Mallorca Mini Travel Guide: A Spanish Isle to Explore

Meet You in Mallorca

By McKenna Mears

Welcome to the enchanting island of Mallorca, Spain—a paradise waiting for you to explore. The largest island of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca (or Majorca) offers a diverse array of experiences. With its stunning landscapes, vibrant towns, and azure waters, the isle captivated my heart and soul, and I absolutely loved traveling there last year with a group of my closest friends. Reminiscing and planning adventures for 2024 led me to create this small travel guide to help others experience the magic of this Mediterranean gem.

As Mallorca is a big island, having a car is essential to embrace its beauty fully. Upon arriving at the airport, you’ll find numerous car rental options, providing you freedom to discover the island’s hidden gems.

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We stayed in an Airbnb in Port d’Andratx for the duration of the trip. Our place had a dock and beach down private steps, truly elevating the experience. Unlike many other areas we visited, Port d’Andratx was pretty empty, and we could always secure tables at restaurants without a reservation, even in the middle of summer with a group of eight. The area is dotted with abundant restaurants, bars, and shops, making it a delightful and authentic destination to explore.

I highly recommend incorporating a boat charter into your Mallorca itinerary—many beautiful places are best accessed via boat. We rented a yacht through and opted for one with a dinghy, paddleboards, flippers, and goggles, allowing us to explore various areas, indulge in cave diving, and make the most of our coastal exploration. We enjoyed a myriad of beautiful beaches, hidden caves, and secret spots known to our local captain. A highlight moment occurred when we anchored in Sant Elm, a charming village with delicious restaurants and a picturesque beach. We had paella delivered directly to our boat from the restaurant Es Raor, making the entire excursion unforgettable.

We visited many beautiful beaches in Mallorca, but a few stand out. Cala Llombards, a beach on my Pinterest board for years, exceeded all expectations. It was busy, but we had no problem finding parking or a place to sit. It’s a sandy beach, you can cliff jump, and there’s a beach bar and restaurant steps away from the water.

Another beach I was dying to visit was Cala Deià, a rocky beach next to Ca’s Patro March, a cliffside and beachfront restaurant. This beach is in the dreamy town of Deià, a must-visit in Mallorca. It’s a twisty, turny, and tiny road to the beach and restaurant, so if you get carsick, this may not be the beach for you. In my opinion, I would only go to this beach if you are also eating at Ca’s Patro March, as you are lying on rocks on the beach, and parking can be challenging. I highly recommend making a reservation at Ca’s, which can be made fifteen days in advance of your booking, and they go fast! Opt for brunch or lunch reservations to ensure you don’t miss the breathtaking view. On the way to Cala Deià, you must stop and explore Valldemossa, an unbelievably picturesque town.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was our La Trapa Ruins hike. It’s a difficult 4.7-mile loop that we did clockwise, meaning we experienced the best views and the hardest part of the hike first. This trail has incredible views of the water and Dragonera Island, and it is dotted with stone ruins that you can explore. It’s a strenuous hike, so pack accordingly!

Home to more than half of Mallorca’s population, Palma is a must-visit city! This vibrant and expansive urban hub has a massive cathedral and tons of bars, clubs, shops, restaurants, museums, art galleries, and so much more. I recommend spending a day here as it has something for every traveler to enjoy.

As I wrap up this mini travel guide to Mallorca, I’m already browsing flights for my next visit. Who needs a postcard when you can book a ticket? I’ll meet you in Mallorca—my bags are practically packed!

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