Lost my heart in Mallorca… Oh my, who would have expected these words coming through my mouth? But last year’s trip to this stunning Balearic Island (including an epic shoot in the rain) proved that Mallorca has so much more to offer than alcohol-infused beach parties. That’s why I’ve decided to come back and explore more of this mediterranean beauty. Here are my favorites beaches, restaurants and picture-perfect places around the Island:
WHERE TO STAY
I would totally recommend to hire a car from Palma Airport – as it’s such an independent way to explore the island. We’ve chosen Sixt as rental car service, but you’ll find Europcar, Avis and Hertz – whatever’s best for you.
Although there are some amazing hotels in Mallorca, we’ve booked a private Finca via Airbnb as our holiday home. It was the best decision ever! Not only did we have an epic view around the valley of Sant Llorenc de Cardassar, the Finca was also in the middle of nowhere and we got to enjoy the silence and peace of the Majorcan countryside. Plus the infinity pool was a nice treat aswell…
WHERE TO SWIM
Let me tell you: Mallorca has some epic beaches & sea views to offer!! I didn’t expect to find so many torquoise bays with crystal clear waters and soft white sands, to be honest. Like straight out of a castaway movie…
My favorite beach would be Caló des Moro – a true gem in the middle of a nature reserve. To get to this paradise you need to follow a rocky path for a couple of minutes, but it’s totally worth the hike! Another great bay with torquoise waters is Cala s’Almunia, which is quite close to Calo des Moro. We’ve also explored Cala Anguila (which was not for us = too many tourists) and Cala Mitjana. The latter is a small bay in the middle of pine woods, that you’ll reach after a 20mins walk down a rocky path. Well, we weren’t the only romantics (the beach was surprisingly crowded), but we found a nice, quiet spot under the trees.
If you prefer something more chic and sophisticated I would totally recommend to check into Purobeach Palma. Enjoy a relaxing sea view, some nice chill-out music and gooood food. You’ll be spoiled with comfy sun beds, welcome drinks and fresh fruits! Perfect for a time-out or a nice pit stop on your way to Palma.
WHERE TO EXPLORE
What fascinates me about Mallorca is its versatility. You can do so many things on this island, like heading beachside, go for a hike in the mountains (this island is a mecca for adventurers and outdoor fans), enjoy a coffee by the harbour, go shopping at the picturesque old town of Palma or just indulge in some spanish Tapas (my fav).
My absolute highlight is a trip to Cap de Formentor. Maybe you remember this golden hour editorial from last year, where we got to shoot some stunning pieces overlooking the mediterranean sea? This view makes all the bumby roads and endless curves through the mountains worth it!
The beach of Formentor is also worth visiting and don’t forget to stop along the numerous observation points along the road for picture-perfect views over the ocean.
If you like traditional villages you should definitely visit Valdemossa or Artá in the north-east. Stroll through the narrow alleyways, discover one of the artisal shops or just sit down on the busy main street and watch the locals running errands.
And don’t forget to explore the capital, Palma de Mallorca, with its impressive cathedral, its charming cafes and nice boutiques. Fashion lovers should definitely stop by at Uterque, a sister brand of Zara, for some sartorial inspiration.
WHERE TO EAT
Last but not least let’s not forget about the yummy dishes of Mallorca aka Tapas, Fresh Fish and Churros! A traditional dinner usually starts with bread, olives and aioli (a garlic lovers haven), followed by a good amount of Tapas. My favs would be goat cheese with nuts, dates in bacon, patatas bravas (more aioli!!) and some serrano ham.
We’ve discovered some really good restaurants in Artá, like the Es Taronger (charming atmosphere), Sa Gripia and Ca Nostra. If you going to visit Port de Pollenca in the north of Mallorca, I can recommend the 1919 Grand Cafe. Ice-Cream lovers should definitely check out the yummy bacio gelato (thx Marina for the tip <3) at Rivareno in Palma. So good!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this visual trip and if you’re going to visit Mallorca soon, think of me and say OLA to this charming Island!
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