Mallorca island gathers everything you need to get of your journey an unforgettable experience: a wide variety of beaches and coves, a natural heritage worthy of admiration, thanks to the beautiful landscapes offered by the Tramuntana mountain range, and a historical and cultural legacy represented in countless towns and villages and in the incredible Mallorcan gastronomic offer.
In this article we reveal our top 10. Just a short introduction to whet your appetite… with these 10 must-see places in Mallorca.
Palma, the capital of the island and the archipelago
Palma is the capital of the island and the archipelago, and an essential visit when getting to know Mallorca.
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Although we are sure that you have arrived in Mallorca without getting out of your head all the beaches you want to visit, we recommend you not to overlook the capital… It’s justly deserving of a place in the top 10!
Palma’s old town is beautiful, with countless visits of great historical value for art lovers, and with a wide range of entertainment for all audiences.
One of the essential visits is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, or La Seu, one of the few cathedrals that faces the sea. Did you know that its rose window is the largest in the world with a diameter of 13 metres and 1,236 crystals? It is therefore known as the eye of the Gothic.
In addition to the Cathedral, you should not miss a stroll through the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter and discover the beautiful interior courtyards of the old stately homes, visit La Lonja on the seafront promenade or the Royal Palace of La Almudaina.
If you are short on time, the best way to see the highlights of Palma’s old town is to take one of the free tours. We recommend that you book in advance, as there is no charge and you may run out of places in high season.
Another interesting place to see in Palma is Bellver Castle, dating from the 14th century, and with the peculiarity of being one of the four circular castles in Europe. You can get there on Palma’s tourist busby taking it at one of the many stops you will find around the city.
The capital also has a wide range of leisure activities to enjoy during the day with water activities, such as catamaran rides in the Bay, and at night, with plenty of restaurants and clubs with a good atmosphere in the lively Santa Catalina district.
Valldemossa, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain
Just 20km from the capital is Valldemossa, one of the most beautiful and Instagrammed villages in Mallorca.
If you are travelling around the island, a visit to this pretty village of cobbled houses with coloured shutters and streets that have been cared for down to the smallest detail is a must. The Valldemossa Charterhouse is its main architectural jewel.
Valldemossa has been an inspiration to many artists such as Rubén Darío, Unamuno and Frédéric Chopin, who composed there his Preludios Op. 28 and described the town as the most beautiful place in the world.
Do you want to check if the composer’s words are true? You can book this free tour and wander the narrow streets of Valldemossa while you learn the stories of the aristocrats and artists who frequented it.
By the way! You can’t leave this beautiful place without stopping for a snack at the Ca’n Molinas patisserie for one of its famous coca de patatas (sponge cake) accompanied by a delicious hot chocolate. Try them… and let us know!
Na Foradada viewpoint, the best sunset in Serra de Tramuntana mountains
One of the most famous viewpoints on the island of Mallorca is Na Foradada, in the municipality of Deià, surrounded by spectacular scenery.
It is one of the best known and most curious images of the island, with the peculiar hole in the rock that gives it its name, which is why it is captured in thousands of photographs every day.
Although any time of day is a good time to visit, we would definitely recommend you go to see the sunset, which, like the Es Colomer viewpoint, is breathtaking.
Make the most of the day to take a route through the Tramuntana mountain range, discovering some of the most beautiful villages in Spain such as Fornalutx and Deià, stopping to watch the sunset at the Mirador and ending the day with a drink at the Café Sa Fonda.
Sóller and Port de Sóller, exclusivity and postcard charm
In the heart of the incredible Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range you will find Sóller, one of the most beautiful villages to see in Mallorca, which you will only be able to access by car through its famous tunnel, driving up a mountain pass, or by using the wooden railway that begins in Palma.
Its privileged location and its historic centre will immediately transport you back in time, to the moment when the municipality became prosperous thanks to the abundance of orange crops, which were exported to France when the area was isolated from the rest of the island by the mountains.
Sóller is an ideal place to explore on foot and enjoy its old town, where the impressive church of Sant Bartomeu is located and where there are magnificent modernist buildings, shops, cafés and restaurants. Be sure to try the famous ice creams from the Fet a Sóller ice cream parlour!
Its famous port, Puerto de Sóller is also one of the most beautiful sights on the island and one of the most popular places to visit when it comes to to stay in Mallorca, for the charm of its seafront promenade, for its natural surroundings and for its wide range of quality services and accommodation.
Torrent de Pareis and Sa Calobra, the biggest natural monument
The Torrent de Pareis, listed as a Natural Monument, is considered the most extraordinary excursion in Mallorca and one of the island’s wonders.
However, this mountain route is as spectacular as it is complicated and is only suitable for experienced hikers.
The route, which lasts about five hours, ends at Torrent de Pareis beach, one of the most beautiful coves in Mallorca and is famous for the colour of its waters, the surrounding landscape and the interesting shapes of the rocks that adorn this natural and wild enclave. This is often confused with the beach of Sa Calobra, which is right next to it and is just as impressive.
Sa Calobra was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in the Cultural Landscape category, and no wonder. This beach and the impressive Torrent de Pareis leave visitors speechless.
An alternative way to reach the beaches of Sa Calobra and Torrent de Pareis is by boat.
Peninsula and Formentor Lighthouse, are one the most fascinating places in Mallorca
At the northern end of the Tramuntana mountain range is the Formentor peninsula, another of the most fascinating places on the island and one that could not be missing from this top 10.
Once you pass the town of Puerto Pollença, the road begins to climb up to the area where you will find some of the best viewpoints in Mallorca, as Es Colomer viewpointthe most famous of the island, and Talaia d’Albercutx, a spectacular tower standing 380 metres high.
After these viewpoints and before reaching the famous lighthouse, you can stop for a dip at one of the two most beautiful beaches in the north: Formentor, a paradisiacal and exclusive beach, and Cala Figuera, one of the most beautiful and least frequented in the area.
If you don’t have a vehicle… don’t worry! You can visit the incredible Formentor peninsula with this panoramic bus tour.
Caves of Drach, the best known geological treasure
Near the town of Portocristo are the famous Drach Caves, one of Mallorca’s geological treasures, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.
This complex is made up of four underground caves that connect with each other and have been formed by the action of rainwater over millions of years.
If you decide to visit, you can take a tour of the interior to see the incredible stalactites and stalagmites and finish with a boat trip on Lake Martel, Europe’s largest underground lake, while watching a classical music concert.
A few kilometres away are the Hams Caves. If you would also like to visit them, you can do so by purchasing a ticket here.
Cala Varques, the wildest cove on the island
Between the urbanisations of Cala Romántica and Cales de Mallorca, in the municipality of Manacor, is Cala Varques, one of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in Mallorca.
Its natural and wild environment, its white sand and turquoise waters make Cala Varques a true paradise that we couldn’t leave out of this top 10, don’t you think?
Due to its difficult access, as there is no car park and you have to walk for a while to get there, and the lack of services of any kind, it is perhaps not the most suitable beach to visit with the youngest members of the family.
A secluded beach where you can isolate yourself from the outside world and enjoy nature, perfect for diving, snorkelling and hiking enthusiasts.
An interesting way to enjoy a day of sun and beach in Cala Varques for those who want to avoid the long walk is to arrive by boat. The underwater conditions are excellent for this!
Es Caló des Moro, the most spectacular cove in Mallorca
Very close to the municipality of Santanyí is Es Caló des Moro which, until a few years ago, was one of the most magical corners of Mallorca.
It is a beautiful unspoilt cove with turquoise waters located between imposing cliffs populated by lush pine trees and bushes.
Es Caló des Moro is undoubtedly one of the most impressive beaches on the island, but due to the rise of the networks it has become the most popular cove in Mallorca, so you will always find it crowded with tourists.
Even so, it is impossible to present this top 10 without mentioning it, as it is rare to find a postcard beach like this one.
If you don’t want to miss it, we recommend that you do so outside the months of July and August… and that you get there early to get a seat… And get up early to make sure you get a seat!
And if this is not possible, an alternative is to enjoy it from the sea with this boat trip to Es Caló des Moro and “Es Pontàs”, thus avoiding the overcrowding.
Es Trenc, Mallorca’s most Caribbean beach
Located in the Es Trenc – Salobrar de Campos Maritime Terrestrial Natural Park, a protected enclave, is Es Trenc, another of Mallorca’s most popular and iconic beaches.
A paradisiacal beach where, unlike the previous one, you will have no difficulty in finding a spot on the sand because, although it is very crowded, it has an extension of more than two and a half kilometres.
Its waters are transparent and calm, its sand is fine and comfortable, and it is located in a protected natural environment with pine trees and salt marshes.
It also has basic services such as parking, toilets, lifeguard posts and a beach bar, so this beach is perfect if you are looking for family fun.
Do you want to enjoy the incredible Es Trenc beach in a different way? Visit two of the most famous beaches on the south coast of Mallorca with this catamaran trip along the beaches of Es Trenc and Es Caragol.
Download the map of top 10 of Mallorca
If you are one of those who do not want to miss any of the must-see places in Mallorca, we recommend you to download the map of the island that we have prepared for you.
With it you can easily organise your route and enjoy the island without missing anything, as it includes our top 10, as well as all the other places of interest.
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