Is Mallorca worth visiting? I’m here to spill the tea on the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I’m usually gushing over Spanish destinations because Spain feels like my home away from home, but in this post, you’ll see exactly what I liked and disliked about this island.
If you want to know my final verdict, then yes, I do think Mallorca is a good place to visit, but here’s everything you need to consider before planning a trip.
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THE MAIN THING THAT BOTHERED ME ABOUT MALLORCA, SPAIN
TOURISTS, TOURISTS, AND MORE TOURISTS
So here’s the thing – I knew Mallorca was touristy and obviously did not expect to be the only one there. BUT it was a different kind of touristy.
As a huge Spain lover, I think I’ve visited enough places to know that some regions have yet to be discovered while others have become extremely popular. Yet, in most cases, there’s still a reasonable balance between tourists and locals.
For example, even in a bustling city like Madrid, you don’t have to make a lot of effort to experience its authentic side, and you definitely don’t feel like only tourists are around you.
I’m not saying that Mallorca’s authentic side is non-existent, but I feel like the touristy vibe can easily overshadow it, and I wish they were more balanced because that’s a big deal for a traveler like me.
IS MALLORCA WORTH VISITING? ALL THE THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT IT
YOU CAN FIND QUIET EVEN IN TOURISTY PLACES
Considering everything I’ve written about tourists in Mallorca, it wasn’t difficult at all to find the quiet areas of the island’s most visited cities and towns. The minute you stray from the streets where all the shops and restaurants are, you see fewer and fewer people.
If you think about it, that’s kind of sad, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy having some streets and alleys all to myself.
As a sun-drenched Mediterranean island (though I’ve encountered a couple of cloudy mornings), Mallorca offers fantastic weather almost all year long.
Take into consideration that it can get extremely hot and humid in July and August (27°C-33°C / 80.6°F-91.4°F by day) and not warm enough to take a dip in the winter months (14°C-17°C / 57.2°F-62.6°F by day), which still leaves you with more than enough time to visit Mallorca and enjoy idyllic weather.
The summer months are also when hotel prices can be unbelievably expensive, so spring and fall can be a good choice for your Mallorca trip.
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Being one of the best beach destinations in Europe, it’s not surprising that Mallorca boasts a dreamy coastline. With dozens of heavenly beaches with crystal-clear waters, this island is a great place to unwind and soak up some sun.
It’s good to know that even though Mallorca is touristy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that every single beach is overcrowded with people.
In fact, when I visited popular places like the resort town of Port de Pollença and Formentor Beach, I was pleasantly surprised by their tranquility.
It’s also important to know that accessibility varies from beach to beach. Some can be reached by bus, some by car, and others require 15-30 minutes of walking from the nearest road/parking lot (including passing through steep, unpaved paths).
Strolling through the cobbled streets of historical European towns is one of the greatest joys in (my) life, and Mallorca is home to quite a few visit-worthy ones.
From Valldemossa to Alcudia to Pollença, there are more than enough picturesque places that are an absolute delight to explore.
If you love unique experiences, you should also know that you can reach the town of Soller with a vintage train dating back to the early 20th century. I thought it was going to be an overrated attraction, but I highly recommend it.
JAW-DROPPING NATURAL LANDSCAPES
One of the best reasons to visit Mallorca is that you don’t only get to see dreamy shades of blue (courtesy of the Mediterranean) but also miles and miles of green.
So many roads offer views of fields, almond trees, orange groves, and even vineyards, though one of the most scenic parts of the island is the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It’s home to some of the towns I’ve mentioned and countless hiking trails, viewpoints, hidden coves, and unique manmade landmarks.
Other natural areas you can explore are the coastal Mondrago Natural Park and Sa Dragonera Natural Park (located on a nearby uninhabited island). If you’re an avid nature lover, these parts of Mallorca will surprise you.
PALMA IS SUCH A LOVELY CITY
I’m pretty sure that most people don’t travel to Mallorca just to spend a day or two in the capital, Palma, but don’t underestimate this city.
I thought it was just going to be a base point from where I would take day trips, but I discovered an intriguing city with an incredible old town (and other fascinating neighborhoods), lots of historical landmarks, a great culinary scene, photogenic architecture, and so much more.
So if you’re only a short flight away and a quick weekend break is all you’re looking for, consider spending it in Palma de Mallorca.
When Mallorca is often perceived solely as a beach destination, it’s easy to forget that its history is no less than fascinating.
From prehistory and Roman times to the Arab rule and the conquest of the island by King Jaume I of Aragon (who became the King of Majorca) in the 13th century, each era had its impact on Mallorca and left landmarks you can still visit today.
These include remains of prehistoric and Roman settlements, Moorish gardens, medieval walls, monasteries, cathedrals, and palaces. If you’re a history lover, you’re in for a treat.
MUST-SEE MANMADE AND NATURAL LANDMARKS
Diving a little deeper into all the landmarks you can see in Mallorca, anyone can find at least one point of interest to enjoy.
Some of the highlights of this island are:
- Remains of villages from the Bronze-Age like the Talaiots de Son Fornés
- Ruins of the Roman city of Pollentia
- Medieval walls of Alcudia
- Palma Cathedral, Royal Palace of La Almudaina, and Bellver Castle
- Capdepera Castle
- Royal Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa
If you’re more of a natural landmark kind of traveler, head to the infamous caves of Cuevas del Drach and Cuevas dels Hams, visit Cap de Formentor (Mallorca’s northernmost point), or hike in the Torrent de Pareis canyon.
If you’re a culture buff, Mallorca is going to win you over.
Apart from the capital city of Palma, which is home to many museums and art galleries (including the Es Baluard museum of modern art and the Joan Miró Foundation), you’ll find quite a few intriguing places to visit.
From the Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Museum in Valldemossa, where the gifted Polish composer spent a very productive time on the island, to La Granja d’Esporles, a museum dedicated to Mallorca’s history and traditions (housed in a 17th-century mansion), Mallorca will surprise you.
You can also visit the weekly markets taking place in plenty of towns across the island, indulge in Mallorquin food (if you love seafood, vegetables, and baked goods, you won’t be disappointed), attend some festivals, and the list goes on.
DIVERSE AND UNIQUE ACTIVITIES
I hope that by now, you understand that there’s a lot more to do in Mallorca than just unwind at the beach. Other than all the activities and places I’ve mentioned so far, this island has a few more surprises up its sleeve.
Outdoors enthusiasts can go hiking, cycling, scuba diving, kayaking, and canyoning; wine lovers can tour central Mallorca’s vineyards; others can take a boat tour to watch dolphins in the wild. Pretty exciting, right?
YOU CAN EXPLORE IT BY CAR OR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
There’s no doubt that taking a road trip would be an ideal way to discover Mallorca’s hidden gems, conveniently get to every nook and cranny of the island, and have the most flexibility.
That said, you can also plan a Mallorca itinerary that doesn’t require renting a car yet still includes some of the most beautiful places on the island.
Reachable by bus are picture-perfect spots like Mirador Es Colomer (the most iconic viewpoint in Mallorca), Jardines de Alfabia, and Alcudia, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
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