Majorca has been called pure poetry in motion. From the cherry blossoms of the Serra de Tramuntana to the alabaster-white bays of pebble and pine that ring the coast, there are more breathtaking crevices and crannies in this stunning Balearic Isle than you could ever want. Villas in Majorca offer your own little slice of paradise in the Med, whether you're seeking somewhere near empty coves, rugged mountains or lively resorts.

Where to find villas in Majorca near the sea

The fusion of see-through Balearic waters, warm and bath-like for much of the year, reliable sun and pristine sands is what magnetises so many travellers back to villas in Majorca. These 4 spots are just a taster of the places on offer.

Luxury villas in Majorca in Portals Nous

One of the mainstay resorts on the wide Bay of Palma, Portals Nous cascades over the cliffs just around from the capital of the island. Its small inlets are beset by white yachts and highball-clinking cocktail joints, punctuated by the turquoise waters of Illetas beach – one of the most beautiful in this corner of Majorca.

Get jazzy in Cala d'Or

The summertime Jazz Festival of Cala d'Or has been inducing hips to shake and feet to stomp with its medley of Cubano samba and Latin cha-cha for more than 20 years. If you're not lucky enough to bag your villa for the fiesta in June, you can still make the most of the 8 coves that filter into the town, along with the gorgeous stretch of white sand at Es Trenc.

Port de Pollenca for somewhere refined

The handsome marina of Port de Pollenca is linked up by the Pine Walk – a long promenade that's shaded by scented Aleppo pines and fronted by shingle beach. A villa in the town itself could prove a lovely escape for 2, putting little plazas lined with cafés right on the doorstep. Somewhere along the nearby Cap de Formentor could be altogether more dramatic, with panoramic sea views and cliff-backed coves lurking all around.

Exclusive living in Port Andratx

Another of Majorca's jet-setter getaways, Port Andratx is heralded by a swaying forest of yacht sails in a wide crevice cut into the headland just around from buzzing Magaluf. Next to the millionaire yachts are little skiffs, which bely the town's roots as an age-old fishing centre. Thankfully, the earthy seafood restaurants still sizzle with grilling fillets come evening, which is perfect for capping off a day of exploring the nearby nature reserve of Dragonera Island.

Seek villas in Majorca inland

Delve deep into the heart of Majorca, away from the pulsing beaches and the salty seas, and you can find an altogether different place, laden with hair-pinning roads for daring cyclists, hiking trails and mystical towns with monasteries.

Escape to the mountains in Soller

Soller is an enclave of country life in the midst of the high peaks. Its Placa Constitucio is the hub, gilded with a great cathedral and swaying plane trees and cafés. Outside of town, the main hiking route to the top of Puig Major – the highest point on the island – tantalises anyone who's bought their walking boots in tow.

Arty Deia beckons culture buffs

Deia is wedged into a small bowl in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana, beneath the scrub-clad ridge of Puig del Teix. It's long been Majorca's most artsy retreat, having once been the muse of English poet Robert Graves. These days, its shutter-faced homes and peppering of intriguing art galleries ensures a cultural undercurrent, while villas with pools and cypress-shaded gardens lurk in the nearby hills.

Types of villas in Majorca

Because Majorca is such a popular Mediterranean getaway, it's peppered with villas of all shapes and sizes. Some of the most popular types that people go in search of are listed below.

Lots of villas in Majorca with a pool

If you're not planning on being close to the beaches of the Bay of Palma or the north coast, then it's likely you'll be looking for a villa in Majorca with a pool. They abound in the high peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana precisely because guests pine for a place to cool off when isolated up in those stunning hills. It's common for larger villas to have larger pools.

Sumptuous and luxury villas in Majorca

Resorts like Cala d'Or and Portals Nous are no stranger to the jet-setting crowd. Their villa stays often shoulder above the yacht berths of the marina, so visitors can keep an eye on their sailboat as they recline with a Balearic wine. Interiors in these sumptuous rentals usually come with thought-provoking art and designer kitchen spaces.

A family villa in Majorca

The whole south coast of Majorca is laced with family villas that can host anything up to 15 or more. If you're planning on bringing the crew for dolphin spotting and beach days between Can Pastilla and Magaluf, it's a good idea to home in on the rentals with multiple bedrooms, twins and bunkbeds.