Located just an hour’s east of Barcelona, Mallorca (or Majorca) is the biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands – and arguably, the best! Wooed by the promise of sparkling azure waters, limestone mountains, sheltered coves, famed beach resorts (and let’s face it, ALL OF THE tapas) – we were lucky enough to travel there for one whole week of Mediterranean magic.
With 12 of us to accommodate, we rented a large Airbnb villa just outside of Palma & two large people movers to explore every possible inch of the island. We were spoilt for choice! The next seven days were spent day-tripping to every kind of beach (yes, there’s several), swimming through caves, dancing ‘til dawn at notorious Euro nightclubs, exploring the old town, driving along precarious mountain roads, and eating our body weight in chorizo-filled cheese platters.
When it was finally time to leave, we poured ourselves one last glass of sangria & said our fond farewells – with the knowledge that there was MORE than enough left to do to warrant another trip back some day. Here, you’ll find all my highlights & top tips for an equally memorable Mallorca experience. And if you have any tips for our next trip, you know where to find me!
MUST STAY: Majorca offers a diverse range of accommodation in every setting imaginable. If you’re a luxury lover, look no further than the secluded Cap Rocat – a heavenly hotel perfectly blended into the steep cliffs overlooking the sea on Mallorca’s south coast. Further north & slightly inland, Belmond La Residencia is another beautiful option set amid the stunning mountain village of Deià. If travelling with a large group, use Airbnb to find a suitable house/villa. And finally, if staying in the heart of Palma, you can’t beat the boutique hotel bliss found at HM Balanguera. I stayed there for one blissful night before my friends arrived (including one full day spent by the rooftop pool) & could have easily stayed forever!
MUST DO: If you want to explore the island thoroughly, I highly recommend hiring a car. The island is 80 kilometres long & impossible to navigate without some form of transport. As for exploring the harder to reach beaches & coves, there’s no better solution than chartering a private boat for the day. Our local skipper knew exactly which secret swimming spots were best suited for the weather, and we found ourselves snorkeling, swimming through caves, (and getting a little shipfaced!) in no time.
MUST SEE: There are four areas you simply MUST experience while in Mallorca (to name a few!)
- The small sandstone village of Deià. Perched at the foot of the Teix mountain on the northwest coast, it’s easily the most picturesque of all on the island. More importantly, just 20 minutes down the road is where you’ll find Cala Deià – a small rocky cove home to the most perfect pebble beach you could hope for! Go there, swim for the day, and head back into the village for a delicious tapas dinner at Restaurante Xelini.
- The dramatically rugged northernmost tip of the island, Cap de Formentor. The 13.5km drive which runs from Port de Pollenca to Cap de Formentor is one of the most terrifyingly steep & narrow drives you can experience – but the mountainous scenery & views from the 400m tall cliffs are beyond worth it. Risk life & limb to get there, take it all in, & then on the way back, stop by the beautiful Formentor Beach for a relaxing swim!
- Es Trenc Beach, Campos. Located in the south east of the island, this stunning beach has white sand, turquoise waters, a beach club bar & a distinctly Caribbean feel. Take a picnic and stay for the day!
- The Old Town of Palma. Mallorca’s capital, Palma, is the island’s cultural & architectural centre. The buildings are steeped in history & the 13th-century Santa Maria cathedral is definitely worth a visit during the day. That said, the old town centre really comes alive at night – turning into a rabbit warren of heaving restaurant & bar lined streets. Head there as many nights as you can & work your way through the dining options. If looking to continue the party, head to Jazz Voyeur – an intimate jazz club with great cover bands.