I’ve just touched down from this beautiful Balearic island after a wonderful week away. It wasn’t my first time visiting Mallorca, but it was the first time I’ve explored more than one beach, where I spent the majority of my last holiday. Mallorca is a Spanish island and part of the Balearics island chain.
How to get to Mallorca
Searching for cheap summer holiday flights made me consider visiting Mallorca again. It turns out you can fly to Palma airport for as little as £50 both ways. Plus, because of the frequency of the flights you can even get it for that price one week before travelling if you’re lucky. If you don’t fancy travelling by plane, you can also get there by boat from cities like Barcelona, Valencia or Ibiza – twin-centre holiday, anyone?
What time of year is best to visit Mallorca?
This charming island has so much to offer that there’s little risk of being bored. There is a very real risk that the heat will hamper your efforts though. Let’s be honest, sometimes in the height of summer it’s just too hot to do anything but lie by the beach or pool, sipping a cold cocktail and soaking up the sun.
It can get very hot in summer months. Even though the mercury only reads around 30’C, it feels like far hotter. If you don’t love sunbathing or simply want to explore the entire island, avoid the peak summer season. You’ll get much more out of your trip to Mallorca in the spring or autumn – and you could get it for lower prices, too.
Where to stay on your next holiday to Mallorca
When you get off the plane and you’ve got the whole island at your fingertips, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly where will be best for you.
If you’re envisaging lazy days spent basking in the sun and a buzzing party scene at night, then Magaluf is for you. A quick Google search will tell you that Magaluf is full of young, drunk Brits, but I didn’t find it to be as bad as many would have you believe. There is a strip with clubs and bars, so it’s easy to avoid that area if it’s too much for you. There are plenty of places to enjoy a nice cocktail in a bar by the beach instead. Alternatively, head to El Arenal if you’re a fan of German beer and the German nightlife crowd.
Check out more hotspots when it comes to the European party scene here.
If beautiful beaches are what you seek, stay in Alcudia. Nearby, you’ll find a beach called Playa de Muro that really is stunning. And for great mountain views, you can stay in Port de Soller, which also has nice beach.
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If you’re planning a family holiday, then Palma Nova and Palma de Mallorca are both worth checking out. I stayed in Palma for my most recent trip, in Melia Palas Atenea hotel. I’d really recommend this hotel – you’ll enjoy great views over the marina with an intimate collection of bars and restaurants nearby. It’s only about 2km from the city centre and beach, too, so you can be in the thick of it – tourists, attractions and all – very quickly, with a quieter retreat to return to.
How to travel around the island of Mallorca
I have to admit that I was surprised by how easy it is to travel around when visiting Mallorca. One of the simplest options is to take a taxi. But why is choosing a taxi over other transport options worth it? You’ll find posters advertising how much different routes between key destinations will cost, so there’s little risk of jumping in a car only to be hit with a big bill at the end.
My flight was delayed, so when I landed it was almost 1am and I worried getting to my hotel would be a nightmare. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Almost as soon as I left the airport, I was in a taxi and on the way without a hitch. Even at this time, there were plenty of taxis parked up ready outside the airport. It only cost me 20 euros to get to Palma.
There’s also a bus that takes you to Palma, and from there you can catch your next connection. Buses are a fabulous option that are cheap and get you just about everywhere. The routes are also really easy to figure out. The bus numbers starting with 100s drive around the southwest, 200s cover the west, 300s the north and centre, 400s centre and east coast and 500s take care of the south. You buy your tickets directly from the bus driver and you can plan your route on this website.
From the same station where you get on the bus, Plaza de Espana, you can also catch the train. There are regular routes by rail to cities like Inka. There’s also the amazing vintage train to Soller (and from there, a vintage tram to Port de Soller).
If you like to travel at your own pace and see as much as you can you can, then renting a car or motorbike gives you the ultimate in flexibility and freedom.