It”s a popular misconception that the island of Majorca has little to offer other than just the sun, sea and sand. But if it”s the sun you”re after, you do get an average of 26 to 29 degrees celcius over June, July, August and September.
Vast popular resorts and entertainment orientated tourist areas offering bars, restaurants and a myriad of nightclubs aside, outside of these Majorca has a whole abundance of cultural and beautiful landscapes for the intrepid explorer to discover and enjoy. After all, let it be said, that the Spanish Royal Family have a summer retreat here in the Marivent Palace.
The island has in excess of 500km of coastline to discover, an overwhelming majority of which is bathed in tranquility, with lots hidden coves and smaller beaches just waiting to be explored. Watersports are are also enthusiastically enjoyed as the water quality is ripe for scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkelling and jet skiing.
There are many inland, remote and picturesque, coastal paths to take by foot or you can hire a bike relatively cheaply. Treks through the Tramuntana Mountains in the north with it”s peaks of over 1400 metres are a must, offering memorable views across to the Pollensa Bay.
The coastal village of Deya has for a long time been a spiritual home for writers and musicians. Anais Nin, Mike Oldfield, Mick Jagger and Mark Knopfler have resided in and around Deya at some point. It offers truly inspiring vista”s housing perhaps twenty or so bars and restaurants to replenish your culinary and drinking requirements.
One hour away on a small boat trip you can visit the wonders of Cabrera Marine and Terrestrial Nature Reserve which are a range of small islands and fascinating inlets which provide a great day out”s exploring. This also offers you the opportunity to escape Majorca and to experience something else of what the Mediterannean has to offer.
Estimations suggest that there are well over 2000 restaurants covering many tastes, offering lots of olives and almonds as these are a firm favorite of the islander”s diet. A local speciality you must try is Arros Brut, which is chicken, pork and vegetables cooked with saffron rice. Also, try the pastry Ensaimada, which is a good sweet.
Elsewhere you are surrounded by olive groves and pine forests as you head across this rugged and attractive landscape. Visit Inca, a larger town, on a Thursday as it”s market day and see the St Domingo Convent, or the Monastery of St Bartholemew. Hiring a car on Majorca is a must in order to make the most of the island”s delights.