Mallorca (Majorca): Activities on the island
Insider's guide to the diverse array of activities in Mallorca
The walking possibilities in Mallorca are endless. Whether you're looking for a sea inspired coastal walk, a gentle country meander, or a scramble up one of the dramatic mountain peaks, the island has plenty of choice. It's often described as a walkers’ paradise because of the attractive and varied scenery, the wonderful climate (walking is possible year-round bar July and August) and the relative seclusion of many of the walking paths. The island has two mountain ranges - the dramatic craggy Sierra de Tramuntana in the northwest and the more rolling, greener Sierra de Levante in the east. The Tramuntana's are the much larger and popular of the two, but both offer great walks and amazing scenery across the island and towards the sea.
Surrounded by more than 200km of Mediterranean, the island can be nothing but a haven for water sports. Water skiing, wind surfing, kite surfing and canoeing are all popular and can be often seen at the beaches of Alcudia, Muro, Ca'n Pastilla and Pollenca. Numerous windsurfing schools and equipment rental centres can be found on most of the main beaches with Pollenca and Alcudia both having large centres. There's also a new centre in the northwest in the Port de Soller which specialises in diving.
Recently Mallorca has become a popular break for golfers. There are more than 15 courses on the island with excellent facilities in peaceful surrounds that have been perfectly integrated with the natural environment. We have detailed most of the courses and their contact details in the area sections.
The island has a network of more than 1,200km of roads, of which over half are local or secondary. Leading cycling teams frequently train on Mallorca because of the varied terrain and the perfect climate conditions. However, it's not only the professional cyclists that make the most of the great cycling conditions, with most hotels providing their own bikes, it's a great way to get about and see some of the island.
Horses have always been rooted deep into the Mallorcan culture and traditions. The horse trap races at Manacor provide an entertaining Saturday afternoon and there are many stables in the south and east which provide horse riding for people of all levels. Most if not all of our hotels in these two regions can help you arrange to go horse riding.
There are plenty of idyllic and remote places away from the coast – many of which are superb climbing spots. Whether you prefer the short mid-grad walls of rock, or tough routes set within a majestic environment, there is plenty to keep the climber, particularly those interested in sports climbing, hooked. Most of the climbing is based on the northwest side of the island (and thus within easy reach from Palma), with a few possibilities to the north and west.
Mallorca is a paradise for birdwatchers. As a migratory path, particularly for migrant wrynecks, pied flycatchers and a variety of warblers there is much to attract those interested in our feathered friends. There are also opportunities, if you’re lucky, to catch a glimpse of the black vulture with it’s nine-foot wing span, red kites, goshawls, Bonelli’s eagle, lesser kestrel, spotted crake. With the remote seclusion of the island’s interior, the conditions for birdwatchers are superb.