Everything you need
to know about Majorca

Majorca is remarkably diverse. It is the largest island in the Balearics, and here you can find white sand beaches and turquoise water, mountains, pine groves and cliffs. Its beaches are perfect for swimming and water sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing, fishing, sailing or surfing. The island also offers a wide choice of golf courses, which blend into the natural setting. Nearly 40% of the island is protected area, which allows you to enjoy exceptional places and nature in all its splendour.

How to get there

Most of the major European cities offer flights to Palma de Mallorca, especially from Germany and the UK. The usual point of arrival in Palma is Son Sant Joan International Airport, located on the outskirts of the city. To reach the centre you can take a taxi, rent a car or catch a bus.

You can also travel to Majorca by boat. There are daily ferries departing from Barcelona, Valencia and Denia.

Where to stay

In Majorca there is a wide range of accommodation available (from hotels to countryside B&Bs), but the most important decision is where to stay on the island. This will depend on the type of trip you are looking for. If you are looking for relaxation and spending a few days with your family, the northern beaches are a good option. If you’re looking for beach plus nightlife, the Palma Bay is recommended (Can Pastilla, Playa de Palma and El Arenal or Magalluf).

Alternatively, there are beaches, such as Cala Millor, that have a bit of everything, i.e. a quiet ambiance together with some nightlife. Country and inland tourism is also another good option if you have the use of a car to get around the island (Valldemossaa, Deia, Soller or Fornalutx).

Gastronomy

The Majorcan cuisine derives from a very eventful history under the rule of various civilizations Pulses or fish are key ingredients in the traditional dishes.

One of the most typical products, famous in the Balearic Islands, are ensaimadas, a sweet pastry in a spiral shape that has become one of the favourite breakfasts of locals and tourists alike.

The Mallorcan frit, is a very popular dish on the island. It is has many variations, including its main ingredients, which can be meat or fish.

The Mallorcan soups are a simple and healthy dish, made with locally grown vegetables, with whatever greens are in season. There are variations with meat, mushrooms and other vegetables.

Sobrassada is one of the most famous sausages of the Balearic Islands. It is made with pork (lean and bacon) and its red colour comes from the paprika which is used in its preparation.

Popular celebrations

Devils and fire processions

Many Majorcan towns and villages include the “devils” dance (dimonis) or fire procession (correfoc) in their celebrations, in honour of Sant Antoni and the devil, the struggle of good against evil. The biggest gathering of “devils” is on the eve of Sant Antoni, but they also feature in other holidays.

Battle of Moors and Christians at Sóller

This traditional battle is held in the second week of May to commemorate the victory of the peasants against the Turks and Algerians. The battle took place on 11th May 1561 and was led by Captain Angelats.

Battle of the moors and christians at Pollensa

Every year on 2nd August the celebrations of the Virgin of the Angels commemorate the largest attack on Pollensa in history, which took place on 30th May 1550. In the early hours of the morning, the simulation of the arrival of the corsairs is announced and at dusk, after the conclusion of the procession of the patron saint, a recreation is staged of the battle between Moors and Christians.

Lluc on foot (Lluc a peu)

Every first weekend of August, a big nighttime pilgrimage takes place, which is internationally famous. The walk is 48 kilometres, from Palma de Mallorca to the monastery of Lluc in the Tramuntana mountains.

Nightlife

In Majorca the nighttime is lived to the full until the early hours. There are very varied options to be enjoyed in terms of music, from small and intimate jazz lounges, to massive concerts in sporting venues, classical music in beautiful settings, flamenco concerts to indie music clubs. As we said at the start, everything depends on the type of holiday you are looking for.

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Everything you need to know about Majorca