If you're after a holiday in the Balearic Islands, why not go for the biggest island of them all, Mallorca? The beaches are world famous - especially places like Magaluf and the very family-friendly Palma Nova. As well as relaxing on the fine sands or having cocktails at a beach-side bar, you can also explore the historic city of Palma, which boasts the striking, gothic Bellver Castle, a wonderful Old Town and an active nightlife. Other resorts to discover include Cala d'Or, Cala Moraia and Soller. In short, a holiday in Mallorca is the perfect Spanish getaway.
Cheap flights to the Balearic Islands are plentiful, and Mallorca is no exception. Ultra-low fares on direct flights are offered by operators including Ryanair, Monarch and Thomson Flights, from airports including London Stansted, Bournemouth, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands. Flights will take you to Palma de Mallorca Airport, with an average journey time of around two and a half hours.
The airport is located around eight kilometres from Palma itself and is the ideal gateway for your holiday in Mallorca. There are reliable, comfortable and very affordable bus services from the airport to a number of resorts and towns, although taxis are also available if you want to splurge a bit. If you're looking to get around the island and see some of the more out-of-the-way sights, then hiring a car really is your best option as buses don't always run at convenient times. However, bear in mind that Mallorca is one of the most popular destinations in the world and car hire can be hard to come by during the peak summer months - make sure you book well in advance.
Hotels in Mallorca are hugely plentiful, which reflects the sheer popularity of the region with tourists. Majorca has accommodation of just about every type, but you're not likely to get the cheapest deals during the bustling summer season. If you want to cut costs and capitalise on any discounts, you could go from October onwards or - even better - the early spring, when the weather's hotting up but the tsunami of crowds haven't yet hit.
There's lots of shopping to be had while on holiday in Mallorca, but avoid the boutiques and explore any street markets you might come across: there are good deals to be made for handicrafts and souvenirs, just remember to haggle! As for food, steer clear of any fancy restaurants designed to impress rich visitors, and head for good, local Spanish restaurants to try authentic paella and freshly-caught seafood.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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