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Majorca is the largest Balearic and is impossible to resist, easy to fall in love with, and almost always leaves you wanting more.
So what is it that makes Majorca so appealing? Villa Plus are local experts, with hundreds of stunning holiday villas here, and for them the attraction simply comes down to the island’s incredible diversity. Although wonderful weather, gorgeous beaches and great resorts, don’t hurt either.
If all that isn’t enough to convince you, here are a few more reasons why Villa Plus think the biggest Balearic is the most bewitching of all.
Direct flights from the UK to Majorca take just over two hours, year-round, and everywhere on the island is within easy driving distance; average transfer times to most resorts are about an hour. There’s even a train service across the island, which you might not want to try the minute you arrive, but it’s a fun way to visit Palma with kids if you’re staying on Majorca’s lovely east coast.
Famously lush, green and lovely Majorca doesn’t do extreme weather conditions. A few rainy days in October counts as monsoon season. The rest of the time it’s reliably calm.
Temperatures from March to October range between 20 to 30˚, so you can be assured you’ll receive a warm welcome.
The entire Balearic archipelago has 46 Blue Flag Beaches, and 31 of them are on Majorca.
But with over 50km of sandy gorgeousness around the coast, not flying a flag here usually just means a beach is too tucked away for easy parking or so secret it doesn’t have sunbed hire.
Most of the best beaches are on the east coast; running from where the magnificent Serra de Tramuntana drops into the sea at Cap de Formentor in the north, right down to the golden shores of Cala d’Or in the south. This is often the quieter side of the island too, so you’ve more space to try fabulous water sports without crowds of spectators.
Majorca is great for keen climbers, windsurfers, mountain bikers or seasoned walkers. Outdoorsy doesn’t even begin to describe this activity-packed island.
You might not be up for scaling Tramuntana’s peaks at their tallest (1445m), but hiking in the foothills is a fabulous adventure with teens.
Majorca’s also covered in forests and natural gardens, mighty cliffs, green inland valleys, and dramatic, sun-bleached plains. Most areas are remarkably accessible, often with well-marked walking paths graded in order of difficulty, so even the littlest legs don’t get overstretched.
And if you just feel like a gentle stroll, wandering round one of the island’s marinas and gazing at beautiful yachts is easy-going excitement for kids of all ages.
Mixing it up on an hour-by-hour basis is another part of Majorca’s great family appeal. Spend mornings at waterparks in bustling resorts like Alcudia, then book an afternoon cruise round the isolated wilds of Cap de Formentor. Try Spain’s finest seafood in elegant Puerto Pollensa, eat your way round Cala d’Or’s cute cafés, or head to an eco-village high in the hills for a taste of the island’s fresh, local and amazing home-cooking.
Professional schools around the coast teach kids everything from scuba to surfing. You will find most water sports available on the beaches here.
And if you’re more up for spectating than doing, Superyacht Cup Palma in June is the longest running superyacht regatta in Europe, and a tremendous spectacle even for non sailors.
Then of course, there’s breathtaking Palma; considered to be one of the loveliest island capitals in the world, and an easy rival to any of Spain’s great coastal cities.
A must-do day out for the awe-inspiring cathedral alone, make time to explore the atmospheric Old Town.
Don’t forget to fit in some museums and Palma Aquarium; try at least one of the many award-winning restaurants, and go shopping in the late afternoon, when it’s cooler and you can fully concentrate on Palma’s heavenly arcades.