Limestone mountains, Moorish architecture and pristine coastal margins reminiscent of a tropical paradise, stunningly reflect the beauty and diversity of Mallorca. The largest of the Spanish Balearic archipelago, gastronomy is at the heart of the island’s offering, while its cultural charm and delightfully warm people add layers to what is arguably Spain’s most deluxe island.
A Little More About Mallorca
Unspoilt calas (coves) bejewel Mallorca’s ethereal coastline, with soft, powdery white sands gently sloping into incandescent cyan waters that are wonderfully warm and idyllically peaceful. The island’s lush interior countryside and Serra de Tramuntana mountain range contrast brilliantly with its resplendent shores, with the sweet citrusy aromas from prolific orange and lemon orchards meandering through the air.
The island’s enthusiasm for haute cuisine centres around Mallorca’s many Michelin-starred restaurants and fine dining establishments. Delectable tasting menus, Mediterranean fusion and innovative takes on authentic Spanish tapas are all on offer.
Exploring the island
Soaked in golden hues, the sandstone city of Palma is Mallorca’s capital city and cultural heart. The Moorish Almudaina Royal Palace, the Bellver Castle fortress and the magnificent 13th-Century Santa María Cathedral (Catedral de Mallorca) are particular highlights, while the surrounding terraces and inner-city gardens are delightful oases basking in Mediterranean sunshine.
Palma’s surrounding areas are home to some of the most dazzling resorts on the island, and Puerto Portals is widely accepted as the most glamorous. Peruse hundreds of luxury yachts sitting in neat lines in the polished marina, shop in the wealth of designer boutiques or rub shoulders with international celebrities and the Mallorcan elite in one of the stylish harbourfront restaurants.
In splendid contrast, Sóller is a rustic jewel on the opposite northwestern coast. Nestled in the ‘valley of the oranges’, the area’s pretty basins are verdant and fragrant, while its historical old town is embellished with Art Nouveau gems and centred around captivating Medieval square – Plaza de la Constitución.