Make magnificent Majorca a sun-kissed destination

by Sylvia Pownall

IF YOU haven’t booked your sun holiday yet, there’s no need to panic, as there are still last-minute deals to be had.

One of the best options is the Balearic island of Majorca; it’s the largest of the four in the group and spoils visitors with a little bit of everything.

If you look beyond the parties of the Magaluf resort, you’ll find a hub of mountainous skylines, watercolour beaches and cultural landmarks.

Temperatures reach a warming 23C from May right through October – and there is no shortage of things to see and do.

Palma Cathedral
Towering over the island in its gothic glory, 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.

Caves of Drach
Take a mystical adventure through the Caves of Drach 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.

Costa Nord
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 A-lister 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. (Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of seeing a real-life movie star!)

Son Amar Night Show
Turn dinner into a major event by having yours at the Son Amar Night Show. 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.

Pirates adventure
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’s always the option to take a 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. Whether you’re a pirate’s best pal or you’re intrigued by what lurks in the caves, get that itinerary planned down to a T.

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