Beach chic and rural retreats
Majorca has been a holiday favourite for years, pulling in everyone from royalty to movie stars. It's easy to see why they love the island, too. Wide bays and tucked-away coves are carved out of the coastline, and come with sugary sands and glass-clear waters. Inland, pine-cloaked mountains rise up and traditional villages and hamlets cling to their sides.
The island is easy to explore by car. The capital, Palma, is well worth a visit, with its Gothic cathedral, shuttered townhouses and fantastic tapas bars. Don’t miss the 10th-century Arab baths, set in serene Moorish gardens with tinkly fountains and tree-shaded benches.
The Tramuntana Mountains that spread across the western edge of the island are perfect for walkers, their wooded slopes hiding the honey-stone artists’ villages of Deia and Valldemossa. Down on the coast, meanwhile, stop for coffee (or sangria) at chic waterside towns like Illetas, Port Soller and Puerto Pollensa.
Flight time from the UK to Majorca is around 2 hours 15 minutes.
Majorca starts warming up for summer around April, when the mercury climbs into the 20s and doesn’t stop until around July, which can top 30°C. You’re looking at around 11 hours of sunshine a day in midsummer, with bath-like sea temperatures. Things won’t cool off until October, which still hovers in the low to mid 20s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.