Majorca is a popular holiday destination in the Mediterranean, and is well known for its beaches, as well as its lively resort culture. However unbeknownst to many of its visitors is the vast natural beauty and unspoiled landscape to explore. Driving your way around the island allows visitors to get a true sense of Majorca’s rugged charm and gives you great insight into Majorca’s diverse history.
Here is three driving routes that will let you take in the sights, soak in some much earned sunshine and give you the freedom of the road in Majorca.
North East Majorca
Stretching from Manacor in the centre of Majorca to Alcudia in the North, this scenic route should take roughly half a day to complete. With attractions along the way for children it’s also great for a family drive.
The first landmark of note is the fantastic Coves dels Hams that are just ten miles past the palm-lined boulevard that leads out of Manacor. These impressive natural caves are perfect for a quick stop off whilst driving, and with younger children you may need to stop off more than once.
Other attractions along this route include the fragrant orchards at Cala Millor, as well as a great zoo and safari park. You’ll pass some more picturesque beaches at Cala Mesquida, before finally arriving at the lively resort town of Alcudia.
Between Lluc and Orient you will find this beautiful route, winding through rural regions in the north of the island. In total, the thirty-mile journey will take you somewhere in the region of an hour. This route is far more rural and is perfect for couples looking to capture some romance whilst on holidays to Majorca.
Although the ancient Lluc Monastery is the starting point of this journey, it must be explored before setting out on the winding roads towards Inca. Along this road you’ll pass by the beautiful Serra de Llevant before reaching Caimari – a rustic village famed for its delicious olives. You might care to stop off to visit the historic olive mill, before continuing towards Manacor.
From here, head through Biniamar and the quaint village of Lloseta, towards your end destination at Orient. Be sure however, to take a break as you pass by Castell dÁlaro on this final stretch – here you’ll discover a traditional restaurant which serves the finest roast lamb anywhere on the island!
For the ultimate coastal trek, try out this route between the towns of Andratx and Esporles, on Majorca’s west coast. Starting from the southwest tip of the island, this scenic drive will take you roughly two hours.
After departing from the coastal resort of Andratx, you’ll head through a landscape of olive groves and vineyards, following signs for Soller and Estellencs. After a while the scenery on your left will open up into dramatic sea views. The Mirador de Ricardo Roca makes a great place to stop off, and enjoy this breathtaking sight.
After leaving the picturesque village of Estellencs, drive out through orange groves towards the old watchtower at Torres de Ses Animes, and onwards to Banyalbufar.
From here it’s an easy drive through fruit groves and rolling hills, in the direction of Es Verger. After this you’ll need to follow signs for la Posada del Marques, and finally on towards your final destination at Esporles.
Lewis is part of the low cost holidays writing team.