6 Great Places to Visit in Mallorca

The stunning Balearic island of Mallorca (or Majorca) has been a favourite holiday destination for many years, but it has so much more to offer than ‘all-inclusive’ deals and 18-30s party destination. It lies off the east coast of Spain, and the locals and some of the more curious tourists know that Mallorca is a treasure trove of charming stone-built villages, incredible mountainous landscapes, white sanded beaches with sheltered coves and both Moorish and Roman historical sites. If you know where to go, you will find some of the most beautiful scenery in the Mediterranean as well as a unique culture, delicious food and, of course, its vibrant music festivals and nightlife.

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To help you see the best of the island, here is a rundown of 6 great places to visit in Mallorca. 

1. Palma

Palma is often referred to as the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’ and plays host to thousands of mesmerised visitors. The capital city’s Old Town is a real highlight especially since renovations have restored much of the original architecture which had decayed over time. It is a popular place to visit all year round thanks to its varied music concerts, art exhibitions, fascinating museums and thriving nightlife. Palma is also home to international fashion labels on the street of Paseo del Borne, while the narrow alleyways around the Playa Mayor offer plenty of smaller independent shops and boutiques.

2. Pollensa

Pollensa is a beautiful town to the north of the island and a popular destination for Mallorca holidays in the summer. It’s just a few kilometres away from the resort of Puerto Pollensa, which is particularly popular with families as it has a range of facilities, activities and restaurants as well and palm-lined sandy beaches. On Sunday mornings the ancient town has a great market, and in the summer you can enjoy musical and cultural events of the Pollensa Festival in the Santo Domingo cloisters. 

You should also make time to climb the steps of the Puig de Calvari, which provides incredible views of the town and surrounding scenery. For history fans, there is a Roman bridge which is still in use – Pont Roma – and in August you can see a re-enactment of the battle between the Moors and local people during the invasion of 1550.

3. Puerto Portals

If you’re interested in a bit of glamour and maybe even some celebrity spotting, the marina of Puerto Portals is the place to be. Bill Gates, Paris Hilton, Jenson Button and Jim Carrey are just some of the famous people who have been seen soaking up the sun. The marina has over 650 berths and also offers plenty of designer boutiques, yacht agents, sophisticated bars and restaurants, and prime real estate. The nightlife is a big attraction for many, with Ritzi being the most popular place to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.

4. Formentor

Some of the most stunning natural scenery is found at the northern tip of the island at the Cap de Formentor. At the end of a 20-kilometre peninsula is the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range which meets the Mediterranean Sea. The road offers breath-taking views with the Talaia d’Albercutx watchtower and the Mirador de Mal Pas being very popular viewing points. The is also a white sanded beach, lined with palm trees and lapped by clear blue waters.

5. Banyalbufar

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, Banyalbufar is a great spot. Banyalbufar is a small town which is one of the most untouched and natural regions of Mallorca. It’s located on the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and can only be reached on foot, although you can drive part of the way down the hill and park your car in the public car park. There is a peaceful and secluded bay when you reach the bottom with fresh water flowing over rocks, no boats and plenty of space for a relaxing swim. The town itself is made up of steep terraces and has a very laidback vibe. 

6. Deià

A particularly pretty place, which attracts plenty of artists and writers every year thanks to its unique beauty and stunning views of the Mediterranean, is the village of Deià. It’s on the northwest coast of the island in a ravine at the bottom of the Teix mountain. Despite its small size, the village is home to several eateries and places to drink including the Michelin-starred restaurant, Es Racó d’Es Teix. There are also galleries and small boutique shops amongst the narrow streets and old stone houses as well as a church where you can find the grave of Robert Graves. The rocky cove and shingle beach, Cala Deià, is just a 20-minute walk or a drive down from the village where you can enjoy delicious fresh fish at one of the restaurants. 

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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