"Mallorca - a great island" Top 5 Page for this destination Majorca Island by Gerrem

Majorca Island Travel Guide: 642 reviews and 1,248 photos

Part of the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands comprise of three major islands, Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza, plus three smaller pieces of land by the names of Formentera, Cabrera and the uninhabited Dragonera. They lie off the coast of Spain between France and the coast of northern Africa. Every year the islands are a magnet for millions of holiday-makers.

For the Germans Mallorca (Majorca) seems to be a part of Germany. Nearly all Germans have been at least once there. Guaranteed good weather, low prices and an only 2 hour fly made Mallorca attractive in the past. For most of these tourists Mallorca is just sun and beach. I’ve been 6 or 7 times there (with my parents as a child and later as an adult) and I know that this wonderful island has more to offer. It owns a lot of culture and history, interesting people, beautiful landscapes and also breathtaking hidden beaches.

Breathtaking landscapes and beaches

Mallorca (1991 pop. 602,074) is the biggest (1,405 sq mi = 3,639 sq km), of the four islands in the Balearic group that offers everything you could wish for in a holiday. From long, golden beaches, tiny coves, mountains and remote villages to windmill-dotted plains; all year round enjoyment. Palma is the capital and occupies a seafront location. The old town has a cathedral and a maze of narrow streets. The views from Bellver Castle are breathtaking. There is a wide variety of bars, restaurants and nightlife in Palma. The Bay of Palma is the playground and consists of a crescent of white sand. On the western side of the island is Magaluf, the place to party, where clubs are open all night and parties don't stop. As a resort it also offers an outstanding sandy bay with watersports. Ample shops line the tightly-knit streets and a wide selection of bars and restaurants will keep everyone happy. Nearby Palma Nova is a popular and friendly resort, popular with families. It's curving sand and shingle beaches are kept clean and safe, with lots of watersports.

Interesting History

In 1276 the kingdom of Majorca was formed from the inheritance of James I of Majorca. It comprised the Balearic Islands, Roussillon and Cerdagne (between France and Spain), and several fiefs in S France. Perpignan, in Roussillon, was the capital. In 1343, Peter IV of Aragón took the kingdom from James II and reunited it with the crown of Aragón. The island's flourishing commerce declined, partly because of the warfare between the native peasantry and the Aragonese nobles and Catalan traders, but mainly because of the change in trade routes after the discovery of America. Majorca is known for its stalagmite caves and for its architectural treasures and prehistoric monuments. The abandoned old monastery where Chopin and George Sand lived is an island landmark. The inhabitants speak their own dialect of Catalan.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great beaches, history and culture
  • Cons:Too many German & British tourists
  • In a nutshell:The islands has more to offer than most tourists know!
  • Last visit to Majorca Island: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 26, 2005
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    I'm going to re visit Mallorca soon. Ciao!

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2006 at 2:06 PM

    Love your stunning pictures and informative tips on Majorca, it looks like A BEAUTIFUL place !

  • munki's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2005 at 1:10 PM

    Nice page of Mallorca. Both your pictures and tips are great. I've just come back from a week in Ibiza and Mallorca. I was lucky enough to be at the old watchtower just before sunset. The best I saw in the island.

  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2005 at 1:51 PM

    Wow, what a gorgeous looking island...love those first photos!!!

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