Things to do in Mallorca

Things to do in  Mallorca

It’s popular for a reason

Mallorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, sparkles with a stunning coastline, staggering limestone bluffs, and Mediterannean charm. Crowned by the capital Palma de Mallorca, a walled city, the island nurtures secluded coves, impressive natural landscapes, and beaches surrounded by dramatic cliffs. Visitors can orient themselves on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Palma to admire gothic Bellver Castle, Palma Arab Baths, and Palma La Seu Cathedral, which is illuminated at night. If your cruise ship docks in Mallorca for the day, opt for a guided tour that covers the stone city of Valldemossa and La Granja village; the stunning Soller Valley; and the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage site where thrill seekers can try cliff jumping. Bike and Segway tours take you through the winding streets of Palma’s Old Town and Gothic quarter; stop by family-friendly Palma Aquarium and the mysterious Caves of Drach, shrouded in stalactites and mysterious rock formations. Culinary tours invite foodies and friends to taste their way across the region: Spend the evening sampling tapas or sipping sangria in Palma, catch a Son Amar dinner and flamenco show, take a wine-tasting tour of Mallorca’s vineyards and wine cellars, or master Spanish dishes like gazpacho, paella, and Catalan cream during a cooking class.

Top 15 attractions in Mallorca

Caves of Drach (Cuevas del Drach)

The Caves of Drach (Cuevas del Drach)—an enormous underground expanse of undulating sandstone, stalactites and stalagmites, and semiprecious agates—create an imaginarium of formations. This exquisite ornamentation frames one of Europe's largest underground lakes, Lake Martel, where classical musicians on boats serenade visitors.More

Palma Cathedral (La Seu)

After King James I (Jaume 1) conquered the Balearic Islands in 1229, he began the conversion of a Moorish-era mosque in present-day Palma de Mallorca (Majorca) into a grand Catalan Gothic-style cathedral overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The golden sandstone façade, the city’s most notable landmark, took more than 400 years to complete.More

Serra de Tramuntana

Claiming a spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, this craggy mountain range rising sharply from Mallorca’s northwest coast is prized for both its striking landscapes and cultural history. Alpine roads wind through pine forests and boast oceans views at every hairpin turn, while traditional villages provide a link to the island’s long Christian and Muslim heritage.More


Nestled deep within the orange-grove-covered Valley of Gold (Vall d’Or), Sóller is the ideal base for exploring the surrounding Serra de Tramuntana. Before taking to the trails, spend some time strolling the labyrinthine streets, admiring the art galleries, and enjoying what Sóller is best known for—oranges.More

Royal Palace of La Almudaina (Palau de l’Almudaina)

Built by the Romans, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina (Palau de l’Almudaina), overlooks the scenic bay in Palma, capital city of the island of Majorca, Spain. Visit this majestic site to see how antiquity lived throughout the centuries and today; the palace remains the official residence of Spain’s royals during visits to Majorca.More

Platja des Coll Baix

The island of Mallorca is known for its turquoise waters and scenic natural beauty, and Plajita des Coll Baix no exception to this. What makes this secluded beach special, aside from its idyllic surroundings, is the fact that it is protected and often deserted. Because it is difficult to reach, crowds are nearly nonexistent and you may even have the beach to yourself.Opening out into a wide sea inlet, the soft and sandy beach is surrounded by tall, rocky cliffs and Mediterranean forest. It is hard to imagine clearer or more vibrantly colored waters. The stunning beach is most popular with those who love the outdoors and don’t mind some hiking — as it is only accessible by boat or foot. Those who go will undoubtedly agree that the trek is worth it. Boat operators often lead tours from town. It’s quietest in the morning and evening.More

Es Baluard Museum

Lovers of modern and contemporary art (or casual travelers looking for insight into the Spanish art scene) will find one of Spain’s most important and comprehensive collections at the Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palma. Opened in 2004, the museum maintains a collection of more than 500 pieces, with a heavy emphasis on artists working in the Balearic Islands since the early twentieth century.Set amid some of Palma de Mallorca’s most historical structures, including the Sant Pere Bastion (sixteenth century) and the Aljub reservoir (seventeenth century), the museum building is much more modernist, made from concrete and glass, yet manages to fit in harmoniously with its surroundings.More

Bellver Castle

Set atop a wooded hill overlooking Palma, the 14th-century Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver) is known for its distinctive circular design—it is supposedly the only Spanish castle to bear this shape. Built for King James II, the castle later served as a military prison and mint and now houses the City History Museum (Museu d'Història de la Ciutat).More

Sa Calobra Canyon and Beach (Torrent de Pareis)

One of the most popular day walks in Mallorca, the challenging Torrent de Pareis hike slices through the Sa Calobra Canyon and offers spectacular views of the Tramuntana Mountains. After completing the hike, enjoy access to remote and pebbly beaches, as well as the charming town of Sa Calobra.More

Palma Plaza Mayor

Impossible to miss in the heart of Palma’s Old Town, Plaza Mayor is the Mallorcan capital’s largest square and a lively meeting place at any time of day. Constructed in the 19th century on a storied piece of land, today the sprawling rectangular plaza serves as a shopping and dining hotspot for locals and visitors alike.More

Formentor and Puerto Pollensa

With its beautiful white sand beaches framed in picturesque rocky points, Puerto Pollensa (Port de Pollença) on majestic Formentor peninsula has become a magnet for holiday goers with a taste for the finer things in life. Everyone from families to water sports enthusiasts come for the cafe-lined promenade, marina, and the Bay of Pollensa.More

Basilica de Sant Francesc

A Gothic-style church at the heart of Palma’s Old Town, the Basilica de Sant Francesc is one of the island’s most spectacular sights and historically significant structures. The basilica dates back to the 13th century when it was founded as a monastery. It has been known as one of the most famous churches on Palma since the Middle Ages.The current sandstone facade was reconstructed in the 17th century after the original was struck by lightning. Its Baroque style is more typical of the Majorcan style. The inside of the basilica is just as impressive as its exterior, with high vaulted ceilings in classic Catalan Gothic style and ornate altar. Tombs and chapels line its walls, leading to its stunning medieval cloister filled with citrus and palm trees.The statue outside the church is of Franciscan monk Junipero Serra. If his name sounds familiar, it might be because he went on to found the major cities in California - Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others. The church is considered a major landmark of Palma and is included in most all tours of the city.More

Palma Arab Baths (Baños Árabes)

Dating back to the 10th century, the Palma Arab Baths (Baños Árabes) are among Palma’s most fascinating archaeological sites and some of the last remaining relics of the Muslim era in the Balearic Islands. It is believed that parts of the baths are the only remnants of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa.More

Hams Caves (Cuevas dels Hams)

The island of Mallorca is home to more than 200 caves and the Cuevas del Ham, or Caves of Hams, are one of the most popular to visit. Located along an underground river called the Sea of Venice, these caves are notable for their spiral and hook-shaped stalactites. Many travelers visit these caves during a multi-destination day trip.More

Es Trenc Beach

Arguably the most beautiful beach on Mallorca—and certainly the most unspoiled, thanks to its location in a protected park—this 1.75-mile (3-kilometer coastal stretch is a top choice for families and sunseekers. Es Trenc’s shallow waters are ideal for little ones, while adults can enjoy watersports and seafront bars.More

Top activities in Mallorca

Small-Group Cova de Coloms Sea Caving Tour in Mallorca
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Mallorca Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Mallorca Midday or Sunset Sailing with Light Snacks and Open Bar
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All about Mallorca


A local’s pocket guide to Mallorca

Monica Nunez

Monica loves Mallorca, where you’ll find her in Port de Pollensa having a cocktail by the beach or practicing some water sports.

The first thing you should do in Mallorca is...

walk around Palma city, visit the cathedral, and immerse yourself in the Mediterranean spirit.

A perfect Saturday in Mallorca...

involves visiting monuments such as the cathedral or the Royal Palace of the Almudaina in Palma, enjoying barbecued octopus for lunch, and driving to Es Trenc beach to relax.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Cuevas del Drach. It’s a very popular attraction on the island but it’s worth going to admire the incredible rock formations and to catch a classic concert.

To discover the "real" Mallorca...

head to the East coast and visit Alcudia, Formentor, and Pollensa. It’s one of the most beautiful and least busy areas of Mallorca.

For the best view of the city...

you need to go to Cape Formentor to see one of the most amazing sunsets in Spain.

One thing people get wrong...

is only going to Magaluf without visiting other, more beautiful parts of the island.

People Also Ask

What is Mallorca known for?

One of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is known for its sparkling coastline, varied architecture, and beaches set in quiet coves. The historic streets of Palma de Mallorca, the capital city, are also a draw. People travel to Mallorca to sunbathe, swim, fish, boat, and feast on Spanish fare.

What is the main attraction in Mallorca?

The main attractions in Mallorca are the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, the scenic Cap de Formentor with a lighthouse, and hilltop Bellver Castle. The capital city of Palma de Mallorca with its charming, historic streets is also a top island attraction.

How many days do you need in Mallorca?

Travelers need a minimum of two days to explore the island of Mallorca, but many people plan a week or two to soak up the island atmosphere. In addition to the capital city of Palma de Mallorca, the island is home to many secluded coves and charming hilltop villages.

What is the nicest part of Mallorca?

The island of Mallorca has several nice areas. Most travelers are familiar with the south coast's beautiful beaches and hotels, specifically the southwest, as it's near the airport in Palma. Other popular options include the hilltop village of Deia in the west or the medieval town of Alcudia in the north.

What is there to do in Mallorca?

Mallorca offers a relaxed beach getaway. Things to do in Mallorca include swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, fishing, and boating. There are also several historic landmarks and scenic lookout points including a lighthouse. The capital city of Palma de Mallorca is a historic destination worth exploring, too.

Is Mallorca expensive?

Yes and no. Mallorca is home to some very expensive hotels and restaurants. But it also offers plentiful options for reasonably priced meals, drinks, and shopping. Travelers on a budget seeking modest options will find inexpensive restaurants and bars in several areas of Mallorca.

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