Where is Mallorca?
Mallorca, or Majorca is a Spanish island on the Mediterranean Sea and it belongs to the Balearic Islands family (along with Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera). It’s really compact and has a lot to offer to its guests. Easy Spanish pace will charm anyone who comes down here for a visit –whether it’s a party holiday, family vacation or just a weekend getaway. Unlike Canary Island Tenerife, where summer is all year round, Mallorca has it’s own seasons.
Mallorca off season – Best time to visit
I’ve been to Mallorca three times and each time it is a new discovery. If you are looking to explore the island and enjoy the local atmosphere, try to avoid summer season when it is overcrowded with young party seekers. Mallorca off season is a true gem! April is a good month to travel there, especially during Easter time. The city of Palma arranges feat with parade and traditional activities. The old town is filled with spectators who came to have a glance at the parade. It’s truly magical and absolutely worth a visit!
Easter celebrations in Palma
Where to stay
Palma is a good option if you don’t mind a city pace. It is indeed a place where people live and work, it’s not a resort town. So if you are looking for an easy and slow beach holiday, consider staying at some of the nearby resorts. The one I particularly recommend is called S’Arenal – it’s a wonderful resort off season, just before it gets crowded. The beach line is stretched for 4 km and the promenade is perfect for slow evening strolls or morning jogs. The resort has a variety of restaurants, most of the visitors are from Germany and Holland (Brits prefer the other side of Palma).
Even hostels are acceptable quality and the price is great – you can get a room for as low as 40€ per night breakfast included. Make sure to monitor prices and book early.
S’Arenal beach line
The beach is sandy and clean, taken care of properly. The water is rather salty and could be cold is April. So for all beach lovers – September/October is probably a better time to visit the island, as the sea temperature might still be high enough to swim. If swimming is not your thing, consider taking a yacht trip. There are countless little agencies offering day trips with lunch. These trips are very relaxing, especially if the weather is nice.
Truing out delicious food is a must in Spain, no matter where you go. Spanish people love food and know how to value it. The dinner usually starts late when friends or families gather together. You will see locals having dinners with friends. Make sure to try traditional Spanish dishes, although they might be hard to find in the resorts (in S’Arenal there are mostly German restaurants). Taking a trip to Palma might be a good idea.
Here are some recommendations with the best places to eat Tapas.
Tapas Club – Carrer del Vicari Joaquim Fuster, 6707006 Palma
La Taberna de la Bóveda – Passeig de Sagrera, 307012 Palma
Bodega Bellver – Carrer de Can Serinyà, 207003 Palma
Ca’n Joan De S’aigo – Carrer Can Sanç, 1007001 Palma de Mallorca
Palma old town
Cuevas del Drach – Dragon caves
Located in Porto Christo, these caves are certainly worth a visit for everyone. Total length is 1200 meters, there is an underground lake at the bottom! They can be easily reached with local transport from Palma. The ticket includes a short movie followed by a bit of live music played from the boat on the lake. If you are lucky, you might even have a chance to sail the same boat. During summer season tours start every hour between 10am and 5pm.
Entry prices: 14,50€ /adult, 7,50€/child.
Train to Soller
If train journeys are of interest, Mallorca has one particularly interesting trip to offer – a trip to a town called Soller with an over 100 year old train. The length of the journey is 27km and the price is 15€ one way. During the trip you will be passing olive plantations, orange tree gardens as well as valleys and tunnels. There will be a photo stop on the edge of one valley – prepare your camera! Beware that Soller is not a located on the sea, so if you are looking to spend a day in a fishing village, take a tram to Port de Soller. This little town is located in a very picturesque environment and the restaurants are preparing delicious seafood.
Roundtrip ticket (including tram) will only cost you 30€.
Train to Soller
On the way to Soller
Mallorca offers great public transport: buses are connecting Palma with all nearby resorts and run every 30 minutes. Direct bus connection from the Airport to S’Arenal is available. If you feel you fit enough – don’t hesitate and get a bike. Riding from S’Arenal to Palma is a wonderful experience and takes approximately 1 hour. Renting a bike will cost 10€ per day. Scooters are also popular and easy to ride, however, the price is higher – approx. 40€ per day. You don’t need a license to ride 50cc scooter but make sure you know what you are doing.
Sea trip from S’Arenal
Another way to experience Mallorca is to go on a Hop On/Hop Off bus ride – it’s fun, easy and inexpensive. For the fee of 17€ you will have a chance to see the town and its surroundings and get out on the points you are interested in. One of the most interesting stops is Castell de Bellver – a castle built in 14th century that was formerly used as a military prison. The price is 4€ and it is open Mondays 8.30am to 1pm, Tue-Sat from 8.30am to 8pm. Guided tours are available at extra cost.