Activity Holdays Majorca - Mallorca Travel Destinations Spain

Mountains, plains and nature reserves; warm waters, a temperate climate and plenty of sun: all combine to make holidays in Majorca suitable for a broad range of activities.

It's usually possible to arrange all sporting activities on the hoof once you are on your holidays in Majorca.

Sea fishing feels more authentic in the small ports than in the resorts, and it should be a simple matter to find a boat to take you out for a day. Sailing is also easily arranged and is very popular for holidays in Majorca because it provides a relaxing way to explore the coast and some of the otherwise unvisitable coves.

Diving is not one of Majorca's strongest points - Menorca is reckoned to be superior - but Albatross (www.baleares.com/albatros-diving) is one of the island's best outfits. Windsurfing is popular at beaches like Alcúdia and s'Arenal and - as with water skiing - you can find equipment and tuition at every major beach.

Out of the water, the options are just as broad. There is plenty of scope for hiking, especially in the west of the island. There are many footpaths in the Serra de Tramuntana and tourist offices in towns such as Deia and Sóller can provide maps. If you want a guide, The Blue Space (www.thebluespace.com) organises a series of one-day walks costing €25-€35; Headwater (www.headwater.com) does week-long versions.

Majorca's topography makes it a popular destination for cyclists who can enjoy both plain and mountain. Bicycles can be rented in most towns, but if you are bringing your own on a package holiday you should check how it will be transported to the resort. If there is a problem, www.cyclingmallorca.com can arrange to transfer the bicycle to your hotel (or transfer your luggage if you want to ride).

If you want activity holidays in Majorca which focus on a variety of sports, Tall Stories (www.tallstories.co.uk) has a package offering up to six sports in a week, including coasteering, canyoning and kayaking.

For those of a more sedate bent, horse riding is easily arranged and there are bridle paths all over the island, especially in the mountains. Birdwatchers are also well served because the island is a resting spot for birds migrating between Europe and Africa. Nature Trek (www.naturetrek.co.uk) organises birdwatching holidays on Majorca.

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