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20 gorgeous places to visit in Mallorca


Mallorca is the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands, offering beautiful sandy beaches, rocky mountain landscapes, pretty stone villages with traditional green window shutters and plenty of art and culture. The climate here is mild in winter, with warm Mediterranean sunshine in spring and autumn and hot summers that are perfect for beach relaxation and swimming. Whatever time of year you visit, there’s plenty to enjoy and in this article I’m sharing some of the best places to visit in Mallorca, to help you plan your trip.

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Places to visit around Palma de Mallorca

1. Palma Cathedral

In the island’s capital of Palma, one of the most visited Mallorca attractions is La Seu, the cathedral of Santa Maria, which dominates the view from the sea. The huge sandstone Palma cathedral was built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier mosque from the period of Moorish occupation of Mallorca. In the Parc de la Mar in front of the cathedral you can wander around the huge lake, or take a ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages which is one of the popular things to do in Palma.

Palma Cathedral in Mallorca Photo Matthius Lemm

Palma Cathedral in Mallorca

As you enter the cathedral, the lofty interior is bathed in the light of 61 stained glass windows, including the central rose window which catches the morning sun. Look out for the side chapel that was designed in the modernist style by Antoni Gaudi, the architect better known for his work in Barcelona. Get your skip the line ticket to Palma Cathedral here.

2. Palma Old Town

You can easily spend a lazy afternoon wandering around the old town of Palma, through the medieval streets with their small squares where you’ll often find a pleasant cafe to stop for a coffee or ice cream.

As a contrast to the Medieval architecture, you may also notice the two Modernist houses Can Rei and L’Aquila with their decorative tiled panels that are reminiscent of the Gaudi architecture you see in Barcelona. 

Mallorca old town - Can Rei and L'Aquila Photo: KocBar on Pixabay

Mallorca old town – Can Rei and L’Aquila

Art lovers will want to seek out the Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró near Palma, a cultural institution that is dedicated to the Catalan artist Joan Miro, whose mother and wife were from Mallorca and is located in the house where he retired in his 60s.

3. Royal Palace of La Almudaina

Another of the top things to see in Palma is the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, which is right opposite the cathedral. It’s a fortified palace that was built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier Moorish fortress. You can wander through numerous grand rooms furnished with antique furnishings and tapestries, in keeping with also being the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain.

4. Castell Bellver

Just outside Palma is the Castell Bellver, a 14th century Royal fortress, set in pine woods with a fine view over the bay of Palma and the Tramuntana mountains. The circular central courtyard is surrounded by several defensive towers and the Castell was used for some time as a prison but now houses a museum that covers Palma’s history, with concerts being held here in summer.

Tip: An easy way to visit Castell Bellver is in this hop on hop off bus tour of Palma, if you select the ticket that includes the castle. 

Castell Belver in Mallorca Photo McRonny Pixabay

Castell Belver in Mallorca

Stay at Occidental Playa de Palma

For the best of beautiful beaches and access to the island’s capital, stay at Hotel Occidental Playa de Palma which is close to Palma and only 200 metres from the popular El Arenal beach.

Occidental Playa de Palma in Mallorca

Occidental Playa de Palma in Mallorca

When you visit Mallorca, this hotel has one of the best-equipped cycling centres on the island and is the ideal hotel for those who love sports such as diving, hiking or golf. There are five top golf courses nearby, easily accessible within 20 km of the hotel.

Occidental Playa de Palma in Mallorca

Occidental Playa de Palma in Mallorca

Guests can also enjoy a complete Wellness Centre with a sauna, a Turkish bath, a heated indoor swimming pool and a massage service, not to mention the heated outdoor swimming pool that is covered in the winter.

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Places to visit in the south-west of Mallorca

5. Puerto Portals Mallorca

For a taste of the glamorous side of Mallorca, visit the marina at Puerto Portals, to the west of Palma which is full of glitzy super yachts in summer. This is where the celebrities come to party, with buzzing nightlife, stylish restaurants and designer shopping. If you like to people watch, arrive in the evening for a stroll and stay for dinner in one of the many restaurants that line the harbour. In the summer there’s a sunset market on Wednesday and Thursday evening, where you can shop for handicrafts and jewellery.

Puerto Portals Marina in Mallorca Photo Dirk Vorderstasse Flickr

Puerto Portals Marina in Mallorca

6. Sa Dragonera Natural Park

If you have a hire car, spend a day exploring the pretty west coast of Mallorca and make a stop at the viewpoint for Sa Dragonera Mallorca, a natural park that makes a nice photo. This small island on the south-west tip of Mallorca is a nature reserve and is named because it is said to resemble a sleeping dragon. The island is uninhabited, but you can visit on a boat trip from nearby Santa Ponça beach to swim, spot the birds and lizards, walk the island on foot and visit the small museum.

Sa Dragonera Natural Park Photo Manza49 on Pixabay

Sa Dragonera Natural Park

7. Banyalbufar 

Also worth a stop as you tour the west coast of Mallorca is the small village of Banyalbufar, overlooking the rocky coast where the slopes of the Tramuntana mountains meet the sea. The village is known for the picturesque stone terraces, where in the past vines were planted to make the local Malvasia wine, but now there are mostly crops of vegetables, fruit and tomatoes. There are just a few cafes and shops here but it’s worth a stop for a photo and wander around if you’re touring the area.

Banyalbufar in Mallorca Photo vhcmedia on Pixabay

Banyalbufar in Mallorca

8. Serra de Tramuntana

The Serra de Tramuntana makes a backbone of mountains that runs along the western side of Mallorca from the south-west corner to the northern tip of the island. This rocky mountain range with its ancient woodlands, reservoirs, dry stone terraces and pretty mountain villages has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for the cultural significance of its landscape.

Serra de Tramuntana Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Serra de Tramuntana

This is a favourite area of Mallorca for walking and hiking, and on my last visit to Mallorca I walked several sections of the GR221 Dry Stone Route trail, that winds through the Serra de Tramuntana. You can read about the first section of the Dry Stone Route we walked from Deia to Lluc monastery and the second part of the walk that took us through the north of the island from Lluc monastery to Port de Pollença.

Serra de Tramuntana Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Serra de Tramuntana

9. Valldemossa

On the western side of Mallorca, the picturesque hilltop town of Valldemossa is surrounded by the Serra de Tramuntana with views of the sea in the distance, but if you don’t have a hire car, you can reach it by bus from Palma. The village is has a literary history, since it was at the Carthusian monastery in Valldemossa (now open as a heritage museum) that the writer George Sand spent a winter in 1838 with her lover, the composer Frederic Chopin. 

Valldemossa in Mallorca Photo: Kokbar on Pixabay

Valldemossa in Mallorca

It’s a popular spot for walkers in the surrounding Tramuntana mountains and to wander around the charming narrow streets with a scattering of art galleries, bars and restaurants. 

Valldemossa in Mallorca Photo: Fred Lange on Pixabay

Valldemossa in Mallorca

10. Deia

Close to Valldemossa and worth visiting on the same day, is Deia which is another of those picturesque Mallorcan towns, with its honey stone houses and traditional green shutters. The town became popular with writers and artists after the English writer Robert Graves bought a house here in the 1930s and established its reputation as a community for artists, as well as a favourite haunt of celebrities.

The Robert Graves house is now open to visit and there are several art galleries and nice restaurants where you would while away an hour or two. Visiting these pretty stone villages is one of the popular things to do in Mallorca if you have a hire car and want to see a more authentic side of the island, away from the beach resorts.

Deia in Mallorca Photo: R Read on Pixabay

Deia in Mallorca

11. Soller and Port de Soller

Continue along the road that skirts the coast (or walk on the GR221 walking trail as we did) and you’ll reach the town of Soller which is known for the Valley of the oranges that surrounds the town. It makes a popular day trip from Palma as there is a vintage narrow gauge train that dates back to 1912 and runs a few times a day between Palma and Soller. For a fun day out, take this one day sightseeing tour that includes the vintage train ride to Soller.

Read about the walk we did from Deia to Soller on the GR221 Dry Stone Route, the long distance hiking trail through the Tramuntana mountains. 

Soller in Mallorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.comSoller in Mallorca

On arrival spend some time enjoying the ambiance of the main square of Plaça Constitució where there are a number of cafes and browse the market if you happen to be there on a Saturday. You can continue to Port de Soller which is a separate location by the sea, taking the old tram that’s known as the Orange Express and wander along the promenade, lined with shops and restaurants.

Read More: Why Port de Soller is perfect for luxury holidays in Mallorca

Old tram in Port de Soller Mallorca Photo Christian B on Pixabay

Old tram in Port de Soller Mallorca

12. Fornalutx

To complete your tour of the pretty mountain villages of western Mallorca, continue to Fornalutx where the golden stone houses, narrow lanes with stone steps and traditional green painted shutters make for some great photos. Around the main square of Plaça d’España there are a few cafes where you can grab a coffee or buy a snack at the local bakery. There are plenty of trails that lead out from the village if you want to explore more of the surrounding Sierra de Tramuntana landscape.

Fornalutx in Mallorca Photo: Gabrielle M Reinhardt Pixabay

Fornalutx in Mallorca

Stay at Occidental Cala Viñas

If you are looking for a hotel which is well located to enjoy the beautiful south coast beaches and explore the authentic towns on the western side of Mallorca, check out  Occidental Cala Viñas.  This 4 star hotel offers direct access to the white sands and clear waters of Cala Viñas beach in the south-west of Mallorca.

Occidental Cala Vinus in Mallorca

Occidental Cala Vinas in Mallorca

This is a great hotel for families and couples alike, with a daily entertainment programme. The hotel rooms are bright and recently redecorated, with two swimming pools and 2 childrens pools as well as a fitness centre, spa and small supermarket.

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Occidental Cala Vinus in Mallorca

Occidental Cala Vinas in Mallorca

Places to visit in the north of Mallorca

13. Drive the MA 2141 Sa Calobra mountain road

If you’re exploring the north of Mallorca by car, be sure to take in the amazing views on the MA 2141 road that snakes up from Sa Calobra on the coast towards the Gorg Blau reservoir in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. The road winds through the arid rocky landscape with hairpin bends galore, making you feel as if you’ve fallen into a sports car advert. There are a few points where you can stop to take photos and although the road itself is not too steep and in good condition, you need to take care as there are sheer drops at many points.

Mountain road in Mallorca Photo Georg Schober on Pixabay

Mountain road in Mallorca

14. Santuari de Lluc

The Lluc monastery in the north of the island is Mallorca’s most sacred site and has been a centre of pilgrimage since the 13th century. The former monastery is now run as a hotel, offering simple accommodation which is popular with walkers and we stayed a couple of nights there when I was in Mallorca walking the GR221 Dry Stone Route – read about our visit here. The chapel is famous for the small statue of the Madonna known as La Moreneta, which is encrusted with gold and jewels and one of the important things to see in Mallorca for the pilgrims who come here.

Santuari de Lluc in Mallorca Photo: Balearic Islands Tourist Board

Santuari de Lluc in Mallorca

The Madonna statue faces away from the church into the prayer chapel where you can climb some steps to see her, but during the mass she swivels around to face the congregation. The choristers at the choir school are known as Es Blauets due to their blue robes, and you can attend one of the masses to hear them sing. The Lluc monastery is surrounded by beautiful gardens and there’s also a small museum to visit showing the art of impressionistic artist Josep Coll Bardolet, a Spanish painter whose adoptive home was Valldemossa.

Santuari de Lluc in Mallorca Photo: Balearic Islands Tourist Board

Santuari de Lluc in Mallorca

15. Pollença and Port de Pollença

Our walk from Lluc monastery ended in at the pretty rural town of Pollença at the end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. The small town has an authentic feel with pale stone buildings and small cafes and shops around the main square of Plaça Major. For more of a holiday feel, head a few kilometres further to the coast where you’ll find the sister town of Port de Pollença.

Port de Pollença in Mallorca Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Port de Pollença in Mallorca

In past centuries, towns developed away from the coast in locations that were more secure from attack from the sea, and only later as tourism developed did the fishing villages on the coast expand. Puerto Pollensa, as it’s also known, was one of these fishing villages that developed into a popular holiday resort and is located on a pretty horseshoe bay, with a marina lined with lots of hotels, holiday apartments and restaurants.

Read More: 7 fun things to do in Port de Pollença, Mallorca

16. Cap Formentor

From Port de Pollença it’s a short and scenic drive to the lighthouse at Cap de Formentor, at the northernmost tip of Mallorca. Although the lighthouse is not open, you can park nearby and walk around it, with views over the cliffs where you may spot falcons and other seabirds.

Cap de Formentor in Mallorca Photo: Sergei Gussev Flickr

Cap de Formentor in Mallorca

Stay at Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

Also on the Formentor peninsula is the Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel which faces the idyllic Formentor Beach and is the perfect place for a few days of relaxation. The boutique hotel opened in the 1930s and has hosted celebrities such as Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and F Scott Fitzgerald becoming closely linked with artists and writers over the years.

Note: The hotel is undergoing renovation so may be closed for a while

Formentor a Royal Hideaway in Mallorca

Formentor a Royal Hideaway in Mallorca

The rooms and villas enjoy views of the sea and mountains with elegance, light and comfort in the interior design. The hotel offers numerous watersports activities, such as snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, paddle surfing, kayaking or a boat trip to discover the natural beauty of this northern coastline.

The Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, boasts an exclusive selection of restaurants, from the elegance and privacy of the main restaurant, to informal dining at the beach snack-bar.

Formentor a Royal Hideaway in Mallorca

Formentor a Royal Hideaway in Mallorca

The hotel is set in a natural landscape of Mediterranean woodlands, surrounded by colourful, landscaped gardens, through which you have direct access to the Formentor beach with crystal clear waters and fine sand.

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17. Alcúdia

A short drive from Formentor is the ancient Roman town of Alcúdia with its Medieval centre surrounded by the old town wall. Among the things to see in Alcúdia are the archaeological remains of the Roman settlement of La Portella, the imposing city gates of Portal de Moll with its palm trees standing guard, and the Sa Bassa Blanca museum with art and sculpture. Although the old town of Alcúdia is set a little away from the coast, you can also drive on to Port de Alcúdia with its beaches and marina for a more typical holiday experience.

City Gate of Alcúdia in Mallorca Photo Hans Braxmeier Pixabay

City Gate of Alcúdia in Mallorca

18. S’Albufera natural park

Just 5 km down the coast from Port de Alcúdia is the S’Albufera natural park, an area of lagoons and wetland that is a haven for birds and wildlife. S’Albufera is a popular location for birdwatchers who come to spot the rare birds that migrate here and the ospreys that come to fish in the lagoon. There’s a car park and visitor centre, with footpaths, cycle trails and bird hides to enable you to move through the reeds and marshy areas.

s'Albufera natural park in Mallorca

S’Albufera natural park in Mallorca

East coast of Mallorca

19. Artá

If you drive along the east coast of Mallorca, make a stop at the inland town of Artá with its Moorish fortress overlooking the fertile plains and the mountains of the Llevant natural park. There’s a weekly market every Tuesday where you can buy local handicrafts and authentic souvenirs such as pottery and handmade baskets.

Visit the Santuari de San Salvador which has been restored to show you what the Medieval fortress would have looked like when it was built in the 14th century to protect the town from invasion from the sea. Nearby on the coast are the caves d’Arta with stalactites and stalagmites which you can visit in a guided tour to see them lit up with coloured lights and sound effects.

Arta in Mallorca Photo Frank Nurnberger on Pixabay

Arta in Mallorca

20. Cuevas del Drach and Coves dels Hams

A little further down the coast are more caves that you can visit, the Cuevas del Drach (Dragon caves) and Coves dels Hams. At the Cuevas del Drach the tour takes around an hour along 1200m of level paths, with coloured lights, classical music and a boat tour. Nearby you can make a similar but separate tour of the Coves dels Hams (buy your ticket in advance here) with its main cave and 12 galleries with music and lighting effects. Visiting either of the cave complexes which were formed 10 million years ago, is a good choice if you get the odd bad weather day in Mallorca.

Coves del Drach in Mallorca Photo: lapping on Pixabay

Coves del Drach in Majorca

21. Mondrago natural park

As you continue southwards along the eastern coast of Mallorca, the coast is rocky with some gorgeous coves and beaches that are well worth a stop. The Mondrago natural park is a protected area where you can visit the unspoiled beaches of Cala Mondrago and S’Amarador, although be warned that they can get very popular at weekends and high season. Visitors are drawn by the clear turquoise waters and unspoiled natural landscape in these rocky coves, which are among the best beaches in Mallorca and a great place to swim and snorkel.

Cala Mondrago in Mallorca Photo Dirk Vorderstrasse on Flickr

Cala Mondrago in Mallorca

Stay at Barceló Ponent Playa

Close to the Mondrago natural park, in the popular resort of Cala D’Or is the Barceló Ponent Playa is a three star hotel, which is a great choice for your holiday in the south-east of Mallorca. The hotel is located right on the seafront in Cala D’Or, with direct access to the Cala Ferrera beach.

Barcelo Ponent Playa in Mallorca

Barcelo Ponent Playa in Mallorca

Beautiful, bright rooms with a terrace make it a perfect place for a holiday with your family, partner or friends. This is an all inclusive hotel, so you’ll have access to a complete range of restaurants, including the buffet restaurant serving Mediterranean and international dishes, a poolside snack bar, a beach bar, and two other bars, one with live music and shows.

Barcelo Ponent Playa in Mallorca

Barcelo Ponent Playa in Mallorca

The hotel has a wide variety of facilities, including an outdoor and indoor pool, mini golf course and tennis court, live music and shows and plenty of entertainment for the children. There’s also free Wifi in communal areas and rooms.

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22. Cala Figuera

As you continue along the south-east coast, there are more beautiful places to visit in Mallorca, such as the picturesque fishing village of Cala Figuera. Backed by rocky cliffs, pines and the fig trees that give the village its name, the white fisherman’s houses that are used to store boats line the harbour and make a pretty photograph. There’s no sandy beach here, but it’s worth a stop for lunch at one of the seafood restaurants to soak up the charming atmosphere.

Cala Figuera in Mallorca Photo: Nicole Pankalla Pixabay

Cala Figuera in Mallorca

23. Es Pontas rock arch

A little further along the coast you can get a view of the natural rock arch of Es Pontas in Mallorca, that has been eroded over time by the sea. Drive to the viewpoint near Cala Santanyi then take a short walk from the car park, although take care as the path is rocky and steep requiring trainers. The arch became famous in 2007 when the American climber Chris Sharma ascended it in a deep water solo climb, featuring it in his film King Lines.

Es Pontas rock arch in Mallorca Photo Nicole Pankalla Pixabay

Es Pontas rock arch in Mallorca

24. Cala de Moro

Another of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca is also located on the south-east coast at Cala de Moro, where the sea has formed a deep, rocky inlet with clear turquoise water that’s wonderful for swimming. This is an unspoiled beach with no beach bars or other facilities, and it’s a little more difficult to access as you need to park along the coast road and then walk down a steep path to reach the beach. You can also check out the nearby beach of S’Almunia which is also in a similar rocky cove just around the headland.

Calo des Moro in Mallorca Photo Tommy Leroux on Pixabay

Calo des Moro in Mallorca

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Read next

If you’ve enjoyed this article, you can also read about my previous trip hiking on the GR221 Dry Stone Route in Mallorca

Hiking the GR221 Dry Stone Route Mallorca

About Barcelo Hotels

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Map of the best places to visit in Mallorca

Plan your trip to Mallorca

For more information to plan your trip to Mallorca, check out the following tourism websites | Visit Palma Website | Balearic Islands Website | Spain.info tourism website

Looking for a guide to Mallorca? The Lonely Planet guide to Mallorca will give you all the information you need on things to see and do. 

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