flock to lie beneath warm, calming rays, to sip cocktails as they gaze at yet another beautiful sunset and to explore the natural coves and curving bays of the spectacular coastline.
There are many reasons to travel to Mallorca for your summer holidays, but most of them feature the sun and the wonderful outdoors. Whether you are looking for an active or more relaxing holiday, this is an island that can be discovered at your own pace and in your own time. The sea is an incredible draw – you can swim in the warm sheltered waters of many beautiful bays, seek exhilaration in the form of water sports such as water skiing, paragliding and windsurfing, snorkel in the aquamarine shallows, or simply gaze out over the seascape as you hike the myriad of coastal paths.
There are over 100 beaches on Mallorca. From expansive stretches of white sand to hidden golden coves, and from the larger resort beaches to those that are relatively untouched or undiscovered by tourists, it is easy to find your own slice of paradise. Some of the most beautiful are in the south of the island, including EsTrenc, a beautiful mile of fine white sand, undulating dunes and crystal clear turquoise waters; this is a popular beach and child friendly thanks to its gentle incline and shallow waters. The surrounding area offers woodlands and salt pans, making it an important area for migrating birds.
In the south also is CalaMondrago, a fantastic beach for nature lovers and snorkelers who can revel in its clear waters. Located in a National Park, it is especially good for bird lovers. EsDolc, near to the resort of Colonia SantJordi, offers a glimpse of a wilder, freer Mallorca, while neighbouring EsCarbo is home to luxury yachts. CalaLlombards is a great little inlet for exploring and wonderful views can be had from the nearby viewpoint.
In the east are the popular resort beaches of Cala d’Or, CalaMillor and Sa Coma. Water sports can be arranged at any of these. For a more tranquil and secluded experience, you could try S’Amarador in the Mondrago Natural Park, or pretty CalaVarques, which is not accessible by car.
The north of the island features some of Mallorca’s wildest scenery, and there are some wonderful beaches to be found here, such as the six mile stretch at Playa de Muro, undeveloped CalaTorta and CalaMesquida, with its fantastic dunes and gently shelving sands.
The west coast is rocky and rugged, and if you like this kind of landscape you will love it here. From stunning Sa Calobra to the small, picturesque cove of CalaDeia, the beaches here are dominated by cliffs and mountains, giving them a wonderful backdrop. Scrambling and hiking are popular activities in the area.
There is another component to Majorca’s coastline, and one that is proving to be increasingly popular with tourists. If you tire of the sun, delve beneath the ground and you can discover a sparkling, subterranean world of caves, underground rivers and beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and other features, likened at times to fantastical figurines.
The most famous caves in Mallorca are the Caves of Drach, or Dragon’s Caves, featuring the largest underground lake on the continent, as well as other smaller lakes. The path is filled with stalactites and stalagmites and you can also take a boat across the hauntingly beautiful Martel Lake.
Other cave formations include Caves of Hams, with their unusual hooks and stalactites, and the Cave of Campanet, with its incredibly white stalactites and scientifically interesting faunal remains. The Cave of Artà offers visitors an interactive experience with a light and sound show and is home to the impressive 22 m long stalactite known as the Queen of Columns.
Mallorca offers some of the best beaches and caves in Europe, and more besides. The best way to get around the island is by car, and car hire in Majorca is easily arranged and very reasonably priced. Discover the magnificent coastline of this island and you will be hooked.