Majorca for couples: The island's top romantic destinations
There are a handful of beautiful and quintessentially romantic spots in Majorca for couples, yet this popular Spanish island in the Balearics is best known as a family-friendly destination attracting a large number of European tourists all year round.
Even in January the capital, Palma, enjoys around five hours of sunshine a day and it's this mild climate that's long drawn holidaymakers here, particularly to the resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova, as well as Alcúdia and Pollença.
But for couples looking to dig a little deeper, consider the upmarket and bohemian village of Deia, the buzzing capital Palma or the charming port town of Soller, which each offer a good blend of intimate atmosphere and genuine charm which make them the best places in Majorca for couples to enjoy together.
Majorca for couples: Top three destinations
Majorca is a scenic dream with a multitude of pretty villages, towns and naturally beautiful vantage points to explore. Discover our pick of the three best destinations in Majorca for couples to indulge in an intimate escape:
One of the most famed locations in Majorca, this beautiful, arty and rather bohemian village, with stunning views of the ocean from its cobbled street setting, does attract tourists but is never too busy and the perfect place in Majorca for couples to enjoy a romantic break.
The refined atmosphere of Deia has been drawing literary types for centuries including Robert Graves, Anais Nin and Arthur Rackham. Today it has a small population and retains a sleepy vibe while being home to Majorca's most upmarket hotel, La Residencia, a serious retreat in Majorca for couples looking for luxury in utterly chic and stylish surroundings.
There's a small beach, Cala Deia, a half-hour's walk away through olive groves, which offers excellent snorkelling and a summertime restaurant serving fresh seafood. The town itself is crammed with cute eateries designed for dinner à deux, while the ancient lanes are best explored hand-in-hand.
Traditionally, people have flown into Palma and continued on to Majorca's resorts but increasingly, savvy holidaymakers have realised that it's well worth devoting time to this delightful Spanish city. Following significant investment prompting mass regeneration, Palma is now a thriving destination in Majorca for couples hoping to enjoy a city break.
Those in search of dinky streets from where to start their tour should first head to the Casco Viejo (old town) before exploring the impressive Gothic sandstone cathedral, known as La Seu, which was worked on by Gaudi in the early twentieth century.
Palma's innovative dining scene offers plenty of choices in Majorca for couples in search of a memorable culinary date-night. As well as high quality tapas, there's now a great selection of international restaurants, many started by expat chefs who've fallen in love with the island themselves.
In addition to this, shopping in Majorca for couples is excellent in Palma (Camper Shoes has its HQ in Majorca and there's an outlet store here for bargains), and the art scene flourishes with new galleries such modern art mecca Es Baluard drawing a more highbrow crowd.
As for where to stay, make for the boutique Palacio Ca Sa Galesa, which resides in a restored ancient palace mere steps from Palma's cathedral in the city's old quarter.
Soller is one of those holiday destinations where there's nothing quite as pleasant as simply sitting and watching the world go by in the central old square.
Café Paris is the most popular spot to stop for a drink (try a fresh orange juice made from the locally grown fruit) or simply pick any café with an outside table on one of the leafy cobbled streets before exploring the shops and taking the tram down to the port or the beach.
If you're feeling more adventurous, head to Fornalutx or Biniaraix, small hamlets close to Soller which take you far away from tourists and allow you to explore the natural beauty of Majorca's rural villages.
Fornalutx is exceptionally pretty, and its olde worlde stone houses have been meticulously restored by owners under the watchful gaze of Puig Major - the highest mountain in Majorca. Biniaraix is more popular with hikers, and for couples who fancy an invigorating walk amongst orchards and stunning Balearic scenery, try the Cornadors Circuit which takes about six hours, involves a 13 km route through the Tramuntana mountains back to Soller itself.
Check into the latest addition to luxury property in Majorca for couples: the gorgeous new five-star Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, which is a grand 120-room property built on a cliff overlooking the fishing village and the Tramuntana mountain range at Soller's port.
Close to the area's largest sandy beach, this is the perfect base for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, and it's just a short tram ride to the town itself. In fact, taking a rickety ride on one of Soller's old wooden San Francisco trams may well be the best thing to do in Majorca for couples in search of a unique and romantic journey.
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