Nothing can take the shine off this jewel of the Mediterranean Sea - Majorca has been a tourist magnet for decades and continues to attract holidaymakers looking for sun, sea, sand, and a cosmopolitan vibe that could rival any European city.
The beautiful island, the biggest of the Balearics, is a true tourism treasure, with qualities to charm every kind of holidaymaker and a range of accommodation to lure families, groups, singles and couples.
From party central Magaluf, to the hushed tones of Deia; from the museums of Palma, to enchanting secret coves dotted along the shimmering shoreline: holidays in Majorca open up an island of contrasts and a mini taster of Spain.
Your sunshine holiday will begin the moment your plane touches down at Palma Airport (PMI) in Majorca (also known as Mallorca).
Many visitors choose to stay in Palma to take advantage of great shopping in designer boutiques, a delicious food scene including traditional and modern tapas, pulsating nightclubs, striking Gothic architecture at the cathedral and nearby Bellver Castle, and the thriving art scene at the city's museums.
Majorca has a range of resorts catering for all kinds of holiday tastes. There are small, exclusive resorts and loud, brash towns like Magaluf and Palma Nova, where days are spent on the beach recovering from the excesses of the night before in lively night spots such as BCM. Other well-known resorts in Majorca include the parasol-dotted beaches of Alcudia, the town of Soller which is linked by an aging tram to Puerto Soller, and traditional Puerto Pollensa.
Many holiday operators also offer accommodation at resorts including: C'an Picafort and Cala San Vicente in the north; Andratx, Cala Bona, Cala d'Or, Cala Millor, Porto Colom, Porto Cristo, and Sa Coma in the east; and Camp de Mar and Playa de Palma in the south.
Valldemossa, a village in the mountains, is also popular thanks to the monastery where composer Chopin once resided. And the delightful olive-grove-strewn village of Deia, in the north of the island, has its cultural links too. Novelist Robert Graves penned many a word here, and these days the village attracts modern celebrity residents - keep your eyes peeled for stars of stage and screen.
Drama of a different kind can be found at the spectacular cliffs on the coast in the north west, while the Caves of Drach have a distinct movie-style mystery about them.
Majorca holidays will never leave you bored, but rather refreshed and invigorated. Get your sunshine break underway with TravelSupermarket and search for bargain holidays to Majorca using the tool on the left.
Between the end of May and the start of October expect to feel the heat of daily averages between 24C and 30C. It drops to around 10C in January so many visitors choose to visit between spring and autumn to exploit hours and hours of sunshine and warmth. The winter months are the rainiest in Majorca, and rain doesn't make much of an appearance in summer.
Angel Sunday; May: The Sunday after Easter is known as Angel Sunday. Be in Palma to see a procession, taste local food and see people dressed as giants heading to Bellver Castle.
International Boat Show; April/May: Fancy yachts belonging to millionaires can be seen year round in Majorca, but be here at the start of May for an extra glitzy display.
Nit de Foc (Night of Fire); third Friday in June: One of the most spectacular and popular events in Majorca marks the start of fiesta season during the fiesta of Sant Joan.
Releasing of the ducks; August 15: One of the oddest events on Majorca's social calendar, around 3,000 people flock to C'an Picafort to see dozens of rubber ducks released into the sea and then captured by swimmers (live ducks were used until 2007 when animal rights campaigners forced a change).
Chopin Festival; August/September: Valldemossa is the place to be to celebrate Polish composer Frederic Chopin and the winters he spent in Majorca.
Relaxation: Experience breathtaking beauty at Cap de Formentor where wild, rugged cliffs tumble into the sea, and lush pine trees stand out against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. Drive to the view point of Mirador des Colomer and then follow the path to the watchtower where you'll be able to gaze out across the entire peninsula.
Active types: Sporty types will be spoilt for choice in Majorca. Cable ski, windsurf and sail on Alcudia Beach or head to Funny Beach in Magaluf to make a splash on banana boats, ringos and pedaloes.
Romance: Perched on the slopes of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, the picturesque village of Deia is the ultimate romantic retreat. Walk hand in hand around the cobbled streets, pop into workshops and galleries, and visit boutiques and bars in this bohemian haven.
Babies & toddlers: Families staying in Alcudia will benefit from the large beach and shallow waters where little ones can play safely. Older kids will have fun at attractions such as HidroPark with its slides, pools and chutes, or can let off steam at KartingMania.
Families: Children will love the mystical wonderland created inside the Caves of Drach. Admire the thousands of stalagmites and stalactites, and the beautiful lighting in this natural wonder.
Nightlife: Partygoers looking to dance until dawn should head to Magaluf which is jam-packed with bars and clubs to suit every taste.
Shopping: Great shopping and designer boutiques are yours for the taking in sophisticated Palma. Passeig des Born will present you with a variety of chic stores, and you can refuel with a cooling drink from one of its many cafés or bars.
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