Flights To Majorca

The island of Mallorca (Majorca) off the east coast of Spain is the largest in the Balearic Island group, which collectively form one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean (if not the world).

Mallorca took off as a tourist mecca in the 1960s, when a development boom spawned the building of hundreds of high-rise hotels, apartment blocks and shopping centres which now line mostof the island's coast. The capital, Palma, however still retains some of its historical flavour sporting grand mansions and a magnificent Gothic cathedral in its bustling centre. The northwest coast, too, still offers some secluded coves below the peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, and several quaint old towns and villages.

Nightlife

Though not as raucous as its Balearic neighbour Ibiza, Mallorca is still famed for its nightlife - most of which is centred around its holiday resort towns. Of these, Magaluf is the most vibrant, closely followed by el Arenal and Palma.

From raging bars to quieter pubs and tavernas, Magaluf has got it all. The resort's infamous Punta Ballena strip is literally over-run by partygoers in the summer time, wending their merry way from one seething watering-hole to another. The ever-popular BCM Planet Dance can accommodate up to 5,000 people and regularly features big-name DJs behind the decks. Other popular clubs includeBoomerang's, Poco Loco, Venue, Banana Joe's, Pacha, Car Wash and School Disco; while those planning a bachelor or bachelorette party in Mallorca should head to Dorado Night City on the edge of Magaluf, where most of the entertainment has an erotic edge to it.

Some of the most popular clubs in el Arenal include Woody's Bar, Uforia, Riu Palace and Zorbas, a double-storey disco that's chiefly popular amongst 20-30 year olds. In Palma itself, Pacha Mallorca has a big reputation (and can charge up to €20 admission during summer), while Tito's, located on the seafront near Paseo Maritimo, is one of the more exclusive clubs in Mallorca, with a capacity of 2,000. L'Havanna is good for Latin music and dancing; Jahfarai boasts an interesting mixture of reggae, ska and dub music; and Black Cat is the most popular gay bar on the island of Mallora.

Meanwhile, Paguera, Puerto Pollensa , Cala Millor, S'Illot and Sa Coma are all quieter resorts, which cater more to families. Don't expect much pulsating nightlife in these areas - the evening's entertainment will more likely consist of a pleasant paseo (stroll) along the waterfront, before heading out to a tavern for a few quiet drinks and a relaxed meal.

Shopping

Long known for its indulgent ways, Mallorca took off as a major tourist destination in the 1960s, when hundreds of high-rise hotels, apartment blocks and shopping centres began to line the coast. Palma de Mallorca is the centre of the shopping scene with sprawling malls, shop-lined streets and daily stalls and markets where tablecloths or leather goods can be scooped up for a song, with a bit of haggling. The main shopping street in Cala d'Or, Avinguda Tagomago, is a bustling flurry of shops where wonderful display windows have frantic shoppers scouring the chic boutiques, leather shops and galleries. The stretch of shops in Pageura known as El Bulevar features supermarkets, clothing shops and souvenir shops, while the pedestrian promenades on Cala Millor and Magalluf's seafronts are jam-packed with stalls selling buckets and spades and tourist trinkets, and visitors can't help but notice the same goods and tat repeated in various stores, with little variety. Markets are a great place to shop on the island of Mallorca and the Monday market in Calvia is the place to go for porcelain, jewellery and leather goods, as are the Wednesday markets in Andratx in Palma and Thursday's Inca market, but brush up on your bargaining skills. Near Cala Millor, the Friday markets in Son Servera and Monday markets in Monacor are a great place to find unique goods and fresh produce as well as souvenirs such as espadrilles, embroidery and basketwork. The weekly Sunday market in Pollensa's old town is one of the liveliest and definitely worth a wander for everything from local crafts and olive wood carvings to ceramics and lace.

Sightseeing

Steeped in a rich and wonderful Mediterranean history, Mallorca has some fascinating attractions that will appeal to all kinds of travellers and provide an intriguing insight into the history of the island. Those looking for a taste of the outdoors will love the Castell d'Alaro, Mallorca'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, Illetes and Es Trenc, on the southeast coast being the most popular. The Mallorca Caves are also worth a visit with impressive underground lakes, stalactites and stalagmites. Take a ride on the the Sóller-Palma railway to enjoy the incredible views, while history buffs should take a trip to Santa Margalida, which boasts more than 150 archaeological sites, to visit the Son Real Necropolis, where Phoenicians were buried from the Iran Age to Roman times. Culture vultures will love the Catedral El Seo, Castell del Bellver and the Museo d'Art Espanyol Contemporani in Palma, while the Banys Arabs, the only Moorish-built building in the city, is a fascinating attraction.

Kids Attractions

Many travellers think of wild parties and package holidays for young tourists hell bent on having a wild time, but Mallorca'squieter 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, but remember to pack the sunscreen as the temperatures in summer months can be searing. El Arenal boasts an enormous waterpark, as do Alcudia and Magalluf - what could be a more perfect day out for the kids? Take the kids go-karting in Magalluf, or enjoy a family horse-riding trip to see the island from Alcudia. A trip to Marineland, in Costa d'en Blanes, to watch the dolphins and sea lions perform, or be mesmerised by the sharks in the aquarium is a must. On days when outdoor activities are not an option for kids on holiday in Mallorca, many of the hotels feature kids clubs, or children's indoor playgrounds, and there are other options such as Mallorca Aquarium in Porto Cristo.

Climat

Mallorca has an ideal climate for holidaymakers with little rain and average temperatures kept below 86ºF (30ºC) even in mid-summer. Temperatures remain nice in the spring and autumn and even in winter rarely drop below 50ºF (10ºC), though rain is more likely at this time of year. Water temperatures range from 64ºF (18ºC) in May to 79ºF (26ºC) in August making Mallorca ideal for watersports.