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By vida villas | 7 February 2023 | pollensa
Mallorca. A beautiful Spanish island located off the east coast of Spain’s mainland has much to behold and mesmerise travellers who visit its charming locations across its natural countryside, coastal stretches, and inland settlements.
Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the island has an eclectic mix of sights, scenes, and attractions that, as a whole, can entice every type of traveller. From towering mountain ranges and blissful countryside scapes that draw wildlife lovers from far and wide, to towns and cities steeped in history and vibrant culture, Mallorca’s beauty lies in its diversity and ability to offer something for everyone.
If a relaxing holiday, an adventure getaway, or a trip abroad where the party doesn’t stop when the sun goes down piques your interest, or perhaps a mixture of all three, Mallorca’s fantastic settlements that are scattered across its coastlines and interiors are the perfect stop off points on any holiday.
Palma, for instance, is the heart of the island, it’s a city that never sleeps, and always has something going on amidst its historic landmarks and bustling city squares and streets. On the other hand, the blissful coastal town of Puerto Pollensa provides the perfect balance between natural beauty amidst its surrounding beachfront and mountainous landscapes and the bustle of its charming town.
That’s why, in this article, our experts here at Vida Villas have crafted the perfect 5 to 7-day itinerary for you to see Mallorca to its fullest, whether in a shorter, or slightly longer, space of time. We’ve highlighted the best places to visit in Mallorca, alongside what to see and do, and the best destinations to stay in, during your holiday here. Offering you the opportunity to experience the diverse and varied beauty of the island, to make your trip as unforgettable as possible.
so, whether it’s your first time on the island, or you’re venturing back to the island to discover more of what Mallorca has to offer, read on to know where to go in Mallorca and how best to make the most of your time here.
Begin your trip in none other than the beating heart of the island, Palma de Mallorca.
Nicknamed the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’, throughout the day and into the night Palma offers a vibrant and lively atmosphere that lifts the spirits and mesmerises all of those who step foot in its streets.
Palma’s airport is the largest on the island and is the best way to reach Mallorca from abroad, and is only a 15-minute drive from the centre, or a 20-minute bus journey, so you’ll be able to make the most of the capital’s offerings not long after you’ve landed.
A highlight of Palma is undoubtedly its cathedral. The 14th-century historic landmark showcases the best of the island’s Gothic roman architecture, with spectacular pillars, arched ceilings, and stained glass on display in its interiors.
After a day of exploration in the city, you can retreat to the Beach House Ses Gerres. Hosting up to 10 individuals across 5 bedrooms, the beach house features its own beautiful gardens overlooking the coastal stretch of southwest Mallorca, alongside a private outdoor pool in a secluded resort that is only a 10-minute drive from Palma, keeping you within close proximity to the island’s main hive of activity at all times.
On your second day, you can venture further towards the west of the island to the beautiful inland town of Calvià.
Calvià can be reached from Palma in as little as a 23-minute drive, or, for those looking to take public transport, a 45-minute to 1-hour bus journey from Palma’s main bus station.
Calvià’s rich history is what attracts visitors to its beautiful town from far and wide. Located in the most popular municipality on the island, Calvià is in a prime position to access the spectacular Tramuntana Mountain Range and the beautiful coastal-scapes of Mallorca.
One of the best things to see in Calvià is the remains of a Roman Villa, known as Sa Mesquida. This was the first Roman Villa that was excavated in Mallorca, and the only site built by the Romans in Calvià’s municipality and is therefore a fantastic example of Calvià’s origins and history.
Sleeping up to 13 guests across 5 bedrooms, the Villa Gran Calvià, close to Calvià town centre, offers ample space with comfortable interiors for large groups to base themselves from whilst exploring Calvià. Featuring a private pool, a large south-facing garden, and an alfresco barbeque dining area, there’s everything a group of friends or family could want here.
To preserve time, those only looking for a 5-day itinerary may choose to spend an additional day in Palma as opposed to venturing to Calvià.
Next stop - Pollensa. Take the 102 bus back to Palma if you’ve chosen to stay in Calvià and continue the journey on the same bus upwards to the picturesque inland town of Pollensa, which takes roughly 1 hour 40 minutes, or can be driven in 48 minutes.
This scenic town is enclosed by beautiful wilderness and towering mountain ranges and hilltops, including the well-known Puig de Maria. It’s known for its history, dating back to the Roman era, with many of the town’s main attractions being from this period, such as the ‘Pont Roma’, or Roman Bridge, which you can cross during your visit.
Visitors can easily get lost in this charming town’s ancient streets in its old town area, and discover its cultural sights of significance, including the Calvari Steps and the Church of Monte Sion.
During your stay in Pollensa, the lovely Abulqassim Townhouse is a fantastic option to stay in as you’re exploring the history and culture of this inland settlement.
Sleeping up to 6 guests across 4 bedrooms, the property is located in the historic old town of Pollensa and is only a short stroll from the famed Plaza Major. It also features a private outdoor swimming pool and terrace, offering luxury, comfort, and convenience.
From Pollensa, we would highly recommend visiting one of Mallorca’s most exceptional natural landmarks, the Cap de Formentor.
It’s fairly simple to get from Pollensa to Cap de Formentor, with the 301 bus running from Pollensa town to Puerto Pollensa taking roughly 19 minutes, and the further 353 bus running onwards to Cap de Formentor, dropping you off at its iconic lighthouse. Or, you can simply drive in 34 minutes to the location.
The Cap de Formentor is Mallorca’s northernmost point, offering breathtaking panoramas of the Mediterranean sea and the craggy landscapes of the island’s coastline. Once here, you can explore the rocky areas surrounding the lighthouse and snap some spectacular photos, particularly if you visit around sunset.
The lighthouse here also has a cafe with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Mediterranean known as Cafeteria Faro de Formentor. This is a lovely location to grab a bite to eat and drink before heading back to your next destination, Puerto Pollensa, where you’ll spend the night and your next day.
We’d recommend spending the duration of your stay in Puerto Pollensa at Casa Voramar along the town’s famous Pine Walk.
Sleeping up to 6 across 3 bedrooms, this property is ideally situated right beside the sandy shores so you can step out of your property and within seconds feel the sand between your toes. The property also features two terraces in which you can soak in the unrivalled views of the shoreline of Puerto Pollensa and its neighbouring mountain range.
Spend the first part of your day exploring what Puerto Pollensa has to offer. This charming coastal town is popular for its large curving bay of Pollensa that stretches along the town, and the lovely beaches and coves along its shoreline.
Therefore, you may choose to spend your morning bathing in the sunshine on its golden beach settings and taking a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. There are also a number of watersports offered here, including sailing, kitesurfing, and snorkelling, for those looking to try their hand at something more adventurous.
Venture onwards to Alcudía, roughly 20 minutes away by car, or 30 minutes by bus if you get the number 42051. Alcudía is a popular historic town known for its picturesque old town area enclosed by ancient walls and cobblestone streets.
A highlight of a visit to Alcudía, if your visit is on a Tuesday or a Sunday, is the town’s market. Selling everything from handicrafts, to fresh local produce and souvenirs, the market gives its visitors a true glimpse into the market culture of Mallorca.
For those who prioritise luxury on their holidays, Villa Mal Pas hosts up to 8 people across 4 bedrooms in beautiful modern interiors alongside luxuries like its own private pool, and garden. It is also only a short walk from two small sandy beaches boasting crystal clear waters.
You can even relax on the property’s rooftop terrace which offers splendid views of the sea and the surrounding mountains. The property is only 2km from Alcudía town, so is still within close proximity whilst feeling like a world away at the same time.
On your last but one day, you can explore some of the other gems that Alcudía holds. An example is the smallest Roman amphitheatre in Spain, located just 1km south of the town, which was once used as a necropolis in Roman times. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat before your long journey back to Palma also, we’ve highlighted the 5 best restaurants in Alcudía for those who want to experience real Mallorcan cuisine at its finest.
When you’re ready to leave, you can either drive back from Alcudía to Palma, which takes roughly 50 minutes or take the 351 bus which takes an hour and runs from the morning until the evening time.
As you return to Palma, you’ll have more time to experience the hustle and bustle of its lifestyle, but also to explore more of the historic elements of the city.
Palma’s old town, for example, is an experience in itself. Its picturesque streets show examples of Christian, Moorish, and Roman influence in its architecture and monuments, transporting you back in time to observe what Palma once was. The beautiful Parc de la Mar, located beside the cathedral, is a beautiful oasis in the city that was built in the 1970s and a lovely haven in which to relax and take a break from the non-stop nature of Palma.
We hope that this blog post highlights just how much of Mallorca’s beauty and diversity can be explored in 5-7 days. From spectacular beachfront to cities steeped in history, alongside natural hotspots brimming with fantastic eateries, the variety and diversity of Mallorca can be explored to its fullest during this itinerary, which we hope has given you the inspiration that you need for your next adventure here.
If you can’t wait to start planning your trip to Mallorca, we here at Vida Villas offer a wealth of beautiful accommodations for your to spend your stay in across some of the best destinations on the island. From the blissful beachfront locations of Puerto Pollensa to the vibrant cityscape of Palma, there are plenty of options for you to choose from and make your stay in Mallorca as memorable as possible.
Why not contact a member of our team today and start the beginning of your next Mallorcan adventure with the help of our experts?