WHAT TO DO IN MALLORCA, SPAIN
- 1 WHAT TO DO IN MALLORCA, SPAIN
- 2 Essential Travel Tips for Mallorca
- 3 Best Things to do in Mallorca
- 3.1 Explore Many Different “Calas”
- 3.2 Do a Boat Trip
- 3.3 Relax at the Beach
- 3.4 Stroll Along the Ports
- 3.5 Get Lost in Beautiful Towns
- 3.6 Visit Palma de Mallorca
- 3.7 Flower Hunting
- 3.8 Enjoy Great Views of Mallorca
- 3.9 Road Tripping – Serra de Tramontana
- 3.10 Enjoy the Sunsets in Mallorca
- 3.11 Go-Wine Tasting in Mallorca
- 3.12 Admire Caves
Are you planning your Mallorca trip and wondering about the best things to do in Mallorca, Spain? Then read on – this post is for you.
With more than four million tourists from Germany each year, Mallorca (or in English Majorca) is not a hidden gem to Germans (aka me). However, in most other parts of the world, many people have never heard of Spain’s Balearic Islands.
Although Mallorca has a bad reputation because of cheap parties and clubbing, there are many other things to see and do. While I visited Mallorca as a solo female traveler I enjoyed a wonderful week without clubbing at all.
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Essential Travel Tips for Mallorca
Before talking about the best Mallorca activities, here are some essential travel tips for Mallorca.
How to Get to Mallorca
- Mallorca has its own international airport – Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI). Many budget airlines and well–known airlines fly to/from.
- Alternatively, there is a ferry from Barcelona to Mallorca, but it does take seven to eight hours.
Where to Stay in Mallorca
Here are some tips for accommodations in Mallorca.Mallorca is well known for all-inclusive hotels, including the one where I stayed:
- A 4-star hotel called Globales America in Cales de Mallorca (Nice location (far from many other sights but just at the beaches) but bad food).
- And though it is not as fancy as staying in a medieval castle, I absolutely loved the area. I would book it again if I wanted to relax since it is a bit quieter and quite far from Palma de Mallorca (the capital) or the airport and public transportation is not great.
If I booked another trip to Mallorca, I would probably choose the West Coast of Mallorca this time. But not in the party area of EL-Arenal.
Despite staying in of the All-Inclusive Resorts myself, I do not recommend booking All-Inclusive.
To make the most of your Mallorca trip, it is important to walk around, dine outside, and not be tied to your hotel (although booking all-inclusive often is not much more expensive than just booking a room with breakfast only.)
- Find the best prices for accommodation in Mallorca
- Tip: One of the top hotels in Mallorca is the Jumeirah hotel in Soller. If you like to indulge in luxury, this is probably the best pick for you.
How to Get Around in Mallorca
Getting around via public transportation or car?
I seriously suggest getting around by car. If you want to get around in Palma, then check out the hop-on and hop-off bus tickets.
- Another thing to consider when booking your travel is that if you stay in Cales de Mallorca, you will definitely need a rental car to get around and enjoy your trip to the fullest extent.
Rent a Car in Mallorca:
- I booked a rental car once I was there and I paid about €35 for the smallest model (a day), which personally I think was quite expensive.
- You may also wish to double-check that there is no self-participation in case of accidents in your car hire insurance document. Though it was advertised with no self-participation, my contract said differently and needed to be removed by the salesperson.
- There are only very few streets where you have to pay a toll. I drove around avoiding those toll streets (which was not difficult because are not many), and tolls are quite cheap anyhow.
- Renting a car? Then compare prices and get the best price for your rental car here.
- If you want to stay outside of Palma, the capital, public transportation can be a little tricky.
- Although there is a bus that travels from the East coast to Palma it is not easy to hop on as they only leave a couple of times a day.
Remember these important tips for your trip to Mallorca, and you’ll be all set to make the most of everything the island has to offer.
Safety Tips for Solo Female Traveler
I visited Mallorca as a solo female traveler and felt safe. Always use your common sense and avoid side streets at night – keep your purse close to your body. I never left my stuff unattended (unless on the boat), and if you are staying at the beach and want to take a swim, bring your towel and stuff close to the water so you can have an eye on it.In general, only take things with you that you will actually need and leave some money at the hotel. Pick-pocketing is not uncommon in Mallorca.
I have to admit that I did not go out at night and avoided the area around El Arenal, but if you are fine to be hit on by drunken men, you can surely visit those areas. These activities I mention here are great to do solo in Mallorca.
All in all, Mallorca is a great place to visit solo, and I can definitely recommend visiting Majorca as a solo female traveler. While I cannot wait to visit more Spanish islands, like Tenerife, Mallorca has won me over.
How Long to Stay on Mallorca
Mallorca has a lot to offer – but it is also a great place to relax. While it really depends on what kind of traveler you are, 7-8 days is probably a good time – you will be able to see a lot and have time to chill without getting bored. You could do a 5-day Mallorca trip, but since Mallorca is also about relaxing, I guess 5 days is the minimum amount of days to spend in/on Mallorca.
Best Things to do in Mallorca
Find out about the most fun things to do in Mallorca and some special tips for Mallorca for you.
Explore Many Different “Calas”
The most fun thing to do in Mallorca is to visit the coves, aka “calas”.Mallorca has some of the most beautiful calas in Europe, and you will not believe how crystal clear and colorful the water is! According to the locals I met, the calas on the east coast are the prettiest, where I stayed: Cales de Mallorca.
I got to see quite a few as I made visiting calas a priority of my Mallorca trip, and my favorite was the Cala Mondragó which is also situated on the east coast.The Cala Mondragó is located within a national park, Mondragó Natural Park, and can be reached by a car journey and a short walk. There are stunning beaches, so you can easily go from one section to the other, and checking out several calas is one of the top things to do in Mallorca.
The area is busy (understandably), given its beauty and range of restaurants to choose from, but please read on for hidden gems in Mallorca.
Do a Boat Trip
In my opinion, a must-do activity in Mallorca is a boat cruise.You can either do a speed boat trip or as I did, book a boat tour which shows you around the east coast and takes about half a day.
There are different tours available: This seems pretty much the same tour I did.
The great thing about the boat trips is that they have a couple of stops, starting from Calas de Mallorca, or boat tour stopped at Cala Millor, where I had a stopover of about 90 minutes.Also, they have a short stop for half an hour where you can leap into the pristine water, so I definitely recommend it, but if you prefer, you can do a speedboat tour to see Mallorca from the water.
MORE BOAT CRUISES IN MALLORCA:
- This catamaran sails around the Malgrats Islands Marine Reserve
- This tour focuses on the north of Mallorca and has lunch included
Relax at the Beach
In addition to Mallorca’s calas, there are also some gorgeous beaches which are, of course, quite popular and crowded. Cala Millor, for example, on the east coast, is a great beach to relax and unwind where you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas.Honestly, all around the coast, you will always find some beaches (though not always sandy and white).
Planning some time for relaxing and chilling at the beach is one of the top things to do in Mallorca.
Stroll Along the Ports
Many cute ports wait for you to be discovered – so add that activity to your Mallorca itinerary.I must honestly say that I prefer the callas and the beaches to the ports – however, the ports are adorable. Most of them are nice, and you should see at least one of them, for example, Porto Colom, Porto Cristo, or Port Andratx which is a little bit bigger and on the west coast.
You can also do a lot of sightseeing there along with visiting restaurants and cafes. Overall, the ports provide a great place to chill and relax and so you have to add them to your Mallorca itinerary.
Get Lost in Beautiful Towns
Mallorca has some incredible towns, and you should visit the most beautiful ones.One of my absolute favorite places in Mallorca was actually Valldemossa, a little town west of Mallorca. Valldemossa is about a twenty-minute drive from Palma de Mallorca into the Tramuntana mountains. It is one of the most famous of Mallorca’s towns and probably one of the most stunning!
There you can get lost in the little cobblestoned streets, have a coffee, enjoy life, and take in wonderful views of Mallorca. It is extremely picturesque and a must–see place, but don’t miss out on other places/towns you should see like Sóller – another gorgeous town close to Valldemossa.
Deià is another beautiful town that is so close that you can visit all three places in one day!
Visit Palma de Mallorca
You should definitely check out Palma de Mallorca, the capital city of Mallorca and located in the west/south of the island.It is a lovely city boasting the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, commonly known as La Seu. Palma has a delightful little old town featuring interesting architecture, great shopping, and a heavenly beach to watch the sunset from.
I would plan at least a day for discovering Mallorca´s capital, including relaxing time at the beach, and there are many things to do in Palma. I often opt for self-guided tours and get lost (sometimes literally), but if you prefer guided tours, click here.
- Check out this Skip the Lines Tickets for the Cathedral
Okay, this might seem weird, but I have a thing for flowers…Seeing colorful flowers in particular and Mallorca was like heaven.Luckily, you do not have to search for long to find them but will stumble onto them.
Just drive along the scenic roads, and you will see gorgeous little houses with flowers hanging all around. It is wonderfully quaint and the bright colors against the cobble-stoned houses are really worth taking the time to snap some pictures of.
I visited in October and they were still everywhere!
Enjoy Great Views of Mallorca
As Mallorca has mountains, great views come naturally.While we’re talking about eye candy, one of the best views you will find and that is definitely a point of interest is the Sanctuary of Sant Salvador, close to Felanitx in the eastern part of Mallorca close to Manacor.
Here you can either cycle, drive or hike up to the top of the hill, and you will find amazing views. It is definitely worth a visit and somehow a more unique thing to do in Mallorca.
Road Tripping – Serra de Tramontana
Another ‘must do‘ that I mentioned at the beginning is getting around by car. A road trip is actually more than a necessity. It’s fun!Driving along the coast and the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain range, which is almost 90km long and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is amazing. You do need to be careful, because in Spain people sometimes drive a little carelessly (so do not be surprised to see all the cars having scratches and damages at some point).
The drive along the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is on the west coast, starting closely after Palma de Mallorca and beats out by far, the less scenic areas in central Mallorca.
Enjoy the Sunsets in Mallorca
Many of the above-mentioned activities in Mallorca are free – and so is this tip: Watch sunsets.No doubt, to end your days, you’ll find yourself enjoying one of Mallorca’s many spectacular sunsets. I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a couple of them, and they are well worth staying outside for and enjoying.
Go-Wine Tasting in Mallorca
Another thing to do in Mallorca is to visit a winery to try a wine tasting. I am not a wine person, so I skipped it, but it seems very popular.
Mallorca also offers great opportunities for cycling, foot tours, or even cave visits! The Cuevas del Drach cave is a famous cave located on the east coast, not too far from Cales de Mallorca. You have to purchase your ticket in advance and being spontaneous I, unfortunately, couldn’t do it but apparently it is one of the best and most popular tourist attractions.
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