Expect the unexpected in beautiful Majorca. This sun-kissed Spanish island, part of the Balearics archipelago, has shrugged off its party reputation and will blow you away with its white-sand beaches, quaint honey-stone villages and lip-smacking Mediterranean cuisine.
The dazzling coastline is the biggest draw and it’s easy to see why. Twinkling aquamarine waters unfurl onto the shores and hidden coves ooze mystery. But inland, you’ll find plenty of hidden gems too among lush vineyards and dramatic peaks.
Want to experience the best of the island? Here’s our rundown of the top things to do in Majorca:
- Catedral de Mallorca
- Cala Mondragó
- Alcudia Old Town
- Palau de l'Almudaina
- Platja des Coll Baix
- Sa Calobra
- Cap de Formentor
- Cuevas de Artà
1. Catedral de Mallorca
Of all the things to do in Majorca, Catedral de Mallorca has got to be at the top of your list. This enormous church takes centre stage in Palma along the pretty waterfront. Stand outside and crane your neck to inspect the intricate façade’s blend of Renaissance and Gothic detailing.
Inside, the architectural magic continues. A collection of rose windows adorn the walls, with light streaming through in a pretty blush hue. Although the cathedral was built in the medieval era, Antoni Gaudí also lent his legendary panache to its interior during the early 20th century.
2. Cala Mondragó
Concealed in a cove on the island’s south-east coast, unspoilt Cala Mondragó is a divine spot to soak up the sunshine. The azure waters are remarkably clear and white satin-like sand blankets the shore. This is the place to switch off and relax, so sit back and drink in the views of the surrounding greenery and watch boats sail in and out of the bay.
3. Alcudia Old Town
Quaint Alcudia Old Town is utterly charming. Encircled by medieval walls, it’s a maze of narrow streets, lined with golden buildings and embellished with colourful blooms. Seek out neo-Gothic Sant Jaume church, then head up onto the walls themselves for commanding views. If you’re here on a Tuesday or Saturday, market stalls fill the streets of the Old Town, perfect for hand-crafted souvenirs.
4. Palau de l'Almudaina
Palma has many treasures, one of which is the Palau de l'Almudaina. This former Islamic fort has been around since the 13th century and today remains an official residence of the King of Spain.
Embark on a tour to see the majestic palace for yourself – rich tapestries and elaborate furniture embellish the rooms, hailing from different eras. Don’t miss the pretty 14th-century courtyard, lined by quaint arches on two sides and with swaying palms in its centre.
5. Platja des Coll Baix
Tucked away on a remote spot along the north-east coast, Platja des Coll Baix is a knockout beach. To get there, you’ll have to either catch a boat or take a hike through shady pine forest. But it’s totally worth the journey. The sheltered cove curves in a crescent shape, lapped by glimmering turquoise waters. Plant yourself down on a towel and settle in for a day of peace by the sea.
Swap the coast for the country and discover charming Artà. Set upon a hilltop, this historic town has preserved its heritage beautifully, allowing you to step back in time as you wander through its streets. Head for Santuari de Sant Salvador, the town’s eye-catching medieval walled fortress. From the top, the sweeping views are incredible, looking out towards the distant mountains.
Jump aboard a vintage wood-panelled train and cruise across the island in the direction of Sóller. The journey to this pretty town showcases the raw natural beauty of Majorca, winding through the Sierra de Alfàbia mountains.
Beautiful Sóller will unfold before your eyes as your roll into town. Hop off the train and meander through the cobbled streets in the direction of Plaça Constitució. This bustling square is the perfect place to indulge in an ice cream and watch the world go by.
8. Sa Calobra
Tick off two beaches when you visit Sa Calobra. Hidden among rugged cliffs and divided by a river gorge, this slice of the island’s coast is pure magic. The two beaches are connected by a narrow tunnel and the views are spectacular. Take a seat on the pebbly shore and admire the clear water or even enjoy a dip if you’ve packed your swimming stuff! A curvaceous road snaking down the cliffside is the only way to reach it by car, but the journey is half the fun.
9. Cap de Formentor
Love nature? Then this is one of the top things to do in Majorca for you! Experience the northernmost point of the island at Cap de Formentor. Hop in a hire car and zigzag along roads that take you past pine trees, through En Fumat mountain and hug the coast – the views are glorious! A whitewashed lighthouse marks the end of the road. Park up and soak up the vistas, then stick around the watch the sun set in a riot of colour.
10. Cuevas de Artà
Take a mystical journey underground at Cuevas d'Arta. These subterranean caverns are teeming with intriguing stalactites and stalagmites. Weave your way around the various chambers, keeping an eye out for the Queen of Pillars – a 22-metre-tall stalagmite that continues to grow every century. At the end of the tour, you’ll emerge out of the caves to the sight of the glittering Med ahead – don’t forget your camera!
Tick off this list of top things to do in Majorca when you book a trip to the sun-baked island with Jet2holidays.
Posted: 28th Feb 2019.