We LOVE ISLAND Life in Majorca

Are you glued to your TV watching the Love Island celebs get up to their cheeky antics in the Majorcan sun? If the show’s got you dreaming of a villa holiday to this amazing Balearic island, here are four ways to enjoy life out there.

 

  1. Stay in the charming yet stylish resort of Cala d’Or

Once a traditional Spanish fishing village, this family-friendly resort on the island’s south east coast fuses relaxed charm with upmarket style. As well as picturesque cobbled streets, golden sandy beaches and fun activities for the kids, you’ll find endless chic bars, eateries and shops in the stunning yacht-filled marina.

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If you’re looking for the perfect villa holiday in Cala d’Or, check out Villa Marino with its private pool, serene gardens and beautiful countryside views. Or take a look at the spacious Villa Ses Arcades which boasts a great central location and wonderful sun terrace for dining al fresco.

 

  1. Discover a slice of Caribbean paradise at Es Trenc

A short drive away from Cala d’Or is Es Trenc, the most famous beach in Majorca. This trendy part of the south east coastline is often likened to the Caribbean thanks to its two kilometres of powdery white sand and bright turquoise water.

Es Trenc is quite remote and not part of a resort, which gives it an unspoilt and natural ambience. It’s a little more peaceful than the more commercial beaches thanks to fewer noisy watersports and restaurants. And it’s popular with nudists, so head to the marked sections if you fancy shedding your swimwear!

 

  1. Visit the laidback ancient town of Pollensa

For relaxing holiday in northern Majorca, Pollensa is a great choice. This historical rural town is full of narrow streets, old buildings, interesting museums and quaint shops. It’s also home to one of Majorca’s best markets, where you can buy everything from beautiful local crafts to delicious fresh produce every Sunday.

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If you want to stay near Pollensa, Villa Bennassar is a top pick with its spectacular mountain backdrop, private pool and traditional style. Or Villa Bon Reco is well worth a look if you’re after lovely hilly views and a secluded lawn for a spot of sunbathing.

 

  1. Tickle your taste buds at Ponderosa Beach

The popular Ponderosa Beach is considered one of the top chiringuitos (beach clubs) in Spain. Situated on Playa de Muro on the north coast, this fashionable restaurant has a cool vibe with colourful shutters and white furniture.

Sink your feet into the sand as you savour mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes like seafood paella or linguine pasta. And then wash it all down with a tasty cocktail while admiring the ocean vista.

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Want to follow in the footsteps of the Love Islanders for your next villa holiday? Check out our fantastic range of villas to rent in Majorca.

Meet the team. Majorca: Jo Ryan.

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Hi, My Name is Jo Ryan, and I am originally from a little place in the North West of England called St Helens, but I have been living overseas now for 30 years, most of those years on this beautiful island of Majorca.

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How long have you been at Villa Plus?

I started and set up Villa Plus here on Majorca, at a time that we only had two other resorts, Portugal and Costa Del Sol and we received our first clients in March 2005. My Villa Plus journey began with 38 villas and today we have 220 in different areas of the island!

Fun fact about you/ Mallorca

I was fascinated by the Spanish language from a very early age and remember always trying to chat to Spanish natives as a child on holiday in different parts of Spain. I always wanted to live in Spain when in was older.  I was lucky enough to take my O’ level Spanish a year early and perfected my Spanish in the North of Spain during my teenage years. When I came to work on the island I was shocked to be greeted by people speaking a new language….. Mallorcan/Catalan, a totally different language to what I had learnt!!   I was, at this time fluent in Spanish!  I spent the next 10 years here on a mission to learn this language!

Today I am fluent, like a local, in Catalan and Spanish and have a 15-year-old son born on the island who speaks both languages like a local but also English with his Mum’s great northern accent! 😊

What is your favorite villa and why?

That’s a really hard question to answer with just one villa name. We have such a variety of villas ranging from villas that are walking distance to beaches and resort centres to Mallorcan fincas located down meandering country lanes, modern villas and classical Spanish villas. I’m going to be cheeky and give my two best choices:

I love Villa Marino which is a beautiful country villa nestled in mature gardens with a fabulous pool area to enjoy sunny days in the sun, with comfy seating on the splendid terraces and a wonderful BBQ area for those evenings relaxing by the pool. It’s a country villa but also not far from the resort of Cala Dor so for me offers the best of both worlds.

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Another favorite of mine is a new villa on our programme this year, Villa Quiros 2.

I fell in love with this villa for its perfect location by the beach and a few of my favorite restaurants are nearby too, not to mention La Roca Beach Bar which just a stone’s throw away and a great place for those early evening cocktails. The villa itself is so majestic and impressive and I can imagine myself and my family on holiday here in the hot sunny months.

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What is a typical day like for you?

I can’t say that any day is the same for me in my job as Area Manager, which I love! It’s such a diverse role that keeps me busy and on my toes! I work with a wonderful team of 17 people who are what make Mallorca so successful. I feel very lucky to have the team that I have. I am responsible for the whole delivery of the holiday experience to our clients, through the hard work of my team, as well as contracting the villas for our programme on the island. My days start early in the morning and I can often be found at my desk before 8am. My role takes me out of the office quite a lot too and I travel around the island meeting owners and agents and visiting their villas to see if they could be part of our programme. I work closely with my team on the ground to ensure the smooth running of the resort and to make sure that we deliver a great holiday experience to every single one of our customers.  Once my working day is over, I can be found cycling along the pine walk on my new vintage bicycle and having a well-deserved G&T with friends, or walking my dog Luna with my son Samy, who is 15. In the hot summer months, we often go to the beach at about 8pm to have a refreshing evening swim followed by a BBQ in the garden. It’s great to relax and be able enjoy this wonderful island as well as working hard!

What made you want to be a holiday rep/manager?

I wanted to work in Spain ever since I can remember. As a family we holidayed most years in Spain or France and I decided in my teens that I wanted to be a holiday rep in Spain.

I worked as an Overseas Holiday Rep for the first few years of my time overseas, and with my years of experience and time became involved with the contracting of the villas and Area Manager. I love my job as Area Manager and the diversity contracting also gives to my role.

Which other Villa Plus destinations do you most want to visit & why?

I would love to visit our Greek resorts as Greece is one of the places that I have never visited. Perhaps this summer I may escape my lovely island and pop to see my colleagues over in Corfu or one of the new islands that we have on offer like Zante.

What is one thing our guests CANNOT miss during their holiday in Mallorca, in your opinion?

You simply cannot miss sitting on one of our beautiful beaches at the end of a fabulous day and experiencing the amazing sunset over the Mediterranean Sea and majestic mountains whilst enjoying a fresh cool drink with your loved ones!

 

 

On the Gourmet Trail. Spain: Paella

This delicious dish is from Spain and is the ideal meal for a night in with your friends and family.

 

Ingredients 

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red pepper, chopped

125g (4¼ oz) fresh chorizo sausage, casing removed and diced

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets, diced

350g (12 oz) uncooked Arborio rice

1.25 litres (2 pints) chicken stock

100ml (4 fl oz) white wine

1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only

1 pinch saffron

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 squid, cleaned and diced

2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

75g (3 oz) frozen garden peas

12 large prawns, peeled and deveined

500g (1 1/4 lb) mussels, cleaned and debearded

Generous handful chopped parsley

8 wedges lemon to garnish

 

Method

1. Heat olive oil in paella pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and pepper; cook and stir for a few minutes. Add chorizo, chicken and rice; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 of the stock, wine, thyme leaves and saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes; stir occasionally.

2. Taste the rice and check to see if it is cooked. If the rice is uncooked, stir in 1/3 of the remaining stock. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally. Stir in additional stock as necessary. Cook until rice is done.

3. Stir in squid, tomatoes and peas. Cook for 2 minutes. Arrange prawns and mussels on top. Cover with aluminium foil and leave for 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Remove the foil and sprinkle parsley over the top. Serve in paella pan garnished with lemon wedges.

The 3 most Instagrammable destinations in Europe

Are you an Instagram lover deciding where to book your next villa holiday? Look no further than our top three most photogenic destinations in Europe. Rent a holiday villa at one of these Insta-worthy locations and you’ll get incredible #nofilter shots that’ll make your followers wish they were there.

 1. Cala St Vicente, Majorca

 

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Want to fill your feed with picturesque charm? You can’t go wrong with a villa holiday in Cala St Vicente. Nestled in a hillside on Majorca’s northwestern coast, this quiet traditional fishing village is the perfect choice for a peaceful and scenic getaway.

Head to Cala Barques, the largest of the four unspoilt cove beaches, for photographic paradise. With golden sand contrasting against the azure Mediterranean water, you’re guaranteed to get some dazzling shots. There are fascinating rock pools to discover too.

After you’ve uploaded your last snap, why not continue soaking up the view from one of the local seafood restaurants? Or if you’re feeling more energetic, explore the surrounding area by taking a walking or cycling trail through the spectacular Tramuntana Mountains.

 

 2. Carvoeiro, Algarve

 

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For picture-perfect coastal character in the Algarve, a relaxing villa holiday in Carvoeiro is just the ticket. An ideal family destination, this traditional Portuguese resort town is bursting with cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, great shops and fantastic eateries.

But the jewel in Carvoeiro’s crown is Praia do Carvoeiro, one of the most stunning beaches in the region. This gorgeous sandy bay is flanked by imposing sandstone cliffs and dotted with fishing paraphernalia. It’s sure to have you instantly reaching for your camera.

To enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the dramatic coastline, take a clifftop stroll along the wooden walkway from the beach’s eastern end. You’ll end up in Algar Seco, a series of impressive limestone rock formations where you can get even more snap happy.

 

3. French Riviera, France

 

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It’s easy to see why we’ve added the French Riviera to our range of destinations this year. This enchanting part of southeastern France boasts quaint villages, sun-kissed beaches, glamorous cities, delectable cuisine and much more.

But if you’re looking to capture photos that’ll totally wow your Instagram followers, set off for the Valensole Plateau. Famous for its 800km² of lavender fields, you can point your lens at endless violet carpets while delighting in the intoxicating scent that fills the air.

To marvel at the best blooms, you’ll need to make sure your French Riviera villa holiday falls between mid-June and mid-July. Visit Valensole during daylight to get a magical snap of the vibrant purple flowers against the blue sky. Or arrive in the evening to capture a glorious sunset shot that’ll send your likes soaring.

 

Want extra inspiration for your next villa holiday? Check out our Instagram for even more European destinations that you and your camera will love.

Top things to do in Majorca

Touching down on Majorcan soil, you know you’re onto something special as soon as that first gust of warm Mediterranean air washes over you. Once you’ve acclimatised, a whole new world of adventure awaits. Want to know the best thing about it all? It’s all on the doorstep of your holiday villa.

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Visit Palma

As Mallorca’s capital, it makes sense to start with this historic city. Sat snugly in an eastern bay, Palma comprises ancient gothic cathedrals, quaint bars and restaurants, all overlooked by the iconic Bellver Castle.  If you were into knights and dragons as a kid, you’ll love the circular turrets and walls that make up this fine Spanish fortress. Climb to the top and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views which stretch far out into the serene surrounding waters.

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Take a boat tour of the bay, and on your return, look out for La Seu cathedral. From land, these white spires are an impressive enough sight, yet from sea they make for another altogether. Once you’ve docked, why not pop in to revel in the building’s rich history?

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Swim in the sun

As one of Spain’s archipelagoes, the island has generous temperatures and sunshine throughout the year. If your holiday villa is lucky enough to have a pool, then this, and the combination of good weather, can make for some your happiest memories of Majorca. Dive in, swim a few lengths, before basking in the heat of the Spanish sun for the duration of the afternoon.

Visit your local market

Anyone who’s ever dined tapas will tell you that Spain is blessed with some of the finest cuisine in the world. The flavours behind such dishes are not just confined to the cupboards of the locals, however. Every Sunday, people from across Majorca flock to the markets of Puerto Pollensa. Here you’ll find everything from exquisite canvases to spices and locally cured meats. Staying in a self-catering villa? Take the opportunity to pick up some ingredients, and cook up a storm for the whole family to enjoy.

Majorcan watersports

Several kayak and canoe rental agencies operate across the island, so you’ll have no trouble exploring the island by boat. The north and east coast waters cater for all, and kayakers can stumble across glistening beaches perfect for getting that daily dose of vitamin D. Sometimes the Mediterranean Sea is just TOO inviting – what better way to cool off than some coastal diving? Not only is this a great family bonding activity, but it’s also the perfect way to see the ecosystems surrounding Majorca.

Hike the Serra de Tramuntana

The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range runs from the southwest to the northeast of Majorca. Navigate your way amongst the luscious shrubbery, before sitting back and enjoying the seaward views. The mountain strip itself is accessible from Palma, and covers roughly 30% of the island’s territory. Once you’ve conquered them, you’ll return with tales of the olive trees, terraces, and water mills that exemplify the range.

If you enjoyed this post, then here’s plenty of other ones for your holiday inspiration.

By Isabella Perkins, a freelance travel writer best known for writing about self-catering holidays. Her writing tends to have a family-focus, and she is in the midst of writing a new travel guide due to be published next year.

Why you should choose a villa holiday let in Majorca

Majorca attracts families, couples and party-goers to its balmy shores. Many holidaymakers visit the Balearic island every year for a whole host of reasons. From simple beach relaxation to thrilling cycling routes, the island is loved by people who know what they want from their travels. But even the best hotels in Majorca can’t compete with the freedom that a holiday villa in Majorca provides. Avoid the crowded resorts and, instead, opt for the tranquillity of a villa with a private garden and pool and enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

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It’s a base for adventurers

Active holidaymakers will appreciate the handy amenities that are available in Majorca holiday villa lets. It may be hiking, kayaking or scuba diving in Majorca that excites you, you can focus on planning your next adventure while enjoying your villa’s facilities. Cook an impressive packed lunch on your very own BBQ or take a dip in the private pool to relax your muscles and you’ll be glad that you chose a holiday rental villa. There should also be plenty of drying space for wetsuits and swimming costumes too. So, don’t worry about squeezing into wet swimwear!

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Pick a location to suit your holiday

Want to be within walking distance of the beach? Or would you prefer a romantic, remote property? Perhaps you need at least six bedrooms? Luckily, there are plenty of villas to rent in Majorca across the island and each location has something unique to offer. Cala San Vincente is the smallest resort in Majorca and a favourite destination for peace seekers and avid divers. Dive into your own Majorca villa and find out what you love about the island

Majorca villas can come with extra space

One of the best things about staying in a villa in Majorca is the advantage of extra space. Planning on seeing the island by car? Pick a property with a garage or parking space and explore to your heart’s content without the additional cost of parking.

Are you a keen cyclist? Then you can make the most of the remarkable cycling routes in Majorca without having to worry about where to keep your rented bike. If you want a great bike route choose somewhere in Pollenca, and attempt the circular East Tramuntana Epic Ride which begins and ends in Pollenca and covers over 100 miles!

It’s ideal for families on a budget

Choosing a self-catering villa holiday option is also a fantastic way to ensure that your family sticks to a holiday budget. Having key items like milk, eggs and cheese in your villa’s fridge means that there’s always something quick and inexpensive to eat. Enjoying a few of your main meals from the comfort of your Majorcan villa will make a huge difference to the amount of money you spend on food. Whether you cook a home favourite, use the BBQ or try your hand at some classic Majorcan tapas dishes, cooking as a family is a great bonding exercise that’s sure to become one of your favourite holiday memories.

By Arianne Fabrice, a travel journalist who specialises in the popular resort destinations in and around Europe. Having worked for some of Paris’ premium travel mags, she’s recently moved into English-language publications.

Why you should choose a villa holiday let in Majorca

Majorca attracts families, couples and party-goers to its balmy shores. Many holidaymakers visit the Balearic island every year for a whole host of reasons. From simple beach relaxation to thrilling cycling routes, the island is loved by people who know what they want from their travels. But even the best hotels in Majorca can’t compete with the freedom that a holiday villa in Majorca provides. Avoid the crowded resorts and, instead, opt for the tranquillity of a villa with a private garden and pool and enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

It’s a base for adventurers

Active holidaymakers will appreciate the handy amenities that are available in Majorca holiday villa lets. It may be hiking, kayaking or scuba diving in Majorca that excites you, you can focus on planning your next adventure while enjoying your villa’s facilities. Cook an impressive packed lunch on your very own BBQ or take a dip in the private pool to relax your muscles and you’ll be glad that you chose a holiday rental villa. There should also be plenty of drying space for wetsuits and swimming costumes too. So, don’t worry about squeezing into wet swimwear!

Pick a location to suit your holiday

Want to be within walking distance of the beach? Or would you prefer a romantic, remote property? Perhaps you need at least six bedrooms? Luckily, there are plenty of villas to rent in Majorca across the island and each location has something unique to offer. Cala San Vincente is the smallest resort in Majorca and a favourite destination for peace seekers and avid divers. Dive into your own Majorca villa and find out what you love about the island

Majorca villas can come with extra space

One of the best things about staying in a villa in Majorca is the advantage of extra space. Planning on seeing the island by car? Pick a property with a garage or parking space and explore to your heart’s content without the additional cost of parking.

Are you a keen cyclist? Then you can make the most of the remarkable cycling routes in Majorca without having to worry about where to keep your rented bike. If you want a great bike route choose somewhere in Pollenca, and attempt the circular East Tramuntana Epic Ride which begins and ends in Pollenca and covers over 100 miles!

It’s ideal for families on a budget

Choosing a self-catering villa holiday option is also a fantastic way to ensure that your family sticks to a holiday budget. Having key items like milk, eggs and cheese in your villa’s fridge means that there’s always something quick and inexpensive to eat. Enjoying a few of your main meals from the comfort of your Majorcan villa will make a huge difference to the amount of money you spend on food. Whether you cook a home favourite, use the BBQ or try your hand at some classic Majorcan tapas dishes, cooking as a family is a great bonding exercise that’s sure to become one of your favourite holiday memories.

By Arianne Fabrice, a travel journalist who specialises in the popular resort destinations in and around Europe. Having worked for some of Paris’ premium travel mags, she’s recently moved into English-language publications.

Recipe for delicious tumbet mallorquin

A self-catering holiday doesn’t mean you have to forgo the cuisine of your destination. In fact, by learning a few recipes you can enjoy the flavours of where you are and have a new recipe to bring home! To help you savour the real taste of Majorca, we’ve found one of the island’s tastiest dishes and put together a quick, and simply mouth-watering, recipe for you to try.

Enjoy the Best Mallorcan cuisine on the terrace of your villa

Delicious Majorcan cuisine

Local Favourite tumbet mallorquin is a delightfully simple vegetarian dish, perfect for enjoying by the terrace of your Majorcan villa on a summer evening. Like most Mediterranean recipes, the dish benefits from the freshest ingredients – it’s lucky the local produce is just so good! Think ratatouilleor pisto, but with added potatoes and individually fried vegetables. There are few dishes better able to showcase Majorca’s tastiest locally grown veg.

What you’ll need –

Two large potatoes
One zucchini
One aubergine
One red pepper
One green pepper
One onion
Three tomatoes (one tin of chopped tomatoes will do)
Five garlic cloves
Rosemary
Thyme
Olive oil
Flour
Salt
Bay leaves
Sugar

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Instructions

First, preheat the oven to 180°C. Choose a large pot and begin frying the garlic cloves in the olive oil. Now throw in the tomatoes, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme as well as a good sprinkling of salt and sugar. This will make the tomato sauce. While this simmers away, wash the other vegetables. A key aspect of tumbet mallorquin is that the main ingredients are all fried separately in the same oil one after the other.

First off is the zucchini. Make sure it is thinly sliced, then add it to a pan with hot oil. Once the zucchini is golden brown take it out of the pan and let it rest on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Now do the same with the aubergine. Slice it thinly, frying it in the same oil used with the zucchini and place it on another paper towel once done. Repeat with the potatoes.

The next step is to cut the red and green peppers into rings and fry them, too. Finally, chop the onion into thick strips before frying it in the oil. Now it’s time to assemble the meal. Take a large casserole dish and begin by creating a layer of potatoes at the the bottom, followed by the onions. Add on the zucchini, then the eggplant and finally the peppers.

Next take your tomato sauce, cover the vegetables and bake the dish for around 15 to 20 minutes. After that, you’re ready to tuck in! This dish is as delicious cold as it is hot, so why not save some for a cold snack the next day?

Feeling inspired by this article? Why not take a look at our villas?

By Imogen Bishop, a part time travel writer, part time restaurant critic, and full time mum. She has an affinity for Mediterranean cuisine and can usually be found in the kitchen with a bottle of olive oil in hand.

Drinks to enjoy on your self-catering holiday in Majorca

Choosing a self-catering holiday doesn’t mean you have to forgo the luxuries of a package holiday. In fact, staying at a holiday rental lets you enjoy some of the finer things available no matter your holiday destination. For example, staying at a holiday let in Majorca means you can enjoy the finest drinks that the island has to offer – from the tastiest wines to the best liqueurs – all from the comfort of your own terrace or balcony. So, to help you find your perfect Balearic tipple, here are some of the finest Majorcan drinks.

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Herbs de Majorca

This famous Majorcan liqueur is a variation of Hierbas, a drink that originated on the island. In fact, Herbs de Majorca has protected status and can only be made on Majorca. The herbal liqueur contains a mixture of aromatic herbs like fennel, camomile, marjoram, and rosemary combined with citrus fruits orange and lemon. Herbs de Majorca is just the perfect digestif, and the true Mallorcan way to cap off a delicious meal in your self-catering apartment. Alternatively, can enjoy it over ice on a hot summer’s afternoon.

Palo de Mallorca

One of the island’s most popular indigenous drinks is Palo de Mallorca. This sweet liqueur has been made on the island for over a hundred years and, like Herbs de Majorca, can only be made in Majorca. It’s a relatively simple drink made from the bark of the quina plant, the roots of the gentiana plant, and sugar. The result is a dark, woody, sweet and slightly bitter liqueur that is a delicious aperitif. The drink also boasts some health benefits too, as it has antimalarial properties. A good excuse for a second glass!

Mallorcan Wine

As with the rest of the Mediterranean, many vineyards in Majorca grow the native grapes callet, manto negro, and moll. Wine has been made on the island since Roman times, but the drink saw something of a renaissance in the 1990s when the local industry saw wide investment. This led to popular varieties like merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay being cultivated on the island.

Some of the best wines to try include bottles from the oldest winery on the island, Bodegues Ribas. This family-owned winery is famous for its Riba red wine made from the manto negro grape. Another worthy winery is the small boutique Bodega Ramanyà in Santa Maria. The winery produces some delicious drinks including the only sparkling wines on the island.

Beer in Majorca

While Majorca isn’t famous for its beer, and the varieties it does brew aren’t as celebrated as its wine and liqueurs, that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth seeking out. There are a number of microbreweries on the island, most notably the “Beer Lovers” brewery in Palma, which brews four different types of beer from amber ale to wheat beer. What better way to cool off in the summer sunshine in the garden of your holiday rental than with a local Majorcan beer in hand!

By Shaun Fraser, a former drinks rep, who now focuses on writing about his favourite tipples from Europe and beyond. He credits his good nose to a previous life as a sommelier.

Majorca – Fuelling the wanderlust…

Modern marinas, authentic towns, marvellous scenery, gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, family attractions, water sports, golf courses… you name it, Majorca has it! And with a plane journey time of only 2 hours from the UK, the island is a great place to start for anyone with a desire to travel. The island is easy to navigate, with almost any of the resorts on the east and south coast reachable in around an hours’ drive from Palma Airport. You’ll also find pretty good bus and taxi links between towns too.

So what’s all the fuss about?

Eating out

Keen gastronomists will not be disappointed. The resorts around the north east coast offer everything from authentic eating places to fine dining restaurants. Venturing to the old towns of either Pollensa or Alcudia, you can enjoy a traditional lunch or dinner of tapas or paella. Or, for a completely different dining experience, Puerto Pollensa Marina or Port d’Alcudia both have a number of more contemporary restaurants overlooking the sea.

Beaches

If its sun and sand you’re after, both Alcudia and Puerto Pollensa each have a large sandy beach with clear water, great for families. Or, if the thought of a more laid back, little sandy bay is more appealing to you, Cala D’Or in the south has 7 of them, whilst Cala San Vicente in the north also has 2 small coves.

Places to visit

No trip to Majorca would be complete without a visit to Pollensa. The town square and cobbled streets are filled with quaint shops and traditional cafes and restaurants. In the height of summer, the town also plays host to some of the most popular and lively fiestas in Spain! Plus, the weekly market gives you a chance to practice your haggling skills. And scaling the 365 steps from the square up to the Calvari church is rewarded with some spectacular scenery, a great opportunity for keen photographers.

Similarly, the old town of Alcudia is also well worth seeing. You’ll also find traditional restaurants and shops here, as well as being able to walk along the top of the medieval wall which surrounds the town. Other island highlights include the scenery from the hillside as you journey from Puerto Pollensa to Formentor Beach, the beautiful island landscape from La Victoria Monastery, and a daytrip to Palma City.

Activities and attractions

Thrill-seekers and families are also catered for with a number of activities to choose from. Most of these are water-based and include boat hire, jet skiing, water skiing, paragliding, wake boarding and scuba diving. Any of the beaches also provide the ideal setting for snorkelers. Children will love a trip to the waterpark in Alcudia, which also has mini golf facilities. Golfers will also find a choice of courses in the area and there are plenty of walking and biking trails to be found, including exploring the S’Albufera National Park.