Accommodation in Majorca - Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

Despite its reputation as one of Europe's package holiday havens, Majorca has a bed to suit everybody. If you are not convinced by the high-rise delights of the tourist hotspots then do not worry; there is a wealth of more unusual accommodation in Majorca to satisfy those seeking atmosphere and views, rather than convenience and beaches.

Top of this list are the five accommodation-providing monasteries. The Santuari de Lluc (+34 971 87 15 25, www.lluc.net), around 35 kilometres north-east of Sóller, is the best known. Considered Majorca's most sacred site, it has 129 cells accommodating up to six people and two restaurants. Elsewhere on the island you could consider the Ermita de Nostra Senyora del Puig (971 184132) south of Pollença which has great views of the Formentor peninsula; Santuari de Sant Salvador (971 827 282) in Felanitx, which only lost its monks in 1992; the Ermita de Bonany (971 561101) in a nature conservation area near Petra; and the Santuari de Monti-Sion (971 647185), which has views across central Majorca.

For something more luxurious by way of accommodation in Majorca, you could stay in one of the boutique hotels that have been converted from old mansions. These tend to be inland, away from the resorts and can see you sleeping behind 15th - or 16th -century walls. The Palacio Ca Sa Galesa (www.palaciocasagalesa.com) has one of the best settings in Palma by the Episcopal Palace and is a converted 15th century townhouse.

If you want to self-cater, fincas provide another form of unusual accommodation in Majorca. These are old stone farmhouses which are rented out to tourists by the week. Their size and frequently sumptuous positions mean that they are not necessarily cheap, but they can make economic sense for large groups. The Associació Agroturisme Balear (www.agroturismo-balear.com) has lists of fincas, farms and rural hotels and can arrange bookings for you; www.fincaturismo.com does something similar on a smaller scale. Mallorca Farmhouses (www.mfh.co.uk) and Rustic Rent

(www.rusticrent.com) also have decent selections of atmospheric properties.

If you want to be looked after in a family environment, you could try to stay in a casa de huespedes (guesthouse with 'CH' on its signs) or food-serving fonda ('F') but they are increasingly rare in the Balearics.

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