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Travel Guide | Mallorca, Spain






Mallorca is not a hidden gem anymore– in fact, it is one of the most visited destinations in Spain. It is also known for being a pilgrimage site for many Germans, something not surprising at all, as this beautiful island has many tourist attractions and  really nice weather during the summer.

Fast Facts

  • It is the largest of the Balearic Islands and the most populated.
  • It was occupied by the Romans, which meant the flourish of the island and the foundation of important cities as Pollença or Palma.
  • The Serra de Tramuntana became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
  • It’s only an hour flight from Madrid.

Recommendations

I strongly recommend setting your base camp in three different areas, so you can make the most of your visit without driving so much. These are Esporles, Port Pollença and Felanitx:

  • The most important thing is to rent a car. It is the easiest and fastest way to move around the island.
  • Palma is a beautiful and walkable city which will remind you of Barcelona. You shouldn’t miss the cathedral, La Seu, which houses an impressive and bold ceramic altarpiece by Barceló.
    If you want to see it from the distance, go to the Corte Inglés of Jaime III. The terrace has a wonderful view toward to the cathedral.
    For the typical postcard photo, go to Parc de la Mar.
  • In Palma you should go to Ca’n Joan de S’aigo, a coffee that has been in the same place since 1700.  Another nice place for a coffee break is La Molienda, make sure to try the cinnamon roll.
  • Soller is a very picturesque town that still has that vintage feel that makes it so Instagram friendly.
  • One of the most beautiful villages is Valldemossa where you can visit La Cartuja. It was once Royal Residence and even Chopin lived there for a while. To eat there go to Quitapenas (which means bye sadness, so you get the idea) and order the crostini – you won’t regret.
  • Port Pollença is a nice place as base camp. Make sure to visit the Eolo Hotel pizzeria and C’an Panxo.
  • Other towns you must visit are Pollença, Alcudia and Artá, preferably early in the morning.
  • For a cinematic landscape, you should go to Cap Formentor and for an incredible view head to Santuario San Salvador, in Felanitx.
  • Mallorca is also known for its wonderful beaches: Sa Calobra, Playa Formentor and Cala Mondragó should be in your list.
  • And of course, make sure to have an ensaimada every day for breakfast (at least) and tea time (if possible).

 

Mallorca is a wonderful island and so close that it should be a crime not to visit at least once in a lifetime.

 

Barbara Franco lives and works in Madrid. She blogs about travels,  food and animals at Wanderer Diaries. You can also find her on Instagram.