Discover some of travel blogger, Nicola Dunkinson's top tips and favourite places to go in Mallorca, in this wonderful article.
The beautiful island of Mallorca sits in the Mediterranean ocean surrounded by neighbouring Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. Known as the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is the largest. It is a place that holds many happy memories for me as a child, of family holidays and lazy beach days.
Visiting as an adult, I now have a whole new impression of it. There is so much more to see and do in Mallorca than just beaches, although the island has some dreamy shorelines that are not to be missed.
Some favourite beaches
Es Trenc beach in the south has 2km of sand to relax on, crystal clear waters and sand dunes to explore. In a fairly remote location, it’s wonderful for an escape. The turquoise hues of Cala Mondragó are very inviting, with shallow waters making it perfect for families and rocky coves which are fantastic for snorkelling.
Santanyí weekly market
Head to Santanyí for the weekly market held on the streets of this quaint town. Shop for handmade jewellery, local produce and leather bags or relax in a curbside café while watching the world go by.
Flor de Sal d’es Trenc: Mallorca's salt farm
For a completely different day trip take a visit to Flor de Sal d’es Trenc, Mallorca’s salt farm. Discover how salt is produced on a tour and take a photo next to the huge ‘salt mountains,’ which can sometimes reach up to ten metres in height. Purchase some salt from the small shop; it makes for an unusual souvenir and serves as a reminder of a unique experience.
Bellver Castle is a must
Bellver Castle is a must see; the Gothic structure is circular with an open interior and provides beautiful views towards the capital Palma and the ocean. It’s a wonderful place for taking photos if you like architecture. Stroll around Palma and get lost along the tiny cobbled streets. Beautiful buildings, boutique shops and local bakeries are all lovely discoveries here. Book onto a rooftop tour of the Cathedral, the views of the city are wonderful, as are the stained-glass windows; one of which is amongst the largest in the world. Admire it from the roof and inside, it is interesting to view the window from both.
For an afternoon drink in the sunshine, Baiben at Puerto Portals on the harbour front in Palma is the place to go. Cocktails with an exciting twist and views of the harbour are a real treat! I’m a huge gin fan, so my favourite was the Mediterranean Julep cocktail created using Gin Mare, Mediterranean herbs, bitter and elderflower. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Belmond La Residencia;you can reserve a table at this stunning hotel even if you are not staying there. Tapas on the veranda is a must. Nestled in the hills overlooking the village of Deyá, the hotel is full of rustic charm and has it’s own resident donkeys. Say hi to them and explore the hotel’s private olive groves.
I found Cala Figuera particularly inspiring;the tiny fishing village really caught my imagination. Peaceful and unassuming, I loved strolling along the narrow walkways right on the waters edge, passing fishing boats and locals bringing in the mornings catch. Cats sat on doorsteps and a lady sketching really brought a tranquil feel to a lovely spot.
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Nicola is a travel and lifestyle blogger based in the UK. Her passions are road trips, surfing, outdoor adventures and family travel.
Working part-time as a flight attendant allows Nicola to carry over her love for travel into her day job.
Since having a baby she has continued to explore the globe with her mini adventurer in tow.
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