Go off the beaten track in Majorca
If you're looking to go off the beaten track in Majorca - that is, a holiday away from the usual packed beaches, English restaurants and thumping nightlife - then you may be pleasantly surprised at the variety of alternative things to do in this ever-popular destination.
The majority of hidden gems on the island are also the least accessible, so hiring a car is the easiest way to find these places. It may be that you can find a local guide or even public transport, however, it's usually easier when you have freedom and are self-reliant.
If you're willing and able to take on driving in a foreign country and you find small villages, mountain ranges and local history of interest, then taking a trip to uncover the real Majorca will be a treat.
Jardines de Alfabia
Once an estate of a rich Arab, the manor house and exotic gardens of Alfabia transport you to a bygone era. The mansion is adorned with paintings and antiques, with the crowning glory is a 14th Century oak chair, which is said to be the coronation chair of James IV.
The gardens however, are the true gem of Alfabia. Take time to enjoy the beauty of the fountains and palm shaded pools, with the different pergolas and pavilions providing a home for a variety of flowering shrubs and trees.
Orient is possibly the most picturesque village that lays off the beaten track in Majorca. Located about 17 miles northeast from Palma, this little village is tucked away at the foot of a mountain.
The journey isn't for the faint hearted, through steep and twisting mountain roads, but once you arrive at Orient, the views alone make the effort worthwhile. You'll find a local hotel with space to park and an interesting winter delicacy of roast thrush cooked in cabbage leaves!
Caves of Campanet
Less well-known and therefore less populated than their counterparts in the east of the island are the Caves of Campanet. Situated in the Serra Tramuntana in northern Majorca, these magnificent caves have been attracting visitors for centuries.
Take a 40-minute guided tour and explore the different chambers and passages while enjoying the array of stalactites and stalagmites on display. The area surrounding the caves is also home to the 13th Century gothic church of St Miquel.
The Sanctuary of San Salvador in Felanitx stands over 500m above sea level and offers panoramic views of the island. Located in the southeast of the Majorca, Felanitx draws in hordes of locals every Sunday who come to worship and admire the spectacular scenery.
There's so much more to Majorca than meets the eye. We have given a few suggestions, but there are many, many more places to discover if you're prepared to arm yourself with a car, a map and a bit of local knowledge. Don't miss our deals and discounts section to see if we could help save you money on holidays, flights, hotels or car hire to enable you to really go off the beaten track in Majorca and make some new discoveries of your own...
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