Summer in Mallorca is fantastic, miles of sandy beaches and coves, waterparks, water sports, bars restaurants and shows – all perfect when the weather's too hot to do anything else but lounge on the beach or by a pool.
But the other side of Mallorca, the winter, is an absolute tonic for the independent traveller as the climate makes it ideal for touring, sporting activities and pastimes, shopping and site seeing.All this and it's only a couple of hours away from most major European airports with a good choice of flights from many budget airlines.
Big enough to have plenty of variety in scenery and landscape - from snow capped mountains to deserted beaches with crystal clear seas - making a country, beach or city break possible, Mallorca is nevertheless small enough to enjoy them all in one holiday.
Climate – Mallorca enjoys, mild, occasionally wet, butmostly sunny winter days and cold evenings. With the right clothing – layers, which are easily slipped on or off and a thick coat for the evenings – you're well equipped for outdoor activities, visiting galleries and museums, lounging on sunny terraces or keeping warm under the heaters of pavement cafes in the city as the world passes by. Read more about Mallorca weather.
Things to Do
Outdoor Activities – Walking, mountain biking, cycling,horse riding, climbing, sea-fishing and sailing are all popular amongst winter visitors to Mallorca and the most popular area for all these is the Tramuntana area centred around Soller, Deia and Valldemosa. Criss-crossed with well sign-posted hiking trails and paths, this beautiful mountainous area is alive with cyclists who come to train here and avoid the cold northern European winter.
Spectator sports – Palma is home to 1st Division football club RCD Mallorca whose home games against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona are a big draw for visiting football fans no matter what their affiliation. There are two trotting tracks in Mallorca with events every weekend, a motor car racing circuit, and throughout the year there are car rallies, professional cycling tours and yachting regattas.
Shopping – From weekly markets, to speciality shopsselling local products to factory outlets to shopping malls to upmarket city centre retailers, Mallorca's got them all. Perfect gifts for yourself or friends include designer shoes from Inca, Majorica pearls, olive oil, wine, chocolates or ceramics, all 'Made in Mallorca.'
Site Seeing – Not just in Palma, but all over the island are monuments, churches, galleries, gardens, museums, mansions and castles with historical and cultural interest, as well as being lots of fun to visit. The history of the island from the Phoenicians to the Arabs and Jews, to the Catalans and Christians, is still there in the buildings and monuments they left.
Palma – the perfect destination for a short winter break. A compact harbour city packed with shops, bars, cafes, great restaurants, museums, galleries, cool hotels, and diverse nightlife. History oozes from its buildings – fishermen's cottages in Santa Catalina, mansions in la Lonja and the old Jewish tradesmen's streets in Calatrava and Sa Gerreria – just wander round and admire the architecture. Read more about Palma de Mallorca.