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For those looking for a more active holiday, take advantage of Majorca many great attractions, including:
- Water sports - Majorca has a great host of water sports available with most of the larger beaches offer water-skiing, banana-boating and jet-skiing.
- Waterparks - Unleash the kid in you and go crazy at one of many water parks dotted around the island. With plenty of activities for kids, and all kinds of thrill and adventures rides, everyone is left satisfied after a wet and wild day out.
- Zoos - Majorca is host to number of diverse zoos and aquarium. From the Auto-Safari in Cara Millor, to the Nemo Submarine trip, which takes you underwater to see Majorca's sea bed, it is a perfect way to spend a day out.
Hiking - Hiking on the many footpaths that grace Majorca is a very popular tourist attraction and local pastime. Visitors are welcomed to follow the footpaths to trek and explore the rigorous mountains or the lush countryside. Common hiking sites include places such Camino por el Puig Roig and Puig des Teix.
Visit Serra de Tramuntana a fantastic World Heritage site, and hike through the glorious rough mountain range. Pay homage to an old pilgrimage site at Lluc, and trek your way through the highest peaks in the Balearic Islands, which offer breath-taking views.
- Explore - Coves Del Drac; explore the caves in which legend tells us the Knights Templars hid the Holy Grail, or where pirates hid their stolen treasure to be guarded by the dragon that is said to reside there. Open year round, with a chance of a gondolier ride in the lake after the tour.
- Sightseeing - Ferrocarril de Sóller; take a guided tour on an electrical train, showing you all the gorgeous landscapes, through the plains and around the mountains, to see Majorca's natural beauty up close.
- Celebrities - In the last few years, tourism in Majorca has boomed, and it is not uncommon to be sharing the island beaches with well-known celebrities such as the Beckhams, or Catherine Zeta Jones! King Juan Carlos is also known to take an afternoon cruise down to lunch on the fresh prawns caught there.
Take a beach holiday in Majorca, the largest island of the Balearics. It has many beautiful sandy beaches, isolated coves with crystal clear water. With a number of luxury resorts and hotels, it's easy to forget the worries of the world whilst relaxing in the spas, or bathing in the afternoon sun, with a gentle breeze coming from the ocean. There are many all-inclusive hotels and resorts available in Majorca to suit all budgets.
Majorca was a thriving trade settlement under Roman rule, trading in olive oil and salt. After invasion by the Vandals, a long period of prosperity followed the Muslim occupation, and Palma became a centre of culture. Remains of Arab baths still grace Palma today. Nearly 500 years later, the island again flourished under Byzantine rule, with several beautiful churches being built. The locals pay homage to their warrior ancestors, who where a valued part of the roman army as feared slingers, which is still a popular sport today, and colourful festivals and carnivals are held year round.
Tourism boomed in the 1950s and is now host to over 6 million tourists a year, with airport in Palma becoming one of the busiest in Europe. This has caused an intriguing blend of modern western culture and traditional philosophies.
Majorca hosts a large number of tourist shops, situated in many resorts, and Palma is a shopping hot spot on the island. Shopping in Majorca can bring some wonderful surprises, so be sure to take a peek in the antique and pearl factory, to browse the famous works of jewellery from glass, pearls, and ceramics and pottery pieces at bargain prices.
When the sun starts to set is when Majorca really comes alive. Resorts such as Magaluf and Palma are clubbing hotspots and a favourite for friend's holidays and stag and hen do's. Up to 5000 people grace the renowned club BCM Planet on a nightly basis during the summer. There are night-clubs for all occasions, from the exclusive club Titos on the seafront, to the clubs for the strictly young called Dorado Night City, there is something for everyone. For those with families, or prefer a quiet night, there are plenty of discreet bars where you can just sit with a fruity sangria and watch the world go by.
The Balearics islands, Majorca is a great family destination or for an action-packed holiday with your mates, and its many package deals and all-inclusive resorts, there is something for every budget.
The weather in Majorca is generally good all year round. Winters are mild and with a fairly small amount of rainfall, Majorca can make a good winter retreat. Summers regularly grace the 30°C mark, and average around 12 hours of sunshine a day in the summer months.