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The Hidden Gems of Mallorca: A Traveller’s Guide
Mallorca is one of the most famous Balearic Islands but, unfortunately, it’s often misunderstood. It has a reputation for being home to plenty of fantastic beaches, nightlife and warm weather (all of which it has), but it has so much more to offer. For travellers who are willing to travel off the beaten track, there are hidden gems to be found, including cultural heritage and history, stunning natural landscapes and beaches which have yet to succumb to tourism. If you would like to get the most out of your Weekend trip to Mallorca, this guide includes plenty of tips and ideas to help you plan the perfect getaway.
When to visit Mallorca
Unsurprisingly, the most popular time of year to visit Mallorca is between July and September when the weather is at its warmest and most consistent. If you want to avoid the crowds and are less interested in sunbathing, you are likely to be able to find the best flight deals between November and February, although it’s also possible to grab some great deals just before or after high season, for example, April/May or September/October.
Where to stay in Mallorca
While there are lots of hotels on the island, many travellers who want a more luxurious experience are now opting to rent a villa for their holiday. Villas in Mallorca are located in many areas including the popular Alcudia, Pollensa and Cala d’Or. You can find your ideal villa on the beach, by the harbour or in the countryside, head out to explore and see the sights and then relax in privacy and luxury at the end of the day.
Places to visit in Mallorca
There are plenty of stunning beaches in Mallorca, but it can be tricky to find one which has not been developed by tourism. If you are looking for a beach that is a little less commercial, Es Trenc is ideal. It is not affiliated with a resort but has gorgeous sand and blue water which is reminiscent of the Caribbean. It’s slightly less accessible than some other beaches, and some people are comfortable enough here to be nude, but that does not mean you have to join in.
On the southeast of Mallorca, you’ll find the Mondrago National Park which is perfect for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. It is a protected area that is delightfully peaceful with fine white sand, turquoise sea, pine trees, and cliffs all around. Over on the west coast of the island is the breathtaking Es Torrent de Pareis gorge which is one of the largest in the whole of the Mediterranean. It is home to a sandy cove which is hard to discover as it is hidden by limestone rocks, but if you do, you’ll enjoy peace and tranquillity aside from a few other nature lovers and hikers.
Port d’Andratx is a traditional harbour town which used to be a fishing village. It does not have a beach, but it is a fantastic place to enjoy stunning sea views, old houses and cobbled streets as well as several quaint local restaurants and bars. Portocolom is another quiet fishing village that has held onto a lot of its heritage and traditional charm. However, there is still plenty to keep holidaymakers busy with a sandy beach as well as wine tasting at local vineyards, scuba diving and it’s not far from Naveta, an ancient burial site.
For craft lovers, Santa Maria del Cami on the Palma-Ina railway is home to many of Mallorca’s potters. The town is also famous for Roba de llengues (Cloth of Tongues) which is a cotton woven into zigzag patterns widely seen throughout the island. It’s a great place to do some shopping if you’re interested in authentic handcrafted gifts and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside.
In the beautiful village of Deia, you’ll find a thriving community devoted to art, literature, and music as well as a small beach and some lovely bars an restaurants to relax in. In fact, a local bar called Sa Fonda often has well-known musicians performing.
It’s difficult to give any village or town the title of the ‘prettiest’ or most beautiful, but several have certainly got a claim to the title. The coastal town of Soller is a much quieter place to visit than the more famous towns and cities and sits in a lush green valley with orange groves and mountains on either side. However, according to the pianist Chopin, Valldemossa could be the most beautiful village with its stone walls and forests all around. But then, Fornalutx is also a traditional and tranquil place also built in stone and surrounded by orange groves and incredible mountain views.
I hope, after reading this, you too will be intrigued and visit Mallorca, and experience the city for yourself, and if you need more reasons to visit Mallorca, here are 8 Reasons To Visit Mallorca in Winters.
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