Why go on holiday to Majorca?
Most people go for sun, sea and sand – which are in good supply. The sunsets of Palma and the spectacular mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana make this, the largest of the Balearic Islands, well worth a visit.Majorca: Palma Cathedral
How much does it cost?
There are some real bargains but average costs for two weeks in June vary from £400 – £600 per person half-board, including return flights. A week’s self catering accommodation in June is from £270. Flights start at around £130 return.
When should I go?
May-June and September-October are best, to avoid the crowds and higher prices of July and August. Visit in spring for the flowers in the mountainous north-west.
In summer temperatures average 70-88F (23-30C) and in winter they drop to 43-58F (6-15C).
What should I do when I’m there?
Most people expect Palma to be a concrete jungle, but are pleasantly surprised. The old quarter is an attractive blend of tree-lined boulevards and cobbled lanes, Gothic churches and baroque palaces, designer bars and slick boutiques.
The Cathedral Palau de l’Almudaina, the Museu de Mallorca, the interesting Museu Diocesa, the Arab baths and the Fundacio Joan Miro – which has a good selection of Miro’s art – are all worth visiting.
What is else is there to see?
Deia is probably the most famous village on Majorca, a cluster of stone buildings cowering beneath soaring mountains and surrounded by steep hillsides terraced with vegetable gardens, vines and fruit orchards.
It is now home to writers, actors and musicians. The English poet Robert Graves lived here until his death in 1985. A trip inland by train to Soller allows a glimpse of the traditional Majorcan way of life.
Inca holds a popular market each Thursday and has numerous factory outlets selling locally-produced leather goods, while industrial town Manacor has a thriving manufactured pearl industry.
Felanix is well-known for its ceramics showrooms and factories. Frederic Chopin and George Sand spent some time at the Cartuja de Valldemossa, a beautiful monastery that still houses Chopin’s piano.