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Love Island 2018: How to avoid the contestants on a trip to Mallorca

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Love Island fever has gripped the nation for the fourth time this summer since the show first aired in 2015. The glamorous Love Island villa, based in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar in Mallorca, is packed with young, hot singles, including a West-end actress, stationary salesman, and even an A&E doctor.

The picturesque Balearic island of Mallorca, located in the Mediterranean sea, has experienced a surge in the number of tourists visiting the island since the hit reality TV show began broadcasting, with many fans eager to get a taste of the islanders’ “long, hot summer”.

However, if you’re visiting Mallorca this summer or thinking of planning a trip and want to escape the Love Island buzz, the island has more to offer than luxurious villas and tanned, lean singletons.

Hike the Serra de Tramuntana mountains

A stone’s throw from Mallorca’s world-famous beaches and the idyllic town of Sóller, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range towers over the northwest coast of Mallorca. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, hiking the Serra de Tramuntana is an unmissable experience.

Witness the Cuevas del Drach

The Cuevas del Drach (Drach Caves), accessible from the town of Porto Cristo, are a series of four dark limestone caves. Home to impressive stalactites and one of the largest underground lakes in the world, the Cuevas del Drach also houses underground classical concerts.

Shop the indoor markets in Sant Catalina

In the capital city of Palma, the Mercat de Santa Catalina is the city’s oldest food market based in the cosmopolitan Santa Catalina neighbourhood. Often referred to as the “Soho of Palma”, Santa Catalina and its market offers authentic fresh food including Mallorca’s speciality “Sobrassada”, a cured meat, and “ensaimada”, a traditional cake similar to those made in local convents.

Explore Alcúdia’s old town

Alcúida’s old town is fully enclosed by medieval walls and home to historic Roman ruins and preserved houses dating back to the 13th century. The town also hosts many festivals and celebrations, including the yearly festival of St. Jaume in July involving outdoor theatres and exhibitions.

Rope swing through Es Pontàs' 30-meter arch 

One activity not for the faint-hearted is Experience Mallorca’s new rope swing located at Es Pontàs on the southern coast of Mallorca. The rope swing allows you to soar through Es Pontàs' natural 30-meter arch, a new and exciting way to experience one of Mallorca’s best beaches.

Dive with sharks at Palma Aquarium

Palma Aquarium offers thrill-seekers the opportunity to dive with sharks in the deepest shark tank in Europe. Enclosed in the safety of a cage, this experience offers panoramic views of some of the ocean’s deadliest predators.

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