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Discover 33 Delightful Things to Do in Mallorca, Spain

Are you planning a trip to 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.

As we weren’t interested in these types of Mallorca tourist attractions and activities, we never saw that side of the island.

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

If you’re looking for what to do in Mallorca, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve visited Mallorca twice now (most recently for three weeks). Both times, we were completely taken by this beautiful island – from hiking the oh-so-picturesque countryside and 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.

On both of our trips, we were determined to find the best places in Mallorca to visit – and to experience the best of 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 west and north coasts

The first time, we started our visit in Palma de Mallorca, the island’s cosmopolitan capital city. Then we set off to explore Mallorca’s scenically dramatic western region.

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

On our most recent visit, we finished up in Palma, after exploring the island’s west, north and east coasts.

Planning tip

Wondering how to map out your Mallorca adventure?

There’s isn’t one right way of doing this. But after visiting twice, we’ve pieced together our own tried-and-tested itinerary for Mallorca, with several options for you to personalize.

Mallorca: Things to do + guide

About Mallorca – Spelling + location

Mallorca must-see and must-do experiences

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 Figuera

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

Renting a car in Mallorca

Best time to visit Mallorca

Mallorca accommodations

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.

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

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 Majorca?

We’re delighted to share all the following must-do Mallorca experiences with you!

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 at the beginning or end of your Mallorca visit.

The historic Old Town is an enchanting rabbit warren of cobbled streets, lined with shops (ahh, 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.

Pssst! For a super fun way to explore the Old Town of Palma de Mallorca (where you won’t get lost!), join a guided half-day e-bicycle tour.

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 were 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 was sculpted by the quixotic architect Antoni Gaudi.

It 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

When 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.

You can really soak up its long and rich history, as many of the palace’s vast rooms exhibit furniture and treasures from different past eras.

Antique furniture and Flemish tapestries in the Almudaina Palace, Palma de Mallorca
Antique furniture and Flemish tapestries in the Almudaina Palace

Peek out the windows too. Yes, the architecture and furnishings are impressive. But so are the gorgeous views you get over the Bay of Palma, dotted with luxury ships and yachts.

(By the way, you too can enjoy sailing from Palma de Mallorca. On this half-day sailboat cruise, you can swim, snorkel, try stand-up paddleboarding, sip bubbly and nibble on Majorcan tapas.)

4) Visit the Joan Miro Museum

The surrealist artist Joan Miro married Pilar Juncosa, a Mallorcan, in Palma in 1929 and later settled down with her in Palma de Mallorca.

Miro’s workshop and light-filled studio are now the Miro Mallorca Fundacio. And it’s also a top contender on the list of what to see in Mallorca.

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.

For art aficionados, visiting this museum is a must-do in Mallorca.

(Note: The museum is closed on Mondays.)

5) Stroll the Jardines de S’Hort del Rei

Jardines de S'hort del Rei
Hort del Rei Park

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

Still wondering what to do in Palma de Mallorca? Check out the Mercat de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Market).

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, it’s 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 three hotels in Palma de Mallorca on our two trips – Petit Palace Hotel Tres, Can Bordoy and Castillo Hotel Son Vida – and loved them all.

Petit Palace Hotel Tres

Petit Palace 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.

Can Bordoy

Also in the Old Town, Can Bordoy is a 5-star Palma de Mallorca hotel with glam rooms, two small pools (rooftop and garden) and a romantic garden courtyard restaurant.

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 more of a resort feel than the other two Old Town hotels above.

7) Take the train to Soller

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

Don’t miss it when visiting Mallorca!

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

The train has been trundling through the craggy Serra de Tramuntana mountain range since 1912, carrying locals, day-trippers and other visitors.

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 Soller train (Tren de Soller) operates operates year-round (except for a couple of months in the dead of winter). For the timetable and ticket cost, see the train operator’s website.

Interested in a fun day trip from Palma that includes this historic train ride? You’ll love this all-day island tour.

It packages a drive through the Tramuntana mountains to Sa Calobra, an unbelievably scenic boat ride from Sa Calobra to Port de Soller and the tram ride to Soller with the vintage train ride back to Palma.

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.

Soller offers plenty to do. But you don’t really have to do anything to enjoy it.

There’s 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.

Riding the streetcar (tram) is one of the top things to do in Mallorca when visiting Soller or Port Soller.

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

Soller tram

According to the official schedule, the streetcar (tram) runs hourly.

It leaves Soller at 8:00 am, 9:00 am and so on until 7:00 pm. It leaves Port Soller at 8:30 am, 9:30 am and so on. The last tram from Port Soller to Soller is 7:30 pm. Check the schedule for exact times.

In high season, however, the tram runs much more frequently. There are many trams to accommodate all the visitors. On our most recent visit to Soller in late September, there was a tram every 15 minutes or so.

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

11) See Es Pontas

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

One of the most unique formations is Es Pontas.

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

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 Pollensa (also spelled Pollenca) in the northwest, and the full trek takes about eight days.

At the end of each section, you 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, looping back to Soller, on both of our trips.

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

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!

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

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, refuel on cappuccinos and a crusty ham baguette or sweet treat before returning to Soller.

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

The second time we hiked to Fornalutx, we continued on from Fornalutx to the village of Biniaraix (for another café stop!), before looping back to Soller.

On both occasions, the hike was one of the most fun things to do in Mallorca for us, especially as we badly needed the exercise.

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 west 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?

Belmond La Residencia

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).

Hotel Es Moli

It costs a lot less to stay at the 4-star Hotel Es Moli. But it’s also charming. And it boasts an unbeatable private beach cove, La Muleta, for sunning and swimming in the sea.

15) Swim at Cala Deia

There’s a donkey track that winds through the forest of pine trees beyond Deia. Follow that, and you reach what’s touted as one of the best beaches in Mallorca – Cala Deia.

(You can also walk down the hiking trail in front of Hotel Es Moli to get to Cala Deia.)

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 rustic seafront restaurant, Ca’s Patro March. (The restaurant is now famous after being featured in the The Night Manager hit mini-series.)

Swimming in Mallorca at Cala Deia
This pebble beach below the village of Deia is great for swimming (but it does get busy)

Of course, retracing your steps is another matter, depending on the route you take to get back up to Deia.

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!

Is Cala Deia worth it?

To be honest, we were less impressed by Cala Deia the most recent time we hiked there.

It seems to be on everyone’s “Mallorca to do” list now. And it didn’t have the same secret feel it did when we first visited – and when it felt like our own little discovery.

We preferred swimming and relaxing at the nearby La Muleta cove. La Muleta’s beach club is private though – exclusively for guests of Hotel Es Moli.

If you’re staying at Es Moli, give Cala Deia a miss and go to La Muleta instead.

If you’re not staying at Es Moli, certainly hike down the “nicer” path to Cala Deia (the path that starts in front of Es Moli). It’s a lovely jaunt! Perhaps have lunch at Ca’s Patro March or the other restaurant there.

But maybe lower your expectations about the natural beauty of the beach – and you won’t be disappointed.

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

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).

Mallorca wine
Mallorca’s wines are gaining in popularity

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 this 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.

If you’re looking to try wines in the midst of Palma Old Town, you might like this wine-tasting experience held in a cozy colmado wine store. It includes tasting several wines, along with different cheeses and cured local sausage.

And if you’re keen to learn more about the local cuisine too, consider signing up for this highly-rated half-day cooking class.

With the guidance of a skilled professional chef, you’ll whip up some easy-to-follow Spanish recipes – while enjoying some delightful local wine, of course!

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.

The Caves of Drach
The Caves of Drach

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. This half-day Drach Caves excursion from Palma takes you there.

Or hit the road and visit hidden Mallorca gems plus the caves on a “WithLocals” private day trip.

Caves of Hams

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

You can visit both sets of caves on this full-day Caves of Drach and Hams tour. (It also includes a stop at the pretty fishing village of Porto Cristo.)

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

Fincas in Soller

On the fringe of the village of Soller, we stayed at the top-rated Finca Can Coll Boutique Country House on our first visit to Mallorca.

With an outdoor pool in a lush garden, lovely light-filled rooms and mountain views, Finca Can Coll is quite idyllic.

Another beautiful finca in Soller is Finca Ca’s Curial. We stayed here on our most recent Mallorca trip.

For adults only, this 19th century estate also has an outdoor swimming pool. Rooms and suites have views of the mountains and orange groves.

21) Climb the steps in Pollensa Old Town

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

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

A popular activity in Pollenca is to climb the 365 Calvari steps from Pollensa Old Town up 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

Road access to the lighthouse is limited in the summer months, however.

Take a passenger ferry ride instead to Formentor Beach from Port Pollensa. The coastal cliffside scenery is stunning.

Or opt for a thrilling speedboat excursion to Cap Formentor and Formentor Beach. You’ll see the lighthouse from the water.

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

Any gearheads or driving enthusiasts out there?

We have a Mallorca must-do experience for you!

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 this horse riding experience in the mountains.

This mountain ride to Alcudia Bay lasts for one or two hours (depending on the option you choose).

For the brunch option, you also get to enjoy a light lunch of bread, Serrano ham, Mallorcan cheese and sobrasada (a Balearic island pork sausage).

28) Slow down in Cala Figuera

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

Cala Figuera 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 Majorca experiences is to drop by Cala Figuera to walk the narrow path around the deep inset harbor. It’ll take a while because of all the photos you’ll be snapping!

Then enjoy a long lazy fish lunch or sunset dinner – and slowly watch the world go by.

Actually, Cala Figuera is so captivating that, in our books, spending a good half day here is one of the top 10 things to do in Mallorca!

29) Visit Valldemossa and Chopin’s love nest

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

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

You can visit Valldemossa as well as Soller and Port de Soller on this private 5- to 6-hour excursion (rated 5 stars) from Palma. It’s particularly ideal for cruise ship passengers, as you’re guaranteed to get back to the ship on time.

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 (like we did), 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 Mallorca’s southwest coast near the small town of Santanyi, the park is quite secluded.

We parked our rental car at the S’Amarador Beach parking lot, where we walked along a coastal cliff path to the beach.

The other option for getting to the park is to take the public bus from Cala D’Or to Cala Mondrago (which is another beach in the park).

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 one 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, Calo del Moro (Cala 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!

Mallorca car rental tip

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

Our first trip, we regretted our free “upgrade” to a larger rental car. It was hard to navigate on Mallorca’s twisty narrow roads.

Our second trip, we were wiser. Thankfully, we got the small automatic car we’d booked from VIMA Rent a Car to explore the Santanyi area.

Best time to visit Mallorca

If you want sunny and hot weather, the peak summer months are the best time to go to Mallorca. But July and August are also the high season, so everything will be more crowded.

We visited Mallorca in September on both our trips (the second trip extended into October) – and the weather was perfect. We could hike, swim and sightsee.

In fact, it was still hot in October on our recent visit!

If you’ll be doing a lot of hiking, maybe travel to Mallorca in May or mid- to late-October for more comfortable hiking weather.

May (and early June) as well as late September and October will see fewer tourists too.

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 20 enchanting hotels and fincas.

Because different parts of the island offer different experiences, we suggest you first stay in old Palma de Mallorca.

Then follow that up with a vacay in less touristy northern Mallorca and/or the western and eastern countryside.

Or you could end your Majorca visit in Palma de Mallorca, before flying back home.

Yep, there are lots of fabulous places to see in Mallorca!
We can’t wait to return to Mallorca (again!) 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? What do you think – is Mallorca worth visiting? Did we miss any of your favorite places to visit or Majorca activities?

Let us know! You can share your thoughts in the Comments section below (and read comments from other readers).

More Mallorca travel information

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Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

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  1. Beatrice says:

    Mallorca was never on my bucket travel list, but after reading the post and admiring the pictures, I wish I had its sand in my suitcase. You have a wonderfully engaging style of drawing the reader to this magical, unspoiled island. I wish there was some place like it close to North America.

    • Yes, it’s hard to find European-like places in North America! Montreal and Quebec City have a European flavour (but sadly no swimming beaches :-). And they’re somewhat colder places too…

  2. Irene Levine says:

    What a lovely article. We visited Palma last year so it brought back nice memories. We are currently in Barcelona, not too far from you. Wish we could meet!

    Best, Irene and Jerry

  3. Jenny says:

    Aah the memories! We’ve had exactly the same holiday a couple of years ago but my photos have been lost so it was great to see yours. I do remember the little restaurant on the water’s edge below Deia was unfortunately closed at the time. Maybe we should go back!

  4. Sophie says:

    Very curious to see both Deia and Fornalutx now (love Catalan spelling, all those unexpected x’s). I’ve seen the old train to Soller, but never taken it. Great Majorca tips here – and tempting photos.

  5. Kathryn says:

    That photo of the tram brought back some funny memories of Port Soller… the look of my boyfriend’s face when he took the camera away from his eyes and realised the tram he was photographing was a lot closer than he thought! The tram driver was laughing his head off. One of those moments when you really shouldn’t laugh but can’t help it!
    Going back to Mallorca next week – can’t wait!

  6. Becky Padmore says:

    This side of the island is very beautiful, lovely photos!

  7. Christine Dodd says:

    I love Alcudia in Mallorca. And Mallorca.

    Love your photos!

  8. Debbra Dunning Brouillette says:

    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!

  9. Anda says:

    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 says:

      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 :-).

  10. Ira says:

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

    • Janice and George says:

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

  11. Nick Jonas says:

    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.

  12. Davis Birsan says:

    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 says:

      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!

  13. Camila says:

    As a 21-yr resident of Mallorca, you should update your information. Many of the famous beaches are dirty. It’s incredibly crowded everywhere.

    As for Deia and Valldemossa? A 40-min car wait just to find a parking spot now. Worst of all, there were 40 plus degree temps for 5 months this summer.

    I have now left and live elsewhere in Spain.

    • Janice and George says:

      We’re sorry Mallorca ended up disappointing you.
      It’s true that climate change means most places in Europe have suffered very hot summers lately. (A good reason to visit in the off season!) And attractive places like Mallorca attract visitors, which means they can get crowded in the high season. (Another good reason to visit outside of the summer season!)
      We’d probably be frustrated too if we visited Mallorca in summer. Late September/October (or early spring) are much better times to go :-).

  14. Karly S. says:

    Would you recommend Mallorca for a honeymoon? Reading this article made me want to visit! Looks beautiful.

    • Janice and George says:

      Absolutely! It has lots of lovely romantic fincas and boutique hotels, gorgeous beaches, pretty seaside and country villages and lots of culture. Plus, if you like to walk, there are many delightful hiking and walking paths.

      You could have a wonderful honeymoon in Mallorca!