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A guide to the best day trips in Majorca

For many intrepid holidaymakers, a strong level of adventure is crucial if they are to enjoy their holiday. For others, you might want options for days out to fit in between days lying in the sun and feasting on great Mediterranean cuisine.

As the largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca offers countless opportunities to walk on the wilder side of the island, with attractions to suit all tastes. From guided tours, to solo boat trips, and aquariums to museums, Majorca's got it all. Here are some of our favourite day trips, and we're confident they'll soon be yours too.

Unleash your inner animal at Jungle Parc

One of a kind, Jungle Parc is the only acrobatic aerial circuit in the Balearics.

This adrenaline-packed day out is fun for all the family, with sky-high thrills and plenty of opportunities to laugh at your loved-ones gymnastic skills - or lack of. Situated in Santa Ponsa, the staff at Jungle Parc are friendly and fun, and show you how to jump around the treetops like monkeys.

Swim with sharks at Palma Aquarium

Great if you've got an interest in the aquatic, or just if you need to shelter from one of Majorca's very rare rainy days, Palma Aquarium is a huge water-life observatory. The splendid variety of sea life found here is conserved ethically for the entire family to enjoy.

Situated between Palma and Arenal, there are many activities for you to take part in, including guided tours and, if you've got your scuba license, diving with sharks!

Storm the Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle is one of the most impressive sights in Majorca, with the towering battlements and surrounding moat built for King James II of Majorca in the 14th century. Today, the castle is open to the public and used by the city of Palma for events on occasion.

You'll marvel at the wonderful circular inner yard, which gives the castle a rounded geometry rare in our British castles. Children will love peering over the battlements and pretending they're surveying their own kingdom and fending off attack.

Go underground in giant caves

Majorca is inundated with cliffs, rock formations and, consequently, caves. These mysterious, and often spooky, tunnels under many of Majorca's resorts make for some memorable days out.

Two of the most impressive opportunities to explore these underground labyrinths are the Caves of Arta and the Caves of Drach. Both of these subterranean palaces use atmospheric lighting, which bounces off underground lakes and unusual rock formations. It also lights up the wondrous faces of visitors to these incredible cave-systems.

Mark this market in your guide books

One of the most interesting ways to spend a day out in Majorca is at an artisan market. The best of the best, in our opinion, is the Merca de l'Olivar in Palma. This is a locally-kept secret of Majorca, where you'll find hall after hall filled with fresh food from vendors, traders, farmers and fishermen. If you're staying in a villa or apartment, this is a great place to load up on cooking ingredients plus a souvenir or two..

Kids love Katmandu Park

This mysterious world of adventure is a real must for those of you coming with kids. Hundreds of little ones flock to Katmandu Park every year to take part in the many exciting activities on site. They include climbing the highest heights, plunging into the fantastic splash park, beating dad at crazy golf, and much more.

Parents – you're just a stone's throw from Calvia beach if you fancy a dip afterwards and you'll find plenty of nearby cafes and restaurants to build up that energy again after a fun-packed day at Katmandu Park.

The artistic heart of Majorca

Art lovers, Majorca has something very special for you. Joan Miro and his wife Pilar Juncosa donated their studios to Palma in 1979, which have become one of the most incredible art galleries in the Balearics – Fundacio Joan Miro.

Joan Miro, who loved Majorca for its untouched beauty, was one of Spain's most loved artists. The foundation is home to some of his best work, with paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, all depicting his distinct style throughout many stages of his life. For many locals and visitors to Majorca, this is the artistic heart of the island.

Majorca's prized Canyon de la Calobra

Described as one of nature's wonders, the Canyon de la Calobra is Majorca's monument to its impressive geography. You can drive through narrow, and at times slightly hairy roads, with the canyon's towering rock walls on either side.

Alternatively, relax by the tranquil and isolated lagoons or visit the small beach that has been formed along the cliffs. The canyon can also be reached by boat from Puerto de Soller.

Klotser Valldemossa – off the beaten track

If you're looking to get out of the buzzing cities and resorts of Majorca, you'll find a perfect opportunity by heading up to Klotser Valldemossa. This incredible village seems completely unchanged by tourism.

The many winding paths through the sun-kissed houses are lined with flowers and hanging plants. You can get to Valldemossa by bus for little over €3 from wherever on the island you may be staying.

Climb the 365 Calvari Steps

Finally, we have one of the most impressive, yet challenging, of the day trips in Majorca. Climb a step for every day of the year at the Calvari Steps as you rise high above the island.

The view only gets better with every step you take, so it's well worth the effort to reach the top, which houses a small chapel. If you can't make the walk, there is a way up by car, so no one need miss out on this incredible wonder of Majorca.

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