Majorca

Attractions to visit in Majorca

Majorca is an island that is surprising in the amount of ‘hidden gem’ attractions it has to offer. If you’re not one to spend your holidays relaxing by the pool or sea, then this destination will be perfect for you.

There is definitely no shortage of cave systems in Majorca, and if this is something that interests you, it’ll be difficult to choose which to see first. The Cuevas del Drach, or Cavern of the Dragon, are particularly fascinating ones on the east coast of the island and attract thousands of visitors every year. Lake Martel, one of the largest accessible subterranean lakes in the world at 177m long and 30m wide, is hidden deep within the system. A trip into the caves will consist of a trip across the lake, a 10 minute classical music performance and a beautiful light show simulating sun rise over the lake.

If you want to get out into the wilderness of Majorca, the S’Albufera Wetlands near Alcudia and Muro is a stunning place to see some wildlife. Created in 1988, it became the first natural park in the Balearic Islands and now covers over 1700 hectares. Over 230 species of birds call the place home. It is the perfect spot for a picnic and bird watching.

Many people like to hire cars when they’re visiting Majorca and get out to see the island. There is much more on offer than just the stunning coastlines. Head into the middle of the Tramuntana mountains to see Valdemossa, a popular village filled with 16th century buildings and a spectacular monastery. The village is famous because of its association with Chopin who spent a winter there – the monastery even houses his piano still.

The history enthusiasts will definitely enjoy a visit to the 3000 year old Bronze Age settlement of Ses Paisses near Arta which has a huge entry gate made up a three 8 tonne stone slabs. Wander the remaining rooms and the watchtower for an insight in the ancient life of the island.

Top things for the kids to do in Majorca

Majorca is a fantastically child-friendly resort in itself with a huge number of bars and restaurants offering kids’ menus, and plenty of hotels with kids clubs and activities running throughout the day. It also has a range of things that you can pay a little extra for to keep them entertained every day.

If your children are a bit too young to go snorkelling or diving amongst the underwater rock formations themselves but are fascinated by the marine life, book yourselves on board the Nemo Submarine. They are based in Magaluf and offer a view of the world below the sea at around 20m deep, including a session of feeding the fish. The whole family is bound to love it.

If you’d prefer not to tackle the crowds to get to the slides of one of the many waterparks dotted around the island, head to the Palma Aquarium for some watery fun without the thrill rides. They have around 700 species of undersea flora, coral and fish. The star attraction there is the Big Blue, Europe’s largest shark tank which is over 8.5m deep and houses 10 giant sharks.

The Amaze’n Laberintos, situated near Playa de Muro, is a huge labyrinthine structure built entirely of wood. It is not just a boring old maze though, as hidden around the corners of the twisting paths are surprises waiting to be discovered. If you need a way to get the kids to run off some of their energy, at 1356m of pathways, this is perfect. Be careful to keep an eye on younger ones and make sure they stay at your side to avoid panic.

For something very different from the days you’ve spent on the beach, try the Katmandu Park just outside Magaluf which features an upside down Tibetan style mansion. Probably something that’s better for the older kids, it offers a 4D cinema experience, the ‘Asylum’ – a terrifying ride through an abandoned mental hospital, and ‘Desperados’ – a laser pistol adventure through a Wild West Town.

For a bit of evening entertainment, make sure to experience the unmissable Pirates Adventure show in Magaluf which features a 12m tall Pirate ship. The price of a ticket also includes dinner alongside the break-taking acrobatic show. For parents who want a night off, there’s also an over 18s only version of the show that adds uncut scenes for that chill factor.

Beaches to visit in Majorca

Majorca is really only a small island, but it boasts over 120 beaches and coves along its coastline with a variety of personalities. There are beaches to suit every traveller, from those that like to hear music playing as they bask in the sun, to those that prefer to snorkel the watery depths.

Magaluf Beach

Magaluf Beach is perhaps one of the most popular and lively beaches on the island. There is generally music pumping out over the golden sands, and those that can’t sit still on a beach can hire a pedalo to take over to Lizard Island.

Cala Llombards, Santanyi

Located on the south of the island is the pretty inlet which houses Cala Llombards. This is a pretty spot not generally known to tourists which lies hidden between rocky outcrops and pine covered hills. Take advantage of the nearby viewing point at Es Pontas which is a short walk from the sands.

Cala Mondrago, Santanyi

Also situated at the southern end of Majorca is this completely natural beach within a National Park. Cala Mondrago is the perfect resort for snorkelers with its unusual underwater rock formations and crystal clear waters. For those that would prefer to explore, the National Park hosts both dunes and wetlands that are home to all different kinds of wildlife.

Cala Deia, Soller

This tiny beach is located in a cove at the bottom of a sheer cliff face on the western coast of the island. The beaches here tend to be more shingle and stone than sand, meaning that you won’t spend hours trying to shake sand out of your towels. It can be reached by car, although parking is limited, so the most enticing option is to take a short walk down from the hilltop village of Deia following the river to the sea.

Playa de Muro, Alcudia

The perfect beach for kids, Playa de Muro is stretches to over 5km long with beautiful azure waters. It is popular with families as there are plenty of water sports available as well as having a number of bars and restaurants no more than a few steps from your sun bed.

Nights out in Majorca

Majorca is not known as the nightlife capital of the world, but it is trying its hardest to get itself on the partying map. And with resorts such as Magaluf becoming more popular among the 18-30 crowd, it’s well on its way there.

Most tourists claim that the best things about Majorca’s nightlife are the beach-clubs at the Bay of Palma. These are open all day and into the night, so all you need do is bring a cover-up and go from beach to club as the sun sets. Virtual Club, with a laid-back atmosphere is housed in natural caves along the cliff face giving it a certain something that sets it apart from all the others. It has everything from a restaurant, to a champagne bar, and of course dance floors playing all the most recent house music.

If it’s a proper night out you’re looking for, Magaluf has everything to offer, but BCM is the heart of it all. With three floors, there’s something to suit every taste – starting at the top with the most recent hits in dance music combined with laser shows, right down to the Millennium club at the bottom for foam and popcorn parties. The entrance fee of 20 euros might seem crazily expensive, but this also gets your drinks for the whole night, where else can you get that?

For those who prefer their music live, Majorca holds concerts throughout the island. Head to the Sports Arena; the football stadium, and Palma auditorium for the best of these. The island also boasts some fantastic local and international DJs.

Just remember that when you’re on a night out in Majorca, the party won’t start until after midnight, in fact you might even find yourself still eating in the restaurant at that time! Certain clubs like Tito’s and Puro Beach also insist on dressing up a little, so you can’t just walk straight from the beach into those.