When we think of Spain, the first image that comes to our mind is the clear blue Mediterranean water and soft white sand on a bright sunny day. Yes, that image is of a place that actually exists, Mallorca. An island with hidden beaches with crystal clear water, lush green mountains, majestic Gothic cathedral with a old city charm on one side and raving boat parties on the other, is the top rated destination for summers for any tourist or even Spaniards in that case. The changing topography and culture of Mallorca is what keeps you engaged!!
Palma, the capital of Mallorca is located in the south of the Island and is the most happening part of the island. One must live in the center to see the main attractions of the city and experience the best beaches and local gastronomy
Es Trenc Beach
The most popular yet pristine beach of Mallorca, Es Trenc is located in the South of the Island. The soft golden sand which feels like butter under your feet and the turquoise blue water which remains 1 feet deep for miles makes it such a popular and the most relaxed beach beach destination in town. Since this beach is located in a secluded destination, there aren't much restaurants around.
TIP : Carry your own food and drinks along with beach towels and big beach umbrellas to protect yourself from the sharp sun. Locals sell fresh pineapples and beers in summers!!!
The landmark of Mallorca, La Seu, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, is a majestic Gothic style Cathedral. Considered as one of the tallest Gothic structures in Europe, this building also has the largest stained glass windows in the world. The beauty of this cathedral can't be missed from the inside and outside. Antonio Gaudi, the world renowned Catalan Architect worked on the renovation of this cathedral from 1901-1914 and his influence is clearly visible which is a treat for the eyes. Click here to check out the entrance hours
50 minutes drive towards the East of the Island lies a small pretty town of Santanyi and the hidden gem of the Island, Cala del Moro
Cala Del Moro
The hidden cove with a small beach with white sand and turquoise colored clear water seems like a beach from the dreams!! As the saying goes "Good things don't come easy", so does this beach. The approach to this beach is complicated since its a hidden spot with no proper signage leading to it. Try to park your vehicle on the Street Camí de Cala Llombards or around it (P.S. dont get panicked by signs saying private road). After you manage to park safely, you need to trek on an off-beaten path towards the beach terminating in a steep rocky hill with sandy steps, be careful!
TIP : Carry your snorkeling kits to enjoy the clear waters (you will get the snorkeling kit in Decathalon or any local shop around town)
On our drive back from Cala Del Moro, we encountered the small little cultural town of Santanyi. This small wonder comes to life on Saturdays Mornings with its local market and weekend evenings with its pretty little cafes and restaurants in the plaza. We were attracted towards this small little gem called SA Botiga Santanyi (details further below in the blog) which had a GOT theme music playing in the background. We had a coffee at this place and then moved to the restaurant in the plaza to enjoy some Tapas.
The least touristy and the most scenic part of the Island is in the North. A day trip to the North (1 hour drive from Palma) includes visits to the Cliff Es Colomer, followed by the beautiful beach of Formentor and Port de Pollenca
To experience one of the most scenic beauty and view of Mallorca, one needs to visit El Colomer. The view of the bright blue untouched water hitting the edges of the cliff is breathtaking. It can get really windy up there, so be well covered!
5 minutes downhill drive from Es Colomer is the stunning beach of Formentor covered with pine trees providing relief from the glaring sun with a splendid view of the surrounding mountains. This beach has a few cafes and restaurants to relax and enjoy the nature!
Port de Pollenca
Another 20 mins drive down South is Port de Pollenca, full of resorts and restaurants and is worth stopping over for the best Paella in town at Brisa Marina Restaurant (details mentioned further below in the blog) followed by some cocktails at La Roca Beach Club (details mentioned further below)
The prefect end to the trip to Mallorca is by visiting this quaint little town of Soller with rustic charm through a wooden Tram. The charm of this city lies in the journey. Catch the tram from Palma at Estacion Intermodal which reaches Soller in 50 minutes through orange groves, mountains and tunnels which is worth every penny (30€ return fare). Check the train timetable here. Known for its fresh oranges do have the fresh orange juice and try the local dessert of mallorca called Ensaimada in local cafes facing the Església de Sant Bartomeu. Another 15 minutes train to Port de Soller will take you to the small port with sandy beaches & picturesque views. Make sure to check the train schedule before planning a visit to the port.
Do check out this live music bar and grill place with an open terrace and mouth watering burgers and sandwiches
- The best way to explore the varied terrains of the city is to hire/rent a car. We rented a car at the airport thus saving time and energy and returned the same at the airport itself.
- Do not miss out on a chance to do snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Mallorca. You can buy/rent cheap snorkeling kits around the city in local shops or Decathlon store. (decathlon only sells the kits)