The perfect getaway for an idyllic vacation: medieval and Mediterranean architecture, history, pleasant weather, great food, one word: Mallorca.
When to visit
I saw Mallorca in…September, after the 20th, the ideal moment to avoid crowds, tourists, heat. The sea temperature is perfect during this time, the museums lines narrow to the point where there is only you at the ticket office, the air is breathable.
The airline tickets have been purchased since June and using the classic Skyscanner.com, I found a good offer with Lufthansa, via Munich. Other options are low cost flights to Barcelona or Madrid and a local flight, but we would have lost almost a day between connections and the price was not much lower. In addition, low-cost airlines do not guarantee the hours, and that would have meant extra stress to catch the flight to Barcelona (Madrid) and Mallorca. In conclusion, the best solution is to buy the plane ticket in time to get the lowest price.
It is mandatory to rent a car
The island can be visited in about a week by car, I strongly recommend renting a car. We booked a month in advance, online – a small class car in which we were 5 people with minimum baggage. The best offer was at Goldcar at the airport.
Crossing the island from one end to the other can be done in about an hour, so it does not stay in the car a lot. Driving is on the right, European side. I recommend downloading the map of the island to the phone and saving it offline, if you don’t have data roaming. The roads and motorways are excellent, there are no road taxes except for the Soller tunnel. County roads can be extremely narrow, sometimes cars have to wait for each other because two can not pass at the same time, so once again we congratulate ourselves for the Polo and I do not recommend a big car such as the SUV.
Attention, parking! In the capital and the rest, fines of up to EUR 75 are charged for parking in unauthorized places. We have received one of these and another of EUR 45 because we have exceeded 10 minutes of paid time. One can park in areas marked with blue paint, pay at vending machines on the sidewalk, and the ticket must be left on the board, at sight. Parking in Palma is a real challenge, so I recommend finding accommodation outside the city.
Without knowing about the parking problems, we chose a Palma de Mallorca -centered accommodation through Airbnb. I will not recommend it because the landlord lied about accommodation and behave badly, but for a future visit I would choose to stay outside the city. Public transport can be an option, traffic is easy but does not offer the flexibility of a car.
Towns & landmarks in Palma de Mallorca:
- Palma La Seu Cathedral
- Program: (April, May & October) Mo – Fri 10:00 – 17:15; (June– September) Mo – Fri 10:00 – 18:15; (November – March) Mo – Fri 10:00 – 15:15; Sa 10:00 – 14:15 all year.
- Ticket price: 4 EUR, free for children.
- Visiting time needed: 1 hour.
- Castel L’Almudaina
- Program: (April – September) Tu– Su 10:00 – 20:00; (October – April) Tu– Su10:00 – 18:00.
- Ticket price: 7 EUR.
- Visiting time needed: 1,5 hours.
- Castel de Bellver
- Program: (April – September) Tu – Sa 10:00 -19:00; Su & holidays 10:00 – 15:00; (October – March) Tu – Sa 10:00 -18:00; Su & holidays 10:00 – 15:00; Mo closed.
- Ticket price: 4 EUR.
- Visiting time needed: 40 minutes.
- Pedestrian tour of the city
Besides the actual walks, tours in the capital of the island on the bike or Segway are popular.
Daily itineraries from the capital to island boundaries:
Day 1 (nord): Visit & shopping at Alcudia fortress, admire the spectacular view at Cap Formentor, lunch at Far de Formentor, relax on beach Cala Figuera, dinner at sunset in Port de Pollenca – restaurant La Sastreria.
Day 2 (south west): Walk in the exotic garden and visit the Jardines de Alfabia mansion (ticket price: 7,5 Euro, visit time 2h, details), crossing the Soller tunnel, visit Soller port, strolling in the picturesque village of Valldelmossa and visiting the Frederic Chopin and George Sand Museum ticket price: 4 Euros, visit time: 1,5h, details), admiring the rocky – seaside landscape on the Serra de Tramuntana road.
Day 3 (west): Visit some of the most pitoresque villages on the coast: Felanitx, Deia, Soller (dinner at Restaurant 16).
Day 4 (east): Visit Manacor factory for pearls, a stroll through the villages Maratxi, Calo des Moro, Santanyi (dinner at restaurant Sa Botiga)
Day 5 (south east): A day at the beach in natural park Cala s’Almonia.
Airplane ticket: 310 EUR
Car rent: 130 EUR/week
Accommodation: 127 EUR/week/no breakfast
Other costs: food, museum entries, gasoline.