A Traveller's Guide to Mallorca
Mallorca looks like a scene straight out of a Mediterranean postcard. With mesmerizing beaches, charming cafes, medieval streets, luxury services, and never-ending spots to explore and enjoy nature, Mallorca has quickly become a tourist favorite in Europe.
Mallorca’s beauty comes partly from its rich history and diverse culture. Ruled by several kingdoms over time, Mallorca is now a melting pot of cultures from around the world.
This sunny paradise has also become a luxury travel destination for the wealthy elite, but there are definitely still ways to enjoy Mallorca on a budget.
Best Time to Visit Mallorca
Due to its Mediterranean climate, Mallorca experiences mild winters that only reach the mid-50s and sunny summers that barely exceed 80 degrees. Summer months are usually packed with tourists, so aim to visit during the spring and autumn months.
Where to Stay in Mallorca
To get the most out of your stay in Mallorca, book a hotel right by the beach. This way, you’ll be just a few steps away from all the fun and action. You’ll always be thankful you chose a hotel with such a stunning and picturesque view.
Telegraph compiled a list of the best cheap hotels in Mallorca. For much cheaper offers, you could opt to stay in a hostel. Hostels require staying in a dorm room with a few strangers, but the accommodations are usually top-notch and similar to staying in a private hotel room. You also get the chance to meet new friends you could explore Mallorca with.
How to Get Around Mallorca
With a bus and train network that reaches most parts of the island, you won’t have a problem getting around Mallorca. Especially during the hot summer days, public transportation would be the best choice.
Weekends tend to cost more than weekdays, and taxi drivers may charge more if you’re bringing around a lot of luggage. Taxis are best for going to and from the airport, but otherwise, stick to public transportation.
Many travelers opt to rent a car during their stay on the island. This lets you explore Mallorca on your own and discover all the hidden beaches and spots Mallorca has to offer.
What to Do in Mallorca
1. Spend a few days in Palma
Get a taste of the Spanish life by staying in Mallorca’s capital, Palma, for a few days. While you’re there, be sure to stop by these Palma essentials:
- Old Town
- La Seu Cathedral
- Castell de Bellver
- Plaça Major Craft Market
- Royal Palace of La Almudaina
The best part is that you can enjoy the tourist spots without all the tourists. Since most go to Mallorca for the beaches, Palma is never very crowded.
2. Go on a beach crawl
With more than 200 beaches in Mallorca, you can spend weeks simply traveling to all of Mallorca’s sandy paradises. Here are some of the few favorites that have stunned visitors with their immense beauty:
- Cala Millor
- Es Calo des Moro Beach
- Port d’Alcudia
- Cala Mesquida Beach
- Cala Formentor (Playa de Formentor)
- Magaluf Beach
3. Indulge the artist in you
In Palma, you’ll find some of Spain’s best art museums.
- Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Showcases artworks of Picasso, Magritte, and Miró.
- Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca – A permanent exhibition of Miró’s art.
- Casal Solleric – Free art museum showcasing contemporary art and photography.
4. Visit the Arab Baths
Also known as Banys Arabs, this 10th century bathhouse and garden offers visitors a relaxing and tranquil experience that can’t be found elsewhere.
5. Spend a few nights in Cala Figuera
Because it doesn’t have a beach and is primarily a fishing port, Cala Figuera will give a glimpse into the life of a Mallorca local. The village is relatively quiet and peaceful, which makes it a perfect place to relax and get some rest.
If you plan on staying a few nights, the Hostal Can Jordi offers great accommodations and an amazing view.
6. Watch the sunset
In Mallorca, you’ll witness some truly spectacular sunsets. For prime sunset watching, here are a few ideal spots:
- Colonia de Sant Pere
- Cap de Formentor
- La Torre de Ses Ànimes
7. Spend a day exploring the sea
After days of wading at the beach, why not dive deeper into the water? Spend a day exploring the sea and experiencing the world on a boat. There are plenty of trips to choose from, such as a simple boat trip, a sunset cruise, or a cruise that will take you to different parts of the island.
8. Hike down to Calo des Moro
For avid hikers, the hike down Calo des Moro is a spectacular sight. The surrounding cliffs and beach truly capture Mallorca’s beauty—and it’s also a great spot for a photoshoot.
9. Take the vintage train from Palma to Sóller
This train ride is nothing you’ve seen before. You’ll witness the height of Mallorca’s natural beauty: majestic mountain ranges, olive groves, charming towns, the scenic countryside, and more. While at Sóller, be sure to spend at least an afternoon so you can enjoy Sóller’s beautiful beaches and hiking trails.
10. Take a free walking tour
As the only free walking tour in the city, this is definitely something not to miss. In 2 hours, you’ll visit the best spots in the city, such as Plaza España, Almudaina Palace, Parc del Mar, The Cathedral, and much more. You’ll also learn plenty of history and Mallorca secrets you wouldn’t hear anywhere else.
Best Places to Eat in Mallorca
- Infineat – #4 out of 2,004 restaurants in Mallorca, local Mediterranean cuisine, considered the epitome of artisan quality food with local produce and recipes
- Bar Espana – #15 of 2,004, Spanish pub
- Koh – Amazing Thai food and drinks and a homey atmosphere that heightens the experience
- La Cuadra Del Mano – #20 of 2,004, praised for its top-notch steak and barbecue, makes you feel like “the guest honor at a fantastic backyard BBQ”
- Taberna de la Boveda – The best tapas in town, to be enjoyed with a glass of red wine
To experience the best of Mallorca’s vibrant nightlife, be sure to check out Magaluf, the main party district of Mallorca, as well as the numerous bars and pubs in Palma de Mallorca. Here are just a few of the many bars that will guarantee you a night of fun and excitement:
- Garito Café – Art bar with live music for the hip, avant-garde crowd
- Sa Fonda, Deia – A little bar with a lively atmosphere and live music
- Bar Flexas – A popular hangout for the cool, local crowd thanks to its retro decor and great food
In Mallorca, every kind of traveler is welcome. Whether you’re there to relax and enjoy the comforts of the beach or to spend your nights partying across the island, Mallorca finds ways to let you try the best of both worlds. You’ll be begging to come back before you even leave.
By Sam Ross
San runs the blog The Hammock Hombre - a travel blog focused around the digital nomad lifestyle. Over the past 3 years, he's travelled to every continent, so writes on a broad range of countries, cities and destinations.