Overflowing with character and oozing with culture, Mallorca is an island full of surprises. From picturesque villages to the vibrant capital city of Palma, prepare to be seduced by an irresistible blend of beaches and rugged mountains.
A sun-soaked slice of heaven, the year-round mild temperatures make this Mediterranean wonder a perfect fit for any holiday type. Whether you're after action and adventure in the great outdoors, or sun-bathing on as many of the 200 beaches as you possibly can, you can't go wrong with a Mallorca holiday.
Marvel at impressive architecture from Medieval to Modernist creations and absorb the artisan and cultural scene. Explore the maze-like Alcúdia and marvel at the colonial houses and cobblestone streets. From coast to coast get lost in secluded bays, soft golden sands and sapphire seas. Make a splash at an aqua park, or dive in to wet and wild watersports. Leave the coastline and head inland for an away-from-it-all adventure. Or simply do it all and discover just how much there is to do on this beautiful Balearic island.
Mallorca has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild winters. Along the coast you can typically expect 300 days of sunshine! The sun is particularly strong throughout the summer months, even on overcast days.
An island that has it all, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to both adventure and laid-back lounge about days. With so much on offer, perfecting your holiday itinerary is no mean feat! Whether you're into the hustle and bustle of a modern resort, or a more traditional experience of the island, there really is something for everyone.
Take a hike to see the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains. The intoxicating scent of the wild herbs and jaw-dropping views give you a back-to-nature feeling like no other. Visit Valldemossa and the mountain-top monastery, or the Torre des Verger watchtower perched on the rocks near Estellencs. Built to defend the coastline from pirates, this place is sure to appeal to some wild imaginations! Aqua parks, natural trails, safari parks and adventure playgrounds are dotted over the island, ensuring the little ones are always entertained.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Or should that be sand grain on the beach? You know what they say, so much to do, so little time – and there's plenty more where that came from…
Home to some of the most idyllic shores in the Mediterranean, Mallorca packs a punch when it comes to picturesque beaches. Despite its popularity among tourists, this island paradise manages to maintain a peaceful and low-key vibe. Whether you're after seclusion, never ending natural beauty or calm quiet coves, you're in for a treat with this captivating coastline.
Blessed with over 200 beaches you can mix things up! For a fun-filled family day out, head over to Playa de Muro. A popular sandy stretch along the main road from Port Alcúdia, there's a wealth of facilities from sunloungers, restaurants and kid focused activities. Swimming here is perfect for the little ones too! Soft white sands slope gently into calm waters and stay shallow for quite a while. For those craving some peace and quiet, take a trip to Cala Mondrago. Situated close to Cala d'Or, this sandy beach can be found in the Mondrago Parc Natural. A small, protected cove, it doesn't attract many visitors so offers a relaxing and tranquil day in the sun. Cala d'Or itself is an exclusive area with lots of small coves to choose from. Some are quiet, while others have sun beds and parasols.
Take a look through our top beach picks and find your soft-sanded paradise…
Fresh ingredients influence the flavours of Mallorca, so you can expect plenty of fish, pork, vegetables, garlic, olives and lemons to find their way into your meals. In recent years restaurants have come on leaps and bounds, and the island now has a gourmet scene that is both traditional and modern. From high-end restaurants to family-run establishments you're in for a treat wherever you go!
Of course no visit to Spain would be the same without a taste of tapas. The wide variety of appetisers can be served hot or cold and epitomise the relaxed Spanish take on mealtimes. Some restaurants remain tapas purists, while others are creating new and imaginative ways to prepare them. You don't even have to worry about food envy! Just dive into any of the delicious dishes before you, and if your favourite goes? Order another! The patatas bravas are a must. Fried potatoes with a spicy sauce – what's not to love?
For those with a sweet tooth, head to a local bakery or 'Panaderre'. Everything from freshly cut bread to sweet cakes are on the menu, but for the best of the bunch seek out the Spanish specialities Ensamiada (pastry dusted with icing sugar) and world-famous Churros. The doughnut-like sticks are deep fried, dusted with cinnamon sugar and usually served with hot chocolate for dipping. Worth every calorie!
Overflowing with souvenir shopping opportunities (or a little holiday splurge on yourself), Mallorca has everything you need and more. Bustling streets in Palma are home to a lively shopping scene with a huge range of stores selling shoes, leather goods, clothes and ceramics. The Carrer Sindica offers some of the capital's more traditional outlets, selling spices and decorative items. Passeig per l'Artesania is one of the oldest areas of Palma. Here you'll be able to get your hands on locally crafted products for sale – a perfect holiday keepsake.
The Balearic Islands host magnificent markets and Mallorca is no exception. Head to Sineu Market for a traditional Mallorcan experience. Considered by many to be the best of them all – this agricultural assemblage is held every Wednesday. Goodies range from fresh fruit and vegetables, to street food vendors and handicrafts. It can get busy though, so best to arrive early! If you're on the hunt for crafts, head to the lively Mercat Artesanal. Open air cafés and buskers offer an entertaining sit down for those who want to shop 'til they drop!
Uncover the hidden gems and highlights of Mallorca on a road trip! Whether it's coastal cruising or driving the island's dramatic west, this Spanish treasure boasts some brilliant stretches. Wind round hills, travel through the jaw-dropping Tramuntana Mountains, or take in the views at the Formentor Peninsular. There's more scenic drives to be taken than days in the week, and while you could journey the entire island in 8-10 hours, it's far more fun to take your time.
There are countless combinations of routes to discover on the island, but one of our favourites takes you from Port de Sóller to the Formentor Peninsula. The distance may look relatively small, but trust us, you're going to want to savour this one! There are beautiful reservoirs along the way at Embalse de Cuber and Embalse de Gorg Blau. Once you've taken more pictures than you know what to do with, carry on driving until you arrive at the beach and bay of Sa Colabra. Be warned, this is a little edge-of-your-seat at times, but worth every hairpin turn. It's then a straight shoot into Pollença. Spend a few hours here in the historic old centre, with plenty of bars and restaurants it's a great pit stop for lunch. If you're in the mood to stretch your legs, walk the tree-lined 365 stairs of the Calvary for stunning views over the old town and nearby countryside.
Once back in the car (watered and fed of course) it's just 15km to Formentor. The road is winding, so take care as you cruise to the cape. It wouldn't be a road trip without pulling over every 5 minutes for breathtaking vistas and picture-perfect scenes, and this route is no exception. Get snap happy as you peer over rocky coastal cliffs that disappear into the distance. Follow the mountainous road until you reach the lighthouse at the top. Be sure to bring a blanket and set up camp to watch the sun set into the horizon. A perfect end to a perfect day!
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