Despite the balmy last few weeks we’ve been enjoying, summertime sees many Brummies seeking sunshine further afield.
Majorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, counts everyone from Spanish royals to Jennifer Aniston as regular visitors, alongside annual doses of British tourists. Take one look at its pristine sands and azure coastlines and you’ll see exactly why. Majorca’s charm is known far beyond the Med, here’s some of its best points…
Serra de Tramuntana
Flying over Majorca, it’s easy to fall head over heels for the beaches which adorn its shores. Its charms don’t end there, with luscious mountains stretching far back inland. Serra de Tramuntana’s cultured landscapes comprise dusty fields, water mills, dry stone buildings and farmland. This might first seem like a far cry from the bustling resorts a short drive away, but a visit here gifts holidaymakers with an insight into more traditional Spanish ways of life.
These mountains span across the north of the island, starting near the party town of Magaluf and ending by the Port de Pollenca. Grab a slice of history in the monasteries of Santuari de Lluc and stroll around gardens dating back to the 13th century. After a few hours here, kick back in your rental villa for an evening replenishing following the days adventures.
They say Majorca is best viewed by sea, and quite often, they’re right. This is the case with Puerto Pollensa, although its equally stunning when exploring by land. Sunset boat trips run from the harbour, taking tourists out into the bay and to some of the island’s most beguiling coves. Feeling parched? Put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine or prosecco, or if you’d rather do more then go snorkelling using the boat’s on-board equipment.
The region is made for discovering, and you landlubbers can do so by cycling. Hire companies deliver bikes direct to your door, or you can book in on a guided tour of the surrounding hills and trails. Following this, you’ll naturally be feeling a little peckish. Spanish cuisine is the envy of the world, and Majorca flies the flag for many of its fish orientated dishes. Take your pick from seaside tapas restaurants, or head to Church Square and soak up music, fine wines and tasty dishes.
You can’t visit Majorca without at least one day lazing about on a beach. After all, we Brummies are landlocked and need only the slightest excuse to load up on suncream and dive into the waves. Aucanada’s beaches offer a more secluded day out, away from the island’s buzzing resorts and busier sands. The water here is known for its purity, whilst views onto the Bay of Alcudia are exquisite.
Good news for all you golfers – this is close to the renowned Club de Golf Alcanada. It’s a relatively new course (it opened in 2003), but its earned quite the reputation since then. Once you’ve tackled the 18 holes, retreat to the restaurant for a mixture of Spanish and international foods.
Further south, Cala D’or’s resorts are perfect for adventure seekers and beach lovers alike. The rocks of Es Pontas make for a dramatic sight, jutting seaward and arching above the water. They’re a popular spot for climbers, although we wouldn’t advise tackling them unless you’ve had the relevant training and are supervised. Besides, merely watching the waves crash against this natural phenomenon is fun in itself.
As already established, Majorca’s beaches are to die for, so make the time to squeeze in one more. Cala Sa Nau’s bay is surrounded by verdant shrubbery, and is made up of turquoise waters begging you to dive into them. This beach is rated by locals and tourists alike, with a selection of bars and cafes for whenever you’re in need of refreshing – or just a cheeky drink! Pedal boats are also available to hire, giving you a chance to explore the waters at your own leisure.
All sound good so far? With warm temperatures year-round – although parts of the UK have recently been known to top them in the colder months - Majorca’s an island whose attractions turn twofold the second you’ve landed. Get ready to replace Aston Hall with Aucanada’s beaches and indulge in one of Spain’s most prized holiday destinations.