The island of Mallorca is known for its sun-soaked shores, temperate climate and the famous relaxed Mediterranean culture and cuisine. In this Mallorca Travel Guide, I will give an overview of the things you need to know if you are planning a visit to this Balearic island.

Mallorca travel guide:  beautiful clear blue sea with mountains in the background.

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Mallorca Travel Guide: Geography of Mallorca

The island of Mallorca (or English spelling ‘Majorca’) is the largest island of the Balearic Islands.

The other Balearic Islands are Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Mallorca’s capital, Palma, is the autonomous capital of all of the Balearic islands.

Mallorca is made up of central lowlands and plains which are shielded by two mountain ranges. These are the UNESCO Serra de Tramuntana (north-west) and Serres de Llevant (south). These give access to a variety of adventure activities such as canyoning, coasteering, rock climbing, cliff jumping and abseiling.

Mallorca: beautiful clear blue sea with mountains in the background.
Cap De Formentor, in the North of Mallorca

There are over 260 beaches in Mallorca, including the Bay of Palma and the Bay of Alcudia, all with warm seas and long stretches of sand.

The best time to visit Mallorca

Mallorca is a Spanish island, and thus enjoys a warm mediterranean climate. Summers are hot, often over 30 degrees, and there is very little rainfall. You will need a plenty of sunscreen, and I recommend taking a foldable sun hat or foldable sun umbrella to protect your head from the sun.

The cooler spring/autumn months in the shoulder season may be a better choice for cycling and hiking, with temperatures in the mid twenties.

Cobbled streets in Valldemossa, Mallorca
Cobbled streets in Valldemossa, Mallorca

Towns and Cities in Mallorca

Mallorca has so many stunning towns and cities to visit, you will be spoilt for choice. You could start at the capital Palma, which is also conveniently where the international airport is situated. Palma gets busy, so it is best enjoyed off-season.

Towns such as Valldemossa, Pollensa, Deià and Soller are also popular choices. You can read more on these towns and cities in my blog post 9 Best Places to Visit In Mallorca.

Mallorca Travel Guide: How to get around

You will most likely fly into Palma De Mallorca International Airport, which is an excellent base. Flights take 2.5 hours from London.

1. Rental Car

I recommend renting a car for your stay in Mallorca. You can get around the whole island in under 4 hours. My preferred car rental company is Discover Cars (mainly due to their excellent rates, but also because their customer service is great too). In Mallorca they drive on the right hand side.

2. Taxis

In Mallorca the taxis and airport cars are efficient and reliable. There is no Uber in Mallorca, but there is a taxi app called Taxible, which is functional and easy to navigate. Taxi fares are relatively cheap – a bit cheaper than the UK but more expensive than other islands (such as Malta).

3. Public Transport

There are bus and train networks and also a metro service in Palma. If you are getting public transport from the airport, you will need the number 1 or 21 bus to the Intermodal Station in Palma, and then switch to a local bus/metro/train to your destination.

The famous orange tram runs from Soller to Port de Soller, Mallorca, Spain
The famous orange tram runs from Soller to Port de Soller, Mallorca, Spain.

A great trip using public transport is to start in Palma, then get the scenic vintage train to Soller. Then you can catch the tram to the Soller port, followed by a boat to Sa Calobra. I can personally recommend this tour which does all of the above without you having to plan anything yourself.

4. Cycling

Mallorca is a cyclist’s dream with its high mountain paths and challenging ascents along with easier tracks and trails for all abilities. Check out the Sa Calobra road (Sa Calobra means ‘snake’ in Spanish) which spectacularly cuts through the mountains.

Places to visit in Mallorca: the serpentine route MA-2141 winding down to sa calobra through a valley in the area of coll dels reis in the famous sierra de tramuntana mountain range, mallorca, spain
Wide angle panorama of balearic serpentine route MA-2141 winding down to sa calobra through a valley in the area of coll dels reis in the famous sierra de tramuntana mountain range, mallorca, spain

There are lots of cycling clubs and bicycle rental places in Mallorca, and some villas and apartments also come with free bike rental too. There is also a great e-bike tour in Palma, which allows you to see all of the major sights in just a few hours.

      

What to Eat in Mallorca

Tapas – Spanish tapas usually consists of small servings of Spanish meat, sausage, tortilla, cheese, olives and/or bread. Tapas is usually washed down with small measures of a local drink.

A Pintxo (pincho) is usually presented on a slice of bread with a stick to keep the toppings on.

A tapas item can be served on its own, hot or cold, with or without bread, in a dish or not in a dish.

Spreading sobrasada with a knife on toast on white
Sobrasada
Rows of tapas dishes on display at a tapas bar in Mallorca
Tapas and pinxtos
Things to eat in Mallorca: tapas and pinxtos
Pintxos in Palma

In addition to Tapas, Mallorca has a wealth of local cuisine unique to the island, including two local dishes which have been awarded the prestigious PGI protected status.

See my blog post 14 Things To Eat in Mallorca for a guide to the local food on the island.

 

Mallorca Travel Guide: Things to See

Here are some popular places to see in Mallorca:

Palma Cathedral

The towns of Deia, Soller and Valldemossa.

Read more in my guide to Mallorquin towns.

Caves in Mallorca

The Caves of Drach are on the east side of the island, a stunning subterranean network of caves with a huge underground lake. You can even see an atmospheric concert on the lake.

Mallorca: caves of drach, with a boat on the lake inside the caves.
Caves of Drach. Credit: Cristian Balate.

Beaches in Mallorcaa

Mallorca has 260 beaches.

Mallorca: Es Trenc Beach with very still waters and white sand
Beach Es Trenc – beautiful coast and beach of Mallorca, Spain

The Port of Soller

Mallorca: a port in Mallorca with a beautiful blue sea.
Port de Soller, Mallorca, Spain

Bellver Castle

Mallorca Travel Guide: Languages

The official languages of Mallorca are Catalan and Spanish (Castilian), with the locals adopting their own dialect called Mallorquin. English and German are widely spoken throughout the island, especially in the tourist areas. You might like to take a Spanish phrase book like this one to assist with any language barriers.

Map showing hotels in Mallorca.

The map below shows prices of hotels by geographical location from Booking.com. You can zoom in, zoom out, or drag the map to see towns you are interested in. Click the map to look at more prices, and reserve your room (you can always cancel later).

Booking.com
 

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