Mallorca is a Mediterranean vacation paradise. The largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, it draws visitors with its amazing beaches, quaint villages, scenic mountains, historic sites, and great food. Most tourists come here to enjoy the high-quality tourism infrastructure and world-class beach resorts. Away from the tourist hot-spots, however, Mallorca is a laid-back and charming Mediterranean destination with quiet centuries-old villages, vast vineyards and orchards, beautiful rural landscapes, and amazing historic sights. A vacation in Mallorca can be whatever a visitor wants it to be: a relaxing vineyard vacation, a mountain adventure, a party-filled beach getaway, or a trip to one of the most history-rich destinations in the western Mediterranean.

When to visit Mallorca

Cala Fornells

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Most of the millions of tourists who flock to Mallorca each year come during the summertime. The temperatures are warmest and the skies are sunniest during the summer months, so this is no surprise. If you are heading to the island to enjoy the beach and the scene surrounding it, then summer is your best option. Temperatures are never really frigid on Mallorca, however, so winter visitors will enjoy reasonable weather (highs between 15-20 degrees Celsius) on most days. Many people consider September the best time to visit because of the summer-like conditions and lack of crowds.

What to see and do on Mallorca

Catedral de Mallorca

Photo: MARIA ROSA FERRE / Flickr

Most people come to Mallorca for the beach. The sands of this island are beautiful, but the most popular stretches (located on the southern and eastern coasts) can be very crowded during the summer. Of course, many visitors enjoy the bustling and energetic atmosphere and come to socialize and party as much as they come to lay on the beach. Water-sports like windsurfing are also on the agenda for many beach-focused vacationers. Those in search of adventure can head to Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain chain the runs through the interior of Mallorca. Hiking and cycling trails abound here, and the unique landscapes draw adventure-seekers and serious hikers from around the world. The city of Palma, Mallorca’s hub and capital, has some interesting historic sites. The old town section of the city is filled with historic buildings, including the impressive Catedral de Mallorca and the 14th century Castell de Bellver. Other options include rock climbing and tours of the island’s untouched interior, which is characterized by quaint small villages, vineyards and orchards, and sites that have not changed in centuries.

Where to stay

Hotel Club Mac

Photo: Mac Hotels / Flickr

Mallorca has a number of different types of accommodations. Large beach resorts are found near the seaside, while there are also an assortment of smaller guesthouses and hostels for those who are on a tighter budget. Away from the beach, Mallorca has some very interesting accommodations. Small converted farmhouses, known as agriturismos, welcome guests who want a small scale inn experience and want to avoid the crowded beach resorts.

How to get around on Mallorca

Cala Mondrago

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Buses run regularly between major tourist towns all around Mallorca. If you join an organized tour, transportation will be provided. Traveling outside of tourist areas can be more difficult, with some interior villages only serviced by bus once every few days.

If you want to avoid public transportation, you can get in touch with a car hire in Mallorca. This is the best option for people who are intent on exploring the whole island. Vehicles can be rented in most major towns and tourist areas on the island.

Josh Lew
Josh Lew
Josh Lew has traveled widely in Asia and the Americas. He has contributed to popular travel sites like Gadling and Brave New Traveler and currently writes a weekly travel column for MNN. His work has also appeared on the websites of CNN and Forbes Magazine.

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