Mallorca’s huge and enduring appeal owes much to the fact that it offers something for everyone. From a family beach holiday on a budget, to a Palma city break, to a luxurious no-expense-spared stay, this privileged Mediterranean island has it all in abundance.
If the finer things of life are on the agenda for your visit, you’ll discover why Mallorca has a well-deserved international reputation for top-notch gastronomy and unique luxury hotels. You’ll be able to taste superb local wines and delicious gourmet products, and find tempting artisan-made goods on offer in chic boutiques and traditional shops. Numerous activities, sightseeing opportunities, and seasonal cultural events await you.
For the crème-de-la-crème of everything that the island offers to visitors, we’ve compiled ‘Your Best of Mallorca Guide 2018’. We hope it will help you have the best possible experience of Mallorca.
The island’s growing gastronomic reputation makes Mallorca a magnet for gourmets. Adding to its appeal are the seven restaurants with Michelin stars.
Restaurants with stars
Zaranda is the only two-Michelin-starred restaurant, within the rural 5-star Castell Son Claret hotel near Es Capdellà. The restaurant’s chef/patron Fernando P Arellano even cooked for Spain’s royal family during their summer holidays on Mallorca.
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The one-star Es Fum at the St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort offers a choice of tasting menus. These include menus for vegetarians and junior gourmets who also want the best cuisine.
Mallorca’s capital Palma has now two eponymous eateries producing starred cuisine: Marc Fosh (Spain’s only British chef producing starred cuisine) and Adrián Qutglas.
Es Racó d’es Teix is Deià’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. Here you’ll experience superb food, warmly attentive service, and glorious village views if dining al fresco on the terrace.
You may not expect to find a starred restaurant in a popular resort area, but Puerto Alcúdia is the location of Restaurante Jardín and Macarena de Castro’s innovative cuisine.
The one-star Andreu Genestra restaurant is within rural Hotel Predí Son Jaumell, near Capdepera. Chef Andreu Genestra also owns Aromata in Palma, and created the menu for Royal Beach Gastrosenses on Playa de Muro.
No star but great cuisine
The best needn’t be the most expensive. Mallorca has many restaurants offering more affordable gastronomy. Sharing premises with the excellent Santi Taura, in the small inland town Lloseta, is the chef/patron’s newest restaurant Dins by Santi Taura. The latter offers Santi’s tasting menu based on authentic Balearic recipes with his creative twist.
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DaiCa restaurant and petit hotel (just three rooms) opened in 2012 in the village of Llubí, near Inca. Here chef Caterina Pieras uses modern techniques in her interpretation of Mallorcan and Catalan recipes.
Miceli in Selva offers chef Marga Coll’s cuisine based on what she buys each day at the produce market. Or, in the southwest, try her breakfast or dinner at Arrels by Marga Coll, at the 5-star Gran Meliá de Mar in Illetas.
Palma’s best eateries include Forn de Sant Joan in La Lonja, and Adrián Quetglas. Mar de Nudos and well-known fish restaurant Ca n’Eduardo offer harbour views.
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Mallorca’s capital Palma is a gem for sightseeing and La Seu – the Cathedral – tops the list of places to visit. From there, explore the Old Town’s narrow streets, old ‘palacios’, and iconic courtyards. This area includes the Arab Baths and Bishop’s Garden – a haven of serenity in this busy city.
Looking for an art fix? Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palma offers permanent and temporary exhibitions. On a smaller scale, lifestyle store Rialto Living has an attractive upper-floor art gallery, often exhibiting the work of Mallorca-based artists.
In the countryside near Alcúdia, the Ben and Yannick Jakober Foundation houses an extraordinary collection of children´s portraits from the 16th-19th centuries.
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Travel along the Serra de Tramuntana coast from Andratx up to Puerto Pollensa for spectacular sightseeing. Along this route, Estellencs, Banyalbufar, Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, Fornalutx, and Lluc monastery are interesting places to stop. The hairpin-bend-strewn drive down to Sa Calobra is breathtaking and, having arrived at the port, it’s just a short walk to the dramatic Torrent de Pareis. For another beautiful drive, head from Puerto Pollensa to the lighthouse at breezy Cap de Formentor.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site mountains are the pride of Mallorca. Find out more about the island’s ‘backbone’ in our guide to the Serra de Tramuntana.
The south of Mallorca has its own beauty. Visit the old market town of Santanyí, or the picture-postcard fishing village Cala Figuera. At the salt pans hear Ses Salines, see huge piles of salt resembling mini-snow-covered mountains.
Visit the wine area
If your idea of sightseeing is checking out local wineries, visit the wine-producing area in and around Binissalem. Here many bodegas offer tours and tastings. The peaceful and privately owned (but accessible to the public) hamlet of Biniagual is just a short distance from the winery Bodega Biniagual and produces award-winning wines.
Best things to do
For eating, drinking, and stylish relaxation by the Mediterranean, check out a top beach club. These include Purobeach, Anima Beach, Mood and the glamorous Nikki Beach.
Become a culture vulture. Attend concerts of all musical genres, annual music festivals, ballet, opera, theatre, cinema, and art exhibitions and events. Venues for music, theatre, and dance include Palma’s Teatre Principal, Palma Auditorium, and the Trui Teatre. The Balearic Symphony Orchestra offers a season of concerts outside the main holiday season. Annual events include: Deià International Music Festival; Valldemossa’s Chopin Festival; Pollensa Festival; Festival MúsicaMallorca, and Festival de Música Clásica Port de Sóller.
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Cinema fans can attend the annual Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival each November. This event screens the year’s best submissions of shorts and documentaries from around the world.
The best dinner shows take place at Pirates Adventure in Magaluf, Son Amar, and The Bright Nights – at the impressive Jardines de Alfabia. If you appreciate lovely gardens, take a day to explore the latter and the nearby Raixa estate, off the Palma to Sóller road. Es Revellar Art Resort near Campos offers Art Nights in the holiday season. These Art Nights combine a tour of the art-filled garden, light show, and dinner.
Need an indoor option? Head for the excellent Sport Xperience by Rafa Nadal in Manacor, the Modernist Can Prunera art museum in Sóller, CCA Andratx (contemporary art centre), Palma Aquarium, or the Planetarium at Costitx.
Mallorca’s climate makes the island a perfect place for outdoor activities, on land or at sea. Whatever your favourite sport – golf, cycling, tennis, hiking, rock climbing, or water sports – here’s our guide to the best.
Best products from Mallorca
Mallorca has a long tradition of artisans, which means it’s easy to find locally made products to take home. These local products include the numerous wines from more than 70 bodegas. Selecting which wines to buy is easier with expert guidance from specialist suppliers Rullán Navarro or Catavinos in Palma.
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For gourmet food products visit Mos Espai Gastronomic, look for Flor de Sal’s hand-harvested salt from Ses Salines – the best local salt brand. The seasoning product Ametlla+ is made from local almonds and adds flavour to a variety of dishes. Mallorcan extra virgin olive oils have an excellent reputation. Of these, Son Moragues (sold in a limited edition Gordiola glass bottle) and Son Naava – Mallorca’s only Demeter biodynamic olive oil – are two of the best.
The island’s high-quality leather goods include the world-renowned footwear brands Camper, Bestard Mountain Boots, Barrats, Lotusse, and Farrutx. Tony Mora manufactures top-quality cowboy boots to measure and, in Palma, Monge has a studio/shop producing high-quality artisan-made shoes, which can be bespoke. Other leather crafts include bags by Abaccino from Petra, and garments (including made to measure) by Munper.
You’ll find everything from table linen to garments made from the traditional ‘cloth of tongues’ fabric – known as ‘robes de llengües’. Family firm Teixits Vicens makes the best of these fabrics at its factory and shop near Pollensa.
If jewellery is your weakness, indulge yourself by visiting local jewellers Isabel Guarch’s or Nicolas Joyeros’ Palma shops/ateliers. The designers create exceptional pieces inspired by the Mediterranean surroundings.
If your taste is for international hotel brands, you’ll find 5-star hotels from Jumeirah, Hilton, Hyatt Park, and St Regis on Mallorca.
Mallorca is an ideal place to spend your holidays with a lots of hotels. Are you looking for a hotel near the beach or boutique hotel? Here you’ll find it!
Many smaller boutique and finca hotels offer guests a high level of personal service and exclusivity. The best of these include Can Mostatxins (in the walled town of Alcúdia), Can Estades (Calvià), Es Revellar Art Resort (Campos), and Son Sant Jordi Boutique Hotel in Pollensa.
In Palma, the privately owned 5-star hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa seduces with its charm and free afternoon tea for its guests, and Sant Francesc Hotel Singular offers their guests a flawless experience.
For an adults-only resort hotel with an unbeatable wine cellar, book a room at Hotel El Coto in Colonia de Sant Jordi.
We hope you have found Your best of Mallorca guide 2018 useful and that you have many memorable experiences as a result of our recommendations.