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A basic guide of Mallorca

Majorca is a perfect island to travel to in summer. It is one of the most unique destinations in the Mediterranean. With this being said, we have a partnership with a very special tour guide who offers travel tips for guests of the Blau Punta Reina Resort, a resort for families and couples in Porto Cristo, Majorca.

This is the best way to explore the island of Majorca the way you want to.

Majorca’s emblem

The Palma Cathedral, called la Seu, is Majorca’s most emblematic building. Located facing the Bay of Palma, it welcomes thousands of contemplating visitors every year. Wrapped by the city’s walls, the Palma Cathedral has the world’s largest Gothic rose window. This is an element that in winter offers a magical image, due to the rays of sun passing through the coloured stained glass window.  The Cathedral is surrounded by gardens and is next to the main buildings in the centre of Palma. Its interior holds Miquel Barceló’s mural and a museum. Visiting hours vary according to the time of year, although it is open every Saturday all year round from 10:00 to 14:15. On Sundays it is only open during mass.

Underground Majorca

Majorca is an island with a particular orography, inside and out. Its subterranean side hides dozens of impressive caves that offer its visitors a unique experience and vision of nature and the passing of time. The most famous of these caves are the Drach Caves, located in Portocristo. The Artà Caves, in the region of Capdepera, are also spectacular, as well as the Campanet Caves, located in the region of the same name. For potholing enthusiasts, there are cave in Majorca that are less known but just as interesting when it comes to formations and subterranean routes: the Pirate Caves in Cala Falcó, the del Hams Caves in Portocristo and the Mare de Deu Caves in Portals Vells.

The Drach Caves

The Drach Caves are the most famous subterranean formations in Majorca. Located on the island’s oriental coast, specifically in the region of Portocristo, the Drach caves offer an unequalled tour through shapes and sounds. These caves are 2.4 kilometres long and can reach up to 25 metres in depth. Its interior displays an almost magical vision; the Martel is an underground lake where a classical music concert is held for every group of visitors. This concert and the impeccable light show projected over the water offer a unique experience. Visitors have the option of taking a small boat ride through the lake at the end of the tour.

Cuevas del Drach Mallorca

Cuevas del Drach Mallorca

The Artà Caves 

The Artà Caves are Majorca’s most spectacular subterranean formations. Located in Cap Vermell, in the region of Capdepera, the caves are framed by a mountainous landscape overlooking the sea. They are a mandatory visit for potholing enthusiasts, since its formations are especially significant due to their age, size, volume and location… It all seems to have been designed with the utmost care and harmony. What is most surprising when visiting the Artà Caves is its majestic vault, a structure with winding and impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Its length has winding galleries and caves where visitors can walk around and discover this phenomenon of nature.

The Campanet Caves

Located in the depths of the Sant Miquel valley, the Campanet caves are a passageway to the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains. Its privileged location matches the beauty of its interior, divided into several areas and galleries. The Campanet subterranean caves are 3,200 m² in size, offering its visitors a 400 metre trajectory that takes approximately 40 minutes. These caves reach a maximum depth of 50 metres and its galleries hold lakes and ample spaces; the perfect place to feed one’s imagination.

A lighthouse route through Majorca

While in Majorca, you can enjoy a beautiful route of the lighthouses that light up the island. Many of them are very old towers and true monuments overlooking the Mediterranean. One of the best examples is the Porto Pi lighthouse, in Palma. Located next to a naval base, right in the Palma Port, it is the third oldest functioning lighthouse in the world, after the Hercules Tower in A Coruña and the Lanterna in Genova. The most impressive lighthouses in Majorca are the Faro de Ses Salines, which can be seen from Cabrera, and the one in Formentor, a construction that crowns the Tramuntana Mountains. Others that are also worth visiting due to their special beauty are the Aucanada lighthouse in Capdepera, and Sa Creu, in Sóller.

A day trip to the Waterpark

Majorca has some of the best water parks in Europe. The island’s excellent climate in the summer is an invitation to spending as much time as possible outdoors, enjoying a swim in the sea or a dip in the swimming pool. A day at Aquapark is the perfect option for some fun, quality time with your family. Majorca has a total of four water parks, one in El Arenal, in the Playa de Palma region, two in Magaluf and a fourth in Alcudia. These water parks have amazing attractions like paintball, mini golf, games specific for different age groups, rest areas, grassy lanes, sun loungers and theme restaurants to regain one’s strength. It’s guaranteed pure fun in the sun.

A bicycle tour around the Bay of Palma

The Bay of Palma has one of the best bicycle lanes on the island of Majorca. The boardwalk connects the city’s centre with the residential and tourist area of Can Pastilla and takes you through areas of great natural beauty. This bike route is approximately 13 kilometres long and runs along the sea, offering typically marine scenes, diverse landscapes and people of all ages on a stroll or doing sports. The bicycle lane is protected from transit, making it an ideal path to enjoy a relaxing bike ride or an excursion with the entire family. Along the path, you will find small inlets, perfect for taking a dip, natural and unique areas like Es Carnatge, and lively bars and restaurants next to the sea.

Magaluf, the best party in Majorca

Parties in Majorca have a name: Magaluf. Bars, all types of restaurants and shops, Irish pubs, clubs and the best discotheques on the island are focused in this small region. The best destination for those looking for guaranteed fun. Located in the tourist municipality of Calvià, Magaluf is the perfect place to watch the sun rise after a night partying and lay on the sand of its two kilometre long beach. Shops, supermarkets, scuba diving schools, water sports, large terraces facing the sea… this is a place designed to make sure you enjoy every minute of your vacation. One of the main nightlife attractions is the famous BCM Planet Dance discotheque, one of the largest music venues in Majorca. Every summer, the best national and international disc-jockeys like David Guetta or Carl Cox make nights even hotter; experience the true Ibiza sound in the heart of Majorca’s nightlife.

Palmanova for all

The ultimate destination in Calvià for a family vacation is Palmanova. This small beach town in Majorca is very close to the lively nightlife in Magaluf, but its focus is more on tranquillity, rest and family fun. This is the perfect summer location for families with children and the elderly. The secret of Palmanova is the fact that it’s a welcoming town offering everything any type of visitor might need. Assorted restaurants, bars, play areas for children, beaches, parks, a marina, numerous shops, water sports… Palmanova Beach is a quiet place for those travelling with children; its waters are shallow, the white fine sandy beach is approximately 500 metres long and has a security service and easy access. You can take a stroll along a beautiful boardwalk full of shops, terraces and restaurants. Right next to this beach, connecting Palmanova and Magaluf, is Es Carregador, a smaller beach surrounded by lovely Mediterranean pine trees.

On a boat trip in the Palma Bay

Seen from the sea, Palma looks like a freshly painted picture. The Cathedral in the background, surrounded by gardens, monumental buildings and quaint roofs. So you can enjoy these magnificent views, take full advantage of your vacation and make a reservation for a quiet boat trip around the Bay of Palma. In the city’s Port, numerous businesses organize small boat or catamaran trips around the bay, from Palma to the Cap Blanc. These boat trips around the Bay of Palma usually last three to four hours and are appropriate for all age groups. On these trips, you have the option of going for a dip in a hidden inlet and savouring a real paella over the Mediterranean and toast with a glass of fresh sangria. These trips are with varied groups of people, allowing you to make new acquaintances. They run February until October and need to be reserved in advance.

Es Trenc, the essential beach

Es Trenc is one of the few remaining unspoiled beaches in Majorca and its beauty is almost intact. Many consider it to be the island’s paradise beach; the perfect place to disconnect, leave stress behind and swim in the bluest waters of the archipelago. Es Trenc, located in the Campos municipality, is made up of four kilometres of coast declared a protected, undeveloped area. This beach is surrounded by the typical leafy Mediterranean vegetation, which holds up to 170 different bird species and small dunes. Its fine sand is pristine and of the purest white, its shallow and transparent waters are always calm, like in a huge swimming pool. Es Trenc beach is very lively in the summer, so much so that visitors need to get an early start to find a parking spot. On each side of the beach you’ll find the family areas with sun loungers and sunshades, and in the centre there’s an area for nudists. All along the beach, kiosks hold lively parties that last well into the summer nights.

Es Trenc Mallorca

Cala d’Or beaches

Cala d’Or is one of the most distinguished tourist areas in Majorca. Located on the island’s southeast corner, in the municipality of Santanyí, its coast is characterised by exquisite inlets, rocky cliffs and a varied selection of leisure for all likings and age groups. Cala Gran is its most important inlet, due to its size and flow of visitors. Its quiet, family atmosphere is very convenient for those travelling with children, allowing for a safe sun and beach vacation. At a close distance, you’ll find Cala Ferrera, Cala Serena, Cala des Pou, Cala Esmeralda and Cala Egos. All of them smaller in size, welcoming and family oriented. Its sea beds are very rich in fauna and flora. The service offered in these inlets is excellent, making them some of the most sought after places to spend a summer vacation in Majorca.

Alcudia, the great bay

One of the nicest bays in the Balearic Islands is hidden in Majorca’s northern shore. The Alcudia and Muro Beaches are extended along the coast, creating a real natural maritime boardwalk facing the Mediterranean. In total, almost nine kilometres of fine, pristine sand, shallow waters and a natural environment make Alcudia one of Majorca’s most attractive destinations. Perfect for disconnecting from everyday stress, the Alcudia Bay is a lovely place where you’ll find all the services needed for an ideal vacation; tranquillity and relaxation in nature, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sports, fun, relaxation, sun and beaches, nature… You’ll find all of this in this special spot on the Majorcan coast, a place next to Formentor cape in the west and the mountain range in the east.

Muro lakes

The natural park at S’Albufera in Majorca is, along with Mondragó, the essential place to get in touch with nature. 100,000 years old, this area in the municipality of Muro is the largest wetland in the Balearic Islands and is characterised by its lovely lakes and canals.

S’Albufera is right next to the sea and offers the contrast of dunes, the Mediterranean and the Bay of Alcudia. While on one of the four routes that cross the park, you’ll be able to enjoy views of Muro Beach and the typical tillage houses of Sa Pobla village. This is the real Majorca. These wetlands are a protected natural park holding numerous regional species that live on its islets and canals: lizards, fish, migratory and water birds like the Bittern and the Heron, as well as Majorca’ autochthonous flora.

Sailing and kite surfing in Majorca

Majorca is an unequalled destination for all types of water sports. You’ll have access to sailing lessons, kite surfing on the beach, scuba diving, fishing, catamaran sailing or going on a kayak excursion around the coast. The calm waters of the Mediterranean make this island a year around paradise for water sport enthusiasts. The Port of Pollença, Alcudia and Cala Estancia, next to Playa de Palma, are the most popular beaches for fast-growing sports like sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Majorca has several professional schools that teach sailing and kite surfing all year round, since the Bays of Palma and Alcudia have the perfect weather conditions for these types of sports.

Blau Punta Reina Resort

Blau Punta Reina Resort

Discover Palma de Mallorca in Winter

Mallorca, is an island gently swayed by the waves of the Mediterranean, where each of its beaches and magical sunsets are their own piece of paradise. Who would not want to get lost in these beautiful coves and stunning landscapes?

With 300 days of sunshine per year, this Mediterranean jewel is a treasure that everyone wants to discover. Known to most people as a destination to visit during the summer, we wanted to talk today about the magic that you can experience here in winter. From the famous capital of Palma, to the most symbolic towns and areas of natural beauty. Prepare the camera for the incredible beauty that will take your breath away!

A walk through the capital

The city of Palma has many secrets that are worth discovering with a pleasant walk through the historic centre of the city. Beautiful places such as the Cathedral, the Town Hall Square, the Plaza Mayor and the busy Ramblas, are attractive examples of Mallorcan architecture and tradition, which also make excellent places to relax during the afternoon.

The charming traditional markets and the improvised performances of urban swing that take place in certain areas of the city centre form an alternative side to the Mallorcan capital.

A passage through the villages of the Tramuntana

Declared a World Heritage by UNESCO, the Sierra de Tramuntana is the natural wonder of Mallorca. Of course, the towns that are located around the mountain range are equally as stunning.

The magic of Esporles, Valldemossa, Deià and Fornalutx captures the visitors imagination from the first time you set your eyes on it. A traditional arròs brut (Meat & rice), or a porcella rostida (lechona) (suckling pig) are some of the most important dishes to try from these mountain villages.

Sóller Train

Following the route through the towns of the Serra Tramuntana, you can enjoy the journey by taking the Sóller train which cannot be missed off your list of essentials. The beautiful wooden train that connects the city of Palma with the picturesque town of Sóller, in a journey through the most symbolic landscape of Mallorca.

A tour of the best viewpoints

Mallorca is full of postcard worthy landscapes. The viewpoints of Cap de Formentor, Puig de Randa, Na Foradada and the Tower of Ses Ànimes become a must see, from which you can get the best views out over this magical island in the Mediterranean

Where to stay in Mallorca?

For those who have chosen this alternative visit to Mallorca, the Sol Hotels chain offers all the services and facilities needed to enjoy a wonderful stay in Palma de Mallorca. Discover all the Sol Hotels options, such as Sol Kathmandu Park and Sol House, both perfect for exploring the island on your holiday.

Three magical ways of getting married on Mallorca

May is the greenest and prettiest month of the year and temperatures stay around 26, 27 degrees. These two facts, and much more besides, have led to the number of people getting married on one of the 31 days available getting higher and higher every year. A wedding in May might be a guarantee for success (because good weather during the event is basically inevitable), but there are other crucial decisions that have to be made. The most important one? The choice of destination.

Contrary to what used to be populars some years ago, more and more couples decide to leave their towns and cities to celebrate their wedding in a warmer destination, on the beach, or somewhere they can get that ‘special something’ they are looking for. Looking for the ideal location takes time, so how about choosing a destination where any kind of wedding can be accommodated? If the answer is “yes” then start packing, because we’re going to Mallorca to get married.

Son Marroig, Mallorca

A wedding at sea

Mallorca is an island and as such it features numerous little bays, many of them extremely beautiful, so why not get married on a boat with the island at its most beautiful as a backdrop? Even if it might sound like something out of a film, or a marriage for the wealthy, the truth is that the number of boats on offer on the island is that extensive that you can find boats for 20 or 30 people (with skipper) at a very affordable price.

You could just go by what your wedding planner recommends, but keep an eye out for locations such as Cala Figuera, Es Trenc, Calvià Bay or perhaps Palma Bay itself (with the spectacular cathedral in the background).

With the Tramuntana Mountains as witnesses

The Tramuntana mountain chain is without a doubt a winning choice, and an ideal recommendation for all those who would like to pronounce their “I do” in an arcadian, intimate and very special atmosphere: fields of green as they can only be seen here on Mallorca, and grand Mallorcan estates where you can celebrate a high-quality wedding. The second option is getting increasingly popular (and it’s actually cheaper than setting up everything for a wedding on the beach, from scratch).

The beach, the most sought-after location

Everyone knows how beautiful Mallorca’s beaches are, so this is the favourite setting for more bohemian couples. The fact that most of the island’s beaches are public makes this option slightly more expensive than the others. But if you choose to get married on the beach and accept the associated charges, you will (for sure) experience the most beautiful event of your life.

Perfect hotels to accommodate your wedding guests

The fact that guests pay for the trip and the hotel when attending a wedding isn’t a reason to look for something low quality to get a low price. Mallorca has hundreds of quality hotels and it’s also a location where there are hotel chains of the highest level, able to offer high-quality accommodation.

Our recommendation for your wedding guests? Choose a chain with pedigree, such as Garden Hotels. This chain not only offers accommodation alternatives such as Garden Holiday Village, it also has true gems on offer such as the beautiful Playa Garden Selection Hotel Spa.

 

Majorca is your best choice for your sport holidays

If you already know the biggest island of the Balearic Islands, you should know the reason of today’s title Do you love outdoor sports and you never visited the Mediterranean island? You should then visit Majorca on your next holiday break. This island is much more than just a sun and beach destination and a party island.

Apart of its Mediterranean natural beauty and its quietness, Majorca is perfect for sport lovers (indoor and outdoor) due to its contrasting landscapes and the different microclimates in specific areas (such as Tramuntana or the north side of the island).

Despite you can practice indoor sports (such as spinning, rowing, swimming,etc), outdoor sports are much more popular in Majorca. Which are the most popular outdoor sports you can practice in this Mediterranean island?

 landscapes of Tramuntana mountains

landscapes of Tramuntana mountains

Trekking at Tramuntana mountains

The landscapes of Tramuntana mountains are just amazing and attract many trekking lovers who choose Majorca as their holiday destination. Beautiful landscapes, elevated and difficult routes and amazing views make your sport holidays memorable.

Amateur or professional cycling

Whether you ride across Tramuntana mountains or the so-called Pla de Mallorca (in the flattest area of the island), Majorca offers you fabulous cycling tours. Many professional cyclists travel to Majorca during preseason, but the island is also great for those who want to enjoy riding without time pressures.

Running with the Mediterranean breeze

Majorca is one of the most popular destination for running due to the fantastic Mediterranean Sea breeze. You cannot miss the opportunity of running along Palma promenade, Port Alcudia or Can Picafort on your next holidays.

What if you let the hotel sport services help you?

You should not worry about anything when you go on holidays (you just need to rest and have fun). However, we usually have to plan our holidays in advance in many cases, but the Majorcan hotel chain Ferrer Hotels is specially committed to guarantee you the best leisure and sport holidays.

This hotel chain has many outstanding hotels in Port Alcudia like Ferrer Maristany Aparthotel. An aparthotel which -apart of the common transport services, gym, pool and spa- has a 25 metre long olympic pool.  What could be a better way to start your day?

Can Picafort is also a perfect destination for those who want to practice special activities. In this area, Ferrer Janeiro Hotel is really popular and offers guests special activities like unique hiking tours, diving, nordic walking, MTB or beachvolley among others.

Hotels for everyone

The hotel chain Sol Hotels, owned by the Meliá Hotels International group, is a company that has innovated with their hotel portfolio, without losing its essence: comfortable hotels, fun, designed for relax and enjoyment, ideal for families or to enjoy with friends or with your partner… In one word, the perfect combination to continue to lead sun and beach tourism in our country, without neglecting new travellers that are seeking different experiences and accommodations that offer something new.

Flinstone Hotels

This is the reason behind the family hotels brand, well known for their Flintstones Hotels that have, in just a few years, become a model for hotels for children in Spain. In them, the traveller finds an accommodation designed for travelling with children with special services, just for them. From nursery and mini club to a real amusement park, recreating the famous cartoons after which the hotels are named.

Some of the most famous Flintstones Hotels include the recently renovated Sol Antillas Barbados, in Magaluf Beach, Sol Lanzarote in Puerto del Carmen, Sol Pelicanos Ocas in Benidorm, Sol Milanos Pingüinos, located in the beautiful cove of Son Bou, Menorca.

Hotels for young Majorca

But, while Sol Hotels stands out as a brand for family beach resorts, the hotel chain has created new and very complete proposals, transforming some of its most popular hotels and in popular destinations such as the Sol Ibiza hotel, a hotel for friends on the white island, designed to enjoy the summer in good company, or the Sol Katmandu Park & Resort, an accommodation which will premier this summer in Magaluf.

Hotel Magaluf theme park

They have not forgotten to include, in their portfolio, those travellers who look for a relaxed and intimate destination, which to enjoy quietly as a couple. For them, Sol Hotels has 2 different brands: hotels for couples, with special services for two, and adults only hotels, which only accommodates persons over 16 years of age. In both cases, the objective is to provide a more sophisticated and quiet accommodation with entertainment and facilities specifically designed for those who want to relax, by the sea, without any sort of worries.

Among the most prominent Adults Only hotels from the Sol Hotels portfolio, are the Sol Cala Blanca in Palma Nova, Majorca, the Sol Costablanca, Benidorm, and the Sol Menorca.