When travellers of the sea speak of Mallorca, most will rave about its radiant beaches, amazing natural landscape, beautiful mountains and cosmopolitan city centre. Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, lies in the Balearic Sea on the southeast coast of Spain, and is definitely a top sailing destination you’ll want to include on your list. Our Mallorca travel guide will bring you one step closer to your dream sailing holiday in Spain.
Over the years, Mallorca has attracted a magnitude of conquerors, invaders, settlers and tourists, who have all been vital contributions to the rich and dynamic island we know today. With great cafes, restaurants, bars, cathedrals and a flourishing nightlife, Mallorca continues to attract visitors from all over the world and treat them to an island holiday filled with sparkling beaches and an abundance of outdoor activities.
In its high season, the island receives about 8 million visitors, but with a coastline of more than 550km, there are plenty of secluded beaches and hidden coves to escape to. Mallorca enjoys that perfect Mediterranean climate we all flock towards: hot, sunny summers and mild winters.
From sand to rocks and pebbles to gravel, Mallorca has beaches to meet all tastes. Cala Agulla, in the northeast, boasts fine, golden-brown sand and rocky Cala Mondrago, in the south, is popular for snorkelling. Es Trenc beach, also in the south, is arguably one of Mallorca’s most popular beaches, while Canyamel is a quiet resort ideal for escaping the crowds.
Palma de Mallorca is the largest city on the island. It’s an old city offering architectural wonders, a vibrant culture and great local Mediterranean food. And along with Magaluf, it’s also home to one of the largest areas for tourists to experience the island’s nightlife; visitors hit the bars and clubs here until the sun comes up. Playa de Palma is the busiest destination on the island - a resort area with a 6km stretch of coast joined by a wide beachside promenade.
This cosmopolitan island is also known for its shopping. Centralised in the city of Palma, Mallorca offers a variety of shopping options to its visitors, from high-end luxury brands to small local boutiques.
But Mallorca is more than just bars, clubs and busy resorts; Mallorca is also an excellent destination for escaping to interesting rural villages and exploring fantastic wine regions, cathedrals and caves. The Tramuntana Mountains, situated on the island’s west coast and running for around 90 km, are great for hiking and day trips. The Serra de Tramuntana offers excellent hiking trails, and Mallorca is also perfect for cycling, golfing and deep water diving, too.
Mallorca is home to six beautifully protected natural parks, each sitting at a meeting point to its coastline. These impressive parks all have a wealth of stunning environmental treasures, which include white sandy beaches, a hilly countryside and a rugged coastline where dramatic cliffs drop down to the seas below.
There is also a wealth of great cultural icons to visit while in Mallorca, from excellent art galleries and museums to ancient settlements, castles and ruins. Some of the cultural highlights in Mallorca include the Es Baluar contemporary art gallery in Palma, the Frederic Chopin exhibit, the Can Prunera modern art museum in Soller and the CCA art centre in Andratx. The Capdepera Castle and Bellver Castle in Palma are some iconic historical sights not to miss.
Majorca’s airport is conveniently located in Palma, on the southern end of the island, and most European carriers fly here daily. There are bus and train lines that run all throughout the island, and taxi services are also readily available in Palma.
Mallorca is undeniably an excellent destination for those seeking an unforgettable vacation on the Balearic Sea. With its lengthy and varied coastline, sailing around Mallorca on your own private boat is an ideal way to explore this gorgeous island paradise. You can anchor in Mallorca’s many secluded coves or relax on its sunny beaches, and you can pull into its village harbours for the evening to experience the world-class bars and restaurants on offer. This popular Spanish island destination truly does have something for everyone, so why not start planning your dream sailing holiday to Mallorca now?