Majorca: the perfect choice for a spring or autumn break

September 23, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Paguera Rural Village and Cala Fornells, Majorca

Paguera rural village and Cala Fornells, Majorca

Only two hours flying time from the UK and well served by an ever increasing number of budget airlines, Majorca —or Mallorca— has a great number of activities available to keep spring and autumn travellers occupied. Thousands of people visit Majorca during the summer months because of the guaranteed weather, lively resorts and its world-class beaches; but this is only half of the story. The best-kept secret is that Majorca has so much to offer as a holiday destination 52 weeks of the year.

At the end of October, as the tourists bid adieu en masse, the sigh of relief is almost audible. A state of tranquillity resumes. Those with insider knowledge will tell you Majorca is a game of two halves: summer and winter. For the discerning traveller, spring and autumn breaks in Majorca are the preferable option. In the recent readers’ travel awards, Conde Nast Traveller voted the Balearic Islands as number one in the ‘Best Island’ category; with the most enticing places to stay, ahead of the Maldives and the Seychelles. It’s the perfect place for an off-season luxury villa rental holiday. Out of season travellers have a different mindset and criteria when it comes to selecting a luxury break. With its vast array of daily events and cultural curiosities, Majorca competes effortlessly with Paris, Barcelona and Madrid.

10 secluded beaches in Spain

July 16, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Who doesn’t love endless blue skies, sunshine, turquoise water and the feeling of soft warm sand beneath your feet? If your idea of the perfect holiday is lounging around on a beach, then Spain is the country for you. Spain has some amazingly beautiful beaches, but even the most perfect beach can be ruined when it’s overrun with tourists. If staying in a holiday rental in Spain and you’re looking for a quiet escape, check out these 10 secluded beaches.

Cala de Algaiarens, Menorca

Algaiarens beach in Menorca

The golden beach of Cala de Algaiarens is located on the Spanish island of Menorca. The picturesque cove is surrounded by rugged slopes and can be hard to reach, which means that it is not very crowded even during the summer. The picture-perfect beach has soft golden sand and crystal clear water that is perfect for snorkeling and exploring underwater caves, however waves can sometimes be quite powerful so it isn’t ideal for families with small children. Cala de Algaiarens is on private property and there is a €4 admission fee. If you’re staying in a holiday villa in Ciutadella, to reach the beach, you’ll nee to head for Cala Morell on the Ronda Norte. At Torre d’En Quart, look for signs to Algaiarens until you see signs for La Vall.

Playa de Rodas, Islas Cíes, Galicia

Rodas beach in the Cíes Islands

The spectacular crescent-shaped beach of Playa de Rodas is located on the island of Islas Cíes, off the coast of Galicia. The water is warm, calm and crystal clear, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. When you’re not in the water you can stretch out on the soft white sand or build sandcastles with the kids. It’s a tranquil retreat that is accessible by ferry from Vigo or Baiona. The ferries take 40 minutes to reach Islas Cies and they only operate from early spring to late summer.

Playa del Silencio, Oviedo

Silencio beach in Asturias

If you’re looking for peace and quiet, then Playa del Silencio (Beach of Silence) is definitely the spot for you. Located on the Asturian coast, to the northwest of Oviedo, near the fishing village of Cudillero, the tranquil beach is inexplicably quiet even in August and September. The golden brown sand-and-stone beach is the perfect place to enjoy the exquisite view, or you can snorkel in the calm, sheltered water of the bay. From the car park you need to walk approximately 10 minutes along a coastal path. Steps twist down pine-covered cliffs to the cove below.

El Palmar Beach, Cádiz

El Palmar beach in Cádiz

It may not be located in a quiet cove like most of the secluded beaches on this list, but El Palmar is as deserted as they come. The wind-swept golden sandy beach goes on as far as the eye can see, but there are no high-rise hotels or fancy restaurants in sight. The wind makes it the ideal spot for surfers. When you want a break from riding the waves there are a few small bars that serve wine and snacks. It’s a great place for the kids to build sandcastles, but bring an umbrella, because there is no shade in sight. The beach is located near Vejer de la Frontera on route A-48, between Tarifa and Cádiz.

Playa de Estorde, A Coruña

Estorde beach in Galicia

Playa de Estorde is situated in the Galicia region in the northwest of Spain, to the west of the small town of Corcubion. The long beach has fine white sand, and calm, clear water, perfect for families traveling with children. The shallow water is the perfect place to swim or snorkel. Playa de Estorde is a quiet beach that only gets busy on Sundays when the local community comes out to soak up the sun.

Calo des Moro Beach, Majorca

Calo des Moro beach in Majorca

On the southeast coast of the Spanish island of Majorca you’ll find the small, secluded beach of Calo des Moro. Imposing cliffs create a dramatic backdrop for this beautiful beach where turquoise water laps at soft white sand. The sand slopes gently into the shallow water, making it ideal for families with small children. The clear water is also ideal for water sports such as diving and snorkeling. During July and August the beach can get very crowded, but for the rest of the year Calo des Moro is a haven of tranquility. The beach is only 6km from the town of Santanyi, and is easily accessible.

Aiguablava, Girona

Aiguablava beach in Girona

Aiguablava is located in northern Costa Brava, in a beautiful little cove nestled between steep cliffs. Relax on the sandy beach, go sailing, take a dip in the calm, shallow water, or eat freshly caught squid at one of the small fish restaurants overlooking the beach. Although the beach is popular during July and August, it’s remains far quieter than most other Costa Brava beaches. It’s the ideal place to spend a sunny day if you’re staying in a Begur or Girona holiday rental.

Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza

Cala d'en Serra in Ibiza

Although the island of Ibiza may be synonymous with parties and crowds, there are also some idyllic, peaceful spots where you can relax and enjoy the amazing scenery. Cala d’en Serra is one such spot. This little piece of perfection is situated in a sheltered cove on the north coast of the island, overlooked by rugged cliffs and quaint fishing huts. Although it’s popular with the locals the beach seems to have slipped under the radar of most tourists, which makes it the perfect place to soak up the sun, even during peak season. The beach has golden sand and fine pebbles, and the water is calm, making it ideal for snorkeling and swimming. To reach the beach follow the sign on the main road just north of Portinatx, where there is a dirt track that leads down to the beach.

Das Raias Muxia, A Coruña

Das Raias beach in Muxia

Located near the small town of Muxia in the northwest of Spain, is the delightful Playa Das Raias. This tiny, unspoilt beach is a little piece of heaven. The soft white sand beach is surrounded by lush vegetation and is the perfect place to work on your tan or swim in the calm water. There are a few rocks that peep out of the sand here and there, so be careful if you’re traveling with children. Das Raias beach is 10 minutes from Muxia, along the road that leads to Ponte do Porto.

Cala Gracioneta, Ibiza

Cala Gració i Gracioneta in Ibiza

This secluded, rustic beach is located in a small cove next to the touristy Cala Gració. The fine golden sand and warm shallow water make it the perfect place to relax. There is also plenty of shade and the El Chiringuito bar on the beach serves excellent paella. The beach is located 2km north of Sant Antoni de Portmany. There are buses that go to Cala Gració. From there, follow the rocky headland into the next bay.

Last Minute Majorca Holidays

December 20, 2011 at 2:06 AM

The largest and most popular of the Balearic Islands, Majorca (Mallorca), lies off the southeast coast of Spain, surrounded by the sparkling blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. The festive holiday vibe, delightful cuisine, welcoming locals and rugged natural beauty have made Majorca holidays a popular choice with holidaymakers.

Boats in Majorca

There are numerous holiday resorts and hotels on the island, but if you want flexibility and some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of popular hotels, then villas in Majorca may be a better choice. Winter is the ideal time of year to grab a great last minute deal for a Majorca holiday you’ll never forget.

Get to Know Majorca

No matter where you are based in Majorca, there are great cultural coach tours that will take you to some of the islands hidden gems. You can take the vintage train to Soller, which wends its way through orange groves and beautiful rugged Majorcan scenery. Another unforgettable family excursion that you won’t want to miss is to the Caves of Drach, where you can take a boat trip on one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world. There are tour companies that offer cultural tours of the island at very reasonable prices, most of which can be booked online before your trip.

Play on the Beaches of Alcudia

If you want to take advantage of some of Majorca’s best sandy, white beaches, as well as the islands historical attractions, then Alcudia in northern Majorca is the ideal place to be based. The blue-flag beaches around Alcudia Bay are ideal for families with children. There is even a playground at the northern end of Alcudia Beach. You can see Majorca from another time by exploring the old walled town and the Roman ruins of Ciudad Romana, including an impressive amphitheatre. The outdoorsy types can enjoy the rugged scenery while walking or cycling in the mountainous areas behind Alcudia.

Explore Medieval Majorca in Pollensa

Near Alcudia in the north is the attractive little town of Pollensa, which seems a world away from bustling tourist resorts of the south. Explore the narrow, medieval streets or soak up the winter sun on the beaches of Puerto Pollensa. There is an unpretentious atmosphere and the locals are welcoming. You can get a taste of rural Majorca by exploring the almond and olive groves that surround the town, as well as the jagged Tramuntana mountains. Popular activities in Pollensa include climbing 365 steps to the chapel on top of the hill where you can enjoy a wonderful view, taking a 3 to 4 hour hike on the scenic Cami Vell del Far that take hikers to stunning secluded beaches, or windsurfing at Puerto Pollensa. The wide variety of things to do make Pollensa villas the ideal accommodation choice for families and couples alike.

Be Entertained in Magaluf

During the summer months Magaluf is buzzing with young tourists who come for the world-class clubbing. The bars and clubs located on Punta Ballena (“the Strip”) have made Magaluf one of the most popular resort towns in Europe during the summer. However, as summer comes to an end and the young party-goers leave the island, Magaluf has somewhat of a personality change. From November to April the resort town transforms into a relaxing holiday destination for families with young children and middle-aged couples who want to take advantage of the beautiful winter sunshine in Majorca. There is a modern promenade that overlooks a 900m stretch of beach where you can sunbathe on soft white sand, swim in clear blue water, or if you’re feeling more energetic you can enjoy water sports like windsurfing, sailing or water skiing. Other Magaluf attractions include go-kart racing, the Western Water Park, the Pirate Adventure dinner show and the fascinating upside-down House of Katmandu.

With so many delightful towns waiting to be explored, a sparkling coastline and a festive atmosphere, it’s no wonder that holidays in Majorca are so popular. Winter is the perfect time to take a Majorca holiday. The summer crowds have gone and you’re bound to find a great last minute deal.

Awarded by the Sunday Times Travel readers

December 8, 2011 at 9:06 AM

HomeAway.co.uk has been selected by the Sunday Times Travel magazine readers as one of the best companies for villa holidays. Being recognised by UK holidaymakers really encourage us to continue with our job: Helping you find the perfect accommodation for your holidays.

One of the points highlighted by the Sunday Times readers when it comes to booking holidays with HomeAway.co.uk is that it’s the best place to find holiday bargains. We have made this selection of affordable villas and apartments for the February half term and Easter holiday periods.

Alcudia, Majorca. 5 sleeps. £60 - £644 per week. Property 498770.
Ogn og Fjordane, Norway. 4 sleeps. £22 - £66 per night. Property 75079.
Ronda, Malaga. 6 sleeps. £172 - £343 per week. Property 818831.
Praia da Luz, Algarve. 2 sleeps. £69 - £661 per week. Property 444249.
Fuengirola, Malaga. 2 sleeps. £140 - £345 per week. Property 76313.
Crete, Grece. 4 sleeps. £120 - £375 per week. Property 91879.
West Kensington, London. 4 sleeps. £60 - £119 per night. Property 417679.
Portes du Soleil, French alps. 5 sleeps. £150 - £700 per week. Property 438463.
Cannes, France. 4 sleeps. £60 - £95 per night. Property 499046.
Javea, Spain. 5 sleeps. £144 - £1,073 per week. Property 84434.
Property 443777. 3 sleeps. £25 per night. Javea, Spain.
Ibiza, Spain. 4 sleeps. £257 - £515 per week. Property 429070.
Villa Olimpica, Barcelona. 10 sleeps. £21 - £48 per person per night. Property 451791.
Palermo, Sicily. 2 sleeps. £120 - £592 per week. Property 489754.
Sofia, Bulgaria. 4 sleeps. £25 per night. Property 489952.
Sardinia, Italy. 4 sleeps. £154 - £1,201per week. Property 637317.
Paphos, Cyprus. 4 sleeps. £49 per night. Property 811720.
Mellieha, Malta. 2 sleeps. £150 - £330 per week. Property 807848.
Majorca, Spain. 7 sleeps. £86 - £850 per week. Property 817003.

At HomeAway.co.uk we provide you with the tools to find special offers and late deals on holiday villas, apartments and cottages all over the world. If you want property suggestions check out our deals finder, where you will find special offers around the world very easily.

If you want some facilities to be included (dishwasher, internet access, air conditioning, etc) have a look at the left side of the page and tick the boxes for the facilities you need. You can also email the owner of the property and ask for any extra that is not included in the description. Maybe they can provide it.

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