If you know one thing about the Spanish island of Majorca, then it is probably the fact that it has some delightful, sandy beaches.
Around these beaches, a number of lively holiday resorts have strung up. Along with the resorts, noisy night clubs and crowded restaurants evoke a party atmosphere in the summer. However, what you might not know is that there are some incredibly beautiful and peaceful parts of the island well worth exploring too.
If you want to get away from the chatter and commercial resort lifestyle, consider visiting the peaceful spots in Majorca below for a peaceful respite:
Alcudia Old Town
Port d’Alcúdia and Platja d’Alcúdia are hugely popular resorts on the North Coast of the island. Not too far away from these thriving resorts is the old town of Alcudia. This lovely little town is almost completely surrounded by a 14th-century wall, while what is left of a Roman town sits just outside these walls.
The old town is a popular spot for tourists on day trips from the coast, but it still retains a peaceful and welcoming feel that makes it easy to fall in love with. Try walking up to the top section of the wall and take a seat there while enjoying the glorious views. This is one of the peaceful spots in Majorca that you’ll have to visit.
Markets are held here on Tuesdays and Sundays, while things get decidedly less peaceful in July, when the St Jaume festival takes over for 9 days of dressing up, partying, fireworks and sports.
A more laidback event here is the Triennial of Sant Crist, which occurs every three years (it is due in 2016). This is a deeply religious festival with the locals walking barefoot through the streets in total silence.
Palma de Mallorca
It isn’t often that the capital city can be considered a peaceful haven anywhere. Palma de Mallorca is actually a reasonably big city with around 400,000 residents. However, it has a relaxed feel to it and plenty of spots to enjoy in peace.
For example, the giant cathedral known as La Seu looks mystical and offers the chance to get away from the modern world for a spell. Behind the cathedral is a maze of twisting, narrow streets with interesting buildings such as the Arab Baths. This is the old city and it is an enchanting place completely unlike the rest of the city.
Even when the city is packed with tourists and giant cruise ships are moored in the harbor, you can expect most of the old city area to be almost completely deserted.
Andratx Old Town
This small town in the South West of the island of Majorca is filled with hugely expensive, luxury homes. Just like Alcudia, there is a busy port on the coast and then a quieter old town sits further back. Wednesday morning is when the weekly market fair is held, while there is also a Spring fair held at the start of April.
Many celebrities have set up home here, including model Claudia Schiffer, film director Guy Hamilton and a couple of ex-Spanish Prime Ministers. As this suggests, Andratx has a luxurious, relaxed feel. If you want a more lively feel, then head to the port. If you want to feel the tranquil charm of an ancient town that is now a very exclusive place, then the old town is excellent.
As just described, there are indeed peaceful spots in Majorca that are well worth checking out. If you are ever lucky enough to get here, then try not to stick to the busy resorts. Marvel at the more laid back sections of Majorca for a more relaxed feel.