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The island of Majorca sits off the Mediterranean coast of Spain, in the Balearic Islands archipelago, and is a popular destination for visitors. Palma is the capital city.
Exploring Majorca by car
Quina Creu is a popular nightlife spot in Palma. The area has a chic yet funky atmosphere; enjoy tapas and cocktails as you watch the world go by.
Tapas are a quirky Spanish cuisine; beginning life as a selection of appetizers and snacks, the fare has evolved into a meal in itself, combining several hot and cold dishes to be shared around the table.
The city is set in Palma Bay with beautiful sunsets and gently lapping waves.
The streets are colourful – quite literally!
Having been settled in 123 B.C., the island has a long and intricate history, full of conquests and royals.
Palma is home to many castles and cathedrals in a range of styles; highlights include La Seu Palma Cathedral, Sant Nicolau Church, Bellver Castle, the Silk Exchange and the Royal Palace of La Almudaina.
Driving the coast route
Formentor is a popular destination off the northern coast of Majorca; take a boat cruise from Alcudia Port and enjoy beautiful views of nearby Menorca Island, the blue-green Mediterranean panoramic horizon and then spend a couple of hours relaxing on Formentor Beach itself.
Back in Alcudia town there are great family activities and S’Albufera Nature Park.
Nearby there is the Port de Pollenca; Cala Barca Beach in the southeast is popular with divers and snorkelers; Cala D’enBorgit Beach a quieter option.
Cala Deia and Cala Falco beach are highlights of the west coast.
The east coast is home to a charming collection of sandy stretches at Cala D’or beaches.
Driving inland in Majorca
On the main highway that stretches from north to south along the island you will reach the Monestir de Lluc Monastery at Inca.
The complex dates back to the 16th century. Enjoy the museums, gardens, see the Basílica de la Mare de Déu and climb the nearby Pujol dels Misteris hill.
Keep an ear out for the Els Escolanets monastery boarding school boys’ choir.
North-eastwards to Soller and, just a little further, Fornalutx, to enjoy a meal at Ca N’Antuna.
This restaurant is famed for its oven-cooked lamb and other meats, a speciality being calamari stuffed with meat.
Linger over wine or freshly squeezed orange juice on the terrace overlooking the village framed by mountain panoramas.
It is possible to circumnavigate the island in a matter of hours – Palma is just an hour’s drive by car from Alcudia in the north – so there will be not a stone left un-turned by the time you complete your Majorca holiday.
And if you’d like a taste of city life after your island holiday, consider a trip to Barcelona along with driving day trips to explore the history of the culturally rich country that is Spain.