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Majorca Holidays

Majorca

The island of Mallorca (Majorca) off the east coast of Spain is the largest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, which collectively form one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Millions of tourists visit the island every year and our flights to Majorca from Belfast City Airport and Manchester Airport make it easy for people to enjoy great value for money Majorca holidays.

Holidays to Majorca became popular in the 1960s, when a development boom spawned the building of hundreds of hotels, apartment blocks and shopping centres in resorts dotted around the islands coast. The capital, Palma, retains its historical flavour sporting grand mansions and a magnificent Gothic cathedral in its bustling centre, not to mention its impressive harbour, home to hundreds of yachts and one of the main cruise ship ports in the Med.

Away from the main tourist resorts, you’ll discover quaint fishing villages, historic monasteries, monuments, museums and spectacular landscapes. The interior is largely the preserve of a thriving agricultural community, dotted with windmills, olive and almond trees.

Information & Facts

Climate

Majorca has an ideal Mediterranean climate for holidaymakers with little rain and temperatures rising to 30ºC and over during the peak summer months. Daytime temperatures average around 24ºC in the spring and autumn, dropping down to around 20ºC in November, even during mid winter it rarely below 15ºC, although night time can become chilly so worth packing a jumper. Rain is more likely to occur between January and March and it helps to transform the island into a lush green paradise at that time of year. Water temperatures range from 18ºC in May to 26ºC in August making Majorca holidays ideal for watersports.

Getting Around

The island's airport is located just east of Palma and with flights to Majorca from Belfast City Airport taking just 2 hours and 45 minutes it's an easy and relatively quick journey. There is an extensive transport system that covers Majorca, with bus services linking all main towns and villages, trains run between Palma and Inca and there is a scenic tourist train to Sóller. There are plenty of taxis available and local car rental companies offer a good way to get around, but in high season reservations need to be made in advance.

Language

Spanish is the official language, but English is widely understood in most tourist areas which make Majorca holidays a great choice.

Money

The official currency is the Euro (EUR).

Shopping

If you’re looking to shop till you drop, then without a doubt Palma is the place to go. Whether you head down the main city centre streets by the Cathedral awash with designer outlets, or head to one of the shopping malls such as Porto Pi located near to the end of the harbour heading west, you’ll find a vast array of shops to meet all your needs.

For the food and drink essentials, you’ll find local supermarkets providing all the basics for self-catering tourists in all resorts, or alternatively you could head to one of the larger supermarkets such as Mercadona on the island.

Markets are a great place to shop, there is a Monday market in Calvia, Wednesday markets in Andratx and Thursday is market day in Inca, but brush up on your bargaining skills!

Nightlife

Although not as raucous as its Balearic neighbour Ibiza, Majorca is still famed for its nightlife. During the summer months Magaluf is a European nightlife capital and has a vast range of pubs and bars through to spectacular nightclubs hosting world renowned DJ’s.  The capital Palma won’t let you down on the nightlife scene either, with Tito's disco, Cafe Atlantico and Pacha Palma being the most popular clubs in the City. Most of the main nightlife is centred around Arenal, Palma and Magaluf, all of which boast some of the hottest nightlife in Europe.

Other resorts tend to cater more towards families and the nightlife will be calmer and quieter, a few clubs can still be found in the larger resorts, but nothing to match those in the main three above.

Attractions

Majorca offers so much more than wild parties, and quieter resorts are fantastic places for families with children to take a summer holiday. Puerto Pollensa and Cala d'Or are quiet and the beaches uncrowded, a great location for the kids to build sand castles and play with buckets and spades. Arenal boasts an enormous waterpark, as do Alcudia and Magaluf. A trip to Marineland in Costa d'en Blanes, to watch the dolphins and sea lions is a great family day out and on days when outdoor activities are not an option, many of the hotels feature entertainment, and there are other options such as Palma Aquarium.

Sightseeing

Steeped in a rich and wonderful Mediterranean history, Majorca has some fascinating attractions that will appeal to all kinds of travellers. Those looking for a taste of the outdoors will love the Castell d'Alaro, Majorca's most popular hiking trail from the town of Alaro to a ruined 15th century castle and hilltop chapel offering breathtaking views over the island and sea.

Sun-worshippers will adore the endless stretches of coastline that feature fantastic beaches, with Palma Nova and Illetes on the southwest coast being the most popular. The Caves of Drach are also worth a visit with impressive underground lakes, stalactites and stalagmites. Take a ride on the Palma-Sóller railway to enjoy incredible views. Culture vultures will love Palma with its Gothic Cathedral and other attractions steeped in history.

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 in summer).

 

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