In the Mediterranean, the islands of Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera constitute the most important part of the Balearic Islands. Majorca is particularly popular among tourists, and has in fact been so since the beginning of package tourism in the 1950’s. Several bays along the shoreline, notably in the north eastern part of the islands offer excellent beaches. The geographic conditions means that the water is shallow as well as placid, as it is shielded by the island itself as well as by isthmuses, stretching into the sea.
The nearby city of Alcúdia is the main tourist centre on the island. Besides providing easy access to the family friendly beaches, there is a very popular water park in Alcúdia. This makes the city a perfect choice for families with children, as you can then choose between two kinds of entertainment, both of which includes water. As all parents know, in the minds of children, very few things come close to the entertainment value of splashing water.
The major city and port on the islands is Palma (or Palma de Mallorca, as it is unofficially known). Built around the Bay of Palma on the southern part of Majorca, Palma offers great opportunities for enjoying life in a warm and sunny climate. The Spanish royal family spend their summer holidays in the city’s Marivent Palace. All though you can’t go here, the nearby Bellver Castle is open to the public.
Originally built in the 14th century for King James II of Aragon, during the 18th and 19th centuries it was used as a military prison. In the 1950’s several enemies of Francisco Franco, who won the Spanish Civil War, were imprisoned here. Nowadays, however, the impressive and well preserved castle has become one of the major tourist attractions on Majorca. It is located on top of a forested hill, and you should definitely take the trip here, if you stay near Palma.
Another architectural masterpiece in Palma – in fact one that you simply can’t miss – is the city’s beautiful, Gothic style cathedral, La Seu. Construction originally began in 1229, but it would take a staggering 372 years to complete the building. During the 18th century minor changes were made, but by and large the cathedral today appears as it did when it was finally completed in 1601.
During any stay in Majorca it is a great idea to rent a car and take a trip across the island. Majorca primarily consists of plains, except in the north western and eastern parts of the Island. Here, the Tramuntana range dominates the landscape. As a result, the northern shores are generally very rugged, which makes it unsuited for a day on the beach. On the other hand, the mountains to the north stretch so far into the sea, that they form an integral part of the wonderful bays along the western and eastern shores of Majorca.
In a few words, Majorca offers so many opportunities and experiences, that there is something for everyone her. Enjoy life at the beach, take a trip across the island or go for a walk in one of its interesting cities. The choice is entirely yours.