Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, located just off the coast of Spain. This small, yet vibrant, island has three extremely diverse regions: the East Coast, characterized by its sandy beaches, El Pla (the plain) at the center of the island, and the northwest coast dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. Thanks to its mild climate, Mallorca is a great year-round destination; however, be sure to visit between May and September for the best chances of sunshine and blue skies.
With over 540 kilometers of coastline, Mallorca is home to a large range of beaches: from rocky, out-the-way coves to long, white sandy stretches, there is something to suit everyone. For picturesque sandy beaches, make sure to visit some of the southeastern coastal areas, such as Calas de Mallorca, Es Caragol, and Es Trenc. These beaches offer miles of sandy shoreline, which are great for walking, watersports, and delicious, fresh, and affordable seafood restaurants.
|Es Trenc Beach is just one of Mallorca's many sandy stretches.
Nature lovers and beach bums alike should check out the areas along the northwest coast, such as Sa Calobra. Home to underwater caves, these spots are great for diving and swimming in quiet waters, surrounded by pine trees and untouched cliffs.
Mallorca also has many smaller neighboring islands and natural reserves, such as Sa Dragonera or Cabrera. These are easily accessible by boat and are great spots to explore the indigenous flora and fauna away from the crowds.
|Sa Dragonera is a smaller island right next to Mallorca.|
Despite the island’s well-deserved reputation as a beach destination, its cultural and historical richness should not be overlooked. Initially colonized by the Phoenicians, Mallorca has since been ruled by a number of kingdoms, including the Romans and the Moors, whose influence can still be spotted throughout the island’s architecture. Take a walk down the labyrinth-like streets of Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital, and you’ll stumble upon a dramatic combination of Baroque and Gothic architecture, such as the Gothic cathedral La Seu.
|The Gothic cathedral La Seu is one of Palma's most famous landmarks.
You’ll also see the well-preserved remnants of the Arab Baths, as well as parts of the old city walls, which date back to the 17th century. Drive a short distance from the capital to see the unique, circular Bellver Castle, which offers both a fascinating history lesson, and stunning views over the city.
Take a road trip along narrow, winding roads of the Serra de Tramuntana to see charming villages, markets, and magnificent rural views. One of the best routes heads northwards from Andratx, stopping in Valldemossa, Deia, and Soller, which have inspired famous artists and writers, such as Frédéric Chopin or Robert Graves.
|Mallorca features many charming villages such as Valldemossa.
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch the stunning sunset views at Sa Foradada Viewpoint, or at the Formentor Lighthouse, which sits at the most northern point of the island. The Serra de Tramuntana is also excellent for hiking, with scenic routes along the cliffs to the highest point of the island (1,445m).
|The Formentor Lighthouse sits at the most northern point of Mallorca.|
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I stayed a week on Mallorca with my family and it was great! We spent a lot of time at the beach but also explored the island a little bit. Palma is a great day trip! Unfortunately, it gets very busy during high season, so if possible you should come here in spring or late summer.
It’s amazing awesome cool
More than a party destination - beautiful beaches and landscapes.