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Majorca - sunny, rural destination in the Balearic Islands - Spain Travel Guide

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Majorca, destination of choice, is one of the romantic and popular Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.  Natively named "Mallorca", the island is famous for wonderful scenic views and lovely beaches.  There is a multitude of accommodation options available to the traveller, either in the main city areas or the beautiful rural towns.

MallorcaWhile the capital city, Palma, is well worth a visit, probably the best places to be are the smaller, more traditional towns dotted around the island. 

Below is a brief introduction to some of these many and varied destinations, all of them perfect for a relaxing rural holiday.  Villas in Majorca can be found in most areas for a self-catering experience, or a more traditional local bed & breakfast is another good option.

In the north of Majorca, discover Binibona.  Although only a short drive from the best beaches, in Binibona you can enjoy the clean mountain air and the peace and tranquility of the olive groves.  Sometimes all you can hear is the distant peaceful clang of sheep or goat bells.

Visit Campos, a small agricultural village surrounded by a beautiful rural landscape, but only 8 kilometres from beautiful and unspoiled beaches, and 5 minutes away from the "Es Salobrar" bird reserve and the "Es Trenc" nature reserve.

Fornalutx is another quaint destination, located at the foot of the spectacular Sierra de Tramuntana and only 3 kms from Soller city and 6 kms from the beach.  The town is located in a beautiful area for walking and hiking.

Another worthy destination is Inca, which is the capital of the Raiguer distrct.  Located between the Tramuntana mountains and the "Es Pla" district, Inca is a commercial centre with interesting monuments to visit, such as the Church of Santa Maria la Major, and the monasteries of Sant Domingo and Sant Francesc, with its Gothic cloisters and architecture.

Another great place to visit in the Raiguer district is Lloseta.  Located in one of the island's most attractive regions, the area is famous for its handicrafts, including pottery, glass, footwear and cloth and excellent wine.

In the heart of the rural countryside, and around 25 kilometres away from the best beaches, is Lloret de Vistalegre, a traditional agricultural village surrounded by rolling hills with the highest being Mount Ses Alforjes.   Lovely scenic countryside all around.

If you prefer to be closer to the beach, visit Pollensa (Pollença). Originally a fishing village, the town still retains the time-old tradition of the evening stroll (or paseo).  In the surroundings you will find beautiful scenery, excellent beaches and a  sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay.  All this with a stunning backdrop of the Tramuntana mountain range.

Talking of the mountain range, Puigpunyent is located right in the middle of the Tramuntana mountain range. 

Balearics ferry about to leave the port of BarcelonaThe village is totally unspoiled by tourism and can be found at the foot of the Galatzo mountain, and yet is only 15 minutes drive from Palma de Mallorca with its beaches, shopping experiences and golf courses.

Whether staying in the major cities or one of the more picturesque rural locations, there are many hotels and bed & breakfast establishments to choose from.  Villa holidays are another excellent way to enjoy your vacation and live like a Majorcan for that more independent experience.  Buy your meat and fresh vegetables from the local markets, or dine out at the many options available.

Getting to the island is relatively easy with a choice of flights into the airport at Palma, or you can take a slower and more relaxing way of travel on the ferry from Barcelona.

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