To the north west of Ibiza lies Mallorca, the largest of the Balearics and one of Europe's top holiday destinations attracting some six million visitors a year. The island is about 100 kilometres from east to west and 75 kilometres from north to south. It's an island of huge contrasts with frantically busy international tourist centres in the south west and a beautiful, unspoilt mountainous region in the north. The capital, Palma de Mallorca, is fast gaining a reputation as one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive holiday resorts whilst nearby Magaluf is a magnet for package holidaymakers, particularly "the lads" who snap up the "Shagaluf" T-shirts on sale at the beachfront kiosks.
Most tourists head for the south of the island but if you take the time to explore the hinterland and northern coast you'll find a rural heartland virtually untouched by tourism and dramatic, rugged mountains concealing lovely unspoilt beaches.
From the southeast tip of Mallorca, you can take a boat trip out to the beautiful archipelago of Cabrera which has been declared a National Maritime Territorial park. The crystal clear waters here are a paradise for divers and snorkellers.