The largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca boasts an alluring Mediterranean vibe that flows from its limestone bluffs and tranquil coves to its nouvelle cuisine and laid-back beach bars. The capital city, Palma, dishes up many of Mallorca’s cultural and historical attractions, while the surrounding region reveals charming townships and natural spoils.
Things to do
Begin your Mallorca holiday in Palma, where you can visit the famous Palma Cathedral, built in 1229. The stunning Gothic architecture is complemented by intricate stained-glass windows and landscaped grounds. The nearby Museu Diocesà showcases beautiful religious paintings, while the Fundación Bartolomé March houses antique books, sculptures and paintings.
You’ll no doubt find ample time for beach activities while in Mallorca, but if you prefer smaller crowds and snorkelling adventures, head to Alcanada Beach. Cala Barca Beach is also popular with scuba divers, thanks to its 25-metre drop and crystalline water. Cala Millor Beach, however, is a family hotspot, while Palma City Beach offers a stunning backdrop of mountains and European architecture.
Looking for a unique sightseeing experience? Head to the Caves of Drach, a series of four underground caves with paths leading to one of the world’s largest underground lakes. Swap nature with medieval architecture at the 14th-century Bellver Castle, which has a museum filled with historic artefacts.
Are you visiting Mallorca with your family? Take the kids to Palma Aquarium, where they can get up close to Mediterranean fish, turtles, Amazonian plants, tiger sharks and clownfish. You can also find outdoor fun at Hidropark, an expansive waterpark with high-speed water slides, a wave pool, water-based playground and 54-hole golf course.
Mallorca is reached by flying to Palma de Mallorca Airport or catching a ferry to Palma de Mallorca. You can traverse much of the island using public buses or the inland train, but it’s best to drive a hired car for flexibility.