Things to do in Mallorca

Today’s post was written by British Journalist, Kelly Garner. Kelly was first bitten by the travel bug on a 20 month RTW trip! She has since decided to combine her two passions, and become a travel writer.

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As the largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is packed with things to see and do! Most visitors head straight to the beaches, and who can blame them given the island has so many alluring sandy stretches. From the long expanses of golden sand in Alcudia, to the more rugged coastline of Pollença, even the somewhat infamous resort of Magaluf has a sandy stretch to rival most other seaside resorts. However, it is a common misconception to think that all Mallorca has to offer is sun and sand. While you can choose to simply relax and top up your tan, Mallorca’s coastline offers the chance to do more than just unwind…

Cycling

Mallorca is home to many cycle routes allowing you to take in the scenery while getting some exercise. This is also great if you want to get to those places less frequented by holiday-makers, and uncover Mallorca off the beaten track. Take a picnic with you and enjoy a day of it – just don’t forget the water and sun cream!

Water Sports

Water sports are readily available at the more popular holiday resorts, with scuba diving and yachting now making a welcome appearance.

Train rides and countryside

For many people the idea of exploring a new country or region involves sitting back and letting someone else do the driving for them. A popular route through the Mallorcan countryside is on the Tren de Sóller from the islands capital, Palma, to the pretty town of Sóller. The train is made up of wooden coaches and the big windows mean you get some fantastic views of the countryside as you pass by. Once in Sóller you can then jump on the tram to take you to Puerto Sóller, the coastal town where you are able to explore the shops, restaurants and of course hit the beach!

Air Balloons

For those wanting to check out Mallorca by air, Mallorca Balloons offers a variety of flights over the island varying in duration and size of the party. This is definitely a memorable way to take in the landscape and experience Mallorca in another light. Some flights also include after-flight picnics so you can enjoy some local treats once you’ve come back down to earth.

Nature Reserves

For nature lovers Mallorca is also home to a number of nature reserves. One such haven is Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve – an island off the south west of Mallorca home to a great diversity of plants and birds. The reserve is obviously a protected area however there are four walks that can be done around the island covering a range of lengths and difficulties, giving you the chance to discover this beautiful part of the world for yourself.

Other nature reserves worth checking out include S’Albufereta, Mondragó, Albufera, Cabrera and Llevant Peninsula. All give you a chance to uncover Mallorca’s hidden side away from the hustle and bustle of tourist hot-spots elsewhere on the island.

History

For a chance to soak up some history and culture it’s well worth heading north to the islands capital – Palma. Here you can catch a glimpse of the city’s impressive Cathedral, La Seu. This grand building stands tall on the skyline of Mallorca’s bay and offers a wealth of history for those who want to explore.

Elsewhere on the island, Lluc Monastery has not only been a place of pilgrimage for over 700 years but its set amongst the gorgeous Mallorcan countryside. If you book in advance there’s also the possibility of staying overnight here, though if rooms are fully booked there is a campsite where you can stay nearby. After exploring the ancient monastery you can get out into the mountains, where hikers and cross country cyclists will be in their element.

Golf

One sport which is often overlooked in Majorca, despite the abundant facilities, is golf. There are numerous courses on the island where both beginners and those with more experience can practise their swing. You can even book lessons if you want to boost your skills with some focused tuition.

There is no denying that Mallorca is a fantastic place to visit for a beach break! With fantastic weather most of the year, and lots of sandy beaches to choose from, it is understandable why many of it’s visitors use Mallorca for just that! It’s important to realise however, that Mallorca has more to it than may meet the eye. There are many things to do in Mallorca to suit all types of traveller and holiday maker. The above list of things to do will hopefully help you should you choose to visit Mallorcan shores…

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