Majorca has been a popular holiday destination for generations and is well-known for its white-sand beaches, lively nightlife and all-inclusive resorts. But what lies beyond the beach?
If you don’t want to share your little patch of sunny majorcan paradise with the crowds, there’s a multitude of quaint, picturesque villages to explore, if only for a day trip. You can still enjoy your bargain holiday on the sun-kissed Majorcan shores, but still get a bit more a feel for Majorcan life – beyond the touristy beaches.
Fore more information on Majorca visit this website, but here’s a few villages to consider on a visit, from pretty ports to mountain escapes.
Port de Soller
Port de Soller can be reached via the old wooden train (Soller railway) which takes you from Palma de Majorca, through the scenic Serra de Tramuntana mountains and colourful orange groves. If you’re after a bit of exercise you can from here down to the beach at Port de Soller – an idyllic jaunt through stunning landscapes – which takes approximately one hour. Once at the top you’re treated to stunning views and it’s then an easy walk back down to the port, and sandy beach. If you don’t fancy walking back you can always take the Soller train on your return journey.
Thr town of Felanitx is a wine-producing area, located approximately 48 km from the capital Palma de Mallorca (20 minutes or so by car from the popular resorts of Cala d’Or and Porto Colom). The 14th century Santueri Castle is the main attraction and well worth a visit, even just to see the fantastic panoramic views from the top of the hill, 475 metres above sea level. A site for fortifications since the Roman time, the castle has passed through both the Christians and Moors hands over the centuries. In 1811, the castle reportedly passed into private hands and the interior of the castle is now out of bounds. The San Miguel Church is also well worth a visit, founded in 1248.
A rural village, Andratx lies in the shadow of the scenic Tramuntana mountains. You’ll find charming cobbled streets, a laid back atmosphere and beautiful architecture, from the pretty Church of Santa Maria de Andratx to the Castell de Son Mas (now the Town Hall). There’s a livelier atmosphere on Wednesdays when the town gets taken over by the weekly market, selling fresh fruit, vegetables and fish – plucked straight out of the sea. A visit to the Port d’Andratx is a must at sunset.
One of the most sought-after places to live for Majorcans, this pretty village is situated approximately 30km inland from Palma de Majorca, the capital. A perfect day trip from the livelier resorts of Palma, Alaro is located in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains and offers fantastic views over the undulating landscape. The newer part Los Davall boasts a pretty cobbled square and is an ideal spot for an afternoon coffee.