• Carol Oconnor

    Head east off Spain’s coast and work your way a little north of Africa, to find the famous Balearic Islands. This is the archipelago with four diverse offerings, from clubbing in Ibiza to chilling out in Formentera to absorbing the history of Menorca. Majorca is the fourth and largest island, which spoils visitors with, well… a little bit of everything. Beyond the parties of the Magaluf resort, it is a hub of mountainous skylines, watercolour beaches and cultural landmarks.

    TUI flies to Majorca from May through until October, when temperatures still reach a warming 23 degrees Celsius. Whether you’re looking to book a holiday to this Balearic beauty in the summer of 2018 or already have flights booked for this autumn, check out our list of what you must go and see!

    Palma Cathedral

    Here’s a quick history lesson: towering over the island in its gothic glory, the Palma Cathedral is a Catalonian piece of architecture that dates back to the 1300s. It was built by Jaume I of Aragon to celebrate surviving a treacherous storm on a voyage to Majorca with his army. Today it is a marvel for the eyes and is home to relics, regal tombs and the Royal Chapel. The cathedral opens its doors at 10am every day except Sunday and closes at 17.15pm on weekdays and 14.15pm on a Saturday.

    Caves of Drach

    Caves of Drach Menorca

    Take a mystical adventure through the Caves of Drach that dwell on the east coast of the island. Dating back to the Miocene period, they are home to one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world: Lake Martel. A guided tour will fill you in on the fascinating past and includes a short boat trip along the lake. Concerts also take place throughout the day, playing live classical music in this other-worldly setting. The caves are open all year round except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, so you can call in whatever time you choose to go to Majorca.

    Costa Nord

    Costa Nord Menorca

    In the well preserved Valldemossa area you will find the Costa Nord: a cultural centre that takes visitors through a journey of the local area. Hollywood big-timer Michael Douglas is the brains behind this homage to his one-time home. You’ll even hear him narrating the 15-minute documentary that is shown in the auditorium, before boarding a replica of the Archduke Ludwig Salvador yacht. Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of seeing a real life movie star.

    Son Amar Night Show

    Make dinner into a huge deal, by having yours at the Son Amar Night Show. Showcasing dance acts from around the world, guests are treated to fierce flamenco, the French can-can and famous Broadway numbers. Kids will also love singing along to live scenes from The Lion King. You can choose to have a three course meal or just book tickets for the show; either way, guests are in for a magnificent night.

    Pirates Adventure

    Pirates adventure Menorca

    Avast! This is one place for the whole family to get excited about. Pirates Adventure has entertained show-goers to acrobatics, comedy and dance for nearly 30 years. Immerse yourself in the world of hidden treasures, shipwrecks and battles by witnessing the nightly event that celebrates all things Jolly Roger. Book yourself a VIP Captain’s Table for the best seats on board, which supplies young scallywags with their very own bandana and provides parents with a bottle of swag (well, wine).

    Of course, there is always the option to take your place on the beach but you’ll probably want to make the absolute most of your holiday by taking advantage of all Majorca has to offer. Whether you’re a pirate’s best pal or you are intrigued by what lurks in the caves, get that itinerary planned down to a T. TUI offer holidays to Majorca from Dublin, Cork and Shannon.

    Images by Cristian Bortes, No Frills Excursions, Wolfgangfoto and Ashley Rehnblom, used under the Creative Commons license.

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