Mallorca, the largest island in the Balearics, may make you think of beach resorts but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy both its coastline and the interior – particularly in autumn and winter when the crowds have gone and the temperature is more suitable for outdoor activities.
Although the beach holiday season gets going in May and winds down in October, the Island is beautiful during early spring. Outside the hottest months of July and August, north Mallorca is good for activity holidays, whether easy or more challenging, with plenty to see if you are interested in plants or birds.
From late January and throughout February, the almond trees are in flower in the valleys and across the plains. This is traditionally low season, when accommodation and flights are cheapest, and while it may not be warm enough to lie on the beach, the temperature is usually just right for exploring the countryside in the sunshine.
Professional cyclists come to train in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, which is now a World Heritage Site.