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Mallorca: Beyond the Mega Resorts

Updated on February 14, 2015

Plagued by a reputation for sun, sex and booze style resort package holidays, Mallorca has struggled to fight off impressions forged after the over-development of the 1960s. Mallorca is often unfairly maligned but really it is a diverse island with much to offer. The spread of development is in fact fairly contained and now, after more than fifty years, has remained confined to certain areas. The Bay of Palma is very built up, along a stretch of around 30km of coastline crowding round the island's capital. There are few mega-resorts scattered along the East Coast. Other than those areas, the island is very different and has far more to offer than you might expect.


Palma itself, in spite of its outstretched arms of over-development, is a surprisingly historical town. Visit the Castell de Bellver, whose unique circular shape and prominent location make it an extremely recognisable sight. The views from the castle are stunning. Many more historical buildings are to be found in the old town, whose pleasant, shady streets are a lovely place to stroll on a hot day. There is the Cathedral, which also houses a collection of paintings and silverware, a 10th century Arab baths, and a number of fine art nouveau buildings as well as a historic church in Plaça del Mercat. Also in Palma, a museum of contemporary art houses works by Picasso and Joan Miro amongst others. Another museum deals with Spanish architecture.


The north is where the most rugged and picturesque parts of the island are to be found, from the dramatic peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana, to the lovely cove beaches. There are a number of quaint, historic villages, hiking trails galore, and some fascinating old monasteries. Two of the best examples of these monasteries are found at Valldemossa and Lluc. Amongst the most appealing of the towns and villages in this region are Deià, Pollença and Sóller, all of which have unique histories, including tales of famous artists and writers of all types who were drawn to them during the 19th and 20th Centuries. They are still popular with artistic types today and looking out over the surrounding mountains it is easy to see why.


While in the north you should be sure to take the winding road to Sa Calobra, and take in the breathtaking views of the canyon, Torrent de Pareis, a nature reserve. Hiking is the best way to see this canyon although there is sometimes water in the canyon that will impede your progress, so be sure to check ahead before starting your walk. The wildlife here is amazing, with several rare species of plant and animal that live only on this island. Further north, head to the end of the Cap Formentor for amazing craggy cliff views and a winding road that leads to the lighthouse. If you are interested in nature, then another very interesting place to visit is the S'Abulfera salt marshes where large numbers of birds can be seen. Then of course there are the many, many glorious beaches and you can easy find one that is quiet and uncrowded.


So don't dismiss Mallorca – it is much more than its mega-resorts.

Quick facts

Name
Mallorca
Location
Mediterranean Sea
Archipelago
Balearic Islands
Total islands
5
Major islands
Balearic Islands
Area
3,640.11 km2 (1,405.45 sq mi)
Highest elevation
1,445 m (4,741 ft)
Highest point
Puig Major
Country
Spain
Province
Balearic Islands
Largest settlement
Palma (pop. 404,681)
Population
869,067 (as of 1 January 2010)
Density
238.75 /km2 (618.36 /sq mi)
Source wikipedia.org/wiki/Majorca

Location in the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands

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Mallorca from space

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A markerMallorca -
Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
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B markerPalma -
Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
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C markerBay of Palma -
Bay of Palma, Spain
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D markerCastell de Bellver -
Carrer Castell de Bellver, 07300 Inca, Illes Balears, Spain
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E markerPlaça del Mercat mallorca -
Plaça del Mercat, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
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F markerSerra de Tramuntana -
Serra de Tramuntana, Balearic Islands, Spain
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G markerValldemossa -
07170 Valldemossa, Illes Balears, Spain
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H markerLluc -
07315 Lluc, Illes Balears, Spain
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I markerDeià -
07179 Deià, Illes Balears, Spain
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J markerPollença -
07460 Pollença, Illes Balears, Spain
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Mallorca Beaches

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A markerSóller -
Sóller, Illes Balears, Spain
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B markerSa Calobra -
07315 Port de Sa Calobra, Illes Balears, Spain
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C markerTorrent de Pareis -
Torrent de Pareis, Mallorca, Illes Balears, Spain
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D markerFormentor -
Formentor, 07460, Illes Balears, Spain
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E markerS'Abulfera -
S'Albufera, 07701, Islas Baleares, Spain
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Cap Formentor

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      GlenR 4 months ago from UK

      Thanks for the memories. I've visited Mallorca a couple of times - once on honeymoon to a beach resort and once to Palma - a surprise 60th birthday gift from my sister. Stayed in a wonderful boutique hotel with close up views of the Cathedral. You have inspired me to return!

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      GlenR 15 months ago from UK

      I've visited Majorca several times, staying out of season in boutique hotels in Palma. You have opened the prospect of new experiences for me. Great hub.

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi katiecianni

      Thank you

      Lee

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      Katie Cianni 2 years ago from Cheshire

      The pictures are mesmerizing

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi KevvoDeverson

      Glad you had a good time

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi emmaouthworth

      thanks

      Lee

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      Kevin Deverson 2 years ago from Leyland, UK

      I went to Magaluf, 2 years ago not going to lie i loved it!

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      Emma Southworth 2 years ago from Manchester

      Great Hub once again

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi Thomasjames1992

      Ye I've been to the Mega Clubs as well, but this side is much nice trust me! Better than Drunk girls falling over and getting wasted lol :)

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Thomas James 2 years ago from London

      I been Mallorca before but to the mega clubs! I didn't know it had so much more to offer great!

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi Location Voiture2

      Thank you very much, I try to make my travel hubs as colourful and beautiful as possible glad you like it

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi suzettenaples

      Thank you again for the kind feed back :) Glad you enjoyed it

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      location de voiture casablanca 2 years ago from Casablanca, Morocco

      I love your hub because it was very informative and colorful with beautiful pictures!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderful article about Mallorca. You give pertinent information and I agree with your travel suggestions. Your photos are stunning! I so enjoyed reading this and will check out your website.