragó Natural Park
4If nature is your thing, another top attraction is the Mondragó Natural Park. Situated in the southeast of the island, it’s a great spot for some birdwatching. More than 70 species of these feathered creatures can be spotted in the reserve. You’ll also find beaches of beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters.
With its array of highlights beyond its famous beaches, Majorca is the perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday. As you’ll discover, there’s much more to this island than crowded beaches and bars.
Tell us: have you been to Majorca? What hot spots are on your list of must-sees on this famously gorgeous Spanish isle? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
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