Away from the island’s bustling capital Palma and the frenetic atmosphere of its nearby ‘high rise’ resorts, a startling change of pace and scenery takes over. Fertile fields dotted with windmills turning lazily in the breeze, give way to rolling countryside covered in olive and almond groves punctuated by vineyards and small, sun-bleached villages. Mediaeval monasteries and castles perch ‘quixotically’ atop pine clad mountains and look out over the azure sea that encircles the island’s 400 km of beautiful coastline, most of which is surprisingly untouched by signs of mass tourism and remains virtually unknown to all but a few of Mallorca’s many visitors.
Mallorca is famous for its stunning beaches and great culture, and there are few better ways to get away from the hustle and bustle than by relaxing in one of our holiday villas in Mallorca.
The rocky and mountainous coastline of Mallorcas North East coast ends with a final flourish at the tip of the Formentor Peninsular where the rocks disappear into the sea in an iconic whip of a dragons tail. Eastward of the peninsula the coastline begins to soften and sandy beaches have formed as the pine clad rocks descend towards the sea at pretty Formentor Beach from which a ferry makes a regular crossing between Porto Pollensa and back.
The resorts along this coast are generally low-key and the beaches of golden sand are excellent for the bucket and spade brigade, the shallow waters making for great paddling. Porto Pollensa is famous for its genteel pine walk, and it makes for a pleasant start to an evening to take a stroll along its wide paved walkway, selecting your choice of restaurant to patronise along the way.
Moving further east it is hardly surprising that the long stretches of shallow golden sand are backed by a succession of family orientated holiday resorts with moderately high rise hotels but the beaches beside the wonderful and protected Park Naturel de S’Albufera are left as nature intended and it is still possible to find less crowded sections even in high season. Beyond Ca’n Picafort, the last of these resorts, the high rise peters out and the coast continues with stretches of virgin sand and small seaside villages until the mountains render the coast inaccessible once again.
Out of the high season, Mallorca is an island with attracts many walkers and cyclists who enjoy the variety of terrain from steep mountain roads and tracks to the level plains plains interspersed by rolling hills.
Away from the coast the islands towns and villages host a calendar of cultural events and fiestas throughout the season. The highlight of the summer in the lovely old town of Pollensa is La Patrona Festival, a reenactment of the epic battle fought in 1550 between the Moors and Christians. The festivities with music and dancing last for a week at the end of July/beginning of August and the highlight is on the anniversary of day of battle, when the townspeople assume the identities of either Christians or the marauding piratical Moors and reenact the fight amongst the towns narrow streets and plaças.
Many a happy morning can be spent wandering around a colourful market. Each Mallorcan town has its market day, the biggest of which is at Sineu in the centre of the island. Everything is on offer from piglets to flamenco shoes, local cheeses to the freshest of locally grown fruit and veg.
A visit to Mallorca should not exclude a visit its capital Palma, with its magnificent Cathedral, beautiful boulevards lined with upmarket shops, its narrow back streets where artisans sell their wares and of course its magnificent waterfront lined with the glossy and opulent yachts of the rich and famous.
To say that Mallorca has it all is not an understatement. It is a visit to the best of Spain, packaged into a small island.
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