One of the true gems of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the thing that Mallorca (or Majorca) has become most famous for is the sheer luxuriant lifestyle to be enjoyed in its many beach resorts. However, if you spend all your time cooped up in those (admittedly very welcoming) gilded cages, you can miss so much more of what the island has to offer. Here, we’re going to take a snapshot of just some of what it has to offer.
See one of the most beautiful villages on earth
Mallorca has a lot of old villages and towns that are well worth making the trip to see. One that stands out in particular is the town of Deia, a hilltop village of beautiful cottages, boutiques stores, and welcoming galleries looking over a characterful and beautiful coastline. It can be a touch expensive to shop and eat, given the wealth of its most frequent visitors, but it’s at least worth taking the trip to see.
Take a trip through wine country
You don’t need to book a place in a resort at all when visiting Mallorca. If you want to be closer to the gorgeous countryside, not to mention the beaches, then finding Mallorca villas for rent might be more up your alley. In particular, you might want to check out the Wine Route, which offers not only 70 bodegas offering tasting tours but a whole host of markets and gastronomy festivals.
Get away from the crowded beaches
There are a lot of very popular beaches in Mallorca that, while gorgeous, can be difficult to find a place to relax in. If you’re looking for something a little more remote and, in some ways, a little more rewarding, then taking the hike to Calo des Moro could be just what you’re looking for. One of the best hikes on the island ends in one of its most breathtakingly remote beaches
Don’t skip over Palma
Most people who arrive on the island do so by landing in Palma de Mallorca, a beautiful historic town, notable for cobble streets, beautiful bistros, and cafes with tables that allow you to admire the life of the city with a cup of artisanal coffee. It’s well worth taking the time to get lost in its city streets and to see it as more than just a stop on the way to your destination.
See the backbone of the island
The Tramuntana (or Tramontana) mountains are one of the island’s Unesco World Heritage Sites and for good reason. This stretching mountain range offers one of the most dramatic sights you can ask for, and is a truly excellent place to drive, so long as you’re careful while you do. Those seeking a little more adventure can try to climb the peak of Puig Major, standing at 1445 meters tall.
The road less traveled is one always worth taking and, in Mallorca, that means breaking away from the resorts that can be the only place that so many families spend their trips. Hopefully, the suggestions above help you do that.