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Climate in Majorca

Majorca has a temperate subtropical climate with 7.9 hours of sunshine a day throughout the year. The annual rainfall is 1400mm in the north and 400mm in the south. Sunshine is almost guaranteed.

The winters are generally, short, mild and humid which are typical of a Mediterranean island. Occasionally, it snows in the mountains and in the summer months there is little rain. Temperatures can rise in the interior of the island to 40°C, on the coast it's more comfortable.

At the end of August thunderstorms may occur and October is the month with the highest rainfall. From the end of December there is a weather phenomenon called "Calmes", meaning "calm and mild". This "little summer" is responsible for the almond bloom in January. The island has a completely different look in winter than during the hot, dry summer months.

Economy of Majorca

Majorca is one of the strongest economic regions of Spain. It's main industry is tourism which constitutes 75% of the island's total revenue. The construction industry is the next largest which contributes 10% of total income and is indirectly related to tourism. Three quarters of the island is agricultural land that provides employment for 11% of the population. Additionally, marble mining, fishing and other light industries-: leather, ceramics, Majorica pearls and glass, are important economic sectors.

Tourism in Majorca

Tourism is the backbone of the economy in Majorca. In 1960 just 360,000 tourists visited the island which increased to over 2 million in 1970. By 2007, there were almost 10 million visitors of which 36% were German and 23% were British.

El Arenal and the area around Ballermann 6 are popular with German tourists, whereas British tourists tend to favour Magaluf and Palma Nova. These areas are extremely popular with the party-crowd. If you're looking for a restful, relaxing holiday, we suggest you choose a different resort. Majorca is a large island with a lot of variety, making it the perfect holiday destination for everyone.

Tourism in Majorca is changing. The emphasis is now on quality, rather than quantity and the number of tourists visiting Majorca each year is no longer expected to rise. The rapid expansion of earlier years led to environmental problems, especially with the water supply. Only through the construction of water treatment plants and the importation of water, have the needs of the hotels and golf courses been met. Many hotels did not meet with modern standards. In Playa de Palma for example, 3 billion euros were invested to modernise outdated hotels. Other hotels were torn down and replaced with parks.

Sightseeing in Majorca

Tourism is highly developed all over Majorca with most travel agencies organising day trips. It's well worth seeing the caves in Porto Cristo and Arta, the Roman ruins of Pollentia in Alcudia, the Formentor peninsula, the Port of Cala Figuera and the islands Dragonera and Cabrera.

There are many water parks and theme parks where you can see dolphins, cacti or birds. Other attractions include historic gardens and the Albufera Natural Park in Alcudia.


  • Botanicactus: botanical garden (cacti) near Ses Salines
  • Cabrera island: southeast from Majorca, nature reserve
  • Cap Formentor: Majorca's north-east most point
  • Coves d'Arta: cave system in the near Canyamel, near Arta
  • Coves de Campanet: cave in the north-west between Inca and Alcudia
  • Coves de Drac: (Dragon's Cave) stalactite cave, near Porto Cristo with underground lake
  • Coves dels Hams: stalactite cave also in Porto Cristo
  • Coves de Genova: cave near Palma
  • Torrent de Pareis: torrent through a canyon on the northwest coast at Sa Calobra

History and buildings

  • Castell de Bellver: castle in Palma
  • Castell d'Alaro: Ruins at Puig d'Alaro
  • Castell del Rei: at Pollentia
  • Castell de Capdepera: in Capdepera
  • Castell de Santueri: in Felanitx
  • Castell de sa Punta de n'Amer: tower between Cala Millor and Sa Coma
  • La Seu: Palma Cathedral
  • Santuari Lluc: monastery in the north-west of Majorca Escorca
  • Son Marroig: mansion from the 16th Century between Deia and Valldemossa


  • It Baluard: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palma
  • Ferrocarril de Soller: historic railway with a beautiful route between Palma and Soller
  • La Granja: Winery and Museum (Topic: Majorcan life)
  • Planetarium: Majorca Observatory in Costitx
  • Ses Paisses: Talaiot settlement near Arta

Sport & Recreation in Majorica

Majorca is ideal for all types of water sports. There are numerous sports excursions and courses for sailing, canoeing, diving, swimming and water skiing. Hiking, trekking, cycling and rock climbing are all available in the mountains of Serra de Tramuntana. Majorca has a favourable climate with a varied landscape making it perfect for cycling during the winter. It is visited by professional cycling teams and ever increasingly by amateur athletes.

In Majorca there are 21 public golf clubs:

  • Club de Golf Alcanada
  • Golf d'Andratx
  • Golf Capdepera
  • Canyamel Golf
  • La Reserva Rotana Golf
  • Golf Maioris
  • Puntiro Golf Park
  • Golf Pollensa
  • Golf de Poniente
  • Pula Golf
  • Real Club Bendinat
  • Golf Santa Ponsa I
  • Golf Son Antem East
  • Golf Son Julia West
  • Son Muntaner Golf
  • Golf Son Gual
  • Son Quint
  • Golf Son Servera
  • Golf Termens Son
  • Son Vida Golf
  • Vall d'Or

Majorca boasts four major tennis facilities; in Paguera, Santa Ponsa, Portals Nous and Son Vida. At weekends, horse races are held at the two horse racing tracks in Palma and Manacor. Palma alone has five sports centres, and the swimming pool at Son Hugo was dedicated to Palma University in 1999. The football club Real Majorca plays in the first division of the Spanish league.

Majorca is one of the most comprehensive holiday and leisure resorts in Europe and offers almost every type of sport.

Landscape of Majorca

In the western part of Majorca is the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. There are 10 peaks over 1,000 metres above sea level. The highest summits are: Puig Major at 1,445 metres, the Puig de Massanella at 1,365 metres and the Tossals Verds at 1,115 metres. The famous canyon, "Torrent de Pareis" and the two reservoirs Embassament de Cuber and Gorg Blau Embassament, which supply the capital Palma with drinking water, are found in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. To the east of the island are Highlands, Serres de Llevan.

Majorca has no rivers or natural lakes. All the marshes were drained except for the two nature reserves Albufera and Albufereta near Alcudia.

Flora & fauna in Majorca

Majorca has a rich variety of plants with over 1,500 species. Wildlife on the island is more scarce, there are many species of birds but few mammals. Wildlife in Majorca is not dangerous to humans. The only wild land animals are feral goats in the mountains of Serra de Tramuntana and Serres de Levant.

Residents of Majorca

Majorca has a population of almost 900,000 inhabitants, of which 400,000 live in the capital, Palma. The next largest towns are: Calvia (50,000), Manacor (40,000), Llucmajor (36,000), Marratxi (33,000), Inca (29,000), Alcudia (19,000), Felanitx (18,000), Pollensa (17,000) and Soller (14,000).

In 2006, there were 130,000 ex-pats from around the world living on Majorca, making up a sixth of the total population. Citizens of the European Union: 22,000 German, 12,000 British, 7,000 Italians and 6,000 French. Many more come from Morocco and South America.

Languages of Majorca

Official languages are Catalan and Spanish. The local dialect, Mallorquí, differs markedly from the official Catalán and Spanish languages. From the 1940's until 1975, Spain was a dictatorship, during which time the cultural autonomy and languages of each region were rigorously suppressed. Since 1983, Catalan has been the official language. In the tourist centres, English and German are widely spoken.

Geography of Majorca

Size: East to West 98 km. North to South 78 km.

Length of coastline: 550 km.

The name has a Latin origin: "insula maior" meaning the larger island. Later, the island was called Maiorica.

Majorca is situated about 170 km from Barcelona and is the largest of the Balearic Islands. The Balearic Islands are part of the Spanish province of Catalonia, but enjoy an autonomous status within the province.

Regions of Majorca

The "Serra de Tramuntana" is a mountain range some 15 kilometres wide. The highest mountain is Puig Mayor at 1,445 metres. The Tramuntana mountain range runs parallel to the west coast. The mountains extend over 90 kilometres from the island of Dragonera in the southwest to Cap Formentor in the north. There are only two major bays in this region, Puerto de Soller and Cala San Vicente.

The Tramuntana mountain range causes a climatic weather divide, producing the mild winters in the low parts of the island of Majorca. Between the mountain slopes you will find fertile valleys with perfect growing conditions for orange and lemon trees. Tomatoes, beans and grapes are grown in Estellencs, Banyalbufar, Deia and Valldemossa. The region of "Serra de Tramuntana" is sparsely populated. The largest towns are Calvia in the south and Pollensa in the north.

The region "Raiguer" is to the east of the Tramuntana mountains and is located between the peninsula of La Victoria in the north and the capital Palma de Majorca in the south. It is a transitional zone with enough water, but little cultivable land.

In the centre of this region is Inca, known in Majorca for the manufacture of footwear and leather goods. The town of Alcudia is in the north of the region which is edged with miles of sandy beaches along the Bay of Alcudia, an ideal choice for families.

In the centre of Majorca is the "Pla de Majorca", or in short "Es Pla". It is flat land with small hills. The table mountain "Puig de Randa", at 542 metres, is the highest point.

The region of Es Pla is mainly agricultural where products such as potatoes, rice, corn, vegetables, wine and almond tree plantations are grown to supply the daily needs of the island. "Pla de Majorca" is known as the granary of Majorca. The mountains in the northwest protect this area, allowing up to four harvests each year.

The region of Es Pla is home to a mere 50,000 residents, less than any other region of Majorca. There are no large towns in this region, only the coastal resort of Can Picafort is popular. Nowadays, even for this area, tourism is more important than agriculture therefore rural tourism is promoted.

The eastern and northeastern region is called "Llevant", translated as "the East". The mountain range "Serres de Llevant" is much lower than the Serra de Tramuntana in the West. The highest mountain is Puig Morei in the massif of Arta.

The east coast is rocky with many coves and sandy beaches. There are 3 natural caves: Coves del Drac, Coves dels Hams and Coves d'Arta. The beaches are the largest centres of tourism: Cala Agulla (Cala Ratjada), Bahia de Son Servera (Cala Millor) and Cala Moreia (Sa Coma). Colonia de Sant Pere in the north-west is quieter where you'll find the natural beach of Arenal de sa Canova.

The capital of this region is Manacor. Manacor is economically linked to the inland economy and is very quiet, although the coast from Cala Ratjada to Cales de Majorca has been visited by tourists for decades. It is the centre for Majorica pearl production and the furniture industry.

The region of "Migjorn" is to the south of "Pla de Majorca" and stretches from El Arenal at the Playa de Palma (Llucmajor) to Porto Colom (Felanitx). Migjorn is predominantly flat but includes the 509 metre high mountain "Puig Sant Salvador" with the monastery Santuari atop.

The capital of Migjorn, Campos, has a rural character. Agriculture is still very important in this region. At the former port of Campos, Colonia de Sant Jordi, begins the mile-long natural beach Es Trenc. This tourist centre has some 3,000 beds which will not be increased. In Ses Covetes, by the beach of Es Trenc, other hotels have been built without proper authorisation. The court ordered the demolition of the unfinished buildings. Es Trenc is listed as a nature reserve.

The region of Palma de Majorca on the Badia Gran (Grand Bay) is the smallest region of Majorca. It is also the most densely populated accommodating more than 400,000 people. Just 100 years ago there were fewer than 70,000 inhabitants. Palma de Majorca is the capital of the former Kingdom of Majorca and today, is the political and economic centre of the Balearic Islands. Palma was founded by the Romans, when the island was annexed in 123 BC by the Roman Empire.

To the south of Majorca is the island of Cabrera, which is now a national park. This small island group belongs to the region Migjorn. Dragonera in the far southwest is also a nature reserve.