The European jet set has long known that Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands
in the western Mediterranean, is a summer playground nonpareil. Now, you can, too, at any of our idyllic Mallorca holiday rentals.
While Ibiza exudes a young, hedonistic vibe, and Menorca an older, more sedate atmosphere, Mallorca sits somewhere in the middle. Yes, you can find spots to dance the night away, but you'll be spending more of your time savoring a Palo (a liqueur only made on Mallorca) before dinner, exploring Castell d'Alaró or soaking up the rays on Cala d'en Borgit.
From a cosmopolitan main city to 200 beaches to pine-topped mountains and rural sleepy towns, this island has it all - and our Mallorca vacation rentals are the perfect refuge!
Palma de Mallorca
You're first stop will probably be Palma de Mallorca, the island's largest city. This vibrant center boasts a variety of engaging sites, from chic cafés to Gothic cathedrals. Head up by foot to Alaro Castle and admire the fortifications that resisted the invasion of Alfonso II of Aragon. Stroll through the Arab Baths built in the 10th century, which feature hammams and stone courtyards. Marvel at the Gothic exterior of La Seu Cathedral, one of the most iconic structures on the island, which was once the site of a mosque.
The Lluc Monastery affords great views up top while Capdepera Castle boasts a watchtower and once housed the island's governor. Almudaina Palace is the national museum of Mallorca and was built by the Moors in the 14th century.
To the north of the island lies the medieval town of Alcúdia. This restored city was once a Roman settlement and still boasts remnants from that time, as seen at Pollentia Alcúdia. You'll find medieval ramparts amid narrow streets as well as a Roman theater and old city walls.
The sleepy hamlet wakes up on Tuesdays and Sundays when locals display their wares at the market. If you're bringing kids along, make sure to hit the Hidropark in the port - you'll find water slides and swimming pools the whole family will enjoy!
Lying at the foot of the Tramuntana Mountains and built inland to deter pesky pirates, Andratx is a quiet town with a wealth of natural beauty.
Orange and almond trees abound and every Wednesday, markets pop up like daffodils in the spring. Hikers and bikers will find many a trail to get lost on, and history buffs will want to visit the 13th-century Santa Maria Church. Art lovers flock to the CCA Andratx Art Centre, the largest modern art center on the island.
To the east lies Pollença, a relaxing town
in which café life reigns supreme. Sit back in one of the small restaurants and admire the locals as they go about their business. The main square, Plaça Major, plays host to the 18th-century Nostra Senyora Dels Àngels Church, while the Convent de Sant Domingo, built over the course of 30 years, boasts a baroque cloister. The Museum of Pollença is worth a detour for its prehistoric artifacts. End the evening with a walk along the Roman Bridge, the perfect spot for a romantic proposal.
Between the mountains and the sea lies Soller
, a popular town for its vintage train to Malone. This spot features a lot of old world charm coupled with cute boutiques and cafes. Most visitors head to the 13th-century Church of Sant Bartomeu in the town square, with its baroque and modernist additions. The old town features maze-like streets and outdoor cafes. Architecture buffs will enjoy La Posada de Can Prohom, La Casa de la Luna, and La Posada de Moncaire.
The Natural Science Museum features a collection of fossils and the botanical gardens features native flora in abundance. The Museu del Casal de Cultura, situated in an 18th-century manor home, boats antiques and relics from ancient times. Can Prunera cannot be missed if you love modernist art from such native sons as Picasso and Miro.
Soller is known for its hiking as trails are well marked and traverse the lovely Tramuntana Mountains. You can also grab a mountain bike and hit the trails on wheels as well.
Beaches in Mallorca
With 200 beaches on the island, you might not get to them all but there are a few of particular note. The northern beaches tend to be well populated during the summer with more seclusion in the south. Playa de Muro is the best beach in Alcúdia, with its shallow blue water and golden sand, making it a perfect spot for family fun. You can windsurf or even parasail here as well. Port de Pollença beach is widely popular for water sports and Port de Soller offers a couple of lovely little beaches with a boardwalk offering refreshments. Cala d'en Borgit on the southeast is a secluded beach with crystal-blue water. Cala Falco is sheltered in a cove and is great for children due to its shallow waters. Sa Rapita is another private beach with spots to surf, windsurf, and enjoy family fun.
Enjoy sun-filled days and lazy nights at one our Mallorca vacation rentals.
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