Mallorca is the largest of all the Balearic Islands, situated in the Mediterranean Sea. Similarly to its fellow Balearic Islands, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, Mallorca is a highly reputable tourist destination, attracting millions of tourists each year.
Palma is the largest city in Mallorca and also the capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. The name Mallorca comes from the Latin larger island, whilst the smallest Balearic Island Menorca means the smaller one. Mallorca is sometimes anglicised and spelled as Majorca.
Since the 1950's, tourism for all the Balearic Islands has grown steadily, with Mallorca gaining huge popularity for its idyllic setting, coastal beauty and pleasant climate. By the 1970's, the number of tourists visiting the Island every year had reached 3 million.
Today, over 6 million tourists jet off to Mallorca every year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for travellers based in the UK, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.
A huge majority of cultural values in Mallorca have stemmed from the work of the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria. After settling in Mallorca during his travels of the Mediterranean in 1867, Salvator grew fond of the surrounding land and decided to further his knowledge and understanding of the traditions and customs.
The Archduke started purchasing land on the Island in order to take care of it and enjoy it for himself, which contributed to him being named after many Mallorca trekking routes. Knowledge of the Balearic Island reached foreign shores through his various books that he dedicated to Mallorca; all of which took him 22 years to finish.
The climate in Mallorca is very similar to that of the other Balearic Islands, with top temperatures reaching nearly 31 degrees during the summer months. Average temperatures throughout the year rarely drop below 10 degrees, making it the ideal holiday destination all year round. Despite this, winters tend to be reasonably stormy and unpredictable compared to the bright and pleasantly warm summers.