Ten reasons why Mallorca should be the top of your destination list for 2019. There is something for the whole family on the island, whether you’re a foodie, beach-bum, kite-surfer, nature lover or culture vulture – or all of the above - Mallorca has you covered!
Beaches, Caves and Coves
There are over 260 beaches in Majorca, and some of the most stunning of those are located just a short drive from our Villa Esquina, in peaceful Pollensa. Mallorca has it all, from expanses of pure white sand, crystal clear azure sea, coves hidden by stunning cliffs, wild natural beaches only accessible by foot and huge swaths of soft golden sand backed by palm trees. Take a look at our blog on beaches for more information.
Street Markets are a vital part of Mallorcan Life. Strolling along the cobbled streets of traditional Mallorcan villages, soaking up the atmosphere as your eyes scan for bargains…could there be a better way to get to know the Island and its locals? There are markets daily from 8.00 – 13.30 ish in almost every village in Mallorca so you are never far from a shopping opportunity! The markets in Mallorca are an excellent place to shop for fruits, vegetables, flowers, and local produce such as Mallorcan sobrassada, botifarra sausages, a wide range of local honey or traditional Mallorcan cheese alongside local crafts and trinkets. Take a look at our blog on Markets in Mallorca for more details.
Colourful. Vibrant. A Feast for the senses. Noisy, chaotic and always fun – nothing symbolises the very essence of Spain more than a Fiesta. Mallorca, like its mainland neighbour, offers festivals almost every month of the year. The origins of the fiestas often lie in religious feasts, honouring patron saints of the towns and villages where they lived. They all include parades, fireworks, street parties, and a great deal of eating and drinking. Rich in culture and heritage, no visit to the beautiful island of Mallorca would be complete without this experience. Take a look at our blog celebrating fiestas.
Majorca's food has a rich history that includes both Roman and African influences, as well as its own traditional Spanish style. Although Balearic gastronomy is almost identical to the mainland Spanish one, there are some considerable differences. In Majorca, dishes include tropical ingredients and seafood harvested directly from the island. From salted cod to fresh oysters and squid, Majorca is a seafood lovers paradise. For those who prefer their dinner to be caught on land, Lechona is a delicious, roasted whole pig that is usually served up on special occasions. However, most local restaurants roast their pigs on certain days during the week, so shop around and be sure to taste this local favourite. There are many fine restaurants to choose from, as well as the opportunity to try your hand at cooking your own Majorcan cuisine in our stunning kitchen or have one of our highly recommended chefs cook for you in our family Villa.
If it’s nature you’re seeking Majorca has it all. Either on land or under the water, their many land and marine reserves will definitely deliver. Mallorca is home to a great variety of flowering and aromatic shrubs, and the marine life is varied and pletiful. Birdwatchers come to Mallorca from all over Europe to see rare migrants here like Montagu's harriers and Eleanora's falcons - the island is an important stop over for many migratory birds as well as local species. S'Albufereta de Pollensa is a wetland nature reserve in the north of the island, see this link for more information
Active Holidays - Hiking, Walking, Cycling
Boasting 300 days of sunshine, Mallorca has fast become a popular cycling, walking and hiking holiday destination, with Pollensa being the number one place to stay due to its accessibility to routes and its beautiful scenery. Mallorca is the perfect place to cycle no matter your level of experience or expertise, and one of the best destinations in western Europe for hiking. Staying in Pollensa you’ll have access to many of the great routes and trails Majorca has to offer. Take a look at our blogs on Hiking and Cycling for more information.
Mallorca has 21 golf courses open to visiting players and offers golfers of all levels a unique opportunity to enjoy the sport year-round. Crammed with first class facilities at attractive prices in beautiful surroundings, Majorca is at the top of the list for golfing. Check out our Golfing blog for more information.
Archaeological Sites, Castles & Ruins
The island of Mallorca has been a crucial territory throughout history because of its location on the main commercial route in the Mediterranean. There are impressive prehistoric settlements to visit and well-preserved Roman ruins that are a testament to Mallorca's historical importance. The Middle Ages were a turbulent era in Mallorca, with the island changing hands often because of its strategic location. The various fortresses and castles dotted along its coastline and hilltops are a consequence of these battles. There are many to explore but Pollentia, the ruins of a roman city, in Alcudia and Santueri Castle are worth as visit, as is Castell Del Rei close by in Pollensa.
Historic Towns and Villages
Mallorca’s history is typical of a Mediterranean island, and its historic towns and villages have been shaped by successive waves of invaders. The earliest remains are Bronze Age megaliths, but it was the 8th-century arrival of Arabs and their ingenious irrigation systems that had the greatest impact, changing the landscape so significantly that a vast area now enjoys protected UNESCO World Heritage status. For many travellers seeking a holiday near an historic town or village in Mallorca, Pollença is the answer, with its cobbled streets, attractive squares and imposing 17th- and 18th-century architecture.
Wine from Mallorca has a growing reputation for quality – the best wines winning medals at international competitions. Take a wine tour to see the numerous vineyards and visit some of the dozens of bodegas across the island. Enjoy some wine tasting and take home a bottle or two: wine from Mallorca is some of the best in Spain!
Book with Us
With all these reasons to visit now is the time to start planning your 2019 Mallorcan holiday. Get in touch to check availability at Villa Esquina, or for any other information about Pollensa and the surrounding area.