The Balearic Islands are at the top of people’s travel lists today, thanks to the recent prominence and explosion of Ibiza. Known as the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) capital of the world, partiers, music lovers, DJs, millennials, and vacations are hailing to the Balearic Islands in record numbers. It’s hard to blame them, given the reliable sunshine, hot temperatures, gorgeous miles of extensive beaches, abundant nightlife, and world-class Spanish food and wine that is sourced directly on the islands, as well as the mainland.
Best of the Balearics: As the largest Balearic island, Majorca comes with some of the most mesmerizing natural geographic formations in the world, like tiny inlets, sweeping bays, hidden coves, and turquoise water that makes it look like it has been painted. With local forests, the smell of pine, mountain peaks off in the distance that make the area look like a postcard, and almond groves that blossom and come to life each February, it’s safe to say Majorca is something out of a fairytale.
For those just looking to be wooed off of their feet at the selection of resorts of luxury service, Majorca comes with world-class service on the shores of Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa, and Cala Bona, which continue to open more and more shopping centers, restaurants, and nightlife options. For those who like something a little quieter, there’s also the fishing village of Ca’n Picafort, plus the notoriously romantic Sa Coma for newly weds and enamored couples. Don’t forget about Magaluf and Alcudia, as well!
Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention how lively and fun Majorca can be for the adventurer. With neon-lit bars, gas-pumping clubs, tapas-loving wine bars, and clubs located on the beach that rage on long into the morning hours, if you’re someone looking for nightlife, Majorca is certainly where you can find it. Mixing partying with beach going, you can also get your party on during the day with many of the pop up DJ sets and musical performances that are coming to characterise the greater Balearic Islands.
Don’t forget about the Festival of San Juan, the Nit de Foc, the Jumaica Tropical Park, and the Caves of Drach while planning your top attraction outing. By day, take in the beach at Alcudia, resting up and showering for a night out on the town. Majorca has entertainment for those wanting something raucous, as well as those wanting something secluded, like a candlelit sampling of wine and cheese.
32 beaches in Majorca have received the Blue Flag award
Majorca undoubtedly serves up some of the best beaches in all of the Balearics – and that’s saying something! With hundreds of beaches surrounding the island, you can take your pick from long, and golden beaches enveloped by white sand, to the tinier coves and inlets that can only be accessed through certain entryways. There’s also the tiny and pebble filled stops for those that want to see every kind of terrain on the island.
Of all of the beaches, the most famous one is the Alcudia Beach – known as the biggest beach in the region. With easy-to-access facilities and parking, it’s a popular place for those looking to venture out for the day, families, and others on a more affordable vacations. While at the Alcudia Beach, have fun meandering around the seafood restaurants, ice cream shops, and milkshake stops, that run along 10km of beach. If you want something a little quieter, there’s also the Playa de Muro, located nearby, that offers the same kind of drink and food access without the crowds.
Sunny and warm generally 9 months out of the year, Majorca has some of the most accessed and desirable beaches in all of Spain. Not to mention, the nation comes with an average rate of 300 sunny days per year, making it a place you can count on when planning your next holiday.
Characterised by the Romans who inhabited the island until 5th century AD, Majorca is home to olive trees, vines, and plenty of wine. Paella and the Spanish omelets are on just about every menu, and as they should be – sourcing local wild rice, Spanish spices, and the catch of the day right outside in the ocean, paella is a dish that embodies everything Spain has to offer in one culinary immersion. Not to mention, the olives and olive oil are cultivated right there on the island, used in all cooking or plainly paired with bread while drinking the world-famous Spanish wine.
Specifically, Majorcan cuisine dates back to the peasant lifestyle that used to take part on the island, which is why almond trees, olive trees, and cereals are abundantly available in local stores. Enjoy typical Mediterranean vegetables, like peppers and zucchini, potatoes, and other items easily grown in the climate. As for meat, there is always pork, ham, and the famous Spanish chorizo for those looking to immerse their palettes.
Wine has been in Majorca since the roman times, with five distinct regions that provide the Majorcan vacationer with the tastes they desire. Sip on Callet, Manta Negro, and Prensal Blanc, blending both the deep, earthy tastes of the red with the fruity, crisper tastes of the white that make excellent bases for cocktails enjoyed by the sea. Take tours of Binissalem in the center of the island and Pla I Llevant in the East. Rest assured: all local wine is served at most local restaurants, and you really can’t go wrong with no matter what you choose.
Known as a nightlife capital of the Mediterranean, there is a lot to consider when taking a night out on the town in this Balearic region. Majorca’s capital, Palma, has the best nightlife you could possibly ask for, with places like La Lonja, filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants. There’s also the narrow streets that hold the secret venues, like the enchanting Jazz Voyeur Club.
If you like over the top stuff, enjoy the Abaco cocktail bar, built in the 16th century palace. Equipped with aged furniture, marble statues, and fresh fruit and flower arrangements, don’t forget to look out for the flower petal rain that takes place every Friday at midnight. There’s also classical music playing in the background to accompany the spectacle. Here, you can also find another jazz getaway, known as the Hotel Saratoga, with blue jazz and live music happening every Thursday to Sunday.
For those looking for intense clubbing and EDM immersion, most Majorca beaches can play host to some pop up DJ ventures and shows that are only intimately shared ahead of time. Ask your destination resort to share this information with you if you’re wanting to take part in the beach partying of a lifetime. Lastly, there are some hidden coves that play host to parties by day as well – but, you have to know who to ask.
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