Mallorca (or Majorca) is a Mediterranean island of stunning natural beauty. Its early reputation for cheap mass tourism emerged from the large scale developments on the island’s south west coast. Early resorts which remain popular today include Magaluf and Palma Nova to the west of Palma and Can Pastilla to the east. In more recent times Mallorca has reinvented itself with an emphasis on more upmarket tourism with visitors encouraged to explore the island’s beautiful coastline and interior. The east coast of Mallorca consists of more than fifty secluded coves of enormous beauty. Cala Millor or Cala Bona are ideal bases from which to discover this region.
What to do in Mallorca
Here are our suggested top 10 things to do in Mallorca. You will probably not do all of them but this list should at least give you something to think about.
- Visit Palma Cathedral
- Visit Bellver Castle
- Take the vintage train journey from Palma to Soller
- Drive the stunning north west coast from Alcudia in the north to Andratx in the south
- Visit the quaint towns of Deia and Valldemossa in the mountains
- Dine on traditional Mallorquin dishes at Celler Sa Premsa in Palma
- Visit the Caves of Drac near Porto Cristo
- Drive to Cap de Formentor for spectacular views at the northern tip of the island
- Visit the Monastery at Lluc
- Enjoy lazy days on the great beaches all around the island
Mallorca’s north east coast has an enormous bay which is home to the popular resorts of Can Picafort and Alcudia. In this area you’ll find some of the most exclusive Mallorca villas with pools for rent as well as a good selection of self-catering Mallorca apartments. Nearer the island’s most northerly point at Cap de Formentor is Puerto Pollensa which has long been a favourite with holidaymakers. This whole area is very popular with cyclists, walkers and birdwatchers.
The Serra de Tramuntana is the mountain range which runs parallel with Mallorca’s north west coast. Its landscape has been recognised by UNESCO which has named it a World Heritage Site. The rugged terrain and mountain peaks present quite a contrast with the gentle east coast. It’s well worth renting a car and heading out to Soller, Deia and Valldemossa as well as the lesser know villages inland.
Mallorca’s Main Holiday Resorts
Such is the diversity of the island that there are holidays in Mallorca to suit everyone. In general the 18-30 crowd head for Magaluf and Palma Nova during the summer months looking for the wild nightlife. Families and visitors looking for a quieter time are better off heading for the more tranquil resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia. Take a look through our the following links to the main resorts to get a better idea of which is best for you:
Located on Mallorca’s southwest coast, Magaluf is the island’s most popular resort for package tourism.
Just down the road from Magalluf and within walking distance is the ever popular resort of Palma Nova.
Santa Ponsa is a popular resort for family holidays which is only 8km from the tourist attractions of Magaluf.
On Mallorca’s stunning north coast the resort of Puerto Pollensa is a well established favourite.
Alcudia on Mallorca’s beautiful northwest coast is a fine destination for holidays all year round.
Cala Millor is the premier resort of the east coast thanks to its magnificent beach and tourism infrastructure.
Just a short stroll from Cala Millor on Mallorca’s east coast is the rather quaint resort of Cala Bona.
Playa de Palma
This resort area has a 6km beach near the airport which stretches all the way from Can Pastilla to Arenal.
Map of Mallorca
More Popular Towns and Resorts in Mallorca
Getting to Mallorca by Ferry
If you’re already in Spain you can get to Mallorca from the mainland using one of the two main ferry companies serving the Balearics. Transmediterranea Ferries operate ultra-modern ferries which connect Palma with Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and Mahon. The journey from Barcelona takes about seven hours but there is also a high speed catamaran which only takes 3 hours 45 minutes. Another company called Balearia Ferries offers the same routes as Transmediterranea plus a connection between Palma and Denia which is south of Valencia. Approximate journey times to Palma are 7 hours from Valencia and 5 hours from Denia (this service goes via Ibiza).