Mallorca is not just about beaches. Mallorca is so much more. It is nature, mountains, history, culture, cuisine, and, of course, it’s also an island full of wonderful people. The climate is perfect almost all year round and there are endless activities to ensure visitors enjoy every minute of their trip.
If you’re planning a holiday in Mallorca for the first time and you’re not sure which part of the island you might like the most, this article will hopefully help you decide. We tell you a bit more about each of the different parts of the island. Let’s get started!
- North of Mallorca: glamour and nature
- West of Mallorca: diversity and tradition
- East of Mallorca: unspoilt and waiting to be discovered
North of Mallorca: glamour and nature
The north of the island is a place full of contrast, where the sea and mountains embrace each other to give rise to small historic towns. Let's take a look at some of the most important.
Alcudia, the oldest town in the Balearic Islands, is surrounded by walls that date back to medieval times, enclosing an old town with narrow streets full of history.
Just a few kilometres away, Puerto de Alcudia is a place with spectacular white sand beaches and a great choice of water sports, sports facilities and dining options.
Located in the adjoining bay is Puerto de Pollensa, a fishing town between Pollensa and Formentor, the northernmost point of the island and the end of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains.
Continuing along the coastline, we reach Playa de Muro, home to the longest beach and the bluest waters on the whole island, ideal for all ages and especially for families.
And finally we would highlight the village of Muro, a beautiful, typical inland village with a long history and excellent cuisine. In a privileged location, it enjoys magnificent views of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains between windmills, orange trees and traditional local agriculture.
- Sublime beaches
- Extensive pedestrian areas
- Ideal for water sports and spectacular golf courses
- Paradise for cyclists
- Ideal for families
West of Mallorca: diversity and tradition
The west of the island is closer to the airport and the capital city and also provides a great choice of leisure activities and excellent infrastructure.
Located in the far southwest of the island is Andratx, a town of Roman origin with an exclusive ambience and excellent contemporary art galleries. Puerto de Andratx is better known for its steep slopes and houses owned by millionaires. Nearby are also some of the most elegant places in Mallorca and the most exclusive marinas in Europe, Puerto Portals and Port Adriano.
We continue with the town of Palmanova, a place that has something for all tastes and ages, with a long stretch of white-sand beach which has been awarded a blue flag. Nearby Santa Ponsa, a tourist destination in the municipality of Calvià, is also ideal for family travel thanks to a wide range of bars and restaurants, numerous leisure activities and facilities, and beaches with shallow waters.
- Near Palma and the airport
- Excellent infrastructure
- An air of exclusivity
- Evening entertainment
- Blue flag beaches
- Ideal for all ages
East of Mallorca: the quietest part of the island
Peacefulness, fishing villages, crystal-clear waters ... Sounds good, right? The east of Mallorca extends from Portocolom to Colonia de Sant Pere and includes inland towns such as Artá. The region is known locally as Llevant and has many villages which are completely off the tourist radar with longstanding traditions and a typically Mallorcan flavour.
The beauty of the local beaches and coves, many of them surrounded by mountains, contrasts with the rest of the island. Cala Mesquida is one of the most beautiful of them all and has spectacular turquoise waters and a location which makes it popular among surfers.
Ah! And if you’re a wine lover, you’re in luck. The east of the island has particularly good conditions for growing grapes. Some of the local bodegas are well worth a visit and you can see how wine was traditionally produced and also get a taste of the intense flavours.
- Heavenly beaches and coves
- Underground caves
- Ideal for a visit with your partner or friends
- Excellent cuisine
- Authentic Mallorcan atmosphere
- Ideal for wine lovers
We hope that helps you
Whatever area you choose, a visit to Palma, the capital of the island, is a must. You will be surprised by the amount of history in its streets and the beauty of some of the buildings. Stroll through the alleys of the old town and visit all the museums you can.
Whatever your choice, a getaway break will be unforgettable and truly wonderful. Mallorca is synonymous with idyllic beaches, nature, golf, water sports, culture, cuisine, tradition and fun.