Stylish and sophisticated, yet rustic, charming and bursting with life – Majorca has it all, which is why this sunny Mediterranean island is a firm favourite for weddings and honeymoons
The gorgeous Spanish island of Majorca (also known as Mallorca) continues to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, and it’s easy to see why. With a relaxed vibe and natural beauty it’s got plenty to delight everyone, whether you are looking for non-stop action and entertainment or simply to chill-out on the beach.
Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, which also include Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. It is easily accessible from all UK airports in just over two hours, making it a perfect destination to host weddings.
The island is known for its long stretches of golden sands, pretty coves and majestic mountains as well as its vibrant resorts buzzing with nightlife, rustic towns and charming villages. Majorca boasts a perfect Mediterranean climate, with annual temperatures ranging from 16-18º C in winter, rising to 28-30ºC in high summer when a refreshing Mediterranean breeze usually keeps temperatures pleasant throughout the heat of the day.
From ocean beach bars serving cooling beers and the catch of the day to tapas bars overlooking chic marinas and Michelin-star restaurants, dining in Majorca offers a delicious choice, washed down with a bottle of chilled Majorcan wine or perhaps a sunset toast with a sparkling glass of Cava – what could be more romantic? Add to that an abundance of watersport, championship golf courses, beautiful walks, fiestas and nightlife – not to mention shopping in designer stores and street markets and sailing the coast in a beautiful yacht or cruiser – the possibilities are endless!
If you are looking for the action, the southwest coast of Majorca offers popular, lively resorts including Magaluf, Palma Nova, Santa Ponca and S’Arenal. It also includes Portels Nous marina, with its designer shops, plush restaurants, tapas bars and cafes facing onto the glamorous yachts and gin palaces moored in the marina. At the far tip of this coastline is the stunningly beautiful Port d’Andratx, a charming fishing harbor and marina. The southeast coast, beyond the airport, remains largely undiscovered, with rural towns, including Llucmajor, rustic villages and fincas and luxury boutique hotels dotted around the open countryside. In this region, the stunning beach of Es Trenc is well worth a visit – this long stretch of white sand and turquoise water has a wild, rugged charm, with no high-rise hotels to be seen.
Mountains stretch along the west coast, offering Majorca at its most rustic and romantic with the bohemian village of Deja – a favourite haunt of artists and rock stars and Port du Soller, a picturesque seaside resort. The east coast of island offers a variety of family resorts, including Cala Millor, Cala d’Or and Puerto Cristo, with its famous caves of Coves dels Hams and the Coves del Drach.
The north coast consists of two glorious sandy bays, Pollensa and Alcudia, which are perfect for families and offer long white beaches and warm turquoise waters, ideal for bathing. At the western tip of this coast the mountain region of Formentor boasts spectacular vistas from its mountain viewpoint.
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Marry in Majorca
For such a small island Majorca’s choice of wedding venues is impressive. You can marry in restaurants, hotels, beach clubs, golf courses, wineries, aboard cruisers or down on the beach. The only difficulty is choosing from the long list of possibilities. Majorca can accommodate weddings of all shapes and sizes, from big family affairs to intimate ceremonies with just the two of you. Most of the beautiful hotels have on-site wedding co-ordinaters to help you every step of the way or enlist the services of a wedding planner.
If neither of you is a resident in Spain, you need to perform the civil part of your wedding ceremony in the country you live in, i.e. at your local registry office. Think of this as a legal formality and save the celebrations for your wedding in Majorca where you can be blessed with your friends and family around you in a ceremony to suit your personal taste. If you prefer a religious service, you can have a full blessing in a church or chapel, otherwise you are free to pick the setting to say your vows, have your rings blessed and sign a certificate as a memento of your special day.