Since 1964, when the famous golf course of Son Vida was opened on the edge of Palma, Mallorca has been a paradise for golfers. The island with its 21 golf courses is an important golf centre on the Med. Mallorca attracts golf players in particular because of its fantastic climate. In the months of September and October and January until May the weather is mild and ideal for outdoor activities.
Continuous investments in the sailing industry of the island amounting to millions of euros have turned Mallorca into one of the most important sailing destinations on the Med, both for small leisure ships and expensive mega yachts. Consequently, many regattas and other events for sailors are held here.
Every year important international regattas and sailing events are held on the island, including the Princess Sofia Trophy (April), the Super Yacht Cup (June), the Breitling Regatta (July) in Puerto Portals and the Copa del Rey in the Real Club Náutico (end July – August). These events are followed by the impressive Regatta Trofeo Admiral Conde de Barcelona, in which more than 50 historic and classic boats (built before 1949 and between 1950 and 1975) participate in the bay of Palma (middle of August). Additionally, many local regattas are organised on the entire island in spring and summer.
Today, Mallorca has 44 marinas and more than 1400 moorings that are serviced by well-training staff so that boats can be repaired and maintained all year round. With this nautical infrastructure the leisure industry has grown strongly on the island.
Some of the most famous marines in the southwest of the island are Club de Mar and Real Club Nautico in Palma as well as the chic marinas in Puerto Portals and Port Andratx.
Mallorca has a road network with a length of more than 1250 kilometres. About half of them are small secondary roads that have been resurfaced and prepared for cyclists in recent years. Here, anybody can find the right route, amateurs and professionals, because the main cycling paths cover the entire island; they include long flat areas, slight and steep uphill stretches and impressive mountain paths (about 20% of the cycling routes lead through mountains). Additionally, new road signs and dedicated cycling paths have been introduced.
HIKING & GUIDED TOURS
Hiking is one of the most popular leisure activities on the island, in particular in the winter months. The time around the almond bloom is the best time for hikes (end January / February) when the area is covered with a beautiful coat of delicate pink flowers. There are many excellent books on the subject and plenty of opportunities to join a guided tour anywhere on the island. In Palma, multi-lingual guided tours around town are offered all year round.
For enthusiastic hikers walks on old Mallorcan roads are an excellent opportunity to marvel at the countryside and the historic relicts and sights. These roads that have been restored in recent years and mainly run along old riding routes close to the peeks of the Tramuntana mountains. After the restoration of these roads has been completed, they will be 150km long and connect the southern end of the Tramuntana mountain range close to Andratx with the northern tip at Pollensa. The route will be sub-divided into eight stretches, and every stretch will have its own refuge at the end of the restoration work. Until now, two refuges have been opened: Tossals Verds and Muleta.