11 things to experience on Mallorca

The best things to experience on Mallorca

What to see on Mallorca - the 11 most important sights of the island

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Mallorca, Spain
Kasper Christiansen
By Kasper Christiansen
February 4th, 2020

Mallorca is among the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, and the island offers the visitor the opportunity to combine fantastic beaches, world-class art, gastronomy and wine at the highest level and magnificent nature.

A large part of the many people who make a trip to Mallorca every year go directly to a beach hotel and do not get to experience the city of Palma. That is a shame, because Mallorca's capital has a lot to offer. The cathedral is one of the highlights of the island and the charming historic city center has many other exciting sights, like the Roman baths and the Royal Almudaina Palace. Below you can read our suggestions for eleven of the very best experiences on Mallorca.

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1

Cap Formentor

The Cap Formentor peninsula on Mallorca's Northeast coast offers stunning scenery and breathtaking nature. At the end of the road you will find an old lighthouse, and if the weather is clear you can see all the way over to the neighboring island of Menorca.

The only downside of Formentor is its popularity: if you come during the high season, there can be heavy traffic on the road to the peninsula.

There are several attractions close to Formentor and a visit to area can be combined with a lunch in Deià and a tour to charming Valldemosa.
Cap Formentor
Cap Formentor - Mallorca's most beautiful magnificent medieval church with one of the world's largest rosettes. Both Antoni Gaudí and Miguel Barceló have worked in the church.

2

The cathedral in Palma

The beautiful cathedral of Palma, La Seu, was built from 1229, immediately after the Christian kings of the Kingdom of Catalonia-Aragon conquered the island from the Muslims.

Antoni Gaudí, known for his private buildings and the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, was responsible for a major renovation of the church in 1901. However, Gaudí gave up completing the work in 1914 after a discussion with the contractor.

Do not forget to see the exciting chapel designed by the local artist, Miquel Barceló, in 2007 in the eastern part of the church.

The Cathedral in Palma 'La Seu'
The Cathedral in Palma 'La Seu' - a fantastic church from the middle ages. Antoni Gaudí and Miguel Barceló have both worked in the church

3

The Cala Mondragó-beach (and other paradise beaches)

Mallorca has some of Europe's most beautiful beaches. Each corner of the island has its own cozy little cove (in Spanish: cala), but many of the beaches are crowded during the high season. Among our favorites are Cala Mondragó and its neighbor Cala Figuera, Cala S'almunia, Cala Agulla and Cala Vargues. For families with children, we recommend Puerto Pollensa, which has a huge sandy beach where the water only slowly gets deeper and deeper.

The beaches of Mallorca
The beaches of Mallorca - Cala Mondragó and other beaches on Mallorca are some of the best in Spain

4

Hotel H10 Punta Negra (and other of Mallorca's luxury hotels)

Mallorca has a wide variety of excellent hotels. On the island you will find everything from small, charming boutique hotels in the mountains, to large conference hotels by the water with beautiful meeting facilities and Michelin-starred restaurants and city hotels in central Palma with stylish décor.

Write to us if you are coming to Mallorca as a group - then we can help you find the perfect hotel for your stay at favorable prices!

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Luxury hotels of Mallorca
Luxury hotels of Mallorca - one the photo Hotel H10 Punta Negra

5

The mountain town of Deià

The north coast is at the same time rugged and lush. At the beautiful mountain town of Deia you will find beautiful beaches, good restaurants and hotels. In the local cemetery that offers beautiful views of the sea and the coast, you will find the grave stone of the famous English author Robert Graves.

Deià is also the home of several good hotels. The best - but also the most expensive - is the fantastic Hotel Belmond La Residencia 5* (with prices starting at around 500 €/night for a double room) but you can also find several nice 4* hotels with fair prices like Es Moli and Sa Pedrisa.

6

Jørn Utzon's Can Lis

This little gem is Jørn Utzon's private home in Mallorca. The house has been opened for architecture students who have the opportunity to apply to stay in the house for a longer period.

The house was built in 1972, six years after Jørn Utzon had left the Sydney Opera House in 1966. Initially, Jørn Utzon's family bought a plot of land close to the water, but did not get a building permit. They therefore bought another plot and started building here. This project was to become Can Feliz. Later, however, Utzon received the building permit and was thus able to build Can Lis, which has a beautiful location right next to the Mediterranean Sea.

Jørn Utzon's Can Lis
Jørn Utzon's Can Lis - a small gem by the Danish architectu Jørn Utzon

7

The wineries José L. Ferrer & Miguel Gelabert

Palma has many good good wineries. One of the larger wineries on the island, José L. Ferrer, is easily accessible from Palma. The house arranges wine tastings, but also lunches at their country house.

Another exciting wine house, Miguel Gelabert, is considerably smaller. This is a family-owned wine house near Manacor, approx. 45 minutes drive from Palma, founded in 1985 Vinuset uses more than 30 different grapes in their production

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Wineries on Mallorca
Wineries on Mallorca - the island has many good wineries. On the photo, the winery José L. Ferrer on eastern Mallorca

8

Michelin start restaurants on Mallorca

Mallorca only measures 3,6 km2, but considering the size, the island has a wide variety of quality restaurants. A wide range of restaurants are recommended by the Michelin guide (bib-gourmand) and restaurants with stars.

Palma has a wide range of gourmet restaurants and if you are looking for a gastronomic experience in a class of its own, we can help you book the restaurant. In Palma we recommend Oleum, Bala Roja and Aromata.

Outside of Palma, we can recommend the restaurant Voro in Canyamel, Ca'n Cuarasa in Pollença and Maca de Castro in Port d'Alcudia and Es Raco d’es Teix in Deià.

Michelin star restaurants on Mallorca
Michelin star restaurants on Mallorca - the photo is from restaurant Vovo in Canyamel

9

The Miró Museum

The Miró Museum Fundació Miró Mallorca south of Palma is one of the best museum on the island. After Francisco Franco came to power, many Spanish artists moved abroad. Joan Miró had lived in Paris for a long time, but decided in 1956 to move to Spain, but he 'hid' on the small island of Mallorca. Here he worked for the next almost 30 years in his studio, and this is what has today become a museum. In addition, a modern extension designed by the renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.

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10

Walk the 365 'steps of the penitents' in Pollença

Pollença is a charming town on the east coast of Mallorca. The city is known for its staircase with a total of 365 trips leading up to a small chapel on a hill called the 'Calvary Hill'. On Good Friday, there is a major parade in the city that plays through the Last Supper, Judas' betrayal and the crucifixion.

If you walk the 365 steps you get a nice view of the area from the top. Luckily there is a café at the top so you can be rewarded for climbing the hill.

Pollença
Pollença - Pollença is a cozy town built in stone

11

Valldemossa

Valldemossa is a pleasant town on the north side of Mallorca. The city is known for its Carthusian monastery from the beginning of the 14th century. The philosopher lived in Valldemossa during the period, and in the 19th century Chopin and the French author George Sand lived at the monastery. Later, the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges had to settle in the city.

The Carthusian order is one of the strictest in the Catholic world: the main focus of the order is on contemplation and it is strictly forbidden to talk to other people - only 30 minutes a week the monks meet to talk!

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