Leisure travel might be on hold for now, but who isn’t dreaming of the day we can step off a plane into paradise in the not too distant future? One of Britons most visited and loved short-haul destinations, Mallorca, is teeming with cultural sites, stunning beaches, and blessed with 300 sunny days per year.
With so much to offer from family fun to mood-boosting experiences, Zafiro Hotels – the family-run brand that reshaped hospitality in the Balearics with its ‘freedom of choice’ approach is the ideal base to discover Mallorca.
Here are 10 reasons why Mallorca should be top of your list
Widely considered to be one of the finest cycling destinations in Europe, with its own cycle station complete with bike rental, storage and curated routes for all levels, Zafiro Palace Alcùdia provides the perfect base to explore Mallorca’s well-kept roads and mix of flat and mountainous terrain.
Famous for its pristine beaches boasting crystalline waters and soft white sand, Mallorca has 29 beaches awarded the high accolade of the ‘Blue Flag’. And those preferring a bucolic landscape must hike Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range packed with rocky ravines and twisting coastal pathways declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Families seeking togetherness will be astounded by the kids-friendly hospitality at Zafiro Palace Palmanova. The resort features specially designed pools for children, a pirate ship and giant ‘Water Bubble’ in the pool and is located just 20’ away from Palma Aquarium, where little guests can swim with stingrays or – for the bravest – sharks!
With over 20 golf courses, Mallorca’s multi-facetted landscape and perfect climate make it a premium destination for golfing holidays. Just steps away from the prestigious Andratx Golf Club, the newest five-star Zafiro Hotel’s property; Zafiro Palace Andratx will open its doors later this year.
Soaring Wine Destination
Between Zafiro Palace Palmanova and Zafiro Palace Alcùdia, the rural town of Binissalem has been ranked Mallorca’s top destination for the wine aficionados. From the village departs the Gourmet Train & Wine Tour, that will bring wine buffs around the region’s best vineyards and bodegas.
Not just a seaside city but a real open-air museum, the history-rich capital of Mallorca boasts stunning landmarks such as La Seu Cathedral and the Banys Arabs (Moorish Bathhouse). Get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town and discover hidden taverns and craft shops.
Surrealistic Art Scene
Visit Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, where a wide collection of works of art by the renowned Spanish surrealist Joan Miró, who spent most of his life in the island, is treasured. Mirò-inspired masterpieces by contemporary artists Alexander Calder and Dennis Oppenheim are also nestled in the Old Town.
Well known for its superb cuisine with top-quality restaurants scattered across the island, Mallorca is on every bon vivants’ radar. At the Zafiro Palace hotels, guests will be spoilt for choice with five gourmet restaurants boasting a wide choice of selections, from local Spanish cuisine to farther afield Mediterranean and Asian specialities.
Balearic Island Hopping
The Balearic Archipelago is made up of four very different islands; Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. From Puerto de Alcùdia in Northern Mallorca, travellers can ferry to the wild isle of Menorca with its cobalt blue inlets, while from Palma de Mallorca is easy to reach vibrant Ibiza for a day of shopping at the iconic Las Dalias Market.
Designed with couples in mind, Zafiro Palace Alcùdia’s sophisticated Junior Penthouse Suites come with a top floor terrace, complete with a Jacuzzi and Bali bed for the ultimate in privacy and relaxation. Lovers can enjoy an evening boat rides departing from Puerto de Alcùdia and soak up the beauty of the Mallorcan sunsets.