The Spanish island of Majorca is the largest island in the Balearic Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea. In summer, crowds of tourists are attracted to the beautiful capital of Palma, as well as the numerous resorts and beaches that cover the island. But Majorca holidays becomes even more enticing in the winter, as the climate is refreshingly mild and the summer crowds have disappeared, leaving a paradise for savvy travellers to discover.
In winter, daytime temperatures average between fifteen and twenty degrees Celsius. This makes it the perfect time to embark on an outdoor adventure, and Majorca contains some of the most beautiful scenery on the Mediterranean. The Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain range that has been designated a World Heritage Site, and it makes for some magnificent hiking. There are also numerous cycling trails, and cyclists from mainland Europe sometimes come here to train during the winter, to avoid the cold of their home countries.
The inland expanses of Majorca contain many small villages that see little of the tourist activity of the coast, but they are often charming destinations in their own right. After a long day hiking or cycling, you can find a bed and breakfast in the closest village and relax. The inland of Majorca is also a wine-producing region, and you can work a tour of a vineyard or a wine-tasting into your agenda.
The capital city of Palma shouldn’t be neglected just because the summer has come and gone. Palma is beautiful at any time of year, and many people might find it even more pleasant without the crowds of tourists. The Old City of Palma contains architecture that can be compared to that of Florence, and the Arab Baths are a reminder of the city’s Moorish past. After a day of exploring the picturesque streets, you can unwind on the terrace of one of the city’s many cafes or bars. These terraces are invariably heated, and you will be toasty and warm even if the night is slightly chilly.
Many people don’t think of Majorca as a winter destination, but as long as you make sure to pack a jacket for the evenings, you will find that this captivating island is the perfect spot to escape the wintertime blues. Majorca is only a short flight from mainland Europe, but it will seem like an exotic paradise to someone coming from a northern city in the UK or any other country.