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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Beaches in Mallorcaa
Mallorca has 260 beaches.
The Port of Soller
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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