You can avoid the crowds and the high rise hotels on this beautiful Balearic Island if you try hard enough. From pretty rustic villages to Caribbean-esque beaches here are the most unspoilt places to visit in Majorca for travel snobs…
Once named by Chopin as the most beautiful place in the world, this small corner of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains is home to one of the prettiest villages in Majorca. Located 17 km from Palma, the traditional stone village is surrounded by forested hills and gorgeous countryside making it a favourite destination of outdoor lovers. Here you’ll also find the 13th monastery where the composer Chopin once lived during the winter of 1838 to 1839.
Mallorca is filled with beautiful beaches but finding an undeveloped one isn’t that easy. The long natural beach of Es Trenc is not attached to any resort so has much more of a natural, unspoilt feel. With its wide stretch of sand and blue waters it’s sometimes referred to as Mallorca’s answer to the Caribbean. Es Trenc’s slightly isolated position and protected status is probably part of the reason it’s an unofficial nudist beach, although everyone is welcome clothed or not.
Santa Maria del Cami
Located on the Palma-Ina railway, this peaceful rural market town is also an artistic hub. Many of Mallorca’s potters work close by and the town is the centre of manufacture for ‘Roba de llengues’- a cotton woven into bright zigzag patterns and used in curtains, bedspreads and upholstery. Visit to buy locally produced arts and crafts, try a wine tour or just relax among the peaceful countryside surroundings.
While most of the party resorts are situated near Palma on the South side of the island, the rugged North West is where to head for a little peace. Try Soller, a large coastal town which is often overlooked in favour of its glitzier neighbours. Set in a green valley and surrounded by orange groves, mountains and a clear blue sea Soller enjoys a particularly attractive position on the island. The handful of boutique hotels, newly renovated harbour and elegant promenade lined with chic cafes also ensures it attracts a more discerning crowd.
Nestled between two mountains high above the town of Soller, is Fornalutx which calls itself the prettiest village in Spain. Offering a taste of traditional Mallorcan life, this peaceful place is about as far away as you can get from the beer swilling crowds. Expect saffron-coloured cottages and gorgeous stone cobbled streets surrounded by lush orange groves and beautiful mountain views.
This well renowned picturesque village in the North West of Mallorca is home to some of the island’s wealthiest residents, and has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. Art, music and literature feature prominently, with the poet Robert Graves settling here in the 1930s, and Virgin boss Richard Branson having owned a luxury hotel (La Residencia) just outside the town. Head down to the tiny beach of Cala Deia for a spot of sunbathing before grabbing a drink in Sa Fonda – a local’s bar where you might just spot famous musicians jamming the night away.
Es Torrent de Pareis
Located on the island’s west coast, this is one of the largest gorge canyons in the Mediterranean. With its hidden sandy cove surrounded by some serious limestone rocks it’s also one of the prettiest natural spots on the island and not surprisingly a haven for gorge walkers, climbers, hikers and nature lovers. Unlike some other Majorcan canyons it doesn’t always require climbing equipment meaning it’s the perfect spot for less ambitious walkers.
Puerto de Andratx
For a taste of authentic Mallorca try Andratx, an ancient traditional town complete with old town houses, cobbled streets and pretty sea views. Once a former fishing village, mass development has managed to escape Puerto de Andratx probably because the area doesn’t have its own beach. Expect low key bars and restaurants, a glistening harbour filled with gently bobbing boats and a much more cosmopolitan crowd.
Known for its literary and musical residents, Portocolom has so far managed to retain much of its original charm and resist the commercialisation that has spread to other parts of the island. A pretty fishing village, Portocolom was once a thriving port, but is now a quiet tourist retreat with a few large hotels and a sandy beachfront. There’s plenty to see and do, with local vineyards open to tastings, scuba diving schools for the more adventurous, and the ancient burial site of Naveta within easy reach. It’s perfect for holidaymakers wanting to relax and see the quieter side of Mallorca. If you’re looking to stay for a while Europe holiday specialist’s A1travel.com offer a week’s self catering starting from £127 per person.
Mondrago National Park
For one of the most unspoilt naturally beautiful areas in Majorca head for the South East of the island. Mondrago National Park is a remote, peaceful place famous for its fine white sandy beaches, brilliant turquoise sea, rugged cliffs and dark green pine trees. One of the two beautiful beaches were once named as the best beach in Europe (onbeach.com in 2008) and although it hasn’t escaped tourism its protected status ensures it remains perfectly preserved.