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There’s More to Mallorca than Magaluf

The Spanish island of Mallorca has an amazing coastline and cultural life which transcends the typical image of the package holiday-makers that flock to Magaluf. If you’ve never been, consider visiting this unique, little Balearic island for your next trip abroad.

The capital, Palma de Mallorca, is a picturesque city bursting with historic landmarks, cobbled streets and lively nightlife. Even if you’re staying elsewhere on the island, it’s worth visiting here, at least for a day if not for longer. Highlights to visit are the La Seu Cathedral with it’s Gothic architecture and the Bellver Castle which has panaramic views of the city.

If shopping is one of your holiday priorities, then take a stroll along the Borne, the most important shopping street for designer clothes. Or, wander the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old City and La Lonja, both of which offer atmospheric photo-taking opportunities.

Eating out will never be a problem, no matter which part of the island you’re on; from waterfront restaurants or local tapas bars in tiny villages, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be served up fabulous seafood all washed down with some excellent wines. Wine production on Mallorca is in abundance, with more than 70 bodegas open for wine tasting and tours so exploring the vineyards should be a must on your holiday agenda. Binissalem is thought to be the wine capital here and aswell as sampling their various wines, look out for their music concerts in the summer months.

Of course, a visit to Mallorca will involve many trips to the seaside (there are more than 200 beaches) and you’ll find a great choice of secluded coves or touristy beaches to spend your days close to the shore. Whether you want to try kite surfing, take a relaxing boat journey, or simply watch the sunset, Mallorca’s beaches have it all and with cheap offers on flight deals, you might even get more than you bargained for!

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About Dianne Thomas

Dianne is a freelancer writer/photographer who divides her time between London and Bulgaria. Her blog: www.travelin2bulgaria.com which is dedicated to destinations, accommodation, food and practicalities for travelling in Bulgaria.

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