Long ribbons of white sand, nightlife that never disappoints and platefuls of traditional tapas are all staples on package holidays to Majorca.
The soft, sandy beaches of Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona put this trio among the best destinations in Majorca. Their calm waters and selection of restaurants and bars means they’re firm favourites with families. The 13-kilometre ribbon of sand at the former fishing village of Ca’n Picafort is also a magnet for those who enjoy simple days of sunbathing and swimming. All of them come with a bunch of close-to-the-water hotels that resemble mini holiday villages, too.
On the island’s north side, Majorca’s capital of Palma features plenty of tapas restaurants, chic boutiques and trendy bars, as well as a harbour filled with yachts – all the ingredients needed to pull in a cosmopolitan crowd. And, if you feel like adding a little culture to your food and shopping pursuits, then take a trip over to Palma’s Gothic cathedral.
If your idea of a good time involves staying up all night and checking out the liveliest bars and clubs in a neon-lit strip, then head over to Palma Nova and Magaluf. Both of these party playgrounds are at the other end of the resort scale, with nightlife placed higher on the priority list than family-friendly pastimes.
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This place is super close to the airport, and was one of the first resorts to be discovered by Brits in Majorca. It’s got a couple of sandy beaches that spread like butter along the Bay of Palma. One’s got a sea wall so the water’s calm, making the resort a popular one with families.
Playa De Palma
Stay in Playa de Palma and you’ll have the best of both worlds – photo-worthy seaside landscapes and a city just up the road. The name Playa de Palma directly translates to Palma Beach, so you can be sure you’re at the heart of the action from the moment you arrive.
Dull moments are rare in this bubbly beach resort. Spread along a four-mile bay on Majorca’s rugged east coast, Cala Millor is a cut above the rest when it comes to jam-packed holidays. The beach is the main draw. It comes with soft sand that shelves down into clear sea water, candy-coloured windsurfing sails, and a battalion of straw parasols.
Illetas is a world away from the neighbouring resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova. Winding its way up a cliffside, this little town majors in classic Mediterranean style, and has sea views to write home about. The beach scene’s pretty good, too. There’s one big, sandy sweep, and two smaller, rocky inlets, all backed by sweet-smelling pine trees.
Playa de Muro
Quieter than neighbouring Alcudia, Playa de Muro’s got one of the longest beaches in the Balearic Islands. Its golden-syrup-coloured sweep of sand’s sliced into four different sections – you won’t have to battle it out for towel space here. Shallow, teal-coloured water makes the bay particularly good for swimming. Parasols, sunloungers and a handful of restaurants complete the picture.
San Agustin (Majorca)
This place is Palma’s right-hand man. It sits on the western shoulder of the Majorcan capital, just 15 minutes’ drive from its centre. And, since this Balearic Island’s so small, that’s not San Agustin’s only neighbour. It’s just 10 minutes’ drive to A-list Portals Nous, or a further five to even livelier Palma Nova and Magaluf. Wherever you go, you’ve always got a quiet base to retreat back to.
Cala San Vicente
Set on Majorca’s rocky northern coastline, Cala San Vicente’s all about pretty coves, clear waters and eye-widening mountain views. It’s just the sort of place that’s great for watching the world go by – the tempo here’s snail-slow. Plus, its quaint local restaurants and bars are few enough to allow this old town to retain its original Balearic Island charm.
This place is away from the buzz of Majorca’s bigger towns, and faces the Bay of Pollensa on the north-east coast. Traditional llaut fishing boats still bob near the marina, which is mostly populated by modern yachts these days. The town centre’s started to cotton on to the holiday appeal, and you’ll find a clutch of hotels, bars and restaurants that are tailored for families.
It was once a tiny fishing village, but today Ca’n Picafort’s all about the beach – a long stretch of soft sand shelving down into a shallow, vodka-clear bay. Sun worshippers give this place a big thumb’s up – the fact that it’s so long means no one needs to fight for towel space.
Palma – Majorca’s cool and cosmopolitan capital – brings together a jumble of old and new. In the timeworn, cobbled parts of town, you’ll find tapas restaurants, grand Baroque architecture and the La Seu cathedral. Meanwhile, the modern quarter’s home to designer boutiques, a covered marketplace and one of the biggest ports of the Balearic Islands.
Head to the south-east coast of Majorca and it’s impossible to miss the bright lights and shortbread-coloured beaches of Cala d’Or. You can expect clusters of whitewashed buildings, a big marina, quaint fishing inlets and buzzing beachfronts. The biggest beaches are quite small, but there are plenty of them.
An impressive 12-kilometre-long stretch of sand means beach holidays are easy in Alcudia. This big, modern resort’s humming with life thanks to lots of shops, bars and restaurants. It’s also got an old Roman walled town which was Majorca's former capital, so there’s plenty to do between bouts of sunbathing.
- Aluasoul Alcudia Bay
- Hotel Delfin Azul
- Som Far Hotel
- Hotel Astoria Playa
- Globales Condes de Alcudia
- Grupotel Maritimo
- Bellevue Lagomonte
- Zafiro Palace Alcudia
- Sea Club Resort
- Iberostar Ciudad Blanca
- Mariners Club
- Hotel Saturno
- Hotel Alcudia
- Hotel Platja d'Or
- Viva Sunrise
- Ivory Playa
- Solecito Apartments
- Bellevue Minerva
- JS Sol de Alcudia
- Aparthotel Sol de Alcudia
- More Hotel
- Iberostar Alcudia Park
- Hotel Condesa
Year after year, holidaymakers flock to Majorca looking to get to work on their tans. And it’s the town’s collection of beautiful beaches – which includes a Blue Flag sandy stretch – that catch their eye. You can find sparkling-white sand, bright-blue water and plenty of watersports at the majority. Plus, the town’s restaurants and legendary nightclubs are within easy reach of the shore.
Set in the bay of Palma, this place is a popular spot when it comes to holidays to Majorca. It’s got three sandy beaches, each backed by a tree-lined promenade. The resort’s got scores of gift shops where you can pick up handmade leather, glitzy jewellery and Spanish keepsakes. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as a buzzy disco scene.
Life in Portals Nous revolves around a milk-white band of sand that’s edged with tapas bars and cocktail hang-outs. Away from the beach, you’ll have your pick of a handful of tennis clubs as well as the Bendinat Golf Course, which is classed as one of the best in Spain. Plus, it's only a 15-minute drive from Palma.
Sa Coma has all the hallmarks of one of Spain’s classic beach resorts, without the big crowds to go with it. The shoreline’s backed by a modest crop of hotels and restaurants, which are fine-tuned for families. Plus, the town’s only been in the getaway game since the 1980s, so there are still traditional undertones to match the modern, touristy spots. Neighbouring S’Illot takes the authentic feel a step further, as well.
Once a Majorcan seaside village, today Cala Bona mixes modern buildings with a dose of Spain's rustic charm. The locals have hung onto their saltwater traditions, and in the harbour you can see merrily painted fishing boats landing their catches for the daily specials on quayside menus. Afternoons are for sunbathing and swimming in one of the many rocky coves that line the resort.
If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it – that’s the mantra in Santa Ponsa, which has worked from the same getaway blueprint for years. The hotels cater for a family crowd, with restaurants that balance the buffet tables with Spanish tapas and home favourites. Head to the main square or Ramon de Moncada Street after dark, and you’ll have plenty of Irish bars and child-friendly shows to pick from.
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