If you tell someone you’re going to Majorca, they’ll probably repeat it in a stupid, irritating voice and think that they’re hilariously funny. Majorca got a bit of a bad name, not due to anything that the Majorcans did, but because of the budget tourists who used to fly there and forgot to pack their manners.
Luckily, the worst tourists are like bedbugs. They get picked up and stay where they’re dropped off. So, apart from just a few touristy areas, most of the island is totally unspoilt. I went there a few weeks ago and visited several hotels and B&Bs, which were all completely different. I’ll be writing about them one at a time in the near future.
The island of Majorca (in case you’ve just arrived from the Planet Zog) is located in the Mediterranean. It’s one of the Balearic Islands, along with Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Majorca has two mountainous regions, and some very interesting caves.
Be warned; although the mountain regions are only 70kms, 43 miles, in length — which doesn’t look very far on the map — the roads go up, down, round and curve back, so what looks like a short journey really takes a long time, and it will make the driver’s arms ache! But it’s well worth the effort to visit some of the mountain villages. Most of the roads are good. It’s worth hiring a car and exploring.
The capital, Palma, needs a day’s visit as there’s so much to see and do. I love walking along the narrow streets and nosing through gateways into the courtyards. Some of them are picturesque. Sometimes, tours are arranged to take you around a lot of the courtyards. Ask Doug about it. The Cathedral stands, looking down on the port. It’s a magnificent building.
Stroll along the seafront and drool over the yachts moored there. Then choose a place to sit and eat or have a coffee – there’s a huge choice – and watch the world go by. Palma’s market sells fresh fish, fruit and vegetables; all local. There’s a huge selection, and eating in Majorca is a wonderful experience, as most of their food has only travelled a short distance.
The roads are lined with flowering shrubs, and there are trees everywhere; lemons, almonds, olives. Take my word for it, Majorca’s a beautiful island. And you know me by now. I don’t throw corny clichés around like Picturesque, Beautiful, etc.
My advice? Go to Majorca. It ticks all the boxes. But don’t tell anyone. Tell them you’re going to the Balearics and let them say that in a silly voice!
Hotel Bon Sol Resort & Spa has 146 rooms & villas spread through the grounds with excellent dining and leisure facilities including a luxury spa; 3 swimming pools, tennis, and a quiet beach cove (see www.hotelbonsol.es).
Classic Collection Holidays (www.classic-colllection.co.uk 0800 294 9318) offers 3 nights at Hotel Bon Sol from £597 per person or 7 nights from £1049). Prices based on 2 adults sharing a classic twin room on half-board basis with return flights from up to 24 UK airport and private transfers.
Hotel Tres is a stylish 4 star hotel in the heart of Palma with contemporary interiors. A rooftop sun terrace offers a plunge pool, sunbeds and sauna with stunning views. Double rooms from €215 with breakfast – advance bookings offer 15% discount www.hoteltres.com.
Finca Dalt Murada opened on 3rd May in Binissalem (www.fincadaltmurada.com). This rural agroturismo offers 25 rooms & suites in the main house & grounds with pool, gardens, and bikes for guests use. Opening rates for 7 night stay from €675 per double room with breakfast, including an optional 2 night stay at Hotel Dalt Murada, a 16th century manor house in central Palma www.daltmurada.com.
For more information on Mallorca visit Fomento del Turisme www.fomentmallorca.org/en/
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