At a glance
Find the perfect spot on Ca’n Picafort’s 13 km stretch of white sand
Dance until dawn in the clubs of Palma Nova and Magaluf
Marvel at the intricate rose window in the Gothic cathedral of Palma
Destinations in Majorca
Top things to See and Do in Majorca
Family favourite Alcudia Beach has something for every taste
With restaurants, bars and ice cream and milkshake parlours all within steps of the sand, it’s no wonder that this beach is extremely popular with families. Everywhere you go along this 10-kilometre stretch of sand, you can sunbathe, swim and then easily grab a cold drink or a bite to eat.
Escape to Cala Truent
When you’re ready to get away from it all and spend time on a beach so unspoilt that it doesn’t even have one bar or restaurant anywhere in sight, board a boat from the port of Alcudia to Cala Truent. This shingle inlet is surrounded by steep cliffs and lined with pine trees and is so deserted that you’ll have no choice but to marvel at untouched nature.
Relax on Playa de Muro
Combining the best of lively Alcudia Beach and the island’s more hidden strips of sand is Playa de Muro. Just walk down the curving sweep of sand that is Alcudia Beach and you’ll soon arrive at this more secluded spot, which is close enough to all the action, but just removed enough from all the crowds.
Thursday is the day to check out the bargains at Majorca’s biggest market, which takes place about 25 minutes from Alcudia, in the town of Inca. Leather goods and handmade jewellery are just some of the wares that you can browse for at the overflowing roadside stalls. Deals are also there for the taking on Wednesdays, at the market in Andratx, which specialises in local produce. Anytime is a good moment to shop for t-shirts or jelly sandals at the seafront promenades of Cala Bona and Sa Coma.
You’ll be able to find many shops with easily recognisable high-street names, like Mango and Zara, in Majorca’s cosmopolitan capital of Palma. For starters, head over to the massive mall, Porto Pi, which is conveniently located right on the seafront. If you’re looking for makeup or perfume, Cala D’or is a good option. And, for Spain’s version of Selfridge’s check out El Corte Ingles.
Palma boasts the extremely sophisticated Avenida Jaume III, a wide, tree-lined street filled with boutiques offering premier designer names, such as Jimmy Choo, Gucci and Cartier. In Alcudia, you can satisfy your longing for high-end brands in the harbour area, which boasts a line-up of Spanish designer boutiques, including one-of-a-kind jewellery store, Agata.
The chic tapas restaurants and cocktail bars of Palma, particularly those that fill the trendy waterfront and Paseo Maritimo districts, offer hours of sophisticated nighttime pleasure. Families will be able to enjoy their own brand of evening entertainment in the relatively quiet, yet still lively, eating establishments and nightspots of Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa.
Magaluf’s impressive Strip with its booming line-up of bars and nightclubs – featuring tonnes of music choices and plenty of relatively cheap drinks – has made it a well-known destination for those who like to party hard all through the night. Nearby Palma Nova may not quite yet have caught up to Magaluf, but it’s got enough nightclubs and bars to keep serious partiers busy until the sun comes up.
A staple at Majorcan dinners, this hearty vegetable stew is a concoction of aubergine, fried potatoes and sweet peppers, baked in the oven, and drenched in a garlicky tomato sauce. This flavourful dish is often served with crusty bread and a fresh green salad.
Spain’s most famous culinary offering, this seafood-heavy dish is made from platefuls of yellow rice – scented and coloured by saffron – tossed with ingredients like mussels, clams and prawns. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Majorcan version, known as fideua, which substitutes chunky noodles for rice.
Serviola a la mallorquina
Majorca is the perfect place to enjoy the freshest fish, straight from the sea. And serviola a la mallorquina is one of the most popular local preparations for seafood. Your fish is baked, then it’s covered in a thick tomato sauce, and finally the whole concoction is sprinkled with raisins and pine nuts.
This simple dish starts off with a base of Majorcan bread, lightly sprinkled with olive oil and topped with tomato sauce. From here things can get a bit more complex, depending on whether you want to add other ingredients, like the Majorcan sausage, sobrassada, cured ham, cheese, and to finish everything off nicely, a couple of thick spoonfuls of garlic mayonnaise.
Do like the locals do and enjoy an after-dessert shot. An ice-cold hierbas is a favourite after-dinner liquor in the Balearics. Made from a blend of about 18 different island plants, this concoction tastes like anise and is available in dry, medium and sweet varieties.