Calm waters make great sailing conditions
Mallorca is great for outdoor activities. In summer, the sea can be as warm as 23°c with gentle breezes. With top class marinas and yacht chartering companies around the coast, Mallorca is a mecca for leisure sailors, hosting several international regattas annually.
And when you feel like a change from the sea, the mountainous north west shelters some exquisite villages for those who appreciate a more authentic environment. Not far from Soller is the village of Fornalutx, which comprises a tiny main square and a handful of narrow streets hiding small cafes, shops and a restaurant or two. The village is surrounded by citrus orchards and lush green valleys, perfect for exploring on foot or by mountain bike.
Also in this area are Soller, Valldemossa and Deia. Each quite beautiful in their own right, these towns have also become centres for music, art, gourmet local foods and artisan crafts.
Palma is the island capital, a gracious small city with distinctive Mediterranean charm. Easily accessible, the city is dominated by its huge cathedral. There are literally dozens of other little churches in the back streets of the old town, interspersed with tempting little tapas bars, bodegas and cafes. There are plenty of swanky designer shops, but if you prefer your labels at market prices, then try the big Sunday market in Pollenca town, possibly followed by a lunch and a walk to the top of the Calvary steps to admire the amazing view.
Mountain villages offer a change of pace