Head east from Valencia across the Mediterranean Sea and you will find yourself on the Balearic Island of Mallorca. Known for its history, culture, orange and olive orchards, cycling, beaches, and nightlife, the island has it all. Many that come as tourists make their lives here, may be you will too.
With this in mind, let’s look at why the largest of the Balearic Islands is so enigmatic and appealing.
Hire a Car
The best way to see the island is to hire a car and hit the road. The Tramuntana Mountain Range not only connects the island and provides magnificent views, many of the exciting places run off the MA-10 which runs through the heart of the mountain range. Here you’ll find long straights and exciting hairpins and this is an experience in of itself.
To rent a car in Mallorca, check out a few reviews. Many opt for ROIG Rent a car as they have a solid reputation for excellence.
Now you have your car lets explore this wonderful island.
The Tramuntana Mountain Range
The Tramuntana Mountain Range runs along Mallora’s north coast. It is UNESCO protected area and the landscape changes from sea views to orange and olive orchards. Along the main MA-10 route you will discover hidden villages which are well worth your time to visit. As you drive you will experience freedom especially on a hot day with the windows or indeed the roof down.
The village of Sa Calobra is a quirky interesting place full of boutique shops and cafes. The beach here is beautiful and it has a wonderful hidden cove. Perhaps though the driving experience to the village is the best as you negotiate a series of exciting hairpin bends as you make your way to the village.
There is an alternative route where you can get a ferry from Soller but where is the fun in that?
The most northern point in Mallorca is Cap Formentor which locals describe as the meeting place of the winds. Here you’ll find the Cap Formentor lighthouse and you’ll have an amazing view across the sea and the northern peninsula.
The drive to and from Cap Formentor is pretty amazing too. Sheer drops and amazing views await and on a hot day it is amazing.
Playa Formentor is a wonderful beach. It features soft golden sand and shallow waters. If you like beautiful beach experiences this is for you.
Palma de Mallorca
The capital of Mallorca is a wonderous and remarkable place. It features historical gothic architecture and narrow streets which hark back to Spain’s Moorish past. Arguably, the most notable building is the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma often referred to La Seu.
You’ll find everything you could dream of in Palma de Mallorca. High – end shops, cafes, bars, and palm tree lined streets.
You may want to consider exploring the capital in the early morning or evenings to escape the heat. In the evenings especially the plazas come alive with street musicians and outdoor restaurants.
Soller is quite an amazing place. Featuring narrow Spanish streets and typical classic architecture it is a treat simply to stroll around taking it all in. It is a good place to see local people going about their day.
The town centre features a beautiful plaza which has plenty places to eat and grab an ice cream. The architecture is in the neoclassic style.
While you’re in Soller you may want to grab the vintage tram to Port de Soller. It is 30 minutes and offers great views of the countryside as you make your way to the coast. Alternatively take the train. It takes thirty minutes longer but you get to see more of the land.
Calo Des Moro
For the perfect beach day head towards arguably Mallorca’s finest beach, Calo Des Moro. Unlike many beaches that have a commercial angle here you sit on rocks with your feet in the water. It is a wonderful place to come and relax and is popular but rarely crowded.
Some have said it is a little difficult to find but it is worth the effort.
Mondrago National Park
This national park is comprised of beaches surrounded by pine forests. Here, you'll find the beaches of S’amardor beach, Cala Mondrago, and Cala d’en Borgit. As it is quite difficult to reach by car it tends to be less crowded than many.
The sand here is golden and soft that is greeted by blue waters. The rocky edge frames it nicely. When you have had enough of the sand, visit the forests that surround it.
Mallorca is a fantastic place and one you’ll want to visit again and again. It is worth building in more journey time on your travels as you’ll often want to stop and populate your Instagram feed.