By Marina Aagaard, MFT
714 aircraft land daily in Palma de Mallorca; 26 million passengers a year; 13 million tourists to the island with something for every taste.
Many Majorca travelers are attracted to guaranteed sunshine and hot weater – a Mediterranean climate with 300 days of sunshine a year – and the beautiful beaches. But is that it?
Personally I – full of boring-tourist-hell prejudice – had to be dragged to the island the first time. It took just one visit, then I too was a Mallorca fan: The amazing nature and access to all kinds of experiences within reach. Photo Henrik Elstrup: Sunrise run, Sa Coma.
# 1 Water
The sea around the island is in a league of its own: Crystal clear sea water over sand and coral reefs. Water in blue and azure shades, instagrammers love it. The water surrounds the cliffs and beaches in the countless little calas, coves, as seen in travel agencies’ exotic posters. Photo: Arta and Canyamel on the east coast.
# 2 Water activities
Diving. Beginners can learn and the experienced can go deeper. Diving
centers, for example: Skualo in Portocolom and Porto Cristo, Tramuntana Diving in Port de Pollenca and Mar Balear in Port Adriano.
Kayak rowing. You can rent kayaks on an hourly basis or sign up for tour-classes in many places on the island.
Kite surfing. Beginners have the opportunity to learn it and the skilled surfers have many opportunities. One of the best kitesurfing schools is Pura Vida in Alcudia (Lifestyle).
Sailing. You can learn to sail and take a certificate at one of the many schools on the island, for example: The National Sailing School in Port Calanova near Palma or Sail & Surf in Port de Pollenca. If money is not a problem, then it is possible to charter a yacht or sailboat with or without staff.
Snorkeling . Mallorca offers amazing adventures under the sea’s surface. You can rent or buy equipment in many places. Want to snorkel on your own, then Cala s’Almunia, Cala Mondrago and Cala Sant Vicenc are recommended.
SUP, Stand Up Paddling. Offered many places on the island. There is a SUP Center where you can rent equipment or sign up for classes. The best times are early morning or late evening, where the sea is calmer.
Surfing. Mallorca is not a surfer paradise, but nevertheless you can find surfing possibilities in Cala Mesquida, Colonia de Sant Pere and Son Serra de Marina. With the right weather conditions ,you can also surf at Santa Ponca, Can Pastilla and Ciudad Jardin (Lifestyle).
In addition to wind and water activities, you can do para-sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding (jet skiing on board), jet skiing and flyboarding (a water hose board, water pressure can shoot airborne 15m in air and 2.5 m down in water).
# 3 Beaches
There are beaches with lots of life, parasols, bars and restaurants – and then there are undisturbed, quiet paradise spots. In some places, the ‘beach’ is a rocky area from which you dive into the water from the cliff or via a ladder.
These beaches are very different, large and small, with or without facilities.
Check them out online before going.
- Cala Sant Vicenc
- Playa de Port de Pollenca
- Playa de Alcudia (picture above)
- Playa de Muro
- Can Picafort
- Son Serra de Marina
- Cala Na Clara
- Cala Torta
- Cala Mesquida
- Cala Agulla
- Cala Romantica
- Cala Varques
- Cala Mondago and Playa S’Amarador
- Cala Llombards (photo below)
- Calo des Moro
- Es Trenc
- Playa de Palma
- Seems ill
- Cala Cap Falco
- Portals Vells
- Camp de Mar
- Port de Soller
- Cala Tuent
- Sa Calobra
# 4 Caves
The island is full of caves, made of limestone and shaped by water for millions of years. A journey underground in a Jules Verne The journey-to-the-center-of-the-earth-universe is a unique nature experience. The caves are must-see attractions. Personally I’m fascinated by caves and travel to visit them.
Some of Majorca’s biggest and best caves are:
- Cuevas Arta, Arta, Capdepera (photo)
- Cuevas del Drach, Porto Cristo
- Cuevas dels Hams, Porto Cristo
- Cuevas de Campanet, Inca
- Avenc de Son Pou, Santa Maria del Cami (closed pt, 2018t)
The only minus: The largest caves are illuminated with colored lights and light shows. It is unnatural and unnecessary, because the caves with their stalactites and stalagmites are amazing in themselves. Most caves are quite easily accessible, but not suitable for pedestrians or prams.
# 5 Mountains
# 6 Food and wine
Food and meals? Fact: It is an essential part of travel experiences and holiday memories. In many Majorca restaurants, the food is excellent.
Foodies can choose from 12 Michelin restaurants and several other excellent places to eat. The food can hence be superb, but I have also tasted sorry, oil-submerged local cucina, and ordinary, tasteless touristic menus.
Mallorcine wines, both white and red, are available in many great varieties. In fact, regardless of the taste of the wine, it improves the overall (travel) experience, when you sample the local produce.
Great food, delicious lunch menu, wine (Quibia), service and view at Port Petit , Cala d’Or Marina.
Or an exquisite salmon salad “on can” intake at La Scala, nice restaurant with top service, also in Cala d’Or Marina.
# 7 Cities and architecture
# 8 Shopping
Mallorca is known for … Majorca pearls (Majorica factories and outlets in Manacor) and leather goods (factories and outlets in Inca).
In addition, as on the mainland, there are amazing shoes, clothes, hats and bags in all price ranges. Although lodging, restaurant visits and luxury goods can be expensive in Mallorca, Palma, you can find many great things at reasonable or low prices.
When I, who is otherwise not that much of a shopper, visited the island for the first time, I had to buy an extra suitcase for all the newly acquired shoes and accompanying bags!
There are markets all days of the week – in different cities, with different themes and different qualities. Ask for a brochure at the local tourist office.
# 9 Art and Design
You can find exciting designer things for the home (but much is too big to carry on board the plane).
There are many large outlets or small shops with local unique art such as ceramics and jewelry. There are also ‘arty’ effects of any kind in stores and in markets.
If you want to see something special there are museums and galleries. In Palma there is the Juan Miro museum and in Andratx you will find CCA, a museum with modern, special and interesting pictures and sculptures (photo).
# 10 Nightlife