The City of Palma
Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands, and “the best place to live in the world” according to The Times. A walk along the waterfront walls of the city is sure to provide some awe-inspiring views of the sea and the Cathedral, which is a must see both on the inside and out. The city’s skyline is dotted with many enchanting churches and palatial manors, each more beautiful than the last. Palma’s charming historic streets will surely satisfy all of your cultural and shopping needs. For some excellent views make sure to visit the historic castle of Bellver which overlooks the entire bay and provides an excellent vintage point of the city and neighbouring mountains. Palma also provides a vibrant nightlife scene.
Famous for its privileged location and enchanting streets lined with flower pots, the village of Valldemossa is a favourite among travellers. Revered pianist Frederic Chopin famously chose the area as a vacation spot and so have many other celebrities since. The monastery of La Cartoixa where Chopin stayed is a must see sight. While in town, it is essential to try some coques de patata buns coupled with hot chocolate or a drink of your choice. It serves as a wonderful pit stop on the way to many beautiful beaches scattered along the northern mountainous coastline.
The Valley of Sóller
Burrowed deep in the mountains, Sóller is one of the most unique villages the island has to offer. It is a cultural and artistic hub and it serves as the starting point for many breath taking mountain treks. You may take the famous century old train to get there if desired. The nearby villages of Fornalutx and Biniaraix serve to complete a perfect outing in the valley of Sóller. To top it all, head out to the port for a meal in one of its wonderful restaurants.
Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Sa Calobra is one of Mallorca’s most iconic coves. Located at the mouth of a torrential brook, if the weather permits, one may traverse the deep ravine to access it. On the other hand, the winding road that leads to the cove provides some stunning sights of the mountains. Whatever way you access this location, be it by sea or by land, the destination is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Crystalline Beaches of the South
Majorca is well known for its many beaches of white sand and turquoise water and some of the most awe inspiring ones are located in the south and east of the island. Some run on for kilometres along sandy dunes and forests such as Es Trenc or Es Carbó whereas others are smaller and dug deep into the coastline nestled in between bare rockfaces such as Caló des Moro or Caló des Màrmols. Whichever you pick you just can’t go wrong.
Cap de Formentor
The northernmost point in Mallorca is located at the lighthouse of Formentor, bound by staggering cliffs and gifted with spectacular views of the Tramuntana mountain range and the island of Menorca. This is one of if not the best point on the island to observe the burning summer sunsets. On the way to the lighthouse is Cala Figuera, one of my favourite coves and the perfect place to take a dip on a sizzling hot day.
Mountains of Llevant
Lesser known are the mountains of the Levantine (eastern) region of the island, which provide a unique hiking destination. This beautiful mountain range offers idyllic views over the island and the surroundings to the west and the twinkling lights of Menorca to the east. Make a stop at the towns of Artà and Capdepera to visit their charming medieval fortresses before heading on to one of the many hidden beaches along the coastline. This area is perfect for horse riding, a popular sport on the island) and hiking thanks to its vast landscapes and untouched dunes.
Mallorca is a perennial source of beautiful nature, fascinating culture and thrilling memories. As a local, I am constantly rediscovering the island and finding new reasons to return. Make sure to explore as much as possible and revisit whenever you get the chance. Trust us, you will.