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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Palma Nova, on Majorca’s south-west coast, is Magaluf’s quieter, family-friendly neighbour. The place is purpose-built around a trio of white-sand beaches. And with friendly bars and restaurants packing the promenade, and the island’s capital, Palma, just 15 kilometres away, there’s plenty to keep you busy away from the sands.
San Agustin (Majorca)
Sant Agusti is just a 15-minute drive west of Majorca's capital, Palma. It’s a popular holiday home spot for Brits and who can blame them, when it's got a little bit of everything – from fine restaurants and good bars to great Med views. To top things off, you’re also 15 minutes' drive from the buzzing nightlife of Palma Nova and party-hard Magaluf. And a 10-minute walk gets you to Cala Mayor and one of the island’s best beaches.
Playa De Palma
Playa de Palma's a ready-made holiday spot. It’s named after the swathe of fine sand that stretches along its length, and there are bars, shops, and restaurants to suit everyone. It’s got a great location, too, within touching distance of Palma, as well as nearby places like C’an Pastilla and S’Arenal.
This village on Majorca’s south-west coast has earned itself a reputation as the island’s Monte Carlo, thanks to its ritzy hotels and upscale vibe. You’ll find a handful of shops and restaurants around the main street, Passeig de les Illetas, but its real USPs are its green, pine-clad hills and dramatic rocky coast. And when you want bright lights, you’re just 20 minutes' drive from the island's capital, Palma.
Majorca’s best-known resort, on the southwest coast of the island, has been drawing holidaymakers for 40 years. The recipe is simple – a palm-dotted beach and just about every kind of attraction going, from the Western Water Park to the House of Katmandu. And for people who like to party, Magaluf is always happy to oblige.
Set on the north-east coast of Majorca, Ca’n Picafort is a purpose-built resort with wide, palm-studded streets. The offering of bars and restaurants covers home favourites and tastes of Spain, and the relaxed pace suits the neat, compact layout of the place. There’s nothing small-scale about the beach, though – you get a full 13 kilometres of sand to play with.
Spread along a six-kilometre coastline on Majorca’s rugged north-east coast, Cala Millor's a place that likes to let its hair down. For starters, its beach is a whirlwind of sunbathers, paddling kids and watersports. And then there are the cyclists and roller-skaters whizzing up and down the adjacent palm-shaded promenade. Behind that, back-to-back beach shacks, souvenir shops and outdoor cafés do a roaring trade.
Playa de Muro
Playa de Muro, on Majorca’s northeast coast, has successfully made the leap from fishing village to holiday centre without losing its laidback appeal. It’s surrounded by a national park and is roughly split into two areas – the quietly secluded Alcudia Pins and Las Gaviotas, which has most of the pubs and bars. The place is also conveniently close to Alcudia, which comes with a picturesque marina and an historic old town.
This stylish Majorcan city is a sight and a half. One of Europe’s most dramatic cathedrals dominates the skyline, while the maze of an old town delivers cobbled lanes packed with tiny tapas bars. Like most capitals, Palma’s bagged the best of the country’s museums, shops and nightlife. But it trumps them by also having a brace of beaches within striking distance.
Visitors have been flocking to this buzzy resort in south-west Majorca since the Fifties, and no wonder. There’s a huge stretch of sandy beach, plus a big range of restaurants and nightlife. And you’re well placed for getting around the island – Palma Nova and Magaluf are 10 minutes down the road, while capital Palma is just half an hour's drive away.
Portals Nous is a high-spec destination. Just a 15-minute taxi ride west from the capital, Palma, this resort revolves around a band of satin-soft white sand that’s edged by tapas bars and cocktail hangouts. Orbiting the resort are a series of tennis clubs and Bendinat Golf Course, which is classed as one of Spain's finest.
Set on Majorca’s north-east coast, Alcudia comes as a two-parter. Inland, there’s a historic old town, where shops and cafés fill the streets behind the city walls. And then there’s the coast. Here, the long stretch comes with hotels, bars and a marina backed by restaurants – not to mention seven kilometres of sand.
- JS Sol de Alcudia
- Hotel Alcudia
- Ivory Playa
- Hotel Platja d'Or
- Viva Sunrise
- Grupotel Maritimo
- Bellevue Lagomonte
- Hotel Condesa de la Bahia
- Zafiro Palace Alcudia
- Sea Club Resort
- Hotel Astoria Playa
- More Hotel
- Mariners Club
- Aparthotel Sol de Alcudia
- Hotel Delfin Azul
- Globales Condes de Alcudia
- Hotel Saturno
- Iberostar Alcudia Park
- Bellevue Minerva
- Aluasoul Alcudia Bay
- Som Far Hotel
- Iberostar Ciudad Blanca
- Solecito Apartments
Cala San Vicente
Cala San Vicente – also known as Cala San Vincentre or Cala Sant Vicenc – is one of Spain's unspoiled little fishing villages. It's one of the least touristy places in Majorca, with just a select few small hotels and private holiday apartments. It’s set on the northern tip of the island, built into the rocky coastline at the edge of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range – so the sea views are really rather good.
Set on Majorca’s east coast, Cala Bona's a relaxed fishing town that comes with plenty of Spain's 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.
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.
This smart destination on Majorca’s south-east coast is the grown-up face of the island. Cala d’Or might have started life as a little fishing village, but these days it’s a well-loved resort that comes with stylish shops, bars and restaurants. Low-rise buildings and cobbled streets give the place an authentic flavour of Spain, while the swish marina, with its resident superyachts, adds a dash of glamour.
On Majorca’s northeast coast, Puerto Pollensa serves up a laidback take on island life. This small town is in an oyster-shaped bay, with the Serra de Tramuntana mountains rising behind it. With its pretty beaches, its cobbled promenade edged with charming old stone houses, and its chic marina, this is Spain the way it was meant to be.
Sa Coma, sitting on Majorca’s east coast, was put together back in the Eighties as a family-focused resort town – so everything’s in easy reach. The promenade is traffic-free, and there are lots of eating places and shops dotted along it. But when you do want to pick up the pace, the bigger resorts of Cala Millor and Porto Cristo are just up the road.
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