Party tourism is self-propagating. Some people travel to a destination specifically for a wild, crazy party. As a destination gets a reputation as a party spot, then more and more travelers visit for that reason.
One of those destinations is Majorca. This Spanish island, however, has much more to offer than a wild weekend. Look beyond that party reputation, and you will discover an island with ancient history, beautiful architecture, and varied activities for travelers.
If you want to take advantage of the natural scenic beauty of the island, try heading north to the Serra de Tramuntana region. The resort, Alcudia, is set along a six-mile stretch of perfect beaches and azure water.
There’s a quaint old town with a Moorish fort and holidaymakers can enjoy glass bottom boat trips to view the sealife, or try out water sports, such as para-sailing or snorkeling.
The beaches in this region are good for families because you’re far enough from the rowdy parties and the ocean is calm and safe for swimming. Hikers will also be pleased with the variety of flora and fauna at the S’Albufera nature reserve. The park boasts one of the most extensive bird-rich wetlands on any of the Mediterranean islands.
But if the rugged outdoors isn’t your thing, Palma de Mallorca offers sophistication and a bustling cultural life. Consider one of the many all-inclusive holidays to Magaluf on offer and you can snag some good deals.
Because the island has been the object of so many invasions and takeovers, there’s a huge breadth of architecture reflecting all the various cultures that have shaped Majorca throughout history. Palma’s gothic cathedral is built on the site of a former mosque and is a sight to see in the old city.
The district of La Llonja is the artistic centre of the city, with galleries and boutiques presenting work from Majorca’s contemporary artists. The Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art is in an old fortress and, along with other work, celebrates the art of Joan Miro who called Majorca home for thirty years.
Train enthusiasts will enjoy the vintage Palma to Soller train to Port de Soller. The well-restored train captures a bygone era as you speed through the spectacular countryside in style.
Certain areas in Majorca definitely cater to the twenty-something partier looking for a crazy time, but it would be a shame to assume that is the only thing Majorca has to tantalize holiday-makers. There is a little something for everyone on this sunny Spanish isle.