Neill Hall on 28 August 2013

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It is 7 or so years since our last visit but something always draws me back to this particular Balearic Island. Perhaps Menorca is too small, Ibiza too lively (for me anyway) and Formentera’s not easy to get to. Majorca still has lots to offer.

This time we went to Porto Colom on the islands south east coast, as with most established Spanish resorts, Porto Colom started life as a fishing village but has developed into a thriving resort dominated by a huge natural harbour.

We had hired a car in advance so the journey took less than one hour despite taking one wrong turn in Felanitx (which of course was my fault as I had declined the car rental suppliers offer of satnav system!).

On the water’s edge is a large selection of restaurants and a few tourist shops all enjoying the fine views and watching some rather nice and expensive yachts arriving and departing.

The best beach is at Cala Marcal just over the headland to the south and is a good sandy beach which although only 300 meters in length didn't seem to get too busy even on a weekend in July.

After a couple of days getting acclimatised we set off north to have a look at some other resorts. Porto Cristo, Cala Bona and Cala Millor all looked busy and have very different characters but something to suit all tastes.

Next day and another resort visit, this time Alcudia which has a lovely beach, old town to explore and even a roman amphitheatre. It’s a great all round resort yet maybe a little on the large and commercial side.

Further on and you get the fantastic bay of Pollensa, well worth a visit and if you ever get a chance to do a side trip then follow the road further north towards Formentor. This has to be one of the most spectacular roads in Europe with stunning views all the way to Cap de Formentor.

Majorca has something for everyone, lively resorts such as Magalluf, Arenal and Palma Nova, which is great for shopping plus it boasts beautiful beaches and scenery .Although some would argue that the island was spoilt due to mass tourism in the 70s and 80s I think this place is a real gem and I WILL be back.

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