With its diverse landscape, cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages, Mallorca offers a wealth of extraordinary experiences and interesting activities to participate in. While dragging yourself away from one of the many beaches may be difficult, what’s harder is deciding which of these unforgettable experiences to have first.
Submerge yourself deep into Europe’s largest shark tank at Palma Aquarium, if you dare! During the adrenalin-pumping experience you will get to dive into 3.5million litres of salt water to swim with the aquarium’s six 2.5 metre-long sand tiger sharks and four sandbar sharks. Youngsters can also be booked into a sleepover, where they will bed down in the ‘Big Blue’ room for a memorable night full of games and activities alongside their new fishy friends.
What could be more liberating that breaking out the leathers and hitting the open road on a classic bike. While moped rentals are ten-a-penny, there are a few places on the island you can hire a beautiful vintage motorbike to explore the island. Albion Motorcycles is one of the best, where a full day of touring lasts around five hours with each excursion tailored to suit the specific bike. Various themed tours mean you can choose from the likes of exploring Mallorca’s winding coastal paths, its quaint sleepy villages, or discover its wealth of beautiful beaches. Bikes also range from classic British Nortons and Triumphs to continental BMWs and Ducatis.
Located in the pretty northwestern village of Deia, you will find the sophisticated Belmond Residencia Hotel. This is a uniquely special spot for drinks or dinner on the beautiful terraces surround by aromatic roses with its views of the verdant landscape. Additionally, check out the interesting activity program here – take ceramic classes with local artists in the onsite studio, or join a group walk into the mountains accompanied by donkeys, followed by a luxurious picnic prepared by the resident head chef.
Thrill seekers should hop onboard a lightweight helicopter at Son Bonet Aerodrome for a half hour private flying lesson with Balearic Helicopters. The instructor will take charge initially so you can get used to the sensation of soaring above the sea in a chopper, but when you’re ready you’ll be invited to hold the controls. Self-fly hire is also available here for more seasoned pilots who fancy a whizz around the Tramuntana mountain range with friends.
While ‘Tombstoning’ has rightfully received a lot of bad press, there is a much safer way to get your adrenaline fix jumping off a cliff. Qualified professionals at Experience Mallorca have organised a cliff-jumping experience that is continually risk assessed with careful tuition on jumping techniques. Jumpers progress from three to 12 metre heights, with no pressure to actually make the jump, but plenty of opportunity to test your mettle. You can also combine it with a day coasteering, which includes abseiling and exploring sea caves.
One of the more unusual experiences to be had on the island, guests climb into an old western-style horse-drawn carriage for a 90-minute trip into the Mallorcan countryside. Refreshment comes in the form of sangria, accompanied by live country music along the way. It’s then back to the Rancho Grande for a Wild West-style barbecue, line dancing and a cowboy-themed evening. Yee-haw!