Majorca: March’s shoulder season destination
March 14, 2013 | By:
Majorca is no longer all about the booze and beaches, and before high season is the best time to get a good deal and explore its hills and caves, villages and windmills, reports Oliver Bennett
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Majorca’s interior has a very different atmosphere to the tourist-riddled resorts. Photo: Flickr/Shadey Shades

Majorca is the place to which the British decamped when they discovered their passports in the Fifties and Sixties. It has grown up with us, the high50 generation. The holiday island that was once considered flighty and exciting then settled into comfortable if predictable hedonism: sun, sea, booze, all that jazz.

In recent years it started to experiment once again, and its reputation has recovered. Majorca is still known for beaches and bars, but it’s had an image revamp and now also has food, flowers, caves, carnivals, city-break fun, hill-walking and cycling, sexy hotels and decent local wine. And all this can be found in early spring.

Isn’t it cold, you ask? Well, you might not want to swim. But so what? You’ll nip up to the village of Deià, one of those prototypic Bohemian places made famous by the poet Robert Graves.

You’ll (carefully) scale the foothills of the Tramuntana, perhaps the ruined monastery of La Trapa, and (uncarefully) try tapas in Palma. Some will make it to the less populous northern towns of Alcúdia and Pollença, or try the agroturismos of the interior. Or even do a cave: Majorca has a system.

There’s a different atmosphere entirely in the interior, where the plain has white windmills and almond blossom, and there’s an old fashioned train from Sóller, if you like that hokey stuff.

But most importantly, you’ll be in a spring Mediterranean climate – perhaps 10 to 20 degrees – with wild flowers budding, wild birds singing and Easter activity starting to take shape.

And if you’re a student of out-of-season resorts, you can go to Magaluf and Palma Nova, and take Martin Parr-type photographs of near-deserted neon bars. Vamos!