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Discover 33 Delightful Things to Do in Mallorca, Spain

Are you thinking of visiting Mallorca?

Many travel articles lament that some resort areas of Mallorca (namely Magaluf on the southwest coast) are overbuilt and overrun with hordes of sunburned tourists, interested only in party beaches, booze and wild nightclubs.

We never saw that side of Mallorca.

On the contrary, we discovered there are many wonderful things to do in Mallorca!

Things to Do in Mallorca
The side of Mallorca that we saw is as pretty as a picture

Best things to do in Mallorca

Chilling out on Mallorca beaches? Just one of the fabulous things to do in Mallorca, Spain!
Forget Magaluf – and check out the beautiful villages and beach coves on Mallorca’s north coast

We were completely taken by the beautiful island – from hiking the oh-so-picturesque countryside to swimming at ravishing beach coves to touring manor houses oozing with history.

As for places to stay in Mallorca, we found the fincas especially enchanting.

We started our visit in Palma de Mallorca, the island’s cosmopolitan capital city.

Then we set off to explore Mallorca’s scenically dramatic northern region.

Here you find the non-touristy side of Mallorca, including several idyllic towns like Deia.

Contents: What to do in Mallorca + guide

About Mallorca – Spelling + location

1) Get lost in Palma de Mallorca

2) Ogle the cathedral

3) Admire the Royal Palace of La Almudaina

4) Visit the Joan Miro Museum

5) Stroll the Jardines de S’Hort del Rei

6) Shop at the Mercat de Santa Catalina

7) Take the train to Soller

8) Stroll the streets of Soller

9) Enjoy the art at Can Punera Museum

10) Jump on the Port Soller tram

11) See Es Pontas

12) Hike the GR221

13) Walk to Fornalutx

14) Visit Deia

15) Swim at Cala Deia

16) Walk to the Capdepera lighthouse

17) Go wine tasting

18) Check out cool caves

19) Tour manor houses

20) Stay in a finca

21) Climb the Pollensa steps

22) Drink in the view at Cap de Formentor

23) Escape to SaTorre

24) Drive to Sa Calobra

25) Hang out at Platja des Coll Baix

26) Tour the Santuari de Lluc

27) Go horseback riding in Mallorca

28) Slow down in Cala Figuero

29) Visit Valldemossa

30) Tour Bellver Castle

31) Explore Mondrago Natural Park

32) Float in a hot air balloon

33) Chill at Calo des Moro

Mallorca travel tips – Car rental | Best time to visit Mallorca | Where to stay

What to do in Mallorca? Visit pretty towns like Alcudia.
What to do in Mallorca? Towns like Alcudia are fun to explore

Spelling and location of Majorca

First, before we cover what to do and places to see in Mallorca, let’s clear up any confusion over the island’s spelling.

You might have seen the word “Mallorca” (Spanish spelling) spelled “Majorca” (English spelling). We mix it up and use both spellings here.

You may also want to know: Where is Mallorca?

The largest island in Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is set in the Mediterranean, almost due south of Barcelona. (The other Balearic Islands are Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.)

Okay, ready now to discover what to do in Mallorca for yourself?

1) Get lost in the narrow streets of Palma

Palma de Mallorca
The capital of Majorca and a resort city, Palma attracts millions of visitors a year

You’ll likely fly into Palma de Mallorca – and you’ll want to spend at least a couple of days here.

The historic old town is an enchanting rabbit warren of cobbled streets, lined with shops (ah, the shoe stores!), cafés and bistros.

Take in the honey-colored buildings, flaunting beautiful casement windows and Juliet balconies. Soak up the atmosphere as you wander the medieval streets.

The best way to explore the old part of Palma de Mallorca is on foot.
The best way to explore the old part of Palma is on foot

You may get lost. But that’s part of the fun of exploring, right?

And you can always ask a store owner or other local for help to orient yourself if you’re hopelessly confused.

2) Ogle the Palma de Mallorca cathedral

Palma de Mallorca cathedral
The Gothic cathedral is the most famous landmark in Palma de Mallorca

Apart from shopping and eating, one of the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca is to visit its fabled Gothic cathedral.

The Palma cathedral (known as La Seu) is the most-visited of all Palma de Mallorca attractions.

Perched overlooking the seaside, it’s truly a stunning landmark. (Unlike most other Catholic churches, there’s a fee to enter and see it – get your skip-the-line tickets here.)

We’re struck by the enormity of the pillars holding up its vaulted ceilings and the beauty of a large rose window (one of the world’s largest stained glass windows).

Palma Cathedral detail
Close-up of the facade of the Palma de Mallorca Cathedral

The cathedral isn’t all medieval though.

A huge, quirky crown of thorns above the altar, sculpted by the quixotic architect Antoni Gaudi, has you scratching your head over whether its eclectic style (frankly, it looks a bit like papier mache) clashes with or enhances the traditional cathedral design elements.

Knowing Gaudi, that’s probably what he intended.

3) Admire the Royal Palace of La Almudaina

Royal Palace of La Almudaina
Along with the cathedral, this Mallorca palace is a popular site to see in the island’s capital

While sightseeing in Palma de Mallorca, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina is very much worth visiting too. It’s opposite the cathedral, so it’s easy to do.

While the site dates back to Roman days, the current palace was rebuilt in the 14th century. (Almudaina means “fortress” or “citadel” in Arabic.)

The Spanish royal family still celebrates official functions in the palace when they visit.

Inside, many original 16th century Flemish tapestries hang on the walls, and some ceilings are ornately painted in traditional Mallorcan black-and-red colors.

Royal Palace of La Almudaina
Antique furniture and Flemish tapestries in the Almudaina Palace

While you can soak up its history, be aware that many of the palace’s vast rooms aren’t decorated with furniture.

Equally impressive as the architecture, however, are the gorgeous views you get over the Bay of Palma, dotted with luxury ships and yachts.

4) Visit the Joan Miro Museum

The surrealist artist Joan Miro married Pilar Juncosa, a Mallorcan, in Palma in 1929. Years later, they settled in Palma de Mallorca.

Miro’s workshop and light-filled studio are now the Miro Mallorca Fundacio.

Set atop a hill overlooking gardens and the sea, this museum houses more than 6,000 pieces of Miro’s art work. You can see unfinished paintings, as well as sculptures and graphics.

The displays are set out in a way that looks as if Miro just put his paintbrush down and wandered off for lunch.

(Note: The museum is closed on Mondays.)

5) Stroll the Jardines de S’Hort del Rei

Jardines de S'hort del Rei

Another of the most popular places to see in Palma de Mallorca is the Garden of the Royal Palace (Hort del Rei Park).

Found in the historic center of the city, near the cathedral (#2), the gardens were originally part of the Almudaina Palace.

Today they’re a small public green space, with lovely fountains and shady trees.

6) Shop at the Mercat de Santa Catalina

The Santa Catalina Market is a traditional market in Palma de Mallorca.
The Santa Catalina Market is a traditional market in Palma de Mallorca

Established in 1920, the Mercat de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Market) is Palma’s oldest food market. Dozens of artisan food producers sell fruit, veggies, meat, cheese, seafood, flowers and pastries.

Staying on a super yacht? (Why not!) The market is the perfect place for your chef to stock up on fresh produce and other great food supplies.

Or just browse, and maybe sit down at a little café in the market for a tapa with a glass of wine.

Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca?

We stayed at two hotels in Palma de Mallorca – Petit Palace Hotel Tres and Castillo Hotel Son Vida – and loved them both.

Petit Palace Hotel Tres

Hotel Tres is a minimalist urban boutique hotel right in the heart of the old town of Palma. Several rooms (preferred by us) are housed in a centuries-old palace.

Check rates and availability here

Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Perched high in the hills about 15 minutes away from Palma, Castillo Hotel Son Vida is a luxurious castle-hotel with a fabulous swimming pool. It has much more of a resort feel.

Check rates and availability here

7) Take the train to Soller

Train to Soller
Love trains? You’ll love the old-fashion train ride to Soller

From the capital of Palma de Mallorca, there’s a wonderful narrow-gauge train that goes to the town of Soller.

The train has been trundling through the craggy Serra de Tramuntana mountain range since 1912, bringing in both day-trippers and visitors (like us, who stayed a while in Soller).

The vintage wooden carriages are a trip back in time, with brass ceiling lamps, burnished wood paneling and wood benches.

The Soller train trip takes about an hour – squeezing through 13 tunnels. The time passes all too quickly because the scenery is just so darn scenic!

Palma to Soller Train

The train operates year-round.

For the timetable and ticket cost, see the train operator’s website.

For a fun day trip, take the Soller train, followed by a catamaran boat ride to La Calobra Cove, on this all-day scenic island tour.

8) Stroll the streets of Soller

Plaza de la Constitucion in Soller
What to do in Soller? Plant yourself at an outdoor cafe and relax in Soller’s main square

Now that you’re in Soller, spend some time just enjoying being in this lovely small village in the countryside.

There’s really only one main street and a square – the Plaza de la Constitucion – lined with bars and cafés.

For the fine art of whiling away time and people-watching, plonk yourself down at one of the outdoor cafés, order a cappuccino and cake or pastry, and soak up the atmosphere.

Oh, and don’t forget to try some freshly-squeezed orange juice!

Nestled in the Valley of the Oranges (Vale de los Naranjos), Soller is surrounded by orange groves – and it’s famous for its delicious oranges.

You haven't really tasted OJ until you've tried some Soller orange juice.
You haven’t really tasted OJ until you’ve tried some Soller orange juice

9) Enjoy the art at the Can Prunera Museum

In Soller, be sure to visit the Can Prunera Museum.

In a beautifully restored Art Nouveau mansion, this art gallery showcases modernist and contemporary art, featuring the works of Joan Miro, Paul Klee and Fernand Leger. (And on a hot day, its air conditioning is a welcome reprieve.)

10) Jump on the Port Soller tram

Soller Street Car
The 1913 tram serves Soller and Port Soller

From Soller, you can hop aboard an open-air streetcar that rumbles the few miles out to the fishing village of Port Soller.

Port Soller is a great place for strolling its waterfront promenade and enjoying a seafood lunch or dinner.

Port Soller
A pretty seaside village, Port Soller has lots of great seafood restaurants!

Soller tram

The streetcar (tram) runs hourly.

It leaves Soller at 8:00 am, 9:00 am and so on until 1:00 pm. It leaves Port Soller at 8:30 am, 9:30 am and so on. The last tram from Port Soller to Soller is 1:30 pm. Check the schedule for exact times.

For the schedule and more information on the vintage tram, see here.

11) See Es Pontas

Es Pontes in Mallorca
Es Pontas makes for some great photos!

The wind and sea have carved some incredible rock formations and cliffs in Mallorca.

One of the most unique formations is Es Pontas.

This 65-foot natural rock arch in the sea is found off the coastline in the southeastern part of the island, near Cala Santanyi.

We confess we actually didn’t see it for ourselves, but it gets good TripAdvisor reviews!

12) Hike the GR221 “Dry Stone Route”

Mallorca is laced with many fine walking trails. Naturally, walking in Mallorca is a hit, and outdoor enthusiasts love walking and hiking holidays on the island.

Hiking the GR221 “Dry Stone Route” is popular.

An ancient 90-mile trail of stepping stones, the path was used by Mallorca locals to walk across the mountains from village to village before roads were built on the island.

Today, the well-maintained GR221 trail runs from Port D’Andratx in the southwest of Mallorca to Pollenca in the northwest, and the full trek takes about eight days.

At the end of each section, you can can find a hostel (“refugio” in Spanish), set up for hikers to stay the night.

13) Walk from Soller to Fornalutx (Spain’s prettiest town)

Hiking in Mallorca to Fornalutx
Hiking to Fornalutx… (No, not George!)

As an alternative to tackling the whole Dry Stone Route (#12), do as we did – and walk just a short part.

We walked the section from Soller to the town of Fornalutx, then looped back to Soller.

Set against a backdrop of imposing mountains, Fornalutx has been dubbed “Spain’s prettiest town.”

Fornalutx, Mallorca
Fornalutx is home to beautiful stone houses, with balconies bedecked with flowers

Whether that’s true is debatable; Deia (covered next) could claim that title too. But the walk (okay, let’s be honest, “hike”) to Fornalutx is certainly a thoroughly enjoyable one.

The gradual climb takes you through bucolic countryside, past farmhouses and orange and olive groves, to Fornalutx’s leafy town square.

At an outdoor café, we refueled on cappuccinos and crusty ham baguettes, before returning to Soller.

It’s about a 4.5-mile hike there and back (2 to 3 hours of walking time).

The hike turned out to be one of the most fun things to do in Mallorca for us, especially as we badly needed the exercise.

There’s some great hiking in the Canary Islands too: Check out the awesome Caldera De Taburiente volcano hike on La Palma island

14) Visit Deia

The pretty village of Deia on the north coast, where poet Robert Graves lived for 50 years
The pretty village of Deia on the north coast, where poet Robert Graves lived for 50 years

Imagine a place where you’re buried standing up. That’s Deia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The spot where the tiny village clings to the mountainside is so steep, there’s no flat ground to be buried lying down.

Deia is home to artists, poets (Robert Graves lived here for the last 50 years of his life) and those wealthy enough to afford its pricey real estate.

It’s charming to stroll the streets of Deia – it’s a village you really must see in Mallorca!

Neon pink bougainvillea grows wild everywhere. Artists’ studios abound. Windowsills of old stone houses sport jars of paint brushes.

And the views of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea far below are mind-blowing.

Celebrities love Deia too. Who knows, you might bump into Beyonce or Kate Moss? (Both have spent time in Deia.)

The Belmond La Residencia is a celebrity haven and one of the finest hotels on Mallorca.
The Belmond La Residencia is a celebrity haven and one of the finest hotels on Mallorca

Where to stay in Deia?

The lovely Belmond La Residencia is truly the cat’s meow. A former 17th century manor house, it’s the most luxurious of the hotels in Deia (one of the top hotels in Mallorca too).

Check rates and availability here

15) Swim at Cala Deia

Swimming in Mallorca at Cala Deia
This pebble beach below the village of Deia is ideal for swiming

There’s a donkey track that winds through the forest of pine trees beyond Deia. Follow that, and you come to one of the best beaches in Mallorca – Cala Deia (our favorite beach).

This hidden pebble cove at the bottom of the village is where you can swim in limpid crystal clear water and eat fresh fish at a simple seafront restaurant.

Of course, retracing your steps is another matter.

Our thighs burned big time on the hike back up the 1,000 vertical feet to Deia.

But such are the delights – and challenges – of the sun-splashed Spanish island of Mallorca.

16) Walk to the Capdepera lighthouse

Capdepera Lighthouse, Mallorca
You get great sea views from the Capdepera Lighthouse

From the port town of Cala Ratjada on the northeast coast of Mallorca, it’s an easy 30-minute walk through pine forests to the Capdepera lighthouse. Try not to envy the beautiful villas along the way too much!

At the lighthouse, perched high on rocky cliffs, the sea views are simply gob-smacking. On a good day, you can see the small island of Menorca.

Marked walks take you around the clifftop to view the lighthouse from different angles too.

17) Go wine tasting in Mallorca

Mallorca's wines are gaining in popularity.
Mallorca’s wines are gaining in popularity

We love wine tasting.

At home, we’re fans of the boutique Okanagan wineries in BC (Canada).

Mallorca produces some great wines too. That’s not surprising given its climate, and the island is home to more than 70 vineyards (by last count).

The oldest winery on the island is the family-owned Bodega Ribas winery (established in 1711), located in the village of Consell.

One of the best things to do on Mallorca for wine lovers is to take a historical tour of the winery. Afterwards, seated in a lovely courtyard, you get to sample some of their wines along with tapas.

Other recommended Mallorca wineries include Bodegas Macia Batle and the boutique Bodega Ramanya.

18) Check out some cool caves

The Caves of Hams are a popular Mallorca attraction
The Caves of Hams are a popular Mallorca attraction

There are two sets of caves near the town of Porto Cristo.

The temperature inside the caves is about 70 F – so on a hot summer’s day, they’re one of the most pleasant tourist attractions in Mallorca to visit!

Drach Caves:

The most famous Mallorca caves are the Drach Caves (Cuevas del Drach).

They comprise four inter-connected caves which extend for well over a mile. It’s particularly interesting to see the stalactites, which are shaped like fishhooks.

The caves also contain an underground lake (Lake Martel), one of the largest underground lakes in the world.

You can visit the Caves of Drach on a one-hour long tour. The tour includes a classical music concert and a boat trip across the lake.

Intrigued? Then check out this guided 4-hour tour which combines a tour of the caves with a visit to Porto Cristo.

Caves of Ham:

The other set of caves are the Caves of Ham (Cuevas dels Hams).

We didn’t do this, but you can take a walking tour through the Caves of Hams.

There are three key caves, and you can learn about the history of Mallorca and how these amazing caves were shaped. One of the caves even has a large underground lake called the “Sea of Venice.”

19) Tour Mallorca manor houses

The Archduke Ludwig Salvador, who fled Viennese court life for Mallorca, lived at San Marroig.
The Archduke Ludwig Salvador, who fled Viennese court life for Mallorca, lived at San Marroig

Another pleasant activity in Mallorca?

Touring the island’s elegant palatial manor houses.

We visited Son Marroig, a medieval mansion built on top of a steep hillside. Later in the 19th century, it was acquired and remodeled by Archduke Ludwig Salvatore of Austria.

From the white neoclassic marble temple at one end of the garden, there are magnificent views of the ocean below and of the surrounding terraced hillsides, studded with almond and olive trees.

We also enjoyed peering through glass showcases at old Ludwig’s red leather-bound books – he loved the island so much that he wrote a nine-volume set detailing Mallorca’s botany and natural history.

20) Stay in a finca

Staying in a finca is one of the best things to do in Mallorca
The Fincahotel Can Coll is one of the best fincas in Mallorca

Mallorca is blessed with many rural fincas – farm estates converted into delightful escapist accommodations, typically including organic country-style breakfasts in their rates.

They offer a different type of stay than a conventional hotel, and you shouldn’t leave Mallorca without bedding down in at least one finca.

The Fincahotel Can Coll is one of the best fincas in Mallorca.
We adored our stay at Finca Can Coll in Soller

FincaHotel Can Coll

In the village of Soller, we stayed at the top-rated Finca Can Coll. With an outdoor pool in a lush garden, lovely light-filled rooms and mountain views, Finca Can Coll is quite idyllic.

Check rates and availability here

21) Climb the steps in Pollensa Old Town

Climbing the Calvari steps in Pollensa Old Town
Climbing the Calvari steps in Pollensa Old Town

Pollenca (also spelled Pollensa) is another scenic town on the north coast of Mallorca. Like Deia (#14), it oozes charm.

A popular activity in Pollenca is to climb the 365 Calvari steps from Pollensa Old Town to the 18th century chapel, Oratori del Calvari.

At the church, you’ll be rewarded with great views!

Also spend some time leisurely exploring Pollenca’s cobblestone streets; you’ll enjoy checking out the town’s shops and restaurants.

22) Drink in the view at Cap de Formentor

The scenery at Cap de Formentor is breathtaking

Located on the northernmost point of Mallorca is Cap de Formentor.

It’s an understatement to say this stretch of coastline is dramatic. Think soaring limestone peaks buffeted by winds.

The lighthouse at Cap de Formentor stands at an elevation of 1,260 feet above the sea. The panoramic views from here make you feel there’s just you, the sky and the sea.

You get there by driving a windy 8-mile road from the town of Pollenca.

The Cap de Formentor lighthouse opened in 1863 at the northernmost point of Mallorca.
The Cap de Formentor lighthouse opened in 1863

23) Escape to SaTorre

Close to the Palma de Mallorca airport, you can escape to SaTorre, a 15th century rural estate that’s been turned into a luxury resort.

24) Drive the “snake” road to Sa Calobra

You need courage to drive the snake-like Sa Calobra road in Mallorca!
You need courage to drive the snake-like Sa Calobra road!

Antonio Parietti, the same Italian engineer who built the road to Cap de Formentor, also constructed the “snake” road to Sa Calobra.

Because the mountain slope is so steep, the road had to be designed as a switchback – making the pattern of a snake.

And it’s one of the most epic drives in the world!

The drive to Sa Calobra is famous

Starting from the town of Escorca at the foot of Puig Major (the highest peak on the island), the 8-mile stretch of road is very narrow with few guardrails and no central divider or marking.

And there are 12 hairpin curves of 180 degrees or more on the Sa Calobra road.

The most famous curve is the legendary Nus de Sa Corbata (Knot of the Tie), where the road passes under itself in a 360 degree curve. Gulp!

25) Hang out at Platja des Coll Baix

Platja des Coll Baix is one of the best beaches in Mallorca.
Platja des Coll Baix is one of the best beaches in Mallorca

Some say Platja des Coll Baix is the best beach in Mallorca.

Near Alcudia on the northern coast, it’s certainly one of the island’s most remote and beautiful; you can only reach it on foot or by boat.

If hiking there, be prepared for a medium-difficulty trek about four miles each way.

But it’s very picturesque. You pass through pine forests and then have to do some rock climbing, navigating massive boulders.

The quiet beach itself is a mix of pebbles and coarse sand, lapped by the clearest turquoise water – and you may be visited by wild goats.

Walking to Platja des Coll Baix?

Bring water and snacks or lunch, and wear good running or hiking shoes. A swimsuit is optional (some hikers go for a dip in the buff).

26) Tour the Santuari de Lluc

The Santuari de Lluc is Mallorca's most important holy site.
The Santuari de Lluc is Mallorca’s most important holy site

Founded in the 13th century, the Santuari de Lluc is a monastery and important pilgrimage site, surrounded by high mountains in northwest Mallorca.

The main attraction is the beautiful Basilica, with its gold ornamental motifs. Also try to catch a performance by the Lluc Choir (Els Blauets) – their singing is beautiful!

There’s a small museum attached to the monastery site, and you can also wander through tranquil botanical gardens.

For a unique overnight experience, you can even stay in one of the former monks’ cells.

27) Go horseback riding in Mallorca

Horse riding in Mallorca is another activity visitors can enjoy
Horse riding in Mallorca is another activity visitors can enjoy

If you or your children would like to go horseback riding, check out Hipica Formentor.

Several riding tours are offered, from 45-minute rides for kids under 6 and one-hour rides for beginners to 4- to 5-hour tapas rides and multi-day riding holidays.

Hipica Formentor follows a natural horse care philosophy. All horses are bare-hoofed and ridden with bitless bridles.

28) Slow down in Cala Figuero

Cala Figuero is a traditional fishing village
Cala Figuero is a traditional fishing village

Cala Figuero is the quintessential fishing village, with a laid-back charm. White-painted houses cling to hills lining the narrow harbor.

Get here early in the morning, and you might see the local fishermen returning with their daily catch. Later in the day, they can be seen mending their nets on the dock.

Of course, the seafood is totally fresh.

One of the most pleasant things to do in Mallorca is to drop by Cala Figuero for a long lazy fish lunch – and slowly watch the world go by.

29) Visit Valldemossa and Chopin’s love nest

Chopin and George Sand spent the 1838-39 winter in Valldemossa.
Chopin and George Sand spent the 1838-39 winter in Valldemossa

Another one of the best places to visit in Mallorca is Valldemossa.

Pretty as a picture, Valldemossa is a small village set high in the Tramuntana mountains, about a 20-minute drive from Palma de Mallorca.

It’s probably most famous as the place where Polish composer Frederic Chopin spent a winter with his love, the French writer George Sand. They stayed at the Royal Charterhouse Valldemossa, a palace-cum-convent.

Today, you can tour the Charterhouse and see the cell where Chopin and Sand lived. Not only is the building lovely, but you also get spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges!

It was hot when we visited Valldemossa, so we bought ice-cream in the village after our tour. (It didn’t really cool us off, but it sure tasted good!)

We also sampled coca de potatas – Valldemossa’s famous pastry – which is a sweet bun made from potatoes, sugar and lard.

30) Tour Bellver Castle

Dating back to the 1300s, Bellver Castle has a round tower and was built in a circular shape.
Dating back to the 1300s, Bellver Castle has a round tower and was built in a circular shape

Commanding a fabulous hilltop position on the outskirts of Palma de Mallorca, Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver) was built in Gothic style for King James II in the 14th century.

It was intended to serve as a royal residence. Few royals actually lived in it though, and it was later used as a military prison in the 1700s.

What’s unique about the castle is that it’s circular in shape – one of just a handful of European castles built like this.

You can also enjoy some of the best views of the city from the castle.

Bellver Castle tours

The castle is open to the public to tour. You’ll find the City History Museum (Museu d’ Historia de la Ciutat) on the ground floor, with explanatory panels sharing the history of the city.

If you take the Palma de Mallorca sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus, it will drop you off at the castle.

Alternatively, if you have a car, it’s only a short drive from the city center, and there’s parking available.

For more information, see the castle website.

31) Explore Mondrago Natural Park

Sunbathers enjoy S'Amarado Beach
Sunbathers enjoy S’Amarado Beach

With sand dunes, forested ravines, wetlands and gorgeous sandy beaches, Mondrago Natural Park (Parc Natural de Mondrago) is one of the best places to go in Mallorca for nature lovers.

You can walk the hiking trails, sunbathe and swim at the beaches (the main beach is S’Amarado Beach) and see all sorts of birdlife.

Located on the southwest coast near the small town of Santanyi, the park is quite secluded and only accessible by car (not public transport).

32) Float in a hot air balloon

Who wants to go hot air ballooning over Mallorca?

For a unique bird’s eye view of Mallorca, how about a hot air balloon ride?

You’ll get a different perspective of the sunrise or sunset on this 5-star-rated hot air balloon flight with IB Ballooning. Sip champagne while gliding over small villages on the northeast coast and soaking up stunning views of the Tramuntana mountains.

Talk about a Mallorca bucket list experience!

33) Chill at Calo des Moro

Calo des Moro is another of Mallorca's prettiest beaches
Calo des Moro is another of Mallorca’s prettiest beaches

Okay, we know you want to know more about Majorca’s beautiful beaches.

And those beaches really are some of the best Majorca attractions when it’s hot and sunny outside!

On the southeast coast, Cala del Moro (Calo des Moro) is not exactly a secret. But it’s worth going for a swim in its impossibly turquoise waters.

The beach itself is a tiny stretch of white sand bordered by steep cliffs. (And you lose the sand at high tide, when you’ll be sitting on boulders by the water instead.)

It’s a bit tricky to reach though, as you have to walk down a very steep path.

Note that this is a natural beach – there are no restaurants or facilities. So bring drinking water and whatever else you need to be comfortable.

Mallorca travel tips

Yep, there are lots of fabulous places to see in Mallorca!
Yep, there are lots of fabulous places to see in Mallorca!

Car rental tip:

When renting a car to get around the island – recommended – smaller is better.

We regretted our free “upgrade” to a larger rental car, which was harder to navigate Mallorca’s charming but twisty narrow roads.

Best time to visit Mallorca:

If you want sunny warm-to-hot-weather, the summer months are the best time to go to Mallorca. But this is also the high season, so everything will be more crowded.

We visited Mallorca in September – and the weather was perfect. We could hike, swim and sightsee, all in comfort.

Late September to early October and May to June will see fewer tourists.

Where to stay:

In case you missed it, here’s our comprehensive post on where to stay in Mallorca. It covers the best areas to stay on the island, as well as 15 enchanting hotels and fincas.

Because different parts of the island offer different activities, we suggest you first stay in old Palma de Mallorca, then follow that up with a vacay in Mallorca’s less-traveled northern and/or western countryside.

Yep, there are lots of fabulous places to see in Mallorca!
We can’t wait to return to Mallorca one day…

Now you know the top things to do in Majorca and how to visit!

No doubt about it.

Mallorca is a magical Mediterranean island.

If you seek culture, history (and yes, shopping) – along with elegant hotels and quaint country inns, tranquil beach coves, scenic hiking trails and off-the-beaten-path explorations – pack your bags for a Mallorca vacation!

Have you been to Mallorca? Did we miss any of your favorite places to visit or Mallorca activities?

Let us know! You can share your thoughts in the Comments below…

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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Davis Birsan

Monday 28th of March 2022

Hi Janice and George! This list is amazing -- love all the things off the beaten path. Thank you for putting it together! I have a question regarding how you got around -- did you rent a car for the whole trip or only for some parts of it? Because I'm looking at the train to Soller and wondering if some parts can be done without a car? Thanks!

Janice and George

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

That's exactly what we did! We explored Palma de Mallorca first - without a car (you don't need one). Then we took the train to Soller. Tootled around there without a car (Port Soller, hiking, etc.). From Port Soller, we rented the car to explore other parts of the island. So, yes, some parts can definitely be done without a car :-). Enjoy Mallorca!

Nick Jonas

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Thanks for this interesting article. Spending time in Mallorca would be wonderful! The blend of historic charm with coastline activities would make a blissful holiday. That 65-foot natural rock arch looks stunning.

Ira

Wednesday 31st of July 2019

Super nice pictures and very useful tips when planning a trip to Mallorca!

Janice and George

Wednesday 31st of July 2019

Mallorca has some lovely beaches! We actually prefer the rocky ones -- no sand to get in your bathing suit :-).

Anda

Friday 14th of June 2019

Ah, I don't need any more convincing. You really made me fall in love with Mallorca! 4 miles on foot to get to the Platja des Coll Baix seems like a very strenuous hike in the heat, but I'd do it just to get to see this beautiful place. Great pictures, like always.

Janice and George

Friday 14th of June 2019

We love travel writing because we get to enjoy a place 3 times -- first, when we research it; second, when we visit; and third, when we relive our experiences to write about it. Mallorca is a place we want to enjoy for the 4th time by revisiting again in real life :-).

Debbra Dunning Brouillette

Saturday 30th of March 2019

We got to overnight in Mallorca before a Star Clippers Mediterranean cruise in 2014. Loved touring the cathedral, the old town streets and walking through the market. We stayed in an AirBnB and arrived on my birthday so had a wonderful dinner overlooking the water. Wish we'd had more time there!

Janice and George

Saturday 30th of March 2019

A nice way to celebrate your birthday -- in Mallorca! Do try to return and spend more time on the island; it offers more than enough for a lovely 2-week trip :-).