If you’ve got your sights on a holiday in Majorca, it’s well worth considering more than just how close to the beach you’ll be when choosing where to stay. Personally, I think seeking out those lovely unspoilt spots is the way to go, and you can find a few hints of the best places to base yourself below. Enjoy!
The lowdown: A gorgeous old town in the north of the island, Pollensa is arguably the ultimate place to get a taste of authentic Majorca in all its glory. One of the most appealing things about coming here is its amazing setting – think incredible mountain backdrops and narrow winding streets – but it’s also home to some wonderful attractions.
These include the Placa Major, which is the beating heart of the town. Definitely the place to go if you want to eat out, this is also the location of the great weekly market (on Sunday mornings) that you really shouldn’t miss. There are also a fair few art galleries worth popping into, but I reckon the real gem is climbing the famous Calvario steps. Since there’s 365 of them, it’s not exactly easy, but you’ll be rewarded with great views to the Bay of Pollensa some 4 miles away (which, incidentally, is another of our top unspoilt destinations, but I’ll get to that in a moment!).
Where to stay: If Pollensa takes your fancy, consider staying at the Son Brull Hotel & Spa. I reckon this is pretty ideal if you are planning to relax, since the Oliveda Spa and Turkish baths promise to pamper you, and the fruit and veg served in the restaurant are grown onsite. Lovely!
Bay of Pollensa
The lowdown: Given its name, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Bay of Pollensa is part of Pollensa town. Alas, things are rarely that simple and, as mentioned above, the two are several miles apart. They do, however, have unspoilt surroundings in common.
If you want to experience the atmosphere of an authentic Majorcan fishing village on your Majorca holidays 2013, this is the place to come. It pairs luxurious hotels with gorgeous natural surroundings (including an impressive beach, of course) and, if you decide to come here, a walk along the beautiful waterfront promenade is an absolute must.
Where to stay: Around 2 miles away from the bay is the Pollentia Club Resort and, while it’s not right on the bay itself, I think it’s a really good choice if you fancy staying in the area – particularly since it combines luxury with a pretty staggering choice of things to do, including horse riding, volleyball and water sports. The list feels nigh on endless!
The lowdown: Porto Petro is a tiny village perched on the south-eastern coastline. Its charm lies in the fact that, unlike so many other Majorcan resorts, this is a place that’s filled with locals rather than tourists. In this sense, it’s one of the most unspoilt spots to stay on the island.
Plus, you’ll also find the wonderful Mondrago Nature Reserve nearby. This 785-acre gem is an awesome place for any keen walker or wildlife lover to visit and, if you are a keen birdwatcher, you’ll be in for a real treat, since there is an abundance of water birds (especially coot and black-necked grebe) to spot.
Where to stay: Perched just outside the village, the PuraVida Resort Blau is perfect if you’re looking for a relaxing break, being home to a natural sand beach, three pools and great mix of sports facilities.