Majorca: much more than just sun and sand
Discover a holiday destination in the heart of the Mediterranean that attracts millions of visitors every season. A place in Spain where the sun shines almost all year round, about two hours flight from the major European capitals. Come to Majorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, and enjoy its coves and beaches with clear, clean waters, its countryside, its lively cultural agenda, its golf courses, its water sports… there are a host of reasons to come.
Any time of year is good to visit Majorca, so what better time than during these months? This island, part of the Balearic archipelago has 550 kilometres of coast. This coastline is outstanding, above all, for its stunning beauty, home to some of the Mediterranean's most attractive beaches and coves. The broad, ochre and white sandy beaches of the southeast, offering a full range of facilities and services, contrast with the hidden coves of the north - often small inlets between cliffs and pine groves. The entire coast has one common denominator, however: crystal-clear seawater that you will want to swim in… Not forgetting the possibility of water sports. Whatever your level, in Majorca you can try sports such as scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, and even surfing. Back on dry land, the golf speaks for itself, with excellent facilities and courses that blend in perfectly with their surroundings. Get your clubs ready and put your skills to the test.
A host of possibilities await you on this island because Majorca is a huge treasure in itself. You will find one pleasant surprise after another, whether inland or on the coast. This island is worth taking your time to discover. Many of these delights are plain to see. This is the case with Calvià, for example, where you will find spectacular beaches and rich cultural heritage, or with the beautiful town of Pollença. Not forgetting two of the most picturesque spots on the island, Deià and Valldemossa, whose historic centres and monuments are surrounded by picture-postcard countryside.
To get to other places on the island, however, you will have to take little-used tracks and trails. These trails are ideal to explore on foot, on horseback or by bicycle: cycle touring is a wonderful way to get to know Majorca. Take rural tracks and secondary roads to feel the most traditional, authentic side of the island. There are many different itineraries, well signposted and with information panels, which link up villages both inland and on the coast. Do you fancy it? The experience is sure to please. For those with less sporting inclination, two good alternatives are to hire a vehicle or go on an organised outing.
40% of the island of Majorca is protected countryside, and its landscapes have a special magic, as you will find, for example, at S'Albufera, where there are large numbers of migratory birds to be seen. There is much more on offer too. See the surprising, rugged landscapes of the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains, in the north, with peaks of over 1,400 metres above sea level; don't miss Sa Dragonera, an small island of great ecological worth; relax in the quiet spots of southern and inland Majorca; enjoy the Mondragó countryside; discover a hidden world of caves, many of which are in the sea, such as Drach Cave… Just like the coast, Majorca's inland countryside is marked by contrast: caves, pine groves, salt flats, green hills, wild mountains…
The island's special atmosphere has captivated the imaginations of internationally renowned artists for centuries, such as musician Frédéric Chopin, artist Joan Miró, or writer Jorge Luis Borges, among many others. This cultural legacy is present in the island's packed artistic agenda. All year round there are festivals, concerts, literary competitions, exhibitions, recitals, theatre performances… Furthermore, Majorca is the chosen holiday destination of the Spanish Royal Family. Actors such as Michael Douglas and many personalities from the world of the arts, sport and politics are also regulars on the island.
Palma de Mallorca is the island's capital and its cultural centre. Come and discover one of Europe's best-conserved old towns. Over the ages, numerous different civilisations have left their mark on the streets of this cosmopolitan yet traditional city. Take a stroll around the old town, a labyrinth of narrow alleyways with stately houses, churches, Moorish baths, old defensive walls, Gothic arches, museums, palaces, towers... Be sure not to miss the Cathedral either. It is the Balearic Islands' most spectacular building, dominating the entire bay. Palma's vitality can also be felt in its nightlife, with a broad array of pubs, terrace-bars, bars and nightclubs.
As you can see, the options are numerous. Come to this privileged tourist destination and discover for yourself the wonders of an island that will stay with you forever.
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