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Enjoy a Fantastic Time in Majorca

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

MajorcaMajorca is a small Spanish island (one of the Balearics) in the Mediterranean sea. It’s a hugely popular holiday destination, with just over 6 million visitors every year. Because Majorca is a relatively small island of just 100 km from east to west and 75 km from north to south, it’s possible to explore all this fascinating island has to offer in the space of a relatively short two week vacation. No doubt because of its huge tourist and ex pat population, Majorca (particularly the capital of Palma de Majorca) is an incredibly gay-friendly resort, offering a host of gay clubs and bars and an annual gay pride event held in June every year. It’s also home to a surprisingly large number of historic artifacts and sights of interest, bearing in mind its relatively small size. Whatever you’re looking for from your annual summer break, you’ll find something to enjoy if you head to Majorca.

Things to Do

One of the most popular things to do in Majorca is simply to relax on the many miles of beaches and soak up the sun. That’s why you’ll find the beaches are always busy with tourists. Whilst on the coast you could try your hand at wind surfing or sailing, or even hire a pedalo and paddle close to the shore line. If you’re looking for more strenuous activities then you could try renting a road or mountain bike. Majorca has two mountainous regions that are popular with mountain bikers and hikers and walkers alike. The Tramuntana Mountain range to the west of the island is the larger of the two mountain ranges on the island, and the Serra de Llevant mountains in the east are significantly more modest: if you’re new to mountain biking or hiking then start with a more gentle trail, rather than throwing yourself in at the deep end.

For those with an interest in local history, a visit to Pollensa is a must. In this small Majorcan town you will still find Roman ruins, a beautiful sixteenth century church, and Dionis Bennassar Museum, which is dedicated to the painter’s work. Café culture is still the order of the day, so the pace of life is slow. Why not relax and enjoy a coffee, or visit on a Sunday and join the locals as they shop from pretty market stalls during the weekly Sunday market, which operates every week between 8.30 am and 1 pm..

Where to Stay?

There are many different options for places to stay when you’re in Majorca. If you prefer to enjoy a home away from home atmosphere where you can come and go as you please then you could rent a villa or even opt to purchase your own slice of paradise on the island. The benefits of this are having plenty of space, being able to really make yourself at home and many villas on the island even have their own pool. Alternatively there are a host of gay-friendly hotels on the island, especially in the capital of Palma de Majorca. You’ll find many of these situated conveniently close to the El Trenc beach and a host of bars, clubs, and restaurants. Finally if you’re looking for a cozier and more affordable option then why not consider a B&B? Bed and Breakfasts are an increasingly popular option across Majorca and are a great way to travel in comfort, and with a warm welcome, without breaking the bank. No matter what kind of accommodation you’re looking for (be it a luxury villa, a 5* hotel or even a budget campsite) you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Majorca.

It’s Time to Eat!

With the increase in tourism, more food is having to be imported to Majorca from the mainland. However during the quieter seasons you’ll find that much of what you are eating (from your avocados to your tomatoes) have been grown on the island mere miles from where you are dining. You’ll find food from many cuisines and cultures catered for in Majorca, but why not embrace the local culture and eat food that is as locally sourced as possible? The tapas is highly recommended, as are the local mushroom dishes and seasonal fruits.

If you visit Majorca then be sure to post a review of your experience after your trip.