Mallorca offers such a variety of culture and natural beauty, it is not surprising that so many people return year after year to enjoy the climate, the culture, the contrasts of scenery and the genuine hospitality of local Mallorcans.
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Dive fans will find a whole world of possibilities in Mallorca. The Island surprises divers with the wealth of its marine-scape and the variety and beauty of its underwater landscapes. There are interesting scuba diving areas spread all around the coast of Mallorca. You can find different scuba diving schools to learn to dive and participate […]
Amazing coastal landscapes, unspoilt mountain regions and breathtaking gorges – Mallorca has much more to offer than just Magaluf and beer. There are so many ways to explore the Balearic island’s magnificent natural landscape. Torrent de Pareis: Mallorca’s “Grand Canyon” No other tour on the island can rival the Torrent de Pareis in terms of […]
Ask a Mallorcan what foodstuff best represents the island and they are likely to reply, the ensaïmada, Spain’s answer to the croissant. This versatile, light, fluffy-textured spiral pastry is dusted with icing sugar and comes in a variety of sizes, from bite-sized portions to the cake-sized ones you see people lugging on to planes. Locals eat ensaïmadas […]
Four kilometres (two and a half miles) from Sóller, Port de Sóller is the antithesis of the brash resorts in the south-west and around the Bay of Palma. Family-oriented, slightly old-fashioned, slightly scruffy, it’s a lovely place to spend some time. The port is spread in an arc around a pretty harbour, protected by cliffs […]
From Port de Pollença, it’s half an hour’s drive (21 kilometres/13 miles) up and round the switchbacks of the steep, narrow road to Mallorca’s most northerly cape, Cap de Formentor, celebrated by poets and artists for its pine forests, its peace and its superlative, dizzying panoramas. It’s an essential trip if you’re in the area, but […]
The autopista becomes the C79 just west of Magaluf. From here you can go south to thus-far unspoiled Portals Vells. Alternatively, you can head west, passing Son Ferrer and El Toro – two lifeless urbanizaciones, the latter of which has a small marina, Port Adriano, and a luxury hotel – before running along a wild […]
Seafood is, not surprisingly, enormously popular on Mallorca. There is a local fishing industry, but it’s small and demand is such that most fresh fish is imported, usually from Galicia. A classic Balearic dish is caldereta de llagosta, and originating from Fornells in the north of Menorca. It’s simple but stupendously rich and flavoursome spiny […]
The Mallorcan capital has more than enough distractions to occupy you for two or three days, but if you can’t spare that long, here are our suggestions on how you can get the essential feel of this beguiling city in one day.
If you want evidence of just how cool Mallorca is these days, look no further than the proud presence of the HQ of one of the hippest international brands on the island. Camper, based in the otherwise unfashionable town of Inca (between Palma and Alcúdia) is one of the hottest shoemakers of the past decade. Selling around three million pairs […]
If you’ve never been to Mallorca, you’ve probably never sampled Mallorcan wine. And, until recently, you weren’t missing much. Its small-scale production and basic quality in the last century meant that little island wine was exported even as far as mainland Spain, never mind further afield.
Listed below are Mallorca’s general markets with the best picked out in bold. In addition, there’s a daily crafts market in Palma’s Plaça Major during the summer.
If you’re staying in Palma and make only one foray out of the city, make it a journey on the Ferrocarril de Sóller (Sóller Railway). You’ll be hard-pressed to find a local aboard this toytown-style service and, in truth, it’s very unlikely it would still be operational were it not for the tourist trade, but […]
La cuina mallorquina has its roots firmly in rustic traditions, with a sprinkling of Arab influences, and is based around the classic trinity of Mediterranean ingredients – olive oil, garlic tomatoes. Much of the islands’ cuisine derives from ‘peasant’ food – local, simple and fresh. Unlike in much of southern Spain, where frying over high […]
Mallorca not only offers breathtaking coastal venues, but also stunning countryside places. There are plenty of well-equipped country retreats with good facilities for events such as weddings or parties, but also lots of really unusual spaces that you only find in the countryside – things like barns, village halls, beautiful country churches, vineyards – the […]