When it comes to romantic holiday destinations, it’s pretty hard to beat the Balearic Islands, and I’ve always been particularly fond of Mallorca. If you’re planning a getaway for two, you can find out all about the most romantic things to do here with my handy guide.
Hire a car
Let’s start with the practical details. While car hire isn’t exactly the stuff romance is made of, I recommend organising it. You see, Mallorca’s a tiny island (just 80 km across) and if you want to explore it in full, it’s best to drive.
You can find out more about car hire on this website, but just to give you an outline you’ll be able to collect your vehicle from the airport. Not only does this mean you can get to your chosen hotel or villa quickly and easily, but you will, of course, be able to hit the open road for adventures whenever you please. And speaking of adventures, just what should you do?
Soak up culture in Palma
High on your list should be discovering the many cultural attractions in the capital city, Palma. Highlights include Mallorca Cathedral, which is a stunning Gothic building in the scenic old town area.
Dating back to the 14th century, it is impressive both inside and out – especially if you manage to spot some of the additions made by the wonderful Antoni Gaudi in the early 19th century. I’d also recommend taking a peek in the Santisimo Chapel, where you can see some beautiful stained glass and a vast ceramic mural.
Visit natural wonders
Mallorca is home to some absolutely beautiful natural wonders that make for really memorable romantic days out. In my opinion, the Caves of Drach are one of the best.
You’ll find these close to Palma, where they’re home to stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Take a guided tour through these caves to see weird and wonderful rock formations at every turn, not to mention a sprawling underground lake. You can even see a concert performed in this setting, which is a unique experience.
Explore the Son Marriog Estate
Back out in the sunshine you can drive over the Son Marriog Estate, which is an incredibly romantic place. Located at Carretera de Valldemossa-Deia, this garden is owned by the Archduke of Austria, Luis Salvador of Habsburg.
What I love about this place is that not only is the natural landscape itself stunning, but the craftsmanship complements it beautifully. As you take a tranquil stroll around the grounds, you’ll come across bridges, pagodas, pavilions and grottoes, among a host of other delights.
Hit the beach
Of course, no romantic holiday to Mallorca would be complete without spending some time on the beach – and with 550 km of coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If your hotel’s in Palma, make sure you check out the beautiful Cala Major, which is around 4 km from the historic centre.
This stretch of sand is sheltered from winds, but being so close to the capital it can get rather busy. For a quieter experience drive over to Cala Torta on the north-east of the island, which is an idyllic location perfect for snorkelling.
If, meanwhile, you fancy seeing the sunset, Port D’Andratx is the place to be. The harbour in this little village is lined with fantastic restaurants which offer hypnotic views of the sinking sun.