Since 1964 when the famous Son Vida Golf Club opened just outside Palma, Mallorca has become a golfer’s paradise with a total of 21 courses on the island making it an important center for golf in the Mediterranean. The island attracts golfers because of the excellent climate, during the months of September to October and January to May the weather is mild and enjoyable for outdoor pursuits.
Continued multi million euro investment in Mallorca’s nautical tourism industry has converted to one of the top nautical destinations in the Mediterranean for small leisure boats and multi million pound “super yachts” which has created a bustling schedule of regattas and nautical events.
Each year, the island hosts major international regattas and sailing events including the Princess Sofia Trophy (April); Superyacht Cup (June); Breitling Regatta (July) in Puerto Portals. The King’s Cup (Copa del Rey) at the Real Club Nautico in Palma (end of July – August). These events are followed by the spectacular Admiral Conde de Barcelona Classic, where over 50 classic boats (built before 1949 and between 1950 and 1975) participate in The Bay of Palma (around mid August). In addition, many local regattas are held around the island in the spring and summer.
Mallorca now features 44 marinas with over 1400 berths backed by a skilled work force to repair and refit boats throughout the year. Alongside the island’s nautical infrastructure, the leisure side of the industry has also grown tremendously. Some of the most famous marinas on the island include the Club de Mar and Real Club Nautico in Palma, Puerto Portals and the Puerto Pollensa and Puerto Alcudia Marinas in the north. On the east coast the Cala d’Or Yacht Club has recently been refurbished and provides first class facilities and a full social program.
The marina at Puerto Soller has just completed remodeling its harbour area; old military buildings have been pulled down on the seafront and the existing marina has been restructured and now has capacity for 400 moorings.
Mallorca has a network of 1,250 kilometers of roads and approximately half of these are made up of minor and secondary roads, which over the last few years, have been renovated and adapted for bicycle touring. There is something for everyone whether amateur or professional, as the main cycle routes pass throughout the length of the island and feature long flat plains, gentle and steep slopes and spectacular mountain routes (approximately 20% of these roads pass in between the mountains). In addition, new signposting and special cycle lanes have been introduced.
WALKING & GUIDED WALKS
Walking is one of the most popular past times on the island, particularly in the winter months. One of the most spectacular times to walk is during almond blossom time (end January/February) when the countryside is covered with a spectacular blanket of delicate pink blossom. There are plenty of excellent books on the subject and opportunities to go on guided walks all around the island. In Palma there are multi lingual city guided walks all year round.
For the enthusiast walking along Mallorca’s ancient route is one of the best ways to see the countryside and take in historic relics and places of interest. These paths, which have been restored over the past few years, run mainly through old bridle ways close to the higher peaks of the Tramuntana mountain range. Once finished, the route will total a 150 kms of pathways and will join the southern end of the Tramuntana range at Andratx with the northern end at Pollenca. The route is divided into eight stages and each stage will have its own refuge when the restoration is complete. To date, two refuges are now open; Tossals Verds & Muleta.