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There are many places around the world that offer all you want in a vacation destination – great scenery, glorious sunsets, fabulous food, and the freedom to live your RV life the way you want to. The Spanish island of Mallorca has all of this and more. It may offer some challenges to the RV traveler, but the reward is well worth it. Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is about eight hours from Barcelona by ferry. While it is possible to tour the island with an RV, there are some things to consider when deciding if Mallorca is the destination for you. First of all, you can get to the island with your RV but the rumors are true – the fare for a camper on the ferry from Barcelona to Mallorca can be expensive. There are only a few camping grounds on Mallorca, but given the reduced numbers of RVs coming over on the ferry, chances are you’re more likely to get the best spot, right?  The upside of both of these points is that you can just stay longer! Island life demands a leisurely pace anyway, so why not stay as long as you can. One of the island’s best-kept secrets is the Santuari de Lluc to the north of the island. This sanctuary is a monastery and has been a site of pilgrimage since a statue of the Virgin Mary was found here by a traveling shepherd in the 13th century.

The sanctuary grounds include a church, museum, and botanical gardens, and offer plenty of tranquil spots for visitors. There is a recreational area with spaces reserved for RVs nearby, plus facilities such as toilets, running water, picnic tables and firewood. Mallorca has an undeserved reputation for being overrun with party tourists, but if you go to the right places, you can experience a different side to the island. Mallorca is a food lover’s paradise, boasting no less than seven Michelin-starred restaurants and an abundance of local specialty cuisines to try. Artá, in the north-east of the island, sits high on a hill and invites gentle strolls through the town, finishing up at cozy and welcoming restaurants that serve fantastic local cuisine. The coastline around Cala Ratjada and Son Moll is quite beautiful, but get crowded in the summer months. A walk by the sea and a sunset cocktail, however, makes it worth the drive and definitely provides the feeling of being on holiday. The beachfront here also has some nice restaurants. A beautiful day drive can be had from Palma to Sóller, with spectacular scenery and fascinating history to discover. One of Mallorca’s most beautiful towns is Valldemossa and you can spend hours exploring the small stores, galleries, and of course cafes around the village square.   The same applies to Sóller further north – it’s easy to get lost as you leave the town square and its majestic Sant Bartomeu Church and wind your way through small streets and byways, taking in the citrus and olive trees, a prime example of the area’s agricultural economy. The western coast of the island offers stunning scenery and a much quieter pace, however, the terrain can be rugged in parts. It is a mountainous region so small winding roads should be expected in some parts and village streets may be narrow in places between Valldemossa and Sóller. Mallorca is definitely more than a weekend away but with advance planning, it may well be one of the most memorable places you will ever visit.