Things to Do in Mallorca

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Mallorca is a great place to relax and do nothing, but this picturesque island also offers amazing experiences that will keep you talking about your trip for years to come.

Mallorca’s varied landscape, pretty towns, and vibrant nightlife make this a near-perfect destination that keeps me coming back for more. I love that you can visit Mallorca several times a year and do something different every time. I hope you’ll love the island too. 

And that’s really the purpose of this guide – to share with you Mallorca’s exciting activities and places and some ways to get around the island that you might not have thought about before. Read on to find out all the best things to do in Mallorca. 

Things to Do in Mallorca The Island's Best Experiences

Why Choose Mallorca?

So, what makes Mallorca such a great destination, and why should you spend your precious holiday here? Well, not only does Mallorca boast some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches, but it also has lesser-known elements, including the UNESCO World Heritage site Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, as well as off-the-beaten-path mountain towns and villages to explore unique Mallorca food that is only found on the island. 

To have this much diversity on what’s actually a pretty small island is special. The first time I drove across it, I couldn’t believe I could see tiny coves, a large and lively capital city, and a vast mountain range all within an hour’s drive. So don’t worry if your visit is short, because even a few days in Mallorca is enough time to discover how beautiful it is. 

Of course, Mallorca is also famous for its nightlife. It’s probably best known for places like Magaluf, where visitors party in legendary clubs until the early hours. But the nightlife is more varied than that, with Palma offering plenty in the way of bars and a lively marina and informal beach clubs. And every town on the island has a central square which becomes the hub of activity during those long, balmy evenings. 

If you’re curious about how Mallorca compares to its neighboring island, check out comparing Ibiza vs Mallorca.

Active Fun in Mallorca

Getting around Mallorca can be an activity in itself. The island is well set up for getting from A to B, so you don’t have to rely on tours or excursions to get around – although they can be great experiences too. 

Here are some fun ways to explore, whether on two feet, two wheels, or under sail. 

Biking Around Mallorca

Road bikers on the road in the Balearic Islands

Cycling is a fantastic way to explore Mallorca, but you rarely hear about it. This is surprising given that cycling is one of the most popular sports in Spain. The island has dedicated cycling routes that entice more than 150,000 cycle tourists annually. 

Some of the most popular cycling routes include:

Cap de Formentor

A 20 km route that winds along the Formentor Peninsula, with stunning ocean views along the way, ending at the Cap de Formentor lighthouse.

Tramuntana Coastal Road

A route that runs along the island’s western edge for 110 km and links the northern town of Pollensa to Andratx in the south. It’s hilly but worth it for the scenic mountain villages – and the long downhill section as you’re getting close to the end!

Sa Calobra

Small silhouette of rider on road bike, going downhill on Sa Calobra, Mallorca

An incredibly winding road runs down to the fishing village of Calobra, where you can enjoy a dip in the sea at either of the village’s two remote beaches. Be aware that the route is steep, with up to a 12% gradient sometimes.

If you’re tempted to cycle in Mallorca, my recommended bike rental company is BikesBooking.com. They offer various styles, from simple city cycles to advanced road bikes. Add that to their simple booking system and reasonable prices, and you have the perfect, convenient option. Find out more about Mallorca’s wealth of cycling routes

Exploring Mallorca By Car

Winding coastal road from west in Mallorca

Exploring Mallorca by car is definitely one of the most flexible ways to get around. Not only can you create your own flexible itinerary, but instead of getting hot and bothered waiting for public transport, you can enjoy air conditioning from the moment your journey begins – an important consideration in Mallorca.

Renting a car in Mallorca also means you can get to Mallorca’s hidden coves and tiny villages, where buses don’t run, and you can enjoy a more authentically Mallorcan experience. Places like Esporles, nestled in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, or Consell, right in the heart of Mallorca’s wine country, open up to you if you have a car. 

If you want to rent from a rental company with years of experience, thousands of positive reviews, and a reputation for fair pricing, then Discover Cars is the company for you. I use them whenever I visit the island and have always been pleased with their service. 

Sailing the Waters of Mallorca

Recreational sail boat in Mediterranean sea coast. Mallorca island, Spain

If you have a taste for life at sea, sailing in Mallorca’s bright blue waters is something to consider. If you’re looking for boat rentals in Mallorca, you can berth in the island’s marinas which offer high-quality facilities.

Why not take a sailing tour if your budget is slightly more moderate? Let an expert skipper take care of the boat, freeing you to enjoy island views you can only experience from the water. Nothing beats the feeling of the sea breeze in your hair and the sun on your face.

Just don’t make the same mistake as me and forget the sun cream – make sure you apply plenty, as the sun’s reflection off the sea will have you burnt in minutes. 

Sailing Adventure in Palma de Mallorca with Snorkeling and SUP — If you want to test your potential as a yacht captain, you’ll love the opportunity to help the crew during your ocean adventure. Enjoy some snorkeling and try stand-up paddleboarding before relaxing on the deck with tapas and a chilled glass of Cava.

Walking the GR221 “Dry Stone Route”

Traditional paved road, Balitx, Fornalutx, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

The GR221, or “Dry Stone Route” as it’s often called, is a 140-kilometer hiking trail that runs a winding path through the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, from Port d’Andratx in the south to Pollensa in the north. 

The route is split into eight to ten sections. It is ideal for a walking holiday, exploring the beautiful mountainous landscape and some of Mallorca’s best inland villages. The views are spectacular and varied, and as you walk the limestone trail, you’ll spot ancient Mallorcan features like snow pits, charcoal circles, and lime kilns. 

You’ll also see plenty of Mallorcan wildlife, including wild mountain goats and, if you’re lucky, ultra-rare black vultures. And with olive trees, citrus groves, and almond trees dotted along the way, there’s always something beautiful to see on the GR221.

Enjoying Mallorca’s Waters

Mallorca’s coastline is over 550 kilometers long. No surprise then that its beaches are loved by so many who visit them.

Whether you’re looking for a lively resort beach with bars, water sports, and beach umbrellas or a hideaway cove you can only experience at the end of a rocky hike; there’s something for everyone.

Even better, many of Mallorca’s beaches are also great for snorkeling. I’ll share some of my favorites below. 

Visiting the Island’s Beaches

Wherever you’re staying in Mallorca, you’ll find a wide range of beaches to enjoy in the vicinity. 

North Mallorca beaches

Majorca Cala Figuera beach of Formentor Majorca

In north Mallorca, you’ll find the popular resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia, and although they both have wonderful beaches of their own, take the time to explore and you’ll be able to experience north Mallorca’s best beaches

Formentor Beach is a great option. It’s located on a stunning peninsula, so you know the views will be amazing. But it also has plenty of facilities, including restaurants, water sports, public showers and toilets. 

East Mallorca beaches

Beach of Cala Mesquida in Majorca, Spai

The eastern coast of Mallorca spoils you for choice with beaches. Whether you’re based in Cala d’Or or Cala Millor, you’ll have easy access to loads of beaches that are worth exploring. 

Cala Mesquida is a gorgeous place backed by pine trees and sand dunes named a ‘natural place of special interest.’ It seems remote, but you won’t feel completely cut off, as there’s a handy restaurant overlooking the long stretch of sand.

South Mallorca beaches

South Mallorca beach

Resort towns along the bottom of the island tend to be smaller and less built-up, so there are plenty of hidden gem beaches in south Mallorca

One of my favorites is Cala Llombards, a lovely place with the ideal balance of natural beauty and facilities. Plus, a short walk will take you to Es Pontas, a natural rock archway that provides the perfect backdrop to a stunning Mallorcan sunset.  

Palma de Mallorca beaches

You might not expect Palma de Mallorca, the island capital, to have its own beach, but there are several, which is ideal if you want to combine all the benefits of the city with a beach break. 

The best beaches in the Palma de Mallorca region include Cala Major, a pretty stretch that makes you feel far from the bustle of the city.

If it’s a beach club you’re after, PuroBeach Palma is a great place to hang out for the day, taking in those sweeping sea views while having food and drinks within easy reach.  

Snorkeling in Mallorca

I’ve always been a bit nervous about snorkeling, but it was in Mallorca that I finally took the plunge (literally). Because I could snorkel straight from the beach, no jumping off boats was involved and the clear, warm water was super inviting. It’s now one of my favorite activities when returning to the island.

If you’re a little nervous, I recommend these beaches in Mallorca to try snorkeling for the first time.

Cala Santanyi is a great place to snorkel, as it has these incredible rock formations under the water that are easily reached from the shore. Also, as cliffs surround the beach, the water conditions are almost always calm. Add that to Mallorca’s 30-meter visibility and you’re bound to spot all kinds of marine life, including brightly colored fish, anemones, coral, and even an octopus if you’re lucky!

You could consider a snorkel tour if you’d rather explore the underwater world a little further out to sea. Transport and snorkel gear will all be taken care of, and you’ll enjoy a boat trip too, with beautiful views of Mallorca’s coastline from the water. 

Boat Tour Alcudia: Formentor Beach & Lighthouse Cruise — This fun tour departs from Alcudia and will whisk you off to the Formentor Peninsula, where you’ll take in the stunning bays and cliffs, snorkel in remote Cap Pina, and see the cute Cap de Formentor lighthouse. 

Discovering Mallorca’s Unique Culture

Mallorca is home to some intriguing Spanish towns and cities, including the popular mountain town of Deià, traditional Soller (my favorite), and cosmopolitan Palma de Mallorca. Find out all about these charming destinations and decide which you’ll explore during your next visit. 

Visit Deià: The Artistic Town

Cozy village on the hill Deia

Deià is considered one of Mallorca’s prettiest villages, partly due to its location in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

The village has retained its old-school vibe, and you’ll find Mallorcan traditions alongside its distinctive Moorish architecture. Deià is completely different to the island’s more touristy coastal resorts and makes for a great day trip. 

Deià, Mallorca has a reputation as a town of artists, thanks to its former and current residents. The poet, Robert Graves, used to live there and you can now visit his home, “Ca n’Alluny”, if the fancy takes you.

The town’s ritziest hotel, Belmond La Residencia, has a permanent art exhibition and a lovely sculpture garden. Many artists, painters, and writers call Deià home too, drawn in by the creative atmosphere and inspirational surroundings. 

If you have the time, I would suggest spending a day in Deià, or if you’d like to linger a little longer, there are charming guesthouses where you can gaze out of the window and imagine the town as its former artist residents saw it. 

Explore Soller: Where Old Meets New

Beautiful gothic cathedral Saint Bartholomew on the main square of Soller, Majorca

Soller is located amid endless citrus groves and it’s actually this fragrant crop that Soller has to thank for its economic success.

Soller is pretty remote but is well-linked to the coast (and another great location called Port de Soller) from where oranges were shipped to France. Many ship workers moved to France, made their fortunes, then returned to Soller to build the beautiful homes you see today.

You’ll find the Plaza de la Constitucion in the center of the town, a lovely space lined with cafes that spill out into the square creating a welcoming and lively atmosphere.

I’ve spent many happy hours strolling the narrow side streets of Soller, taking in the architecture – and the surprisingly good selection of restaurants.

Experience Palma de Mallorca: City of Life and Beaches

View of the beach of Palma de Mallorca

There’s everything to like about Palma de Mallorca. Not only does it offer the usual cultural pursuits of a city – art galleries, museums and the like – but it also boasts numerous beaches within the city limits. 

Palma is an attractive place and is bustling throughout the year, which is unsurprising given half the population of Mallorca lives there. The honey-colored stone is beautiful, especially when lit by the sun – so it’s handy that the sun shines for over 300 days of the year.

Palma has restaurants in droves and is rightly proud of its reputation as the best foodie destination in the Balearic Islands. There’s also a profusion of bars, especially along Calle Apuntadores in the La Lonja district, a long street that used to be a central part of the fishing industry but is now home to some of the city’s best nightlife.  

There are so many things to do in Palma de Mallorca that a weekend is never enough. I’ve been back many times and there’s always something new to discover. 

Trying Mallorca’s Delicious Food

Beautiful outdoor terrace with table and chairs on Mallorca

Mallorcan cuisine may not be well-known internationally – unlike world-renowned Spanish food – but it does have hyper-local and delicious dishes that originate here.

Generally, the food in Mallorca is created from various ingredients found on the island, including fish, vegetables, and pork. You can also expect to see abundant flourishes of almonds and olives across Mallorca.

From Street Markets to High-End Dining

Visitors to Mallorca have many restaurants to choose from, ranging from rustic beach shacks along the coast to the latest trendy Michelin-starred eateries in Palma.

You can also explore produce markets like Mercat d’Olivar, where you can gather ingredients to create your own Mallorcan culinary masterpiece. 

Wherever you end up eating, look out for the following ingredients and dishes, all of which were created on the island:

Coca Mallorquina

Coca Mallorquina with sobrassada and zucchini. Traditional recipe from the island of Mallorca.

This flatbread covered in roasted vegetables is found in bakeries across the island and makes for a great snack on the run. 

Sobrassada

Tapaa sandwichs with Sobrassada cured pork meat sausage and tomato on a wooden cutting board

A spreadable spicy sausage, sobrassada is often served as a tapa or a tasty filling for empanadas – or cocarrois as they’re known on the island.

Tumbet

A type of vegetarian-friendly stew involving aubergine, potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes, this satisfying dish is often served with a giant chunk of bread to mop up the sauce. 

Ensaimada

Ensaimada with cream, spiral pastry typical of Mallorca

This is a sweet, spiral-shaped pastry from Mallorca. Light and fluffy, it’s often dusted with powdered sugar and enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. Some versions are filled with cream, fruit, or even sobrassada for a savory kick.

Making Your Mallorca Adventure Easy with Tours

Sometimes, when you go on holiday, you don’t want to deal with the intricacies of an itinerary, figuring out transport options, and finding somewhere decent to eat – you want to take it easy.

If that’s the case for you, joining an organized tour is probably the way forward. Before diving deeper into the organized tours, it’s worth noting that Uber in Spain, especially in Mallorca, is not common, so you might be better off renting a car. You’ll get to experience the best things to do in Mallorca without any of the hassles. 

Enjoying Organized Tours

Organized tours are big business these days and there are high-profile companies that offer well-rated and reasonably-priced tours and excursions. For example, GetYourGuide and Viator both offer thousands of options for amazing day trips, with loads of options in Mallorca. 

Whether you want a shared experience (generally more affordable) or a private tour (that you can often personalize) is entirely up to you. Here, I share a hand-picked selection of tours offering some of Mallorca’s best experiences. 

Book Tramuntana Tour with Historic Railway Ride — This is your opportunity to see some of the best parts of Mallorca on a full-day tour. Take in beautiful Soller then ride the train to the coastal town of Port de Soller for a delicious tapas lunch, before exploring the charming Tramuntana mountain towns of Deià and Valldemossa.

Book Horseback Riding Excursion and Wine Tasting — Pretend you’re a Mallorcan cowboy on this horseback riding excursion through Alcudia’s Puig de Sant Martí. Then, sample some of the island’s finest wines along with a delicious selection of cheeses and local delicacies. 

Book Palma de Mallorca: Foodie Tour Old Town — Rather than just hearing about Mallorca’s amazing local dishes, take this foodie tour in the capital city of Palma and you’ll have an expert show you the best places to eat. Learn all about the history of this beautiful city as you travel between eateries, working up an appetite as you go. 

Finding the Perfect Place to Stay in Mallorca

Traditional stone alley in Fornalutx village

There are accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets in Mallorca. Looking for a cheap stay? Then you could try a hostel or a budget hotel. Or are you celebrating a special occasion? Then maybe you’ll want to push the boat out and stay in an upmarket luxury hotel. 

Staying in smaller, privately-owned bed-and-breakfasts and guesthouses can provide a more authentic experience, as you’ll get to meet local owners who often have loads of tips to share. I stayed in Deià last year, and although I was only there for one night, by the time I left the guesthouse, I’d been given restaurant tips and ideas about what to see in the area, and I felt like I’d genuinely made a new friend. 

Of course, you can also rent a whole apartment or villa. This is a great idea if you want to prepare your own meals or if you’re looking for more home comforts while traveling.

If you’re struggling to decide where in Mallorca you want to base yourself during a visit, you can find out all about where to stay in Mallorca. But for now, let’s focus on a few of the best accommodation options in Mallorca. 

Best Stays in Mallorca

Pleta de Mar Hotel

Canyamel ★★★★★

Can Ferrereta

Santanyi ★★★★★

Useful Tips for Your Mallorca Trip

Once you’ve chosen your things to do in Mallorca, you’ll need to make other decisions too. Firstly, is there a time of year that would suit your chosen activities better than others? And when that’s decided, it’s time to move on to the packing list.

Find out what essential items you’ll need in Mallorca to make your trip as enjoyable as possible – and to avoid those last-minute panic buys at the airport. If you’re planning an active day, stocking up on some groceries might be a good idea. For a variety of options, check out the most popular grocery stores in Spain.

When to Visit Mallorca

Mallorca wooden sign

When to plan your Mallorca trip is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Here are some factors to consider before you decide which is the best time for you to visit this beautiful island:

Weather

If you want intense summer heat, visit in July and August and you’ll have long, sunny days to spend on the beach and little chance of rain.

Spring is great for more comfortable temperatures where you can hike and explore without getting overheated.

Autumn can bring a little more rain, but it’s still warm and you can even take a dip in the sea.

Winter is more unpredictable but can still be pleasantly warm – especially compared to other parts of Europe. 

Crowds

As you’d expect, Mallorca’s peak season is summertime, when families arrive in their thousands to enjoy a holiday with their kids. This spike in demand means that prices can be sky-high.

Spring and autumn see fewer tourists, and more moderate prices, although the most popular spots are still lively.

Winter is quieter for tourists, so you can explore Mallorca in relative peace. It’s also the best time of year to score a bargain.  

Seasonal attractions

Every season in Mallorca has something that makes it special. Of course, summer is prime sunbathing time, so most activity occurs across the island’s 260 beaches.

Spring is ideal for nature enthusiasts, when the island bursts into color, with almond trees in full blossom and meadows filled with wildflowers.

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy Mallorca’s 70-plus wineries, as the grape harvest is taking place and there are plenty of warm, sunny days to join a vineyard tour and wine tasting. 

What to Pack for Mallorca

Tourist suit case in Mallorca

This is the final consideration before you’re ready to head to Mallorca – what to pack. I became a professional packer during my five years living and traveling in Spain. So, here are my absolute essentials, as well as a few handy items you might want to consider:

Clothing 

If you’re traveling in spring, autumn, or winter, layers are the name of the game. The sun can come and go often and temperatures in the shade can be degrees lower than in the sun. Evenings can cool down outside of the summer, so pack a hoodie or light jacket too.  

If you’re visiting Mallorca in the summer, breathable fabrics are ideal. Pack a sarong or lightweight shorts for the beach and some t-shirts and beach dresses, and you’re good to go. 

Other essentials

You’ll be glad you packed these useful items once you get to Mallorca:

  • Sunglasses and a sunhat
  • Sun cream (and after-sun lotion, just in case)
  • Snorkel gear
  • A refillable water bottle to stay hydrated
  • A dry bag to keep your phone dry at the beach
  • A plug adapter if you’re from a country that doesn’t use Type F plugs
  • A waterproof jacket or poncho – just in case you’re caught in a shower. 

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