Recently I was writing a list of places my friend should visit in Spain, and as I read him out my proposed agenda, he scoffed at the idea of Mallorca. ‘Isn’t that just Magaluf, all about the booze and wild nights out?’ he asked, and I remembered that was exactly what I had expected when I boarded my flight to Mallorca a few years back.
But the truth is, I barely did Mallorca justice because I went with that expectation myself. I was looking forward to a holiday, think crystal-clear waters, days by the beach, afternoons snacking on tapas and relaxing in the lush 5-star hotel in Mallorca I’d booked into. I even left my camera at home so I could completely switch off, with just a few changes of clothes and my iPhone in my pocket.
What I found in Mallorca though was so much more than I had been expecting. If you are a Brit like me, then the reputation of Magaluf is something you will be well aware of; but in reality, Magaluf is such a tiny part of this island there is a whole host of history, culture and amazing nature to enjoy.
While my week-long holiday to Mallorca didn’t allow me a chance to experience everything the island offers, here are a few suggestions of places you really should visit when you come to Mallorca. I’ll be adding to this list after my next trip; now I know just how much this year-round sunny escape holds.