Mallorca: The best summer escape in Spain

Without a doubt, Mallorca is one of the best destinations one should visit in Europe!

It’s a very touristic island in the west of Spain in the middle of the Balearic Sea. As it’s a very touristic island, many people speak English and also a bit expensive compared to the other cities in Spain.

Where is Mallorca
Where is Mallorca?

Last year, when my company still had an office in Palma, I got the opportunity to work from there for two weeks and it was amazing! During the day we’d work, and after work and the weekends, we would go around not just the city but the entire island.

So, here are the places we went, some recommendations and some things to note.

How to reach Mallorca?

You can get really cheap flights to Palma with EasyJet or RyanAir, but it’s always advised to book earlier. However, the prices may be a bit higher during the summertime and very cheap during winter.

I usually use Google Flights to track the flight prices, but the best I could get during the time was €275 for mid-October 2019.

Flight from Dusseldorf to Palma
Dusseldorf to Palma de Mallorca

After around two and a half hours, you will reach Palma de Mallorca airport, which is comparatively very big for an island.

Accommodation

This can be very tricky! It can get pretty expensive to get a proper hotel in Mallorca especially near Palma (the capital of the island).

The first time I visited Palma for a vacation, I stayed in a hostel and I only paid €108 for four nights! It was New Art Hostel and it’s a very good place with 24×7 reception and really comfortable beds. If you’re on a low budget, you’ll find this place really amazing.

New Art Hostel
Source: https://www.newarthostel.es

The last time I went to Palma was for work and I already got company apartments to stay for the two weeks.

Food

In simple terms, the food is amazing!

According to Javier Lopez: a true Spanish guy who also lived in Mallorca for almost 7 years, it’s not real Spanish food, but rather more touristic. According to him, we should get “free” tapas with beer even though we have to pay for the beer 😉

However, as a tourist, the food you’ll have in Mallorca will be a new experience.

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Yes, that’s a lot of food! But trust me, they’re awesome!

Places to visit in Mallorca

There are various places you can visit when you’re in Mallorca. If you can rent a car, your options are enormous as then you can drive around the island to see more unreachable places for typical tourists.

We rented a car for two days (for the weekend) from OK Rent a Car for a very cheaper price.

So let me categorize the places according to the (small) towns you can visit in Mallorca.

Palma

Palma (aka Palma de Mallorca) is the capital of the island of Mallorca and is dense with touristic places to visit.

Just walk around the streets

Cathedral

Cathedral at night
Cathedral of Palma at night

This is an iconic places in Palma to visit, and it’s worth to check out its lighting at night.

Royal Palace of La Almudaina

Boat ride around the Port

When you go near the Port of Palma, you will see many boat services offering 1-hour boat rides around the port. I got one ticket for €10 for a one hour ride and it was amazing.

Castell de Bellver

This old castle is situated a bit outside the city center, but you can walk there by foot withing half an hour. However, you will need a ticket to go inside, but I got myself satisfied just by looking it from the outside. 😀

Valldemossa

This is a small yet beautiful town on the west side of the island. You will notice the less population and the number of tourists going down significantly when you go from Palma to Valldemossa.

There is a direct bus from Palma to Valldemossa and it takes around 30 minutes to reach there. I went and spent the entire day there and it’s worth it.

Drach Caves

This is MUST SEE place in Mallorca! It’s a 4km long and 25m deep naturally formed cave that feels like an entirely different planet. At the end of the tour, there is a small orchestra played on a boat and that was one of the best feels you’ll get with the echo inside the cave.

Note that you have to buy a ticket to go inside the cave and there can be a big line for that. However, there is a self-service ticket machine besides the counter where you can buy tickets with your Debit/Credit card.

Beaches

Mallorca is filled with big and small beaches all around the island. Here are several beaches we went.

Cala s’Almunia

This is a small yet beautiful beach in the south of the island. It’s surrounded by rocks and have several places to jump into the sea, but better do it with caution!

But still, it’s a good place to have a swim and then lie down under the sun.

Caló del Moro

This another small beach located in a walking distance to the above one, but bigger than that. However, it can be a bit crowded and we couldn’t really go down.

Caló del Moro
Caló del Moro

NOTE: This is a semi-nude beach.

Cala Deià

This is another small beach in the North-West of the island. We stopped there on our way to the sunset point (which I will mention soon) and had a nice coffee with the view of the sea.

Sa Foradada – Deia

This place is a wonderful place to see the sunset. It’s definitely a once-in-a-life-time experience to watch the sun sets in a red sky.

You can also go on a small (hike) to the bottom and have a nice meal at the restaurant.

Lighthouse of Cap de Formentor

This is situated in the most north part of Mallorca. You can have a wonderful view of the lighthouse and the sea while enjoying a cup of coffee at the restaurant.

Costs

Car Rental (2 days)€68
Petrol€43
Car Parking€24
Car Rental

Food

Food can be expensive if you go to fancy restaurants. The average price for a meal is around €15, definitely expensive than other Spanish cities.

Tips for Mallorca

  1. Book your flights and accommodation as earlier as possible.
  2. Plan the places you want to visit beforehand.
  3. Check the weather forecast.
    October was rainy and can ruin your plans.
  4. Rent a car if possible.
    You can register two people for the same vehicle in case you need to take turns.
  5. Try to find a place where you can park the car.
    It’s damn hard to find a parking space in Palma.
  6. Don’t bring your cameras to any (semi-) nude beaches.

Enjoy your trip to Mallorca!

Sea seen over a cliff

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