The small island of Mallorca, just off the Spanish coast, is a Mediterranean jewel. With glorious summers and mild winters, the Mallorca weather alone gives reason to visit. However, there is much more to this idyllic little island than year-round sunshine and golden beaches.
So here’s a list of the top five things to do other than topping up the tan.
Mallorca has some fantastic walking routes, ranging from leisurely strolls to full-on hikes. Whether you’re negotiating cliff-top paths that skirt the stunning coastline, clambering over boulders in the foothills of the rugged mountains, or simply wandering though quaint countryside villages, there is no better way to appreciate the incredible diversity of this island than on foot.
The crystal-clear waters and the rocky coast of Mallorca make it a world-class place to dive. The marine life is dazzling and the water is warm and safe. There are dive centres all over the island that cater to all abilities, so whether you’re a complete novice wanting to take the plunge for the first time or a seasoned expert, you’ll find something to meet your needs.
With all those pristine beaches and all that spectacular scenery, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the cultural element to Mallorca. Historical buildings are scattered everywhere and there are more museums than you can shake a snorkel at. Palma Cathedral, a magnificent Gothic edifice built in 1229 (but not finished until 1601), cannot be missed. And if you want to swot up on the island’s history, the Museum of Mallorca, with its engaging archaeological displays, will aid the learning process considerably.
If you’re on a tight budget you may want to look away now, for Mallorca is crammed with tantalising shops. Wares ranging from antiques to jewellery to traditional crafts are on offer, with a whole load more that can be snapped up in between. One of the best places to find souvenirs is Palma’s Old Town – a maze of cobbled streets that lie just behind the cathedral. Even if you’re just window shopping, a walk round here is worth it if only for the charming atmosphere.
A vital part of any holiday in any part of the world is the nightlife, and Mallorca bars will not disappoint. For a taste of authenticity head to Bodega Bellver, a rustic little venue tucked up a side street in Palma’s Old Town. Here you can enjoy traditional tapas and wash it down with an ice cold San Miguel. For something a little more 21st century, try out the flashy Emilio Cocktail Bar in the Portixol area of Palma.
Where to stay?
You will find that Mallorca hotels vary considerably in size, quality and price, so make sure you browse carefully to find the best deal for you. Also bear in mind there are always special offers running in various places around Mallorca, so again, take your time over this.
Hope you have a wonderful time explore the wonder of Mallorca!