Known for its stunning beach resorts, secluded coves and plentiful historic remains scattered among the limestone mountains, the Balearic island of Mallorca is one of the jewels in the Mediterranean. Belonging to Spain, the island is home to enigmatic stone villages and whitewashed towns, surrounded by the scent of citrus drifting down from the terraced mountain plantations.
Explore the beautiful landscapes of rolling vineyards, almond and apricot orchards inland. Or head to the coast to lie back on one of the island’s superb beaches. The quiet roads of the island also make ideal cycling territory, for both beginners and more advanced riders in the central highlands. There are numerous circular routes around the island too, with the chance to pass through some of its most beautiful destinations, including Algaida, Sineu and Petra.
Climb up to medieval villages sitting on high rocky outcrops and enjoy the best views over the island. Stroll through aromatic pine forests and swim in the warm waters of Port de Pollenca. It’s all laid out before you in Mallorca.
The rugged mountains are also perfect for exploring on foot. The spectacular Tramuntana range stretches from Port de Soller to Pollenca, along majestic coastal paths, through a UNESCO World Heritage site and past the enigmatic 13th century monastery at Lluc. You can also follow ancient pilgrimage routes through the vast and impressive gorge at Barranco de Biniaraix. At the end of a busy day walking or cycling, sample traditional Mallorcan food in a café overlooking the Mediterranean or take a dip in the cool clear waters. The ever-popular island is more often than not drenched in beautiful sunshine, making it perfect for outdoor activities and both winter and summer breaks.