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 busy 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.

North Coast of Majorca
North Coast of Majorca © Eduardo Miralles - courtesy of Balearics Tourism Agency

The majority of the best beauty spots 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.

Jardines de Alfabia, Bunyola, Majorca
Jardines de Alfabia, Bunyola, Majorca © Pedro Coll - courtesy of Balearics Tourism Agency

The gardens are the heart of Alfabia, however. 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 scenic village. Located about 17 miles northeast from Palma, this rural community is tucked away at the foot of a mountain.

Village of Orient, Majorca
Village of Orient, Majorca © Pedro Coll - courtesy of Balearics Tourism Agency

The journey there, through steep and twisting mountain roads, isn't for the faint-hearted but once you arrive the views alone make the effort worthwhile.

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.

Campanet Caves, Majorca, Balearic Islands
Campanet Caves, Majorca, Balearic Islands - photo courtesy of www.covesdecampanet.com

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.

Sanctuary of San Salvador, Majorca
Sanctuary of San Salvador, Majorca © Philipcolev - Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0

There's so much more to Majorca than meets the eye. There are so many places to discover if you're prepared to arm yourself with a car, a map and a bit of local knowledge.

Getting to Majorca: 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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Alexandra Glacet

Alexandra Glacet

Posted on Tuesday 26th November 2013 in: Adventure Culture Europe Nature

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