Mallorca has a lot to offer to tourists. But forget about the “musts” you see on guide books. Those are tourists traps. Make sure you visit the authentic Mallorca next time you visit us. These are some of the things we would love to do if we came to Mallorca for the first time.
The Beach: Caló des Moro
Mallorca is very well-known for its beaches. However, some of them tend to get too packed. You should go to Caló des Moro, which is a white sandy beach on the southern coast. It’s a tiny beach surrounded by cliffs. It is so small that, although it is not very famous, it can get busy during the high season. The local tip is to go around 6pm. The Sun is still high and tourists leave for dinner. You might even be able to have the beach to yourself!Our tours in Mallorca
The Drive: Caimari to Sóller
Mallorca has some astonishingly beautiful roads. It is not important where they take you, it’s worth it. The road to Formentor is impressive, but let’s try something few other tourists will do! Drive to Caimari, a village at the foot of Sierra de Tramuntana, they’re known for their high quality of olive oil. Follow the signs to Lluc. The road will climb among ancient olive trees planted on the terraced slopes of the mountains.
You will reach a petrol station at the highest point of the road. From here, forget the signs to Lluc and avoid turning right. Just follow the road. There will be impressive views of the sea. Just keep driving and the road will eventually take you to Port de Sóller after passing by our two lakes: Cúber and Gorg Blau.
The Hike: Esporles to Banyalbufar
Mallorca has a long trail that crosses the island from tip to tip following the Sierra de Tramuntana. All of it is great, but we can make things easier by using the public bus to go from the finishing point back to the starting point (if you have a car to pick up) or to Palma (if you came on bus). I would recommend a day hike from Esporles to Banyalbufar. Both villages are connected to Palma by the same bus (line 200).
When you reach Esporles, go to the church, and you will find a wooden sign with directions to Banyalbufar. Just follow it, you can’t get lost as it is very well marked. Once in Banyalbufar, you can take the bus back to Esporles or Palma. Those who enjoy a higher physical challenge can do the hike from Valldemossa to Deia. Again, the same bus connects them to Palma, which makes it easy to get a ride from Deià back to Valldemossa or Palma.
The Village: Porto Colom
Porto Colom is the place Mallorcans go for their holidays. It has a small harbor where llauts (Balearic traditional boat) are docked and there are very nice beaches nearby. Make sure you take a walk during a summer evening. It’s the best moment. Locals will have their chairs on the street and they’ll sit there to enjoy the fresh air that the sea breeze brings at sunset.
The Nightlife: Palma
Every partier has a good place in Palma. Those who want to know what fiesta really means, have to go to Passeig Marítim. Plenty of bars and clubs are there and nobody knows at what time they close. Tito’s is a great place to start. If you prefer something more relaxed and charming, head to Santa Catalina, which is next to the city center. Make sure you stop by Es Baluard on your way there. It is Mallorca’s modern art museum, but they often host evening events you can join and have a cocktail with a great view of the cathedral, the yacht club and the Mediterranean Sea.