There are so many amazing things to do in Mallorca during summer that it would be a pity to miss out on the best of them. Here’s our guide to our favourite activities.
Attend an out-door concert
Listen to great music outdoors on a balmy summer’s evening: It could be top British chart acts at Mallorca Rocks; free gig at the Sa Pobla International Jazz Festival, or 52nd Festival Pollensa performance in the town’s attractive Santo Domingo cloisters. A must is a Deià International Music Festival concert in the magical setting of Son Marroig, as the sunset-hued sky darkens …
Drive the Tramuntana . . . in style
Add a touch of panache to the sensational drive through the Tramuntana mountains by hiring your dream set of wheels to do it in. Mallorca Driving (www.mallorcadriving.com) offers a choice of covetable cars to hire, including an Austin Healey 3000 Mk III, Porsche 550 Spider, and an MGA. Remember your camera for the views – and a shot of you at the wheel . . .
Follow the Wine Route
Mallorca has around 60 bodegas and, in recent years, many have recognized their appeal to visitors and now open for tours and tastings. The book Wine Route details bodegas that can be visited in the Binissalem DO (www.binissalemdo.com), as well as local gastronomy, markets, festivals and places of interest.
Go for a show
Mallorca offers top-quality professional entertainment in the form of several popular shows. Pirates – staged in a purpose-built theatre in Magaluf – is a family favourite now in its 28th year; there’s also a spicier adults’ version, Pirates Reloaded. For a variety of entertainers, Son Amar offers a glamorous dinner show, updated every year, featuring some of Europe’s best artists.
Go designer shopping
Palma is a fabulous city for shopping, and you’re sure to find something from your favourite designer (or discover a new one!). The world’s top brands in designer clothing and accessories can be found by exploring Avenida Jaime III, Paseo del Borne, and the stores and boutiques in the adjoining streets and lanes. Read our Shopping in Style guide on abc-mallorca.com to plan your day in Palma.
Pamper yourself on a luxury spa day
Go on, you deserve it. Arabella Spa (Tel +34 971 629 600) at St Regis Mar d’avall is Europe’s largest spa, awash with luxurious facilities and treatments, including the exclusive Anne Sémonin tailor-made products and therapies. A spa day costs 77€, including use of locker, robe, slippers, towel, all facilities, fruit, teas and water. Treatments are extra but reduce the day-pass cost to 47€. A day’s use of the Talise Spa at the Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel & Spa (Tel +34 971 637 810) costs 50€ per person (excluding treatments).
Go on a yoga retreat
The best modern yoga retreats combine rejuvenating practice with other pleasurable activities. Stay with Balearic Retreats and you’ll not only leave toned and balanced, but with a big smile on your face. Its lovely instructors know all the nicest spots, so you’ll get out and discover hidden Mallorca in the sunshine before heading back to your charming villa for more yoga and delicious vegetarian food. Truly a way to boost mind body and spirit. Visit their web to get inspired and pick a package for you.
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Paseo … and party
Join the locals and do a party crawl around one of Palma’s main nightspots. The Bohemian area of Santa Catalina is packed with bars and eateries that positively buzz after dark. Nearby, Paseo Marítimo is one long strip of eateries, bars and clubs – inclu¬ding the legendary Tito’s. You can wander for hours around La Lonja – home of the Jazz Voyeur Club, unique bar Abaco, and a host of places to eat, drink and be merry!
Picnic in a vineyard
Birdsong and the lazy buzz of insects are the soundtrack to a picnic among the vines at Bodegas Santa Catarina (www.santa-catarina.com) near Andratx. The winery offers a traditional picnic basket for 25€, comprising bread, cheese, serrano ham, chorizo, olives, olive oil, water, and a bottle of wine. For special occasions they’ll prepare a luxury hamper with champagne and strawberries.
Take a golf mini-break
Head for the east coast’s Vall d’Or (www.valldorgolf.com) on a Friday and play the 5,539 m long, 18-hole golf course (par 71). An entertaining, average-difficulty course, it benefits from fabulous views down to Porto Colom, and Máxime – the club’s stylish café restaurant – where there’s a renowned Friday night buffet BBQ, with live music. Then sleep soundly at a charming rural hotel, such as nearby Sa Pletassa, Can Bessol or Sa Posada d’Aumallía.
Rub shoulders with the rich and famous …
Dress to impress and head to one of the hottest super-yacht harbours of Puerto Portals or Port Adriano, where you can enjoy celebrity-spotting as you sip Cristal at one of the trendy bars. Afterwards, dine at one of the chic restaurants – followed by late night dancing.
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Set sail for a lobster lunch
Round up some friends and share a taste of the A-listers’ lifestyle: a lobster lunch at sea. Charter a fabulous luxury speedboat and check out the amazing coastline of Mallorca. Yacht Life in Port Andratx have a fleet of more than 60 vessels to select from, there is an option to suit everybody regardless of your budget.
Swoon over a sunset
It happens every day, but how many of us make time to simply sit and watch the sun go down? Doing so can be even more memorable when you add a bottle of cava and a picnic. Head up to the Cap Gros lighthouse in Puerto de Sóller, for a dazzling view of the sun slipping into the Mediterranean. For unforgettable views of the sun setting behind the Tramuntana, head for the waterfront at Colònia Sant Pere, near Artà.