Mallorca is the largest and most visited island of the Balearic Sea. Holidays in Mallorca combine great beaches, exciting sightseeing and nightlife. Read here useful information about what to see in Mallorca, what to do, beaches, food, accommodation and ferry schedules. Book ferry tickets to Mallorca online on Ferryhopper.
The impressive Gothic Cathedral of Palma, La Seu
Vacation in Mallorca
Mallorca (or Majorca) is the largest island in the Balearic archipelago; its name actually means "the greater”. It's located between the islands of Ibiza and Menorca. The capital of the island, Palma de Mallorca, is on the west coast of Mallorca and it has a population of more than 400,000.
Mallorca combines different types of vacation for all tastes and budgets. It is a perfect destination for cosmopolitan vacations as well as for seaside holidays. If you are wondering how many days to spend in Mallorca, we would recommend no less than 5 days in order to get a taste of the island's beauty and spirit.
The island of Mallorca has a great climate all year round with an average annual temperature of around 17°C. The best time to visit Mallorca is in May if you wish to spend some more relaxing days and enjoy mild weather. If you wish to party and spend some hot days on the beaches of Mallorca, then the best time to visit is July or August, at the peak of the high season.
How to get to Mallorca
You can get to Mallorca by ferry from mainland Spain or by plane from Spain and many European destinations. There are ferries to Mallorca from Valencia, Dénia and Barcelona. There are also frequent connections of Mallorca with the neighboring islands of Menorca and Ibiza.
The Palma de Mallorca International Airport (Son Sant Joan) is located 8km east of the capital and is one of the busiest airports in Spain.
For more information on Mallorca ferries, check the relevant section below.
What to do in Mallorca
Mallorca is known as a resort destination and it's indeed perfect for beach tourism. The island has rich culture and history, as well as impressive natural landscapes, so the options are endless.
We recommend that you spend a few days in Palma de Mallorca and enjoy the city's vibrant lifestyle, beautiful neighborhoods and great food. The island's capital has an impressive historic quarter and the city is a hub of cultural events. In Mallorca, you can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and water sports.
Tip: we recommend transferring your car by ferry or renting one there in order to explore Mallorca's nature, remote beaches and villages.
The lighthouse at Cape Formentor in the northeast tip of Mallorca
Beaches in Mallorca
Mallorca has a long coastline with many beautiful beaches, coves and bays. Many of the beaches in Mallorca have umbrellas and sunbeds as well as the famous chiringuitos (beach bars, restaurants or canteens typical of the Balearic Islands). There are also secluded beaches for a quieter time where you usually need to bring an umbrella for shade and some supplies.
Here is a list of some of Mallorca’s best beaches:
- Cala Mesquida: Large beach with white sand on the east coast. Half of the beach is equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas and you can find many bars, restaurants, cafes, and hotels nearby.
- Cala Mondragó: Wide sandy beach surrounded by a natural reserve. It's easily accessible (6 min walk from the car parking) and it has a chiringuito, sunbeds, and umbrellas. It is popular so it can get busy on weekends.
- Playa S´Amarador: Located next to the beach of Cala Mondragó, it is a sandy, spacious, beach, accessible via a short path from Cala Mondrago (400m). The beach has white sand and crystal-clear shallow waters, which are great for kids. There are also umbrellas and sunbeds, as well as a lifeguard during the summer.
- Playa de Es Trenc: Known as Mallorca’s most untouched beach, it's on the south coast between Colònia de Sant Jordi and Sa Ràpita. The beach has thin white sand and its impressive blue waters are quite shallow, making it a family-friendly option. There are no visitor facilities, so make sure that you bring water and snacks.
- Cala Pi: A quiet natural harbor on the south, with a small sandy beach, hidden between cliffs. The waters are crystal-clear and the access to the beach is via steps (about 150). During high season it can get busy so get there early to save a spot.
- Cabo de Formentor: The Formentor peninsula is located on the northeastern tip of Mallorca and it’s a place of wild beauty. The narrow sandy beach is located under the legendary Formentor hotel. The beach has clear refreshing waters and it is surrounded by pine trees and oaks.
- Cala Varques: Located in a coastal area full of pine trees on the east side, it is a sandy beach with blue waters, close to Manacor. The beach is nudist-friendly, and a hippie favorite. There are no facilities, so make sure that you bring with you water, shade, and snacks.
The beach of Cala Pi, a beautiful natural harbor on the south coast of Mallorca
Sightseeing in Mallorca
The island of Mallorca has been inhabited since the prehistoric times. There are numerous historical and cultural sights in Mallorca and we suggest that you add them to your list.
Check out what to see in Palma de Mallorca as well as across the island:
- The Cathedral - Basilica de Santa Maria de Mallorca (or La Seu), the absolute landmark of the old city of Palma and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
- The old town of Alcudia, with its medieval streets and baroque chapels.
- The gothic-style Bellver Castle, built in the 14th century. Located a few km west of the city of Palma, it’s one of the few castles in Europe with a circular shape.
- The Cuevas de Artà, an extensive network of caves with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations. Access to the caves and stalactites chambers is via a 400m path and there are guided tours.
- The Cuevas del Drach, four large and deep interconnected caves, with rock formations and a lake (Lake Martel). Guided tours available, while music concerts often take place inside the caves.
- The medieval village of Pollença in the north of the island, with narrow streets, beautiful decorative elements, and the iconic chapel of ‘El Calvari’ on the top of the hill (access via a stairway of 365 steps).
- The picturesque village of Valldemossa, located in an impressive valley in between the Tramuntana mountains.
- The natural reserve of S'Albufera de Mallorca, an ideal location for hiking and bird watching.
- The cape and lighthouse of Formentor, a peninsula at the easternmost end of the island with a breathtaking landscape and views to the Mediterranean.
- The Aquarium of Palma, with the deepest shark tank in Europe and an impressive collection of live corals.
- Es Baluard, Palma’s contemporary art museum, is an amazing space with an extensive permanent collection and interesting temporary exhibitions. Make sure you visit its terrace!
- The Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Palma, a beautiful museum dedicated to the work of the artist Joan Miró who had a special personal connection with the island.
Detail from the medieval castle of Bellver, one of the few circular castles in Europe
Activities in Mallorca
Mallorca is a holiday destination that combines many different activities for all ages and tastes. The warm Mediterranean weather (from May to September), as well as the stunning nature of the island make it ideal for outdoor activities.
During your stay in Mallorca, we recommend that you try:
- Hiking at the Dry Stone Route (Ruta de la Pedra en Sec) in the Tramuntana mountains.
- Cycling and mountain biking at the routes around the Sóller village.
- "Coasteering" - excursions along the Mallorcan shores.
- Sailing or catamaran cruising along the island coast.
- Horse-back riding at the north of the island.
- Scuba diving in the deep blue sea.
View of the Pollença Bay from La Victoria hiking path (close to Alcudia)
Nightlife in Mallorca
The capital of Palma de Mallorca is the center of the island’s nightlife with many bars, restaurants, and clubs, as well as dance and music festivals taking place throughout the year. The Old Town of Palma and the neighborhoods of La Llonja and Santa Catalina have the liveliest nightlife, while during the summer months the beach resorts in Magaluf, S’ Arenal, and Alcudia host some great parties.
Food in Mallorca
The Balearic Islands are well-known for their food culture and Mallorca has some delicious traditional dishes and flavors that you have to try in one of its restaurants.
Some local products and delicacies to try in Mallorca:
- the ensaimada pastry, with or without cream
- Mallorcan soups (with seasonal vegetables)
- the sobrasada sausage
- almond milk or ice cream
- the traditional liquor, El Palo
Villages in Mallorca
Mallorca has many beautiful villages and small towns, on the coast as well as inland. Some of the most impressive villages to visit on the island of Mallorca are:
The village of Sineu in the mainland of Mallorca
Tips for Mallorca
Here are some Mallorca travel tips for your stay on the beautiful island:
- If you feel like exploring the island on foot, we would recommend hiking to some of the most beautiful beaches on the island instead of driving or taking the bus.
- Another option is to organize a boat cruise from Palma de Mallorca to the west coast of the island and its magnificent beaches.
- If you are looking for a destination for Easter break, you should definitely consider Mallorca. The Easter week on the island is full of rituals and processions, as well as traditional recipes such as panades, coques and robiols.
- In the local markets, you can taste original Mallorquin food and buy local products. The best local markets in Palma are Mercat de Santa Catalina and Mercat da Olivar in Palma, while it’s always good to search for similar markets in small villages and rural areas.
Useful information for Mallorca
Mallorca is a large island and in its main cities-ports, Palma de Mallorca and Alcudia, you can find everything you need for a comfortable stay in the island. There are supermarkets, shops, ATM machines, gas stations, hospitals and medical centers, car rental services and tourist information offices.
Many tourists choose to visit Mallorca with a holiday package as the island has some great resorts and villas that offer special prices. If you prefer to organize your holidays by yourself, there are many different accommodation types depending on your style and budget. One of the best places to stay in Mallorca is the capital, as it is close to many beaches and areas of interest and it's well connected by public transport to the rest of the island.
If you are looking for a family-friendly area, we would recommend finding accommodation at the bay of Alcudia. If you are traveling with your partner, a great place to stay is the area of Cala d'Or with its sublime beaches or the town of Portocolom.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Mallorca
Some useful numbers for your stay in Mallorca:
- Central Tourism Office: +34971724090
- Palma de Mallorca Hospital (Son Espases): +34871205000
- Manacor Public Hospital: +34971847000
- Local Police: 092
- Red Cross, Ambulance: +34971202222
- Bus Services in Mallorca: +34971177777
- Mallorca airport information: +34971789000
- Radio Taxi Mallorca: +34971201212
- Port Authority Palma de Mallorca: +34971228150
- Port Authority Alcudia: +34971545076
Colorful patio in a traditional Mallorcan house
Transportation in Mallorca
Mallorca has a good transport network, primarily with buses (TIB) and a railway service. You can also rent a car or a scooter, or get around by taxi.
Moving around Palma de Mallorca on foot or bike is a good option to enjoy the sights, while there is also an extended bus network (EMT) that takes you to most places in the city as well as a metro with two lines.
Ports in Mallorca
Mallorca has 2 ferry ports: Palma de Mallorca on the west coast and Alcudia on the east coast. Mallorca ferries usually depart from the port of Palma to get to mainland Spain (ports of Dénia and Valencia). Ferries from Mallorca to Barcelona usually depart from the port of Alcudia.
The ports of Mallorca also serve ferry routes to the rest of the Balearic islands.
Island hopping from Mallorca
Here are some more Mallorca travel info and your island-hopping in the Balearics:
- The ferry Mallorca - Menorca usually departs from the port of Alcúdia and travels to the port of Ciutadella. The 2 ports are located opposite to each other and there are at least 1-2 daily ferries on this route. The duration of the Alcúdia - Ciutadella ferry trip is approximately 1.5 hr. o
- The ferries from Mallorca to Ibiza daily connect the port of Palma to both the town of Ibiza as well as the port of San Antonio on the west coast of the island. The duration of the ferry trip Mallorca-Ibiza ranges between 2 hr and 4 hr.
- There is a direct ferry that departs from Palma de Mallorca to Formentera approximately 7 times a week and the ferry trip lasts around 3.5 hr.
On Ferryhopper's Map of ferries, you can find all the available Mallorca ferry routes and all the connections in the Balearic Islands to plan your trip in the easiest way!
Quiet morning at the beach of Alcudia
Mallorca ferry: schedules and tickets
In this section, we have collected some useful information about the ferries to/from Mallorca. For more detailed information about how to get to Mallorca this summer check our relevant blog post.
Are there ferries to Mallorca?
Yes, there are regular ferry connections from the east coast of Spain to Mallorca and the Balearic Islands. Getting a ferry to Mallorca from mainland Spain is actually a great idea as you can transfer your vehicle to the island. In the summer months, there is also a direct ferry to Mallorca from the south of France (port of Toulon).
How long is the ferry to Mallorca?
The duration of the ferry trip to Mallorca depends on the port of departure. Indicatively:
- The ferry trip from Barcelona to Alcudia lasts approximately 6 hours.
- The ferry crossing from Dénia to Palma de Mallorca lasts around 6 hours.
- The ferry from Valencia to Palma de Mallorca takes approximately 8 hours to reach the island.
- The duration of the Toulon-Alcudia ferry trip is approximately 10.5 hours.
Can you get a ferry from the UK to Mallorca (or Majorca)?
At the moment there is no direct ferry from the UK to Mallorca and the Balearic Islands. The direct ferries from the UK to Spain travel mainly to the ports of the Basque Country. The best way to get from the UK to Mallorca is either via a direct flight to the airport of Palma de Mallorca or via a direct flight to Barcelona or Valencia and then a ferry to Mallorca.
Panoramic view of the port and city of Palma de Mallorca
Where to book ferry tickets online to Mallorca
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