With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, rainy days are rare on Mallorca. Locals may welcome a cool spell, but it’s another matter when you’re on holiday. Don’t make it an excuse to stay in your hotel room. Take advantage of a grey day to visit top museums and galleries, savour delicious food at an indoor market, indulge in a spa day or enjoy some family-friendly leisure activities.
1. Discover the caves
Mallorca has several extraordinary caves with spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations. The most famous are the Coves del Drach with huge chambers and an underwater lake. The popular tour includes a concert of classical music at the heart of the cavern performed by musicians on an illuminated boat. For a quieter experience head to the Coves de Campanet or the fabulous Coves de Artà.
2. Visit an Art gallery
With artists continually finding inspiration in Mallorca, it’s no surprise there are some fantastic galleries. Fundació Museu Joan March in the centre of Palma has a permanent collection of seventy works by the most important Spanish artists of the twentieth century including Dalí and Picasso. If you’re in Soller head to traditional townhouse come gallery, C’an Prunera. Love Contemporary Art? The CCA in Andratx, one of the largest gallery spaces in Spain, offers plenty to see and space to stretch your legs during a downpour!
Ca’n Prunera in the centre of the town of Soller is the result of a childhood dream of publishing entrepreneur Pedro Serra. Visit the Art Nouveau museum. […] Ca’n Prunera Museum in Sóller
The largest and certainly one of the best contemporary art gallerys on Mallorca. A visit to CCA in Andratx is a ‘must’ for all cultural lovers visiting Mallorca. […] CCA Cultural Centre Andratx
3. Taste gourmet food
Outdoor markets aren’t much fun in the rain, instead foodies should head to the sheltered Mercat d’Olivar for cava and oysters or Mercat de Santa Catalina for stand-up tapas and vermut. San Juan Gastronomic Market, housed in the award-winning modernist building of S’Escorxador, is an attractive and spacious place to while away the hours and has a mouthwatering selections of food from Mallorca and around the world.
Not only does St. Catalina market offer everything from fresh fish to flowers, it’s a hotspot for weekend tapas. Read on for more info and opening times. […] Experience the food market at Santa Catalina
Opened in 2015, the gastro-market is a big success for Palma attracting a strong local audience as well as international residence and tourists. It is well worth a visit! […] San Juan Gastronomic Market Palma
4. Jump around with the kids
Avoid cabin fever by taking the kids to Palma Jump for some vigorous playtime. The huge indoor trampolining centre caters for bouncy adults too. Forget the clouds while you leap into action with friends, family or joining the dodge-ball league!
Whether it’s for fun or fitness, adults and children can jump to their heart’s content at this fantastic indoor facility. Read on for more information. […] Jump in at Palma Jump!
5. Have a laser battle
If you and yours prefer entertainment on more stable ground, then head over to Megazone Laser Game.You’ll forget about the weather as you’re forced to keep your wits about you to avoid getting shot in the huge indoor maze.
A fast-paced laser game is a great way of getting the pulse racing whether it’s for a party or team-building exercise. Find out what Megazone has to offer. […] Megazone laser games
6. Pamper yourself at a spa
Mallorca has a number of luxurious spas offering the best in hydropools, jacuzzis, saunas and eastern and western therapies. Inhale the delicious scent of natural oils as you unwind in an aromatherapy bath. Follow it up with a massage or beauty treatment. Son Brull in Pollensa only use natural products produced in Mallorca, such as olive oil and almond oil, which is one way to connect with the island without braving bad weather.
7. Visit historic buildings
Castles, monasteries, palaces and traditional country estates reveal Mallorca’s fascinating past. To see how the landowners once lived, explore the impressive ‘possessió’ of La Granja in Esporles or the enchanting manor house Els Calderers in Sant Joan. The Real Cartuja monastery in Valldemossa, where Chopin spent a winter, is also worth a visit and offers the visitor a glimpse into another age with its library, galleries and rooms of antique furnishings.
Located in the midst of stunning scenery, this historic house takes you back in time to experience a traditional Mallorca. Read on for visitor information. […] Sa Granja, a traditional farm
8. Learn something new
Take a cookery workshop with The Galley Club and learn how to prepare delicious tapas. Or if you’re not comfortable in the kitchen, step onto the dance floor and heat up a rainy day by learning some sensual Salsa moves. Alternatively, give your brain a work-out with a Spanish lesson and feel the rewards of accomplishing something new.
Move those hips and have a great fun night out with your partner in one of the salsa hot spots on Mallorca. Whether you are a beginner or advanced all are welcome! […] Dance Salsa in Palma
9. Go shopping
Escape the rain at Fan Mallorca, the island’s biggest shopping centre located 5km from Palma. Porto Pi is a smaller shopping mall but closer to the city centre. Mallorca Fashion Outlet also boasts the first electric indoor karting circuit in Spain, plus Chiquifestival – fun rides and activities for children – and Monkey Park, an indoor soft play centre perfect for rainy days. These three shopping hubs offer all the usual high street brands plus a cinema where you can enjoy another few hours in the dry.
For excellent shopping and entertainment, head to Mallorca Fashion Outlet – an attractive outdoor mall with choice brands and discount designer labels. […] Mallorca Fashion Outlet
Shop ‘til you drop at this stylish outdoor shopping mall in Palma with all of the stores, restaurantes and cafés you could imagine! […] FAN Mallorca Shopping Centre
10. Find the pearl
Discover Mallorca’s famous artificial pearls. The Majorica Factory shop and Museum located in Manacor, where Majorica was first founded in 1890, has a huge collection of designs. Visitors are treated to a short guided tour which shows the production process. Also in Manacor is the exhibition space of well-respected producer, Orquídea Pearls, which have over 15,000 models.
11. Go bowling
More sociable than the cinema, bowling is a relaxed way to spend some time with friends and family. With additional games of billiards and table football on site and a café, it’s an easy family-friendly way to spend an afternoon.
Let the good times roll with friends and family at Mallorca Bowling where there’s also pool and table football. Find out what’s on offer. […] Bowling
Thinking of something fun for all the family is not an easy task. But, Mallorca offers a wide rage of family friendly activities to keep everyone happy. […] 10 family-fun attractions on Mallorca
12. Go wine tasting
Not being able to roam through vineyards in the sunshine needn’t put you off tasting the exquisite wines of Mallorca. A guided tour of a bodega followed by sampling local wines and Mallorcan tapas will guarantee to put you in a sunny disposition.
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
13. Listen to live music
Mallorca caters for all tastes in music. If in Palma, the Auditorium offers a varied program with everything from flamenco to pop, while opera lovers should head to the Teatre Principal. Jazz Voyeur club in the old town is a more informal setting to enjoy live bands, as is Shamrock on the Paseo Maritimo, which puts their acts on from as late as midnight and can get very lively.
14. See a show
Why not head to one of Mallorca’s top dinner shows? The Pirate Adventure will wow you with exhilarating acrobatics and entertain with music and comedy. For a glamorous evening in a 16th century estate, head to world-famous Son Amar, which puts on exciting shows both suitable for families and adults only.
A great night out on Mallorca is to attend one of the long running, world class dinner shows – Pirates Adventure Show or Son Amar. Here you will find out more about them. […] Dinner Shows on Mallorca
Don’t let the rain make your time on the island any less memorable. Grab your umbrella and seize the day!