There are various island groups situated in the Mediterranean Sea and off the west coast of Africa that have become associated with resorts and package holidays. Less well known is the fact that if you’re looking for history, culture and exploration, these archipelagos hold much more than your average travel brochure. Majorca is one such location amongst them.
Here are some of Majorca’s most beautiful sites for those who want something extra from their break than just sun and sea.
Serra de Tramuntana
The Tramuntana mountain range flanks the west coast of the island and is home to the tallest Balearic peak, Puig Major at over 4,700 feet. Some 3.7 kilometers of this range and its surrounding land can be traversed by walking the main trail at La Reserva Natural Park. This challenging trail rewards you with views of Majorca’s rural western region. Walkers in particular should visit Serra de Tramuntana. It’s a key area of the island to explore.
Roman Ruins at Pollentia
These ancient ruins mark the location of the first Roman city in the Balearics since their conquest in 123 BC. Thought to have been founded between 70 and 60 BC, this city was a Roman stronghold during the empire’s bid to combat piracy in the Mediterranean. The ruins lie on the north eastern, Italian-facing coast of the island in the modern town of Alcúdia.
To date, archaeologists have confirmed the discovery of three main areas; the theater, the forum, and the residential area. They’re all open to the public. Pollentia is a significant Roman cultural site and if you’re scanning the 2014 Majorca deals for sunshine and a spot of history, it’s an absolute must-see.
Llevant National Park
The Llevant Peninsula juts out on the eastern side of the island. More than 1,500 hectares are protected within the reserve. For walkers and hikers there are trails through grassland and over hillside paths. Nature lovers can catch a glimpse of rare species of birds such as Audouin seagulls while remote beaches host colonies of Mediterranean tortoises. Travelers can book a night in one of three huts found along the trail for a longer, uninterrupted trip across the peninsula. The views back across from the Badia d’ Alcudia towards Pollentia are truly spectacular. This park should feature on the itinerary of anyone who wishes to explore Majorca’s natural beauty.
The shores of Majorca may be awash with tourists out to worship the sun, but that’s not all there is to do on Majorca. Back in Roman times, Majorca has tried to stamp out the activities of pirates on the high Mediterranean seas and has its own treasures that no pirate could acquire. Best of all, you don’t have to make anyone walk the plank — they’re there for all to enjoy.
Images by Cristian Bortes used under creative commons license.
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