As the largest of the islands, Mallorca offers an infinite number of options to enjoy it and will never cease to surprise you. Once you’re here, you’ll probably want your holiday to last forever, but sometimes we can’t have as much time as we’d like and that’s why we want to tell you what you shouldn’t miss and how you can enjoy, to the fullest, a weekend in Mallorca.
The island has everything you need to make your trip an unforgettable holiday. Apart from its incredible beaches and coves, it has a natural heritage that will surprise you as much or even more, as well as a historical-cultural legacy that you will see represented in many towns and villages and in the very rich Mallorcan gastronomy.
First, you need to get to Mallorca
If you already know when you are coming, the first thing to do is to book your flight ticket to Mallorca.–>
You can do it from the website of Vueling, the best low cost airline of the moment, without surprises and knowing from the beginning what you are going to pay.
Although on this occasion we do not recommend it, as you only have a weekend in Mallorca, you also have the option of travelling to the island by ferry. You can travel with your own vehicle, yes, but consider whether it’s worth it in terms of time and price.
Rent a car to get around Mallorca
Although the distances are not excessively long, it is essential to use a means of transport to get around, and as it is a question of making the most of these three days and public transport is not the best, it will undoubtedly be your best option.
We recommend that you compare prices and book your car, at the best cost, from this search engine that offers you the guarantee of being able to cancel, free of charge, up to 48 hours before collection.
Where to stay in Mallorca
Whatever type of traveller you are, in Mallorca you will find a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. However, don’t delay in booking as, especially during the summer season, it can be difficult to get a last-minute hotel.
For a weekend getaway to Mallorca, you have two options. The truth is that the distances are relatively short, a maximum of one hour by car, so if you don’t like changing hotels you could spend two nights in the same accommodation and go back and forth each day.
In this case, taking into account the route we have designed for you, we would recommend that you make a base in Palma, the capital, or in the northern area, in the towns of Puerto Pollença or Playa de Muro.
If, on the other hand, you don’t mind changing and you think you’ll be too lazy to make the return journey by car, it would be ideal to spend the first night in the northern towns we suggest and the second in the island’s capital.
Find and book here your accommodation in Mallorca
In this link you can find all the options for accommodation in Mallorca. Do you already know when you will be travelling to the island? Great! Enter them and choose from hotels, flats, rural houses and other accommodation available with the best offer on the market or search directly in the places we recommend:
– Accommodation in Palma:
– Accommodation in Playa de Muro:
– Accommodation in Puerto Pollença:
First day in Mallorca
Now yes! You already have the basics ready: your plane ticket, your accommodation and your vehicle to explore the island without limitations. And now, what? Now all you have to do is enjoy and to make it easy for you, we have prepared a very complete route where we tell you what to see in Mallorca in 3 days.
Take advantage of this opportunity to download the map of Mallorca, where you can locate the most important points of the island, including those on this three-day route. You can carry it on your mobile and consult it at any time!
If you have hired a car, you can pick it up on arrival at the airport and head for the first stop we suggest, in the north of the island.
Visit the walled city of Alcudia
Our first suggestion for your trip to Mallorca is to visit Alcudia, one of the most beautiful villages in Mallorca (and, officially, in Spain!).
The the island’s historical legacy is very visible in this municipality, especially when observing the ancient walled city, its well-kept and lively streets, and the cultural and historical heritage which today is proudly exhibited and which you can discover at Pollentia, an ancient Roman city that lies outside the city walls.
The best way to visit Alcudia is with this free 2-hour tour. A local guide will show you the main sights and explain the ins and outs of its fascinating history.
Do you prefer to visit Alcudia on your own? Then take a look at this article with all the information about Alcudia and its surroundings. In it we tell you everything you can see and do in this beautiful town in the north of Mallorca.
Relax in Playa de Muro
Your second stop should be Playa de Muro. This award-winning beach, recognised as one of the best beaches in the world, will make you fall in love with it from the very first moment.
It also has all the necessary services to complete your day of relaxation: restaurants on the beach where you can eat, beach bars where you can have a cocktail, lifeguards, litter bins, sun loungers and parasols for hire, and parking. If you want to know more about this beach and how to get there, you should consult the complete Playa de Muro information sheet.
Enjoy a paella in a beach bar
In Playa de Muro itself you will find a wide variety of options for lunch, but our recommendation is to eat paella in Can Gavella (in the area of Es Capellans, in Playa de Muro itself), for its quality, location and views.
It is a chiringuito that has been able to adapt to the times without giving up its traditional flavour.
Chances are you’ll have to wait for a table to sit down to eat… it’s usually full as the locals frequent it often, but if you’re one of those who organises your time perfectly, you can make a reservation and not worry about it. We assure you it will be worth it!
Sunset at Formentor
The Faro de Formentor is the most impressive of the island’s lighthouses and one of the most magical and romantic where to watch the sunset in Mallorca. Este se ubica en el extremo norte de la Sierra de Tramuntana, en la península de Formentor, que en si es uno de los enclaves más fascinantes que verás y que no podía faltar en esta ruta de fin de semana en Mallorca.
To get there, head towards the town of Puerto Pollença, where the winding road that climbs up to the area where the lighthouse is located begins, passing by some of the best viewpoints in Mallorca, such as the Mirador de Es Colomer.
Dinner in Puerto Pollença
Port de Pollença or “Eu Moll”, as it is known to the people from Pollensa, is a fishing village in the north of Mallorca, surrounded by an impressive natural environment and with a huge beach that has made it a popular destination for people who want to go for a walk, stay or enjoy its gastronomic offer.
Both day and night, you will find a very lively atmosphere thanks to the cafés and restaurants along the promenade, making it the ideal place to end the first day of your weekend in Mallorca. Stay Restaurant is a good choice for dinner, with beautiful views of the harbour and an extensive menu that ranges from Mallorcan to Asian flavours.
Second day in Mallorca
Have you had a good night’s rest? We hope so, as we continue with our suggestions for you to enjoy and make the most during your weekend in Mallorca. Ready? Keep reading!
Visit the town of Pollença
Pollensa, or Pollença in Mallorcan language, is another of the most beautiful municipalities in Mallorca and has recently been recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Located in a sunny valley at the northern end of the Sierra de Tramuntana, it boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery on the island of Mallorca. For this reason, it is a World Cultural and Landscape Heritage Site and you should not miss it during your holidays. Play the video and judge for yourself!
Its Mediterranean climate, traditions and history have made Pollença an authentic destination for those who love nature with capital letters, culture and good gastronomy.
If you want to know everything you can see and do in this beautiful town, we recommend you to consult this article with all the information about Pollença and its surroundings.
We suggest you wake up early, have breakfast in the busy Plaza Mayor and spend part of the morning getting to know the most important sights of this town. You can burn off your breakfast by climbing the 365 steps that will take you up to El Calvari mountain. ¡Es un must!
Walk through the Serra de Tramuntana and take a photo in Fornalutx
Now that you know the most important places in the north of Mallorca, today you will get even more out of your hire car. Our recommendation is to head down towards the south of the island through the impressive Sierra de Tramuntana until you reach Sóller, your next stop.
The combination of mountain and sea in a single setting, thanks to its privileged location, is just one of the reasons why the mountainous area has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. During your route you will pass through beautiful towns such as Fornalutx, the first of the three Mallorcan towns included in the ranking of the most beautiful villages in Spain, where we recommend you make a short stop.
Visit Sóller and have lunch in a celler (Mallorcan winery)
In the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range is Sóller, one of the most beautiful villages to see in Mallorca and one that you should not miss during your trip to the island.
Its privileged enclave and its historic centre will make you feel immediately transported to other times. Sóller is ideal for walking around and enjoying its old town, where the impressive church of Sant Bartomeu is located and where there are incredible modernist buildings, shops, cafés and restaurants.
The best way to get to know Sóller is through this free tour led by a local guide who will accompany you on your journey through the municipality, are you one of those who prefer to go on your own? Then don’t miss this article where we tell you everything you can see and do in Sóller.
If you feel like enjoying a lunch with Mallorcan and Mediterranean flavours, we recommend you to go to Restaurante Cas Carreter, a cellar that combines classic dishes with innovation. And for dessert, be sure to try the famous homemade ice creams from the Fet a Sóller ice cream parlour!
Atardecer en el Mirador de Na Foradada
The Na Foradada viewpoint is another of the most famous viewpoints in Mallorca. It is located in the municipality of Deià and is set in a spectacular landscape.
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 and the Formentor lighthouse, is breathtaking.
A beer at Sa Fonda in Deià
If you have extended your day to watch the sunset from the Na Foradada viewpoint, we recommend that you don’t miss a visit to Sa Fonda de Deià, a legendary bar-café, restaurant and concert hall in the setting of an idyllic terrace in the village of Deià. With a bohemian feeling, it features live musical performances and you can dine or have a beer. You’ve earned a break!
Third day in Mallorca
How do you like the 3-day route in Mallorca? We have reached the last day of your weekend in Mallorca and today we have reserved for you a visit to two other places that cannot be missed on a trip to the island. They will put the finishing touch to your getaway!
Have breakfast and get lost in the streets of Valldemossa
Very close to the capital is Valldemossa, one of the most Instagrammed villages in Mallorca and where we recommend you head early in the morning to have breakfast at the Ca’n Molinas pastry shop for one of its famous coca de patatas (potato cakes) accompanied by a delicious hot chocolate. Try them… and let us know!
A visit to this pretty village of cobbled houses with coloured shutters and streets that have been looked after down to the smallest detail is almost obligatory during a trip to Mallorca. The Valldemossa Charterhouse is its main architectural jewel, having housed Frédéric Chopin for a time, who composed his works there. Preludios Op. 28 and described the town as the most beautiful place in the world.
🆓 The best way to get to know Valldemossa is through this free tour led by a local guide who will accompany you through the narrow streets of the village while explaining the stories of the aristocrats and artists who frequented it.
Fall in love with Palma, the capital of the island and the archipelago
Palma es la capital de la isla y del archipiélago, y una visita imprescindible para conocer Mallorca. We couldn’t leave it out of your weekend itinerary!
The historic centre of Palma is beautiful, with many visits of great historical value for art lovers and with a wide range of leisure activities for everyone.
One of the essential visits is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, or La Seu, one of the few cathedrals facing the sea. In addition to La Seu, 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.
🆓 As you only have a short time, we again recommend you take one of the free tours available to see the highlights of Palma’s old town or take a tour with the tourist bus and hop on and off at the main points of interest.
As you will have seen, we have often recommended booking these free tours in Mallorca. We find them to be the best option when travelling on short notice and even we use them when we travel to other cities to get a first approximation of the terrain.
However, if you are up for it, we recommend that you book them in advance, as they are free of charge and you could run out of places in high season.
Finally, before ending your route, we recommend that you don’t leave Mallorca without trying one of the authentic Variats mallorquins (Mallorcan tapas), the island’s tapa par excellence, which you can taste in many taverns and restaurants. For us, the best Variat in Palma can be tasted at Bodega La Rambla, in the centre of the city.
Ready to spend a weekend in Mallorca?
This is the itinerary we have prepared for you to make the most of a weekend in Mallorca. It goes without saying that we have not been able to include so many other visits that we feel are worth spending time on, but we are sure that we will see you a second time enjoying the island, after the good taste in your mouth that this weekend in Mallorca will leave you with.
What did you think? Would you add anything else to this long list for a weekend? We’ll read all the comments you write for us!