Ready for rugged coastlines, beautiful scenery practically untouched by tourism apart from a few hotspots, a literary history including a few expat Brits such as 'Goodbye to All That' Robert Graves who located himself in idyllic Deia, a nature park in the form of an island - Sa Dragonera which is a real haven for birdwatchers and pine forest hills with crystal blue sea waters. It's a contrast to Magaluf and Palmanova, catering for a different taste.
You're looking at some spectacular Mallorca walking and cycling country on the west side of Majorca. Why not take a walk upto the ruined monastery of La Trapa for the best views down onto Sa Dragonera. Watch out for the Marmora's warbler twitchers!
Not all of Majorca's appeal at a top holiday destination is found on the coast! Move inland to Central Majorca and the delights of Mallorca's wine region around the Binisssalem area. Rural Mallorca to the west is Tramuntana mountain territory, offering dramatic coastal and mountain walking around Deia and challenging Majorca mountain cycling holidays. Deia has a selection of marvellous specialist shops and Mallorcan restaurants where al fresco dining is on the menu, admiring mountain views and sipping fine Mallorca wine!
Move towards Valldemossa for more dramatic mountain scenery, plus one of the most popular day trips on Majorca - Charterhouse - where George Sand and Chopin spent a rather disarsterous wet winter in their cell! (see George Sand's book 'Winter in Mallorca' for the full picture!). Stunning cultural rural Mallorca towns such as Soller and Arta are highly recommended, offering a choice of chic cafes, specialist shops, churches, Mallorca castles and a taste of the real Mallorca. Take the scenic train trip from Palma de Mallorca to Soller through the mountains - the perfect Majorca day trip for something a little different.
Deia firmly retains it's Mallorca historic charm. Coaches cannot stop here! British poet and author, Robert Graves loved Deia so much he settled here. In the late 1800s visitors first began to arrive in Deia, and since then this beautiful 'back to the sea' village has always been a favourite of artists, writers, musicians and celebrities.
Nearby Soller is perfect for Majorca window shopping. Head for Placa Constitucio, the lively and bustling main square in Soller. It's a most attractive square in which to relax, with a surround of mature trees, a few fountains and lots of great people watching cafe bases. Adjacent to the square is the spectacular church of Sant Bartomeu. Arta is Mallorcan through and through. For history, churches, fine Mallorcan food and a rather interesting annual festival, the Festa de Sant Antoni Abat, held every January you won't find better on Majorca.