Where better to spend a few days relaxing and recharging your batteries than visiting the beautiful island of Mallorca. We have prepared an escape guide for you to enjoy the very best of what the Mediterranean island has to offer. Enjoy!
Take the winding road down to the three small coves of Portals Vells which offer a paradise of calm clear sea. Surrounded by a shady pine wood forest, these beaches are the ideal place to spend the day relaxing and unwinding. For the more curious there are also caves on either sides to explore.
Facing the bay of Palma stand the cliffs of Cala Blava. There are many, (often steep), accesses down to the endless amount of coves and rocks, which are never too crowded, meaning private sunbathing really is private. The waters are part of the natural marine reserve which is a protected area, and exhibit an immense example of Mediterranean sea life. Tip: Don’t forget to take a snorkel to discover it for yourself.
Cala Varques, near Porto Cristo is one of Mallorca’s most captivating, white, sandy, virgin coves. The area is in fact set in the middle of private farm land and every so often sunbathers are surprised when friendly cows graze as far as the water’s edge. This shouldn’t put you off though as the area is spectacularly tranquil and offers the possibility to experience the true essence of nature.
Es Trenc – “The Classic Choice”
Probably Mallorca’s most famous beach, boasting three kilometres of endless dunes of white sands. Tranquil, shallow waters seduce sunbathers who lethargically soak up the rays on the shore. Despite the crowds during the peak summer months, peacefulness and serenity is the general feeling one receives after a day at this beach.
Equipped with amenities that make going to the beach a much more comfortable affair, especially for those with children, Cala Mondragó is the ideal place to spend a family day. The beach is the centre point of Cala Mondragó Natural Park, meaning visitors can enjoy nature at its purest of states and at the same time have toilets, restaurant, and picnic areas close by.
In the Countryside
Son Marroig – Deia
Treat yourself to a magical evening of classical music. Set in the mountains between Valldemossa and Deia are the grounds of Son Marroig, where every summer open air concerts are held. The views from here are unique and the marble temple offers an extraordinary stage from which to watch the sun set over the sea while enjoying the music. Tel. +34 649 913 832 – www.sonmarroig.com
La Reserva – Puigpunyent
A visit to La Reserva is the perfect way to spend the day if you want to escape from the -extreme summer heat. Choose from a number of activities such as rock-climbing, zip-lining from tree to tree, nature walks exploring wildlife (bears, peacocks, emus etc), or cool off under waterfalls. Two and a half million square metres of natural mountain beauty waiting to be discovered. Tel. +34 971 61 66 22 –
Cuevas del Drac – Porto Cristo
Retreat from the summer heat by immersing yourself in the underworld. Nearly two and a half kilometres of underwater caves and passage ways display some of the world’s most fascinating and spectacular rock formations. There is also one of the world’s largest underwater lakes where live, classical music is performed daily. Tel. +34 971 820 753 – www.cuevasdeldrach.com
Orient – “Naturally Mallorca”
One of Mallorca’s smallest villages, but only in size, Orient serves as a great starting point for excursions. The countryside here is vast and endless, as are the different trails one can choose from to find some of Mallorca’s most privileged areas. Small waterfalls cascade and trickle down the mountain slopes serving as the perfect refreshment to a day’s excursion.
Ses Cases de Fetget – Arta – Farmhouse Luxury
Hidden in the Natural Park of Levante is the 17th century Mallorcan farmhouse of Ses Cases de Fetget. Nestling in the mountain valley and surrounded by almond groves, this agroturismo really is one of a kind in terms of décor and quality services. The interiors all respect the historical architecture and combine with the geometric avant garde furniture. The ideal place to savour the organic, natural cuisine or pampering yourself at the in-house spa. Tel. +34 649 465 175 – www.sescasesdefetget.com
Maricel – C’as Catala – Heaven on Earth Luxury
Combine the latest minimalist décor with sophisticated luxury and you have a good description of what is on offer at this idyllic hotel overlooking the vast bay of Palma. In addition to the hotel and its stunning rooms and amenities, the spa lounge boasts of caves that lead directly to the sea, serving as treatment rooms for the spa. Slip into a deep state of relaxation at this elegant hot spot. Tel. +34 971 707 744 – www.hospes.es
Som 7 – Selva – Agrotourism Cluster
Choose from seven country hotels dotted around a valley in the centre of the island which is called ‘Som 7 Hotels’. All are set in the Tramuntana, with spectacular views that entice country walks or lazy pool side relaxing. A guaranteed antidote to any form of stressful living. www.som7hotels.com
Parc de Canet – Esporlas – One of a Kind Find
This new country hotel offers a much broader view to rural life. As well as the uniquely decorated self-contained apartments, facilities include: a farm and its animals and petting zoo, Belle Époque Museum, water park, artisan workshops, swimming pool and medieval playground. Definitely a different experience for a family get-away. Tel. +34 971 611 777 – www.parcdecanet.com
Es Racó Dés Teix – Lost in Country Bliss
Tel. +34 971 639 501 Take in the views whilst driving up the mountains of Deia to find this cosy little restaurant run by Chef Joseph Sauerschell and partner Leonor. The food is of the highest, modern, Mediterranean quality and the service is personal yet discreet. It’s no wonder they earned and have maintained a Michelin star since 2002.
Bens D´Avall – Soller – Mallorcan cuisine at its best
Tel. +34 971 632 381 – www.bensdavall.com Chef Benet Vicens creates delicate dishes that simply ooze Mediterranean flavours by taking traditional recipes, adding quality ingredients and innovative touches, such as Soller Prawn Carpaccio, with Basil Ice cream. Perched on the Soller mountains, the restaurant also offers spectular views.
Sa Balaixa – Pollensa – Family Escape
Tel. +34 971 530 659 – www.puertopollensa.com/balaixa A fabulous restaurant for an escape with the family, Sa Balaixa not only offers indulgent Mediterranean classics, it also has a private pool and children’s area where kids can roam freely whilst parents keep an over looking eye on them whilst appreciating a moment of relax. Child-friendly staff and great food make Sa Balaixa a favourite.
Best places to see amazing Sunsets
Faro de Soller
There are few sunsets on the island quite as spectacular as what is on show at Soller’s lighthouse. After a day’s excursion it is well worth waiting around for the sun to fall, watching as each ray slowly creeps away over the ocean’s horizon.
Set in the valley of deep mountain slopes of Tramuntana this sleepy little village of no more than 400 inhabitants, boasts one of the most breathtaking sunsets on the island. Lie back on the sandy shore and admire!
Artists flock to Deia for many reasons, one of the main ones being the extraordinary light which is amplified in the evening as the sun sets over the sea and mountains. These magnificent sunsets are sure to have inspired many works of art.