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Known as the largest island in the Balearic archipelago off the coast of Spain, Mallorca is a hotspot for tourists seeking an unforgettable Mediterranean vacation.
Just over a two-hour flight from the UK, Majorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands and has long been enjoyed by tourists the world over.
This naturally beautiful island has been ruled by various kingdoms over its centuries-long history but is now a major destination for European tourists looking to enjoy the sun and sand. Mallorca is divided into three sections with the west coast dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain chain, the east coast marked by the Serra de Llevant mountains, and the island’s center described as “es plas,” or the plain.
But most tourists who travel to Mallorca spend their time far and away from the island’s center, enjoying its more than 340 miles of coastline and the many sun-kissed beaches that along it. Once the sun sets, visitors usually head inland to enjoy wonderful restaurants and wine bars or dance the evening away at any one of the Mallorca’s many nightclubs
. Whether you choose to party or relax (or some combination of the two), Mallorca travel won’t disappoint.
Local Mallorca food (known in the native tongue as 'Mallorquin' food) is based on pork, fish and vegetables. In this regional Spanish food you'll find generous helpings of garlic and olive oil, a cuisine one full of hearty home-cooking.
Famous main dishes include tumbet - a splendid vegetable dish, fideua - the local paella made with noodles rather than rice, sophisticated salt cod dishes, fresh fish dishes, pork loin in a majorcan sauce, pork wrapped in cabbage, suckling pig, numerous lamb dishes, cauliflower with raisins and pine nuts, pumpkin.
There are more than 200 beaches around Mallorca’s beautiful coastline. Over 30 of these are designated as ‘Blue Flag’, which assures not just the water quality but the provision of bathroom facilities, lifeguards and other tourism services.
Mallorca's beaches range from long stretches of golden sand sliding into shallow blue seas to quiet rocky coves with crystal clear waters. Many of the bigger beaches have been claimed by resorts but there are many more to discover off the beaten track.
The north and south have the largest sandy beaches, whilst the east coast is filled with pretty little coves with sheltered turquoise seas. The west coast is famous for its rugged mountainous coastline, cliff edges dominate the landscape which means there are only a few small beaches to visit.
The island of Mallorca has many great locations to enjoy nights out, here is the abcMallorcaguide to the best areas for nightlife.
There’s an eclectic mix of lively bars and nightclubs to be found around Mallorca to accommodate its equally diverse clientele. From young holiday-makers to yachting millionaires and everyone in between, you will find a bar to suit. The capital city Palma is the main hub as it is lively all year round, but the beach resorts provide plenty of bar and club choices when they come alive in the summer months.
Every village in Mallorca has a place for a drink, either a bar or restaurant usually set around the main square where you can enjoy refreshments with the locals. But if you are looking for something more lively, you'll need to head to one of the larger towns or resorts. The party can start as early or as late as you like, with beach clubs servicing the early starters and the night clubs keeping the party people happy.
The island of Mallorca has shops for all tastes and price ranges including a good selection of luxury and designer boutiques. Most of them can be found in the capital, Palma.
The capital city of Palma is the main shopping hot spot on the island, but there are pockets all over Mallorca where you can spend many hours of browsing. Here is our guide on where to go.
For the shopper, the compact size of Palma is of great advantage. The main shopping areas you should visit in the city are Passeig des Born, Avinguda Jaume III and the pedestrianised cobbled streets and ancient passageways around Plaça Major and Plaça Cort.
Other hotspots for designer shopping are, of course, the marinas. Puerto Portals, otherwise known as the ‘Millionnaire's Marina’, takes the crown for glitz and glamour when it comes to designer fashion. If you are after an extra special swimsuit or a sensational dress, then it’s likely you will find it here. Port Adriano and Port d'Andratx also have a selection of designer shops if you really want to spoil yourself whilst on the island.
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