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Mallorca: an Ideal Holiday Destination

May 2, 2008
If you want a reasonably-priced holiday, offering as much or as little activity as you feel like, the Spanish island of Mallorca is the place for you. There is an endless amount to see and do, and there's also peace and tranquillity if you prefer that. Personally, I like a mixture - a day in the mountains, a day in Palma, a day exploring the local culture and history punctuated by lots of cafs, some nice lunches out, a bit of shopping and hours of dozing on the beach.

If you think Mallorca is purely for hedonistic young Brits seeking cheap booze and familiar food in better weather than can be found at home, think again. While there is an element of this in many resorts, it's mainly the south-eastern areas such as Magaluf that tend to offer neon lights, slot machines and happening nightlife. If this is what you want, Mallorca is a fabulous place to find it. But if you really don't want this, Mallorca has a whole lot more to it as well.

If you like lounging on the beach, you'll find a nice one at Puerto Pollensa. It's sandy and very long, and the sea there is calm and lovely for swimming in. There are shops and restaurants just across the road from the beach and everything's very convenient. From here, you can also easily explore the mountains, if you feel so inclined.

If you're into nature, you'll love the Sierra de Tramuntana, where goats roam freely and the views are amazing. Some of the rocky landscape looks as if a dinosaur might still be lurking there and the sea has that feeling of eternity about it. To the east of the island, you can see extraordinary underground caves and lakes, temples to the power and mysterious creativity of nature.

If you're active and sporty, there are countless pursuits you can enjoy in Mallorca. The golf is famously excellent; there's horse-riding, bike-riding and fantastic walks to do. And that's before you go near the water. As well as swimming in the sea, you can water-ski, paraglide, sail, snorkel, scuba-dive

Mallorca has a colourful history, which shows in the architecture, the food and the language. The Romans, the Goths, the Vandals and the Moors - as well as the English and indeed the Spanish - have all left their mark on Mallorcan culture. Do take in a couple of the excellent, informative museums while you're there.

There are some interesting art galleries around the island, where you can see the works of both up-and-coming and well established artists. Joan Mir and his wife set up a foundation in Palma and his public art is to be found all over the city. In terms of music, too, Mallorca has a lot to offer, with classical, folk and other musical concerts being frequently put on.

Even if you're not very adventurous with food, do try some traditional Mallorcan specialities. The locally reared pork and the seafood are delicious but don't worry if you're non-carnivorous because the vegetables, the fruit and the sweet-dough ensaimadas are equally delicious. Don't just settle for what you would have at home; push your culinary boundaries a bit and I believe you'll be glad you did.

Cheap flights to Mallorca go from pretty well every UK airport and accommodation doesn't have to be expensive either. With such a wealth of sporting and cultural activities on offer, I think Mallorca provides one of the best-value holidays available.
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MG Robinson's Mallorca Info site provides loads of useful info for your trip, and recommendations about what to see & do in Mallorca.
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