The Very Best Things to Do in Majorca
From beaches and resorts to mountains and caves: all things Majorcan
It’s one of the most popular summer (and other seasons) destinations in Europe, and is the perfect spot to pick up an excellent sunburn to show off to the pasty folks back home. But Majorca is more than its party strips and luxury beach resorts. It's jam-packed with rustic and crumbly historic sights and plazas, which complement some of our most impressive homes. Churches and fortresses line the towns, offering a touch of variety amid the endless sandy beaches and beautiful bays.
If you’re a stickler for sand and sea, then there are water sports activities aplenty, and you can fly through the sky and zoom along the waves on all sorts of scary contraptions. Then there are the mountains…the undulating, fertile foothills and highlands of the Serra de Tramuntana, weaving through the island like a great green ribbon. And if all that climbing and hiking sounds a touch too tiring, you can delve into the caves, relax in the bays and bring your little ones to the amusement parks; you’ll never run out of things to do in Majorca, especially if you follow this guide. Here at Plum Guide, we've put in extensive research to ensure that your trip to Majorca will be a memorable one, so sit back, pack the suncream, and prepare for the summer holiday of a lifetime.
See the sights of Palma
You may think of Majorca as a conveyer belt of postcard-pretty beaches for us Johnny Foreigners to enjoy. Hard as it sounds to believe, it had a life of its own before we started sunbathing and revelling all over it. Nowhere is this more evident than in the old town district of Palma and its Majorca Cathedral. Gaze up at the ornate gothic architecture of this ecclesiastical behemoth, which boasts a wrought-iron canopy by Gaudí. In fact, not too far from the beaches and resorts, the city is strewn with highlights, from the Castell de Bellver and the Plaça d’Espanya to the Llotja de Palma and the Es Baluard Contemporary Museum of Art.
Soak up some sun at the beach
OK, we’ll stop holding back. We know you want to get into beach territory, and it definitely is one of the best things to do in Majorca. Hang out with the yacht owners (and their yachts) in the sandy strand of the Playa Santa Ponca. Relax amid the pine trees and mountains of the Cala Agulla, and explore the caves by the fine sand of the Portals Vells bay. Find the glorious Playa de Formentor in a narrow stretch with scenic vistas sweeping across the Bay of Pollensa. The Playa de Alcudia makes for a fascinating and diverse experience - its wide strand of sand lying in the foothills of dramatic mountains, while also backing onto the old-world highlights of the Alcudia Old Town…
Rummage through Alcudia Old Town
…speaking of which… Alcudia Old Town is a sight to behold, providing you can find the gap in the imposing walls that encircle it. Once you've penetrated the citadel, pay pilgrimage to (or just go and visit) the Sant Jaume Church, known for its wonderful neo-gothic design. Stroll along the medieval wall and check out the impressive gates. St Sebastian's Gate is one of the top highlights. Then, rest legs weary from sightseeing at one of the beaches in these parts, or even in the pool of your luxury Plum Guide villa.
Find some family fun at Calviá Beach
The island is a paradise for children, who will love exploring the caves and beaches adorning the coast. Take the little ones to the Katmandu Park in the Torrenova district of Calviá Beach, which is home to a few of the best things to do in Majorca. Kids can choose from the House of Magic, the 4D Experience and the Steambot Laser Challenge, before making a splash amid the pools and slides. Also check out the Western Water Park, the Hidropark and the Tirolinas Go Ziplining in the Majorca Forestal Park.
Hike through the mountains
A far cry from the relaxation and comfort of the beach, these rocky giants paint Majorca in a totally different light. And hey, you might just be one of those intrepid explorers who doesn’t want to sit still on a beach for the entire holiday. We like that. Time then to explore the Serra de Tramuntana, with its well-kept paths spiralling up towards the non-existent clouds. Crouch over the edge of the ridges (carefully) and snap photos of the beautiful, unspoilt bays down below. The sunsets are truly unforgettable.
Explore the caves of Cueva del Drach
We’ve already scaled the heights of the mountains, so now it’s time to scurry back down beneath the surface of the Earth. One of Majorca’s hidden gems is its cave system, with the Cueva del Drach labyrinth of grottos making for a spectacular destination. A series of lights electrifies the caves, their stalagmites and stalactites (whichever is which) reflecting in pools of underground water. Listen to the sweet sounds of the subterranean orchestra.