Cuevas del Drach is an impressive and beautiful network of caves located in an old fishing village called Porto Cristo, around 65 kilometres from Palma. The caves are two kilometres long and thousands upon thousands of amazing stalagmites and stalactites are spread across the three chambers. Guided tours take around one hour.
Fishing nets glisten brightly in Mediterranean blue as they lie out to dry on the quayside. Behind the nets you can catch sight of the stock exchange building, La Lonja, dating from 1388. The place where locals now sip their coffee was where most of the Mediterranean area’s trade was handled during the Middle Ages. The whole city oozes history out of every building and street corner. A bustling city, the island's capital never fails to surprise and impress all who visit.
This imposing Gothic cathedral stands tall atop the old Roman and Renaissance city walls, looking out over Palma's harbour and old town. It was built over hundreds of years on the ruins of the mosque that once stood there. Famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí had a hand in the restoration project early in the 20th century, though he quit over a dispute with the contractor. This beautiful architectural wonder offers breathtaking views in every direction, and is the perfect starting point for a walking tour through the city.
The narrow lanes and alleyways of the Old Town echo with centuries of sea-faring, intercontinental trade and intercultural encounters. Take a stroll around one of the largest areas of ancient buildings in Europe, cast your eyes over the spruced-up palaces and visit the luxury hotels, shops and bars.
High mountains and deep valleys frame Valldemossa, the village where the island’s two first “celebrity tourists” (composer Frederic Chopin and authoress George Sand) lived in 1838. At the monastery, all the monks' cells are lined up, each with its own exit to the garden terrace with blossoming magnolias and a wonderful view over the valley.
The inhabitants of this idyllic village lived for centuries hidden in a valley behind a huge row of mountains. It was so hard to climb the mountain chain that people preferred to go to Palma by boat. And if they were on a boat anyway, why not go to France? Soller became tri-lingual—Mallorcan, Spanish and French. In 1911 a tunnel was dug through the mountains, so the people of Soller could finally have better access to their own island. The town's wonderful little train still runs today.
Cala d'Or is a medium-sized and cosy resort-town located 65 kilometres east of Palma. The city has seven picturesque bays where you can enjoy the sun and beach. This is a very popular destination among Europeans and families with children. The town provides plenty of restaurants and bars, most of them located in the centre of Cala d'Or.
Bellver Castle is a well-preserved 14th century royal fortress with an amazing view over Palma Bay. For many centuries the castle was used as a prison and now it is one of the main tourist attractions on the island. The castle also houses the Palma History Museum where you can learn more about the island's rich heritage.
Mondragó Natural Park is located on Mallorca's South East coast, centred around two large bays famous for their fine white sandy beaches and the amazing turquoise blue sea. The animal life in the Mondragó Natural Park is extremely varied, and it is a good place to see migrating birds.
This three-hour tour on a road train stops at some of Mallorca's famous vineyards (including the island's oldest winery), where visitors get the chance to try some delicious local vintages. While visiting the wineries the able tour guide lets participants in on the secrets of Mallorca’s wine culture.
Artestruz is an ostrich farm which is open to the public. The main purpose of the farm is to present you the world of the ostriches. A professional guide will not only explain you the marvels of the biggest bird in the world, but enable you to play with them and if you dare to, feed them. You can ride an ostrich or meet some baby birds in the season, fun for all ages! With a reservation you can also barbecue a giant egg, some meat or other delicacies. Ostriches are extremely curious and fun – so come visit them and learn about their spectacular world!
Like the name implies, this is the place to come for some jungle adventures. This 9-hectare forest has courses made up of bridges, ropes and zip lines from tree-top to tree-top. There are different levels of difficulty and adrenaline, so everyone from the age of 4 years and up will find something fun to do.
Il Paradiso is Mallorca's most beautifully located restaurant, in a fine mansion outside Palma. This is an upscale Italian restaurant where you can relish fine dining in luxurious surroundings. The venue offers a relaxing atmosphere and a terrace with breathtaking views over the Bay of Palma.
El Olivo Restaurant is perhaps one of the finest restaurants on Mallorca because of its beautiful surroundings, high in the deep green mountains, always lit by candlelight, creating a romantic and elegant ambience. The menu features delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Booking is essential.
This family-run bistro is situated in one of the most charming areas of Palma, behind the Cathedral. With a menu consisting of Asian and Mediterranean dishes such steamed dumplings with goat cheese salad, Las Olas is one of the best places for a nice dinner out in the city.
Restaurant Sebastian is located in a former stable that has been redesigned into an amazing and cosy restaurant with stone walls. In the evening they light the restaurant with candles which gives it a very relaxing and romantic feeling. The chefs only use fresh seasonal produce, and you can enjoy dishes like rack of Mallorcan lamb and lobster ravioli.
Though only serving a few menu choices, this exquisite upscale restaurant is a culinary experience. It is located in a beautiful and vast medieval building, and has a tasting menu worth €75 and regional specialties with a twist, such as duck and foie gras terrine with orange blossom, quince, and chocolate salt.
Next to Pacha on the Paseo Maritimo lies Tito’s, famous for its lavish shows and special themes, such as "erotic", "1001 nights" and "Studio 54". Back in the 1950's and 60's, Ray Charles and Marlene Dietrich came here to dance. These days, the dancers and costumes are have to be seen to be believed.
With a capacity of 3,000 people the award winning BCM Planet Dance is the biggest nightclub in Mallorca. Foam parties, gigantic LED lasers, firework explosions and well renowned DJ’s such as David Guetta, Paul van Dyk, DJ Sammy and Tim Westwood attract enormous crowds. Best place to dance on the island!
Start your evening at Chi Lounge after a day at the beach. Chill out music accompany the cocktails and gives the place a relaxed but classy atmosphere. When the evening turns to night, the DJ's turn up the volume and play more up-beat tunes as the place transforms into a popular club right by the water. The selection of sushi is also quite impressive.
Only ten minutes north from Palma you find this brand outlet with shops like Reebok, Levi's, Nike and Quicksilver. It is open daily and you also find restaurants and a cinema here. There are both trains and buses going here direct from Palma so don't worry if you don't have a car.
Spain’s department store colossus is both loved and hated, but successfully performs the main task of a department store, which is to offer most things to most people. Here you find designer fashions, their own low and medium-priced lines, enormous perfumery and make-up departments, leather goods in all price ranges, toys, children’s clothes, art materials, food and delicatessen, home furnishing devices and garden furniture. There is a large Corte Inglés department store near Plaza España and a smaller one next to the old city centre on Jaime lll.
If you want to have everything under one roof, this is the place to go. At Porto Pi Centro Comercial you can not only shop in stores like Disney Store, Pepe Jeans, Massimo Dutti and Zara Home but also watch a movie at the cinema, play some games in the arcade or go bowling. There is also a wide selection of restaurants and eateries.
In a beautiful building from the 15th century, a former cinema was transformed into this 800 square metre lifestyle concept store in 2007. Come here to revel in interior design, books, unique gifts and art and if you need to sit down and soak it all in visit the in-house café.
Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Palma de Mallorca Airport is located 8km from the city. Bus number 1 runs to and from the airport and the city centre, and takes about 30 minutes. The bus leaves every 15 minutes. If you would rather take a taxi to your destination there are cars waiting at assigned taxi areas outside the terminal. A taxi journey to Palma takes 15 minutes and costs about €15.
Mallorca is undoubtedly a summer destination. June to September have hot beach weather and large crowds of partiers and sun-seekers. If you prefer a more relaxed cultural vacation with smaller crowds, or a visit to enjoy the island's natural wonders, visit at any other time of the year (but avoid the rainy months of October and November).
There are several different kinds of public transport around the island. You can choose from buses, trains and public bikes. The bus service on Mallorca is excellent. Depending on how much you plan to travel, there is a selection of different types of tickets and you can buy these at the Intermodal Station on Plaça d'Espanya in Palma or at tobacconists. Urban Bus number 3 in Palma goes all the way from the industrial area via Palma’s town centre to the Illetas beach. Public transport buses to Valldemossa and other popular villages leave from the bus station behind Plaza España.