Some Time in Mallorca Spain

Mallorca’s laid-back groove and lush ocean views have long made it a popular summer vacation destination. It is a refuge for those looking for the warmth of the sun, thanks to its sultry summers tempered by the sea breeze.

As one of the Spanish Balearic Islands, you may already know its magnificent coasts and sandy beaches, but what about the trekking possibilities in the Serra de Tramuntana or the historical monuments engraved by artists like Antoni Gaudí?

Here is what you should not miss if you spend a few days on this beautiful island

Discover the old town of Palma

Some visitors will go directly to Cala Mondragó or Formentor to the beach, but Palma is a perfect starting point and a place to understand the historical and cultural development of the Island. Famous resort town and capital of the Balearic Islands, this lively metropolis in the Western Mediterranean offers a glimpse of the Moorish and Roman communities, as well as the Catholics who lived there since 123 BC.

Discover the Santa María; Castell de Bellver, Royal Palace of The Almudaina; and find the Mercat de l’olivar, where you can taste wine and Tapas in a bright historical room.

Explore the Passeig des Born Boulevard

On the tree-lined main street, you can get lost in its labyrinth of alleys and meet shops and restaurants. In the grid-like layout of the Passeig des Born, you can discover many art galleries such as the KEWENIG Space in Berlin, which is home to countless emerging artists.

Admire the colorful Majorcan pottery of the Terra Cuita. Admire the architecture of the modernist buildings and stop for contemporary Tapas in Ombú. Treat yourself to a hearty dinner at de Tokio a Lima accompanied by White Sangria before taking a detour to the lively Santa Catalina district.

Cocktail bars before and after dinner

End your day like the Spaniards and head to the Clandestino Cocktail Club for a last glass of Gin and Tonic. This place combines casual atmospheres with Lounge vibes and presents itself as a shady Jazz place with a secret Speakeasy menu.

The chic atmosphere of the big city also extends to the Bar, which is a treasure trove of high-end spirits. In addition to the G&T, the classic Negroni (€15) are a must, made with Gin, Campari and vermouth and served with crushed ice and orange zest. Authentic Spanish? Maybe not, but a recommended place to relax after a hard day’s travel.

Stock up on Churros at El Rocío Santa Ponsa

Don’t forget to stock up on a hearty Spanish breakfast before heading to Magaluf Beach for a busy day in the sun. Take a seat at El Rocío Santa Ponsa in a quiet corner of the Santa Ponça district.

The order here is Churro with a nice thick hot chocolate drink, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and delicious Patatas Bravas – a Local spicy potato dish fried and covered with Hot Sauce (€7.50). Or go the other way, to Café Flora, a specialty breakfast restaurant and bakery just around the corner from Magaluf.

Dive on the white beaches in Magaluf

The end of the morning is the best time to reach Magaluf Beach before it gets too hot and the top of the coast – about a thousand meters long – fills up with local swimmers.

If you are looking for serenity, head north to Palmanova Beach. There is relatively little sand, mile after mile, under the same relaxing baby blue sky. The white-grained sand is perfect for sunbathing, while you can swim far into the water for a refreshing dip. If the adjacent Spanish culinary scene fascinates you, Bondi Beach Magaluf serves a delicious and beautifully presented paella with an impressive cocktail menu.

Take the dry hiking trail of the Serra de Tramuntana

On your second day in Mallorca, head north from Palma towards the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which stretches along the entire north-west coast.

The steep mountain range near Valldemossa serves as a perfect vantage point. Take a hiking map that will take you to picturesque and historic towns and villages lined with olive groves, vineyards and almond orchards.

You can also book a guided tour of the long-distance dry stone road that will take you from Port D’antrtx to Pollença.

The routes last between three and eight hours, and some routes are recommended only for experienced hikers. You will need a good pair of hiking boots and plenty of water.

Head to La Lonja for the last dance

Some of the best things to do on this island happen after dark. After sunset, head to the Lonja region. You will find intimate bars such as the Jazz Voyeur Club, where you can enjoy generous Spanish portions of Brandy alongside a classic à la carte menu. Or book a place at the Blue Jazz Club near the Bay of Palma. Be sure to book.

There are many night taverns, sparkling spirit cellars and tourist taprooms that will continue to party long after sunset. Rest assured that some of the best Mediterranean cafes are waiting for you in the morning to nurse your hangover.

Where to stay

Located in the Canyamel Valley, the 5-star Cap Vermell Grand Hotel is richly decorated and houses a Michelin-starred Restaurant. The hotel is also close to the famous Cala Agulla beach and the coastal caves of Artà.

Further inland from Mallorca is the fabulous FIVE-STAR Spa Hotel Kimpton Aysla Hotel, located in the picturesque Santa Ponsa.

How to get to Mallorca

Daily flights connect major European cities to Palma de Mallorca Airport, including London and Manchester. From the airport, local buses will take you directly to the center of Palma. You can also get there by ferry from the ports of Barcelona and Valencia.

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