Majorca has been one of the top holiday destinations from Ireland for many years now. In fact Majorca was my first holiday abroad, as I am sure you can imagine I didn’t exactly take in the stunning scenery! Yes like many young people, I went for the great nightlife and the warm sunshine. There is so much more to this magnificent island though that needs to be told…
Majorca is an island that no matter what age you are, you can have a great holiday, it truly is an island of contrasts. Whether you have just finished your leaving cert and want a lively holiday, have children and want a family holiday or if you are retired and want some relaxation with evening entertainment, Majorca has all in abundance. Many people still associate Majorca with discounted package holidays but it is also full of luxury hotels, Michelin star restaurants and impressive marinas. The key is knowing which resort to choose at various times during the year.
North Coast: Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa, C’an Picafort, Playa de Muro
Puerto Pollensa, Alcudia, Can Picafort and Playa de Muro are the main resorts that stretch across the north of the island. My personal favourite is Puerto Pollensa. It is almost picture perfect with a long sandy beach, a mountain backdrop and a pretty old town to sweeten the deal. It was once an old fishing village so still retains a certain charm. There are great restaurants here and a great choice of self catering and hotel accommodation to suit anyone looking for a relaxing holiday with nice surroundings.
The neighbouring resort of Alcudia, has a magnificent 12km long beach and an old walled town but for me, lacks the authenticity that Pollensa has. In fact it has gone so developed now that it resembles the holiday resort cliché, with burger bars and loud music on every corner. C’an Picafort and Playa de Muro are both quieter resorts, pretty and less developed than Alcudia but the former has a large promenade and a more modern feel.
East Coast: Cala D’or, Cala Millor, Cala Bona, Sa Coma.
The east coast is also very popular from Ireland with many families and couples choosing Cala Dor, Cala Millor , Cala Bona, and Sa Coma for their summer holiday. Cala D’or would be my personal favourite along this coast, it is a great choice for families and couples, with many cove beaches and a stunning marina in Cala Longa – a great spot for al fresco dining.
Cala Millor was somewhat of a surprise to me, it is a large resort which a long sandy beach and plenty of great shops and nightlife. The smaller resorts of Cala Bona and Sa Coma are more family orientated with nightlife centered around hotels and family resorts.
South West Coast: Santa Ponsa, Magaluf, Palma Nova.
Santa Ponsa, Palma Nova and Magaluf are renowned for great nightlife so tend to attract mostly young people during July and August. They are also very popular with couples and families who are looking for a lively holiday at that time. In the quieter months, May, September and October enjoy a more mixed crowd as some of the other parts of the island may be almost ‘too’ quiet for some tastes.
All three resorts are lively with a great choice of bars and restaurants and long sandy beaches to satisfy adults and children alike. Santa Ponsa is particularly popular with Irish people so you are bound to hear ‘the wild rover’ emanating from numerous bars as you walk through the town.
Palma, Puerto Portals:
Majorca isn’t just about a traditional sun holiday, it can offer so much more. The vibrant city of Palma would compete with the best for a city break destination. The gothic cathedral, the Almudaina Palace and Bellvar Castle (amazing views from the top) are just some of the ‘must see’ sights. It is a modern city with stunning architecture, excellent shopping and one of the most impressive marinas in Europe.
Wandering around the old town of Palma is really impressive albeit with a relaxed holiday feel. The nearby resort of Puerto Portals has been home to celebrities for some time now. It has a sophisticated marina as well as plenty of designer shops so it feels more upmarket than some of its neighbours. It is very close to Palma Nova so many choose to stay here but take a taxi to Palma Nova for a lively night scene.
Exclusive North West Coast:
If you are looking for something a little more exclusive you should try Soller or Deia on the west coast. This is Majorca at its best. These hill top towns boast magnificent views as well as mouth watering restaurants and luxury hotels. Take a tram to the port of Soller and enjoy a cocktail at the waters edge, the scenery is stunning. Enjoy a day trip to Valldemossa, this old town oozes charm and character and is one of the prettiest villages in Majorca.
Wander through the cobbled stone streets and do some souvenir shopping but beware it is only 30 minutes from Palma so it does attract a lot of day trippers. This part of the island is for me one of the highlights of this island, so if you are planning a break to Majorca in the future make sure you rent a car or take a bus and go see it, you will thank me for it!