Majorca’s top six unspoilt experiences
Majorca is one of the Mediterranean’s most favoured destinations, for decades drawing holidaymakers to the sublime sand beaches, dramatic mountainous scenery and quaint fishing towns. While upscale modern resorts are now perched on the coast alongside traditional villages, there are still plenty of unspoilt sights and scenes awaiting the discerning traveller. Dive in below and let us know what appeals to you most from our list…
Nestled beneath the Tramuntana Mountains, close to the north-west coast of Majorca, the Soller Valley is a paradisiacal part of Majorca that’s yet to be truly discovered by the mainstream crowd. Visit the atmospheric village of Soller – a terracotta gem sat snugly at the foothills of the mountains and packed with beautiful historic buildings plus a handful of local cafes, hire bicycles and ride the dramatic trails of the valley, or embark on an awe-inspiring journey to Palma on the heritage tramway .
The most northerly point of Majorca is as majestic as you’d imagine. Rising more than 1,200 feet above the ocean, this soaring cliff-edge peninsular is crowned by a vintage lighthouse that’s postcard-perfect. Most visitors make the trip here to watch the sun go down across the water, but there are also hiking trails to enjoy, and you may even spot one of the famous hillside goats that wander the hills of the area.
Port de Pollensa is one of the most popular places to be in all of Majorca, offering a bustling yet authentic fishing village vibe, enhanced with upscale shopping and dining. One of the best ways to experience this seaside star is via the Pine Walk – a kilometre-long seafront promenade that takes you past some of the best waterfront sights and sounds, sheltered beneath the shade of historic pine trees. It’s especially popular in the evening when the locals walk hand-in-hand as the sunset lights up the sky.
Discover a haven of tranquillity just five kilometres from Port d’Alcudia. The S’Albufera Nature Reserve is a wild habitat popular for birdwatching, with some of Europe’s rarest breeds often spotted here. You’ll also find a network of cycle trails, footpaths and even a modern visitor centre, making this the perfect place for a peaceful day out.
If you’ve got a car and a head for heights, we recommend making a trip to the breathtaking port of Sa Calobra. This minuscule village is surprisingly popular with tourists, but the amazing seaside setting and unforgettable if hair-raising trip down makes it worth braving the crowds for. With strikingly azure waters to the front and impossibly high cliffs to the back, this unspoilt port is well worth a visit even if just for the bragging rights that you made it down!
Stand up paddleboarding (or SUP for short) is one of the biggest lifestyle trends of recent years. This popular new sport is a proven fitness heavyweight, offering a low-impact but thoroughly complete workout. The Bay of Alcudia is the perfect place for first-timers, thanks to generally calm waters, beautiful scenery and professional instructors ready to offer tuition . Once you get the hang of it, there are plenty of caves to explore, and snorkelling spots to discover.
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