Long ribbons of white sand, nightlife that never disappoints and platefuls of tapas – holidaymakers are spoiled for choice in Majorca.
Family-Friendly Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa, Cala Bona and Ca’n Picafort
The soft, sandy beaches of Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona – with their calm, safe waters and full complement of restaurants and bars – are 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 the simple pleasures of sunbathing and swimming.
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.
Party spots of Palma Nova and Magaluf
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 by all means head over to Palma Nova and Magaluf. Both of these spots feature plenty of bars serving cheap drinks and clubs pumping out tonnes of bass.
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Set on Majorca’s east coast, Cala Bona is a relaxed fishing town that comes with plenty of rustic charm. Fishermen bring in the day’s catch at the harbour ready for lunch at the waterfront restaurants, while the original winding streets are ripe for exploring. There’s also a pedestrianised modern centre with shops and bars, and a choice of little sandy beaches.
As resorts go, Ca’n Picafort is a bit of a late starter. Hidden away in the Bay of Alcudia, with a chunk of unspoilt north-eastern Majorca to call its own, it started life as a fishing village. But now it’s come of age as a small, laidback holiday town. The beach might have something to do with its rise in popularity – it spools the coast for 13 kilometres.
Set on the north-east coast, Alcudia is one of the oldest spots on Majorca. It still wears its Roman history well with a smattering of ruins up by the old town. Down on the coast it’s a different story – there’s a marina here lined with open-air restaurants. As for the beach, you’ve got one of the longest strips on the island.