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Reasons to visit Mallorca this spring
A visit between February and April could be your most pleasant encounter with the island yet.
First of all, springtime is the prettiest time of year to take a trip to Mallorca thanks to the legendary almond blossom making its debut. But its beauty isn’t the only thing to offer, as visitors at this time of year can enjoy fewer crowds and take advantage of the discounted hotel rates. It’s also prime time to embark on many of the outdoor pursuits on offer. Here are some of the reasons why you should book a Mallorcan spring break.
First things first, you must decide what type of holiday you are after, as there are different options to choose from. Are you after a city break in Palma? A relaxing retreat in the countryside? Or perhaps looking for the best spot to base oneself for a cycling holiday? Well, the good news is that Mallorca has everything you are looking for. Springtime is also when the seasonal hotels begin to open after a short winter, so you can make the most of the early-season, jaw-dropping deals. This means that it’s possible to stay in some of the island’s top hotels, which are usually a sell-out in the peak of summer, for a fraction of the price. Here are a few of our top picks.
The modern escape
How does a luxurious five-star hotel experience at the foot of the Serra de Llevant and within close proximity to the picturesque town of Artá sound? Carrossa Hotel Spa Villas opens on February 23rd. This is the kind of place where, once you turn up, you might not want to leave thanks to its first class facilitites, including a state-of-the-art spa, gourmet restaurants and a sophisticated bar. You can use this place to rest and rehabilitate or, if you’re after an active holiday, there’s a whole range of activities on your doorstep including golfing, hiking and cycling.
The rural retreat
A manor house dating back to 1520, Casa Font i Roig oozes traditional Mallorcan charm. Opening this Spring, this hotel is the perfect hideaway in one of the most inconspicuous locations on the island. Each room has its own unique character and, whilst the attention to detail is second to none, there’s a relaxed vibe throughout the place. We love the epic views from the spa over the flat plains of Mallorca’s rural countryside. The owners are more than accommodating so, if you want to try your hand at some golf or fancy getting out on a bike, then this can be arranged for you.
The designer townhouse
Meem Townhouse is a beautifully restored 19th-century townhouse tucked down a pretty side street in the picture-postcard town of Sóller. A careful blend of historical architecture with contemporary fixtures and fittings, this hotel is a work of art. Being relatively small, it’s got a home-away-from-home vibe with accentuated by the exceedingly comfortable furnishings. Sóller is a charismatic town, with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants within easy reach of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, making it a popular base for hikers and cyclists at this time of year.
The city palace
A 19th-century palace in the heart of the capital city of Palma, the four-star AH Art Hotel Palma is our top pick for a city break this spring. The brainchild of a renowned antiques dealer, this hotel is drenched in fine art, so will be appreciated most by art fanatics. It’s situated just off the Rambla and has everything on its doorstep, including top designer and high-street shopping, galleries, cafes and museums. Palma is a prime destination for a long weekend due to its location just a short 10-minute taxi ride away from the airport.
Cycling is massive at this time of year in Mallorca. Top international cycling teams choose to train here, so you may well spot some famous faces including the likes of Bradley Wiggins. Gruelling inclines like Sa Calobra to more leisurely cycle rides from Palma to Es Arenal bring thousands of visitors to the island each year. So, if you are looking at booking a cycling holiday, then Mallorca should be on your list.
Hiking is another popular activity at this time of year and, again, there are various routes on offer. From coastal stretches through to rugged mountain landscapes, there is literally something for everyone. If you are doing some research about hiking in Mallorca, then the GR221 Dry Stone Route should come up high on your to-do list. The beauty of it is that it can be completed in stages, so you can opt to do as much or little of it as you like.
Opening of beach clubs
The opening of the island's beach clubs marks the beginning of the season for many. Along with these openings, people climb out of the woodwork and the island starts to ramp up. The illustrious Nikki Beach Mallorca will be opening on April 18th so, if daytime partying with a cocktail in hand is your vibe, then do pop that date in your calendar. For al fresco dining in a relaxed ambiance with epic sea views, we would recommend a visit to one of the PuroBeach sites near Palma.
You can even take to the water during springtime although you might want to stay above board as the sea is definitely feeling a little bit cooler at this time of the year. Due to fewer people being out on the sailing, it’s much easier to anchor in some of the most sought after locations – bonus!
These are just some of the reasons why you should book a holiday in Mallorca this spring, but there are many more. From the wide range of things to do to its gourmet restaurants and animated nightlife, the island is a great destination for an off-season escapade.