It doesn’t take a genius to work out why Mallorca endures as one of Europe’s top destinations. Clean beaches? Check. Upmarket resorts? Check. Reliable weather? Check. It has all the hallmarks of a sizzling summer holiday.
Resorts big and small can be found along much of the coast, offering everything from tranquil getaways to raucous fun in the sun. Mega yachts, small sailboats and wooden fishing boats ply the waters around the island.
Bu Mallorca is more than just a beach destination. In recent years the island’s capital, Palma, has developed into one of Spain’s most beguiling small cities. Fronted by the beautifully imposing cathedral and royal palace, its narrow cobbled lanes weave away from the seafront into the heart of the old city, where pedestrianised shopping streets, charming squares, ancient courtyards and chic bars attract locals and foreigners alike. As well as its vibrant nightlife, Palma boasts a strong arts scene.
Excellent food abounds in Mallorca, which is home to some 2,000 restaurants. Seafood predominates in coastal resorts, while regional dishes are served in traditional restaurants throughout the island. The restaurant scene is thriving in Palma, where foodies can quaff anything from local cuisine to Japanese fare.
Head inland and a completely different (and much less touristy) picture of Mallorca emerges. Traditional villages lie scattered across the countryside, sheep bells tinkle, white almond blossom floats in the air and a rural tranquillity prevails.
The central plain is the agricultural heart of the island, with vineyards, sleepy hamlets and weekly markets. Along the west coast, the great Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, covered in pine forests, tower over the plains, their sharp cliffs looming large above the deep blue sea. It’s the Spain of yesteryear and it should not be missed.
3,640 sq km (1,405 sq miles).
882,964 (INE value 2016).
236.1 per sq km.
Palma de Mallorca.
Parliamentary monarchy since 1978.
King Felipe VI since 2014.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy since 2011.
230 volts AC, 50Hz. Generally, European plugs with two round pins are in use.