|Bookmark this page! |
– or Mallorca – has become a hotspot for UK tourists in recent decades.
Situated off the eastern coast of Spain, Majorca is the biggest island of the
Balearic archipelago. The Balearic islands, which along with Majorca consist
of Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, make up one communal Spanish province.
Majorca’s history goes back to ancient times, and the presence of various
civilisations can be felt throughout the island. Burial caves dating back to
the Palaeolithic period were found in Majorca, dating its history back as
early as 6000 BC. Romans conquered the island in 123 BC and cultivated the
land for olive, wine, and salt production. In the fifth century the Vandals
sacked Majorca, but by 534 it was under possession of the Byzantine Empire,
under which Christianity flourished. Majorca also experienced Muslim
occupation for several centuries. All of these invasions created cultural
layers and architectural magnificence that are just as much tourist
attractions as the three S’s: sun, sea, and sand.
Ever since mass tourism began in the 1950s, Majorca has become a haven for
Brits escaping the rain in favour of the island’s sunny shores. Experience the
way time slows down in Majorca: afternoon siestas, prolonged chats with
friends, and long, sunny days at the beach give Majorca its reputation as a
holiday in paradise.
Aside from the beach, the island of Majorca offers many must-see attractions.
Alcudia, in current capital Palma, was Majorca’s Roman capital in the 2nd
century BCE. Its restored remains contain Roman remnants and an amphitheatre.
This walled city was rebuilt by the Spanish in the 1400s, and it exists in
this form today.
The Cap de Formentor is a bluff at Mallorca’s northern most point known for
its spectacular views of nature unbridled. Sandy beaches and the island’s
first – and premier – luxury hotel are located here. This is also called the
‘meeting point of the winds,’ where natives have given the gusts their own
Other must-sees on Majorca include the Coves d’Arta, ancient stalagmite caves
that conjure images of heaven and hell; the village of Deia, home of English
poet Robert Graves; and Lluc, a former monastery and a pilgrimage site dating
back to the 13th century, built after mysterious encounters with the Virgin.
Majorca may be the perfect place for your three S’s, but it has much more to
offer. Nature lovers can view the island’s rare birds, swim in hidden bays,
and spelunk through stalagmite, while Palma’s stunning architecture takes you
back in time. Whether hiking, biking, driving, or sunbathing, Majorca is
paradise in so many ways.
| Majorca Holidays - probably the largest choice of Majorca Holidays in the UK!|