Mallorca is much more than beaches and we want to prove that. The island hides some of the most charming villages of Spain, both inland and on the coast. Places, where time has stopped far away from the tourist crowds. We made our selection of favorite places to visit in Mallorca so that, on your next trip to the island, you can get to know them first-hand.
The most incredible places to visit in Mallorca
It is located in the northwest of Mallorca and started to grow as a town thanks to the prosperous citrus crop in its valley. The oranges were exported to France from the Port de Sóller. Many of the inhabitants went to live in this neighboring country and returned having great fortunes which they invested in constructing modernist buildings in the municipality.
One of the must-see places to visit in Mallorca, is the Plaza de la Constitución, with many bars and coffee shops to grab a drink and a beautiful building nearby: the church of Sant Bartomeu. In the middle of the square, you can also see the tram that goes to the port.
✔ What else? Do not miss the Can Prunera museum, the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences and the Botanical Garden.
It’s next to Sóller and it has been said many times that Fornalutx is the most beautiful town in Spain. It’s situated in the Serra de Tramuntana, in the valley of Sóller. Its steep streets and buildings are made of stone that contribute to the very rustic look. Strolling through its narrow streets will enchant you. While there, see the town hall: it has a 17th-century defense tower. Don’t miss the church! Its architecture combines Gothic style with Baroque, where Baroque also played a big part in later reforms.
✔✔ In the Plaça d’España (the main square) you will find bakeries, coffee shops and some other shops.
Are you a nature lover or sports enthusiast? In the Serra de Tramuntana, there are cycling and hiking trails.
Pollensa or Pollença is located in the north of the island. At the beginning of the last century, it became the residence of artists, musicians, and writers who came because were attracted by its beauty. It is a magical place to find inspiration. It is located in the interior but, on the coast, we can find the Port de Pollença (the most touristic part, where beaches, bars and many leisure options are centered), Cala San Vicenç and Formentor.
Pollensa has a lot of historical heritage because many nations like Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans and Muslims have passed through the island.
✔✔ What to see in Pollensa? The Roman bridge (which is still used and crossed over the Torrent de Sant Jordi), the Puig de Pollensa (a mountain that hosts a monastery on the top), the Calvary Chapel, the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Castle of the King.
One of our favorite places to visit in Mallorca. Valldemossa is 20 minutes away by car from the capital – Palma, in the direction of the Serra de Tramuntana. It is located in the mountains and its cobbled streets are pedestrianized. Despite being one of the most visited Mallorca towns on the island, it is very peaceful.
The winter of 1838, the composer Frédéric Chopin and his lover, the writer George Sand, who wrote a book about his experience: “A winter in Mallorca”, have passed the winter there. Also here, you can find the Costa Nord cultural center, funded and inaugurated by actor Michael Douglas.
What can you see and do in Valldemossa? Visit the Royal Charterhouse, hike in the Serra de Tramuntana (above the village is Puig des Teix, one of the most visited peaks on the island) and finally, go to the Port of Valldemossa and Cala Sa Marina. There is also a market on Sunday mornings.
In Capdepera, you can see numerous archaeological sites. Start by visiting the castle, at the top of the village, which dates back from the 14th century and has beautiful views over the town. Continue with a tour through the old town, with homes from the 14th century and visit the Town Hall and the Parish church of San Bartolomé.
Do you feel like going to the beach? Then go to Cala Ratjada, the main town and coastal port of the municipality of Capdepera. There, you will find the beautiful beaches of Son Moll, Cala Agulla, and Cala Gat, among others. Most of them have a Blue Flag. In addition, two kilometers away from Cala Ratjada is the beautiful Capdepera Lighthouse, which is one of the top places to visit in Mallorca.
Of course, don’t forget the Port of Cala Ratjada, which was a fishing port from the 17th century until the 60s. Currently, it’s a meeting point dedicated to leisure activities. Did you know that this town is the closest to Menorca? On clear days, the citadel is visible.
In the third century BC, Felanitx was known for the production of ceramics. Centuries later, it became famous for the production of wine and brandy (in 1749 there were more than 60 distilleries). Today, the wine industry is still very important in Felanitx, so we recommend tasting various selections of good local wine.
What can you see in this town of Mallorca? The Castell de Santueri, built in 1228 on top of an old Sarracena fortress, and the San Salvador Sanctuary, built in 1348 but refurbished in 1700. Both located in the mountains with magnificent views. These should be definitely one of the places to visit in Mallorca if you are going to Felanitx. The church of San Miguel is from the 16th century which is also worth a visit.
The coast of Mallorca, with its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, entertainment venues and trendy restaurants will continue to delight everybody. However, Mallorca is also a place to relax, look for tranquility, that you can find in its villages and mountains.
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