You need never be bored on Mallorca during winter, as there is still plenty to see and do – and with fewer crowds around. Here are abcMallorca’s top 20 activities to enjoy from December until March.
1. Attend a traditional local festival
There are many local festivals on the island in winter time. In January, Sant Antoni (16th & 17th island-wide) and Sant Sebastià (12th-21st in Palma) celebrations follow Christmas and The Three Kings’ festivities. Palma honours its patron saint with a varied programme including concerts and a night of fire. February offers the almond fair ‘Fira de S’Ametler’ in Son Servera. Carnival – ‘Sa Rua’ – is celebrated at the end February.
2. Follow the Wine Route
With more than 70 bodegas on Mallorca, there’s plenty of choice if you want to try some of the excellent local wines. A great way to spend a day is to follow the official Wine Route for the Binissalem DO. A downloadable guide includes more than a dozen wineries to visit and interesting information about the area’s wines, towns, and villages.
Wine and the Med go together like bees and honey. Find out all you need to know for enjoying the nectar of the Gods on Mallorca here. […] Wine Mallorca
3. Gourmet tour of Mallorca
Mallorca is a foodie’s paradise. With specialist delicatessens, fresh food markets and restaurants serving top-quality cuisine, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the flavours of the island. If you love cooking, follow in the footsteps of Maria Salinas and source the best ingredients direct from farmers with the Venda Directa scheme. Alternatively, tuck in to dishes prepared by the experts at one of the best restaurants or enjoy a culinary tour on the island.
4. Visit a museum
Become a culture vulture and discover some of Mallorca’s many interesting museums and galleries. A recent favourite is Inca’s smart contemporary museum of shoes and leather, where you’ll be amazed to see how much equipment is involved in making footwear. After a visit to the ‘Museu del Calçat i la Pell’, shopping at one of Inca’s leather outlets should be a must!
5. Pamper yourself in a spa
Resolve to indulge in some pampering beauty or wellbeing treatments to keep yourself feeling and looking well during the cooler months. Luxurious hotel spas open during winter include the Beauty Lounge Son Net, Ca Sa Galesa Wellness Spacio, Lindner Golf & Wellness Resort’s Bahari Beauty & Spa, Nixe Herbal Spa, Park Hyatt Mallorca, Steigenberger Golf & Spa Resort, Castillo Hotel Son Vida, and Arabella Sheraton Mallorca. In Palma, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular doesn’t have a spa, but does offer wellbeing and beauty treatments, using Anne Semonin products.
6. Go bargain-hunting at the market
Visit Consell on a Sunday morning for the popular weekly flea market in Mallorca, where about 300 stalls are set up from early morning. It’s a magnet for bargain-hunters as, among the huge number of second-hand goods, you can often find something you’ve always wanted, an interesting antique, or the perfect Mallorcan artefact for your home or garden. Arrive early for the best treasure!
7. Take a short break in an island hotel
A short break away on Mallorca (even if you live here) recharges the batteries and offers a change of scene. Several quality hotels around Mallorca stay open in winter and there’s plenty of choice in Palma – a great city break destination. See abcMallorca’s 101 Best Boutique & Finca Hotels and all about Mallorca’s restaurants for establishments open during winter.
8. Take tennis or golf lessons
Use the quieter winter months to schedule in some professional golf lessons or tennis lessons to improve your play. Most golf courses on Mallorca have pro instructors and practice facilities, and some courses offer reduced winter green fees. If tennis is your game, head to the Guillermo Vilas Tennis Academy in Palmanova or Tennis Mallorca in Magaluf to polish up your game.
The warm sun on your face and arms as you line up for a swing to the glittering backdrop of the Med and mountains… This is golf, Mallorca style. […] Golf Mallorca
9. Go walking in the Tramuntana mountains
Winter is an ideal time to walk or hike on Mallorca, and several local clubs – including Mallorca Hiking Club – exist for those who enjoy guided walks. Stride out on Mallorca’s only official eco-path, the Via Verde, between Manacor and Artà, or take up Nordic Walking – an increasingly popular sport on the island. In fine clear weather, follow the Dry Stone Route (GR221) in the Tramuntana mountains. For more info visit www.infomallorca.net or www.mallorcahiking.com.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Serra de Tramuntana is the backbone of Mallorca. Find out what this spectacular mountain range has to offer. […] Discover the Serra de Tramuntana
The Dry Stone Route is the most well-known and best maintained hiking trail in the Tramuntana mountains – we take you on the four most scenic routes. […] The Dry Stone Route (Ruta de Pedra en Sec)
10. Visit Palma Aquarium
Open every day year-round, Palma Aquarium is a place where you can forget about the weather and enjoy discovering the fascinating creatures that populate our underwater world. Observe the sharks in Europe’s deepest shark tank, The Big Blue. An important conservation centre as well as tourist attraction, Palma Aquarium hosts occasional events during winter. Ask about short-term discount offers for residents/winter visits.
There’s so much to know when visiting or relocating to Mallorca as a family; healthcare info, buying kit and staying active. View our essential guide here. […] The family guide to Mallorca
11. Explore rugged terrain by jeep
Hire a jeep with friends and cruise around Puig Mayor, take the twisty road down to Sa Calobra or climb up to Randa for amazing views of literally the whole island. An ideal way for experienced drivers to tackle the island’s many bumpy minor roads, and even better fun in winter with less traffic around.
If you’re eager to explore the rugged Mallorcan landscape, best to leave the rental car at home and experience a Jeep tour. Find out how to book. […] Off roading Jeep Tours
12. Dance the salsa
Discover Mallorca’s exciting salsa scene for authentic Cuban grooves and moves. Across the island many general dance schools offer salsa lessons and, in Palma, 1,2,3 y a Bailar! specializes in this hot Latin party dance. Once you’ve perfected your steps and hip movements you can show them off late into the night at one of the island’s popular salsa clubs.
13. Go skating or rollerblading
Palma’s seafront promenade is perfect for rollerblading. It’s a great way to enjoy the views and fresh sea air, and tone your body. In winter, with fewer people around, it’s easier for wobbly beginners. Or don some gloves and skate on ice at Palma’s seasonal ‘pista de hielo’ (until late January) in Parc de Ses Estacions.
The former fishing village Portixol is a very popular suburb of Palma. Trendy bars & restaurants make this an amazing area to live or visit. […] Portixol
14. Drink hot chocolate in a 300 year old cafe
This deliciously thick and comforting drink is a Spanish winter classic and often taken with ‘churros’. Here, we recommend trying it with one of the island’s sweet specialities, in a setting steeped in tradition. Choose a ‘cuarto’ at Palma’s 18th-century Ca’n Joan de S’Aigo and, in Valldemossa, the emblematic ‘coca de patata’ is a must-try at Ca’n Molinas, opened in 1920.
15. Visit La Seu at Christmas
Palma de Mallorca’s magnificent Cathedral La Seu is particularly magical at Christmas. Experience a unique Mallorcan tradition by attending Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. The service includes the prophetic chant ‘La Sibil.la’ – sung by a child or young person and interspersed by dramatic music played on La Seu’s impressive organ. Even if you don’t understand the language, it’s a moving experience.
Palma de Mallorca is best known for La Seu – the magnificent cathedral – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Find out about the history of La Seu here. […] La Seu: the Cathedral of Palma
Everything to love about Christmas is right here – except snow! After the present shopping, indulge in some fine dining & delight in Christmas traditions. […] The Mallorca Christmas Guide 2018
16. Wander the old town of Palma without tourists
Discover historical buildings, small boutiques, and interesting cafes and bars, as you wander the peaceful atmospheric streets of Palma’s Old Town. Arm yourself with a tourist-office map and just wander; join a guided tour group, or hire the services of a professional local tour guide who’ll reveal fascinating facts and stories that the guide books don’t tell you.
The capital of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands, Palma is the pearl of the Mediterranean. Discover why it’s been named the world’s best city to live in. […] Palma de Mallorca
17. Walk to Alaró castle, followed by a roast lamb lunch
The ruins of the mountain-top Castell d’Alaró in the centre region of the island date back to the 15th century and, on a clear winter’s day, offer breathtaking views across Mallorca. Walk up from either Alaró or Orient or, for a shorter excursion, park near Es Verger. After walking down, treat yourself to the succulent roast lamb at this famous rustic Mallorcan restaurant.
18 . Stroll on a sandy beach
Many of Mallorca’s 262 beaches are deserted in winter, and a dose of sea air and a winter picnic make a favourite off-season activity. Bring out your inner Robinson Crusoe and stroll the sands of Es Trenc, or from Son Serra de Marina to Can Picafort, around the Bay of Alcúdia, visiting the public Finca Son Real on the way.
19. Learn Spanish in Palma
With shorter days and more time spent indoors, winter is an ideal time for learning or improving Spanish-speaking skills. Taking a course can be a good discipline for learning. International House Palma is part of a global language-training organisation, with a varied programme of courses ranging from beginners to advanced, and from one-to-one teaching to learning in a small group. The language school Glossolalia is based in a state of the art facility in Palma where adults can learn languages using super learning methods in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
20. Shop and dine at a food market
Make an early start to visit Palma’s vibrant indoor food markets, Mercat de l’Olivar or the smaller Santa Catalina, to browse the colourful stalls offering a wide variety of carefully displayed produce. Both markets have food stands where you can feast on anything from traditional Spanish tapas to oysters or sushi, enjoying the sights, sounds, and bustling ambience around you.
San Juan Gastronomic Market at Palma’s S’Escorxador is a different type of market, offering around 18 stalls selling a variety of cooked food – including sushi, tapas, seafood, and egg dishes – to eat at the central tables or on the terrace (on a fine day).
Full of character, delightful shops and amazing eats, the Santa Catalina area of Palma deserves a special look. Here, we tell you all you need to know! […] Discover Santa Catalina!
Open every day, all year, the new San Juan Gastronomic Market at S’Escorxador in Palma de Mallorca is a must-visit for a variety of foodie experiences. […] San Juan Gastronomic Market Palma