Five Things You Must See In Majorca
Everyone knows Majorca is a great place for a cheap holiday, but there’s a lot more to it beyond the resorts. Why not escape for a day and explore what else this beautiful island has to offer?
The Cuavas Del Drach
The Cuavas Del Drach are an impressive natural phenomenon well worth visiting. On the island’s east-coast, the caves extend for almost 2.5 kilometres and lead to one of the world’s largest underground lakes. You can explore the caves on guided tours but be warned; the walk is just over a kilometre and includes several sets of steps. If you’re up to the challenge, the light show over the lake is eerily beautiful and accompanied by a classical string quartet. Best to go at either end of the day to avoid crowds, the caves are 500 metres from Porto Cristo, straight off the PMV-401-4. Free parking is available and tickets cost €11.50.
Palma lies on Majorca’s south coast and has everything you would expect from a big city. It’s easily accessible from all over the island by road and train. There are modern shopping centres, bars, restaurants and clubs, but it also has a less commercial side. Castles, cathedrals, museums and great examples of gothic architecture are dotted all over the place. It’s a great city to get lost in for an afternoon. The best way to get around and really explore is by foot, and there are plenty of guided tours available. However the city has an efficient bus and metro service too.
Cap de Formentor
Another example of Majorca’s dramatic scenery is Cap de Formentor, the northern peninsula. It has great views, and the treacherous 20 kilometre drive from Port de Pollença makes you cross your fingers and say your prayers. Definitely not one for the nervous driver. The viewpoint at Mirador des Colomer has an old watchtower from which you can see the whole of the peninsula. Stunning all year-round, parking is expensive, but it’s worth the trip.
If you’re looking to relax, Es Trenc is the beach that everyone seems to rave about. It’s not easy to get to and the signposts aren’t great, but because of this it stays relatively untouched by the intense tourism that you get on the busier beaches. It has a 3 kilometre stretch of white sand and clear shallow sea great for families with kids. Be prepared for nudists. The beach bars are friendlier than the restaurants and cheaper too, so it’s best to stick to them. To get there, follow signs off the road to Colonia Sant Jordi on the west of the island.
And finally, not for everybody, but Magaluf’s Pirates the Ultimate Adventure deserves a mention. You’ll see brochures advertising the ‘swashbuckling spectacle’ in most of Majorca’s hotels, and although it might not strike you as a must-see it’s worth investigating. The purpose built theatre is a sight in itself and the evening show is a lot of fun. Adult tickets range from €30-€62 and it’s cheaper to go off season (October- April). Pirates can be found on Camino de Porrassa which is easily accessible from the Ma-1 if you’re coming from outside of Magaluf.