Majorca is More Than Just a Beach
If you have ever been on a holiday to Majorca in Spain then there is a fair chance that you spent a fair bit of the time on the beach. Big resorts like Palma Nova, Alcudia and Magaluf are magnets for loads of tourists in the summer and many of them don’t get any further than the beach, the hotel and the local pubs and restaurants.
This is a shame, as it is an island with a lot to offer, so why not try one of the following things when you are next there? There is sure to be something which makes your holiday even more interesting and memorable.
Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the island and it is a fascinating, cosmopolitan city. One of the most striking elements of the city is the imposing cathedral known as La Seu. It is a fantastic building and around it are the narrow, Roman streets of the old town and a small lake. In the warm summer evenings there are often outdoor concerts and film screenings held here. The city also has a nice market on Saturday mornings and a long promenade which takes you past the big cruise ships and some spectacular private boats. One thing you might notice during your time here is even if you speak decent Spanish you can’t understand much of what is said. This is because they speak a dialect of Catalan called Mallorquin here, although it is highly unlikely that anyone speaks to you in anything other than Spanish or maybe English. The two languages used here is why you will see two versions of most place names.
Try Other Resorts
The resorts we mentioned earlier are popular with British holidaymakers but there are other resorts which are worth checking out. For example, you could take the bus into Palma and then the wonderful train journey to Soller. Another option is to head along to the German dominated S´Arenal (also called El Arenal) . This is an interesting day trip because you get to feel a little bit like you are in Germany while you are on holiday in Spain. You can read shop signs in German, eat some bratwursts and maybe see a German singer or some TV from there. It is a kind of disorienting experience but something which is well worth trying.
See the Countryside
Majorca also has some surprisingly wonderful countryside. The train journey to Soller we looked at earlier is one of the simplest ways to see it. The train departs from right next to the bus station in Palma and then goes through lovely orange groves and other pleasant scenery before pulling into scenic Soller. Valldemossa is famous as being possible the most attractive of the villages on the island. It isn’t especially easy to get to on public transport but it is well worth making the effort. Deia is another fine village which seems a million miles away from the crowded beaches and bars of Magaluf.
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