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Majorca

Things to do in Majorca

Unsurprisingly, there is an absolutely massive range of things to do in Majorca. The trick is planning your time to make sure you don't miss anything. Whether you're a culture vulture, a beach fanatic or an adrenaline-junkie, you'll be able to find something to suit your needs on this beautiful island in the Balearics. It's your holiday, after all.

Water, water everywhere

Ocean, pool or splash-park, Majorca's got you covered. This island loves an opportunity to get you soaked, almost as much as you love an opportunity to take a dip.

Locals and tourists alike make it their mission to find a spot on one of the many beautiful beaches on the island. Playa de Muro, a favourite on the northerly side of Majorca, is one such strip of paradise. The bay has a long jetty which stretches out into the Mediterranean sea – a great spot to dive off.

However, if you're staying near the south coast, you'll be better off laying your towel on Es Trenc – a stunning beach which is home to clear waters and white sands. Both these beaches and more offer a wide range of water sports, including water skiing, pedal-boat hire and snorkelling.

If you're looking to get a bit more active then Hidropark, Aqualand, Marineland and Viva C'an Picafort all boast an exciting range of water slides, splash pools and paddling areas. These are days out that are sure to please everyone, from the tiniest to the most grown up, nobody can resist a waterpark – and Majorca has some of the best.

Take a walk on the wild side

Majorca's rolling landscape, deep green landscape and rocky crags mean it's one of the most interesting Balearic Islands to explore. Whether you're interested in hiring a bicycle or taking a leisurely stroll, you'll find a number of fantastic scenic routes around the island's many sightseeing hotspots.

Explorers might like to take a trip to the Formentor Lighthouse on the northern tip of Majorca. The view from this lookout is stunning and an absolute must-see. If you're not so keen on heights, then maybe the magical Caves of Drach are more suited – this soft glowing, underground maze is enough to take anyone's breath away.

Those with excess energy might be interested in climbing a step for every day of the year at the 365 Calvari Steps in Pollensa. For the really adventurous, there is the Jungle Parc in Santa Ponsa, complete with climbing activities for the whole family. If you're feeling like just sitting down and enjoying the views, the Ferrocarril de Soller train line will take you past many of these places too.

The ancient and the artistic

It's always nice to experience the cultural history of a place when on holiday, and Majorca's medieval heritage is an absolute must for archeology and art lovers. Llotja in Palma is a beautiful 15th century exhibition hall, with ornate battlements outside and great natural light inside.

After this, make the short journey to the Basilica de Sant Francesc or the Cathedral of Le Seu. These heavily decorative builds are some of the most beautiful in the whole country, and are a must-see for any keen sightseer.

The old town in Alcudia is home to some of the most scenic town walks in Majorca and boasts a bustling market which attracts locals and tourists alike. The stalls here open early and sell a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetables, local fish and meats, as well as beautiful handcrafted homeware and clothing.

The artistic should pay a visit to the excellent exhibitions in the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation. The collection is presented perfectly in a number of delightful rooms, with careful colour and light coordination to compliment the work.

Alternatively, you can catch an evening show at one of the island's great theatre or entertainment venues. The two most popular of these are the Pirates Adventure show in Magaluf and the Son Amor in Bunyola - the perfect night, after the perfect day in Majorca.

Useful sites

Mallorca Cycling Hotels have great information on cycling routes, bike hire and how to make the most of a Majorcan adventure holiday.

Eat Sleep Drink Mallorca offer more information on restaurants, bars and hotels around the Majorca island, in a fashion conscious blog.