Majorca, this popular Mediterranean island from the Spanish Balearic group, is a fantastic summer and seaside destination, with a very long list of travel attractions and points of interest.
The island is quite big and diverse that it is difficult to cover all routes and visit everything it has to offer. That is why before making the bookings it’s important to clarify your trip’s priorities.
And you can choose or plan a combination between relaxation in a resort (with great services, but also limited time to go outside the resort) and flexibility to explore the island (by renting a car, booking bed & breakfast and making your own schedule each day).
We had about a week available and we wanted to see as much as possible, while also having enough relaxing time on the beach. So we rented a car from the airport, booked an apartment as accommodation, and planned our trip trying to cover different directions around the island.
Here are the places that impressed us and made our Majorca road trip unforgettable.
Top 7 places to visit on your Majorca road trip:
Playa de Formentor
On top of our preferences is this amazing bay with clear turquoise waters located in the far north of Majorca. You can reach it by car or by boat from Puerto Polensa and it is like paradise. The beach is quite small and you might not find enough sun beds unless it’s early morning, but the bay is surely worth a visit. You can also rent a canoe and explore the calm bay waters. It is as well an excellent place for snorkeling.
Port de Pollenca and Pollenca old town
Another absolutely lovely place is Port de Pollenca (also known as Puerto Pollensa), in the north of the island. You can take from here boat tours in the area, enjoy the sandy beaches near by or walk through the Pine Walk street, a very beautiful promenade area.
If you come to this part of Majorca you must also visit the town of Pollenca, where you can’t miss climbing the famous 365 steps on Carrer del Calvari that lead to Calvari Chapel and offer spectacular views of the area. There are also very good restaurants around, but check the reviews and for the best ones you might also need to book a table in advance.
Cala Mondrago & Cala S’Aramador
The Mondrago natural park is located in South east of Majorca and contains a wonderful bay with two beautiful beaches linked between them by a small path. Cala Mondrago is a sandy blue flag beach, more wild and offering a beautiful panorama, while the other one, Cala S’Aramador, is more modern and has restaurants and access to parking. We liked more Cala Mondrago as it was an unspoilt one, for which we had to park about 10 minutes away and come by foot on a nice path through the pine tree forest. There is a small cafe on this beach and if you need more facilities you can always walk to the other more modern one. The sea here is also perfect for snorkeling.
Alcudia old town
Alcudia is another important place in the north of Majorca, not only for the long wide beach, but also for the very picturesque medieval town dating from the 14th century. We went to the beach and although it was very well organized the area was windy and the water did not seem very clean for our taste. But the Alcudia medieval town is a little jewel of Majorca and we recommend it for a walk in the afternoon and a delicious dinner. There is a parking just outside the walls. When you step inside old town walls you can find the Roman Catholic Church of St. Jaume, a market, lots of lovely shops, restaurants or bistros, all set in charming medieval atmosphere.
Located on the east coast of Majorca, in the Manacor region, this beautiful sandy beach has been recently renamed as Cala Romantica and it is truly a lovely sight. The beach is very long and large, with many facilities and also a parking at the back. The rocky coastline and turquoise waters create a stunning view. Close to this beach there are also other smaller sandy beaches (Cala Mandia & Cala Anguila), but Cala Romantica is definitely the most interesting.
On the Western coast there is another picture perfect town of Majorca: Soller. The town is popular for its wonderful panoramas, festivals & traditions, but most importantly for its vintage train connection to Palma, through wonderful country side scenery. Take the time to explore the town’s squares, streets, tapas bars or shops. You can also easily reach the Port de Soller, just a couple of miles away, where you can admire the sea and all the different boats around.
And finally, a must see is of course the city of Palma, that will be anyway a starting/ending point of your trip. Don’t forget to visit the old town and its lovely maze of narrow streets, the La Seu Cathedral, the 13th century Palace de l’Almudaina and the Arab baths. The marina is also very nice if you have more time around.
A few road trip useful tips:
- You can park in Majorca either in administrated parking areas or on the streets, if it is not forbidden by signs. Sometimes you might not find parking places very close to your destination and you might need to walk a bit.
- Majorca is a safe island to drive around and most of the roads are very good. Road signs are also good, but GPS on your mobile is very helpful if you have a good option for Internet package.
- Make sure you have enough gas when you start your road trip, because the gas stations are not that close to each other, especially if you are taking small coastal roads
- If you like calm waters and less crowded beaches look for the small bays (many of them are called Cala). Some of them might be more difficult to reach, but that is what makes them less crowded and also more enjoyable.
- Majorca is not necessary a budget friendly destination, but you can still find ways to avoid unnecessary costs. One idea if you stay more days is to buy you own parasol and beach mattresses, especially if you go by car from one beach to another. This will save you the money you would spend on renting sun beds and you won’t depend on their availability either.
- If you are interested in the history of Majorca pearls you can stop 15 min from your way at one of the pearls factories. But don’t expect to see much about the process of making them. It’s mostly a showroom where they showcase and sell their products. In any case looking is free and at least you can get a glimpse of the industry.
Now that we gave you some tips and ideas we wish you a great trip and don’t forget to drive safely!