Where to Stay in Majorca: An Expert Guide
It's even bigger and more diverse than you think
The island of Majorca might surprise you. It’s not as simple as ‘going to Majorca’, because it’s larger than you might think, and there are several locations that might appeal to all different sorts of people. You might be a city breaker who would enjoy seeing the sights of Palma de Majorca, or you might prefer being in the quaint medieval village of Alcudia, which is also beside the most popular beach area on the island. And then there are countless homes and resorts just a little off the beaten path. It may surprise you, but the island has a varied terrain including a mountain range and a flurry of vineyards primed for refined wine tastings. Oh, and some of our most gorgeous homes are spread across this Spanish island, and considering we here at Plum Guide consider all of our homes to be within the top 3% of properties in its location, you know this means our Majorcan homes are seriously special.
Palma de Majorca
You’ll find culture here, and life is more than a beach. A stay in Palma de Majorca will arm you with enviable knowledge and information to take back home to friends. You’ll be able to tell them about what it was like to see the Palma Cathedral, with its Gaudí fixtures pointing in all directions. Walk up to the 14th-century Bellver Castle to see its rounded tower and enjoy the stunning views from this hilltop fortress. Majestic mansions and old-world complexes, such as the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, adorn the hills and cliffs in this city; an ideal option for sightseers considering where to stay in Majorca.
Playa de Palma
We’ll stop you right there: no, it’s not the same thing as Palma de Majorca, and you’d be mistaken - and perhaps even kicked off the island - for insisting it is. Well, not really, but you’d probably get lost, because Playa de Palma is about 6 miles (10 kilometres) east of the island’s capital city. For some reason, a lot of Germans come here, so make sure to wake up nice and early to reserve your deck chairs in the many resorts of this beach-laden part of the island.
Alcudia Old Town
Let’s take a trip to the northern edge of the island for the Alcudia Old Town district. Just like in Palma de Majorca, you’ll find spectacular historic edifices and highlights. But, since this setting is a lot smaller, it has more idiosyncrasies and surprising charms. Find a gap in the well-kept medieval walls to breach the citadel, and spend time admiring the neo-gothic architecture of the Sant Jaume Church. Take a breather from all that walking at St Sebastian’s Gate, one of the most impressive parts of the island’s ramparts.
Similar to the relationship between Palma de Majorca and Playa de Palma, Port D’Alcudia is just a couple of miles away from Alcudia. And because of this quirk of geography, if you’re looking at where to stay in Majorca, you can do little better than Port D’Alcudia. Relax on the sandy strands and work up a tan, before taking a break from the sun with trips into the Old Town. Then, back on the coast, consider the resort’s roots as a sleepy fishing village, as you dip into the refreshing waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to homes and resorts on the eastern side of Majorca. Secluded and away from the towns, it's known as the family friendly part of the island (which is mostly idyllic for families anyway), and it attracts many British holidaymakers with its picturesque coves, caves and bays. For something a little different, hike into the Llevant mountains, and stay in a rustic finca (ranch) in the countryside. Go for wine tastings and take tours of the vineyards.
When looking at where to stay in Majorca, think of the western side of the island for its other-worldly topography and quaint villages. Clamber up and down the hiking trails of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, which serves as a beautiful playground for cyclists and joggers. Wander down the cobbled lanes of the villages of Valldemossa, Port de Sóller and Fornalutx, among others.