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How to explore Majorca’s west coast?

The Balearic island of Majorca has long been a family favourite summer holiday destination. Beaches, waterparks and world-class restaurants are enough to keep sun-seeking tourists returning time and time again. But do you know which part of the island will best suit your preferred holiday style?

The vast majority of visitors are understandably drawn to the city of Palma in the south, the island’s capital, or the bright lights of Magaluf, where hedonistic party goers have their own ideas about what Majorcan culture looks like.

But if you’re interested in adventurous holidays in particular, then consider setting up camp along the western coast. This part of the island is best known for its scenery, with the Tramuntana mountains running along the length of the coast. So what can you expect to discover in this stunning area, and which places should be on your itinerary? Here’s how you can best explore the west coast.

Hiking and walking

If trekking or cycling through the Tramuntana mountains sounds like your idea of a holiday, then the west coast of Majorca is the perfect place for you. This area offers some of the best trails for tackling on either two feet or two wheels, and the many villages will offer the perfect place for some respite and relaxation after a long day’s exploring.

One of the most famous cycling routes in this part of the world is the Sa Calobra climb, which provides unforgettable views and a stern examination of your cycling abilities in equal measure. However beautiful the vistas may be, it’s important to keep in mind that Sa Calobra is one of the trickier routes on the island, and you should ensure that everyone in your party feels comfortable tackling the 9.5km track before setting off.

Beautiful beach Playa de Formentor, Palma Mallorca, Spain ; Credit: Getting Images

Historic villages

You can’t visit the west coast without spending a day at one of the historic villages that each have their own part to play in defining the island’s intricate past. One village that should feature on your itinerary is Fornalutx. Often affectionately referred to as the ‘Prettiest Village in Spain’, Fornalutx is located high up in the Tramuntana mountains, a stone’s throw from the popular resort of Sóller.

Stroll through the narrow streets and admire the traditional architecture, which has helped it earn the status as one of the best-preserved villages on the island. Don’t miss the 17th century church which combines gothic designs with baroque features, creating a must-see attraction. With the history of Fornalutx dating back over 1,000 years, there is so much you’ll discover even by spending just a short amount of time here.

Beaches

Whilst the west coast isn’t best known for its beaches, there are still plenty of seaside stretches to choose from where you can get your beach day fix. Cala Banyalbufar is one of the most naturally-stunning beaches on the west coast, and is a popular bathing spot for visitors and locals alike. The small bay offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountains, which descend into the crystal clear waters.

You can’t claim to have seen the best of Majorca if you haven’t visited the town of Sóller. Above all of the hiking opportunities on offer here, you’ll also find one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, which is surrounded by a catalogue of enticing restaurants where you can refuel after a hard day sunning yourself on the sand.

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