Set on the north-east coast, Alcudia is one of the oldest spots on Majorca. It still wears its Roman history well with a smattering of ruins up by the old town. Down on the coast it’s a different story – there’s a marina here lined with open-air restaurants. As for the beach, you’ve got one of the longest strips on the island.
As resorts go, Ca’n Picafort is a bit of a late starter. Hidden away in the Bay of Alcudia, with a chunk of unspoilt north-eastern Majorca to call its own, it started life as a fishing village. But now it’s come of age as a small, laidback holiday town. The beach might have something to do with its rise in popularity – it spools the coast for 13 kilometres.
Set on Majorca’s east coast, Cala Bona is a relaxed fishing town that comes with plenty of rustic charm. Fishermen bring in the day’s catch at the harbour ready for lunch at the waterfront restaurants, while the original winding streets are ripe for exploring. There’s also a pedestrianised modern centre with shops and bars, and a choice of little sandy beaches.
Some resorts just have a buzz about them – and Cala Millor is one of them. Set on Majorca’s rugged northeast coast, this place is a really lively number with a promenade and pedestrianised streets packed with shops, cafés and bars. There’s no need for crowd control on the beach, though – the long, sandy stretch has got it covered.
This smart destination on Majorca’s southeast coast is the grown-up face of the island. Cala d’Or might have started life as a little fishing village, but these days it’s a well-loved resort that comes with stylish shops, bars and restaurants. Low-rise buildings and cobbled streets give the place an authentic Spanish flavour, while the swish marina, with its resident superyachts, adds a dash of glamour.
This village on Majorca’s southwest coast has earned itself a reputation as the island’s Monte Carlo, thanks to its ritzy hotels and upscale vibe. You’ll find a handful of shops and restaurants around the main street, Passeig de les Illetas, but its real USP is its green, pine-clad hills and dramatic rocky coast. And when you want bright lights, you’re just 10 kilometres from the island capital, Palma.
Magaluf doesn’t do things by halves. This thriving resort on Majorca’s south west coast lines up supersized clubs, larger-than-life party people, and the biggest and best white-sand beach this side of the island. No wonder it’s been such a hit with holidaymakers for the best part of 40 years.
Majorca’s capital comes out on top in the style stakes. Here, tree-lined avenues and cobbled lanes are full of designer shops, tapas bars and art galleries. And a huge, Gothic cathedral keeps an eye on things. Even the Royals give it the thumbs-up – the King of Spain and his family holiday here in summer.
Palma Nova is a real family favourite on Majorca’s south-west coast. It was one of the first purpose-built resorts on the island and it’s earned its stripes with a seafront promenade packed with Brit pubs and bars. The resort has nabbed a great location, too. It’s just 15 kilometres from the capital, Palma, and a 10-minute walk to joined-at-the-hip neighbour, Magaluf.
Playa de Muro
Set on the northeast coast of Majorca, Playa de Muro started off as a secluded fishing village but sprang into action when neighbouring Alcudia was struggling to fit everyone in. It’s still a bit of an off-the-radar kind of place but now it comes in 2 parts – Las Gaviotas gets you a few lively pubs, while quieter Alcudia Pins is where you’ll find the beachfront restaurants.
Portal Nous is a high spec destination. Just a 15-minute taxi ride west from Palma, this resort revolves around a band of satin-soft white sand that’s edged by tapas bars and cocktail hang-outs. Orbiting the resort are a series of tennis clubs and Bendinat Golf Course, which is classed as one of the best in Spain.
In case you wanted to know, Jack Nicholson and Michael Douglas have both been spotted holidaying here. It’s no surprise that Puerto Pollensa is an A-list resort, though. Set on the northern tip of Majorca, it’s a world away from its brasher counterparts, with a chic marina and some of the best restaurants on the island.
Sa Coma may not have really got going ’til the Eighties, but now this purpose-built resort on Majorca’s east coast is really on a roll. The place has been put together for families, with a traffic-free prom and plenty of restaurants catering for little appetites. As for the beach, the wave of the Blue Flag tells you it’s a nice, clean spot.
Santa Ponsa is a lively town on Majorca’s south-west coast, just a few kilometres from Magaluf and Palma Nova. It’s a good-looking place, with rolling hills to the north overlooking the Bay of Santa Ponsa. And it’s a dab hand at family-friendly fun, thanks to its stellar beaches and nearby attractions like Western Water Park and Marineland.
Porto Colom gets its name from legendary explorer, Christopher Columbus, who was allegedly born in the petite fishing village. Still, it draws in the crowds for other reasons. The natural harbour comes ringed with pastel-shaded houses, fishermen’s boats and a clutch of first-class restaurants and bars. You won’t find fast food joints or late-night clubs here – this place is traditional down to its bones.