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Discover the Hidden Gems of Mallorca

For a small island Mallorca has so much to offer its visitors. I have to admit I’d always turned my nose up at the largest of the Balearic islands. Put off by the tales of jam-packed beaches, bustling tourist resorts and seen as a magnet for party animals, I steered well clear…. until this summer.  Let me take you on a compass point ride around the beautiful island and share with you some of the Mallorca’s hidden gems we came across on our most recent trip.

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Discover the hidden gems of Mallorca

On our week break to the Mediterranean island with Scott Dunn Travel, we enjoyed the Caribbean-esque scenes of the azure waters and enticing beaches associated with Mallorca.

Discover the hidden gems of Mallorca

Not one to spend all my time laying horizontal catching the rays, my explorer instincts soon kicked in. Within the seven days we managed to cover a lot of ground. Squeezing in all corners of the island we stumbled across some unforgettable landscapes rich in high mountains, small fishing villages and underground caves.

Pollença

Discover the gems of Mallorca

We were a short drive away from this incredibly picturesque Mallorcan rural town. Think cobbled narrow streets, stone houses,  and an impressive historic square lined with cafés, restaurants and bars. Café culture is large here. We slipped into the tradition with complete ease joining the locals supping beverages or (licking ice-creams in the case of the kids) whilst watching the world go by in Placa Mayor. The square is also home to the 18th century Nostra Senyora Del Angels church with its spectacular rose window.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

If you fancy a mini pilgrimage, climb the 365 cypress tree-lined steps (representing each day of the year) from the town centre leading you to El Calvari.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

Take a bottle of water particularly in the summer months, it can be quite tiring. When you reach the simple and peaceful hilltop chapel the rewards don’t stop there. The views at the top are magnificent up to the Bay of Pollença over the patchwork terracotta rooftop.

For those with a penchant for shopping don’t miss the tiny lanes brimming with artisan boutique shops. No surprises my wallet was empty after our first visit.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

For the sun worshippers the long swathes of sandy beaches are not too far away either in Puerto Pollença. The marina, cafe-lined promenade and enthralling views of the rugged Formentor Peninsula.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

Cala Formentor

Another glorious spot is Cala Formentor. The beach has a stunning pine forest backdrop and views to the mountains. With turquoise blue crystal clear waters and a white sandy beach you’ll never want to leave.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

My only regret was not making it to the end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and the razor-edge cliffs of  Cap de Formentor.

Cuevas del Drach

Discover the gems of Mallorca

Without doubt the world-famous Cuevas del Drach (Caves of Drach) is one of the island’s grandest and most popular tourist attractions.

Inevitably this does mean you’ll be doing the slow penguin shuffle through 1.2kms winding path which leads through a series of dramatic cave formation chambers. The tours take about an hour. After staring at the jaw-dropping shapes, colours and sheer size of the stalactites and stalagmites you finish with a rather cheesy but enjoyable classical music recital at the impressive underground lake.

Palma

Discover the gems of Mallorca

The historic capital is a vibrant and stylish city. It has it all – culture, luxury hotels, trendy restaurants, bars and a beautiful marina.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

Palma’s old town is centred around the majestic gothic cathedral, abundant with ancient passages, historic monuments and incredible architecture.

Deià

Discover the gems of Mallorca

The quiet, enchanting village perched on a hilltop in the Tramuntana is one of the prettiest and most exclusive on the island. It’s long been a magnet for the creative minded, Robert Graves the English poet being the most famous.

The steep cobbled streets, stone houses adorned with bougainvillea, impressive views across the crystal clear Mediterranean and the stunning mountain vistas help you ease right into the laid back air of the coastal village.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

Deià is also home to the Belmond La Residencia, a stunning boutique hotel set amongst acres of scented olive and citrus groves. We sipped on cocktails and enjoyed the exceptional views over the picturesque village of Deià and later feasted on the most delicious tapas in one of their restaurants Café Miró. Next time we’re staying (hint, hint Mrs S) – I totally fell in love with the place.

Cala Deià

Discover the gems of Mallorca

A thirty minute walk or short drive away is Cala Deià, where you’ll find a small shingle beach set within a captivating coastal inlet.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

The small rocky cove is home to two restaurants and one for sure will require advance booking. Tom Hiddleston and The Night Manager fans join the queue as it’s where you will find the popular waterside restaurant Ca’s Patro March, used as a location for some of the scenes from the hit TV thriller.

Valldemossa

Discover the gems of Mallorca

The quaint village of Valledemossa is the highest town in Mallorca. It’s picture perfect against the Serra de Tramuntana range with its bountiful olive groves and almond orchards. The 13th century monastery is one of the main attractions famous for once being home to the great composer Chopin. Outdoor thrillseekers won’t be disappointed either as the surrounding terrain is perfect for rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking.

Soller

Discover the gems of Mallorca

If you’re pressed for time like we were, Soller makes a beautiful day trip from Palma. There is a charming wooden vintage tram that takes you through the scenic countryside passing citrus groves. You’re so close you could do some fruit picking of your own!

Once you disembark and arrive in the main square Placa Constitucid, join in the favourite tourist pastime of café lounging. There are some great, tapas bar, pastry and ice-cream shops, then sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

Discover the gems of Mallorca

And finally…

When you’re next in the mood for some sun, sea and sand forget the Caribbean. Mallorca is an island that really does have it all and make you seek out the hidden gems!

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Have you been to Mallorca? If so, I’d love to know your favourite area. Let me know in the comments box below.

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18 Comments

  • Vicky 7th November 2017 at 9:04 am

    Mallorca has been on my radar for a while now. Great food, beautiful beaches and cute towns. What’s not to love. This post makes me want to go even more now!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 7th November 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Get booking Vicky! A great little beach break for next year.

  • Binny 7th November 2017 at 9:51 am

    I had never actually considered it but it looks so adorable and lots to do, combined with amazing weather. Definitely pushed on to my list now!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 7th November 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Neither had I Binny and I needed some convincing to go. I’d so recommend now, its a beautiful island and so close to us!

  • Håkon 7th November 2017 at 11:13 am

    All fine places,but there is also some nice ones on the souteast. Felanitx,nice town with few tourists.
    Santuari De Cura,the best view on the island and good food.
    Portopetro,nice old fishing village.
    And my favourite beach Es Trenc…nice and quiet,no bars or hotels,just nice sand and clear water 🙂

    • Sima Sthanakiya 7th November 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Well I’ll definitely be going back, so will bear these in mind for my next trip. Thank you!

  • Honey @ The Girl Next Shore 12th November 2017 at 11:21 am

    “I have to admit I had always turned my nose up at the largest of the Balearic islands. Put off by the tales of jam-packed beaches, bustling tourist resorts and magnets for party animals…” —> You and I both! However, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it recently, plus reading this makes me want to go! I liked the look of Belmond La Residencia!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 13th November 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Seriously Honey you should really consider. There are some stunning parts to the island, it’s something I thought I would never say.

  • Corey with fifi + hop 8th January 2018 at 5:19 am

    We went to Mallorca for the first time this summer and like you absolutely loved it. I know it has a bad rap, but it really depends on where you go. We stayed in Deia and explored the west and the north, and were completely smitten with its beauty. I’m impressed by how much territory you covered! I would love to return some day and see the caves as well as Palma. #CulturedKids

  • Nicky @ Go Live Young 8th January 2018 at 10:43 am

    Love Majorca although haven’t been for a while. There’s still lots of unspoiled gems #culturedkids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th January 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Loads Nicky. Perhaps you should put it on your 2018 list!

  • Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays 8th January 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Well that’s smashed all my preconceptions about Mallorca, what a stunning looking island and not too far away either. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th January 2018 at 3:11 pm

      That’s one of the best thing a couple of hours away and you can pretend you’re in the Caribbean!

  • Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me) 8th January 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I went to Mallorca about 15 years ago and like you I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there are busy areas, but it’s not difficult to find beautiful, quiet parts that are relaxing and unspoilt. I do remember visiting the Drach caves. Fun, despite the crowds! Thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th January 2018 at 3:13 pm

      Yeah, I’ll be back again for sure. Yes, it is a shame how busy the caves get, no surprise with them being so spectacular.

  • cat hooper 18th January 2018 at 12:35 pm

    we went to porto pollensa a few years back and had a brilliant relaxed week. Very quiet and a gorgeous beachfront #culturedkids

  • Julia 14th August 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Oh wow, this is incredibly interesting because I went to Mallorca on a cruise ship but compared to this I didn’t really see very much!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Sima Sthanakiya 27th August 2018 at 10:06 am

      You’ll definitely have to go again Julie. Any excuse for a holiday, right?

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