Top ways to get active in Majorca

I’m pleased to share another fun guest post, this time on active travel to Majorca. Enjoy!

Es Trenc Beach, Majorca

Beautiful Es Trenc Beach, Majorca – Photo by Davide Cicognani via Flickr

There’s nothing like a sunny island blessed with beautiful beaches to get even the most sports-shy person to want to stretch their legs and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you love trying lots of activities at home or you’re simply hoping to make the most of your time abroad, I think Majorca is a fabulous destination to choose if you fancy an active break.

One of the things that make Majorca holidays such a good choice is the variety of things you can do. As you’d expect, there’s plenty of water sports, but what you might not realize is that the island is also a great place for golfers.

For a little inspiration on what to do while you’re there, check out my list of top activities.

Water sports

Water sports are probably the most obvious activity with Majorca being an island. What’s great about this destination is that there are plenty of chances to try different kinds of sports, including swimming, scuba diving, surfing and snorkeling, to name just a few.

If I was heading to Majorca, I’d probably be most keen on swimming and snorkeling (perhaps I’m not very adventurous!), and there are a few tours that offer both these that caught my eye. For instance, you can book yourself on a catamaran tour for the day, visiting some of the island’s best snorkeling and swimming spots. These include:

• Es Trenc Beach (east coast): perfect for swimming and sunbathing
• Es Cargol Beach (east coast): fantastic for snorkeling and swimming
• Las Caletas Beach (north coast): also great for snorkeling and swimming

Golf

Having an impressive reputation for its selection of golf courses, Majorca also has plenty to entertain anyone who isn’t so enthusiastic on getting their feet wet. There are several decent courses really close to Palma (the capital), including Puntiro Golf Club.

This is around 9 km away from Palma and has a tranquil setting. Perhaps the most interesting fact about this course is that it was the first Jack Nicklaus course on the island, which has lent it a certain prestige.

Two vast lakes help make the course more exciting at holes 7, 8, 15 and 16. A nice touch here is that each hole feels really unique, so it’s a place to enjoy an interesting and varied – not to mention challenging – game.

Another one to look out for is Golf Son Gual, a particularly notable course designed by Thomas Himmel. This is the place to go if you really want to put your skills to the test, with lots of tricky holes that require well thought-out strategies and accuracy.

Horse riding

Golf, water sports and walking are all fairly common activities to find in sunny holiday destinations, which is why this next activity – horse riding – caught my eye. Thanks to its gorgeous landscape, Majorca is a gorgeous place to go riding, and you can find centers that offer tours for all levels of rider, from beginner to expert.

The north coast is one of the top places for horse riding, since it’s so picturesque and peaceful. If you’re well versed in the sport already, you might be able to go galloping along the beach, which is bound to be a memorable experience.

There’s plenty for intermediate and novice riders too. For instance, you could take a fun trek through the scenic northern forest – a stunning area.

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