1. Palma. Whether it’s the ornate cathedral, winding backstreets, sunny squares or many marinas, Palma has a lot to offer. An unpurposeful stroll is sure to throw up plenty of surprises and is one of the best ways of exploring the city.
2. Soller. This small town at the bottom of the mountains can be reached on a 27.3km scenic train ride through the country from Palma, or, if you’ve not got a faint heart, on the twisty mountain roads. Check out the church, then enjoy an ice cream from one of the many cafes spilling on to the main square. Great for people watching.
3. Porta Soller. A short drive or tram ride from Soller is Porta Soller – a harbour side town sitting on a huge sweeping bay. Take a stroll, check out the boats and stop for a beer at The Asgard, which boasts over 50 beers and a cracking view of the bay. Watch out for the tram rattling around the seafront though.
4. Deia. One of Majorca’s prettiest towns Deia nestles in the foothills of the Sierra Tramuntana mountains and is full of citrus trees and purple blossoms. Packed with celebs, artists and hikers, picture-perfect Deia isn’t short of cash.
5. Pollenca. Marvel at the huge fruit and veg market and check out the quaint little shops before following the pilgrim’s trail up the 365 Calvari steps to the top of the town. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views across to the sea at Porta Pollenca and get to peek in the tiny Calvari church.
6. Valermossa. Home of many a famous visitor – including Frederic Chopin – a bustling Sunday market and plenty of little boutiques this place is great for a pit stop. Be sure to venture through the village and out to the little viewpoint where you can see right down the valley, and on a clear day back to Palma.
7. Pa amb oli. A Majorcan speciality, pa amb oli are not to be missed. The toasted breads, rubbed with tomato, oil and garlic and topped with anything from anchovies, cheese or roasted veg, are simple and delicious.
8. Calcots. A Catalan speciality, calcots are long, sweet tasting onions served in October and between February and March to celebrate. Tuck in and be prepared to get messy. Read more here: https://theepicuriousadventurer.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/calcots-getting-to-know-the-onion/