Read our pocket guide to Majorca
Majorca: A pocket guide
Spain’s Balearic Islands don’t have to work too hard to embody the perfect island vacation. Majorca, the largest Spanish island, is blessed with idyllic natural and man-made attributes that bring visitors back time and time again. The perfect deep blue Mediterranean Sea, 300-plus days of annual sunshine, hundreds of miles of coastline, secluded coves, beaches, and bays, and a choice of the very best luxury villas to stay in are just handful of reasons to tempt you.
Majorca has a dazzling and varied landscape, and the north-west of the island boasts some of Spain’s most stunning scenery. Minuscule coves, rugged and wild forests and mountains, dizzying drops to the sea, picturesque medieval villages, and enchanting little ports, which is why many of the most fabulous villas are located, notably in and around Deia and Port de Soller. The south is dominated by the cosmopolitan island capital, Palma; its Gothic cathedral is quite fabulous and the Old Town a jewel of the Baroque. The south-west of the island is also home to many luxurious villas to rent, mainly around the beautiful fishing port of Puerto Andratx, with its many enticing restaurants, yachts and a nearby golf course. In the north of the island is the ancient town of Pollensa, also with a golf course nearby, and just a few kilometres from the coast and the popular seaside resort of Puerto Pollensa.
Along with all those sunny days, Majorca has a very pleasant, temperate climate year-round. It is protected from the cold winds of the north by a chain of mountains, the Sierra de Tramontana, which run from the southwest to the northwest of the island.
Shopping & Dining
Majorca is home to one of Spain’s finest restaurants, Zaranda, a two-Michelin-starred gastronomic delight. A handful of other Michelin stars pepper the island, along with bountiful fresh fish and tapas restaurants. Shoppers will enjoy the famous Mallorquin leather and linen products, while cultural aficionados who can tear themselves away from sea life will be spoiled with the wealth of medieval, Gothic, Baroque, and Moorish churches, monasteries, fortresses, and unspoiled villages with winding streets and little cafes.
Palma, the picturesque capital city, dates to Roman times. Pass the modern high-rise buildings and hotels to the old part of the city, navigate your way through the narrow medieval streets, and discover unique architecture steeped in history. The Gothic Santa Maria Cathedral, Moorish-style Arab Almudaina and medieval Bellver Castle stand out.
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