Majorca (Mallorca) General Information
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Majorca is the largest of the 4 Balerearic islands, located in the Mediterranean sea off the east coast of Spain
"From Palma's cosmopolitan seafront to the rugged beauty of the Tramuntana mountains, Majorca is a glittering island full of delightful surprises."
It’s easy to see why the Spanish king moved his summer palace to Majorca – this island, the largest of the Balearic chain, is a dazzling jewel in the heart of the Mediterranean. But Majorca isn’t reserved for royalty or the Hollywood stars that frequent its shores - far from it. From non-stop partying in Magaluf to adrenaline-inducing watersports in Cala Millor, from gentle walks through tiny mountainside villages to long tapas lunches in cosmopolitan Palma, there’s something for everyone here.
Majorca’s beaches consist of long stretches of sandy coastline in the north and tiny unspoilt pine-clad coves in the east. Cala d’Or has numerous beautiful, powdery coves and deep inlets which can get crowded, simply because of their beauty. Puerto de Soller has a narrow town beach of sand and shingle, and a delightful sandy beach at one end. If you can’t bear to lie still for long, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to watersports. Should they seem a bit too energetic, a trip on a glass bottomed boat is a pleasant and relaxing way to glimpse the colourful underwater life of Majorca.
The southern tip of the island is a protected area of glorious white sand beaches. Best beaches include: Cala Mondrago , Cala Pi, Platja de la Rapita, Es Trenc (one part of which is for nudists) and Caló des Màrmol.
There are lovely coves at Cala Deia and Sa Calobra, often visited by passing yachts.
The eastern headland is a Nature Reserve with 42km of Blue Flag beaches including five large sand beaches, of which Platja de Son Moll is the prettiest.
Porto Cristo to Porto Colom
South of Capdepera, there are a string of rocky, romantic coves such as Cala Falcó, Cala Romàntica (also known as s'Estany d'en Mas) and Cala Bota. They are harder to get to so often empty in high season. Good for romancing couples.
Majorca is renowned for its beautifully crafted artificial pearls. Found in shops all over the island, they make a great value treat or gift. Good buys also include embroidery, olive wood carvings, kitchenware and leather goods - look out for the factories found on the outskirts of most towns. Palma has everything from a wonderful flea market every Saturday to designer boutiques and high street chains, including a large, exclusive department store.
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The following resorts and towns have a market at least once a week
- Alcudia - Tuesdays & Sundays
- Andtratx - Wednesdays
- Arta - Tuesdays
- Campos -Thursdays & Saturdays
- Can Picafor
- Colonia de Sant Jordi
- Consell (Antiques
- Felantix - Sundays
- Inca -Thursdays
- Llucmajor - Wednesdays & Fridays
- Manacor - Mondays
- Maria de la Salut
- Montuiri Muro
- Palma - Saturdays - Along the dual carrageway Gabriel Alomar I Villalonga
- Playa de Muro - Saturdays - On the main road
- Porto Colom - Tuesdays
- Porto Cristo - Sundays
- Port de Pollenca - Wednesdays
- Sa Coma - Wednesdays afternoons
- Sa Pobla
- Sant Joan
- Sant Llorenc Santa Maria
- Santa Eugenia
- Santa Margalida
- Santanyi - Wednesdays & Saturdays
- Ses Salines
- Sineu - Wednesdays
- Son Servera - Fridays
Sineu Market is held on Wednesday and has a reputation as the best farmers market on the island, also has a lot of leather goods
Sinew is located just East of the Islands centre in a mountanous area about 30 minutes drive from Palma
Inca market is another excellent market, again with plenty of leather goods, held on Thursday morning and possibly Sunday.
Inca is the main leather producing town on the island
More good markets
The other top markets are held at
- Santa Maria - Sunday
- Alcudia - Sunday, Tuesday,
- Campos - Thursday, Saturday
Majorca offers a variety of diverse nightlife, ranging from the lively bars, discos and never ending happy hours of Magaluf to the relaxed, seafood restaurants of Puerto Pollensa and Cala d’Or. Majorca has scores of English pubs and restaurants, but those searching for local flavour won't be disappointed - there is often a Balearic ballet or a Spanish play showing at the Auditorium in Palma, one of Europe's top concert halls. As you would expect, nightlife in resorts is quieter and more relaxed during the winter season.
Majorca boasts a long and colourful history - its strategic mid-Mediterranean location gave it a part to play in the successive empires of the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines and Moors. Sea-front sections of Palma's massive town walls survive to this day, some 800 years after the Moors constructed them.
In most hotels and aparthotels gentlemen are required to wear long trousers to dinner. Most hotels or apartments ask customers to vacate their rooms between 10am and 12 midday. For late afternoon or evening flights, late check out rooms may be available. Please see Your Holiday, Your Choice options on accommodation pages. Ask your travel agent to check the Travel Advice section of TOPical for up-to-date advice and the latest known Foreign Office advice.
Eating out is one of the great joys of a Majorcan holiday. Local fare includes the Balearics' ubiquitous tapas and all manner of seafood. Charcoal grilled meat dishes, particularly those based on chicken, lamb and pork, are also deservedly popular as is 'arroz brut', the Majorcan equivalent of 'paella', served with steaming saffron rice and pork or chicken. Compliment your meal with a glass of the local red wine, not unlike a mild Rioja and round it off with a delicious 'creme catalan', a rich creme caramel custard.
Emergency / useful Telephone numbers
Local dialling code: 952
Fire service: 080
Malaga Health Centre: 952 604 266
Malaga airport: 952 048 484
An exciting swashbuckling night out for all the family. featuring world champion acrobats that keep you on you entertained all night long, with sining, dancing, comedy and a pirate's feast - £31*
Explore the scenic west coast by coach, train and boat. You will be driven up into the hills to Valldemossa, travel on a wooden train throughthe picturesque orange groves and finish the day with a cruise around the Bay of Soller. - £26*
Wacky Wet West**
A water oark with a difference - Wild Western style! Ride the slides, splash in the pools and enjoy the cowboy stunt shows. A fun day fo all the family - £16*
** These excursions are organised by Direct Holidays . Most package holiday operators offer similar excursions to their customers, or are available from local agents
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The main and official language for Spain is Castilian known around the World as Spanish, but Catalan is more widely spoken and is an official language the Balearic Islands and for North Eastern Spanish Mainland areas of Andora, Catalonia and Valencia Area
The use of more than 1 language can result in place names and street names having different spellings on maps and street signs.
English is widely spoken in the main tourist resorts in tourist hotels, bars and shops.
Spanish pronunciations are different from English pronunciations. When using public transport write down your destinatiation and show to the driver when purchasing tickets.
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