The high season from May until the end of September is the perfect time to enjoying the very best that the Mediterranean island of Mallorca has to offer. We at abcMallorca have compiled a comprehensive insider’s guide of Mallorca featuring the best activities and highlights for an amazing holiday on this beautiful island.
Mallorca: an island of contrasts
Mallorca’s unique selling point must surely be its diversity. From luxury hotels to mountain refuges, local markets to upmarket fashion stores, and from tourist resorts to peaceful mountain footpaths, it truly is an island of contrasts.
Mallorca experiences the changes in seasons – Winter is sunny but cold, the temperatures start to rise again slowly in Spring, by Summer time it can be very hot and humid while one of the nicest times is Autumn when the tourist masses are gone, the temperatures cool down but it is still warm enough to enjoy outdoors.
The weather on Mallorca is a major attraction for the millions of tourist that visit the island annually. With more than 300 days of sunshine, the clear, blue skies year round gives a very positive feeling even in winter time.
Mallorca’s Best Beaches
Here’s abcMallorca’s pick of some of Mallorca’s best beaches and coves.
Portals Vells (southwest)
The three small coves of Portals Vells offer a paradise of calm, clear sea. With a backdrop of shady pinewoods, these beaches are perfect for a day of relaxation. There are also caves to explore on either side.
Cala Blava (south)
Facing the Bay of Palma stand the cliffs of Cala Blava. There are several (often steep) access routes down to the many coves and rocks, which are never too crowded, meaning you can sunbathe in relative privacy. The waters are part of the protected natural marine reserve. Take your snorkel and flippers for a fish’s eye view of the typically Mediterranean underwater habitat.
Cala Varques (east)
Cala Varques, south of Porto Cristo, is one of Mallorca’s most captivating virgin coves. There’s no signpost: it’s an insider secret. Access is via a rough track, where you park, before walking over private land down to the white sandy beach. This is nature in the raw, so expect a few nudists and the occasional cow (from the adjoining farmland) . . . and take your own sustenance.
Es Trenc (south)
Probably Mallorca’s most famous beach, boasting three kilometres of white sands and dunes. The tranquil shallow waters seduce even the most dedicated of sunbathers away from their spot on the sand. It can be crowded, but is always relaxing.
Cala Mondragó (southeast)
In the heart of Cala Mondragó Natural Park you can enjoy nature in its purest state by strolling along the park’s footpaths – or head straight for the glorious sands. Cala Mondragó itself has shop, toilet and restaurant facilities, but follow the excellent path around the headland and you’ll find Cala s’Amarador – larger, less crowded and with a wooded backdrop. A beach hut sells drinks and snacks.
Formentor Beach (northeast)
Travel by boat from Port de Pollença to Formentor, home of the famous hotel where Churchill, Agatha Christie, and many other notables have stayed. Or follow the road signs, passing spectacular scenery. The long narrow sandy beach is sheltered, fringed with trees and offers sumptuous bay views. There’s a beach bar near the boat dock.
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Best Beach Clubs on Mallorca
If you like good facilities when you’re by the sea, head for a beach club – there are now many great locations on the island.
In the past ten years, similar to destinations like Ibiza and Miami, the beach club scene in Mallorca is booming. With the arrival in Magaluf of the global leader in beach clubs Nikki Beach there is a high demand from jet-set tourists.
Other popular beach clubs in the southwest are Virtual Club, Balneario Illetas, Mood Beach & Restaurant and Bardot at Gran Meliá de Mar hotel.
The longest running beach club and probably still the coolest is PuroBeach Palma with its amazing location close to Palma and as an insider’s tip …. the sunsets are to die for!
Anima Beach is located in Palma close to Portixol with good restaurants. This beach club is also popular after dark.
Beach Club Gran Folies is in the beautiful south-west Cala Llamp bay, with direct sea access. It has comfortable sunbeds, terraces and a restaurant serving excellent paella.
In the direction of the south having passed the airport Mhares Sea Club is located high above the cliffs on the bay of Palma and offers a wonderful location with amazing sea views.
The exclusive and family-oriented beach club Dalt de Sa Rapita, with half-sized Olympic pool, paddle and tennis courts, playgrounds, green zones, restaurant with snack bar. Sports events regularly organised. Not on the beach, but has an excellent club atmosphere and is perfect for those who don’t like sand!
Last but certainly not least, Ponderosa Beach in the north of the island enjoys a fabulous setting on the never- ending stretch of golden sand that is Playa de Muro. Nominated Best Beach Club in Spain, this is the spot for amazing days and nights powered by some of the best DJs on the Balearic party circuit.
Best Hotels on Mallorca
Mallorca offers hotels for every budget and taste, from five-star glamour to rural rusticity. Here is the abcMallorca selection of the best five star luxury hotels on Mallorca.
If you are looking for a luxury hotel directly on the sea then the splendid Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa is considered one of the best that the island has to offer. Cap Rocat, a small exclusive hotel that was once a military base close to Palma is a good consideration, and probably the best located hotels with amazing sea views and a magnet for celebrities seeking privacy is the Hospes Maricel. With a beautiful white sandy beach directly in front of Nixe Palace Hotel and offering exceptional warm Spanish hospitality this is an abcMallorca favourite.
In the picturesque town of Deia, the Belmond La Residencia has welcomed celebrities and princesses – once owned by Virgin boss Richard Branson, you are still likely to bump into the likes of Bono or Andrew Lloyd Webber on a stay here.
Pearched in the mountains of Puigpunyent the Gran Hotel Son Net was transformed some years ago from a private country estate house into one of the most attractive, small hotels on Mallorca.
Just a few minutes drive from the airport and the city of Palma with its own private chapel and a well equipped spa Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca is not your typical Hilton!
If you are a fan of the north of the island and you are looking for a special place to stay then Son Brull Hotel & Spa is the best in the area.
A relatively new hotel with a massive investment the discreet Castell Son Claret close to Andratx is a sanctuary of peace and tranquility.
If you want to be close to the glamorous Puerto Portals then the St. Regis Mardavall Resort is your best option.
Here you will find a complete guide to the best luxury hotels on Mallorca.
Stay in a typical finca Hotel
Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of newly renovated and opened finca hotels on Mallorca. These are generally old country estate homes owned by very wealth Mallorcans (and in more recent years foreigners) who have now decided to open their homes to paying guests. Many finca hotels are in spectacular locations with amazing mountain and sea views. Here is abcMallorca’s selection of the best 101 finca hotels on Mallorca.
Mallorca’s Best Restaurants
There are so many great restaurants on Mallorca and with new ones opening constantly its not easy to keep up-to-date with the gourmet scene. The latest abcMallorca 101 Best Restaurants Guide will keep you well informed.
There are now six Michelin star restaurants on the island. Newly awarded Andreu Genestra (Capdepera) and Marc Fosh (Palma de Mallorca). Retaining their stars for 2016 are Es Fum, Es Racó d’es Teix, Jardín, and the two-starred Zaranda.
Noteworthy restaurants in the southwest of the island include Puerto Portals’ Italian Ritzi, and Lila overlooking Puerto Portal’s beach.
One of our favorites restaurants is Oliu between Andratx town and Port Andratx. Another favorite in Port Andratx is Trespais is the fusion of food from three countries – Austria, Italian and German. Further along the coast, in the beautiful village of Banyalbufar 1661 Cuina de Banyalbufar is an excellent option.
In the north of the island, we recommend Andreu Genestra close to Capdepera, Can Simoneta and Vintage 1934 in Canyamel, Gaudi in Hotel Sant Salvador in Arta, Ses Rotges in Cala Rajada and Restaurante Jardin is a culinary hotspot for gourmet diners in Port Alcúdia.
When visiting the northwest of Mallorca, there are waterfront restaurants: Cap Roig at the stunning Jumeirah Hotel, Randemar with incredible views over the port or Sa Barca. In the town of Soller Luna 36 is the best restaurant.
In Deia, a visit to the Belmond La Residencia is a must and the hotel’s restaurant El Olivo is excellent. Michelin star restaurant Es Raco des Teix, or the restaurant owned and run bb German chef Sebastian’s is always an excellent recommendation.
In the centre of Mallorca you will find the restaurant owned by local chef Joan Marc, the very popular and the famous Can Amer, both in Inca. Mallorcan chef Caterina Pieras has her restaurant DaiCa in the small village of Llubi. One of the best restaurants on the island is Santi Taura, if you can manage to get a reservation as there is a six month waiting list!
The southeast of the island also offers some tempting eateries for gourmet lovers: Roland in Port Cristo is probably the best in this region. A cool place and very romantic is Sa Sal also in Port Cristo. There is no shortage of excellent restaurants in Port Colom German owned and run Colon is well-known as is Sa Llotja and the restaurant mAxime in Vall d’Or golf club runs a very popular barbecue every Friday night in summer.
Es Pinaret is tucked away outside the village of Ses Salines, and although its a bit out of the way it is well worth the effort – a cosy, friendly German owned and well run family restaurant.
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Best Restaurants in Palma de Mallorca
The restaurant landscape in Palma is constantly evolving and in 2015 it seems to have exploded! Our mission is to present you with a wide selection of the best restaurants in the capital city.
We have reviewed personally all of the restaurants that we are recommending. We think this is the main reason that the abcMallorca restaurant selection is the most popular as we include our local, up-to-the-minute knowledge of the restaurant scene on Mallorca.
There are two main areas in Palma de Mallorca to find a wide selection of good restaurants – close to the centre La Lonja and the cool area of Santa Catalina.
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Great Restaurants by the Sea
There’s something about dining with a view over water that makes the experience even more special – and these are some favourites.
Agapanto, Port Sóller: surround yourself with the scent of flowers and herbs, combined with the salty air of the sea, and enjoy romantic views over the horseshoe-shaped bay.
Bens d’Avall, between Deià and Sóller, offers stunning views over Deià’s sparkling bay. Chef Benet Vicens offers a unique gourmet take on Mallorcan cuisine.
The Maricel Restaurant at the Maricel Hotel, Cas Català. Offering cuisine with an exclusive Mediterranean character – and a breakfast once voted the best in the world. Dining here you’ll enjoy a view similar to that the Spanish Royal family see from their Marivent palace.
Recommended sea front restaurants in the southwest, try Cala Conills, Club de Vela in Port Andratx and Las Terrazas in Hotel Bendinat.
Try typical Mallorcan food
Spanish tapas are a must when you visit Mallorca – with lots of good restaurants offer a wide selection of modern day, innovative tapas you are sure to enjoy the experience.
A popular local summer salad Trempó is a good remedy to cool off. It’s basically a mix of chopped tomatoes, green peppers and white onions, dressed with olive oil and salt.
The Mallorcan breakfast ensaïmada is a sweet pastry taken with coffee around 11.00.
Olive oil production on Mallorca is almost as popular as wine. One of the best is from Oli Solivellas. Mix it with an excellent flavoured local salt from either Llum de Sal or Flor de Sal for a delicious salad dressing.
The best wines of Mallorca
A large part of Mallorca’s terrain is covered with vineyards, providing grapes for the 70 or so wine bodegas on the island. If you are interested in sampling good wines from the island then we recommend doing the Wine Route of the most important wine growing regions of Mallorca.
We encourage you to try the locals wines – they have improved immensely over the past ten years and here is our selection of Mallorca’s top 10 wines.
Santa María-based bodega Macià Batle, one of Mallorca’s younger bodegas has a 150-year family heritage. They annually produce up to 650,000 litres of high-quality modern Mallorcan wines, have a thriving export market, and regularly win international awards.
Biniagual (DO Binissalem) – part of Grupo Tristán – is not just a bodega, but also the name of a delightful hamlet, with a long wine-making tradition. They employ international wine experts.
ÀN (Ànima Negra) is the producer of the acclaimed Son Negre and Jaume Mesquida of Porreres was the island’s first to introduce biodynamic viticulture.
For wines from other locations, Catavinos and Rullán Navarro in Palma offers more than 1,200 national and international wine references. Read more about wine from Mallorca.
Visit Palma de Mallorca
The Balearic capital is a destination in itself, whether for a day out or a long weekend Palma de Mallorca has so much to offer.
Presided over by the Gothic cathedral known as La Seu, other highlights include the Parc de Mar, Old Town with its tiny shaded streets, Castell de Bellver and Pueblo Espanol. It’s easy to spot historic Jewish and Arab influences.
Palma is a shopper’s paradise, with two branches of department store El Corte Inglés, and a warren of streets and lanes offering everything from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Cartier, Loewe, Mulberry, and Twin Set to individual stores such as the wonderful lifestyle store – Rialto Living, top designer boutique Kidama, and for the latest in beachwear – Exclusive.
Nightlife on Mallorca
Balmy temperatures make for some perfect long nights out and Mallorca’s nightlife is legendary.
Puerto Portals is the glamorous choice, with restaurants and bars close to the port’s gleaming boats. For a younger, uninhibited party scene, check out the action in Magaluf and Arenal. Palma’s Paseo Marítimo offers numerous renowned clubs (including Tito’s), restaurants, and bars.
Elsewhere in the capital, Calle Apuntadores in La Lonja Palma buzzes with activity; try Ribello for autentic Italian food or La Paloma for excellent Mediterranean food, followed by cocktails at Abaco and if you still have some energy you can visit Jazz Voyeur for live music.
The numerous eateries, bars and music venues of Santa Catalina’s narrow streets are also extremely popular.
Entertainment on Mallorca
For 25 years, this action-packed Pirates Adventure supper show, set in a purpose-built theatre in Magaluf, has thrilled audiences of all ages with its world-class gymnastic feats and fearless pirates. A Mallorca institution, everyone should see the show at least once!
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Whether it’s the perfect string of Mallorcan pearls or a glittering ring, you’ll find it on Mallorca.
Majorica and Orquídea are the top names in high-quality imitation pearls and their factory stores in Manacor and Montuiri offer a huge choice of designs. If you like something more modern in design see the Helen Cummins collection of Majorcan pearls at the abcMallorca SHOP at C/Can Veri 7, in Palma de Mallorca.
There are many great leather products made on Mallorca. From shoes, bags and garments are all the more luxurious when locally crafted.
How to choose from the superb selection of leather goods at Munper’s tempting two stores on the island? If you can’t find what you want, they’ll tailor-make it for you. In Inca a wide selection of outlets includes the brands Camper, Barratts, Lotusse and Farrutx.
What to do & see on Mallorca
There is so much to do and see on Mallorca for everyones taste regardless if you are looking for family excursions, places that are open in winter or if the weather is not good, or if you are more interested in cultural experiences – Mallorca has it all. Here is the abcMallorca selection of the 101 best activities on Mallorca.
Visit some of Mallorca’s Best Museums
For absorbing art exhibits and some respite from the summer heat, check out one of the island’s many fantastic museums. Here are just a few:
CCA Andratx is probably the best private gallery on the island offer world-class international exhibitions. In addition you can also enjoy one of their many events i.e. concerts, wine tasting evenings etc., (sign-up for their newsletter to find out more). You can also spend the day by their pool, have lunch as their restaurant and enjoy a truly relax atmosphere surrounded by beautiful art works.
Ca’n Prunera Museum of Modernism
An iconic building in the heart of Sóller housing a permanent exhibition of Modernist art, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Magritte and Miró.
Fray Junípero Serra Museum and Birthplace
Discover the link between the small town of Petra and places like San Francisco and San Diego, at this enchanting and well-kept private museum in a pretty back street in Petra.
Enjoy the Serra de Tramuntana
Take an excursion to Deià
A haunt of artists, writers and celebrities, the small coastal village of Deià is best visited early or late in the day, to avoid the daytrippers.
Try a coffee or a cocktail at Belmond La Residencia Hotel, for spectacular views. Stroll up to the peaceful village cemetery, to see the simple gravestone of writer and long-term Deià resident Robert Graves. His former home Can Alluny is now a museum.
Notable restaurants include Restaurant Sebastián, and El Olivo at La Residencia. On Deià’s small pebbly beach there are two simple waterside fish restaurants (Ca’s Patro March) where other diners could include Sir Bob Geldorf, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber or one of the other well-known part-time Deià residents. Enjoy at least one concert of this year’s Deià International Music Festival.
For suggested routes for other days out around Mallorca, see events in Mallorca to enjoy during your visit, and read our online magazine the 101 Best Activities on Mallorca.
Play Golf on Mallorca
In terms of number of golf courses relative to the region’s size, Mallorca is Europe’s number one. Whatever your handicap, a beautiful course awaits you somewhere on the island.
With a course rating of 75,7, Son Gual is one of the most demanding – and the longest – of the island’s courses. Tended by 30 green-keepers, it looks immaculate.
Put some zing in your swing with some professional lessons: Swiss instructor Michel Monnard teaches at Capdepera Golf and Son Gual; Marc Samaniego is the PGA Pro at Son Antem Golf, and teaches children as well as adults.
The Golf Academy at the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel (the new name for the Arabella Golf Hotel) has PGA-qualified instructors speaking several languages.
Relax on Mallorca
Mallorca is a haven for those seeking relaxation and wellbeing, with a wide variety of excellent spas as well as health and wellness centres.
Bodhana – meaning awakening – is a long-established centre for wellness, beauty, personal growth workshops, yoga & meditation. Western and Oriental techniques are combined to enhance the unity of body, mind and soul.
Arabella Spa at the St Regis Mardavall is Europe’s largest and was voted Best Spa in our survey last year. The Balearics’ first Thalasso Spa and Wellness Centre also offers the exclusive Anne Sémonin tailor-made products and therapies.
Do an adventure sport
There’s nothing like a bit of adventure to get your pulse racing and make you feel truly alive. Drifting peacefully above Mallorca is undoubtedly the best way of seeing the island, with its 550 km of coastline. Iles Balears Ballooning runs flights year-round – and the option of dinner and champagne on board.
Rock climbing, zip-lining from tree to tree, hiking through dramatic natural landscape and cooling off under sparkling waterfalls are some of the adventure activities on offer at La Reserva at Puigpunyent.
For a cool experience, try diving. Mallorca’s famous for its caves and many have hidden delights only accessible to divers. There are so many opportunities on Mallorca to enjoy all types of water-sports depending on your preferences. Mallorca’s welcome breezes provide power for some enjoyable outdoor sporting activities.
Kite-surfing gives you wings! Well, almost. Read our article about Son Serra de Marina, where you could catch the kite-surfing bug. If you like to keep your feet firmly planted on terra firma, how about kite-flying? It’s something all the family can enjoy in one of the island’s open spaces.
Yachting on Mallorca
Cool breezes at sea keep the summer heat at bay. Take to the water and see Mallorca from a new perspective.
Learn to sail where the Royal children had their instruction: the Escuela de Vela Calanova at Cala Nova, Cas Català’s small harbour. In the north, the sailing schools of Port de Pollenca have an excellent reputation.
Be captain for day and charter a boat. On Palma’s Paseo Marítimo there’s a large selection of charter, broker and day tour specialists, such as Yates Alemanes and Palma Maritime. Cruising the magnificent island coastline is the ultimate in luxury. Travelling under sail is peaceful and truly relaxing. Research the yachting ports in the Balearics.
Enjoy a siesta, a cool drink and a leisurely read through abcMallorca magazine…..
We hope you found this Ultimate Guide to the beautiful island of Mallorca useful and just to let you know that we do update this information on a regular basis. We feel passionate about how wonderful Mallorca is and we hope that by having this ‘insider’s guide to Mallorca’ you will truly have a fabulous time here.
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