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Epic Things to Do in Mallorca, Spain

WHAT TO DO IN MALLORCA (MAJORCA)

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 this Balearic Island.  

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 or drinking at all – so Mallorca is for everyone.

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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 wellknown 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. 

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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. However, booking all-inclusive often is not much more expensive than just booking a room with breakfast only.

How to Get Around in Mallorca

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.

Public Transportation

  • If you want to stay outside of Palma, the capitalpublic 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 Travelers

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. 

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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

Now, let´s find out about the most fun things to do in Mallorca.

Explore the “Calas”

The most fun thing to do in Mallorca is to visit the beautiful, beautiful “calas”. A cala is basically a bay or cove – with a small beach surrounded by mountains or rocks

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Mallorca has some of the most beautiful calas in Europe, and you will not believe how crystal clear the water is! According to the locals I met, the calas on the east coast are the prettiest and especially the Cales de Mallorca is a must-see.

I  got to see quite a few as I made visiting calas a priority of my Mallorca trip, and my favorite was Cala Mondragó. 

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The Cala Mondragó is located – on the east coast – 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 check out several calas.

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. And you can choose from several different options. 

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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. Of course, there are also private boat cruises you can opt for if your budget allows it.

The great thing about the boat trips is that they have a couple of stops, starting from Calas de Mallorca, our boat stopped at Cala Millor for about 90 minutes

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Also, they have a short stop for half an hour where you can leap into the pristine water. There are also speedboat tours to see Mallorca from the water.  

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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.  

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Honestly, all around the coast, you will always find some beaches (though not always sandy and white) – so make sure to plan some time for relaxing and chilling at the beach. Some could even spend days at the beaches here.

Stroll Along the Ports

Many cute ports wait for you to be discovered. 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.  

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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. 

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One of my absolute favorite places in Mallorca was actually Valldemossa, a little town west of the capital Mallorca. Valldemossa is about a twenty-minute drive from Palma de Mallorca into the Tramuntana mountains. It is one of the most famous towns here and probably one of the most stunning! 

There you can get lost in the little cobblestoned streetshave a coffee, enjoy life, and take in wonderful views of MallorcaIt is extremely picturesque and a mustsee 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 – this would allow you to visit all three places in one day! 

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Visit Palma de Mallorca

You should definitely check out Palma de Mallorca, the capital city of Mallorca which is located in the west/south of the island. 

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It is a lovely city boasting the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palmacommonly known as LSeuPalma 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 because there are quite some things to do – including a relaxing time at the beach. I often opt for self-guided tours and get lost (sometimes literally), but if you prefer guided tours, click here.

Flower Hunting

Okay, this might seem weird, but I have a thing for flowers…Seeing colorful flowers in particular and Mallorca was like heaven.

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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 – so great views come naturally.   

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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 then you will find amazing views. It is definitely worth a visit! 

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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!  

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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 damage 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.  

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Enjoy the Sunsets in Mallorca

Many of the above-mentioned activities in Mallorca are free – and so is this tip: Watch sunsets.

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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 even after a long day.

Go-Wine Tasting in Mallorca

Another thing to do in Mallorca is to visit a winery for some wine tasting. I am not a wine person, so I skipped it, but wine tasting in Mallorca is quite popular.

Admire Caves

The Cuevas del Drach cave is a famous cave located on the east coastnot too far from Cales de Mallorca. The Caves of Drach are four caves extending to a depth of 25 meters and reaching approximately 4 km in length.

Cuevas del Drach cave Mallorca Arzo Travels
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You have to purchase your ticket in advance. Being spontaneous might not work in your favor here.

Curious if Mallorca has made it to the top list of places to visit in Spain? Click here to find out.

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I hope you have gotten some inspiration for visiting this gorgeous island and now know about the best things to do in Mallorca – whether you stay 5 days, one week in Mallorca or longer, it surely will not get boring. 

Safe Travels, Arzo
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