Not Just a Party Island: How to Experience More of Majorca
Majorca is the biggest of the Balearic Islands and attracts a great number of people. It’s affordable and characterized by a great flora and things to do. I myself have been to Majorca before a couple times and enjoyed the Mediterranean atmosphere, friendly people and cultural side of this destination. However, it is all too often only associated with party and sun-burned people slurping sangria out of buckets at the beach - but Majorca is much more than this.
Beautiful beaches, a picturesque landscape, local culinary delights as well as cheap hotels adding to a memorable stay invite you to experience Majorca with all your senses. What to eat, when to go and what to do? Here is an overview of what underestimated Majorca holds for you and how you make the most of it.
Travel Off-Season If You Fancy an Active Stay
The average temperature is a hot 29 degrees Celsius in the summer months. However, this is too much to handle for most of the people traveling to Majorca and seeking some action. Therefore, if you do not want to just lazily toast in the sun but actually experience this island, I would recommend you travel there in early spring or autumn. It’s still nice and warm but the weather adds to a more active stay. There usually is a pleasant breeze cooling you down and rainy days are rare. If you visit this destination in spring, Majorca’s flora is in full bloom.
Explore Majorca’s Centre Palma That Is Rich in History
The Old Town of Palma, the cultural, political and economic centre not only of Majorca but of the Balearics themselves, is one of the most-well preserved ones in Europe. The Cathedral of Palma is Majorca’s landmark and the Gothic architecture is impressive both by day and night. Another popular sight is the Bellver Castle allowing stunning views on Palma. Additionally, the 17th-century Town Hall is a must-see; it is used for many festivals taking place in this city. You should also stroll around the Plaza Cort surrounding this building.
For your afternoon cappuccino, head over to Plaza Major - the main square in Palma - where you can soak in the Mediterranean atmosphere at one of the many cafes. You can also grab something to eat at a restaurant while watching street artists perform. Afterwards, make your way over to The Almudaina Palace which has been transformed to the Museum of the National Heritage. To take it all in, walk along Palma’s Promenade.
Get Around by Bus or Rent a Car to See More
If you want to make the most of your time, be independent and explore the hidden gems Majorca has to offer, a rental car is the most convenient means of transport. You can head right to Record Rentacar at the airport, for instance, and rent a car of your choice. Alternatively, buses are a good way to get around and those operate between Majorcan towns quite frequently. The main bus station is on Plaça de Espanya in Palma. You could also take the train running between Palma and Inca, Manacor and Sa Robla as well as Palma and Sóller. The latter is located about 17 miles up north and the scenery with all its mountains and pine forests is very picturesque.
Spend a Relaxed Day at the Majorcan Countryside
Without a doubt, Majorca’s rural areas are well worth a visit. Hop into your rental car or take the bus and make your way to Binissalem, for instance, which is located in the midland and wine-growing region, and soak in the spirit of this traditional town. If you’re an experienced driver, tackle the road to Orient, a village with less than 30 inhabitants, nestled in the western hills of this island. However, if you want to have an easy scenic drive, consider visiting Banyalbufar, located along the western coastline. As this little town is located on a hillside, dreamy sunsets and breath-taking views on the sea await you here. Apart from that, there are many more little towns exuding Mediterranean charm and are waiting to be explored.
Experience Majorca in an Active Manner
Majorca is perfect for outdoor activities and attracts sports fans. Go for a round of golfing, play a bit of tennis or go rock climbing while enjoying this island’s beautiful scenery. If you’re a keen swimmer, you can choose from an array of water sports. You also find many hiking trails - easy and more challenging ones -, so hiking boots are essential. Exploring Majorca on foot is a great way to see more of the diverse, beautiful landscape. If you want to combine your fitness routine with a tour, explore Majorca on the run. “Run Mallorca” offer tours lasting between one or five hours and bring you closer to this island’s nature. Or how about something more exclusive such as going up in a hot air balloon?
Indulge in Favourite Local Dishes & Have a Culinary Delight
Traditional Majorcan cuisine uses fish, pork, vegetables and a lot of garlic and olive oil as the core ingredients. A classic dish is ‘Tumbet’, which is made of potatoes, aubergines and red peppers covered with tomatoes and garlic. Another rather simple meal is the ‘Mallorcan Soup’ consisting of seasonal vegetables, mushrooms and meat. ‘Pa Amb Tomàquet’ - baked garlic bread with salt, olive oil and tomatoes - is served as an appetizer. As for dessert, restaurants usually offer different ice-cream flavours, flan - a type of crème caramel -, and almond cake with toasted almond ice-cream. Moreover, Majorcan’s are proud of their ‘Ensaimadas’, spiral-shaped yeast pastries with sugar on top and filled with anything from jam to sausage. Do you like it savoury or sweet?
Majorca is a treasure island when it comes to culture, food and things to do. Contrary to many people’s belief, this destination is ideal for those of you fancying an activity-filled holiday complemented with traditional Majorcan cuisine. A beautiful, diverse landscape and picturesque villages rich in culture are waiting to be explored. This island in the Mediterranean is far from being just a party destination.
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