As one of Spain’s largest and most popular holiday destinations, Majorca offers a wealth of activities for tourists and a beautiful setting. Majorca welcomes millions of tourists every year, meaning you can find the best holiday rentals for your needs, whether you use Airbnb to find a villa in Majorca or push the boat out and book a luxury apartment.
Find the perfect holiday apartment or villa in Majorca
Majorca has been one of the most popular holiday destinations for tourists from the UK and around the world since the 1960s, which means there are countless holiday villas and bed and breakfasts to rent. This beautiful island has something to offer for every type of holidaymaker, from families looking for a relaxing time on the beach, to couples who want to explore the cultural side of things, to groups of young friends wanting to party. If you want to be in the heart of the excitement, book a hotel in Palma, the island's capital. If you're looking for a more chilled out beach holiday, use TripAdvisor to find holiday villas with a private pool in one of the smaller towns such as Sóller or Alcúdia.
When to go?
Majorca is known for its beautiful weather and beaches, so the best time to take advantage of these is definitely the summer. The high season in Majorca is June to September, with temperatures peaking in August, when they can reach 30°C and even higher.
How to get to Majorca?
As an island off the coast of mainland Spain, the easiest way to reach Majorca is to fly. Palma de Majorca Airport is one of Spain's busiest destinations, with more than 28 million passengers using it in 2017, and therefore many of the biggest airlines fly there from the UK, including British Airways, Jet2, Ryanair, Easyjet, Flybe and TUi. The diverse choice of airline means you can get very affordable flights to Majorca and also fly from several airports across the UK, including London airports, Manchester and Liverpool.
How to get around Majorca?
The different towns in Majorca are all well-connected by both bus and rail, so you can see the whole island no matter where you choose to book your holiday rental. Buses run all over the island between the towns and cities, as well as trains between major locations. For a more novel, quaint method of transport, take a day trip from Palma to Sóller, a beautiful little town with a market and lots of pretty shops and houses. The vintage wooden train travels 17 miles through the Tramuntana mountains, passing olive groves, forests and orchards. You can also get the tram in Sóller down to the port to see the beach and harbour.
Where to stay in Majorca?
Palma is the capital of Majorca and has lots of restaurants, bars and shops to entertain yourself with. Here you can find the island's iconic Gothic cathedral, several museums – including one celebrating the work of Joan Miro – and lots of historic architecture. With so much going on, Palma is the perfect place to book a holiday rental in Majorca. On the outskirts of the city, there are plenty of holiday resorts and luxury villas in Palma Majorca for the perfect combination of cultural city break and beach getaway.
Playa de Palma
Not to be confused with the city of Palma itself, Playa de Palma is a purpose-built holiday resort where it is easy to find hotel rooms right next to the beach. It is also known as S'Arenal and is located about 10km from Palma, allowing holidaymakers to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without being too far out of the way. This resort offers a large stretch of the beach and is popular with all age groups, including young people looking for youth hostels and families looking for villas.
Alcúdia is an ancient town with medieval walls and architecture perfect for those looking for a little bit of Spanish culture alongside the idyllic beaches. Like many towns in Majorca, Alcúdia offers numerous resorts for tourists, but also holiday villas for families. Alcúdia is perfect for children, as the site of the Hidropark, where kids can enjoy water slides and pools in the heat of summer. Alcúdia also has a healthy dose of individual charm with its market and independent . boutique hotels.
Pollença is a smaller town full of tradition and local culture, including the nearby Port de Pollença and a traditional market square. There are some beautiful luxury hotels here, but the best value for money definitely lies with gorgeous holiday villa rentals with private pools and balconies. This makes Pollença the perfect base for a family holiday to Majorca, as you can experience the quieter side of island life alongside the indulgence of a pool and entire villa to yourselves. If you prefer the convenience and amenities of a hotel room, head to Formentor, where one of the more luxurious hotels is located alongside yachts.
Cala Major is home to some of Majorca's oldest holiday resorts, but that doesn't mean it's outdated today. With plenty of investment into the holiday apartments, it remains a great, modern option for visitors to Majorca. Cala Major is where the Spanish Royal family choose to spend their summers, which demonstrates its status as a lavish holiday destination. There is a beautiful covered beach with white sand, lots of upmarket restaurants and shops, and Beliver Castle, which you can visit as a museum. You can even charter a yacht here!
Magaluf is known as a party destination for young people, with a thriving nightlife and plenty of restaurants and bars. There are several holiday resorts up and down the Magaluf strip, next to the beautiful sandy beach, and it is best known for its package holidays. Magaluf's nightlife is world-famous and often attracts famous DJs, such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Basshunter. This makes Magaluf the perfect part of Majorca for young friends on a party holiday.
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Cathedral of Majorca
Probably the island's most distinctive piece of architecture is the cathedral in Palma. A prime example of Gothic architecture, the cathedral's location overlooking the sea provides breathtaking views from both inside and outside. There is also a museum attached to the cathedral: both are well worth visiting for a slice of culture during your beach getaway.
This theme park in Magaluf offers the perfect day out for groups of friends or families. With plenty of exciting rides and rollercoasters, you can satisfy your need for speed! There is also lots to offer for the fainter-hearted, such as a museum, mini golf and soft play areas for younger children. Katmandu has been voted Majorca's best amusement park by Tripadvisor and even has a hotel onsite.
Caves of Drach
Near Porto Cristo on Majorca, there are four large, historic caves. Guided tours around the caves offer the chance to experience incredible natural beauty first hand, the likes of which are difficult to find in the UK. The visit even ends with a performance of classical music by four musicians, making it the perfect relaxing activity for tourists interested in nature and geography.
Royal Palace of La Almudaina
The historical palace of the Spanish Royal family is located in Palma, making it a convenient place to visit wherever you book your holiday apartment or villa in Majorca. It is also located next to the Cathedral and is a fine example of beautiful 14th century Gothic architecture. The audio guide tours provide a fascinating insight into Spain's Muslim past.