Majorca is one of the Mediterranean’s star attractions, and it’s easy to see why. This island boasts elusive coves, craggy mountains and eye-catching architecture, not to mention a habitat geared around not just meeting, but surpassing the expectations of its six million visitors a year. If you’re planning a holiday in Majorca, don’t forget to switch some of the bustle of the south for the island’s northern delights. Here are some of its most alluring hotspots.
Explore a Medieval Castle in Palma
The island’s capital is also its cultural heartbeat, and you’ll find endless statues, monuments and buildings to explore, including the impressive (and unmissable) Le Seu Cathedral. Start with the Castell de Bellver, an impressive Gothic castle perched extravagantly atop a hill overlooking the city. Built in 1309, the castle can be reached by trekking through the woods that skirt its base to the cheerful melodies of birdsong. You’ll feel like a knight on a quest. Then, once you’ve paid your princely sum of 4 Euros, you’re free to explore the grounds and take some sweeping landscape pictures of the surrounding scenery.
Sand meets sangria in Alcudia
Family friendly, sun-soaked and beach-ready, the lively little resort town of Alcudia is just a stone’s throw from some of the island’s best beachscapes, comprising a whopping 7 kilometres of blue flag sands. Venture into Alcudia’s impeccable old town for more medieval architecture, narrow streets, Roman ruins and a 19th century bull ring. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for hearty lunches and post-sightseeing sangrias, but its main attractions are its beaches. Playa de Alcudia has it all: white sands, snorkel-inducing water and plenty of fun activities for the kids, including a waterpark.
Escape the crowds in Llevant National Park
A place of staggering natural beauty, the Llevant Peninsula might boast sweeping, rugged terrain, but it also has some incredible, remote beaches, making it Majorca’s best kept secret. This area is often used for camping, hiking and biking, and there’s plenty of wildlife for nature lovers, with falcons, swifts, and colonies of Mallorcan tortoises! The beach is perfect: offering deserted, soft sand, and not a sun-lounger in sight!
Whether you’re travelling as a couple on the search for romantic seclusion, as a solo adventurer or as a chaotic family pack, Majorca’s northern coastline has it all: history, culture, wildlife and beaches, making it one of the best places in Spain to plan a getaway.
Images courtesy Andres Nieto Porras.
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