Majorca is a beautiful Balearic island off Spain’s east coast. It is a destination for many travellers who love the Mediterranean Sea, warmer climate, fine food, golden beaches, gorgeous countryside and an intriguing history and culture. It is without a doubt a place with many secrets to explore and discover.
With this in mind, this post reveals tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the island together with places to go.
Transport – The Basics
Majorca is well served by buses, taxis and rent car firms. Busses go to almost the whole island but tend to be a tad on the slow side. They stop everywhere so a journey that takes 30 minutes by cab or hire car tends to take over an hour. They tend to stop running after 10 pm so this can limit you excursions.
Taxis are plentiful and there are plenty of respectable companies on the island. They can take you from the airport to your hotel and vice versa as well as taking you to Magaluf in the south to Acludia in the North. This can be an expensive option, however, as you’ll need a minimum of two per day unless your Majorca visit is going to be spent in a resort or hotel.
If you’re planning to see as much as you can then you’ll be pleased to know that Majorca rent a car services are of a high standard. You can pick one up at the airport when you arrive and then the island is your oyster. In many ways, this is the best of all worlds.
If you are planning to hire a car most use ROIG in the first instance as they are reliable, reputable and offer good deals.
Exploring Majorca’s Culture and History
Now the transport is organised it is time to start getting around Majorca and taking it in.
The island is Spanish and as expected this is the dominant culture. Remnants of its Roman and Arabic past, however, can be seen in the old towns. The old town from Alcudia shows the remains of Roman walls for example and the narrow streets are equally at home in Marrakesh as they are in Majorca.
This fusion of history and culture gives Majorca a culture of her own. If you have been to the Spanish mainland then you can’t help notice the subtle differences in culture on the island. It is intriguing as well as a beautiful place to visit.
The Tramuntana Mountain Range
The Tramuntana Mountain Range spans Majorca’s north coast and is a protected UNESCO site. The main road through the mountains is the MA-10 and from here many of the towns and villages that are located off from the mountains or indeed embedded on the slopes become accessible.
Thanks to the know-how of the Moors and later the Spanish irrigation systems have allowed olive and orange trees to flourish on the slopes of the mountains. It is a beautiful sight to behold. As you encounter villages on the mountain range you will find fine places to dine and take coffee, as well as plenty of places to pick up a souvenir.
One place you may want to visit is the village of Sa Calobra. To reach it you descend 26 hairpins of Coll dels Reis. The village has a pebble and sand beach and is, on the whole, offers a quirky experience.
Puig Major is the highest reachable point on Majorca. As well as breathtaking views and crisp, clear, clean air you can also take one of the best selfies ever. The sun often shines in Majorca and the sky is often blue. Make sure you have a camera or your phone ready when you take in Puig Major.
Majorca has vibrant nightlife ranging from clubs where you can party until the sun comes up. Bars never seem to close and there is no shortage of live music venues. Great restaurants are plentiful on the island. Both traditional Spanish food and western cuisine is available.
Cap Formentor, or the ‘Meeting place of the winds,’ as locals call it, is a must visit in the north. Once there you can see spectacular views of the ocean and the northern peninsula of the island.
The Cap Formentor Lighthouse is a famous landmark on the island. Again, it is a must place to take photos.
Majorca is an island you should visit at least once. It makes for a great adventure or place to relax and escape the grind.