Where to Stay in Mallorca
There are two aspects to this:
which part of the island and in what sort
area of Mallorca?
Which area of Mallorca?
look first at which part of Mallorca you
might like to base yourself in.
Palma de Mallorca
looking for an urban experience, Palma,
the capital of Mallorca, has a great deal
to offer. It’s an ancient city with
sumptuous architecture, a magnificent cathedral,
excellent museums and galleries and a vibrant
cultural life (see What
to See and Do in Mallorca). There are
loads of lovely cafés, bars and restaurants,
some interesting markets where you can pick
up a bargain or two and some chic shops
– not to mention some marvellous beaches.
only got a few days in Mallorca, you’ll
be able to have a lot of fun in a short
time staying in Palma. If you’ve got
longer, you can take the train to Sóller
and/or hire a car and explore the island
south-west of Palma tends to be where the
main British heavy tourism is. Particularly
Palmanova and, even more so, Magaluf, have
become thumping resorts full of high-rise
hotels and American-style fast food outlets.
By day, there are endless exciting activities
on offer: waterskiing, jet-biking, trips
in glass-bottomed boats, go-karting, a nearby
dolphin show, loads of golf… By night,
you can play in the casino, drink in any
of a myriad bars, go to a pirate show or
simply boogie the night away in a disco.
If you’re young, you’ve got
lots of energy and you enjoy this type of
holiday, Magaluf or Palmanova is definitely
and much quieter is Andratx. As with most
of the old towns in Mallorca, there is the
port, Puerto Andratx, and the inland settlement,
safe from marauders. Andratx has remained
relatively unspoilt by mass tourism and
is a beautiful place, steeped in history.
It’s upmarket, it’s chic and
it’s known amongst the rich and famous
as a very des. res.
a little fishing village, Puerto Andratx
has an impressive marina and attracts large
numbers of yachts. As a harbour, it doesn’t
have a beach as such but you’ll find
a lovely, sandy beach at Camp de Mar, about
three miles away. As you might imagine,
the restaurants in Puerto Andratx serve
fabulous fresh seafood, many of them with
wonderful waterside views.
Andratx, you can take a trip around the
Dragonera Natural Park (see What
to See & Do in Mallorca).
terms, the north of Mallorca is more peaceful
than the south-west.
has a long, sandy beach around the calm
and beautiful Bay of Pollensa. In one direction,
you can follow a paved path past shops and
restaurants and out of the village, towards
Formentor. In the other, you can walk along
the beach or the pavement for a couple of
miles, towards Alcúdia. The swimming
is easy and safe in Puerto Pollensa and
you can also try your hand at a variety
of watersports. If you’re a keen walker
or bicyclist, you’ll find many tracks
to enjoy but if you prefer just to potter
about, paddle and sunbathe, this place is
ideal for that too.
about three miles inland from the port,
is a Roman town that has been remarkably
unaffected by the growth in tourism. It
has quiet little streets, understated plazas
and some excellent restaurants.
just around the bay from Puerto Pollensa,
is another beautiful little town that still
has many features dating from Roman times.
There is a good market on Tuesday and Sunday
has a very different feel to it from the
old town. It’s different also from
Puerto Pollensa, in that it’s bigger
and more commercialised. Puerto Alcúdia
has been likened to Blackpool, which is
perhaps unfair because Blackpool is pretty
run down these days and Puerto Alcúdia
is thriving. However, there are slot-machine
arcades, fast-food restaurants and a sense
of the letting down of British hair. If
you like this kind of atmosphere, Puerto
Alcúdia is warm, friendly, safe and
you can have a lot of fun here. The beach
is great and there is the hidropark close
by for water jollity and golf.
From the Commercial
Port, between Puerto Alcúdia and
Alcúdia town, you can get a ferry