Workation is a shortened term for working vacation. It’s a mix of business and pleasure, allowing people to go on vacation without abandoning their work responsibilities. One of the best places to enjoy a workation is Majorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. It’s an ideal destination for those who love to spend most of their time at the beach while experiencing authentic Spanish culture. Here are some of the best things to do in Majorca on workation.
See the Towns at the Weekend
The best way to spend your weekend is to visit the picturesque towns of Majorca, especially its capital, Palma de Mallorca. It’s a vibrant medieval town offering plenty of things to see and do. Palma has long been a port town popular with tourists as its home to some historical sites, including the Gothic Cathedral of Majorca.
From Palma, ride the vintage train to another beautiful town, Soller. The train has been travelling through Serra de Tramuntana since 1912, transporting locals and day-trippers. While in Soller, stroll through its lovely streets and into its main square, the Plaza de la Constitucion, home to lovely cafés and bars. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor cafes, order a cup of coffee and soak up the relaxing atmosphere of this charming town.
Fornalutx is another beautiful town worth exploring in Majorca. Set against the backdrop of the island’s majestic mountains, Fornalutx is undoubtedly one of Spain’s prettiest towns. It is famous for its scenic hiking trails, making it a popular place to visit for avid hikers.
Enjoy Spanish Cuisine in the Evening
Majorca’s food scene is thriving, with tons of restaurants across the island serving delectable Spanish cuisines and dishes from around the world. Thus, the best way to spend your evening is to feast at Majorca’s best eateries – from traditional tapa bars to Michelin-starred restaurants.
For traditional Mallorquin cuisines, make your way to Es Verger, a fantastic restaurant serving delectable local specialities such as roast lamb cooked in beer in a wood-fired oven. The restaurant’s location is somewhat remote, but it’s definitely worth all the effort. To get here, you need to drive up a steep and narrow road or hike from the town of Alaro. Es Guix is another restaurant famous for serving traditional Mallorquin food. Tucked in the Tramuntana mountains and housed in an old hunting lodge, the restaurant’s magical setting makes for an even more exciting dining experience. Come here during Sundays and order the tastiest suckling pig.
In Palma’s bustling neighbourhood of La Lonja, you’ll find a tapa bar called La Taberna de la Bóveda, adjacent to the marina. This popular restaurant features a more traditional dining interior and a tiled bar serving refreshing cocktails and local wine that goes well with grilled fish or meat.
Visit the Local Sights After Work
Since you are on a workation, you’ll most likely spend your days working while in Majorca. But when work is over, the best way to relax is to visit the local sights. While the island is famous for its beaches, it also has plenty of great attractions worth visiting after work. When staying in one of the holiday lettings in Majorca, its nice to get out and about, because although you’re working it is still nice to see your surroundings once you have finished.
When sightseeing in Majorca, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina should be on top of your list of places to see. It’s located right across from the Gothic Cathedral of Palma, so it’s a great stop when going around Palma. Another attraction you should visit is the Joan Miro Museum, which showcases the masterpieces of surrealist artist Joan Miro who married Mallorcan Pilar Juncosa in 1929. Perched on a hill overlooking beautiful gardens and the vast ocean, the museum houses thousands of art pieces, including sculptures and paintings.
Castell de Bellver is another attraction worth seeing in Majorca, built around 1300. The massive castle sits on the edge of Palma and used to be a royal residence before being converted into a military prison during the 18th Century.
Take a Stroll in the Morning
The best way to start your day while on workation in Majorca is to go for a lovely stroll. Depending on where you base yourself on the island, you will find short hiking trails taking you to some of the most stunning areas in Majorca. Some go camping on the coast, where you can enjoy a quick swim before starting work.
If you want to stroll through a park, head to the Garden of the Royal Palace. It’s right in the historic centre of Palma, close to the cathedral. The park’s stunning gardens were originally part of the Almudaina Palace. Nowadays, the gardens are part of public green space with beautiful fountains and lush greenery – a truly relaxing place to stroll.
During your morning stroll to Palma, stop at the Santa Catalina Market, the city’s oldest food market. Wander around the market, and you’ll find artisan food producers selling everything, from meat and seafood to veggies, flowers, fruits, and pastries! You can also have breakfast at one of the little cafes within the market.
Mix with the Locals
One of the most meaningful ways to enjoy your workation trip to Majorca is to meet locals and mingle with them. There are several ways to interact with the locals and get a true sense of the Mallorcan culture. One of these is to visit bars and restaurants where locals usually hang out.
Head to S’estret, a tiny restaurant a bit off the beaten path, as it’s hidden in a little street in Valldemossa. Yet, it’s usually packed with locals here to feast on the restaurant’s extensive menu of excellent Mallorcan staples and well-presented tapas. From ceviche to pies and melted provolone cheese – S’estret is a great place to get a taste of the local specialities paired with a glass of sangria or coffee.
Another way to meet locals and learn about the local culture is to head to the market, where locals flock for their daily shopping. Some of Majorca’s best markets are Palma’s Santa Catalina Market and Olivar Market. Visiting these busy markets is a great way to mingle with local vendors and shoppers while taking a peek into their daily life.
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