Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, offering an excellent all round holiday experience, from white sandy beach paradises to enjoy in the summer to breath-taking mountain hikes and outdoor adventures for the cooler months. A weekend break gives you plenty of time to enjoy the sublime architecture and culture of the island’s capital Palma alongside some of the natural jewels inland, whilst an extended stay is ideal for a road trip focusing on coastal highlights or quaint hill towns. To get the best out of these towns and outcrops you should rent a car in Mallorca with easyCar.
Recent years have seen an increasing number of luxury hotels spring up around more commercial coastal resorts as well as throughout Mallorca’s charming rural interior, giving you plenty of options for overnight stays. Meanwhile, low season between October and May is a great time to experience the World Heritage-worthy Serra de Tramuntana mountain range with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees and luscious almond blossom bringing the landscape to life.
Here are some of our top picks for things to do in Mallorca.
Discover stunning coastal scenery
A must-see for photographers, Cap de Formentor is arguably Mallorca’s most impressive stretch of coastline. With dramatic and weathered limestone rock formations punctuating the island’s perimeter, the peninsula makes for the perfect scenic drive.
Make sure to stop off and admire the views of jagged rocky peaks from the Mirador de Sa Creueta and the panorama from the Talaia de Albercuix watchtower. The roads to the north stretch up to dizzying heights but you can reward your bravery with some fine dining at the sea-facing Barcelò Formentor hotel to top off your trip.
Find a beach for all occasions
Like its Mediterranean cousins, Mallorca doesn’t disappoint when it comes to beaches. Those in search of secluded scenery should head to Cala Tuent in the centre-north of the island which offers impressive views of the Balearics’ highest mountain Puig Major, and is flanked by calm pine forests in a serene, sheltered cove.
A more family-friendly option would be Cala Comtessa which lies just a 20 minute drive west of Palma and has soft sand, shallow water and that all important ice cream stand.
Finally, more adventurous types will love Cala Varques, which is only reachable by boat or foot but boasts sapphire blue waters and an amazing network of subterranean caves that are more than enough to justify the effort.
Promenade in Palma de Mallorca
The island’s stylish capital has plenty to offer visitors in the way of culture, cuisine and shopping. Home to half of Mallorca’s population, Palma is a commercial hub with an enchanting historic centre epitomised by the breath-taking La Seu Cathedral which dominates the sea front with its fine Gothic architecture.
Make sure to explore the imposing 13th century Almudaina Palace and surrounding Arab Quarter for a taste of history before heading to the fashionable Santa Catalina neighbourhood for a host of al fresco dining options and boutique shopping.
Explore scenic hilltop villages
There’s plenty to see inland with an array of charming hilltop towns to visit between scenic drives around the sun soaked countryside. Fornalutx is nestled within the aforementioned Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and is complete with citrus groves, smart gardens and green shuttered windows to make for an attractive pit stop.
Marvel at the Mediterranean from up close
Water sports enthusiasts will feel right at home on the island, with numerous institutions offering snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving and more. Actionsport Mallorca dive centre in Port de Pollenca offers reasonably priced excursions for beginners and experts alike. If you’d rather stay above water take a Catamaran half-day trip from well-known party hotspot Magaluf.
Adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss out on the latest craze of Flyboarding, where high pressure water cannons propel you to new heights to make you feel like a superhero.
Lose yourself on land
If you’d rather keep dry, fear not as there’s plenty of sport to enjoy away from the coast too. Mountain bike tours for all abilities offer an exhilarating chance to take in the views and get the blood pumping. Rock climbing is also popular given Mallorca’s abundance of steep cliff faces, with family adventure days or more advanced ascents both on offer. If you’d rather slow things down then there are some tremendous hikes that cover ancient mountain paths previously used by shepherds and hunters alike.