The island of Mallorca is situated off the east coast of Spain and is the largest of the Balearic Islands. Like many of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca has long been a favourite amongst tourists for its beautiful weather and attractive beaches. Its capital, Palma, is steeped in history dating back to the Roman Empire and over the centuries has been home to high-ranking royal and religious figures.
Famed for its long warm summers, Mallorca is a great location to catch some October sun. So if you're planning a quick getaway and think Mallorca could be the place for you, then why not read through what we think are some of the island's best attractions.
Located in the Old Town, on what was the land of the central mosque of Muslim Mallorca, Palma Cathedral is symbolic of the islands rich heritage. Though the building dates back to the early 14th century, an earthquake in 1851 led to the cathedral being rebuilt as a fusion of renaissance and gothic architecture designed by Antoni Gaudi. We certainly recommend taking a tour of Palma Cathedral and visiting the museum inside to learn all about its remarkable history. Be sure to bring your camera with you because the cathedral is packed full of great photo opportunities for your holiday album.
Alcudia Old Town
Mallorca has plenty to offer away from the capital, for example situated on the north of the island is the charming town of Alcudia. To gain access to the Old Town you must pass through one of only two gates in the medieval town walls surrounding the township that dates back to 2000BC. This is only a taste of the stunning architecture on display in Alcudia, the town boasting a Roman amphitheatre and 14th century church. We advise heading down to the Old Town on Tuesday or Sunday where you'll find a flourishing market selling everything from food to jewellery.
Carretera de Sa Calobra
Though measuring less than ten miles the Sa Calobra Road amasses more than 800 turns in its ascent up the mountains. Designed by Antonio Parietti this road is popular amongst car enthusiasts around the globe due to the expansive views it offers over the island and out to sea. A feat of mechanical engineering the road arcs around the mountain without the use of a single tunnel. So why not navigate the Carretera de Sa Calobra, it's sure to be a journey that stays with you long after you leave Mallorca.
There's certainly no shortage of glorious beaches to choose from in Mallorca, but we feel the pick of the bunch is the Blue Flag beach of Cala Mondrago located on the south east coast of the island. Undeterred by its moderately remote setting, Majorcans flock here for the white sand and clear blue sea that make this beach a paradise for sunbathers and snorkelers alike.
With a whole host of attractions to be found across Mallorca in October why not make the most of your time on the island by hiring a car.