Mallorca – where to stay ?

By venturing off the beaten path, you can discover the authentic beauty and culture of Mallorca, away from the tourist crowds. But where to stay? Here are our tips on the towns and areas.

Enjoy your trip!

Unforgettable villages

Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller or Fornalutx in Tramuntana

One of the must-see villages in Mallorca is, of course, the picturesque village of Valldemossa, in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You are sure to fall for the charms of its steep streets lined with green plants, its old stone houses with green shutters and its Plaça Cartoixa. Your visit to Valldemosa will allow you to browse the craft stores and taste the famous "chocolate a la taza", perfect in winter to warm up, or the coca de patata, a sweet to enjoy all year round. On the outskirts of the village, the port of Valdemossa is 5 km away. 

Valldemossa2
Valldemossa1

Deià is a neighboring village of Valldemosa, and it is also one of the most beautiful villages of Mallorca. An authentic postcard, it is absolutely charming and typical of the Majorcan villages. Its ochre stone houses with green shutters adorn the small hill on which it stands. Stroll through its narrow streets and monuments, such as the church of Sant Joan Baptista (1497) or the viewpoint of the canyons. You are sure to fall for the charms of the village, as did the English writer Robert Graves, who bought a house here in 1929. He died here in 1985 and is buried in the village cemetery; his house, preserved in its original state, is now a museum. The Deià cove is perfect for swimming. Last but not least, Deià is also home to numerous celebrities, thanks to the fame of its 5-star hotel, the Hotel Belmond La Residencia. 

Deià1
Deià2

After visiting Valldemosa and Deià, you can continue on to Sóller, another of Mallorca's must-see towns. Nestled at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana and Serra d'Alfàbia, it is famous for its orange groves. In the historic center, you will find beautiful old houses, and in the Plaza de la Constitució, you can admire the sublime church of Sant Bartomeu. Tip: don't hesitate to have a coffee on the terrace and let yourself be surprised by the passing train. The train will take you on an unusual journey to Port de Soller or on a leisurely ride back to Palma. You can also visit the art nouveau museum of Can Prunera, the botanical garden and, a few kilometers away, the magnificent gardens of Alfàbia.

Fornalutx is one of the magnificent villages of Mallorca. In fact, it is listed as a protected site and one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. You will be amazed at how photogenic and authentic Fornalutx is, with all its houses built in the traditional Mallorcan style. Explore the cobbled streets lined with houses built with the ochre rock of the region. The village sits on a small hill between Mallorca's highest peak (Puig Major, at 1,445 meters) and the town of Sóller. Be prepared to climb up and down a few steps. You should also know that it is on the route of the GR221, the most beautiful trail in Mallorca.

In this area, we do canyoning, climbing, caving, hiking, biking, kayaking, boat adventure or boat tour and snorkeling.

Charming villages

Artà, Capdepera or Porto Cristo at east 

In the northeast of Mallorca, visit the beautiful town of Artà. This ancient medieval town, with its authentic and distinctive Mallorcan style, is built at the foot of a hill and dominated by the sanctuary of Sant Salvador, which offers a sublime view of the surrounding countryside and its beautiful vegetation.
In this picturesque Mallorcan town, discover the charm of its narrow streets, the beauty of the imposing church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Plaza del Conqueridor, where locals and tourists alike take advantage of the terraces to quench their thirst.
In the surroundings, explore the caves of Artà, the Natural Park of Llevant, the archaeological site of Ses Païsses (Talayotic period) and the Hermitage of Betlem.
Take advantage of your stop in Artà to swim in Cala Agulla, Cala Torta, Cala Mitjana, Cala Estreta.... You have many beaches to choose from, and you can admire them all while strolling along the Camí dels Carabiners.

A stone's throw from Artà, Capdepera is also one of the most beautiful villages in Mallorca. Like Artà, the village is built at the foot of a hill, and is dominated by a walled castle. The castle of Capdepera is truly iconic. Within its 14th century walled enclosure, you can admire beautiful and well-preserved buildings (10th-12th centuries) and the fabulous panoramic view from the watchtower. You can also admire the sea from the Punta Capdepera lighthouse (built in 1861). Extend your visit to the port of Cala Ratjara, a nearby seaside resort.

Porto Cristo is an old fishing village on the east coast of Mallorca, located further southeast of Artá and attached to the town of Manacor. It is primarily a vacation resort for many Mallorcans, who have built second homes here (Rafael Nadal has a sumptuous house overlooking the harbor entrance). The numerous bars and restaurants lining the quay and the beach are also popular meeting places for locals on weekend evenings. The port of Porto Cristo is also a great starting point for sea excursions to observe the richness of the seabed.
Near Porto Cristo is the most important natural cave complex of the island, the Cuevas del Drach and dels Hams.

 

Here, you will be able to go snorkeling, do coasteering, take on a boat tour or adventure, go cycling, do kayaking, explore the sea caves and have fun with deep water soloing.

Festive cities

Calvia and Andraxt at west

Calvià, in Mallorca, is famous for its beaches like Palmanova and Magaluf, for its water activities and for relaxing in the sun, but it is a very touristic area. Fortunately, you can also find Puerto Portals which offers sea views, luxury boutiques or boat rentals; the natural reserve of Islas Malgrats accessible by kayak or even the Puig de Galatzó which is a perfect place for hiking with spectacular views. In short, Calvià combines nature, history and Mallorcan culture to offer the visitor a pleasant experience in a tourist environment.

Located in the west of Mallorca, at the beginning of the Tramuntana mountain range, this municipality invites visitors to explore both its rich architectural history and outdoor activities. Andratx and Puerto de Andratx offer not only breathtaking views and dining options, but also opportunities for sailing and water sports such as snorkeling and kayaking in the crystal clear waters. In addition, the mountainous surroundings of Andratx such as Peguera or Sant Elm provide exceptional opportunities for hiking and cycling, with routes offering panoramic views of the coast and the Mallorcan landscape.

 

Here, you will be able to go kayaking, snorkeling, coasteering, via ferrata, hiking, biking, climbing, deep water soloing.

Historic villages

Alcudia and Pollença in the north

Alcúdia was one of the essential cities of Mallorca. It has a rich history and magnificent monuments of different styles and periods. In fact, it is the oldest town in Mallorca and, for many, also the most beautiful on the island. When it was founded in the 1st century A.D., it was called Pollentia and was the Roman capital of the Balearic Islands. Its walls are a true emblem of the city. In the historic center, you will discover several ancient gates. Do not hesitate to walk along the ramparts to discover the city and also climb on top of them to admire the view (it's free!).

Pollença is a town in the north of Majorca that deserves a visit for its historical and architectural heritage, as well as for its artistic side. In the current historic center, which dates back to the 13th century, you can admire the church of Nostra Senyora dels Àngels, also known as Santa Maria de Pollença (13th century), and the convent of Sant Domingo (16th/17th century). For a sublime panoramic view of the surroundings, don't hesitate to climb the Calvario stairs: the effort is well worth it. The nearby Cap de Formentor and Cap de Pinar are well worth a visit. The village is popular with artists and the Sunday morning craft market is famous.

 

In this area, we propose activities such as climbing, caving, psicobloc, cycling, hiking, canyoning, coasteering, snorkeling, kayaking.

Posted in