A guide to Majorca's best resorts

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Majorca might be a small island - you can drive from one side to the other in under an hour - but it's packed with great resort towns that make ideal bases for a vacation.

But if all this choice is giving you a headache and you're having trouble deciding where to book your summer holiday in Majorca this year, why not read on for a guide to some of the best resorts and why you should be heading there.

Best for a quiet family holiday: Port de Pollenca (Puerto Pollensa)

Port de Pollenca, or Puerto Pollensa as it is also known, is located in the far north-west of the island on the wide, sheltered Bay of Pollenca. Quieter than many of the island's other resorts, visitors will appreciate the laid-back atmosphere of this seaside town.

The scenery in the area is spectacular, with the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range running alongside Pollenca down the north coast. Hidden gems in the area include the Castell del Rei, a ruined castle situated in the hills. Apply for a permit from the town hall to visit it by way of an interesting hike uphill through the pine forest.

Best for an action-packed family break: Alcudia

Just across the bay from Pollenca is Alcudia, northern Majorca's premier resort town. Straddling the headland between the Bay of Pollenca and the Bay of Alcudia, visitors staying in the town are perfectly placed to enjoy the huge expanse of sand that sweeps all the way from Port d'Alcudia to Son Baulo.

Relax on the beach or hit the water for windsurfing, water skiing, swimming, snorkelling and sailing. As well as sea, sand and sun, Alcudia offers a buzzing town centre with a wealth of restaurants and shops, and a pretty old town with quaint buildings and narrow streets.

Best for young groups: Magaluf

At the opposite end of the island near the capital Palma de Majorca, Magaluf is the island's party hub.

Perfect for groups of young friends looking for a good time, the town is full of bars and clubs offering vibrant nightlife. During the day, recover from the night before by chilling out on the golden sands and enjoying some water sports.

Best for sightseers: Palma de Majorca

As you might imagine, the island's capital Palma de Majorca offers much of the above - restaurants, bars, clubs, beaches - as well as plenty to keep culture vultures and sightseers entertained.

The pick of the landmarks is the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu, a sprawling building 120 m long, 55 m wide and 44 m tall with many spires. Although this is a Roman Catholic building, it was built on the site of a mosque and you can explore Palma's Arab past in the Old City, where you'll find museums and galleries among the maze of narrow streets.

Just outside the town you'll come across Castell de Bellver, one of the only circular castles in Europe.

And being located just a few miles from the island's airport, getting in and out of Palma is easy for foreign visitors.

Hopefully this has helped you decide where to stay, but if you really can't choose don't fret too much. As previously mentioned, Majorca is a tiny island and you can easily hire a car and visit all these resorts during your stay.

Image credit to telegraph.co.uk

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