What to Do in Mallorca, Spain: The Insider’s Guide
Planning a trip to Mallorca? After recently visiting I can’t wait to share with you what to do in Mallorca Spain so you can plan the perfect trip.
This year seems to be the year of travel to Mallorca, Spain. With its sun-drenched coves, crystal-clear, blue water, and stunning mountain villages, Mallorca is one of the best places to visit in the Balearic Islands, Spain, and Europe.
The island has so much to offer. There are the stunning ochre historic towns of Valldemossa and Deia. There is the jaw-dropping scenery of Cap de Formentor. There are the beautiful beaches of Calo des Moro and Cala Llombards. There’s the delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The hiking and biking. The design shopping in Palma. I could go on. In fact, there’s very little reason not to visit Mallorca this year.
While resort towns like Magaluf have gotten a bad rep in the past, things are changing fast and what’ll you’ll experience in Mallorca now is a dreamy, chic getaway that’s impossible to refuse.
Keep reading to find out what to do in Mallorca Spain so you can plan your perfect trip. With more than 45 top things to do in Mallorca, you won’t run out of activities or places to visit.
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Best Time to Visit Mallorca
Technically, Mallorca is a fabulous place to visit throughout the year. With 300+ days of sunshine each year, it’s a much-loved place for a summer vacation, a spring retreat, or even a winter city break.
Essentially the best time to visit Mallorca depends on what you want to see and experience on the island. If you’d love to swim, spend time on the beaches, and lounge in the sunshine the best time to visit is between May-October.
This is also the best time to visit the cooler mountain regions in the north which tend to have their own microclimate.
If you prefer to avoid the crowds and peak season travel, then I’d highly recommend avoiding July and August.
If you’re just heading to Palma for the weekend, again spring-autumn are the best times for this, but if you don’t mind putting on a coat, winter can also be a good time to visit. You’ll also benefit from no crowds and much better travel deals on flights and hotels.
I visited at the very start of October and the weather was still very warm and delightful.
How Much Time Do You Need in Mallorca?
Mallorca is so versatile with a lot to offer. How much time you need on the island really depends on what you want to do in Mallorca.
For those that want to see most of what to do in Mallorca Spain, you’ll need 7-10 days and the flexibility of a rental car.
If you’re planning a weekend city break, then 2 days are enough, but just for Palma. Given the number of flights offered from most parts of Europe and beyond, this is totally feasible.
With 4-5 days you’ll be able to spend a day in Palma and then choose between the mountainous north or the south of Mallorca for the rest of your time.
Simply put, an epic itinerary is possible with any amount of time that you have to visit Mallorca. The longer the better.
Top Things to Do in Mallorca Spain
There are so many things to do in Palma de Mallorca and you could easily fill two days in the Majorcan capital. From discovering the amazing dining and design scene here to seeing all the main sights like Palma Cathedral, there isn’t a dull moment in this lovely, sunny city.
Some of the best Palma highlights include:
↠Visiting the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, also known as La Seu
↠Explore the Old Town of Palma
↠Visit the Royal Palace of Almudaina, the Royal Residence in Mallorca
↠Go design shopping
↠Feast on the best tapas in town
↠Visit the Arab Baths
↠Shop at Mercat de Santa Catalina
I won’t go too much into what to do in Palma de Mallorca here. You can find them all in our separate Things to Do in Palma City Guide here. Make sure to read both guides to get the best insight into the city.
Most of Palma’s main attractions and the old, historical heart can be covered in one day. However, I definitely recommend staying for 2 days, at least to really get to know the city a little more. It does have quite a lot to offer.
Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour
While Spain is definitely a country famous for its wine, you’ll be pleased to know that Mallorca also produces some very good wines. If you’re a fan of wine and want to delve a little deeper into Mallorca’s grape varieties, its wineries, and ultimately its wine, then going on a wine tour is a great idea.
You could visit a few of Mallorca’s most famous wineries alone in your own rental car but this does involve quite a bit of research and planning. Even though I didn’t visit, I’ve heard great things about Ribas Winery.
Otherwise, you can take a tour. This tour will take you to all the best of Mallorca’s vineyards in the island’s interior where you’ll be able to find out more about local wine in Mallorca and of course, enjoy a sample of all the exquisite wines.
You’ll also be able to see the beautiful landscapes of the interior and well as learn more about the culture, particularly the gastronomical culture, and history of the island.
Click here to learn more and book the Mallorca Full Day Winery Small Group Tour.
Go Olive Oil Tasting
Olive oil is one of Mallorca’s main exports and there are many small and organic olive oil farms in Mallorca producing marvelous olive oil. If you’re someone who uses a lot of olive oil in your kitchen, then it might be worth visiting an olive oil farm, going on a tasting, and taking some of the best olive oil home with you.
Some of the best olive oil farms you can visit for a tasting are:
↠ Finca Son Miranda – an agriturismo or farm stay that organizes tours of their olive groves and tastings of their organic oils. You can reserve a tasting through their website.
↠ Son Moragues – a fine spot in Valldemossa that makes some of the best, organic olive oil in Mallorca. You can visit the farm, and go for a tasting as well as some other great experiences like guided walks and picnic with their own homemade products (olive oil included).
Visit the Caves of Drach
The Caves of Drach are one of the most popular attractions in Mallorca. The Caves of Drach are an underground network of caves that go down to a depth of 25 meters. It consists of many tunnels with thousands of stalagmites and stalactites.
Inside the cave, you’ll also find many underground lakes which aren’t something you’ll see in every cave. Lake Martel which is 117 meters long is one of the largest cave lakes in the world. The caves are beautiful and well worth the stop if you happen to be on the eastern side of the island.
If you have a rental car you can get to the Drach caves on your own accord. Entering the cave is with a guided tour only which lasts about an hour.
If you prefer not to rent a car you can join a Caves of Drach Guided Day Tour from Palma which has everything organized for you.
Explore Sublime Valdemossa
Valdemossa is my favorite village in Mallorca, along with Deia and Fornalutx (more on those later) and if you’re thinking about what to do in Mallorca Spain, this should definitely be on your bucket list.
Valdemossa is a hilltop village located in Mallorca’s mountain region. A visit here is an absolute must on any Mallorca itinerary because the stone village is simply beautiful.
There are many things to do in Valdemossa, so it’s worth staying here and using the town as your base or at least staying for the whole day. While there aren’t that many attractions- it is a small place after all- you could spend hours just walking around its swoon-worthy stone streets and sipping coffee in the cute cafes.
Here are some of the highlights in Valldemossa not to miss:
↠Visit the Carthusian Monastery
↠Biblioteca de Valldemossa
↠Sant Bartomeu Church
↠Frederic Chopin and George Sand Museum
↠Jardins Rei Joan Carles
Another absolutely stunning stone town in Mallorca, Deia truly is a mountain paradise village. Its orange-ochre color contrasts beautifully with the olive-green mountainsides and its main road weaves through it like a snake.
Deia it’s a photographer’s dream and its aesthetics mean putting down your camera is a serious challenge. Start your time in Deia with a lovely wander down its main street and all the adjacent alleyways that lead up and down the hills.
After that make sure to also check out the Robert Graves Museum where you can find out more about the life and works of the English novelist and poet who spent a large part of his life in Deia. Next hike down to Cala Deia for a dip in the pristine blue Mediterranean Sea and lunch at Ca’s Patró March (make a reservation ahead).
If you’re planning to stay in Deia make sure to do so at Belmond La Residencia, Deia’s hottest stay.
Have Dinner at El Olivo
What to do in Mallorca Spain? Eat. Well. One of the most romantic dining experiences in Mallorca is a sunset dinner at El Olivo at Belmond La Residencia in Deia.
Set outdoors on a beautiful stone terrace overlooking the whole of Deia and its surrounding mountain ranges, El Olivo will take you on a culinary journey through the Mediterranean. Their creative menu is veggie and vegan-friendly and dinner here will be an experience you probably won’t forget in a while.
Make sure to book your table at El Olivo, well in advance of your trip to Mallorca. Book your table right before sunset for the most romantic experience.
Drive along the MA-10 from Andratx to Sóller
If you’re a fan of driving stunning mountain roads with hairpin bends, then you can’t miss this spectacular drive in Mallorca.
Start your trip in Andratx and follow the MA-10 road through the mountains to Estellencs, Banyalbufar, Valldemossa, Deia, and finally Sóller. You can also do it going east to west. The road will take you through mountains and pine forests, around cliff edges, and through gorgeous villages.
While you can do the drive all in one go, you will want to stop (many times) for photos and to explore. I highly recommend driving it across two days while also stopping and exploring all the pretty villages along the way.
What to Do in Mallorca Spain: Visit Soller
Sóller is a small town just north of Palma with a delightful cathedral, an atmospheric main square, and many lovely boutiques, and restaurants.
Sóller is the perfect place to stroll around in and explore its main sights for a day or even half a day. Some of Sóller’s main sights you can miss are:
↠Sóller’s beautiful town square
↠Sant Bartomeu de Sóller Cathedral
↠Can Prunera Museum for Modern Art
Sóller is easily reachable from Palma and most places in Mallorca by rental car.
From the center of Palma, you can also reach Sóller on the Ferrocarril de Sóller, a historic train that has been running since 1912. This is a great option for those visiting Mallorca on a short trip, staying mostly in Palma, and don’t want to rent a car. There are