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Mallorca Travel Guide- Everything You Need to Know

Mallorca Travel Guide

Mallorca is one of the most spectacular islands in Europe. It’s a Mediterranean gem that is full of natural beauty, the walkable Palma de Mallorca city surrounded by beautiful beaches, some of the most incredible dining you will experience and great culture. Mallorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, is a destination that promises diverse and unforgettable experiences – truly, offers a type of vacation for everyone. Palma de Mallorca, Deia, Valldemossa , Soller, Port de Soller, Santanyi are all incredible areas to explore. Whether you want a relaxing beach vacation, a foodie vacation, a vacation exploring quaint villages or an adventurous vacation, Mallorca is the vacation destination for you. In this Mallorca travel guide, you can find answers to FAQs, information on where to stay in Mallorca, best things to do in Mallorca, best food in Mallorca and more.

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Mallorca FAQs:

Why should you travel to Mallorca?

There are so many reasons why you should travel to Mallorca, it is truly an island that caters to so many diverse interests. Mallorca is incredibly beautiful – from the beaches, villages, markets and crystal-clear waters to the dramatic mountains. There is breathtaking scenery at every corner. There is a wide variety of activities such as taking the historic train to Soller, relaxing at the beach, caves, water sports, hiking, cycling and more. The architecture is also stunning including the Palma Cathedral. It is also easy to hop to different islands like Ibiza and Menorca or take direct flights to other popular European cities.

What is the easiest way to get to Mallorca?

The easiest way is to fly to Mallorca. PMI is the main airport and is located about 15 minutes from Palma. No pre-arranged transportation is necessary, it is very easy to get a taxi from the taxi stand at the airport.

Alternatively, if you’re starting from another Balearic Island, Barcelona, Valencia or Denia you can take the ferry to Mallorca. The ferry from Ibiza to Mallorca can be anywhere from 2 hours 15 minutes to almost 4 hours and can range from 50 Euros to almost 400 Euros. The trip from Barcelona to Mallorca is much longer, at approx. 8 hours and can cost 20 to 50 Euros.

What cities have direct flights to Mallorca?

There are many cities that have direct flights to Mallorca. PMI is the main airport in Mallorca. In Spain, you can take a direct flight to Mallorca from Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. Many major cities in Europe also have direct flights to Mallorca including: London, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

There are no direct flights from the United States to Mallorca. If you do not enjoy layovers, you can spend a few days in one of the cities above before spending a few days in Mallorca.

What do I need to know before going to Mallorca?

  • If you’re coming from the US and have a layover in Europe, you will not need to go through customs again in Mallorca
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date to ensure smooth travel
  • Europe is starting new visa requirements for US travelers, but this is now delayed until 2024 or 2025. When it starts, US travelers between 18-70 years old will need to fill out an ETIAS visa-waiver form prior to their trip, and pay a €7 entry fee, to travel to European countries within the Schengen Area. This will be valid for three years or until your passport expires. It’s expected to have a quick turnaround but it’s important to plan and submit ahead of your trip.
  • The official languages are Spanish and Catalan, but English is spoken in many of the touristy areas. Many restaurants also have English menus.
  • The currency is the Euro.
  • Tipping is appreciated, but not expected. Some restaurants add service charges. At restaurants, if there is no service charge it’s customary to round up, leave small change or add 5-10%.
  • Mallorca has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters
  • Plan your transportation ahead of time. Taxis are plentiful in Palma but are sometimes hard to get when trying to travel back to Palma. There are also main buses in between many of the villages. If you want to go to the beaches, it’s best to rent a car.
  • Mallorca offers a wide range of experiences across the island. Many, like visiting the beaches, do not require reservations; however, having a rough idea of your itinerary will help keep nearby activities planned for the same day

How many days should I spend in Mallorca?

How many days you should spend in Mallorca ultimately depends on your interests, the activities you want to do and how busy you want your vacation to be.

Short Vacation in Mallorca

If you have limited time, 2-3 days can allow you to enjoy a few great meals, and see one city, with potentially a day trip to another area.

Long Weekend in Mallorca

A long weekend with 3-4 days in Mallorca allows you to see many of the must dos in Mallorca, although your trip will be pretty packed.

Weeklong Trip in Mallorca

With a week on the Island, you can actually split your time in between two hotels, and spend a decent amount of time exploring each of the areas. For example, a few days in Palma will allow you to spend time in the city, enjoy some of the great restaurants in town and also see some of the Southeast beaches and Santanyi. Next, you could stay in Deia or Soller and spend time exploring the beaches as well as the villages of Deia, Soller and Valldemossa.

What is the best area to stay in Mallorca?

There are many great areas to stay in Mallorca and what is best for you depends on your interests. We personally stayed in Palma de Mallorca, as we were only there for 4 nights and it is a great central place to stay. There are also a ton of incredible restaurants in Palma, many of which were walking distance from our hotel. We also considered staying in Deia / Soller, but ultimately decided against it as we had a lot of things we wanted to do. If our trip was longer, we absolutely would have stayed in Deia / Soller and used this part of the trip to mainly relax. Another consideration is how much time you want to spend at the hotel. There are incredible hotels in Mallorca, and some you’ll want to spend the majority of time at that hotel!

What is the best time to visit Mallorca?

In my opinion, the best time to visit Mallorca is in September. While Mallorca is stunning in the summer, it is very crowded. In September, the crowds thin out and while the weather is a little cooler we still had most days in the 80s. The water temperature was still perfect for swimming. We had perfect beach weather and it wasn’t sweltering hot when we explored. There was one restaurant closed for holidays when we went, but everywhere else we wanted to go was open that week.

June, July and August is prime time, and for a reason. It usually has warm, sunny weather with temperatures in the 80s or higher. However, this is also the time it’s packed with tourists, which makes walking around the villages and securing a beach spot more difficult. You also have to plan your dinners and hotels even farther in advance.

If you prefer a quieter time without crowds and don’t care as much about visiting the beaches then the Spring or later Autumn may be the best time for you. See what Mallorca is like every month of the year.

What is Mallorca famous for?

Mallorca is famous for it’s picturesque beaches including Calo del Moro, Cala Llombards and Cala Deia. The Tramuntana Mountains are famous for their rugged beauty and charming villages like Valldemossa and Deia. These mountains are excellent places to hike and cycle. You can also visit caves like Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) and the Cuevas dels Hams.

Mallorca is also famous for it’s rich cultural heritage and you can visit sites like the famous Palma Cathedral and attend famous traditional festivals such as the Sant Joan celebrations.

For food, Mallorca is most famous for delicious dishes like paella and ensaimada which is a sweet pastry.

What are the best things to do in Mallorca?

Mallorca is full of fun things to do. In Palma de Mallorca, you can visit Old Town and see the Palma Cathedral, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the Bellver Castle. There is also a lot of great shopping and restaurants.

If you want to relax on the beach, there are a lot of great beaches including Calo del Moro, Cala Llombards and Cala Deia. Beach clubs like Gran Folies and Nikki Beach will have chairs you can reserve and food. There are also opportunities to rent a boat for half a day or a day and explore Mallorca from the sea. For a relaxing time in the villages, you can explore Soller, Port de Soller, Deia, Valldemossa, Santanyi (especially Wed or Sat for the market)

For the more adventurous, you can hike or cycle the Tramuntana Mountains and visit Caves like  Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) and the Cuevas dels Hams.

If you’re looking to party, the most vibrant nightlife scene is in Magaluf.

What is the weather like in Mallorca?

Mallorca has a Mediterranean climate that includes warm summers and mild winters. In the spring the average temperatures are usually in the high 50s and 60s. In the summer, it’s primarily in the 70s, 80s and sometimes even hotter. The sun is strong in the summer and also has higher humidity levels. The weather is quite pleasant in the fall, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, sometimes in the 80s in Sept. In Nov it starts to cool down and in the winter it’s primarily in the 50s.

Is Mallorca Safe?

Mallorca felt very safe while we were there. Many of the streets within the towns are restricted roads, so it’s very easy to walk around the city at night with few cars around. However, like any place it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings.

What are the best beaches in Mallorca?

Mallorca has many stunning beaches and there are numerous options to choose from, each with its unique charm. The best beaches include Cala Deia, Port de Soller, Calo del Moro, Cala Llombards, Cala d’Or Playa de Palma, Es Trenc, Cala Agulla and Cala Santanyi.

While all of these beaches are beautiful, the best beaches for your trip may be the beaches that are closest to you, won’t be too crowded during the time you want to arrive or have amenities you’re interested in like cliff jumping.

What is driving like in Mallorca?

Renting a car in Mallorca can be a convenient way to explore the island as you don’t have to worry about bus schedules, or if taxis even pick up in some of the more remote areas. In order to rent a car in Mallorca, you must have a valid driver’s license. We were not asked for an international driving permit when we showed our US driving license. Driving is on the right side of the road and most major roads and highways are in good condition.

It’s important to be aware of the driving laws in Mallorca. Several places have speed cameras that will send you a speeding ticket if you are going over the speed limit. Many of the towns also have restricted roads and you’re only allowed to drive on those roads if you meet certain requirements. Such as, if you are driving to your hotel, your hotel will tell you which roads you can use to access the hotel. We found it easier to not drive in Palma or Santanyi at all. Instead, we found paid street parking (blue lines) or parked in a parking lot.

How to save money traveling in Mallorca?

There are many ways to enjoy a luxurious trip to Mallorca while still saving money. Book your hotels and flights ahead of time for the best deal. If you’re not sure if plans will change, book your hotel refundable and then call and switch to non-refundable as it gets closer for a better rate.

Traveling in the shoulder seasons, like in September instead of July will help save money on flights and the hotel. To save money on transport, stay in an area like Palma de Mallorca, where you’ll be able to walk to many dinners and attractions instead of having to take a taxi. When you do travel to another village, look at the bus schedule and see if it’s convenient instead of taking a taxi.

There is a wide range of great food in Mallorca. The touristy spots tend to charge a bit more, so either avoid or have a lighter meal there and eat heavier during your other meals. Compared to other major cities, we found even the best food in Mallorca cheaper than comparable restaurants in other major US cities.

While many places do take credit card, many of the markets did not. Exchange your money ahead of your trip to save money on exchange fees.

Mallorca Travel Guide Conclusion

Mallorca is a great place to vacation. It is fully of natural beauty, walkable cities and great beaches. The food in Mallorca is absolutely incredible. Mallorca truly, offers a type of vacation for everyone between the outdoor activities, great beaches, cities and great food. Mallorca is the vacation destination for you. We hope this Mallorca travel guide helped provide guidance on common questions, where to stay, where to eat and things to do as you plan your travel to Mallorca.

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