Accommodation Majorca - Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

Majorca is a holiday destination par excellence, packing rooms high and selling them (quite) cheap. Consequently, the Majorcan accommodation scene is dominated by tour operators, who have first option on many of the hotels and apartments.

Prices have risen since conversion to the euro and in Majorca you can pay more than virtually anywhere else in Spain. Majorca accommodation is very summer-oriented, and in high season you will need to book ahead and you will pay a premium rate. Conversely, from November to April you could plan your stays on the hoof and try bargaining, although many hotels will be closed.

Most package tourism is based around the Majorcan coast, but inland the options are more atmospheric. In recent years, there has been some growth in top-end accommodation, while away from the tourist hotspots, you can stay in villas and old stone farmhouses. For the majority of tourists, however, accommodation will be purpose-built and geared more towards simplicity than to any interior design ideal.

In formal terms, catered Majorca accommodation splits into the same categories as the rest of Spain's. At the cheaper end are the fondas (serving food), casas de huespedes (often for long-term stays) and pensions. Higher up in terms of facilities and expense are hostals (one to three stars), hostal-residencias (no evening meals) and hotels (one to five stars). Most accommodation on the island comes in the latter three categories.

For the self-caterers, 'apartamentos turisticos' are rated on a scale of one, two or three keys. These are invariably arranged through agencies and tour operators, and many have swimming pools. You can also stay in 'aparthotels' which have more communal facilities than the standard apartments and may include breakfast.

Villa rental allows independence away from the tour rep/shuttle bus set-up and can provide value for money for large groups; the 'fincas' - the island's old stone farmhouses - are particularly popular and enable you to get away from it all. Alternatively, for even more atmospheric stays, there are five monasteries on the island that offer accommodation. These are quite cheap and are located in the hills.

At the cheapest end of the scale there are youth hostels in Palma and Alcudia (details on www.reaj.com) and one campsite near Arta.

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