Yes it has the beach resorts, the nightlife and the great Mediterranean weather, but that’s not even half the story this beautiful island has to tell. Read more on our latest travel info post…

For lots of people, a trip to Majorca offers the perfect excuse to simply relax, unwind and soak up some sun. After all, this island in the Balearics boasts plenty of beaches and it benefits from warm, inviting waters. However, this magical vacation spot has more to it than just sand and sea.

If you’re keen to stretch your legs and get active while on your holidays in Majorca, you won’t be disappointed. An increasing number of visitors are stepping off the well-worn tourist trail to explore the many places and attractions that the island has to offer. After all, with its beautiful and varied interior, it makes the perfect setting for some hiking and cycling.

A moody Majorcan view. Photo by Mark Woodbury

Get your walking boots on

One of the best ways to see the sights of Majorca is to get your walking boots on and set off on some of the trails on offer there. There are plenty of paths to choose from, and the government has invested considerable sums of money in developing routes for ramblers to enjoy. The Tramuntana Mountain range in the west and the Serra de Llevant peaks in the east are highlights, offering flora, fauna and outstanding views. You might even see eagles on your adventures into the wild.

Keep your eyes out for eagles! Photo credit: Bejami.

If you want a glimpse of the island’s history, try the route from Alaró to the Castle of Alaró. The town is located in the lower slopes of the Tramuntana mountains between Palma and Inca and its castle dates back to before the conquest of Majorca. Expect to cover some steep ground, but the views are a nice reward at the end of these exertions! Meanwhile, if you don’t want to walk the entire route, you can drive up a narrow lane until you’re only a 40-minute hike from the castle.

Take to two wheels

There are also opportunities aplenty to take to two wheels on this island. Indeed, Majorca is becoming increasingly popular among cyclists from around the world, and it’s not only amateurs who are enjoying its undulating and winding roads. A range of pro teams have started to use this part of the Balearics for training, including Team Sky. Winner of the 2012 Tour de France Bradley Wiggins even tests his skills on the routes here.

The island is perfect for lycra lovers. Photo credit: Lum2007.

You can take your pick from a selection of routes, ranging from easy to highly demanding. If you’re feeling fit and fancy a challenge, there’s an 80km route starting and ending in Palma that could be just perfect. Beginning in Palma Bay, it weaves its way into the Western Serra before heading out to the Western Coast road. If you fancy a break en route, you can stop at one of the cafes in Estellencs or Banyalbufar and enjoy the views over the ocean.

Whether you’re walking or cycling, you’re guaranteed a great time in Majorca. For the best experiences, avoid the hottest weather and travel instead in spring or autumn.

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