21 Spectacular Things to do in Mallorca, Spain

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Mallorca, or Majorca, is the largest island in the Balearic Islands, which are owned by Spain and located in the Mediterranean. Often overlooked for the more popular island of Ibiza, Mallorca is a great vacation destination in it’s own right.

I visited in May and the water may still have been a bit chilly but the weather was great and the island was not crowded. Most beaches I stopped at had less than 10 people at them.

Being less of a party island, you are likely to find a more quiet local scene around the island of Mallorca. The capital, Palma has a lot to offer. You can find a diverse nightlife, a Moorish Almudaina royal palace and the 13th-century Cathedral, just to name a few of the great things to do in Mallorca.

Pair those attractions with fantastic restaurants and beaches and you can understand why people are starting to see the allure of this island.

There are many exceptional things to do on Mallorca. Whether it be visiting a dreamy port city like Porto Cristo or sampling wine at one of the many vineyards, there is something for every traveler.

Here are my favorite things to do in Mallorca!

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21 Spectacular Things to do in Mallorca

1. Rent a car

Mallorca beaches
Enjoying the quiet corners of Mallorca on our road trip!

If there is one thing I would recommend doing in Mallorca, it is renting a car. Knowing I would be traveling to Mallorca after my time in Barcelona I had already done the research and realized I would want to rent a vehicle for my time there.

Not only is Mallorca a very easy place to drive it also lacks an efficient public transportation network (there is a bus and train network, but it doesn’t allow much flexibility). So if you want to see more than just the capital or the front of your resort, you should rent a vehicle. 

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2. Take the Scenic Routes

things to do in Mallorca - Road trip

Once you rent a car, take the scenic routes. This way you can experience the great views along the hairpin roads heading north up the west side of Mallorca.

Leave Palma going West, follow MA-1 until you hit MA-10 in Andratx. Once you get on MA-10 you can follow it north all the way to Port de Pollenca on the northern side of the island.

This drive is not for the faint of heart. You will be driving along cliffs on roads that barely fit two small-sized cars, not to mention the cyclists you will meet along the way. That being said, it shouldn’t be missed because the views were unobstructed and breathtaking.

3. Enjoy the Towers of Alcudia

Towers of Alcudia

This city is rich in history. Alcudia originally served as the capital when the island was under Roman rule. It was later destroyed and then rebuilt into one of the main trading ports on the island.

The port of Alcudia offers a ferry to Menorca if you are interested. Thanks to its rich history, Roman influence can be seen all around this town. However, a major sight to see is the city walls. They were added after the Spanish conquest and have been restored to their original state. There are gates and 26 towers in total.

Our Top Recommended Tour: City Experience: Alcudia Market and Formentor Bus tour

4. Explore Palma

beaches in Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the capital and is the city you will be flying into. It’s a very laid-back and vibrant city. You will find copious amounts of cafes, coffee shops, beaches, narrow streets, impressive architecture and an incredible cathedral.

Weather can reach high temperatures during the day, so exploring is best done in the mornings or late evenings. Once nighttime hits, be ready to see the streets and plazas come alive with local music performers and outdoor seating at restaurants.

Many pubs and restaurants line the beaches so you can view an amazing sunset.

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5. Castell de Bellver

Castell de Bellver - things to do in Mallorca

One of the best things I did in Palma was visit the 14th century built Castell de Bellver. Situated on a hill just west of the city center, this castle allows you a great view of the port and the city of Palma.

The base of the castle is surrounded by trees and the castle itself is a unique circle shape with a circular tower.

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6. La Seu-Palma Cathedral

La Seu-Palma Cathedral - things to do in Mallorca

The first site I visited in Palma was the Cathedral de Santa Maria or La Seu. It is breathtaking. It is situated right along the coast of the city allowing you a great view of the bay area while sightseeing around the cathedral.

There are many local street artists in this area as well if you are looking for some original artwork. 

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7. Stay a Night in Cala Figuera

Cala Figuera - things to do in Mallorca

Cala Figuera is a small fishing port tucked away on the north side of the island. It does not have a beach and therefore is much quieter. If you are looking to escape the tourists, this little town could be the right place for you.

Relax and spend time at one of the local cafes, drinking coffee and enjoying some pastries with a great view of the bay. If you are up in the early morning, you may even get to see some of the fishing boats returning with their catch of the day.

8. Roam the Streets of Soller

porto de soller

Sóller is a town in the northwest coast of Mallorca. The town is situated 3 km inland from the Port de Sóller, in a large, bowl-shaped valley. If you are looking for a truly authentic feel of a quaint island town Soller is it.

The church of Sant Bartomeu (Saint Bartholomew) is a must-see while visiting Soller. Built from 1668-1723 it is a large baroque church but still has gothic elements maintained on the interior and is the centerpiece of the Plaça Constitució.

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9. Sample Locally Made Jams in Port de Soller

Fet a Soller - things to do in Mallorca

You must absolutely visit Fet a Soller while in Port de Soller. They are a tiny storefront that offers a wide variety of locally sourced products for you to taste and to buy.

Find: oils, vinegar, jams, honey, syrups, local produce, wine, herbs, spices, cheese and meats. Everything I sampled from here was tasty but I especially enjoyed their fig jam.

10. Enjoy the Beach at Mondrago Natural park

Beach at Mondrago Natural park

Mondrago NaturalPark is another great highlight in Mallorca. It offers gorgeous beaches, pine forests and sand dunes. The beach is only accessible by car, not by any public transport options, which makes it a little less visited by tourists.

The beach has crystal clear water, soft sand and a picturesque landscape to relax the day away in.

11. Take the Vintage Tram to Port de Soller

Vintage Tram - things to do in Mallorca

One of the most popular attractions in Soller is to take the vintage tram from the town’s center to the ever-popular Port de Soller. The tram ride takes around 30 minutes and offers a timetable with set times for departures and returns.

The drop off point in Port de Soller is in the city center as well, surrounding you with a beautiful beach, colorful shops and several restaurants to choose from.

12. Find Calo des Moro Beach

Beautiful view of cala des moro Mallorca, Spain. Bathing beach. Mediterranean sea.Idyllic turquoise crystal clear beach bay.

The journey to find this beach can be difficult, but it is a magical place once you do. Calo Des Moro Beach is one of the most photographed beaches on Mallorca.

Once getting there, you will see various options for great overlook pictures of the little bay and the vast sea beyond it. Want to reach the actual beach?

Follow the crowds, for there are multiple pathways, but most do not reach the beach.

13. Take in the View at Mirador es Colomer

Mirador es Colomer - things to do in Mallorca

Mirador es Colomer offers maybe one of the best viewpoints on Mallorca. It has towering cliffs, majestic blue sea as far as the eye can see, and is a great place to capture panoramic shots.

You will have to walk a little ways to get to the best viewing points but they have handrails and the steps are fairly even and easy to walk. Keep in mind that this is one of the top things to do in Mallorca and even in May, when the island was “quiet”, it was hard to find parking. 

Our Top Recommended Tour: City Experience: Alcudia Market and Formentor Bus tour

14. Visit the Lighthouse of Cap de Formentor

Lighthouse of Cap de Formentor in the northeast of the balearic island of Majorca (Mallorca) around sunset

The Formentor or Cap de Formentor Lighthouse is an active lighthouse at the northernmost tip of Mallorca. It is the highest lighthouse in the Balearic Islands with a focal height of 689 feet above sea level, located on high cliffs at the tip of Cap de Formentor.

This site was packed with people and hard to find parking, but it contained some great history about Mallorca and the service of this lighthouse.

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15. Stretch your legs at Gorg Blau

Gorg Blau - things to do in Mallorca Spain

Gorg Blau is an artificial reservoir located in the valleys between the mountains of Puig Major & Puig de Massanella. It was a great rest spot to get out and stretch your legs on the way north from Soller.

The gorge itself consists of a narrowing valley lined with limestone cliffs on each side. The valley leads to a tall dam and hydro-electric station which do detract slightly from this otherwise magnificent setting.

16. Do a Wine tasting at one of the Island’s Wineries

Sierra Tramuntana wine in spain.

Wineries in Mallorca are growing and you can now easily find one around the island that offers tours and tastings. There are five different regions on the island, all with different climates that create completely different wine profiles: The Sierra Tramuntana, El Raiguer, El Pla, Serra de Llevant, and El Mijorn. 

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17. Cycle the Island

cycling on Mallorca

I had never seen more cyclists in my life than on Mallorca. They are everywhere on the roads and were constantly behind me riding my tail going down the hairpin turns.

Since Mallorca has over 300 sunny days a year with nice roads and terrain it attracts a wide range of cycle enthusiasts year round. 

18. Walk up the 365 Calvari Steps in Pollença

365-step stairway up to a chapel on top of the hill known as Calvary in Pollenca, Mallorca island, Spain

The Calvari steps not only offer superb views of Pollença, but are also one of the town’s most iconic locations thanks to its impressive stairway. It consists of 365 steps, one for each day of the year, and is flanked by cypress trees.

19. Eat the food, everywhere, all the time!

Mallorca Food

I never had a single bad meal on this island! The food is authentic, fresh and if you are a foodie like me you will be in heaven! Make sure to try a Pa amb Oli anywhere on Mallorca as its famous here and was delicious every time I had it.

Don’t pass up fresh fish in the port towns as everything is caught and prepared fresh. Another must have dish while visiting Mallorca is paella, a mixture of saffron-flavored rice and various meats served in hot round skillet to the table.

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20. Coves del Drac (Cuevas del Drach)

Coves del Drac - things to do in Mallorca

I made the short drive from Porto Cristo down to Coves del Drac on the Southeast side of the island. They do not disappoint. Like most areas on the island, the caves were not crowded with tourists, which really allowed you to become immersed in the visual beauty of these underground caves.

Bright teal green water with spiraling rock formations and a large underground lake called Martel is the largest underground lake in Europe and one of the largest in the world measuring 540 ft. long by 131 ft. wide.

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21. Explore the water

Mallorca Spain coastline

The water here is crystal clear and quite undisturbed for a vacation location. I had packed my own snorkel gear and though the water was chilly, I explored at every beach stop.

The underwater rock formations are beautiful and if no one has been in the water for awhile you can see a wide array of fish.

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Where to Eat in Mallorca

Mallorca Spain food

Honestly, I stopped and tried food constantly. I could never get enough of the food and wine on this island. I would definitely recommend eating at Quince Restaurant & Cantina on the water in Porto Cristo.

I had the most fantastic fish (pictured above). It was stuffed with a sprig of lemon and citronella leaves which added an amazing aroma and flavor to the fish. I also had an amazing seafood paella in Alcudia at Can Costa Celler restaurant.


Where to Stay in Mallorca

Where to stay in Mallorca

The island offers a vast amount of affordable hotels and BnB’s. I stayed at hotels throughout my entire trip. I started in Palma and worked my way around the entire island driving towards the northwest first.

I also never stayed in a hotel more than one night. But here are a few of the top recommended places to stay in the major towns on the island.

Palma

Palma is situated on the south side of Mallorca and is the capital. Most hotels are within walking distance of great restaurants and sights to help you save time and money from driving or parking.

Valldemossa

Valldesmossa is a village steeped in old world charm. It is located about half way in between Palma and Soller. With a population of 2,000 you will be able to find quiet and picturesque streets with plenty of shops and restaurants.

Port de Soller

Port de Soller is located on the West coast of Mallorca and is situated on a horse-shoe shaped bay. It offers a sandy beach and several restaurants along the bay.

Alcúdia

Alcúdia is located on the north end of the island and is situated just inland of the resort town of Port de Alcúdia. It’s the ideal place to experience rich Mallorcan heritage without straying too far off the beaten path.

Porto Cristo

Porto Cristo is a picturesque fishing village located on the Southeastern side of Mallorca. It has a sheltered bay which allows it to have nice sandy beaches and clear teal water.


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About Kady Saari

American living in Canada - I was a late bloomer when it comes to travel. I didn’t take my first trip until I was almost 19 and since then I have visited 16 countries. I really enjoy how traveling can get you out of your comfort zone by giving you a different perspective on people and their way of living. I am also an absolute foodie and love to connect to the places I visit through food.



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