The largest Balearic Island of Mallorca is a real hot favourite with tourists. Who flock here in their millions from May through until September. Boasting beautiful beaches, stunning pine clad scenery, historic towns and cities and a real wealth of things to do and see. Offering all the right ingredients for the perfect holiday destination.
Mallorca has in fact been welcoming famous guests and VIP visitors for centuries. As the island has played host to eminents such as Frederic Chopin, George Sands, Joan Miro and Robert graves over the years. And is still a magnet for creative and artistic types today.
The island was restored to Christian rule in the early 1300´s after many centuries of subjugation by the Moors. With this victory marked by the construction of Palma Cathedral on the site of their main mosque. An amazing feat of architecture which has effectively been a work in progress ever since – as successive rulers and bishops sought to add their own personal flourishes to this amazing edifice.
During the 1980´s Mallorca began to acquire a reputation as a slightly downmarket destination. Fuelled by the boozy escapades of British tourists and the Club 18-30 crowd in mega resorts such as Magaluf in the south of the island.
That’s all largely history now – but the north now enjoys a more upmarket image as a result. With well heeled holidaymakers heading for destinations such as Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia. Which is also where the bulk of the best hotels and holiday villas in Mallorca are located.
The majestic Tramantuna Mountains dominate this part of the island. Providing a hugely atmospheric backdrop for tourists staying in coastal resorts such as Puerto Pollensa. Which is the seaside sister to the former Roman settlement of Pollensa which lies about 8km inland.
As a result visitors can enjoy hiking and mountain biking whilst on holiday here – as well as days on the beach or by the pool. Offering plenty of variety to those who like to do more than just soak up the sun.
Such is Mallorca’s size that separate resorts on the island even cater to specific nationalities and age groups. With British tourists especially opting for destinations such as Alcudia – with its enormous 9km long beach – and Cala D’or on the east coast. Home to seven separate sandy coves.
Travelling to the island is easy from mainland Europe. As well as cheap flights from most countries there’s also a regular ferry service to Mallorca from both Valencia and Barcelona.