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Mallorca (Majorca) Hotels and Apartments
Mallorca Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Mallorca
The largest of the Balearic Islands in Spain, Mallorca has accommodation options to suit every type of visitor and holiday. There are chic city boutiques, cheap large family resorts and luxury spa hotels ready to cater for your every pampering needs. Resorts sit on all four corners of the island, making this a destination that’s perfect for city breakers, as well as those who like something a little more secluded.
From the party atmosphere of Magaluf to the gothic Palma Cathedral, Mallorca has got beaches, nightlife and history in abundance. It ticks all the boxes for a fabulous getaway for you and your friends, family or significant other.
Where to stay
With both a beach and iconic city sights, Palma offers the best of both worlds. It’s just a 17-minute drive from the main airport, meaning that you can go from plane to resort in next to no time! Thanks to its small size, no matter where you stay in Palma you’re never more than a short walk or bus journey away from everything else it has in store. The nearest beach is Palma City Beach in C'an Pere Antoni, where stylish hotels can be found alongside high-end luxury accommodation. Alternatively, the Old City will give you the perfect central base to explore more of Palma’s historical buildings and beyond.
The resort town of Alcudia is well worth the 42-minute drive across Mallorca from the airport. It’s considered one of the most picturesque resorts on the entire island, thanks in part to its quaint old town and close proximity to stunning white-sand beaches. Although it’s a few miles outside of the main city centre, Playa de Muro along the Alcudia bay is a well-loved holiday area for its beautiful beach and all-inclusive hotels, while accommodation in Alcudia’s town centre leaves you well-placed for exploring the region’s historical landmarks, including the excavated Roman remains.
Puerto Pollensa has a bustling town centre that’s on the doorstep of many a traditional Spanish restaurant and stunning beaches. Stay around the port to ensure you’re in the midst of everything during your holiday, from bars to restaurants and the nightlife. Alternatively, head out to El Pinaret for smaller, homely resorts with direct beach access.
Magaluf has got a reputation for one thing: wild parties. But it’s definitely got more than one side to it, from family friendly amusement parks to long stretches of beach. The area of Magaluf you stay in very much depends on what side of the resort town you want to see. If it’s the after-dark party holiday you’re looking for, stick close to Punta Ballena, also known as The Strip. If there’s a party in Magaluf, it’ll be here: a street of over 600 metres, made up of clubs, bars, pubs and hotels. More family friendly, all-inclusive resorts can be found overlooking Magaluf beach.
What to see
Whether it’s history, natural beauty or unmissable beaches that float your boat, Mallorca has got something for everyone. The impressive Palma Cathedral with its ornate Gothic design stands tall over the sea and is one of the most iconic sights of the entire island. For something a little different, there’s the Caves of Drach near Porto Cristo. Once you’re below ground, boats take you on a tour of the four caves, and you’ll even enjoy a 10-minute classical music concert!
For kids, there’s a number of amusement parks to keep them entertained while on holiday in Mallorca. Nowhere is this more prevalent than around Magaluf - there’s Katmandu Park with rides and a 4D cinema, plus Western Water Park which features 16 water slides.
Palma provides lively all-year-round entertainment to appeal to its range of visitors. Around the old town there’s a number of bars and clubs that are popular with the locals, while the Santa Catalina area has international nightlife options. Of course, Magaluf is one of the liveliest nightlife spots on the entire island for party holidays, particularly during the hot summer months. Bars, clubs and pubs line the main Strip, but it’s also possible to find stylish cocktail bars and homely restaurants too.
What to eat
In Mallorca you’ll find traditional restaurants and popular international brands, catering for every craving and dietary requirement. In places like Magaluf there are a number of British restaurants and cafes, serving up full English breakfasts to wholesome dinners.
Meanwhile, fish, pork and vegetables are the main ingredients in hearty Mallorcan food. During the summer there’s nothing more refreshing than a bowl of trampó, made using light local ingredients such as green pepper, onion and tomatoes, often served alongside some meat or fish. And wherever you are, don’t forget to break up your morning (or afternoon) with a bite of coca de cuarto, a traditional cake that’s often best enjoyed with hot chocolate or almond ice cream.
Mallorca shopping opportunities are plentiful, with each resort offering seaside souvenir gift shops as well as well-stocked supermarkets and weekly street markets. For the biggest and best shopping options, though, head to Palma. The capital has shopping areas to suit all budgets, from luxury high-end stores along Passeig des Born to El Corte Inglés shopping centres.
Fast facts about Mallorca
- Direct flight time: 2 hours 25 minutes from London
- Transfer time from Malaga airport: From 10 minutes to 1 hour, depending on resort location
- Time zone: GMT +1
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Average price of a domestic beer: 3 euros
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 6 euros
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 2.3 million