Tips for Traveling Around Mallorca
Mallorca (sometimes spelt Majorca) is an idyllic little island that lies just off the east coast of Spain in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. It enjoys glorious summers and mild winters, which make the Mallorca weather reason enough to visit, but with the added bonus of beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, stunning scenery and a healthy dose of culture, Mallorca has become a world-class getaway.
Unsurprising, then, that the choice of what to do, where to eat and where to stay can be bewildering at the best of times, so here’s a few suggestions from someone who’s been and done it all before!
What to do…
While most gravitate towards the pristine beaches, slap on the sun cream and doze the days away, others seek more active ventures, like trekking. Mallorca boasts some brilliant walking routes, ranging from casual strolls to hard core hikes, and there is no better way to appreciate the incredible scenery this island has to offer than on foot. Cap de Formentor, located on the northern tip of the island, is the best place in Mallorca for views. The headland has a number of lookout points, but the best is Mirador del Mal Pas, which perches at a staggering 300m above the crashing surf below. From here you can see the islands of Menorca, Cala Fiquera and Alcudia.
A welcome alternative to trekking is catching the train to and from Soller and Palma; a route that’s been described as �?one of the great little railway journeys of the world’. The train is delightfully old-fashioned, with polished wooden coaches and sash windows. Leaving from Palma, the capital, you’ll rumble through the city into mountainous scenery until you reach Soller, a charming little town high up in the mountains, full of tapas bars and pastry shops.
Where to eat…
There are simply too many fabulous Mallorca restaurants to pick just one, but if you head for Palma’s Old Town you can’t really go wrong. You will find an abundance of choice, from Michelin-starred restaurants to authentic tapas joints. Both traditional and international cuisines abound here, and the charming atmosphere of the cobbled streets and limestone buildings will complete the experience. There is also a great selection of drinking venues in this area of town, so wash your food down with an ice cold San Miguel in a rustic tavern or an extravagant cocktail in a funky bar – the choice is yours!
Where to stay…
For a mix of great beaches, choice of cuisine, good bars and culture, Palma, the capital, is the best place to stay on the island. It is also here that you will find the best hotels in Mallorca. For a budget option, the Tryp Bosque, which is located in the west of the city just a short walk from the beach, boasts rooms with private balconies, an air conditioned dining room and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Alternatively, if you’re willing to splash out a bit, look no further than Palacio Ca Sa Galesa. Nestled in the heart of the Old Town in a building dating back to 1576, this boutique hotel has deluxe rooms and a sun terrace filled with hammocks and sunbeds.