Your Guide To The Best of Mallorca

Located in the Mediterranean, Mallorca (also known as Majorca) is the largest

of Spain’s Balearic Islands. The island is best known for its beach resorts, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. From the capital, Palma which has its famous cathedral, art galleries, cafes and nightlife to its sleepy mountain villages and coastal resorts full of tourists and gorgeous beaches, this island has it all...



Soller Town

Nestled in a lush valley of orange and lemon groves and surrounded by the Serra de Tramuntana. The main plaza oozes charm and has a great bustling holiday feeling. Rolling through the middle of the plaza is the vintage wooden tram which runs from Port Soller. This is a great experience and although a little touristy- totally worth doing (€7 return) Whilst in Soller town we would highly recommend trying the ‘Soller Split’ which is made with local fresh orange juice, ice cream, almonds and whipped cream, it is delicious, otherwise please try an orange juice!


Port Soller

Arrive into the port by boat and wander the streets before having a seafood lunch, freshly caught in the port. One of the most popular attractions is to journey on the vintage wooden tram to Soller Town, which then you can travel to Palma on the Tren De Soller which has been in operation since 1912


Valdemossa

Driving up and around winding roads within the national park when over to your left clinging to a hilltop there is a cluster of stone coloured buildings and an enchanting church, Parroquia de Sant Bartomeu. Valldemossa is Mallorca’s highest and quite possibly the most visited village, and certainly one of the prettiest villages in Mallorca.

Simply stroll through the pretty cobblestone streets which were lined with shops, boutiques and plenty of restaurants and cafés. You can visit inside the famous monastery, La Cartuja, which was first built as a palace in the 1300’s for King Sancho of Spain, it was made famous as the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and his lover, the French writer George Sand, spent the winter of 1838/9, staying in rented rooms in the monastery. Do not miss the courtyard to the right of the monastery, the gardens are overflowing with flowers and fruit. Be sure to wander out to the viewpoint which has stunning views over the surrounding valley and terraced terrain

Fornalutx

Orange and lemon groves set against stunning mountain landscapes set the scene for the tiny village of Fornalutx. It is regularly voted as being the most beautiful village on Mallorca and is one of the most stunning in the whole of Spain, and you will not disagree! The village oozes so much charm and warmth, wander the narrow and winding cobbled streets which are adorned with stunning flowers and potted plants

Formentor

From Port de Pollença you can see the road to Formentor- it is jagged and winds its way around the hillside. Within a few minutes of leaving Port de Pollença you will be in hairpin bends- sharing the road with keen cyclists and large buses. The route from Puerto Pollença to Formentor is 17km. At the most northern end of the west coast is Formentor, here you will drive round twisting roads clinging to the cliff edge, and visit coves, beaches, and a lighthouse. There is an amazing viewpoint -Mirador Es Colomer as you travel up the winding roads from Port de Pollença, be sure to pull over and take a walk along the pathways and take in the panoramic views.

Note cars are not permitted 10am- 7pm past Formentor Beach, there is a bus service however to get you to the Lighthouse


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Pollensa Town

Here you are located at the bottom of the Serra de Tramuntana in a town first built in the 13th century, with many houses built in the 17th and 18th century, Pollença Town (also referred to as ‘the old town’ in relation to Port de Pollença) is a popular destination in Mallorca and is a wonderful place to visit with its gorgeous buildings and quaint streets, with many restaurants, cafés and boutique shops. There is the famous El Calvari (Calvari Steps), which are 365 steps, one for each day of the year and were a pilgrimage route. At the top you are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view over the town and across the land below. Treat yourself to a large gin and tonic (they are free poured) in one of the many restaurants in the square. Visit Pollensa Town anytime, but it really comes alive on Sunday’s for the weekly market, here there is an abundance of local fruit and vegetables, plenty olives, flowers, handicrafts, and souvenirs

Port de Pollença

A popular resort for tourists and expats. Port de Pollença is situated around a horseshoe bay with the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains providing a backdrop to this small town, there is a beach with sand imported from the Sahara Desert! Boutique shops, cafés, restaurants line the ‘Pine Walk’ a lovely walkway covered in pine trees. There is a weekly market on Wednesdays and nighty entertainment in most bars


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Cala San Vicente

Over the mountains from Port de Pollença is the resort of Cala San Vicente, there is a walk which takes you over the mountains or you can go via bus or car

Palma