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Your essential guide to Majorca holiday cottages

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Your essential guide to Majorca

Kate W 07 June 2018

Let us guide you around the island paradise of Majorca that has long-been a popular travel destination.

The largest of the luxurious Balearic Islands, there’s nowhere better to bury your toes in fine white sand, soak up the hot sun and paddle in a turquoise-blue ocean.

Majorca first grew to become a fashionable place to travel after the famous composer, Frédéric Chopin, and his lover, George Sand, spent a winter there in the hopes the climate would cure his tuberculosis. George Sand, a well-known novelist in her own right, wrote a bestselling novel about their time there called A Winter in Mallorca that has since developed into a slogan for cultural events on the island during the winter months.

The island came to be seen as a place of mystery and romance and was visited by those with a desire for adventure, although the true tourism as we know it today began towards the end of the 19th century.

With many A-listers buying properties on this island paradise, it has quickly become a luxury destination for anyone in search of dazzling sun, a turquoise sea and glorious white sand beaches.

Take a peek at the places you must visit while in Majorca…

WHITE SAND BEACHES

White Sand Beach

It would be impossible to stay on an island paradise without taking advantage of its stunning beaches. There are many stretches of sand surrounding the island, ensure you stay at the most elite locations.

Cala Portals Vells

Discover the Cala Portals Vells. Shallow waters and fine sand make up this gorgeous coastal retreat. Tucked away beneath towering cliffs, this area is part of the Cap de Cala Figuera Natural Area of Special Interest due to it’s importance for seabirds who nest along this stretch of coast, ensuring the area remains exquisite.

Along the edge you’ll discover lots of lovely restaurants specialising in seafood dishes, make the most of your getaway by trying the fresh local cuisine. Huddled to the right of this beach you’ll find the tiny rock chapel of Cove de la Mare de Déu containing intricate rock carving created long ago by local fisherman.

Es Trenc

A particularly well-known beach is Es Trenc due to its classic wide stretches of white sand and clear water. It’s ideal for swimming or snorkelling and you’ll find it’s just as popular with the beautiful fish which dart among the shallows. This beach is enormous, stretches more than three kilometres along the coast and is backed by large sand dunes. It’s popular due to its natural beauty so we’d recommend parking far away from the main car park for a quiet day by the sea.

The landscape in this region is fascinating as the road that carries you to Es Trenc passes through the Salobrar de Campos salt fields and wetlands encrusted with pure white salt.

Calo des Moro

For a long time the secluded haven of Calo des Moro was hidden from travellers exploring the island. It’s not easy to access, meaning many people avoid it or do not realise it exists. This makes it the absolute perfect place for a tranquil, peaceful day lounging on the beach.

After parking at the top of a cliff there’s a rocky path to navigate on foot that meanders down to the water’s edge. This is why the stunning beach has remained an unspoilt gem for so long. If you don’t fancy the climb, it’s a stunning place to go by boat as the shallow waters make it a wonderful spot to anchor for the day.

Other beaches include celebrity hotspot Cala Deia, the stunning Cala Mondrago in the Mondrago Natural Park and the well-hidden Cala Varque, one of the best spots for cliff jumping on the island.

TORRENT DE PAREIS

Canyon Gorge

If you wish to explore off the beaten track, make the unique journey across the mountains and discover this incredible oceanside canyon. The trek is difficult, there are many short scrambles around boulders and no technical passages, but the final destination is a true treasure.

The Torrent de Pareis canyon gorge can be found in the Serra de Tramuntana, an impressive mountain range and UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you hike across this area, you’ll be presented with some astounding views, although if you don’t fancy the walk it would still be a fantastic region to drive through. Pick a luxury car of your choice and take to the open road, just make sure to drop by this incredible district.

WEDDING BY THE OCEAN

Ocean Wedding

Nothing is more romantic than getting married on a white sand beach with a sparkling ocean and colourful sunset unfurled across the sky behind you.

If this is your dream wedding, you had better take a look at Mood Beach - a venue that offers the opportunity of hiring the beach for a completely private ceremony. 

If you’re simply after a luxurious place to relax on your getaway, you can reserve a sunbed as part of their exclusive Beach Club and at the end of each day receive a complimentary glass of bubbly and nibbles.

For the ‘wow’ factor it’s possible to go one step further and whisk away your guests to a clifftop wedding. From the top you can see the beaches roll away far beneath and you have an astonishing view of the Mediterranean Sea. Say your vows under this iconic clifftop arch.

If you aren’t impressed by impossible views and prefer an intimate ceremony closer to the lapping waves, then a Yacht Club may be ideal for you. With floor-to-ceiling windows filling the venue with gorgeous natural sunlight you still have panoramic views of the ocean and harbour but with the option of retiring out of the sun and into an elegant dining area.

MUSICIANS AND VENUES

Musicians

It’s impossible to discuss the highlights of Majorca within delving into the music scene. It’s a popular party destination and hotspot for DJ’s having seen the likes of David Guetta, Calvin Harris and the late Avicii who have all played the island clubs.

For the ultimate party, there’s an incredible carnival that takes place every year called Sa Rua Carnival. It’s to celebrate the start of Lent and there are street parties and parades all over the region that create a fantastic and exciting atmosphere of celebration.

There are lots of exclusive music venues hidden all over the island for true music lovers. Blue Jazz Club is a luxurious restaurant serving excellent cuisine, with large windows with panoramic views and they have a huge variety of international and local jazz musicians perform creating a sublime atmosphere.

Other fantastic music venues on the island include the famous Jazz Voyeur Club, the grand and gorgeous Auditorium that hosts international classical musicians, and The Shamrock, which is one of the liveliest venues in the city, hosting a huge range of music from rock to reggae.

PALMA CATHEDRAL  

Palma Cathedral

Something magical happens in Palma twice a year. When the sun hits the stained glass, a magical spectacle of light and colour is projected onto the cathedral’s stone wall.

It’s an astounding spectacle that draws hundred of tourists every year and the Palma Cathedral has become synonymous with the beautiful name: The Cathedral of Light.

During the original planning, architects decided to use their knowledge of mathematics and astronomy to ensure that building was perfectly aligned with the rising sun so that the light would stream through allowing this phenomenon to occur.

The event itself is known as The Spectacle of Eight because the window and the light circle creates a figure of eight between them. It falls twice a year on the Saints' days of Candelaria and San Martin de Tours, the dates of which are 2/2 and 11/11, both of whose digits add up to 4. And, of course, 4 plus 4 is 8.

If you are lucky enough to be in Majorca for either of these special dates, ensure you journey to see this unmissable phenomenon.

At any other time of year, the Palma Cathedral is still a magnificent building to visit during a trip to the wonderful capital city of Palma. Its 13th century architecture is lovely; the place is enormous, and it has an incredible history.

Watch this event unfold in the video below.

EXPLORE THE MARKETS

Markets

Majorca is known for its fresh seafood dishes, unique Majorca cheese and delicious tumbet. Find the perfect souvenir or collect everything you need to cook up a storm at one of these excellent traditional markets.

Inca Market - The biggest market sells everything and anything. Fresh food, clothes and vintage items, ideal for hunting down lovely souvenirs.

Sineu Market – First begun in 1300s, this farmer market is the oldest on the island. It sells crafts, leather good and livestock.

Consell Flea Market – Selling antiques, plants, toys and vintage items, this is a car boot-style flea market and great if you enjoy haggling for a bargain.

Andratx Market – Divided by product so you can browse what you’re interested in, this market has typical stalls of flowers, fresh fruit and veg, cheeses, footwear and clothes.

ISLAND RETREATS

Port de Soller

Wander the honey-coloured houses in gorgeous seaside town of Deià. In the early 20th century it became known as the foreign artists’ colony as it attracted poets, musicians and painters. Today, there is a lovely selection of art galleries and gift shops. The gorgeous sandy cove of Cala Deià is a lovely place to lie back and feel inspired.

A real gem, Port de Soller is a traditional fishing harbour to the west of the island. A picturesque tram connects the rustic stone town centre with the sandy bay. Here, the horseshoe shape keeps this location well-protected and a lovely part of the ocean to swim or rent a canoe or pedalo for a spectacular view of the coast. True to its roots, there are lots of seafood restaurants where you can dine during those warm evenings.

The seaside resort of Can Pastilla is very pretty and has a three mile stretch of sandy beach, Playa de Palma. Very popular with a young crowd, this town has a fantastic, vibrant nightlife. During the daylight hours there’s a lovely palm tree-lined promenade with many cafés, independent shops and cocktail bars to explore.

ANCIENT RELICS

Arab Baths

The island has been occupied by Neolithic settlers, the Romans Empire, and the ancient Arab Emirate of Córdoba. This incredible history has left fantastic find all over the rocky island.

Arab Baths – Beneath its vibrant atmosphere Can Pastilla houses some hidden wonders. These baths are left over from the 10th century city of Medina Mayurqa that’s buried under this town.

Naveta – By the gorgeous waterfront fishing village of Portocolom there is a pre-historic ‘naveta’ or burial ground dating back to around 2000 BC.

Pollentia – Find this Roman town and theatre in the north of the island. It’s in the lovely resort town of Alcúdia, itself an ancient marvel as it’s surrounded by the remains of medieval stone wall commissioned by King James II of Aragon.

THE BALEARICS 

Balearic Islands

There are endless opportunities to explore and unwind on this incredibly gorgeous island, but the Balearic Islands is more than Majorca, it is made up of a group of equally lovely landscapes that each have their own unique charm.

If you prefer absolute seclusion and privacy, a wonderful destination where you can relax undisturbed by fellow travellers, then you should plan a at sleepy island of Menorca.

For a lively atmosphere and vibrant nightlife, Ibiza is famously the perfect destination. Party through the evening to the early hours and sleep the day away on sun-bleached shores.

Discover the Balearic Islands and pick the right place for you. Or browse our properties in Majorca.

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