Majorca’s limestone mountains, spectacular beaches and abundant sunshine make it a firm favourite for holidaymakers. And away from bustling the Palma resorts that might first spring to mind, you’ll find a relaxed haven that few know of – a hidden Majorca. Olive groves give way to rustic villages and sun-drenched vineyards, where you can experience the traditional rhythms of the local lifestyle.
Avoid the crowds at well-known Majorca beaches like Cala Torta and Playa de Muro in favour of hidden hideaways. There are plenty of lesser-known beaches where you can soak up the sun in solitude, one of the best being Cala de Boquer. Positioned four kilometres away from Puero de Pollenca, you can enjoy the views of the Tramuntana mountain range as you hike to this secluded rocky bay with its crystal-clear waters. Another secret Majorca beach to add to your list is Cala Castell, which restricts visitors to just 20 per day. You’ll need to ask for permission before visiting, but the small amount of paperwork ensures you’re likely to have this wild cliffside cove all to yourself – perfect for romantic picnics.
Charming villages dot both coastlines and interior, inviting visitors to head back in time to a hidden Majorca. Venture to Valldemossa, once named by composer Frédéric Chopin as the world’s most beautiful place. Tucked away in the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range, this stone village retains its 13th-century monastery and is surrounded by verdant pine forests. For those interested in indulging in Majorca’s culinary traditions, Binissalem doesn’t disappoint. This sleepy village is located in the heart of a wine growing region, and most Majorca restaurants serve local vintages produced in Binissalem. Dotted with orange trees and saffron-tinted homes, this quaint village also allows visitors to hop between vineyards to sample wine and local delicacies like almond cakes.
Many of the island’s residents have an artistic streak, and a visit here offers the perfect opportunity to find unique products ideal for furnishing a luxury holiday home. Santa Maria del Cami’s workshops heave with handcrafted pottery. This market town has long been a hub for many of Majorca’s most talented artists, and in addition to ceramics it’s also known for its zigzag-patterned woven cotton. Purchase a locally produced rug or bedspread to add a dash of Balearic zest to your interiors. At the eastern end of the island you’ll find the town of Manacor, a secret Majorca gem. This town is known not only for being the birthplace of tennis legend Rafael Nadal, but is also famed for its artificial pearl industry. Although a bit off the beaten path, you’ll find gorgeously designed pearl jewellery on display throughout Manacor.
From hole-in-the-wall tapas bars to Michelin-starred hotspots, the island is undoubtedly a vibrant gourmet destination. Some secret Majorca culinary gems are well worth going out of your way for, like Sa Foradada restaurant. You’ll need to arrive either by boat or on foot, as the restaurant is nestled into the seaside cliffs and inaccessible by car. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with fragrant paella cooked over a traditional wood-fired grill and extraordinary sea views.
Majorca is an Engel & Völkers favourite, home to the company’s Polo Cup tournament and the preferred location for many of our most desirable property listings. Whether you’re a first-timer or frequent visitor, the island’s abundant charms ensure there’s always a new, hidden Majorca to uncover.