Just a quick two hour flight from London and most other major European cities, Mallorca is the perfect weekend destination at this time of year, as you get good weather and less tourists. Although Mallorca is a year-round destination, with over 300 sunny days a year on average.
The Balearic jewel is known for having it all, with beautiful beaches, quaint towns, plenty of arts and culture, breath-taking limestone mountains, a buzzing nightlife in the main city of Palma and an abundance of excellent restaurants dotted cross the island.
But with so much choice, and not much time on a short break it’s hard to know where to go. So we’ve got our Mallorca girl on the ground to give us the ultimate Mallorca weekend guide to share with you.
Image via Mar de Nudos
If you’re arriving on a Friday, a great place to start is in the main city of Palma. Head to ‘Mar de Nudos’ on the seafront sat opposite the old town, for some yummy cocktails to get in the weekend mood. They offer a great menu to suit all tastes, so you can’t go wrong for any group or couple.
An early-ish start the next morning; head over to Santa Catalina for the Saturday Market. Breakfast in one of the pavement cafes is a must for some relaxed people watching before delving into the hustle and bustle of the market where you can pick up or try some great local produce.
Image via Mercat de Santa Catalina
From there, if you head to Plaza Espana, you can hop on the train to the picture perfect town of Soller. The old steam train ride itself is fantastic and of course a brilliant ‘Instagram’ opportunity! You’ll be taken through some amazing scenery with plenty of photo opportunities en-route.
Image via Tren de Soller
When you arrive in Soller, take a wander around the pretty town, and then jump on the tram down to the Port de Soller through the orange groves. Port de Soller is completely pedestrianised along the waterside, so you can stroll along exploring the array of boutiques, and stop off for a long lazy lunch of fresh locally caught fish in any of the seafront restaurants.
Afterwards, head back to Soller and take the train or grab a taxi to Palma in good time for a meander around the historic old town.
Image via Tren de Soller
For dinner EC recommends ‘Fera’ only a minute away from the lively shopping mile of Jaime III in Palma’s city centre, offering a delicious tasting menu. A must try! Then on to Sky Bar for al fresco cocktails with gorgeous views of the Palma cathedral.
Image via Sky Bar
On Sunday, after breakfast take a walk to Bellver Castle and enjoy the stunning birds eye views over the city of Palma and the Mediterranean sea. The surrounding park is a natural haven in the middle of the city.
From there, walk down to the seafront and wander along the Paseo Maritimo stopping for a little aperitivo before lunch, or if you don’t feel like walking too far, you can alternatively check out Es Baluard museum and grab a bite on their terrace and take in the great sea views.
Image via Es Baluard
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could hire some bikes along the seafront and cycle along the bike path to Portixol. This trendy suburb of Palma is a former fishing village, where there are some fantastic places to eat and also a few beaches to chill out on if you are tired after all the cycling!
Image via See Mallorca
Head back to Palma for a well-earned rest before your last dinner.
We recommend to try the exquisite Michelin star Argos restaurant, at La Goleta Hotel de Mar. You will need to take a taxi there, as it’s over in The Port of Pollensa, considered one of the most beautiful coastal towns of the Balearic Islands. It’s a little while away, but absolutely worth the trip. The tasting menu is exceptional with every dish a taste sensation, from the artichoke three ways, to the spicy sausage ice-cream.
Image via Argos Restaurant
If you don’t fancy the trip over to the North of the island, depending on where you are staying, then there are a host of other great restaurants we can suggest in Palma, or any of the other towns.
If you have a little time on Monday, make the most of the morning and visit the Cathedral to see the amazing Gothic architecture.
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Hopefully this full to the brim itinerary will ensure you have the most amazing visit to Mallorca. However, if this doesn’t quite sound like you and you had something more adventurous or relaxing in mind, we can curate the perfect itinerary for you and your group. We offer the very best luxury villas throughout the island, as well as a concierge service to ensure your every requirement is catered to. Contact us for more info.