Majorca is an island interpreted differently by a number of people—locals, tourists and backpackers. It is true that the island is a destination popular for Northern Europeans, and is primarily focused on providing attractions that appeal to the masses. However this Balearic Island is a gem of the Mediterranean for the exploratory and intrigued traveler.
Set just off the east coast of Spain, Majorca offers beautiful landscape, authentic Spanish architecture and an amazing opportunity to see traditional Spain. Island attributes are continually visible with rocky terrain, beautiful unspoilt beaches and locals willing to display their home island as they refer to it; Mallorca.
Puerto Pollensa works as a terrific base for exploring the northern region of the Island. Founded by the Catalan people as a base to avoid pirate attack in 1229, the area is steeped in history and has a real sense of cultural authenticity. The prominent and striking mountain region of Serra de Tramuntana offers the explorer an excellent opportunity to walk off the beaten track and truly explore rural Spain. There are a number of routes available to walk, or to hike. The beauty is that routes taken will always be unique and individual; there really is the opportunity to follow your intrigue. The mountain range reaches up to 1000m and offers spectacular views of surrounding landscape, villages and sea.
For a more relaxing time and the chance to enjoy the local cuisine, the Puerto Pollensa displays a mix of local shops, restaurants and bars with some tourist attractions. With a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere in the local port there is the opportunity to slowly watch the world go by for a few hours with local wine and cuisine. Pollensa is documented as an area that has inspired many artists because of its natural beauty. It really is beautiful upon discovery.
The Cala Formentor beach sits below the internationally renowned Hotel Formentor, which has played host to John Wayne and Winston Churchill. The beach offers a mix of fine sand and stunning views, palms trees and clear water complete the views. To the back of the beach there are trees providing shade from the Mediterranean heat, the beach offers you the chance to bathe in a beautiful setting that is slightly more lively than Puerto Pollensa.
Article compiled by Lewis White, an avid traveler.