Majorca – what to do besides hardcore partying
I don’t what it is like where you are from but here people interrelate Majorca with drinking and partying it up in Magaluf. This is such a shame and it even saddens me a little. Majorca has so much to offer and that’s why I spent 10 days there in August and took a look around for you.
We stayed at a gorgeous little Casita close to Petra. Petra is a great starting point for trips around the island as it is right in the center of Majorca. We also saved a lot of cash on accommodation and food because we chose to self-cater. Hotel prices have gone up so much this year, it is crazy!!
Check out our home in Petra:
Coves del Drach
The Coves del Drach (Caves of Drach) are four impressive limestone caves on the east side of Majorca, very close to the city of Porto Cristo.
You can admire stunning stalactites and stalagmites and one the world’s largest underground lakes. When you get to the end of the cave tour, you will be able to enjoy a traditional Majorquin concert performed by musicians on boats. Please respect the guides and do not take pictures or film the performance. They announced this three times in five different languages and people were still recording.
Catedral de Mallorca or La Seu
The cathedral of Palma is the highest Gothic cathedral in the world. King James I of Aragon started building it in 1229 but it was finished almost 400 years later in 1601. Its design is Catalan Gothic style but also has Northern European influences. The area around the cathedral is also a popular spot for events and concerts – we got to listen to a didgeridoo concert.
Catedral de Majorca is situated in the old part of Palma and overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.
Cala Romantica (= original name: S’Estany d’en Mas)
Cala Romantica is a small bay on the east coast of Majorca, not far from Porto Cristo. The water is crystal clear and very suitable for families with children.
The meter high cliffs attract a lot of free climbers and are a perfect spot to begin your cliff hiking. Parking is free. Drinks and snacks are offered at the beach restaurant and there is also a beach bar serving cocktails, fruit juices, and ice cream. It does get somewhat crowded in high season.
The market is open every Wednesday from 8 am to 1 pm.
Sineu market is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Vendors offer fruit and vegetables, meat, Majorquin delicacies (try Sobrasada – it is to die for!!), livestock (which I wasn’t too happy about seeing), leather goods, kitchen utensils, toys, and much more.
Montuïri, a small town in the region of Pla de Majorca, gives you a taste of old day Majorca. The town was built on a hill and narrow streets are lined with traditional Majorquin houses on either side.
Tradition and togetherness are still very important to the people of Montuïri hence why summers are busy with celebrating festivals on the town square. Everyone brings their own food and drinks and enjoys spending time with their neighbors.
Day trip to Minorca
Minorca, the smallest Balearic island, is a short trip by ferry away. We chose to depart from Alcudia at 9:30 am and arrived in Ciutadella de Menorca about two hours later. We went for a walk around town and did some souvenir shopping. The harbour is a perfect spot to have lunch at – we demolished big plates of fresh fish and seafood and it was absolutely delicious. Before heading back to the harbour, we stopped in a small bay for a swim and to soak up the sun.
BUT: the sea tends to be quite rough between Majorca and Minorca. About half of the passengers got violently sea sick. Please take this into consideration before booking your ferry ticket as there are also short flights offered between the two islands.
Have you been to Majorca and did you like it? Tell me about your favourite spots away from all the partying in the comments below.
Until next time,
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