The beautiful island of Mallorca offers many hidden gems that only the locals or well informed foreigners know about. Here you will find the abcMallorca list of the ‘must see’ places. Don’t miss out!
The city of Palma has changed considerably, thanks to city planning and extensive renovation measures in the Old Town. The so-called “pearl of the Mediterranean” is today more beautiful than ever, and the Mediterranean flair which attracts thousands of visitors can be felt in every corner.
The narrow alleys around the Plaza Mayor are lined with small boutiques and shops, while Palma’s high streets, Avenida Jaime III and Paseo del Borne, offer the elegant labels of the fashion world. Culture abounds, with numerous galleries having opened during the past few years, and museumsEs Baluard and Palau March offer diverse exhibitions and classical music concerts throughout the year. The quarters of El Terreno, Santa Catalina and La Lonja, as well as the bustling Paseo Marítimo on Palma’s seafront, are thriving with an abundance of new restaurants and bars, making them popular areas with the party crowd. The music bars offer live entertainment from rock and Cuban sounds to flamenco and young Spanish bands, and stay lively until the early morning hours. The city vibrates with energy. Palma offers distraction and diversity all year, making it particularly attractive to its residents. Besides the cultural benefits, there are many factors which contribute to the overall quality of life in Palma. The international schools are all located in and around the capital, the airport is within 10 to 15 minutes reach, and public transport is well organised. International doctors, tax consultants and lawyers are established in the city centre and those who are looking for a job beyond tourism have the best possibilities here. For many property buyers, Palma offers an array of townhouses and apartments for those who don’t want to spend their holidays maintaining a garden or doing household repairs – or the worry of what might happen to a rural property when they’re away and not in residence.
Palma de Mallorca
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One of the island’s glamour spots, it’s the place to see and be seen and, during the summer, you’re more than likely to catch a glimpse of a few famous faces. Paris Hilton, Jim Carrey, Jenson Button and Bill Gates are among the famous people who have been seen in Puerto Portals. The marina has more than 650 berths and is where members of the jet-set like to moor their gleaming boats. And it’s easy to see why. There’s a wealth of designer boutiques, impressive offices housing prime real estate and yacht agents, and numerous places to enjoy a drink or something to eat, while watching the world go by. Puerto Portals really comes to life at night and is a popular watering hole – and not just for boat owners. Ritzi is the most popular late-night spot at the prestigious harbour.
Puerto Portals is the glamour hotspot of Mallorca with numerous luxury yachts, top class restaurants and the best international designer brands on offer.
The town of Pollensa is an ancient town of attractive narrow streets and an impressive main square, lined with cafés, restaurants and bars – just a few kilometres from the northern resort of Puerto Pollensa. Its Roman bridge, signposted ‘Pont Roma’, is still in use. Climb the 365 steps (counting as you go) of the town’s Puig de Calvari – and be rewarded with fantastic views from the top. In August, as part of the town’s annual fiestas, the town hosts a very noisy re-enactment of the battle waged between the locals and the invading Moors in 1550. The town is also home to the summer’s Pollensa Festival, offering a programme of music and other cultural events, set in the attractive Santo Domingo cloisters. And don’t miss the Sunday morning market in the town.
Pollensa town in the north of Mallorca offers lots to see & do, enchanting surrounding areas, great restaurants and hotels plus lots more.
Port de Pollensa
Puerto Pollensa is both port and resort – and particularly popular with the British. It has good facilities, long sandy beaches with palm trees, and is an ideal family holiday spot. Although it’s not a year-round resort, there is still some life in the town during the winter for those who live there. The resort still retains some of the character that has brought visitors here time and time again over many years.
Port de Pollensa
Find out what makes the Mallorcan town of Port de Pollensa so special with the abc-Mallorca guide to the very best restaurants, hotels, activities and insider info.
No visit to the north of Mallorca is complete without seeing the island’s northern tip – the Cap de Formentor – where the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range meets the Mediterranean, at the end of a 20-kilometre peninsula. The scenery along this dramatic road is truly spectacular, with viewing points at the Mirador de Mal Pas and the Talaia d’Albercutx watchtower. Although the lighthouse itself is not open to visitors, its surroundings offer awesome views of this wild and rugged spot. The pine-lined white sandy beach is one of the most spectacular on the island with views of the bay of Pollensa, and the crystal clear water makes it a major attraction on the northern coast.
Cap de Formentor
Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountain range ends at Cap de Formentor, the island’s northern tip. Discover the peninsula’s best places for photography.
Sóller & Port de Sóller
The town of Sóller in the west of Mallorca became wealthy because of the valley’s abundant citrus groves. In the 19th century, when the area was isolated from the rest of Mallorca by mountains, the oranges were shipped to France from the nearby west coast Port de Sóller . Many locals went to work in France and returned – their fortunes duly made – to build some of the handsome Modernista properties that grace this town today. The opening of the Sóller road tunnel means that the town now has good access to the rest of Mallorca; an alternative is the snaking mountain pass (not for those who suffer from vertigo). Take the popular excursion to Sóller, on the old wooden train, leaving from its quaint station in Palma’s Plaza de España. The 28 km journey is on a narrow-gauge line opened in 1911, for the transportation of fruit to Palma. It’s a very picturesque journey once you’ve left the suburbs of Palma behind. On arrival in Sóller, you’ll find numerous bars and cafés in the main square, in the shadow of the imposing church of Sant Bartomeu. Art lovers should visit Can Prunera – a beautifully restored Art Nouveau building housing an excellent collection of art, with work by artists including Kandinksy, Picasso, Warhol, and local artists Miquel Barceló and Francesca Martí. On the main road on the outskirts of the town – a short walk away – is the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences Museu Balear de Ciències Naturals and the Jardí Botànic, a sectioned garden where you’ll find many species of Balearic plants. A frequent tram service rattles along through citrus groves between the town and Port de Sóller. The port underwent considerable refurbishment in recent years – in advance of the opening of the 5-star Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel & Spa in 2012. Port de Sóller offers many restaurants, spanning all tastes and budgets, and has the sandy Platja d’en Repic beach. Safe for children, it proved to be dangerous for the Moors who famously fought a battle here with the Christians in 1561. The event is commemorated with a noisy re-enactment during the second week of May’s Festa de Nostra Senyora de la Victòria.
The town of Sóller is one of the most beautiful in Mallorca. It is paradise for hikers and cyclists, gourmet lovers and a desirable option to live.
Port de Sóller
Make the most of your time in Port de Sóller with the abcMallorca guide on the history, culture, best attractions, hotels, restaurants and things to do.
The small town on the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is one of the most dramatic and least known areas of Mallorca. Very popular with Mallorcans all year round, many visitors also like to explore this area, the majority of which is still 100% natural and construction free. To get there you will need to take a sharp right followed by a road which descends dramatically towards the sea, so much so that you will need to keep your foot firmly on the brakes. Halfway down the hill you can park your car in the small public car park and then continue your descent on foot till you reach Cala Banyalbufar. Once you have come level with the Mediterranean, you will see a small narrow bay off to your right. This fine stone bay is protected by a cliff, and fresh water flows down over some of its rocks, providing an improvised, and extremely refreshing, natural shower. These who make it down here are on the lookout for peace and quiet. There are no boats around and the stunning beauty of the landscape makes a swim here a real pleasure.