Old-school glamour meets ethereal beauty
From its old reputation as the party capital of Europe, Mallorca has matured into a diverse holiday destination. While the nightlife is still there in abundance, Mallorca holidays these days are more about the golden sands, pretty colonial towns and sparkling coastal resorts. There’s also a burgeoning foodie scene.
The island's resorts tend to hug the natural coves and sandy bays of its rugged coastline. Majestic cliffs plunge dramatically into clear turquoise seas, excellent for snorkelling. Laid-back types will love the pine-shaded silky sand at Formentor, reached by a leisurely drive through the theatrical countryside. Families can enjoy the shallow golden arcs of Cala D'Or to the south west, or the long, white swathe of gently shelving beach near the old town of Alcúdia. The tiny cove of Cala Deià is a secret paradise for intrepid explorers, with its ethereal light and waters, clear like cut glass.
Mallorca has more than just beaches too. Inland it boasts some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the Mediterranean. Vast plains give way to rambling vineyards and neatly-ordered olive groves dotted with traditional fincas. You can trip between the pretty villages of the interior, with their twisting roads and quiet squares. Relaxation is a big part of Mallorquin life, with an emphasis on good food, family atmosphere and old traditions. Almonds, olives, ripe tomatoes and grapes overflow from its fields, while its restaurants serve up some of the freshest seafood in Spain.