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Mallorca is what you see on the traditional postcard in a souvenir shop. It’s what most people picture when they think of a typical Spanish holiday and in many cases, it is exactly that. All the usual idyllic landscapes, sapphire seas and all-round Mediterranean magic, that countless tourists enjoy every year.
But if you head out of the main tourist resorts, you’ll find that hidden coves, near-empty golden beaches and quiet, traditional towns are very much in abundance, and a treasure trove of unique, authentic experiences.
Mallorca’s landscapes offer up exceptional chances to hike, bike, dive, swim, explore in any other way that gets the pulse racing. There are theatrical mountains in the north, dramatic cliffs to the east and sweeping coastlines in the south. And the best thing about it? The island is pretty compact, so you can explore them all during your stay.
Mallorca is also dotted with plenty of cute, traditional villages that give you a true taste for local life on the island. From Deià on the west coast to Esporles just outside Palma, each has its own unique, authentic intricacies that one stroll along the cobblestoned streets or through the dappled sunlight of ancient olive groves will reveal.
Mallorca’s hinterland has an irresistible, laid-back charm, which along with incredible, fresh seafood, excellent wine and warm hospitality, leaves the travellers that go with us, completely in love with this unique island.
Picture impossibly blue, stunningly clear and warm waters lapping against craggy, white cliffs and scrubby hills, a horseshoe bay where the colour of the sea leaks from a pale turquoise into a rich, deep, blue.
Then top those hills with a tumbling village of rustic, terracotta-tiled houses and restaurants boasting shady verandas with incredible views of the surrounding mountains that lead the eye upwards and outwards, away from the sea.
Tie it all together with winding, climbing cobbled lanes and stairways, quaint little squares and an exquisite seafood dinner paired with a delicate local wine, as the sun dips beyond the horizon and the village glows a soft, dull orange, and you may have just found your little corner of paradise.
Platja Des Coll Baix
If you want to truly get off the beaten track, try going somewhere only accessible by water, or by trekking through mystical, dappled forest, the air laden with the scent of sweet pine and the salty sea.
Then, at the end of the headland, you’re greeted by a stunning, sweeping bay, totally isolated, hemmed in by plunging cliffs and deep green forest. It’s a place that, once there, time seems to stand still, as you enjoy the isolation and exclusivity that comes with escaping the tourist trail.
Take a minute to stop here, connect with nature again, surrounded by nothing but beach, forest, sea and sky.
Catedral de Mallorca
An immense, imposing mass of piercing spires and ornate buttresses, it squats on the Mediterranean coast, commanding attention in all its Gothic glory.
Whilst its sheer size and beautiful Gothic features capture the eye immediately, it is after a closer look that this incredible landmark becomes totally unique.
With an interior designed by renowned artists such as Gaudí and Miquel Barceló, and a history that stretches back almost one thousand years and holds countless stories, this is a true must-see on Mallorca.
When is the best time to go?
Summer – High temperatures, lots of crowds, but guaranteed good weather. If you’re looking for a serious vitamin D injection, don’t look any further. Summer also brings out the serious partying. It’s Fiesta season, and parties, festivals and parades are all well underway.
Autumn/Spring – All the hotels and restaurants should be open up until the end of October, and the days are still pretty warm, whilst the crowds disperse a little. This is the ideal time to visit if you’re after some serious hiking, cycling, climbing, canyoning or any of Mallorca’s other great outdoor adventures.
Winter – A lot of hotels and restaurants will close, whilst the weather becomes cooler and actually surprisingly chilly at night. Of course, the beauty of this is that you see the island empty of tourists, meaning you can really live like a local, and have the beaches and trails all to yourself.
Top 10 Must See Mallorca Sites
- Platja Des Coll Baix
- The road to Sa Calobra
- Parc Natural S’Alfubera
- Catedral de Mallorca
- The Cap de Formentor coast
- Palau de l’Almudaina
- San Juan Mercado Gastronomico
- Serra de Tramuntana