As the largest of the Balearic Islands, purchase Majorca is a real hit with holidaymakers from all over Europe. Most of them flock straight to the lively resorts offering great beaches and nightlife, and with its golden sands, rugged coastline and crystal clear waters, who can blame them?
But Majorca offers so much more than sunbathing opportunities and places to unwind, and there’s plenty of opportunity to escape the tourists and really make the most of this beautiful isle. Head off the beaten track and discover the island like a local with our guide to some of Majorca’s less touristy attractions.
With plenty of scenic routes dotted around the island, and a warm and pleasant climate, many locals choose cycling as their main method of transport. Cycling is a great option if you want to reach some of the places less known to tourists, and it’s also a cheap and easy way to get some exercise if you’ve overindulged on tapas and sangria. Just be sure to pack plenty of water and sun cream!
Sample Some Majorcan Food
There are plenty of restaurants dotted around the island, but to really live like a local sample some of the delicious traditional food on offer. Influenced by the cuisine of mainland Spain, local specialities include trampos (vegetable pizza slices), a variety of tapas dishes and fideua – a local paella made with noodles instead of rice. Find a restaurant overlooking a marina or harbour for the best views.
Enjoy a Train Ride
A major part of your holiday is being able to sit back and relax as someone else does the driving for you, and there’s no better way to do this than by catching the Tren de Sóller from the island’s capital, Palma. This popular route will eventually take you to the picturesque town of Sóller, but not before you’ve enjoyed the glorious views of the stunning Majorcan countryside. The wooden coaches and big windows of the train means you can enjoy some pretty spectacular views.
Once you’ve arrived in Sóller, hop on the tram to the coastal town of Puerto Sóller where you can explore the shops, tuck in to some local food at a restaurant and enjoy the golden sands of the beach away from all the tourists.
Explore a Nature Reserve
As well as glorious sands and inviting sea waters, the island is also home to a variety of nature reserves which will delight any nature enthusiast. One of these is the Dragonera Nature Reserve located on an island just off the south west of Majorca. Home to a number of plants and birds, the reserve is obviously a protected area but there are four walks on offer around the island covering a range of difficulties and lengths. No matter how intense you want you walk to be, there are plenty of chances to discover this beautiful part of the world.
Other reserves well worth a visit include S’Albufereta, Mondragó, Albufera, Cabrera and Llevant Peninsula which all give you to opportunity to discover Majorca’s beautiful natural scenery away from the crowds.