Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea, just east of the Spanish mainland. It is this privileged location that provides the great climactic environment, with hot summers and warm winters – the sun shines more than 300 days per year and the average temperature is 18°C (64.4°F)
The island has a historic past and it’s capital city, Palma, is the place to marvel at the impressive architecture, from medieval times through to modernist creations. Palma is also home to the most varied nightlife, with top quality restaurants and a host of late night bars & clubs.
This rich cultural history has left many remarkable sights to explore, with castles & ruins; cathedrals & monasteries; grand manor houses & gardens; and a host of art galleries and museums. For those with families, you can expect some great water parks, adventure parks & petting farms. The resorts are particularly well geared up for families, and there are many local festivals for the kids to get involved with.
You will also find stunning scenery and protected Natural Parks in all four corners of Mallorca, as well as the rugged and beautiful Tramuntana mountains that run down the west coast. Walking & hiking are popular activities with a wide variety of well maintained paths, with clear signage, that are suitable for all abilities.
Some of Mallorca’s coastline has been taken over by holiday resorts but they are very self-contained and are easily avoided if parties & crowds are not your thing; and with over 200 beaches to choose from, you are sure to find a spot that suits you. Particularly in the south, where Caribbean-esque seas embrace the vast stretches of golden sand.
Sailing is also a big thing in Mallorca. The island plays host to many an international regatta each year and there are top class marinas and yacht charter companies all around the coast. For those less able sailors, there are day or half-day boat trips available at various locations around the island.
The warm, dry climate is perfect for most outdoor pursuits and, of course, cycling is massive in Mallorca! It’s a well-established destination for the professional road cycling teams during the off season and an ever-popular destination for avid amateurs to enjoy throughout the year. Find out more about cycle-friendly Mallorca here
Each region in Mallorca has its own particular appeal – the northeast for history; the east and south for beaches and caves; the north and west for spectacular mountains and picture-postcard villages. If you want to know about the real Mallorca you should explore “Es Pla”, the fertile plain at the centre of the island, with its almond groves, windmills and old market towns.
Palma International Airport is served by many international airlines and is only a couple of hours flight from most of Europe. This accessability combined with the natural beauty and favourable climate make Mallorca a perenially popular choice. Find out more about travelling to Mallorca here