Are you going to travel to Majorca? If so, we are sure that hundreds of questions about organizing the trip have come to you and, probably, you are even at a point where the planning process is choking you. Don’t worry. Wherever you are, we have proposed to help you with this post by giving you all the information you need to make your trip to Mallorca a success.

Located in the Mediterranean and known for its nature, its paradisiacal beaches, its charming towns and a gastronomy that leaves no one indifferent, we assure you that spending a few days on this magical island will become an unforgettable experience. You do not believe it?. We hope you give us a vote of confidence, keep reading and let yourself go. We promise that with this post, the organization will be much easier than you think.

After several times that we have traveled to the island, the last one taking a route through Mallorca by car, we leave you with what is for us, the 10 essential tips for traveling to Mallorca  and enjoying the island to the fullest. Let’s start!

1. What is the best time to travel to Majorca?

Without a doubt, this is one of the doubts that gives travelers the most headaches. Will it be the ideal time? Will rain? Will it be cold?… And so we could continue until the end of the post. We perfectly understand this uncertainty that comes when choosing which days you are going to make the trip and it is that, in part, the weather will end up defining how your trip to Mallorca has been. The first thing we want to tell you is that, luckily, the island boasts of having a fairly stable climate throughout the year, so no matter what time you choose, there will always be something to do and enjoy. Of course, as you can imagine, if we take into account that the beach is one of the great attractions of the island, the best time to travel to Mallorca is considerably reduced.

  • High season (July and August): without a doubt, this is the most demanded time to make a trip to Mallorca. It is the moment in which the infrastructures are fully active, prices rise considerably and the availability of a large part of the services is reduced. Although it is true that you are largely insured, despite the fact that the weather is unpredictable, long days, sun and warm temperatures; In our experience, two months should be avoided unless it is the only time you can do this trip. If you are going to travel in high season, remember that it is practically essential to book your accommodation, rental car and flights well in advance to have enough offer and, above all, not to pay an excessive price.
  • Medium season (April, May, June, September and October): for us, without any doubt, this is the best time to visit Mallorca, especially the months of June and September, since the services are still at full capacity but still there is not much crowd. The months of April, May and October are also excellent options although the weather may be less stable and some services may not be operating at 100%.
  • Low season (November to March): this is the time when the island receives fewer visitors. The prices of the accommodations drop considerably and there is availability without the need to book in advance. Also, it is important to know that many of the services are not 100% operational, including inter-island ferries, and there are even some (hotels and restaurants) that close during these months.
Cabo de Formentor tips for traveling to Majorca

2. How do I start organizing my trip to Mallorca?

We probably won’t reveal anything to you by telling you that Majorca is one of the most touristic destinations in the world and as such, during the high season, especially July and August, it is practically essential to book any type of service you need in advance. We tell you this not only because of the price, but also because of the low availability that exists during this period of the year, during which some services even have 100% occupancy. It is for this reason that we believe it is very important to pay special attention to certain aspects, in order to be able to enjoy the island without last-minute surprises or setbacks.

  • Flights: if you are going to arrive on the island by plane, landing at Palma International Airport, also known as Son Sant Joan International Airport, it is best to book your tickets as far in advance as possible. To do this, we recommend using this flight search engine, where you can find all the possible combinations and the best offers. Once at the airport, you can either rent a car to move around the island or, if you don’t want to worry about anything, hire a private transfer.
  • Ferries: in case you want to arrive by ferry from a city like Barcelona or Valencia or even, you are making a route through the Balearic Islands and you want to arrive from Menorca or Ibiza, the ferry is another of the best ways to travel to Mallorca. To see the schedules, prices, and even make a reservation, we recommend you check the Ferryhopper website.
  • Accommodation: without a doubt, this is one of the most important aspects, so like the rest, it is important to dedicate some time to it and, above all, book it as far in advance as possible if you want to have a wide offer and good prices. We always consult and reserve through Booking, where we find the best options at the best prices.
  • Rental car: are you going to do a route around the island? Then we recommend you rent a car or motorbike to have total freedom of schedules and not have to depend on public transport. We always review the offers available at AutoEurope and Rentalcars with whom we also contract Premium insurance, which is a kind of comprehensive insurance but cheaper.
  • Activities: another important aspect, which is often overlooked, are the activities that we want to do during the trip to Mallorca, especially the unforgettable boat trips to enjoy the best coves or the sunsets. We recommend that you check ahead of time which ones are best for you so that you can reserve them in time and thus ensure your place. You can check here all the excursions in Mallorca.
  • Restaurants: believe it or not, one of the things to pay attention to before traveling to Mallorca is the places where you want to have lunch or dinner, since many of the most famous restaurants on the island remain unavailable for several weeks before. That is why if you want to go to a special one, we recommend you book it at least a few days before so as not to leave the island with a bad taste in your mouth.
Palma travel tips to Majorca

3. How much time do I need to get to know Mallorca? Is one weekend enough?

We know that another of the questions that frightens travelers the most when traveling to Majorca is whether they are going to spend enough days on the island. Also, as you can imagine, when the destination is Majorca, perhaps that doubt is greater since to the possible visits you want to make, you must add extra time to enjoy some of its (many) paradisiacal beaches and coves. Although this is something totally personal, after the experience, we dare to say that the ideal would be to have a week to get to know most of the essential places to see in Mallorca, as well as invest some time in yourself, to relax and enjoy the beach.

Don’t have that much time? Do not worry because this island is for everyone and whatever time you have, you will surely enjoy it and even that limited type will become an advantage and will lead you to leave thinking of returning as soon as possible. You do not believe it? In the next point we will leave you several proposals for routes, of 3, 5 and 7 days, which we believe are the perfect days to discover and enjoy this magical place.

Calo des Moro tips for traveling to Majorca

4. Possible routes through Majorca (3,5 and 7 days)

We know that just a couple of lines ago we told you that whatever days you have, your trip to Mallorca will be unforgettable. And we continue to believe it. But we also believe that you need to know that this island has an infinite number of places and things to do, so if your time is limited, you probably have to choose what you want to focus on to avoid going from one place to the other, doing kilometers without much sense, just by going to a place you’ve seen on the internet.

That is why we want to leave you with some proposals for routes to travel to Mallorca that of course are customizable, depending on your tastes and needs. Remember that these are examples and that, although we always try to help you as much as we can and we like to make it easier for you to organize your trips, there is a personal part that we believe is very important that you do: assess whether our proposal fits your style of travelling. Do we include many places? Few sites in so long? Do you want a more cultural route? Or do you prefer more beaches? Asking yourself all these questions will help you finish filing these proposed routes and turn them into your ideal trip. And if, on the contrary, you agree with our way of traveling, then congratulations! You already have the final routes.

Trip to Majorca in 3 days

These would be the minimum days that we would dedicate to the island since, if we also include transfers, it is the time that we believe is minimally necessary to travel to Mallorca. Keep in mind that all the suggestions are based on your having accommodation in Palma, which is where we stayed last time. If you are in another location, you will have to modify the times and even, in some cases, the order of the visits.

  • Day 1: Caló des Moro – Palma de Mallorca
  • Day 2: Es Trenc – Valldemossa – Deià – Sa Foradada
  • Day 3: Sóller – Fornalutx – Cap de Formentor

In addition to what was mentioned above, you should also take into account that for convenience and above all, to avoid having problems with parking on the best-known beaches, we have planned the routes with visits to the beaches in the morning for the afternoon, make visits to towns/cities.

Majorca in 5 days

If you have a couple of more days, it is ideal since you can include visits to other parts of the island that seem incredible to us, as well as knowing a couple of extra beaches that we are sure will seem incredible to you. Remember that as we have commented on several occasions, you can adapt this proposal and add or discard everything that does not fit your tastes. In addition, another of the things that we recommend is to go a little on the go, even if you have this route as a guide. There is nothing better on vacation than letting yourself go and if you are enjoying the beach and you don’t want to leave, pay attention and let yourself flow. That is also traveling!

  • Day 1: Caló des Moro – Palma de Mallorca
  • Day 2: Es Trenc – Valldemossa – Deià – Sa Foradada
  • Day 3: Sóller – Fornalutx – Sa Calobra
  • Day 4: Cova del Drach – Cap de Pera Castle – Playa de Muro – Alcúdia
  • Day 5: Pollensa – Cap de Formentor

Majorca in 7 days

As we mentioned at the beginning, this would be the ideal time to dedicate to the island to get to know the vast majority of essential places as well as having more time to enjoy Mallorcan gastronomy, a point that we have not yet discussed but that we assure you, It is another of the great reasons to travel to Mallorca.

  • Day 1: Caló des Moro – Palma de Mallorca
  • Day 2: Es Trenc – Valldemossa – Deià – Sa Foradada
  • Day 3: Fornalutx – Sóller – Sa Calobra
  • Day 4: Cova del Drach – Cap de Pera Castle – Playa de Muro – Alcúdia
  • Day 5: Pollensa – Cap de Formentor
  • Day 6: Serra de la Tramuntana
  • Day 7:  Cabrera Island

You have much more information about these proposals on this route through Mallorca in 3, 5 and 7 days, in which we talk about all the points of interest with advice and recommendations.

Valldemossa travel tips in Mallorca

5. Essential: cities and towns of Mallorca

Probably your image of Mallorca are paradisiacal beaches. You are not wrong since these are one of the great reasons why this island is so well known. But it is also important to say that Mallorca is not just beaches, since this beautiful island can boast of having several beautiful towns, where you will feel like you are going back in time, or cities as attractive and full of life as Palma, which we are sure will not will leave you indifferent.

We recommend you review this selection carefully so that you can take into account all these attractions and thus include them in your trip to Mallorca.

Cities

As we have mentioned before, surely the beaches are your main objective on this trip, but that is not why you are going to stop visiting a city, right?

  • Palma: capital of the island, this is the most important city on the island and, without a doubt, one of its essentials. Also, the last time we were there, we chose it as a place to stay for a week and the truth is that it was a great success since it allowed us to discover it little by little, use it as a base for our route around the island and take advantage of its great offer gastronomy to enjoy Mallorcan cuisine like never before. We recommend you read this post about the places to see in Palma de Mallorca and this one with recommendations for restaurants to eat in Palma so you don’t miss a thing. Remember that one of the best ways to get to know the city is by taking one of the best free tours in Palma, through which you will be able to get to know the capital from the best possible hand.
  • Manacor: second city in population, this would be another recommended visit if you are going to be on the island for more than a week.

Towns of Majorca

We continue with a selection of towns that we believe cannot be missing on your trip to Mallorca. More or less known, more or less touristy but all charming and with a history that leaves no one indifferent, we recommend that you visit them so that your route is complete and you get the best view of this magical island.

  • Valldemossa: located in the Sierra de Tramuntana, in a unique natural environment, this is one of the most beautiful and touristic towns in Mallorca. We recommend you not to stop reading this post with a selection of places to see in Valldemossa and this selection of restaurants to eat in Valldemossa to fully enjoy the experience.
  • Sóller: known in part thanks to its historic tram, Sóller is another of those places that it is impossible not to include in a route around the island. You do not believe it?. We invite you to read this post about the places to see in Sóller and this one with recommendations for restaurants to eat in Sóller so you can discover it.
  • Pollença: with a beautiful historic center and located in the northeast of the island, this is another of the most beautiful attractions on the island thanks to emblematic places such as its Plaza Mayor or El Calvari, from where you have unique views of the location. Do not miss this post with the places to see in Pollensa and this one with the best restaurants to eat in Pollensa.
  • Alcudia: the former capital of the island, this municipality is one of our favorite places on the island thanks to its historic center where you feel like you are going back in time. In addition, it is one of the most touristic areas so it is also an excellent place to stay. Remember to consult this article in which we talk about the places to see in Alcudia and this one with several recommendations for restaurants to eat in Alcudia.
  • Fornalutx: in the valley of Sóller, in the heart of the Sierra de Tramuntana, this small and charming town stands out for its perfectly decorated streets, in which flowers are the real protagonists and its stone houses, for which it seems, not time has passed. In this article about the places to see in Fornalutx you will find all the essentials of this beautiful town.
  • Deià: in the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana and surrounded by nature and tranquility, this is another of our favorite places on the island, which we recommend you not to leave aside when traveling to Mallorca. We leave you this article in which we talk about the places to see in Deià. Do not stop reading it to know all the attractions of this charming place.
  • San Telmo: old fishing village and located in the west, this is another of the most famous places on the island.
Pollença tips for traveling to Mallorca

6. Beaches and coves that you should include when traveling to Mallorca

We have arrived at what is probably one of the most interesting points for travelers arriving in Majorca: its beaches. Before leaving you with a selection of those that are for us, some of the best beaches and coves on the island, we want to tell you about something that we believe is important. And it is nothing other than knowing that the island is a paradise for lovers of sand and water, so if Mallorca can boast of anything it is its paradisiacal beaches. This makes it impossible to include them all in this list of recommendations and that this is only a small sample of all that exist.

  • Caló des Moro
  • Sa Calobra
  • Cala Agulla
  • S’Almunia
  • Cala Mitjana
  • It breaks
  • Formentor
  • Caló des Mármols
  • Cala Mondragó
  • Cala Varques

In addition to that, we want to place special emphasis on the need to go to these beaches first thing in the morning if you are going to travel in high season and want to find a place to park your car or enjoy the beach with some peace of mind. In case you don’t want to get up early, we recommend you look for a lesser-known beach or even opt for a boat trip, to see the Mallorcan coast from another perspective and stop at some of the most emblematic.

Cala Mondragó travel tips to Majorca

7. Where to sleep in Majorca?

Another of the things that generates the most concern when traveling to Mallorca is choosing where to stay. And it is that, although initially it may seem something easy, we assure you that it is not so easy, partly thanks to the many options that the island offers, perfect for all types of travelers. That is why we recommend you pay special attention to this point and before choosing a place, check if it matches what you are looking for and expected from your trip. Of course, you do not need to pay excessive attention or feel frustrated if prices skyrocket in the area you wanted. If Mallorca has something, it is that it is a magical island and no matter where you stay, it will always be a success. Really!.

These are some of the most recommended areas to find a hotel on the island:

  • Palma: capital of the island, this was our choice the last time we visited Mallorca. Although it may not be an option for travelers looking only for the beach, if you want to take a route around the island, we recommend you take it into account. On this occasion we stayed at Apuntadores 8, in the historic center, and it was a success.
  • Magaluf: although this is probably the area that you have least thought about or that you have discarded directly, unless you are looking for partying and leisure, we advise you to value it especially if you have a tight budget or do not want to spend too much on hotels.
  • Colonia de Sant Jordi: very close to some of the best beaches on the island, this is undoubtedly one of the best areas in which to look for accommodation.
  • Portals Nous: this is one of the most exclusive areas of Majorca, so it is not accessible to all budgets and the atmosphere, perhaps, can be somewhat exhausting depending on the places in the area. Despite that, we did not want to stop including it in this list of recommendations.
  • Puerto de Alcudia: this is one of the best options, thanks to its infrastructure and location, to stay, especially if you are traveling with your family and want to be close to everything.
  • Playa de Muro: very close to the previous one, this is one of the best-known beaches on the island and, as you can imagine, a great option if you want to be in paradise but next to everything.
  • Cala d’Or: located in a unique environment and very close to some of the best beaches on the island, this area is perfect for all types of travelers and pockets as there are accommodation options for all audiences.
  • Port de Sóller: this is another of the most exclusive areas of the island, so if you want to stay here, it is advisable to book as far in advance as possible to find reasonable prices.
  • Puerto de Pollensa: known for being another of the most famous and tourist areas of the island, it is very well connected and has all the services.

In addition to the areas mentioned, another option is to opt for an inland town such as Valldemossa, Fornalutx, Alcúdia, Pollença or Sóller. Be sure to read this post about where to stay in Majorca where you will find extensive information on each area as well as recommended hotels in each of them.

Colonia de Sant Jordi travel tips to Majorca

8. Basic tips for driving in Mallorca. Is it necessary to rent a car to tour the island?

One of the questions you ask us the most is about the need or recommendation to rent a car to tour Mallorca. Although it is true that this is not essential, based on our experience, we do have to say that it is highly recommended since in this way you will not have to be aware of schedules or plan routes based on the existence of public transport. Also, if you are going to travel in low or mid season, it is important to know that public transport between points of interest is considerably reduced or even non-existent at times. For this and above all, for freedom of movement, we advise you to rent a car or motorbike and thus be able to move around without paying attention to anything else to enjoy.

Another option, in case you do not want to rent a car, is to choose to go from the peninsula on the ferry that leaves from Barcelona or Valencia with which you can take your own car. This last time, although we started the trip through Menorca, we went with our car by ferry and we moved around all the islands in this way.

Regardless of the way you choose to move around the island, we leave you with some tips that we believe will help you:

  • Remember that in high season, many of the best-known beaches fill up early in the morning. This means that if you want to find a parking space, the ideal is to be on the beach around 8-9 in the morning at the latest or you will find that the parking lot is full.
  • Whatever the case may be, and even if you can’t find parking, it is very important to be responsible and not park anywhere or in places where it is not explicitly allowed. We know it’s frustrating to have to go around a lot to park or even leave a place because you can’t find parking, but that doesn’t justify being irresponsible or damaging nature by parking in places where it’s not allowed.
  • Although it is something that would not be necessary to remember, it is essential and very necessary to comply with traffic regulations and avoid overtaking at all times in places where it is not allowed, going faster than the established speed or driving through areas where it is prohibited. . Yes, we know that we are being very “demanding” and you are planning a trip, but we don’t want you to risk it by arriving a minute early.
  • Although some roads, especially those leading to some beaches, are not paved, in general terms all the roads on the island are in perfect condition.
  • Despite the fact that it seems incredible, there is always parking in cities and towns and also, this is usually in central areas and is free or, if paid, the price is very reasonable.
  • Before we told you that the most famous beaches are usually very crowded from early in the summer. In case you want to go later, another option is to opt for public transport or even a taxi.

9. Gastronomy that you cannot miss when traveling to Mallorca

We come to one of the tastiest points of this advice guide for traveling to Mallorca: gastronomy. If you know us a bit, you will know that this is an aspect to which we pay special attention in our trips and as you can imagine, this island was not going to be less. And although it would be impossible to include in just a few lines all the dishes and products that we would like to recommend, we do want to leave a sample of some of the ones that we liked the most so that you do not stop trying them and thus, leave Mallorca with the best flavor of mouth.

  • Coca de Trampó: it is a kind of pizza base to which green and red peppers, tomato, onion, oil and salt are added and is usually eaten as a starter or appetizer.
  • Brut rice: this rice has a soupy finish and is made with different types of meat.
  • Tumbet: This vegetarian dish is made with aubergines, potatoes and a delicious tomato sauce.
  • Mallorcan fried: this preparation is based on different vegetables to which fish, shellfish or meat are added. Undoubtedly, one of the most traditional and delicious recipes.
  • Pa amb Oli:  bread, oil, tomato and salt. Can something so simple be more delicious? Absolutely not. Although if you want to give it something extra, you can accompany it with cheese, of course from Mahón, or sausage.
  • Mallorcan soup:  this is another of the best-known dishes and consists of a soup made with vegetables and thin slices of bread.

In addition to all these dishes, you cannot miss trying the Mallorcan-style fish, the Mallorcan-style snails and, of course, the sobrassada, the Mallorcan empanadas and the ensaimadas. And the aioli as a starter in restaurants. It is a delicacy, although remember that it is normally paid; and the best way to wait for the dishes to arrive.

In addition to all the articles that we have linked to the route proposals, with restaurant recommendations in all towns and cities, we leave you this general post in which you can find many recommendations for restaurants to eat in Mallorca. Also remember that if you want to go to one of the best-known restaurants, it is highly recommended to book in advance to ensure a table.

coca de trampo tips for traveling to Majorca

10. Excursions in Majorca

At the beginning of the article we talked about the importance of booking activities in advance when traveling to Mallorca, especially if you are going to do it in high season, since this is the time when the island receives the most visitors and on many occasions, great part of the services, including tours, remain unavailable. We share with you some of the most demanded excursions and tours so that you can review the information and if you like them, be able to book them and thus enjoy them without worrying about anything.

  • Free tour of Palma de Mallorca
  • Excursion to the caves of Drach
  • Catamaran trip to Illetas from Palma
  • Boat to Sa Calobra from Sóller
  • More excursions here
Cuevas del Drach tips for traveling to Mallorca
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