When you are planning your holidays on Mallorca you need some inspiration on what you can do and see. Here is a comprehensive guide of thirty day trips you can do while holidaying here! Be inspired, check it out now!
3 Palma highlights
A hop-on, hop-off bus tour is a great way of learning about the city and all the best tourist spots, while taking the weight off tired summer legs. Efficient firm city-sightseeing.com does tickets for its open-roof, double-decker buses for 21 euros – lasting for 24 hours, and there are no less than 35 stops dotted around Palma.
As well as the bus however, a stroll through the centre of Palma is essential. Take a walk along Calle San Miguel and across Plaza Mayor. There you will find a number of different street musicians, mime artists, hawkers, and jugglers as well as many great shops. If your children are in the mood for romping in a playground while you feel like relaxing on a park bench, make your way to either the Parc de la Mar below the cathedral, the Plaza de los Patines near Calle Olmos, or the playground at Plaza Feixina just around the corner from the Es Baluard Museum. There is a cafeteria right next to the latter – a combination you do not find very often.
If you’re up for a little culinary adventure, then Centro Commercial S’Escorxador is the place for you. Just outside the city centre on the road to Valldemossa – on the site of a former slaughterhouse – it’s a market hall with 15 small kiosks doing everything from sushi to steak, Asian to oysters. Portions are small and tapas size, so you can choose a little of anything you fancy and take it to eat at a table in the centre of the hall.
You probably won’t spend all day here, but it makes for a different place to dine, with a cool, inclusive ambience. Fifteen minutes’ walk away is Parc de sa Riera, a fantastic castle-themed adventure playground, ideal for letting younger kids let off some steam.
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3 stunning nature reserves
The bay of Alcúdia in the north of the island is famous for the wildlife sanctuary S’Albufera. This is the most important wetland in the Balearic islands, with fresh and salt water areas. Bring your binoculars and watch the many different species of birds. Well-kept paths allow you to explore the park on foot, so you might even be able to make out a reptile among the marsh plants. Being flat and criss-crossed with quiet lanes, Albufera is also a good place for riding your bike.
La Reserva de Galatzó is a large wildlife refuge situated near Puigpunyent, which is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 h in the summer and weekends only from 10:00 to 18:00 h in the winter. The flora consists of a great variety of different species, as the spacious grounds rise from 200 metres to a height of 1000 metres.
On your walk through the park you can watch ostriches, peacocks, ducks, geese, and predators, and you will see deer, wild donkeys, goats, and even a brown bear. There is a small petting zoo for children, and in the summer you must not miss a refreshing shower under one of the many waterfalls. You may also want to take some food along, as there’s a nice barbecue site in the middle of the park.
Located on the south east coast close to the town of Santanyí, Mondrago nature reserve offers three different signposted walks, each taking from between 25 to 45 minutes. Marine deposits in the area have given rise to many interesting types of vegetation – and if you look carefully, you’re sure to spot a tortoise or two.
2 memorable boat trips
Excursion boats to the archipalego of Cabrera leave daily in summer (except in stormy weather) from the port of Colonia Sant Jordi, and less frequently in winter (call +34 971 649 034 to check and make a reservation). In 1991 Cabrera and the group of 16 little islands were declared a national park, with strict rules to preserve the unspoilt ecosystem. After visiting the lovely bays and ruins of the old fortress, you can also enjoy a stopover at the Blue Grotto on the way back.
The charter boats to Sa Dragonera (the ‘Dragon Isle’) commute from Port d’Andratx and Sant Elm, taking visitors across in about 20 minutes (for booking, call +34 639 617 545). On arrival you should find out what time the boats leave for the return journey. You must bring your own food and drinks and take all your rubbish away with you to keep this nature reserve clean.
Upon arrival at Pirate’s Bay – the name a reminder of the turbulent past of the island – you can visit a permanent exhibition about Dragonera. Outside you’ll soon come across the not-so-shy, endemic lizards: a species that only live here on this island. You will soon make the acquaintance of the impertinent seagulls as well.
1 trip in a glass-bottom boat
Starfish operate glass-bottom boat trips from several departure points along the east coast. Its catamaran boats fitted with submarine vision offer a window into Mallorca’s rich marine life, and many trips incorporate a stop to allow for swimming and shooting down the boat’s water slides into the sea. See starfishboat.com for more info.
1 impressive castle
A trip to Castillo Bellver, Spain’s only round-shaped castle, is always worthwhile. From the Gothic fortress you have splendid views over Palma and the bay as well as the Tramuntana mountain range. Below the Castillo pine trees provide natural shade for a lovely picnic, and there’s a playground nearby too.
For Palma’s most spectacular views, visit the landmark Bellver Castle to the west of the city. Spain’s only round castle represents Catalan Gothic architecture at its finest and is steeped in seven centuries of history. […] Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca
3 please-all museums
If you are even vaguely interested in art, head for the Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art in Santa Catalina. Collections by the likes of Miro, Picasso, Cézanne, Barceló and the likes are impressive, but the majesty of the building, a 16th century fort with fab views of the bay from its terraces, is a draw in itself.
Not a museum exactly – yaaay, say the kids! – but rather, an interactive centre for sports enthusiasts, Sport Xperience by Rafa Nadal uses advanced simulation technology to give visitors a sense of the thrill of high-performance sport. There’s also a special projection room showing sports footage, and you can get up close and personal with memorabilia from famous sportspeople – plus Nadal’s own extensive trophy cabinet. Sport Xperience is situated in Manacor, the home of the tennis star.
Up in the north of the island, in the gorgeous setting of coastal Alcúdia, Museu Sa Bassa Blanca is a museum beautifully integrated with nature. It contains contemporary galleries and exhibition halls, plus a sculpture garden. There’s also a Medieval walled area containing more than one hundred varieties of Old and English roses, and a curious observatory installation, offering a superb vantage point across the entire bay. As access to the observatory is limited, only adults experienced in hiking are permitted – and prior reservation must be made.
We recommend combining a trip to the museum with lunch at the wonderful Sin Embargo cafe-restaurant a short five-kilometre drive away in Alcúdia’s Mal Pas.
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1 novel train journey
At Plaza España in Palma you can take the old wooden train to the town of Sóller, which leaves five times a day, all year round. While the brass and mahogany carriages clatter along the track, you can admire the breathtaking Mallorcan scenery en route. After visiting Sóller, we recommend you take the only working tram on the island to Puerto de Sóller, where you can go for a swim and have lunch. Take the tram and train again for a pleasant journey back to Palma.
Trains leave six times a day from Palma in summer (four times in winter) and five times daily from Sóller – again, reduced to four times in winter. See trendesoller.com.
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3 fun water parks
What child doesn’t love a waterpark? In Mallorca you can take your pick from three. Aqualand in El Arenal is the largest and has adrenaline rides, special areas for small children, and plenty of fun in-between slides. Take junction 13 off the Palma to Arenal motorway.
Where else would fantasy cowboy and Indian themed Western Water Park be, but Magaluf? In addition to the slides and rides, there are waterfalls, fountains, Jacuzzis and a lazy river.
Hidropark, in northern Alcúdia, isn’t as big as the others but still provides plenty to keep everyone happy for hours. It’s worth noting that the food and refreshment options in all of the parks – like anywhere else – do not represent the best value. Take snacks, a picnic and drinks to avoid spending far more than you intended.
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1 popular sea-life attraction
Marineland in Costa d’en Blanes (Portals Nous) wins rave reviews for its performing dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows. Though quite small, the park also has aquariums, an aviary and a tropical house with snakes and reptiles. Booking tickets online in advance usually works out a bit cheaper (see marineland.es).
There’s also the opportunity to swim with dolphins – at an added (not cheap) cost. The many nice bars, cafes and restaurants of Portals Nous are just a short stroll away, as is a tranquil beach.
1 enormous aquarium (with the biggest shark tank in Europe)
There’s so much to see at Palma Aquarium (very close to the airport in Can Pastilla) that you’ll need a good few hours to cover it all. Visitors go on an adventure through the Mediterranean and tropical seas, to the accompaniment of classical music which heightens the mysterious beauty of the marine life. The hype around The Big Blue – the deep, magnificent shark tank – overshadows the fact that the aquarium is also home to the biggest collection of live coral in Europe.
There’s also a brilliant outdoor kid’s play area complete with pirate ship, and a covered rainforest garden – perfect for cooling off on a hot day.
1 attractive outdoor mall
It’s always pleasant to stroll around the landscaped avenues of California-style shopping and leisure complex Festival Park Outlets. Conveniently situated just off junction 8 of the Palma to Inca motorway – with lots of parking – it has close to 50 shops. High fashion, bargain stores, chocolate, lingerie, home decor, cool skate wear – there’s something to appeal to everyone.
There are also plenty of restaurants and coffee shops, plus sweet and ice cream places. An indoor electric karting track provides plenty of thrills, and there’s a soft play centre for kids – Monkey Park – as well as a ‘chiquifestival’ area with lots of rides. The large multi-screen cinema shows films in Spanish only.
You can also reach Festival Park Outlets via train from Palma – get off at the Es Caulls-Festival Park stop.
For excellent shopping and entertainment, head to Festival Park Outlets – an attractive outdoor mall with choice brands and discount designer labels. […] Festival Park Outlets
2 authentic granjas
Go back in time with a trip to one of Mallorca’s open-to-the-public granjas, or farms. Eighteenth century estate Els Calderers is a finca museum situated in peaceful countryside near Sant Joan, in the island’s centre. You’ll find a variety of original tools and artefacts within the mansion, and indigenous species of animals in the farmyard, a favourite of children. An especially nice touch is the presentation of typical Mallorcan delicacies to taste as you look around. See elscalderers.com.
Gain a glimpse into how life once was for workers and the upper classes in Mallorca at La Granja de Esporles. Set in the precious location of Esporles, some 45 minutes’ drive from Palma in the Tramuntana mountains, it encompasses a quirky museum in an old country manor, and superb gardens. Watch live craft and dance demonstrations, taste tapas and sangria, and make friends with the farm’s animals. Visit lagranja.net.
3 cool markets
Wednesday has been market day in Sineu, without fail, for hundreds of years. In the 14th century,this central town was established as the capital of Mallorca by King Jaume II and, besides selling all manner of goods and produce, is the only livestock market on the island.
If you dislike seeing animals in cages, you might want to skip Sineu and take your pick from one of the many other excellent markets, such as Santa Maria’s, which takes place on a Sunday and is always a bustling, lively affair.
Something a little different is the flea market at Consell on Sunday mornings. Stalls selling everything from antiques and jewellery to clothes and toys line the large industrial estate of this town close to Palma.
A list of the daily markets taking place all over the island of Mallorca selling lots of interesting local produce and great souvenirs to take home. […] Markets in Mallorca
1 awe-inspiring hike
One of Mallorca’s best hiking routes is in the stunning town of Alaró, in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains. One of the twin peaks that loom out of the landscape is home to Castell d’Alaró, an ancient fort with a fascinating and turbulent history. It’s varied – nice easy parts punctuated by steep bits – and hugely rewarding; the panoramic views from the top stretching all the way to the Palma and the east coast. We recommend parking at Restaurant Es Verger and setting off from there, walking along a vehicle track of a couple of kilometres, leading to a donkey track which takes you to the summit.
Incidentally, Restaurant Es Verger is an excellent place to stop for lunch – British chef Rick Stein raved about it.
Note – the drive up to Es Verger, with many hairpin bends, is not for the faint hearted and requires a bit of skill and patience!
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2 great, easy cycle routes
For bike lovers, we recommend a tour on the cycle path from Illetas to Magaluf. Every 500 metres you find a playground with interesting equipment and seats for a nice break along the way.
Another ride suitable for cyclists of all abilities is the flat ride from Port de Pollensa to Alcúdia. Clearly delineated line separates the road from the cycle path, which runs right next to the turquoise waters of the bay. Hiring bikes is possible from a number of cycle shops in Port de Pollensa, including Pro Cycle Hire, to be found opposite Pollensa Park & Spa Hotel.
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1 restaurant with a playground
Most parents are familiar with the situation where they want to enjoy a long, leisurely meal and the children are shifting about impatiently on their chairs. A restaurant with a garden and a playground is a most welcome combination in this instance, such as Es Guix, in Escorca – a highly recommended restaurant in a magical setting between Pollensa and the mountain village of Lluc. Besides the child-pleasing play area, there’s a natural springwater pool inviting diners to take a dip. Lunch only; tel: +34 971 517 092.
And something completely different…
Ever ridden an ostrich? Would you like to try? For 40 euros, you can make the wish you never knew you had come true at ostrich farm Artestruz Mallorca. If you’re not up for taking a ride on Jumbo, there’s plenty more to do at this small piece of Africa in Campos, such as feeding the birds, touring the farm and visiting the ostrich babies. Visit artestruzmallorca.com for info.