Mallorca is one of our favorite destination in spring or summertime. However, in summertime it can get really crowded and now it was quite calm and the whole island is just getting ready for the season.
One of the highlights of any Mallorcan travel is taking a road trip over the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. This is what we did four years ago when we visited Mallorca for the first time. The scenic route takes in some of the island’s prettiest villages. Valledemossa, Fornalutx, Deià and Sóller. This territory stretches from the town of Andratx in the south-west to the Cap de Formentor lighthouse in the north-east.
However, this time we wanted to explore the other side of an island and here I listed all the places that are really worth visiting when in Mallorca.
Before you head to the island’s most popular attractions and beaches, spend a day or two strolling around Palma’s narrow streets sampling delicious food, enjoying the architecture and visiting local markets.
One of my best-loved Mallorca’s attractions, was the trip from Palma to a little town called Sóller by the old wooden train which was built in 1912. The train was originally introduced to transport citrus fruit from the Sóller valley to the capital. And I can confirm that there are lemons and oranges everywhere!
The journey itself allows you to see some of Mallorca’s spectacular scenery including mountain ranges, countryside, lemon and orange gardens, and beautiful towns and villages. Once in Sóller, take a tram (also wooden) to the Port of Sóller since it is one of the most beautiful port I have ever seen!
The caves of Drach is one of the things you must see when you visit Mallorca. That was one of the things we didn‘t get the chance to see years before. The Drach Caves are four big caves situated in Porto Cristo. The visits are collective, not guided and approximately last an hour. The tour ends with a boat trip on underground lake and a live concert. It was a bit crowded but I still enjoyed it.
Santueri Castle sits on top of a rocky hill 475 metres above sea level. It is a stunning castle with remarkable views of the south-east of Mallorca. We arrived by car after a drive across the island, and up a very scary (for me) road to the top of Santueri Hill. We were greeted by a magnificent view, however, the castle itself was closed.
Puig de Sant Salvador is one of the most symbolic places to visit on the north-east of the island. It is actually right next to a Santueri Castle so you can visit both of them in one day. Even from a distance you can see the 16-meter high stone cross on the mountain. On top of the hill people were having picnics in a special area so you can bring food there if you want. Just look how cool that stone cross looks!
CAP DE FORMENTOR
Cap de Formentor is one of the most exciting experiences Mallorca has to offer. If there is one thing you have to see while in Mallorca, it‘s Cap de Formentor.
Located on Formentor Peninsula, in the most northern point of Mallorca – Cap de Formentor is a spectacular steep cliff strangely shaped by the wind and the water. On top of this cliff there is a beautiful lighthouse which has a cafeteria that serves very overpriced food. In addition to the lighthouse, which is fairly considered the highlight of the journey (not the cafeteria part), there are numerous viewpoints along the road that are worth a stopover.
Cap de Formentor can be reached by car, bus, or bicycle via a spectacular 13.5 km road which runs from the town of Port de Pollenca up to the top.
Cala Sa Nau beach is around 40 metres long and 70 metres deep, and is situated at the end of a long sea inlet so you can’t actually see the open sea from the beach.
Cala Santanyí is a beach located about 10 kilometres from the charming village of Santanyi, on the south-eastern coast of Mallorca. There is a 130-metre long beach with little outside cafes. At this time of the year we had the whole beache to ourselves.
Of course, there are bigger beaches like Playa de Palma but it is not that spectacular like these smaller ones.
If you have any questions about Mallorca please do not hesitate to ask!