Where to stay in Majorca, Spain
by Sophie Spiers | Updated 09 March 2020 | Posted in Family Holidays, Spain, General
Majorca is a great summer holiday destination, but are you wondering where the best area to stay is? We're here to help; here are the best resorts in Majorca.
1. Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa
Best for families; beaches
Pollensa (or Pollença) is a scenic, quiet and peaceful town, founded in the 13th century, in the northern part of Majorca. In the 20th century Pollensa became a summer resort for the rich of Mallorca as well as a popular retreat for artists. You’ll find cobbled streets and ancient convents, churches and squares, as well as Roman remains just outside the town, alongside a bustling market, cafes and restaurants. The surrounding countryside, with its mountain and sea views, is gorgeous too – perfect for gentle walks, hikes or pony-trekking.
There are several beaches in Puerto Pollensa, but the main beach is in its horseshoe bay, with fine, white sand, lifeguards, sun loungers and parasols, and various water sports are available. Puerto Pollensa is an ideal destination for a family holiday in Majorca. Palma de Majorca airport is under an hour’s drive away.
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Best for families; beaches; water sports
Also found in northern Majorca, close to Pollensa, Alcudia is the largest tourist town in the area. It’s a charming resort, with a friendly and authentic vibe, fascinating history and wonderful beaches, including the Blue Flag Playa d’Alcudia. With shallow waters, 3.5km of gorgeous golden sand, play areas and lifeguards, it’s unsurprisingly not just one of the best known beaches on the island but quite deservedly one of the best in all Spain. Kids will love Alcudia – whether it’s banana-boating in the Med, visiting the Amaze’n Laberintos maze fun park, or the Hidropark water park, you definitely won’t be short of ways to entertain them!
The historic old town of Alcudia is very well-preserved and charming with narrow streets and lovely restaurants.
Alcudia is also under an hour from Palma de Majorca airport.
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3. Soller and Port de Soller
Best for peace and quiet; romantic getaways; honeymoon
Soller is in the northwest of the island, and is quiet, peaceful and traditional, slightly separated from the rest of the island by the Tramuntana mountain range, which provide a stunning backdrop. This is an ideal resort for those looking for a relaxing getaway or couples looking for a romantic break in Majorca. The countryside that surrounds Soller is beautiful, full of orange groves; in fact Soller is located in the idyllically named Valley of the Oranges. There’s an old wooden train – originally used to transport citrus fruits – that runs through the scenic countryside between Soller and Palma, and a heritage tram that runs between Soller and the Port de Soller.
Soller town is slightly inland whilst Port de Soller is on the coast, with a pretty but small beach.
Palma Mallorca Airport is under 40 minutes’ drive from Soller. Take a look at our villas and apartments in Soller if this sounds like the holiday destination for you.
4. Cala d’Or
Best for families; beaches; couples
The southeastern resort of Cala d’Or includes five small, safe beaches and a marina, and is family-friendly and welcoming. The town is small enough for everything to be walkable, whether that’s the beaches, restaurants, bars or shops. The attractive area by the marina has lovely restaurants and is a great place to dine al fresco, overlooking the boats, with a jug of sangria! There’s plenty of entertainment to be found generally, if that’s what you are after, but whilst it’s lively enough, in the main Cala d'Or caters for the family crowd. The mountains around Cala d’Or are beautiful and worth spending a bit of time exploring.
Just 45 minutes from the airport, Cala d'Or has lots of apartments and villas to rent for your perfect family holiday.
5. Sa Coma
Best for families; beaches; cheap holiday
Sa Coma is a small, quiet, good value resort on the east coast of Majorca. It has a lovely, clean sandy beach which shelves very gently into the sea, so is good for younger children. Golf courses of Son Servera and Pula Golf are nearby. Bars and restaurants line the beach, and the town in general offers a good number of British establishments. It’s a modern resort so don’t expect historical or cultural attractions here – but it’s perfect for holiday-makers wanting to simply relax and spend time on the beach and in the clear blue sea. It’s around and hour and a half transfer time from Palma airport. Have a look at our apartments and villas in Sa Coma.
6. Portals Nous
Best for couples; romantic breaks; luxury
Located just 10km from Palma, yet with a secluded feel, this upmarket town is in the southwest of the island. The harbour itself is very pretty but be warned: eating out at the restaurants here will set you back a pretty penny! (Another great reason to go for a self-catering villa or house in Portals Nous). If fine dining is your thing though it's ideal - there's even a Michelin starred restaurant here. It’s only a short bus ride from Palma for a change of scenery, but otherwise spend your time here sunning yourself on the beautiful beaches, visiting designer stores, envying the super-yachts and celebrity spotting.
7. Cala Millor
Best for families; beaches; cheap holiday
A purpose-built tourist hot spot on the east of Majorca, fantastic for kids; think fun parks (one at each end of the promenade), ice cream parlours, go-karting and street entertainment. You’ll also find find 5 golf courses within a 15km radius. However most of the activities here are based around the beach and the sea, and it’s obvious why; the lengthy, sandy beaches that slope very gently into the turquoise sea are ideal for children, and the beaches have all the facilities you could want for a day spent soaking up rays – sunbeds, parasols, and showers. There are boat trips to go on and pedaloes to hire, and snorkelling and scuba diving to try. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, the surrounding countryside is fantastic for walking, hiking or cycling. We've got lots of villas and apartments in Cala Millor for you to look at.
Best for couples; families with older teens; romantic breaks; culture
Palma de Majorca is the capital city of the island and is very much worth visiting when you are in Majorca, whether you stay there for your holiday or not. There are a few beaches in and near the city but this is not really the place to come if you are after an out-and-out seaside holiday. However, if you like a metropolitan break, with fantastic historical and cultural activities, then it could be ideal. See what villas and apartments in Palma de Majorca are available for your holiday.
Best for beautiful countryside; luxury; peace and quiet; traditional Majorca
Rugged, unspoilt landscape surrounds Andratx, a charming village just inland (around 5km) from Port d'Andratx, on the western edge of Majorca. Only 30 minutes from Palma airport, this historical town and offers a slice of "real" Majorca. The town is pretty and traditional, with a great selection of restaurants and a welcoming atmosphere. This is the ideal destination for those who enjoy beautiful surroundings and the natural beauty of the countryside, or enjoy walking and hiking through citrus and almond groves.
Port d'Andratx is a very chic harbour with smart cafes on the water's edge; a lovely place to watch the yachts coming in of an evening. It has been referred to as the Spanish San Tropez which might give you an idea of what it's like! No beach in the town itself but surrounded by smaller towns with coves and beaches. If this sounds like your sort of thing take a look at our villas and apartments in Andratx.
10. Santa Ponsa
Best for families; couples; beaches; nightlife
Santa Ponsa is a lively, modern resort in the southwest of Majorca. Its clean beaches in beautiful sheltered coves, and its safe waters make it perfect for families. Holiday-makers looking for an easy-going beach holiday will find everything they need here, and there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. For a change from the beach, try the high ropes theme park Jungle Parc, or take advantage of the great walking & cycling paths in the local area. Also be sure to visit the very upmarket, Philippe Starck designed Port Adriano nearby to ogle at the superyachts of the rich and famous.
Best for beautiful countryside; peace and quiet; traditional Majorca; good value private pool villas
This vibrant working town is in the centre of the island; so no beach! As a result, it is not a tourist trap and many holiday-makers opt for a holiday rental with a private pool in Inca. It has excellent public transport links, so if you are based here you will easily be able to get around to all the other corners of the island, whether that’s to spend a morning at the beach or an afternoon in Palma. It’ll take around half an hour on the bus to Pollensa and about the same in the other direction, to Palma. Inca itself offers interesting architecture, a busy market on a Thursday which draws tourists from all over the island, leather craftsmanship and authentic Majorcan restaurants. The stunning countryside surrounding Inca is the ideal location if you are looking for a tranquil, rural retreat in Majorca.
12. C’an Picafort
Best for families; beaches; cheap holiday
A family-friendly and laid-back resort in the northeast of the island. Although very much a tourist spot now, it retains some of the original fishing-village charm and you will see some authentic Majorcan life at the small working harbour. An enormously long, clean beach with a wide promenade makes this a great destination for those looking for a sunny seaside holiday. Everything is within walking distance of the beach; there are plenty of welcoming restaurants and bars, some of which have live music and other entertainment in the evenings. Search for villas and apartments in C'an Picafort.
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