Majorca is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. And it comes as no surprise, because it offers endless attractions. But if you prefer to stay away from the crowds, it’s better to travel out of season. Spring is a great time to go as it is mild, doesn’t rain much and there are fewer tourists about. Find out the best things to see in the largest of the Balearic Islands, and you won’t need a swimsuit!
If you go to Majorca, you shouldn’t miss Palma’s old town, which is full of narrow cobbled streets. You can enjoy Gothic and Modernist buildings, mansions and churches as you take a walk round the city. Don’t miss Plaza Mayor, the largest and most beautiful square in the historic centre, and the Gothic cathedral, called “La Seu”. It boasts the world’s largest Gothic rose window, which creates a spectacular light effect. But that’s not all there is to do in Palma: you can explore the Bohemian quarter of Santa Catalina, which used to be a fishing quarter and is now lined with artisan shops and restaurants. Here you can also find Santa Catalina market, selling delicious food. Another place not to be missed is Bellver Castle (14th century), which affords a spectacular view of the city.
Explore a cave
In Majorca there are true underground wonders that have been formed over millennia: spectacular caves and lakes, adorned by stalactites and stalagmites. In Manacor you can visit the popular Drach caves: four interconnected caves that are 25 metres deep. There is also a lake (115 metres long), and you can go on a boat trip while you listen to classical music. It’s an experience that you’ll never forget! The caves in Porto Cristo are said to be the first in Spain to open to the public, back in 1910. They called Hams Caves. You’re sure to love the botanical gardens and the huge lake. But there are many more: small caves like Génova; Blanques, which were inhabited until the mid-19th century; and Artà caves, which hold a veritable treasure inside: a 22-metre stalagmite, one of the largest in Europe.
Discover Serra de Tramuntana
There is a place in Majorca where snow is not a rare sight: Serra de Tramuntana. This mountain range is not extremely high, though: the highest peak is Puig Major, at 1443 m (4734 ft). It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 in the Cultural Landscape category, thanks to the symbiosis of natural and human action over centuries, resulting in a spectacular place that combines culture, tradition, aesthetics, spirituality and identity. These mountains are popular with hikers because they are full of routes that are suitable for all levels. And especially because they are full of treasures, both natural (indigenous flora and fauna, waterfalls, and more) and man-made (old buildings, ruins, castles, refuges, etc.). We can find many beautiful towns along 90 km of mountains in the north of Majorca: Sóller, Valldemossa, Andratx, Calvià and Pollença, to name a few.
Taste the island’s wine
Majorca is so much more than its beaches – it is also a land of wine. If you want to discover it for yourself, all you need to do is visit the areas that produce the island’s DO wine: DO Binissalem and DO Pla i Llevant. The former is situated in the centre of the island and comprises the towns of Santa María del Camí, Binissalem, Sencelles, Consell and Santa Eugènia. DO Pla i Llevant covers the centre and east of the island, and includes lands that have a long wine-making tradition: Algaida, Ariany, Artà, Campos, Capdepera, Felanitx, Llucmajor, Manacor, Maria de la Salut, Montuïri, Muro, Petra, Porreres, Sant Joan, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Santa Margalida, Santanyi, Sineu and Vilafranca de Bonany. The best thing is that you can visit many of the wineries and taste the wines on site.
Now you know that there are many other ways of enjoying Majorca that don’t include sun and sand. However, just to be safe, after you book a flight with Vueling, be sure to pack your swimsuit because the weather is so amazing that you might fancy a dip in the sea... who knows?