The Balearic Islands off Spain’s east coast is an archipelago with four diverse offerings – from clubbing in Ibiza to chilling out in Formentero to absorbing the history of Menorca.
On the other hand, the fourth and largest island, Majorca, spoils visitors with, well … a little bit of everything.
Beyond the parties of the Magaluf resort lies a hub of mountainous skylines, watercolour beaches and cultural landmarks.
We’ve put together a list of what you must go and see.
Here’s a quick history lesson: towering over the island in its gothic glory, the Palma Cathedral is a Catalonian piece of architecture that dates back to the 1300s.
It was built by Jaume I of Aragon to celebrate surviving a treacherous storm on a voyage to Majorca with his army.
Today, it is a marvel for the eyes and is home to relics, regal tombs and the Royal Chapel. The cathedral opens its doors at 10am every day except Sunday and closes at 5.15pm on weekdays and 2.15pm on a Saturday.
Caves of Drach
Take a mystical adventure through the Caves of Drach that dwell on the east coast of the island.
Dating back to the Miocene period, they are home to one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world: Lake Martel.
A guided tour will fill you in on the fascinating past and includes a short boat trip along the lake.
Concerts also take place throughout the day, playing live classical music in this other-worldly setting.
The caves are open all year round except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, so you can call in whatever time you choose to go to Majorca.
In the well preserved Valldemossa area you will find the Costa Nord: a cultural centre that takes visitors through a journey of the local area.
Hollywood big-timer Michael Douglas is the brains behind this homage to his one-time home.
You’ll even hear him narrating the 15-minute documentary that is shown in the auditorium, before boarding a replica of the Archduke Ludwig Salvador yacht.
Son Amar Night Show
Make dinner into a huge deal, by having yours at the Son Amar Night Show. Showcasing dance acts from around the world, guests are treated to fierce flamenco, the French can-can and famous Broadway numbers.
Kids will also love singing along to live scenes from The Lion King. You can choose to have a three-course meal or just book tickets for the show; either way, guests are in for a magnificent night.
Avast! This is one place for the whole family to get excited about. Pirates Adventure has entertained show-goers to acrobatics, comedy and dance for nearly 30 years.
Immerse yourself in the world of hidden treasures, shipwrecks and battles by witnessing the nightly event that celebrates all things Jolly Roger.
Book yourself a VIP Captain’s Table for the best seats on board, which supplies young scallywags with their very own bandana and provides parents with a bottle of swag (well, wine).
Of course, there is always the option to take your place on the beach but you’ll probably want to make the absolute most of your holiday by taking advantage of all Majorca has to offer.
Majorca deals and offers
TUI fly to Majorca from Dublin, Cork and Shannon from May through October. Here are just a few of the deals on offer:
• June 12, Dublin to Majorca, Deya Apts Santa Ponsa, three-star, self-contained, 7 nights from €299pps
•June 16, Shannon to Majorca, Bellevue Minerva, Alcudia, two-star, all inclusive, 7 nights from €639pps
• July 20, Ireland West to Majorca, Ola Bouganvillia, Santa Ponsa, three-star, self-contained, 7 nights from €649pps
• August 28, Cork to Majorca, Hotel More, Alcudia, three-star, half-board, 7 nights from €669pps
TUI is offering €100 off Spain (including Majorca) bookings from June to August with the code: SPAIN100. Redeem online or in-store. (Min spend of €1,000 per booking; T&Cs apply.)
To book, see www.tuiholidays.ie, call 1850 45 35 45, or visit a TUI store or travel agent.