Picturesque beaches, beautiful bays and breath-taking sunsets: Besides for the beach and sea, the popular holiday island of Majorca with its numerous luxury hotels offers, above all, art and culture in a class of its own. The island is home to the only gothic circular castle in Spain, where original handicrafts are still produced. In addition, outstanding painters, musicians and writers have lived and worked on the largest island of the Balearic Islands.
Luxury hotels in Majorca: The most important info at a glance
Luxushotels in Majorca © Castell Son Claret
Palma: Gothic meets modernity
Palma de Majorca boasts cultural highlights that span across two millennia, such as ancient Roman architecture in the form of Roman ruins and ancient oriental luxury embodied in Arab baths. At the center, however, are La Seu Cathedral and Belver Castle, which means "beautiful view" and it’s easy to see why. Originally, the Gothic rotunda served as a royal summer residence. Later it was used as a prison and today it is a landmark of the city. The modern counterpart is the Joan Miró Museum designed by Rafael Moneo, with interior walls made out of alabaster. The famous painter’s apartment and studio were in the house right next door. Because of the semi-finished pictures and the paintbrushes lying next to the paints, it seems as though Miró is still working. An open bottle of sparkling wine completes this impression. Matching this high cultural level, the island metropolis has some of the finest luxury hotels in Majorca, where exceptional service is the norm.
Valldemossa: Where George Sand spent the winter
© Valldemossa HotelArab governors and Majorcan kings were long aware of the climatic advantages of Valldemossa in the Tramuntana mountains. Sancho I visited the mountain village to build a palace, where he hoped he would find relief from his asthma and his suffering would end. One of the French writer, George Sand’s sons, also suffered from asthma. She lived in the local Carthusian monastery Sa Cartoixa with her children and the composer, Frederic Chopin, for two months between 1838 and 1839. During their stay, she wrote her world famous book, "A Winter in Majorca." Today, the artist couple’s apartment is a place of pilgrimage for culture lovers, who admire their antique furniture as well as Chopin’s piano.
Sa Pobla: A world in miniature
The art and cultural spaces of Can Planas, an old 19th-century mansion in Sa Pobla, offer a very unique experience. The collection on display here includes toys and learning material from modern times as well as the past. These include musical instruments, functional doll kitchens and of course mechanical toys. Residential buildings and furnishings were recreated to scale with painstaking attention to detail. The makers created a luxurious ambience in miniature, along with a Majorcan bride and groom, elegantly dressed, waiting in the salon. There is a great selection of 5-star luxury hotels offering elegant accommodation that you would expect in Majorca.
Best conditions for tennis players in Paguera
In the southwest of Majorca, Paguera Resort is a particularly good place for tennis players. This is due to the fact that, among many other things, the climatic conditions are great, with an average daily temperature of 21°C and just 74 rainy days a year. This means that all-year training under the open sky is possible. In addition, professionals, amateurs and hobby players are not only assured of a good place being available, but there is also an array of clubs and schools that offer exceptional service. Overnighting in a chic and elegant hotel equipped with high-quality furniture immersed in a luxurious atmosphere couldn’t be easier in Paguera. Most sports hotels in Majorca even have their own tennis courts, of course.
Beaches for fitness junkies
© Riu Palace Bonanza PlayaA large variety of beach hotels on the coast of Majorca are just waiting to be discovered by fitness junkies and active tourists. One of the most beautiful beaches is Es Trenc in the south of the island, which is all the rage with volleyball players. The beach of Es Caragol, with its fine white sand, is a popular destination for those who want to explore the island both on foot and while swimming. If you do not just want to hike but also want to go mountain climbing, Cala de sa Comuna is the place to be. You won’t find a sandy beach here; instead, there is a rocky descent into the cool water below. Of course, the sea also invites you to sail and paddle, whereas picturesque creeks are excellent spots for snorkelers and divers. The bay of Puerto de Pollensa, in the northwest of the island, is particularly attractive. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, it was already popular with sailors of antiquity as a natural harbor. While diving, you might come across artefacts of the past. A day full of exciting adventures comes to a pleasant end in one of the luxury hotels of Majorca, where exceptional service is the norm.
Good to know
After a cultural holiday in Majorca, handmade crafts make great souvenirs or gifts for loved ones at home. They are mostly made by local craftsmen, who don’t mind when tourists or visitors look over their shoulders while they are working.