Mallorca or Majorca - which is correct?

Posted on: 15 March 2021

Mallorca or majorca

Over the years there has been much confusion surrounding the correct pronunciation for the name of the island. We've got the answers that should help you answer this question once and for all - is it Mallorca or Majorca?

Which one is correct?

It's a common misconception that it's pronounced differently depending on the Spanish dialect being used, with it said to be different between Catalan or Spanish (Castillian).

This is actually false, and Majorca is, in fact, a British term for the island. It's thought that the name of the island was changed as British people had issues with the pronunciation of the double L in the Spanish version, Mallorca.

The word Majorca actually comes from the Latin insula major, which translates to 'larger island'. It is, after all, the largest of all the Balaeric Islands.

The correct version is in fact Mallorca.

How do you pronounce Mallorca (Majorca)?

The correct way to pronounce Mallorca is 'Ma-yor-ka'. This is because the double L in Spanish is similar to the letter Y in the English language.

Majorca or Mallorca, whichever way you decide to spell, doesn't really matter at the end of the day, as it doesn't take away from the beautiful island. It's one of the most popular destinations for British people for holidays, and we're sure this will long continue.

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