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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Plump for Alcudia, and you’re in for a real pick and mix getaway. The main town’s split in two. Half of it’s set inland between a double act of crescent-shaped bays, and the other half has its feet dangling in the shallow waters of the Bay of Alcudia. Between them, they make easy work of sightseeing days, watersports, and enough bars and restaurants for a medley of different meals.
This north-east resort once had its feet firmly planted in fishing village territory. But as soon as people started clocking its holiday appeal, things took a pretty sharp turn. These days it’s a tried-and-tested remedy for sun-starved Brits, with a family-friendly vibe that’s hard to top in these parts. The secret’s pretty simple when you boil things down – a big sandy beach, and bars and restaurants that pay as much attention to Majorcan cuisine as they do to international tucker.
Just to the east of the Bay of Palma, laidback C’an Pastilla boasts a couple of family-friendly beaches. They’re both soft stretches, and one has a sea wall in place to create calm, bay-like waters. Just beyond, you’ll find the start of Playa de Palma – it’s got Blue Flag credentials and unravels for nearly three miles.
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