Travel: 5 cultural things to do in Majorca off the beaten track

Posted on 14 October 2015
By Gemma Yates
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Mutter the word Majorca and you’re probably left with a picture of a 20 something year old heading for a messy trip to Magaluf. But a new audience is turning up on Majorca’s beaches and it doesn’t involve a fancy dress pubcrawl.

The number of Britons aged between 16 and 25 has dropped by 10%, making room for more families and couples over 30.

I recently travelled with my family to the island looking to find something different. Here’s what I found…

1) Train ride to the Ferrocarril de Soller Mountains

The wooden tram departs from the heart of Palma and noisily trundles along the picturesque valleys at a cheap price. The tram gives a vintage-esqe experience to the whole day. For the more adventurous types, take a hike through the luscious mountains.

Tip: get up early so you avoid the break for siesta

2) Le Seu Cathedral

The stunning building dominates the Palma skyline. With just a small entry fee you can audibly experience its rich history. Spend a morning here and you’ll be spoilt for choice for your post visit refreshment.

Tip: ladies cover your shoulders, gents cover your knees!

3) Caves of Drach

After a breathtaking walk through the caves, the largest underground lake in the world appears in allumination. It may be the most generic tourist attraction on the island but you can’t beat the beautiful nature.

Tip: steps are not the most easily accessible

4) Bellver Castle

Learn the basics of Majorcan history whilst looking over a spectacular view of Palma and its harbour. Travelling with a Spanish local may have enhanced the trip though, many around us complained about the language barrier.

Tip: English language sparse

5) Alcudia Old Town

The old town is full of character. Set amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy market, trinket boutiques and local restaurants. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets to find a jewel full of treasures.

Tip: find a quirky souvenir to bring home in the town’s boutiques