Discover the prettiest places in Majorca
If your idea of the perfect getaway involves visiting somewhere scenic, I think you’d be pretty hard pushed to beat Majorca. A massive 40 per cent of this Spanish island comprises protected landscapes, while there’s some impressive architecture to see too.
So, where’s best to go?
Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains
Without doubt, the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains are one of Majorca’s most incredible natural landscapes. So, make sure you at least visit a decent vantage point to see them (such as Soller, which I’ll talk about more below) while you’re here.
Located in the north of the island, this mountain range is home to peaks that reach more than 1,400 m above sea level, which makes the local landscape pretty dramatic. Look out for Puig Major in particular, as this is the highest mountain of them all (1,445 m).
As a quick tip, if you board the Tren de Soller at either Soller or Palma, you can take a train journey directly through the mountains, which is a brilliant way to see them.
Pollensa & Bay of Pollensa
A location with a great rural feel, Pollensa is a good place to experience authentic Majorca. Narrow streets, pretty stone houses and the bustling Placa Major – where the weekly market is held – are among the town’s key characteristics. If you do go to Placa Major, by the way, it’s well worth walking up the 365 Calvario steps (if you have the energy!) for some unbeatable views across to the Bay of Pollensa.
This bay (also known as Puerto Pollensa) is another must-visit – especially as it has the atmosphere of a traditional fishing village. The waterfront promenade is a particularly scenic place for a stroll and, as an added bonus, it’s also home to some of the island’s top restaurants and cafes.
Port Soller & Soller
When it comes to scenic bases for luxury holidays, Port Soller definitely has to be on your shortlist. It’s such a peaceful place, and there are lots of lavish hotels to choose from, so it’s perfect for escaping the usual throngs of tourists.
That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here, though. It’s got a great coastline, for one thing, and it’s also a good starting point for exploring the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range. So, if you like hiking, this is decent place to base yourself.
One thing to remember is that Port Soller shouldn’t be confused with Soller, which is a town about 3 km away. Being scenic in itself, Soller is well worth visiting too, though, and is also one of the destinations where you can hop on the fantastic Tren de Soller. Plus, riding the tram that connects Port Soller and Soller is a real experience, since it follows a really pretty route along the beach.
The most beautiful areas of Majorca are by no means restricted to its natural landscapes, spectacular though these are. The capital city, Palma, is packed with gorgeous architecture, which in my book makes it as scenic as any of the other destinations I’ve mentioned.
So, Palma is a place well worth considering if you fancy a luxury getaway with Sovereign. There are a couple of buildings worth looking out for in particular. These include the Gothic Palma de Mallorca Cathedral, and the 13th century Palacio Real de la Almudaina – a palace just outside the city that’s steeped in history.
Photo: Paul Woolrich