Why choose a cruise to Majorca?

This sun-kissed Spanish island is a popular holiday destination, and it’s easy to see why. Some tourists come to visit the party resort of Magaluf, while others are enticed here by the beaches, with their clear waters and pristine white sand. But there’s far more to Majorca than this.

The vibrant capital city of Palma. Secluded hilltop towns and coastal villages. A beautiful landscape of mountains, lakes and almond-blossom groves. You’ll be reaching for your camera again and again.

Mallorca village

A guide to Majorca hotspots

When you cruise Majorca, your port of call is likely to be Palma, the island’s capital. With its stunning architecture, calm Mediterranean waters and broad, leafy boulevards, Palma is an absolute knockout. It’s rich in historical and cultural attractions – the Gothic cathedral, its canopy designed by Gaudí, is unmissable. Add to this the numerous tapas bars, restaurants and boutiques and you’ll never want to leave.

Nestled into a fragrant valley of orange and lemon groves, in between the sea and the mountains, is the beautiful village of Soller. It’s the perfect place to soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere. Enjoy a glass of fresh orange juice or an al fresco meal in the picturesque plaza. You can reach Soller from Palma by a vintage wooden train, which takes you through Majorca’s stunning countryside.

Immerse yourself in the amazing subterranean world of the Cuevas del Drach, near Porto Cristo. In these underground caves you can see amazing limestone stalactites. You can also take a boat trip across Lake Martel, located 25 metres underground, while being serenaded to classical music.

Cala Mondragó is one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, with rock pools, soft sand and clear waters. It’s a popular snorkelling spot, and you can also take a trip around the coast in a glass-bottomed boat. The beach is only an hour’s drive from Palma.

Palma Majorca

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Majorca

The best time to visit Majorca

Majorca is the perfect summer holiday destination, bathed in sunshine from May to September. During July the temperature is a pleasant 24°C – see if you can get out there for a visit before the school summer holidays start.

But why not consider a December trip to Majorca too? The weather averages a balmy 17°C, the perfect temperature for cycling and hiking holidays. While some resorts are closed, Palma’s streets are lined with Christmas markets. This is a great time of year to get away from the tourists, and learn about Majorca’s more traditional side.

food and drink at a bar in Mallorca

Did you know?

· Majorca is the largest island in Spain

· In Roman times it was called ‘Insula Major’, which means ‘large island’

· The island has been the home of many famous musicians and artists, such as Frederic Chopin and Joan Miro

· A popular dish is fideua, a paella made with noodles instead of rice

· Majorca has been inhabited since 7000 BC