Welcome To Mallorca
If you love the purest of blue seas and clear sunny skies, with sandy shores stretching for miles on end, combined with a magnificent mountainous backdrop, then Mallorca could just be the dreamy destination you’ve been waiting to discover.
Mallorca is the largest island of the four Mediterranean Balearics (Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera) and has been a popular tourist destination since the 1920’s. Many well-known names have come to find their rest and relaxation upon these golden shores, including the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Many well-known authors and artists have also become acquainted with this delightful island retreat, including Robert Graves. It wasn’t until the 1950’s however that mass tourism grasped the island and it became incessantly popular amongst tourists across the world.
Things To Do In Mallorca
From May to October Mallorca is the perfect beach destination. In fact, across the island, there are 262 beaches with a combined length of over 50km! These gentle sandy slopes truly do go on for miles. Some of our favourite beaches across the island include Cala Rajada, Portals Vells, Cap De Formentor and Illetas. These islands are all perfect for taking a swim in the beautifully clear waters surrounding the island or relaxing with a book on the sandy shores.
There is far more to this island however than it’s beautiful coastline and beaches; in fact, outside of the summer months, it’s the perfect destination for activity holidays. Walking holidays are one of the most popular reasons for people visiting outside of the summer months. There are over 400km of hiking trails across the island, covering a wide range of terrains; from those treks across the mountains to the much gentler slopes.
Cycling across Mallorca is equally as popular as walking and every year the island welcomes thousands of different people on their bikes, including the likes of Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins, as they tackle these spectacular mountain roads. The most challenging route is Sa Calobra, a 10km ride with 26 hairpin turns, 668 metres of climb and a 7.1% gradient.
Since Mallorca is an island surrounded by warm blue Mediterranean seas, activities fall into two neat categories – what you can do on land, and what you can do at sea!
Fishing in Mallorca specialises in deep-sea big game fishing – especially giant bluefin tuna, which can weigh in at over 500 pounds! There's a choice of boats – a Rodman 30, with a cruising speed of 22 knots, or a Sunseeker 37 Sportfish with a cruising speed of 28 knots. Choose from bottom-fishing, big-game fishing and family fishing – and excursions include a fully qualified skipper, fuel, fishing gear, bait, insurance, soft drinks and beer.
+34 670 269 626
Mallorca Water Sports Centre
Here you'll find a great choice of water sports, including the incredibly exhilarating new sport of fly boarding, in which pressurised water (supplied by a hose connected to the board) drives your board into the air or down through the water. Fly boarding sessions include up to two hours with your Launch-Boat, a personal fly board course with a Certified Instructor, cold drinks and music on the Launch-Boat, waterproof cameras taking pictures and videos, plus free Wi-Fi to share pictures on Facebook or Instagram. You can also jet-ski around the local coastline and go on jet-ski excursions for 30 or 60 minutes.
Cala Nova +34 687 798 473
Evening Sunset Boat Trip
Step aboard the handsome sailing vessel 'Rozamar' and head off from the Port of Pollença at around 6.30pm in the evening for a three-hour sunset cruise. Skipper Jamie will welcome you aboard with a glass of wine or Cava, before sailing out of the harbour to find the very best place from which to watch the sun setting. Along the way, you'll get a chance to visit some of Mallorca's most delightful coves and caves - and if you fancy a dip, you can swim or use the on-board snorkelling equipment and canoes to explore your marine environment. Taking up to 12 people, the yacht is also available for longer skippered charters - and various catering options are available.
Puerto Pollensa +34 674 011 747
Cruise Glass Bottom Boat Trip
Discover a fantastic underwater world when you take a cruise on board this triple-decker catamaran pleasure craft, with underwater windows that give you a panoramic view of marine life below the waves. The trip takes in the nearby Malgrat Islands, which is a designated marine reserve renowned for its sea and bird life. The trip also includes visits to Camp de Mar, Cala Fornells, Paguera and Santa Ponsa, in order to view a whole range of different marine environments. The boat has a capacity of around 20 people, and the main deck is equipped with bar, toilets and entertainment area, as well as plenty of space for sunbathing and sitting back to enjoy ocean and coastline views.
Peguera Bay +34 971 686 849
Zoea Mallorca Diving School
Catering for both beginners and experienced divers, this diving school offers a wide choice of diving programmes, which include a simple three-hour introductory course (minimum age 8, participants must be competent swimmers), diving down to around 8 metres. There are also a number of internationally recognised PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses on offer, including Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and Dive Master. The marine life round Mallorca can be amazing, and dive trips to various spectacular marine reserves can be arranged to suit your interests and experience. The company also runs snorkelling, paddle-boarding and kayaking trips.
Santa Ponsa +34 971 691 444
Hipica Formentor Horse Riding
Located between Sa Pobla and Alcudia bay, Hipica Formentor is easily accessible from Can Picafort, Port Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and the Palma-Alcudia motorway. Rides start at around 90 minutes, though you can also take a longer three-hour or four-hour ride, which includes a stop for tapas and drinks. There's even an all-day picnic ride into the Tramuntana Mountains, finishing at the monastery in Lluc and returning by minibus to the stables. From October until March, the stable offers trail-riding holidays in the Tramuntana Mountains; personal luggage and food for the horses are taken on ahead and you travel for two or three days in the saddle, staying at the monastery in Lluc and at comfortable refuges. The stable offers lessons and can cater for special events - and the horses are docile, friendly and willing, suiting both beginners and experienced riders.
Sa Pobla +34 609 826 703
Mallorca Hiking - Guides & Tours, Mallorca
Mallorca Hiking specialises in guided walking holidays, excursions and day tours for people of all ages and abilities. Many walks include cultural, food and wine themes - and all hikes can be tailor-made to suit private walking tours, corporate groups, casual holidaymakers and other island visitors. Walks vary in length from two hours to full week-long hiking holidays; they also vary in difficulty from flat, short walks to long steep hikes in spectacular mountain scenery. All guides are full-time residents of the island with in-depth experience of walking, and with extensive knowledge of Mallorca's culture and cuisine, history and heritage. Guided walks can be conducted in English, Spanish and other languages.
+34 699 906 009
T Country Club & Golf Course
Just 12km away from the city of Palma, T Golf & Country Club offers challenges to golfers of all skill levels. The 18-hole course (par 72) measures 6,430 metres takes in open countryside, stands of pine trees, seven lakes and numerous bunkers. You can play one-off rounds of 9 or 18 holes, or become a member, allowing you to play any time. There are also special offers – discounts, junior rates, ‘Twilight Specials’, plus holiday packages that include hotel stay and golf fees. There's a golf academy, using the latest Flightscope technology and the skills of PGA-certified professionals, with instruction in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Catalan. The newly renovated club house has an excellent restaurant and bar, with magnificent views from the terrace.
+34 971 130 148
Mallorca Wine Tours
This company is based at the Bodega Jose L. Ferrer vineyard in Binissalem which has been run by the Ferrer family since 1931, producing a variety of white, red and rosé wines. They organise wine trips all over Mallorca, from private tours to open tasting events; these include a Palma wine tour, a Bike & Wine tour, a sunset boat wine tour - and even a helicopter wine tour! Other tours include a Train Gourmet Tour – a four-hour tour visiting two wineries, with wines accompanied by the best Jabugo ham and cured cheeses. There's also the VIP Finca Experience, which invites you to visit traditional Mallorquin fincas – and, on request, a full meal can be prepared at one of the fincas. The Wine Concert Tour includes the Gourmet Tour experience, followed by a concert of your choice in either Jazz, Classical, Swing or Flamenco musical genres.
Binissalem +34 653 528 659
Buillimoto Scooter Guides & Tours
Bullimoto offer guided scooter tours with all sorts of treats included, such as restaurant reservations, yacht charters and picnics. Catering for groups between two and 30, the company has scooter hire shops in both Palma de Mallorca and Port de Soller, with three types of scooters for hire: Vespa Primavera 125cc 4T Automatic (minimum licence required: B, for at least 3 years); Vespa PX 125cc. 2T Manual - a legendary style icon! - (minimum licence required: B/A1) – and a Vespa Primavera 50cc 4T Automatic (minimum licence required: AM/B). All rentals come with two helmets, 24-hour breakdown assistance and third party motor insurance. Fuel is supplied on a full-to-full tank basis and there is no limit to the number of kilometres you can travel. You'll need to show your passport and a full European driver's licence.
Palma de Mallorca +34 871 513 658
Night Life and Great Food
For those holidaymakers looking for something a little more upbeat, they should head over to visit Palma, the capital of Mallorca where over half of the population of the island resides. The town is filled with a multitude of restaurants which offer some of the most delicious local cuisine and a wide variety of shops where you’ll be able to purchase some gifts and souvenirs to take home with you. After your days shopping and exploring the town, why not head into one of the many bars or nightclubs dotted around the town. Palma’s nightlife is exciting and varied, with live bands playing regularly across many of the clubs and bars. There are so many choices of where to eat, drink and dance that you’ll not be disappointed, no matter your interests.
Mallorca is infused with millennia of history, culture and cuisine – and there is a whole generation of top world chefs whose connections with the island have brought them back to explore Mallorca's culinary heritage, presenting their take on the island's recipes through a glittering cavalcade of restaurants. Here's our pick of the crop – and by the way, the star ratings below refer to Michelin stars!
Zaranda – 2 stars
A shining star in Mallorca's restaurant firmament, Zaranda is one of the island's top eateries, and is located in the magnificent Hotel Castell Son Claret. Awarded a Michelin star in 2014, Zaranda owes its outstanding reputation to brilliant head chef Fernando Perez Arellano and his hard-working team of truly inspired cuisine experts. Fernando and the fifteen-strong team pride themselves on creating magnificent dishes based on traditional Mallorcan dishes and the very best of the island's produce – plus the wine cellar is artfully stocked with over 270 of the finest wines from Mallorca and beyond. Award-winning Fernando loves to create dazzlingly original dishes such as Burrata Zaranda – creamed goats' cheeses, strawberries and basil coulis; glazed veal pavé , with leeks and potato salad; and the truly remarkable ‘black egg' which is exactly as its name implies, and with a magnificent taste that is quite beyond description!
+34 971 138 627 · Zaranda
Adrián Quetglas – 1 star
Named after its owner and head chef, Adrian Quetglas, this fabulous restaurant – and its food - reflects the exotic nature of its owner and his life story. Born in Buenos Aires with Majorcan blood and family, he has worked all over the world – including ten years in Moscow. Finally, he returned to Mallorca to explore his Mediterranean roots, and to explore the cuisine of his island, combining it with the influences that he has absorbed on his worldwide journeys.
The menus effortlessly combine the eloquent simplicity of the best in Mallorcan fruit and vegetables, meat and fish with innovative and original cooking techniques – resulting in menus that are stunningly original, witty, amusing and entertaining. The five-course lunches are highly recommended, and the seven-course evening meals are a stellar journey into stratospheric food preparation and presentation.
Andreu Genestra - 1 star
This restaurant is truly wedded to the land, contributing to its richness with careful husbandry, and enjoying the fruits of labour to raise fresh produce from an estate of 6,000 square metres. A mass of fruit and vegetable, herbs and speciality foods are grown here, harvested and brought straight to the kitchen for immediate preparation, cooking and serving. Add fine Mallorcan meat and fish, traditional recipes given modern reinvention, and you have a truly unique restaurant that's well worth a visit.
In a protected and lovely area of the island, the restaurant excels itself in creating tasting menus that are never over-facing and never less than a delight of inventiveness originality and superb kitchen artistry. Wines are carefully recommended to match individual courses, and desserts plus local cheeses are an especial pleasure.
Argos - 1 star
Located in the delightful boutique hotel La Goleta (for grown-ups only), Argos matches its surroundings with a superb offering of fine dining in a fabulously fashionable and embracing atmosphere of cool minimalism, hip décor and understated luxury. With floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light floods in, blurring the distinctions between indoors and outdoors, especially with those to-die-for views out to sea and across the bay.
The kitchen team is commanded by inspirational chef Álvaro Salazar, a finalist in the San Pellegrino Young Chef (Spain & Portugal) competition – and he specialises in original Mediterranean cuisine using locally sourced produce. The à la carte menu is admirably restrained, the set dinner is wide-ranging, and the tasting menus (with optional wine pairing) are a gourmet adventure. Quite deservedly, Argos was awarded a Michelin star in 2017.
Bou - 1 star
Some restaurants seem to exude effortless style, and this is one of the island's most fashionable, friendly and professional, all wrapped up in a level of super-smooth customer service that belies the incredibly hard work that goes on to bring you exceptional food, combined with exquisitely chosen world-class wines.
The team leader is the entirely splendid Tomeu Caldentey, one of Mallorca's truly artistic chefs – a creative mastermind who brings out the best in his colleagues, and does miraculous things with the produce that he careful gather from all over the island. Seafood dishes are superb, the meats are seasoned to perfection, and the choice of desserts is never less than dazzling.
Es Fum - 1 star
A Michelin star is a hard-won award that demands dedication, inspiration, innovation – and sheer hard work. Es Fum's Michelin Star is entirely reflective of the dedication and brilliance of its staff, and the food here is truly in a class of its own. Add a lovely outdoor terrace, views of the Mediterranean Sea, and balmy breezes that ensure just the right temperature, night and day, and you have a recipe for restaurant perfection.
The menus are outstandingly original and daring, featuring dishes such as Cantabrian lobster with pickled vegetables and coconut; Gillardeau oyster in a Bloody Mary sauce, Rib-Eye carpaccio with a ginger emulsion, and truffled egg yolks with bacon. The artistry of this restaurant is also reflected in the presentation, from the dishes themselves (each one a work of art) to the superb place-settings, décor and artworks. A must-visit for those who appreciate the ultimate expression of gourmet superlatives!
Es Racó d'es Teix - 1 star
When you visit Deia, on the northern side of Mallorca, you're in another world; dramatic rocky scenery of mountains and coastline make this a magical area – and one of its most attractive, upmarket and desirable villages is Deia. One of the star restaurants in this warm and friendly community is Es Raco d'es Teix, a family-run restaurant for over 20 years, and well established as one of the most alluring eateries on the island.
Chef Josef Sauerschell is a Michelin star winner, and the evidence of his genius is crystal-clear when you peruse the dazzling menu at this charming, low-key venue, with its lovely terrace views of the mountains. The tasting menu is a formidable display of culinary artistry - and being so close to the sea, you can be assured that fresh seafood always features high on the menu.
Jardín – 1 star
Dani and Maca de Castro are the powerhouse partnership behind this fabulous restaurant in Puerto Alcudia, and together they create dishes that infuse the elements of Mallorcan tradition with the island's wonderful fresh produce, adding their own creative take on traditional recipes.
The result is a creative celebration of the joys of eating, aided by friendly, superbly well-trained staff, a wine cellar that must be considered to be one of the finest on the island - and that extra magic ingredient of being welcomed, on your arrival, both as an honoured guest and as a familiar friend.
Brother and sister team Dani and Maca are both steeped in culinary experience and have a lifetime of knowledge of Mallorca's distinguished and varied cuisine.
Marc Fosh - 1 star
Ideally located in the heart of Palma, Mallorca's capital, Restaurant Marc Fosh is a Michelin-starred restaurant of considerable charm, devoted to high-level gastronomy. Based on Mediterranean cuisine that uses seasonal ingredients to create clean, crisp flavours, dishes are both artful and thoughtful in their composition.
Named after the restaurant's charismatic award-winning owner and chef, the restaurant is situated in the stylish and historic surroundings of the 17th century Hotel Convent de la Missió in the old town, a building which gives this restaurant a sense of calm, grace and charm that makes it a must-visit destination when you're visiting this fine city.
Sadrassana Restaurant Cocteleria
Housed in a fine historic building in the centre of Palma, this elegant restaurant has the added bonus of sharing its space with a contemporary art gallery, which is usually open during restaurant hours. The décor is simply fabulous; the floors are tiled with river rocks and the walls are covered with a forest-green material that creates a cool, natural vibe.
There's a friendly bar where you can enjoy great cocktails before dinner – and the food is wonderful, particularly in its contemporary approach to traditional Spanish tapas. The staff are excellent; friendly, knowledgeable and fluent English-speaking – and they're only too pleased to tell you about ingredients, menus and judicious wine choices.Palma
+34 971 72 85 15 · Sadrassana Restaurant Cocteleria
Mallorca's beaches and beach clubs are an irresistible magnet for all sorts of island visitors, from billionaires to bohemians, from fashionistas to fun-seekers and sun-seekers – so there's bound to be plenty of places to suit you from the following choice of hot beach-club destinations!
Nikki Beach is a byword for chilled beachside entertainment across the Mediterranean and beyond – a name that conjures up the coolest people with international lifestyles and an appetite for the exotic. Nikki Beach Mallorca is no exception – and here you'll find the island's coolest people (wearing the hottest fashions) relaxing on oversized sunbeds, chugging champagne and dancing day and night to some of the world's best DJs and live entertainment.
You can wine, dine and relax in sumptuous surroundings overlooking a fabulous white-sand beach that's only 20 minutes from Palma – plus there's a great swimming pool, indoor and outdoor dining and a private beach area for VIP guests. You can also enjoy beauty treatments and complimentary ship-to-shore pick-up service if you happen to be arriving on a yacht.
+34 971 138 627
Anima Beach Club
This irresistible beach club is ideally located in one of the best locations on Palma's boardwalk – the island’s favourite places for promenading by day and night. Tailor-made for watching Mallorca’s spectacular sunsets, you can enjoy this daily free spectacle from the club’s pool or from a table at its fabulous restaurant.
Anima specialises in exceptionally popular evening beach parties – and the club’s sophisticated lighting and sound system make the whole environment a magic kingdom when the sun goes down. They have an impressive champagne menu – and try out their gorgeous Cava sangria, for a refreshing pre-dinner drink. Naturally, they’ve got a fabulous food menu as well – with special emphasis on freshly caught seafood.
Palma de Mallorca
+34 971 595 591
Purobeach Illetas Beach Club
If dreaming your time away and gazing out to sea with a chilled cocktail is your idea of heaven, then that blissful state awaits you at this cosmopolitan beach club located in the beautiful environs of Illetas beach resort. There's a large terrace overlooking the ocean, and their sun loungers and day beds are uber-comfortable and inviting. You can walk straight down to the beach and the sea from the club – and entertainment is plentiful, including star DJs who skilfully match the music to the time of day and the mood of the guests. Enjoy an excellent meal at the international restaurant, plus you'll be welcome at the highly sociable terrace bar where you can meet your fellow guests. There are a number of club zones, each with its own distinct vibe, décor, ambience and music - all with panoramic views of the Mediterranean and Palma Bay.
+34 971 404 310
Zhero Beach Club
Even decadence can be healthy – especially when you enjoy the healthy, tasty food at Zhero, accompanied by a delicious side order of relaxing Lounge music, a private pool and Balinese day beds!
Just a short distance from Palma, Zhero’s well-being menu includes some brilliant sushi, crisp salads, premium burgers, plus specially selected Mallorcan wines, the best chilled Cava, champagne and some truly original cocktails.
Zhero overlooks the lovely rocky inlet of San Agustin, whose beach provides safe bathing waters – all on view from the large teak-built terrace. To complement your healthy meals, you can benefit from the in-house therapists, who provide world-class massages, and there are also yoga lessons plus many other distractions – not least the fact that sun loungers come with towels, fruit, a champagne glass, a smoothie and wet towels. Better still, if you book a Balinese day bed, you’ll also get a whole bottle of champagne bottle and chilled San Pellegrino water!
Near Palma de Mallorca
+34 971 404 310
Gran Folies Beach Club
This is a real getaway place to get away to, with a deliciously peaceful atmosphere far from the crowds. Better still, it’s located on a drop-dead-gorgeous stretch of coastline that is emphatically and absolutely traditional Mallorcan in style.
There’s a cool pool, a welcoming bar and a very attractive restaurant – a trio of essentials that add up to having a particularly good time here, especially when you add the views of ocean, rugged rocks and cliffs.
Choose your favourite seating and chill-out area from several on offer – and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere of drowsy, drifting conversations, mellow music, and simply enjoying the perfection of the moment - you’ll find it hard to beat anywhere else on the island of Mallorca!
+34 971 67 10 94
Purobeach Beach Club
Puro Beach Club is an all-day, all-evening destination that cossets you from the moment you arrive at its to-die-for oceanfront location. Start your day with a yoga class to calm and stimulate mind and body – or maybe you'd prefer a meditation lesson or spa treatment, followed by a delicious breakfast. Lunchtime cocktails and light lunches are followed by mellow afternoon tunes spun by DJs on the decks, playing all the best tunes from around the world. By the evening, it's definitely party-time with sunset drinks and sounds to waft you into velvet night beneath the stars, when the action really gets going.
Located on its own small peninsula, Purobeach Beach Club is deliciously embraced by the sea, with 180-degree ocean views, and spectacular sunsets over the island's spectacular mountains. Purobeach is close to Palma city centre – but it feels like you're a million miles from anywhere when you're chilling out there and enjoying the coolest ambience in Mallorca!
+34 971 74 47 45
Zhero Boathouse Beach Club
Boho chic and brilliant surroundings create a truly unique atmosphere at this elegant, barefoot luxury beach club centred round an inviting pool with plenty of sun loungers. The club's outdoor restaurant is a real find, with friendly staff, a fabulous menu, hard-to-find wines – plus it serves up fresh Mediterranean cuisine and some of the best salads on the island.
Situated right on the beach in Magaluf, the club has been tastefully decorated with suffused and muted tones, which provide the perfect chilled backdrop to the main action created by top DJs who know just how to chill you out, warm you up – or get you hot and happy to some of the newest dance tunes from top international dance-clubs.
+34 871 96 61 45
Miama Beach Club
This fabulous and celebrated beach club is located right on the sea-front, and boasts an urban lifestyle vibe that draws in the faithful from all over the island. Constantly re-inventing itself with imagination and verve, it stages art exhibitions, puts on live music, holds parties and special events (especially for Hallowe'en, Christmas and Mardi Gras Carnival) – and all this action keeps people coming back for more time and again.
There's a particularly impressive cocktail menu, and they serve superb home-prepared food as well – and if you like good dance music and chill-out tunes, this is the place to tap in to the very latest music from the clubbing universe, courtesy of top DJs who seriously know their stuff. As an added bonus, they offer free Wi-Fi, and they'll be more than happy to organise your very own private party or event.Playa de Muro
+34 637 56 24 16
Las Terrazas (Balneario Illetas) Beach Club
This beach club is no more than a quick journey of ten minutes from central Palma, and it's renowned throughout the island, thanks to its superb location overlooking a small, perfect sandy beach embraced by a protective rocky cove. Both its bar and restaurant share this gorgeous view – and the latter is adept at magically conjuring up fine food at any time of the day. Sunrise and breakfast here go together perfectly, light lunches of salads or paella are just the thing for the middle of the day – and the evening menu is truly outstanding.
The club has an impressive range of amenities, including a chill-out space, wellness centre and parking area; they also provide hammocks, parasols, pedal boats and kayaks – plus there are changing rooms and showers as well. Las Terrazas is great at organising private events, and comes highly recommended if you're planning a wedding, birthday party, or a family event.Illetes
+34 971 40 10 31
Can Gavella Beach Club
At this beach club, the beach is truly the star, with a long golden strand dotted with plenty of beach umbrellas and sun loungers. Easy-going, relaxed and unpretentious, everyone's welcome here – and whilst this is definitely a club that the locals favour, the staff look after all their guests with unrivalled panache and friendliness.
If you love that great Spanish dish, paella, this is the place to enjoy one of the best on the island, as well as plenty of other traditional Mallorcan and Mediterranean dishes. They serve up a mean mojito as well, which always goes down well when the sun goes down – and makes a refreshing accompaniment to dancing, which you're invited to enjoy with abandon and enthusiasm. They have a regular programme of evening live music events, as well as DJs every Saturday from 5pm to 10pm.Playa de Muro
+34 682 15 12 59
Another destination which may be of interest in Palma is the cathedral which is one of the islands most significant heritage sites. It was built on the location of a former mosque, with construction beginning in 1230 and this continued for a further 400 years.
All of these destinations are just a few suggestions of things which can be seen and done across the island. Let’s not forget the traditional stone built villages which are waiting to be explored, such as Pollenca. There are also many Roman and Moorish ruins to explore, alongside the magnificent Tramuntana mountains which are a stunning World Heritage Site.
An island of spectacular scenery, fascinating history and a rich cultural heritage, Mallorca offers endless possibilities for exploration, days out and discovery.
Cap de Formentor
Located on Mallorca's northeast tip, Cap de Formentor is a rugged peninsula that thrusts out into the ocean, offering spectacular views, quiet beaches and an altogether different atmosphere from the rest of the island.
You can take a rewarding 20-kilometre drive from Port de Pollença, which provides the opportunity to enjoy a challenging drive, remote and dramatic scenery (such as high cliffs and craggy rock formations), and plenty of wildlife. The road reaches the viewpoint of Mirador des Colomer six kilometres beyond Port de Pollença – and there are fine views of a rocky islet offshore.
A nearby path takes you to an old watchtower from which you can see the whole of the Formentor peninsula, as well as the bays of Pollença and Alcudia.The road continues through pinewoods and through a tunnel beneath a mountain, ending at a lighthouse, where there are views all the way to Menorca if visibility is good. It’s worth stopping at the newly refurbished Hotel Formentor, which has been served a rich clientele since 1929.
La Seu Cathedral
Palma is Mallorca’s capital, and one of its must-see buildings is its Gothic La Seu Cathedral. Built of golden sandstone, it glows in the sun and seems to soar effortlessly into the blue Mallorcan skies. Work on building the cathedral started in the early 13th century, and the building was constructed on the former site of Palma’s only mosque, commemorating a time when the Moors occupied Spain and the Balearic Islands. Work continued on the cathedral for 400 years - and was re-started in 1851, after an earthquake destroyed the West Front.
Later additions were added more recently by the celebrated Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, whose stunning architecture provides a number of famous landmarks in Barcelona. The interior of La Seu Cathedral is a masterpiece, with light pouring through a huge rose window 12m across, which is studded with 1,236 pieces of stained glass. There are also fascinating interior works by Gaudi.
Located at the geographical centre of Mallorca, the town of Sineu is famous for its weekly market, which includes livestock, plus a wonderful fruit and vegetable market, selling fresh produce grown on the island. Look out for local tomatoes, olives, oranges, dried figs and apricots – plus wonderful fresh flowers; there are also stalls selling great gifts, such as leather goods, lace, local pottery, basketwork and pearls.
Local restaurants (especially those located in cellars) are a favourite of local farmers on market day, and they’ll welcome you when you join them for a late breakfast or lunch. Then, if you fancy some cool, cerebral culture as a contrast to the bustle of the market, investigate S'Estacid, a fascinating modern art gallery based in the old station.
In fact there are a number of historical buildings in Sineu worth visiting, including the Town Hall, formerly the Convent del Minims (founded in 1667), which has impressive Baroque cloisters. Sineu hosts events throughout the year, including one of the oldest Spring Fairs in Mallorca (established in 1318) held on the first Sunday in May. The 15th August is another big festival day for Sineu.
Soller Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden near Soller is testament to the island of Mallorca’s amazing climate, which is perfect for the cultivation of so many exotic shrubs, flowers and trees. You’ll find them in abundance at the Botanic Garden, which is located on a country estate called ‘Camp d’En Prohom’, where they work hard to to preserve rare and endangered plant species under threat in the Balearic Islands, as well as building and conserving one of Spain’s most extensive wild flora seed banks.
The Botanical Garden of Sóller are planted out in distinct sections, which helps visitors to understand and appreciate such a vast gathering of diverse greenery – and you’ll find categories such as Flora of the Balearic Islands and Flora of Other Mediterranean Isles, including Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta and Crete. There is also an ecological farm, an orchard, plants for medicinal purposes, and aromatic plants. The Museum of Natural Sciences is also located in the gardens.
Botanicactus Botanical Gardens
Botanicactus has established itself as one of Europe's largest and most significant botanical gardens, with an amazing variety of plants growing within its cool and leafy environs. Of particular interest are its impressive collections of bamboos and palm trees, as well as tropical plants that grow in abundance round a lake in the grounds.
Botanicatus also grows dozens of varieties of cactus, which can take many years to reach maturity. The gardens were opened in 1989 – and Ses Salines was chosen specifically because of the scarcity of rains in the area. As a result, the cacti flourish in the dry and sunny climate, and the landscape includes raised terraces, which have been specifically designed and placed to protect the plants from strong winds..
Cuevas del Drach
A spectacular cave system deep underground, the caverns known as the Cuevas del Drach are a captivating visitor experience, and take you into the heart of an amazing underground world full of space, colour and extraordinary rock formations. There’s a guided tour, which takes about an hour, and covers a distance of around 1,200 metres. The journey includes a boat trip across an underwater lake, and you’ll experience the sounds of classical music played live, creating extraordinary aural effect in their cavernous surroundings.
The temperature inside the cave system is about 21°C and the humidity is around 80%. The caves have been known to man since the Middle Ages, and they were thoroughly explored during the 19th century by various intrepid explorers. By the middle of last century, they were open to visitors, with the added reassurance of electric lighting!
Palma Aquarium is a treat for adults and children alike, with a range of experiences that will delight the kids and captivate parents. For those who want to experience sea-life up close and personal, the Touch Pool allows you to touch sea creatures and learn about them by way of a totally interactive experience.
You can also observe sharks and other sea-life from the safety and comfort of observation areas or from a glass-bottom boat. And, if you’re a fully qualified diver, you can immerse yourself in totally aquatic surroundings in ‘Big Blue’, the biggest shark tank in Europe. All the corals at Palma Aquarium are real, and the Aquarium is a leading world pioneer in the controlled cultivation and growing of rare-breed coral from all round the world.
Es Revellar Art Resort Galleries
If you love the idea of combining art and nature tranquil surroundings, you’ll love this 15th century Mallorcan country estate and exclusive hotel complex - which is surrounded by beautiful gardens with paths winding through them, plus there are hidden corners for contemplation and relaxation – and everywhere you look there are absorbing works of art: sculptures, marble columns, ethnic artworks, installations and antiques, all designed to delight the eye and soothe the soul.
In essence, the entire estate is devoted to the artistic expression of ‘Land Art’, in which art and landscape are viewed together to create a unique emotional response. Guided tours are available on request, and Art Nights plus gastronomy events take place regularly.
Cala Sa Nau Beach
Mallorca is full of secret places – if you know where to find them – and this wonderful beach at Cala Sa Nau is an idyllic place to escape to, free from crowds, distractions and noise. Simply head three kilometres north of Cala d'Or to this tranquil bay, which is surrounded by fragrant pine trees that create a green and fragrant backdrop to the beach. If you want to relax in decadent bohemian comfort, you can hire super-comfy bamboo sun-loungers – plus there are well-maintained showers and toilets to ensure that your visit to the beach is entirely comfortable and civilised.
There is also an atmospheric and welcoming beach bar that sells drinks and snacks. You'll need your own wheels to get there, and car parking costs just €3.50 for the entire day. You can also take boat trips from the beach, for delightful ocean views of the coastline.
Without doubt, this is Mallorca's most sacred site - a former monastery in a spectacular setting in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca’s spectacularly rugged north west region. Lluc has been a centre of pilgrimage since the 13th century, with holidaymakers and pilgrims alike coming to pay their respects to a statue of The Virgin, known as ‘La Moreneta’ ('the Little Dark One'), situated in a chapel splendidly decorated with the arms of every town in Mallorca.
There are daily concerts by Es Blauets choir (named after their blue cassocks), which was established in 1531 – and having sampled their soaring secular and sacred music, you can explore the monastery, which has a lovely rockery and botanical garden in the grounds. You can also stay at Lluc in total comfort, with all the 100 'cells' featuring en-suite bathrooms. Within the former monastic complex, there are several restaurants and bars, plus a fine museum.
Overall, this really is a fantastic destination with something for absolutely every member of the family to enjoy.
Falling in love with the sound of Mallorca? Why not take a look at some of our exquisite villas dotted around the island.
Key holiday facts
Climate - average annual temperatures are 21°C on the coast, with 300+ days of sunshine (July and August are hottest).
Beaches – there are 262 beaches on Mallorca, with a total length of 50 km. Many of them are ideal for safe swimming, with warm, clear waters and gently sloping sand. Our recommendations for the best of the bunch are: Cala Rajada; Portals Vells; Cap De Formentor and Illetas.
Distance from the UK - it's easy to get to Majorca, with a flight time of around 2 hours and 30 minutes, and there are direct flights from most UK airports. Palma airport is only a few minutes from the main family resort areas of the island.
Things to do – there's plenty of choice for happily occupying your time in Mallorca, especially when you consider that there are over 3,400 restaurants, over 40 marinas, over 400 km of hiking trails – and with the increase in olive-growing, ‘olive grove tourism’ is rapidly increasing in popularity!