Mallorca is the largest island of the Spanish Balearic archipelago. It’s an island that has something for everyone, whether beautiful beaches, lazy holidays, lively bars and restaurants or atmospheric towns. These are the 10 best things to do in Mallorca to make your next visit unforgettable.
1. Get lost in Palma de Mallorca
Palma is the biggest city on the island and also the island’s capital. It isn’t enormous in size, though, so you can definitely explore Palma de Mallorca by foot. There are plenty of small streets to wander along. Many of them feature wonderful houses with beautiful, colourful wooden window shutters that are very unique. The city as a whole boasts wonderful architecture, including the stunning gothic cathedral La Seu, Moorish baths and 14th-century castle. There are also many museums, parks, shops, restaurants and cafes to dip in and out of.
2. Take a train to Soller
From Plaza de Espana in Palma you can take the amazing vintage train to Soller. This route takes you through the mountains and 10 tunnels, so you can expect wonderful views. From Soller you can then take vintage tram to Port de Soller. It costs 30 euros per person and the journey takes 1.5 hours, but it’s a great experience. The town itself is very beautiful, but if it’s a breathtaking beach with amazing mountains view you want, go straight to the port.
For more characterful and practical ways to travel around Mallorca, check out this essential guide to getting about.
3. Swim in crystal clear water near Alcudia
Alcudia is a town in the north of the island, about an hour’s bus ride from Palma de Mallorca. The town itself has a great atmosphere and stunning sights, like ruins of Roman buildings. From the centre, you can walk to beautiful Port de Alcudia or the stunning beaches Platja de Alcudia and Playa de Muro. It was definitely one of the best beaches I’ve seen in Europe and it’s worth the trip!
4. Eat an orange in Fornalutx
This small village in the heart of Serra de Tramuntana is one of the oldest on the island and retains many traditional buildings.The old buildings, stone streets and interesting stairs to tenement houses are guaranteed to charm you. There are also many orange trees that this village is famed for. In some places, Fornalutx looks like time has simply come to a stop. It’s the perfect place to visit for a peaceful atmosphere, and there are plenty of hiking trails to enjoy it from.
5. Scream from the cliff in Cap de Formentor
Cap de Formentor is considered to be the most beautiful part of Mallorca. It’s a viewpoint on the peninsula on the northwestern part of the island. You can get there by driving along a scenic road with many viewpoints en route. At the end you will also see a 19th-century lighthouse – el Far de Formentor. Its one of the biggest attractions in Mallorca.
6. Don’t try to walk to El Arenal
I wasn’t sure what to expect from El Arenal. I used to live in Berlin so I wanted to see how German the Spanish city really would be. It’s good for a night out and by day it has a very nice beach. If you love palm trees, visit El Arenal at sunset. Even though our trip was unluckily on a cloudy evening, I still managed to take amazing photographs and fell completely in love. A tip from one traveller to another? Don’t try to walk there from Palma. I tried and failed halfway along the route, where it was very hard to pick up a taxi!
7. Go dizzy on Sa Calobra
This winding road in Mallorca is 15km long and travels through very picturesque scenery, so it should be on your list of things to do in Mallorca. I haven’t tried driving it myself, but some people say it’s not so easy, especially when you need to pass large tourist buses. At the end of this meandering route is a charming creek.
8. Follow the footsteps of Frederic Chopin
The city Valldemossa used to be home in the winter months to famous Polish pianist and composer Frederic Chopin. Today, you can visit a church where the artist’s piano was preserved. Located in the mountains, the surrounding area has many wonderful buildings and narrow streets, where pots of flowers and lush vegetation adorn the walls. From there, you can also visit a picturesque rocky beach
9. Find out what lies beneath in Porto Cristo
Located in Porto Cristo, the two caves, Coves des Halms and Coves del Drach, are a must-visit as long as you aren’t claustrophobic..A tangle of underground corridors and chambers, rock formations and fabulous infiltrations, these caves are definitely one of the best places to visit in Mallorca. In Coves del Drach you will also find the largest underground water reservoir in the world, Lake Martel.
10. Party in Magaluf
Hot on Ibiza’s heels, Mallorca is party heaven if you’re looking for a nightlife destination in Europe. Every year many young people come to Magaluf especially for the party scene, and they aren’t disappointed. There are many good bars around the island, but the majority are located in Magaluf. Have a few drinks in the bar, let loose on the many dance floors and then relax on the beach right after, which is located by the main party strip.
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