What Are the Top 7 Must-See Attractions in Mallorca?

These are seven of the most interesting and beautiful sites to see while visiting the island of Mallorca.

Jul 3, 2024By Ivy Bowler, BA English with a Minor in Art

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Situated off the coast of Spain in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, (meaning ‘larger island’), is known for its stunning and varied landscapes of cliffs, rugged mountains, and beautiful beaches. Aside from its natural wonders, the island is host to a large number of historical sites, wineries, museums, and quaint towns in addition to the thriving capital city of Palma. 

 

1. Castell de Bellver

Castell de Bellver on Mallorca, Mike Kit, Source: Pexels

 

Situated above Palma atop Puig de Sa Mesquida sits the beautiful Castell de Bellver, a circular Gothic-style castle built in the 14th-century for King James II of Mallorca. Visitors can either drive to the base of the castle or take a short walk via a winding, wooded trail from town. Formerly used as a military prison during both the Napoleonic and Spanish Wars, the castle is now home to Museu d’Història de la Ciutat which chronicles the region’s history from prehistoric to modern times. If you only have a short time, the 360-degree view of the city, beaches, and mountains is alone worth the visit. 

 

2. Beaches in Palma

Palma, PM, España, Joan Costa, Source: Pexels

 

While most of Mallorca’s coastline is quiet and remote, Palma’s Playa de Palma is a 6 km stretch of beaches, full of amenities, just a quick walk or bike ride from the city center. Can Pere Antoni is one of the most popular sandy beaches close to town, with beach clubs on either end offering refreshments to thirsty beach-goers. El Arenal and Cala Mayor, two other longer stretches of beach nearby, offer plenty of sand and sea for all. Just up the coast from Palma is the smaller community of Portixol, home to a multitude of shoreline cafes and restaurants and several rockier coves and beaches. Enjoy a sunset cocktail over the turquoise sea in one of this former fishing village’s delightful seaside bars.

 

3. Old Town Palma

Cityscape of Palma and Mountains in the Distance, Mike Kit, Source: Pexels

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In the heart of Palma lies the city’s Old Town. A stroll through its charming streets and alleys, antique shops, and historical attractions is a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Chief among these attractions is the La Seu, Cathedral of Palma, the oldest church in Mallorca with its beautiful stained-glass windows and Gothic architecture. Also worth a visit is the Banys Àrabs, the 10th-century bathhouse which commemorates the remains of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa, now Palma. Other activities include a perusal of the many boutique shops lining Passeig des Born, a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art, and a stop at one of the many tapas bars or Michelin-star restaurants. 

 

4. Wine-Tasting

Puig de Sant Salvador und Puig des Milá, Xxlstier Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

Known for its wine dating back to the 14th-century, Mallorca is home to nearly 100 wineries. Two primary growing regions, Binissalem at higher altitude and the lower-lying Plà i Llevant, are responsible for much of the islands most well-known grapes including the Manto Negro, Mallorca’s native black grapes. Situated at the foot of the Tramuntana Mountains, Bodegas Ribas is the oldest winery in Mallorca, offering a 2-hour tour with wine-tasting and appetizers for 45. Other notable wineries include Macià Batle, Jose L. Ferrer, and Vi Rei. 

 

5. Sóller

Sant Bartomeu Church by Tramway Tracks in Soller, Spain, Van Anh Nguyen Source: Pexels

 

Positioned at the base of the Serra de Tramuntana, Sóller is well-known for its citrus groves and products. Its lovely harbor and walking paths are the perfect backdrop for a well-spent day of shopping, strolling, and enjoying an outdoor meal at one of the many restaurants and cafés lining the main walk through the town. Visit on the weekend and enjoy the market in the Plaza de la Constitución, featuring local food, arts, and crafts. Only an hour train ride from Palma or a 30-minute drive from the airport, Sóller is a perfect day trip, or come for the night and stay in one of several Spanish-style boutique hotels.  

 

6. Deià and Cala de Deià

Deià, Mallorca, Michal Osmenda, Source : Wikimedia Commons

 

Located on the northwest coast in the Tramuntana foothills is Deià, a mountain village full of shops, restaurants, and history. The town has long attracted artists and writers. With its vine-covered villas nestled into the mountain and sea-scapes below, it’s easy to find inspiration here. Once known for its olive production and fishing, Deià is now a tourist destination, and home to several popular hiking trails. Just a short drive away is Cala de Deià, a small rocky cove popular with beach-goers and home to two cliff-side restaurants. 

 

7. Boating

Boats in Mallorca. Source: Stock Freedom

 

One of the best ways to enjoy Mallorca’s 554 km of coastline is by boat. The island offers a number of options to suit any level of adventure. Half-day and sunset cruises allow for time to explore on land as well, while a full-day private tapas and wine cruise may be a perfect way to see the island from sea and enjoy some of its local cuisines. If snorkeling and other water sports are of interest, a tour to one of Mallorca’s 300+ beaches and coves might be the perfect option.

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By Ivy BowlerBA English with a Minor in ArtIvy is a teacher and writer splitting time between Anchorage, Alaska and Chicago, Illinois. She holds a BA in English with a minor in art from the University of Alaska Anchorage as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast. Her interests include travel, photography, running in the mountains, reading, and all things outdoors.