The 10 Best Places to Visit in Mallorca
Discover the best places to visit in Mallorca on your holidays. At click-mallorca.com we are local experts and we have put together these suggestions of the best places steeped in history, with beautiful views, easy to get to and excellent locations to discover the real Mallorcan culture, gastronomy and lifestyle. A visit to Mallorca is not complete without discovering at least some of the following places:
We kick off our list of the top ten best places to visit in Mallorca with a famous and beautiful spot and the northernmost point of the island: Formentor.
Formentor is the northernmost tip of Mallorca where the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain Range ends and drops dramatically into the sea. The Formentor Peninsula is all about the views and the scenery. Do you want to make your Instagram followers jealous? Then take yourself and your camera to Formentor.
You can easily spend a full day at Formentor. Set off early to avoid the crowds, as this is one of the most popular places to visit in Mallorca.
Formentor Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- its magnificent beach framed with pine trees and marvellous views;
- the Es Colomer Viewpoint, where you see what literally feels like the end of the end of the world;
- the Talaya de Albercutx watchtower with stunning panoramic views;
- and the Cap de Formentor Lighthouse.
Insider tip: If you are visiting in summer, check at your local tourist office whether there are traffic restrictions in place on the road to Formentor, as this is a protected area and the town council restricts motor vehicles in the summer months. It is better to take an organised tour rather than drive yourself.
Valldemossa, nestled in the Tramuntana Mountains has it all: history, culture, nature, amazing views… That explains why it is one of the most visited towns on the island. Delight yourself in a stroll through the cobbled streets full of charm. No one leaves here without trying its famous coca de potato or almond gató, two of the island’s most authentic desserts, so after exploring, be sure to pause to sit at one of the cafes in the main square to soak up the atmosphere.
Valldemossa Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- The Royal Carthusian Monastery in which Frederic Chopin and George Sand famously stayed;
- The gardens of King Juan Carlos
- The church of San Bartomeu
- The palace of King Sancho
- The cultural center of Costa Nord, founded by the actor Michael Douglas
Did you know? Did you know that Santa Catalina Tomas is the only saint to have come from Mallorca and you can actually visit and learn about her birthplace in the centre of Valldemossa?
Between the Puig Major, the highest mountain in the Sierra de Tramuntana – and the town of Sóller is located the mountain town of Fornalutx, considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. The best way to discover this quiet place is by taking a walk through its steep stone streets until you reach the Gothic church, located in the highest area of the town. Don’t forget your camera, as this is one very photogenic place.
Fornalutx Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- Take a walk around the narrow streets admiring the architecture and traditional beauty which attracts thousands of visitors every year.
- Visit the current town hall, which includes a 17th century defense tower.
- Visit the church of Fornalutx, with its mixture of original gothic features and baroque renovations creating a unique blend.
- Pause in the main square, the Plaça d’España, which has many cafés and a charming atmosphere.
Insider tip: Fornalutx’s location in the Serra de Tramuntana makes it a perfect base for hikers. It is within easy reach of the famous GR221 long distance route that winds its way over the full length of the mountain range.
Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands and is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in Spain. A day out in Palma is a must but if you can stay for the whole weekend then even better. Explore the old town, take a guided walk, discover the tapas scene and hit the shops.
Palma Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- Visit Palma Cathedral, one of the most beautiful and majestic buildings in the Mediterranean, with its Gothic architecture and impressive location by the Port of Palma.
- Stroll through the old town on a guided walk to discover hidden squares, beautiful courtyards and stunning old lanes.
- Spend an afternoon on Jaime III Avenue shopping in some of the most exclusive high street and fashion stores in the city.
- Take a 1-hour boat tour around the huge harbour getting up close to the cruise ships, ferries and stunning yachts.
- Visit Bellver Castle for a history lesson and impressive views over the whole city and port of Palma.
Insider tip: stay over in Palma so you can make the most of its nightlife scene. There are pubs with live music and prestigious nightclubs on the seafront, but the real atmosphere is in the tapas bars in the Santa Catalina area. Hit several tapas bars in one night for a more authentic experience.
At the other end of the island is Alcudia, a large and popular tourist resort ideal for families. Alcudia is located on the bay of the same name and its 10km long beach of white sand is to die for. In the tourist area, there are lots of hotels, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops, but its port and its old town have a very different vibe, with history and culture.
Alcudia Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- Take a boat trip. The port of Alcudia is one of the largest in Mallorca and there are many boat and catamaran tours departing daily. The coastline around Alcudia is stunning, especially from the sea so don’t miss this top opportunity.
- Visit the old town of Alcudia. This was the capital of Mallorca during the Roman epoch and you can currently visit the Roman ruins as well as walk around the top of the Medieval walls before strolling through its pleasant old streets.
- Get some bargains at Alcudia Market, one of the most popular markets in Mallorca and one of the biggest. It sells all manner of gifts, crafts, clothes, jewellery and local produce and takes place every Tuesday and Sunday morning in the old town.
- Go hiking around La Victoria, a place with gorgeous views and walking trails for all levels. Take a dip at the beach in S’Illot to cool off afterwards.
Insider tip: Take a break from the main Alcudia beach and go explore the smaller coves of Sant Joan and Sant Pere in the Mal Pas area of Alcudia, where you can swim, snorkel and enjoy amazing views of Pollensa Bay. These beautiful coves are connected to each other by a rocky path and you can easily go from one to the other.
At the foot of a hillside in the Tramuntana Mountains, and with fantastic views of the Mediterranean, Deià is one of the most charming towns in Mallorca. Admired by writers and artists, among its main attractions is its network of picturesque and steep streets and stone houses.
Deia Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- Visit Cala Deià, a small cove close to Deià. The pebble beach is only 70 metres long, and boasts transparent blue-green waters.
- Watch the sunset over Sa Foradada, a beautiful peninsula topped with an emblematic holed rock, which offers its best panoramic view from the Son Marroig viewpoint.
- Take a stroll through the charming streets of Deia, passing through Carrer Teix and Carrer Es Clot. Here is the Can Boi refuge, a regular stop among those who cross the Serra de Tramuntana along the GR 221 route.
- Make sure you have time for lunch or dinner in Deia, as you will find several great restaurants. If you want to eat traditional seafood paella, then there is no better place than the seafront restaurants in Cala Deia.
Did you know? Did you know that Deia is known as a town for artists, writers and dreamers? Many painters and writers have taken inspiration from the gorgeous views of this village, the most famous among them being the poet Robert Graves who lived in Mallorca until his death in 1985. His house in Deia has been converted into a museum and is visitable.
Many have never heard of Capdepera, but it should not missed off any list of the best places to visit in Mallorca, as apart from being a pretty town with an interesting castle, it is also one of the most authentic places to visit in Mallorca. The town is near the east coast of Mallorca and is easy to reach from Cala Ratjada and the pretty town of Arta. In fact, it is a great idea to visit both Capdepera and Arta in the same day.
Capdepera Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- Capdepara Castle is probably the most famous attraction in the town. This is a fortified enclosure that dates back to the 14th century, with magnificent views.
- Take time to enjoy Capdepera’s historic centre, adorned with beautiful squares, streets and stately homes, such as Ca’n Piricus or ca’ n Creu d’Inca, or the church of Sant Bartomeu.
- The Talayotic settlement of Es Claper des Gegant and the Artá caves, facing the coast, are other places to visit and are very close to Capdepera.
Inside tip: If you are staying in Capdepera and wish to go to the beach, within its municipal district there are also magnificent beaches, such as Cala Mesquida, Cala Agulla or Cala Molto, all within a short drive from the town centre.
Lluc is famous for its monastery and its amazing location in the Tramuntana Mountains. Known as the spiritual centre of Mallorca, Lluc is one of the most popular places to visit and is also one of the most unique areas of Mallorca. You can drive to Lluc on the mountain road or you can take an organised coach tour, on which the guide will give you information about the history of this important monument.
Lluc Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- Without a doubt, the main highlight of Lluc and the reason for most people’s visit is the Monastery. You can visit part of the monastery and the main chapel, where a mass is performed daily.
- The grounds of the monastery are just as worth a visit as the monastery itself and you can explore the gardens and beyond. There are many rock formations and it’s fun to see what shapes you can spot. The camel rock is the most famous and it is a short and pleasant hike from the centre of Lluc.
- Hike between Lluc and Caimari. There are many trekking options from Lluc or to Lluc, but a famous hike is over the mountains following the old “camino de Lluc” to Caimari. Traditionally people hiked on this track to Lluc to show their appreciation when they felt that God had answered a prayer or request.
Did you know? Did you know that you can actually stay over at the monastery and spend the night there for a truly authentic and unique night? You can book a cell, which used to be the monks’ accommodation and, for a moderate fee, stay overnight. There are several restaurants in the vivinity of Lluc Monastery and some offer evening meals.
One of Mallorca’s most beautiful towns, Sóller enjoys a magnificent setting in the heart of a lush, green valley, enclosed by woodlands and towering mountains. The surrounding area is famous for its abundant orange and lemon groves, an industry that made Sóller the island’s wealthiest municipality in the 19th century.
Soller Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- Visitors flock to this traditional Mallorcan town, lured by its authenticity and eye-catching Modernista architecture. Crowning its postcard-perfect maze of narrow winding alleys is Plaça Constitució, a beautiful square filled with lively cafés and dominated by the imposing Baroque church of Sant Bartomeu.
- Just a few kilometers away, Port de Sóller is a relaxed seaside resort with golden sand beaches, atmospheric restaurants, and a scenic, stroll-inducing promenade. It is easy to Reach Port de Soller even if you don’t have your own transport, as you can take the vintage tram connecting the town with the port.
- No visit to Soller is complete without a ride on the famous Soller wooden carriage train which dates from 1912 and departs Soller, passing through the valley and through tunnels in the mountains and then through the countryside to Palma.
Insider tip: There’s a lot to see in Soller. If you are pressed for time, then our top recommendation is to visit Can Prunera house-museum. This impressive house, turned into a museum, will help you understand everything you need to know about Soller’s eclectic architectural styles and how they came to be.
The town of Pollença still bears vestiges of its rich past – a 14th-century Roman bridge, a Moorish castle, and an old Dominican convent turned museum, to name but a few. Stone houses, narrow, winding streets, and animated pavement cafés are the trademarks of this seductive spot.
Pollensa Highlights that you should not miss in your visit:
- Climb the Calvari Steps. This stone staircase leading from one of the prettiest squares to the hilltop chapel is what Pollensa is best known for and no visit is complete without hauling yourself up the 365 steps. Don’t worry: the views are well worth it.
- Walk up the Puig de Maria, a hill with superb panoramic views on the way up and once at the top. It is a steep hike but not a long one. Setting off from the centre of Pollensa you will be at the top of the Puig de Maria snapping gorgeous photos within an hour. The best time to visit is on a weekday, as it gets packed with locals at the weekend. There is a bar at the top of the hill serving typical pa amb oli.
- The best time to visit Pollensa is when one of the local fiestas is happening. The people of Pollensa are proud of their heritage and history and it is one of the towns that enjoys the most local celebrations, the most famous being the “battle” of the Moors and the Christians in the Fiesta de la Patrona de Pollenca at the beginning of August.
Insider tip: Buy some typical Mallorcan food products at the Agromart store in Pollensa. If you are self-catering then a stop at the Agromart is a must. You will find local, seasonal produce as well as Mallorcan wine and beer, locally produced cheese and perhaps even a nice gift for someone back home who appreciates gastronomy.
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