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Majorca

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Majorca Holidays 2016/2017

As the largest and most popular of the Balearic Islands off Spain's southern coast, Majorca attracts enraptured visitors year after year.

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Sun, sea, sand and sangria

Boasting some of the finest beaches in Europe and a climate that is agreeable throughout the calendar, plus fantastic amenities, plenty of nightlife options and truly stunning scenery and architecture, it's no surprise that all inclusive Majorca has become the poster-child for Mediterranean getaways.

Of course, that's not even factoring in Majorca's biggest attraction for many holidaymakers – the pristine stretches of sand that encircle it. For many Brits, the name Majorca conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches fringed by towering hotel skyscrapers and bustling with package holidaymakers looking for plenty of fun in the sun.

If a beach-party-sleep-repeat holiday formula is what you're searching for, you'll certainly find it on the island, with a highly-developed tourist infrastructure and world-class coastlines hugging its shores. However, there's also plenty of variation when it comes last minute holidays to Majorca so it really does have something for all types of tourists.

Majorca offers budget digs or 5* accommodation, fast food or fine dining, chilled out bars or all-night clubs and lazy beach days or high-adrenaline watersports.

Where to stay in Majorca

Alcudia
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The coastline of Alcudia is teeming with beach space as it stretches for 8km with plenty of other sands to discover outside the town.

This family resort offers plenty of activities that can be enjoyed by all ages including Hidropark, a go-kart track and a 54-hole mini golf course. To spend a day moving at a leisurely pace, head towards the old town of Alcudia where sand coloured buildings and castle walls surround a good selection of shops and restaurants.

This north east coast resort provides a great selection of lively bars which offer nightly entertainment that the whole family will love.

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Cala Bona
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Cala Bona is part tourist hotspot, part fishing village and the town's harbour is an attractive area where the two worlds merge. Dozens of boats dock here but visitors will want to sample the many bakeries and restaurants that are found at the marina.

Cala Bona shares Cala Millor's large beach but also has a small shingled beach of its own. There are street performers in the town during the summer to entertain tourists and there are pleasant pubs that aim to do the same.

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Cala Millor
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Cala Millor has now been catering for tourists for more than 80 years but it is still known as a modern tourist resort. That's thanks to the great selection of new hotels as well as the amenities that are ideally placed for visitors to enjoy.

A lively beach filled with water sports and beach bars runs throughout the length of the town. The shoreline is soft and shallow making it a great area for the kids to paddle in.

There are miles of beautiful natural scenery around Cala Millor and there are a number of tours available so that you can experience it all.

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Magaluf
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Holding a bad boy reputation throughout Europe, visitors can't help but return year after year to experience the thrills and spills of Magaluf's party atmosphere. Not a destination for the kids, 18-30s love this wild resort.

World famous clubs like BCM, Sol Wave and Stereo Bar provide memorable nights out with thousands of partygoers filling the streets, bars and clubs here.

During the hot summer days, cool down along Magaluf's glorious 1km long beach or head over to the popular Western Water Park.

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Palma Nova
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One of the first tourism towns built in Majorca, Palma Nova knows a thing or two about giving visitors a good holiday.

This is a lively resort that features plenty of beach fun, vibrant bars and restaurants as well as convenient links to nearby attractions. Despite all this, Palma Nova is comparatively calmer than its neighbour Magaluf whose nightclubs are just a five minute drive away.

There are three beaches to choose from here and there is a great selection of places to dine that look out to sea. Palma Nova is a great destination for tourists to enjoy great weather on a great bay.

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The allure of tranquility

Those seeking a quieter retreat can lose themselves in Majorca's more serene coastal resorts. There are a number of charming villages, away from the major tourist hubs, with their own peaceful beaches to stretch out on.

Exploring the interior of the island, dotted with fincas and fertile farmland, is perfect for a romantic getaway or a hiking holiday. In particular, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range which runs down the western side of Majorca is a popular choice with avid mountaineers and hill-walkers and you could spend all week searching out different pockets of natural beauty.

The area is equally popular with cyclists, many of whom use it as a training track throughout the off-season. Late winter is a particularly spectacular time to swing by, on account of the millions of almond trees in blossom throughout January and February, making package holidays to Majorca a great choice all year round.

Soak up the culture

In recent years, residents of Majorca have worked hard to restore the island to its former glory, renovating country manors and villas to showcase the heritage and history of the island. The ruins of castles and monasteries remain across the island as relics of its once-illustrious past as a Mediterranean stronghold. In the capital, Palma, there are fantastic architectural examples on display in the shape of grand palaces, abandoned forts and awe-inspiring cathedrals.

Meanwhile, the windmills, vineyards, olive groves and rustic towns which dominate Es Pla, the rural heartland of the island, provide an insight into a side of Majorca which has survived its recent rise in the tourism charts.

A gastronomic extravaganza

A revolution in Majorcan cooking has seen traditional styles being fused with modern twists in a creative burst of flavour. In fact, as of October 2015, the island boasted seven Michelin-starred restaurants, meaning that you can sample some truly unique and outstanding dishes across the island. There really hasn't been a better time to satisfy your stomach here, so make sure that even on all inclusive holidays to Majorca you still take time to explore the local cuisine.

As well as visiting the many wineries that are scattered across the central region of Majorca, you can also learn how to make delicious Majorcan-style produce for yourself. There are olive and grape harvests to take part in and lessons on how to create the island's famous pork sausage - sobrasada - to add a little Spanish flair to your next dinner party.

Bring the little ones too

Majorca is so much more than a boozy break or romantic retreat – it also offers a myriad of different options to satisfy all of the family. At Jungle Parc you can swing from tree to tree like Tarzan or Jane, as it provides canopied excitement for all ages on its zip lines, swings and obstacle courses.

Katmandu Park is one of Europe's premier amusement theme parks, combining water slides with 4D interactive rides and a plethora of other enchanting attractions to guarantee both adults and nippers leave delighted.

There are family-friendly beaches with clean shores and calm waves, and plenty of snorkelling spots and caves to explore. There's also a safari zoo, a marine park and a handful of waterparks to make a splash in too.