Hola! My name’s Ariane and welcome to my Mallorca travel guide. I was born and raised in the southern island group of the Philippines – Mindanao.
When I was a kid, I wanted to work in the cabin crew of an airline company so I could travel the world. But I decided to go to university instead. My passion for travel kicked off when I was in college. I joined this group of eco-ventures which consisted mostly of Environmental Science students.
The group did mountaineering trips and undertook projects planting trees. Since then, I have been a passionate traveller. After I got my diploma at university, I started solo backpacking around the Philippines capturing every beautiful moment with my first camera – Nikon Coolpix L32.
I remember the first time I visited Mallorca. It was a 10-day vacation in June, 2018. I was living in Denmark at the time. During this trip, I was mesmerised by the dramatic limestone spires of Serra de Tramuntana.
Mallorca captivated me with its beauty. From pristine beaches, panoramic views and stunning mountains, to historical towns and hilltop villages. I have visited almost 50 countries and lived in three but Mallorca made me feel at home. So, I followed my heart by staying.
Mallorca Travel Guide – The Perfect Summer’s Day
My perfect summer’s day in Mallorca starts by waking up in a place where there is beautiful sunshine by the beach. One of my early routines is to do yoga on the beach after taking a plunge in the turquoise waters.
After lunch, I’ll be cycling on the roads leading to Serra de Tramuntana. In the later afternoon, I like to have a drink at Sa Foradada Restaurant and then watch the gorgeous sunset from Son Marroig viewing deck – the perfect place to take panoramic photos overlooking the Sa Foradada hole.
My Favourite Place – Calo des Moro Beach
Calo des Moro should be included in every Mallorca travel guide. To get to the beach, you need to survive the challenging route and trails along the cliffs. But it’s 100% worth it. Calo des Moro is a must-see and the ultimate Instagram-worthy place where you can relax by pristine waters.
10 Best Things To Do in Mallorca
1. Drive to the Beautiful Cap de Formentor
Cap de Formentor is located at the tip of North Mallorca. It is a 10-kilometer drive from Mirador Es Colomer. It has a lighthouse standing proudly in the middle with beautiful cliffs and surroundings. Make sure you take photos of the winding road plus the panoramic view of the sparkling sea.
2. Visit the Charming City of Palma de Mallorca
The charming Palma de Mallorca offers a superb combination of culture and seaside relaxation. The Old Town, Cathedral and Castell de Bellver gives this city more prestige than other capitals in Europe. It’s a great place to go shopping, eat out at the restaurants and explore.
3. Discover the Hillside Village of Valldemossa
A 23-kilometer drive from Palma de Mallorca lies the stunning hillside village of Valldemossa. It’s situated between the Serra de Tramuntana and the Mediterranean Sea. This hilly village is full of warm, friendly locals and scenic spots overlooking the magnificently preserved Monastery.
4. Explore the Stunning Sa Calobra Area
Sa Calobra is one of the more difficult places to reach in Mallorca but the scenery is captivating. It’s located on the northwest coast of the island. There are two main beaches: Cala de Sa Calobra (a mini beach with white sand and pebbles) and Torrent de Pareis (popular with adventurers).
5. Spend a Day at the Pretty Village of Deià
Deià is one of the prettiest villages. It’s located on the northwest coast of the island. The breathtaking views of this hilly village makes you want to stay just for pure relaxation. Surrounded by the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, Deià is becoming extremely popular with both locals and tourists alike.
6. Relax at the Long Sandy Alcudia Beach
Alcudia Beach is the longest coastline in all of the Balearic Islands with seven kilometers of sand bar. With powdery white sand and sapphire blue waters, this beach has been popular with holidaymakers for years.
7. Wander around the Authentic Village of Banyalbufar
Banyalbufar is a picturesque village on the west coast. The village’s main attraction is the terraced hillsides which go down to the sea. As well as quaint village streets, visitors can enjoy a number of beaches and coves like Cala Banyalbufar, Son Bunyola and Corra Fals.
8. Go Swimming at the Sparkling Es Trenc Beach
This 2 kilometre long beach is like something out of the Caribbean. The waters are a sparkling turquoise and the sand is powdery white. It’s the ultimate summer destination. Es Trenc Beach has a few bars which become lively with people in their 20’s and 30’s in summer.
9. Chill at the Secluded Cala Varques Beach
Cala Varques is a stunning wild cove and a virgin Cala in the town of Manacor. Discover white sand beaches, lapping waves and hidden caves. The beach is a hard place to find because the tourism council imposed a parking restriction to preserve its untouched beauty.
10. Venture into the Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach are located in the town of Porto Cristo and comprise four great caves. These caves are among the most impressive attractions of Mallorca. You can find an underground lake here called Lake Martel which is recognised as one of the largest underground lakes in the world!
Bonus Destination: Visit the Instagrammable Fornalutx
Fornalutx is a charming mountain village surrounded by the Tramuntana range overlooking Sollér. This village was hailed as ‘’one of the prettiest villages in Spain’’. The main square offers different local shops, cafés and some are even Mallorquin restaurants which are all Instagramable!
Mallorca Travel Guide – Proud Mallorquin Cuisine
One thing I would like to highlight in this Mallorca travel guide is Mallorquin food and cuisine. I always love to dine at the local restaurants where you can eat delicious dishes like Frito Mallorquin, Pa’amb Oli with Sobrasada, Tombet vegetable dish, all paired with excellent local wine.
Santa Catalina restaurants in the west side of Palma de Mallorca are some of the capital’s most buzzing places. They offer hot new restaurants. But every town in Mallorca has its own schedule linked to the weekly market day. The essence of traditional Mallorca is distilled in its markets.
Locals gather in the town’s main square to buy fresh local produce like fruits and vegetables, cheeses, breads, wines and cured meats. Many beautifully designed handcrafted products are found here. You don’t want to miss out on the experience of a local Mallorquin market!
Mallorca Travel Guide – Meet the Wonderful Locals
The official language of Mallorca is Mallorquin (a Catalan dialect). Spanish is widely spoken on the island. English and German can be heard here too in places where there are many tourists. Some areas of Mallorca are actually home to permanent residents from the UK and Germany.
Mallorca has been welcoming tourists for many decades now. It’s one of the most popular beach destinations in Europe. The people are warm and friendly – greeting each other with a kiss on the cheek for women and handshake for men. Mallorquin people love to socialise and party.
Mallorca Travel Guide – Where to Stay on the Island
Finding good accommodation in Mallorca is not difficult. The island is known for its diversity: history, culture, landscapes, gastronomy and the Mediterranean Sea. It all depends on where you would like to stay and what kind of activities and environment you enjoy the most.
Holidaytravelchannel.com and Spain Rental Properties offer short term and long term rentals all year round. I would recommend staying in the quiet town of Son Serra de Marina located on the northern coast of Mallorca.
This town has natural sand dunes and the area is protected by the Government. No hotels are allowed to be built and buildings are not allowed to be higher than 2-storeys. Son Serra de Marina is famous for its outdoor activities like surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and kite-surfing.
Mallorca Travel Guide – Tips for your Visit
Mallorca is popular with holidaymakers from Northern Europe. Summer holidays are the season (mid-June to September) when most of the tourists flock to the island. If you don’t like big crowds, then October to May has less tourists and you’ll be able to enjoy solo moments on some of the beaches.
Finding the best spots on Mallorca is impossible without having a car or motorcycle. There is no public transport connecting Palma de Mallorca to some of the more remote places on the island. Buses and trains are limited. To rent a car you must be 18 or over and possess a full driving licence.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Mallorca travel guide. If you would like any further recommendations feel free to get in touch via Instagram.