Quick Guide to Majorca

If you're after a holiday in the Balearic Islands, why not go for the biggest island of them all - Majorca! The beaches are world famous especially in resorts like Magaluf and the very family friendly Palma Nova. As well as relaxing on the fine sands of beaches like Cala Mandia or having cocktails at your all inclusive hotel's beach-side bar, you can also explore the historic city of Palma, which boasts the striking, gothic Bellver Castle a few kilometres from its centre, a wonderful Old Town and an active nightlife.

Other towns to discover include Cala d'Or, which is located on the south-east coast of the island and framed by a cluster of sandy coves. This is where to go if you're looking for a laid back, family friendly holiday spot - Calas de Mallorca is also a firm family favourite. However, the resort is also sprinkled with several clubs for those looking to let loose come sun down. Another option to consider is the unassumingly charming Pollenca, which has stolen many hearts thanks to its 14th-century architecture, scenic walking trails and its beautiful coastline. These, along with traditional cafes and their al fresco seating facing out over the bay, place the town firmly on the list of must see spots on the island. Cala Mondrago, meanwhile, is set within a national park, and its beach is considered one of the most scenic on the island.

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Majorca is famous for pulling in sunbathers and party-lovers, but it's also a great place for families, and there is no shortage of attractions that will appeal to all age groups.

S'Albufera Nature Reserve
On the northeast coast near Port d'Alcúdia sits the beautiful S'Albufera nature reserve. Over 4,200 acres, these wetlands are made for days dedicated to birdwatching, cycling and walking.
Alfàbia Gardens
In Bunyola north near Palma, Alfàbia Gardens is just waiting to be discovered. Orange and lemon trees pepper the jasmine and honeysuckle sprinkled path, and fountains trickle ahead. An icy lemonade is just waiting to be sipped at the bar across the way.
Magaluf is synonymous with a wild party scene, and it's this resort which has bagged the island a reputation for its nightlife. But there are plenty of other lively spots. Try Santa Catalina for trendy bars and Palma where you can party with the locals.
Family Activities
Majorca is a waterpark mecca! There are five across the island, with everything from racing slides at Aqualand in Arenal to "The Beast" at Western Water Park near Magaluf. In addition families might like to plan a trip to the Caves of Drach, a popular attraction which extends 25 metres below ground and has a beautiful lake at its base.
Fly boarding, diving and stand up paddle boarding are just a few of the water sports you can try your hand at while on holiday in Majorca. You can also take a boat trip to Cabrera, a national park which is home to Balearic lizards and birds including ospreys and falcons.

How to get to Majorca

Cheap flights to the Balearic Islands are plentiful, and Majorca is no exception. Ultra-low fares on direct flights are offered by operators including Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Easyjet and Thomson, from airports including London Stansted, Bournemouth, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands. Try searching at the last minute if you can hold off - you might find even lower fares than usual! 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 Majorca. 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 Majorca is one of the most popular destinations in the world and car can be hard to come by during the peak summer months make sure you book well in advance.

Self Catering Holidays in Majorca

The island of Majorca is a great choice if you are looking for a self catering holiday. Almost all resorts have apartment complexes with a good range of facilities from swimming pools, bars, restaurants and even entertainment. So whether you are a family looking for flexibility and freedom; a group of singles looking for a low cost base to sleep or a couple looking for a base price studio, we can help you compare all the best offers in your chosen resort. Just select the self catering option in the board basis dropdown in the search box above and dealchecker will show you the best holiday apartments on offer on your particular dates.

Where to stay in Majorca

Hotels in Majorca 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. Another alternative is to do a twin centre holiday with a stay in Majorca followed a cruise departing from Palma

There's lots of shopping to be had while on holiday in Majorca, 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.