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Mallorca (Majorca), Spain Adventure Travel Guide

Place

Mallorca (also spelled Majorca), Spain

Location

Mallorca is an island the Mediterranean Sea off Spain’s east coast.

Closest Town/City/Village

There are several towns and cities on Mallorca, the most notable of which is the capital, Palma.

Climate and Geography

At just under 5000 km2, Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Spain that includes Mallorca (Majorca), Menorca, Ibiza (Eivissa) and Formentera. Mallorca has two mountainous areas, the Tramuntana Range in the Northeast, and the Llevant Mountains in the East.  The largest peak is Puig Major, which measures 1445 m tall. The northern coast is rugged with lots of cliffs, and there are many caves on Mallorca, both above and below sea level, and even some underground lakes.

The climate in Mallorca is, like many Mediterranean areas, enviable. With average daily temperatures ranging from around 12°C in January to 26°C in August, it is always comfortable on this island, especially in the summer when it’s almost always sunny and rarely rains.  Of course, with an advertised “300 days of sunshine per year”, I wouldn’t expect much rain at any time of year.

Description

Mallorca is a quiet alternative to its well-known neighbor, Ibiza. Thus, with its pristine climate and beaches Mallorca attracts families from Germany, England, and Ireland. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten track destination Mallorca is not for you, as an estimated 80% of its economy driven by tourism.

However, if you want adventure Mallorca hosts a wide range of adventure travel activities, like kitesurfing, cave diving, mountain biking, and paragliding. Mallorca’s most unique adventure travel activities, however, are linked to its most unique geographic feature: caves. The cave diving on Mallorca draws divers from around the world. The popularity of caving here has also given rise to other mountaineering-based activities, such as coasteering (exploring the coast by way of climbing, swimming, and hiking), canyoning (exploring canyons mainly using the same techniques), and abseiling (also known as rappelling).

In Mallorca golf is one of the most popular activities among tourists. Although it may not be as exciting as rappelling into the abyss, the courses there are said to be exquisite. Whether mountain biking along the coast, cruising above the island on a paraglider, or scuba diving some of the nearby historic wrecks, Mallorca has a lot to offer to the adventurous.

Activities

  • Paragliding
  • Diving (caves, wrecks)
  • Snorkeling
  • Diveboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking/trekking
  • Mountain Biking (novice to expert)
  • Coasteering
  • Canyoning (novice to expert)
  • Climibing (novice to expert)
  • Caving
  • Horseback riding
  • Golf

On a Budget?

  • The cheapest accommodation on Mallorca is in hostel dormitories which start at about $26 USD per person per night and apartments shared among several people (which costs about the same). Hostal Saturno is quite reasonable.
    More information about Mallorca can be found here.
    Camping is possible on Mallorca, but there are few campsites.
  • Inexpensive restaurants will have breakfast for around $7-8 USD and lunch and dinner for around $11-13 USD. Of course, the supermarket is always an option.

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Images (in order) courtesy of Caza_No_7, hanspoldoja, Postsumptio, mark.woodbury, fraboof, Steve 2.0, Steve 2.0, jarikir, D J PETTY, and fuffy_ge on Flickr.

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