The largest and liveliest of the Balearics, Mallorca is a party-goer’s paradise, yet much of the island retains a laid-back vibe, successfully shedding its reputation for mass tourism to emerge as a destination synonymous with exclusivity and luxury. Beyond the stunning white-sand beaches, there is so much more to discover, from quaint hillside towns to vast nature reserves and underground caves. The historic capital, Palma, offers gleaming tree-lined promenades, multicultural architecture and a thriving arts scene, while the green shutters and narrow streets of the traditional towns of Pollença and Alcudia ooze rural Spanish charm.
For those seeking their fix of history and culture, Palma boasts a mélange of architectural gems including the palatial La Seu Cathedral, a 14th century gothic masterpiece that rises majestically from the city walls and looks out across the Mediterranean Sea. Just opposite, the Royal Palace, a former Arabian fort, houses various treasures that tell the story of Mallorca’s rich history. The quirky, maze-like district of La Llonga offers independent boutiques and galleries, while the charming La Rambla, built along the old riverbed, blooms with the colours and scents of flower sellers.
Mallorca boasts more than 120 stunning beaches, ranging from white sandy expanses to tiny, pebbled coves with crystal-clear waters, ideal for swimming. Cala Mesquida, on the north-east of the island is popular with surfers, while Puerto Pollença is a family favourite offering sun loungers and watersports. The beauty of visiting a small yet diverse island is that you can really explore; seeking out your own personal paradise.
With more than 250 beaches and coves, there is no better way to explore the island’s vast coastline than from a luxury boat. A particular highlight is sailing along the West Coast past Cala Deià perched at the side of the rocky Tramuntana mountains, where you can stop for lunch at fresh fish restaurant Ca’s Patro March, made famous by ‘The Night Manager’. After sampling Buttered Soller Red Shrimp – a delicious midday treat, walk down the cliff to the rocky coves for a refreshing swim.
Historic Towns and Villages
Venturing away from the island’s economic and cultural hub, visitors will be enthralled by the rustic village of Deià, an unspoilt oasis of orange groves and sheltered coves reached via stunning mountain roads. The location of the esteemed Belmond La Residencia, Deià has become something of an exclusive hideaway, particularly for writers, musicians and artists seeking absolute tranquillity. Similarly, Pollença Old Town offers ample winding streets and squares that become filled with heavenly symphonies in the summer months, when the annual festival of classical music takes place. It is worth taking the vintage tram ride from the rural town of Soller to Palma, a slow-paced but delightful journey through rolling countryside and the Tramuntana mountains.
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A typically Mediterranean climate with year-round temperatures staying below 30°C even in summer, while the sea consistently stays above 13°C.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Mallorca.
British Airways from London Airports to Palma de Mallorca Airport
From London to Mallorca: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
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