Mallorca simply makes you happy. The scent of the island is unique and its size is simply perfect for trips by car.
There is so much to discover and experience!
In the following guide we have compiled some of the highlights of the island for you: hidden idyllic natural beaches, varied weekly markets, charming restaurants as well as impressive sights and places of interest. But see for yourself – the diversity of the island and its different facets are truly unique!
The romantic bay can be reached by car in 20 minutes, it is about 10 kilometers away from Santanyi. The somewhat hidden little bay is very popular with the locals, especially because of its surrounding fjord-like cliffs covered with pines and pine trees, from which you can jump headfirst into the turquoise sea.
The beach, covered with fine white sand, drops gently into the deep water. The crystal clear sea makes only small waves here – ideal for snorkelling and diving. Along the bay you can still see a few small fishing cottages and there is a beach bar offering good food and drinks. From here you can also rent sunbeds and umbrellas, there are public showers and barrier-free access.
Cala Sa Nau
At the end of a rocky cove that extends far into the country is the remote white sandy beach of Cala Sa Nau. The 30 m long beach is sheltered at the end of a small waterway, in the middle of a pine forest. Even if the view of the wide sea horizon is denied, the wonderful view of the cliffs covered with greenery is a compensation! The turquoise blue, crystal clear sea invites you to anchor, dive and snorkel.
On the beach you will find a small atmospheric beach bar, umbrellas & sunbeds, showers & toilets, as well as a paid parking lot 500 m away.
One of the most beautiful bathing bays in the south of Mallorca – located between Cala d “Or and Portocolom – can be reached by car in 20 minutes from Can Sull.
The Platja es Trenc is with its 2,5 kilometres length one of the most beautiful and longest natural beaches in Europe. With its white sand, crystal clear blue water and gentle waves, it offers an almost Caribbean flair.
The beach is surrounded by magnificent dunes, salt fields and a pine forest – the extensive dune landscape as well as the hinterland of the beach are under nature protection and offer a home to numerous bird species. Along the dunes you can take beautiful walks on the beach. The coastline drops gently and gradually into deeper water along the entire length of the beach. Surfers, divers and snorkelers will find a small paradise here.
Es Trenc really appeals to everyone, whether young or old, families, couples or single travellers – nudists are also welcome on one section of the beach.
Most Chiringuitos – “beach huts” are located on the eastern and middle beach sections. Sunbeds and parasols can also be rented from here. Quieter beach areas can be found mainly in the western part of Playa Es Trenc.
The 130 m long bay of Santanyi can be reached by car in 15 min. and is the local beach of the former fishing village of the same name. Cala Santanyi is situated in a bay overgrown with palm trees and pine trees and is covered with fine, white sand. The crystal clear water is shallow and almost free of currents.
On the family-friendly beach there are beach volleyball facilities and a surfing and diving school – divers and snorkelers can enjoy the fascinating underwater world along the rocks. There are numerous beach bars and restaurants where you can get refreshments, there is a sunshade and deckchair rental, public toilets and showers, as well as barrier-free access and parking facilities in the immediate vicinity.
This idyllic bay is located in the middle of a natural park, the Parc Natural de Mondragó.
It includes three sandy beaches as well as rocky cliffs, wetlands and dunes. Cala Mondragó (also called Ses Fonts de n “Alis) is the middle of the three beaches. Here, wide pine forests, rugged cliffs, fine white sand and the turquoise, crystal clear Mediterranean Sea meet. A footpath leads to the neighbouring beaches S”Amarador and Calo des Borgit.
For all nature lovers who are also interested in the flora and fauna of Mallorca, Cala Mondragó is the perfect place to go out.
For skippers, Cala Mondrago is also an excellent anchorage.
There are restaurants and beach bars as well as showers, toilets, umbrellas and sunbeds.
Cala Mondragó is located 20 minutes drive from Can Sull, between the coastal towns of Portopetro and Cala Figuera and is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. There is a car park just above the beach.
is the southernmost and at the same time the largest beach in the Parc Natural de Mondragó nature reserve. The idyllic, gently sloping bay with crystal-clear turquoise water, gentle waves and fine white sand is completely natural and surrounded by pine-fringed rocks and a pine forest backdrop.
A stay on the beach can be combined with shorter or longer walks along the coast to the nature reserve.
Among other things, you will find a small beach bar, a sunbed and parasol rental service, barrier-free access and parking spaces in the immediate vicinity.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Cap de Formentor:
Formentor is an impressively shaped promontory that rises into the sea from Port de Pollença in a north-easterly direction and ends at the northernmost point of Mallorca, the Cap de Formentor.
The Cap Formentor – the meeting point of the winds – is one of the most beautiful and spectacular viewpoints on the entire island. The end of Formentor is marked by the white lighthouse, which towers proudly 300 metres above the sea on the steep coast.
The drive to the cape is breathtaking, as the views of the cliffs rising steeply into the sea take your breath away every time. Along the headland there are some beautiful places and bays as Cala Figuera, Cala Murta or the small bay Platja de Formentor that invites with a pine-fringed sand beach to have a bath.
CATHEDRAL La Seu:
The gothic cathedral La Seu ( bishop’s see ) is the landmark of the capital Palma de Mallorca. The foundation stone was laid as early as 1230 by King Jaume I. But only in the 16th/17th century the building was completed and the cathedral got its present form in 1904 by the architect Antoni Gaudi. Its interior consists of three naves and is much larger than comparable cathedrals in other European cities.
When you enter the cathedral, you will understand why it is called “Cathedral of Light” by many. A total of 61 stained glass windows are true gates of light in La Seu – the colourful rose window in the main apse is the most spectacular window that captures the morning sun and immerses the entire interior of the church in a sea of colours.
“el milagro de la luz” – the miracle of light – every year in winter there are two fascinating phenomena:
Light show of the Magic Eight: 11.11. and 2.2., in the morning around eight o’clock more…
The rays of the morning sun enter the nave through the colourful panes of the large main rosette in such a way that a projection of the ornament is projected onto the west façade directly below the smaller rosette. The two circular, colourful patterns are then positioned so precisely one below the other that an eight is created.
Light spectacle at the winter solstice: 21. resp. 22.12., in the morning shortly after sunrise more…
At the winter solstice just before Christmas, the sun’s rays of the rising sun fall through the window rosette of the east façade and are then directed directly through the rosette of the west façade on the other side: from the outside, the colour mixture creates a wonderful effect – the rose shines and glows in stronger tones than ever before!
Tour of the roof terraces more…
From July to October you can climb up to the “roof terrace” of La Seu several times a day for an hour and enjoy an unforgettable view over the roofs of Palma and the sea.
On the east coast of Mallorca, very close to the town of Porto Cristo, are the Coves del Drac stalactite caves. These fairytale caves are now among the most important and spectacular sights of the island.
The unique cave system extends over 1.700 metres through the mountain. Artfully illuminated stalactites rise from the ceiling and inside is one of the deepest lakes in the world. In the middle of the lake, a short live concert takes place several times a day in a unique atmosphere, while the quartet is driven across the lake in a small boat. A boat trip over the Lago Martel and a live concert are included in the entrance fee of 15 €.
The small coastal town of Deià in the northwest of Mallorca is one of the most beautiful villages on the island. Deià offers views down to the sea and has always been a magnet for artists, writers and other creative minds.
As one of the most inhabited areas in the Serra de Tramuntana, Deià also forms part of the World Heritage-listed landscape, known for the successful interaction between nature, culture and traditions.
Ses Salines is a municipality located in one of the most beautiful areas of the southeast of Mallorca. This modest little town is easy to overlook, but it contains references to the island’s rich history, which dates back to the Bronze Age.
This area has a long agricultural tradition that still continues today. Ses Salines is mainly a residential area and has retained much of its original charm. If you want to experience the true rural Mallorca, Ses Salines is a good choice.
The name of the village is derived from the production of salt and literally means “source of salt”.
The city of Sóller in the west of Mallorca became prosperous due to its extensive citrus groves. In the 19th century, when this region was separated from the rest of Mallorca by mountains, the oranges from the nearby port of Port de Sóller or Puerto de Sóller to France. Due to the construction of the road tunnel of Sóller, the inhabitants have easy access to the rest of Mallorca; those who have more time and leisure and are free from giddiness, take the mountain pass that winds its way up. A popular excursion on the old wooden train to Sóller starts at the picturesque railway station next to Palma’s Plaza España. The 28-km journey is on narrow-gauge tracks that were laid in 1911 to transport fruit to Palma. Once you have left the Palmesan suburbs behind you, you will experience a truly picturesque journey.
“Traditional cooking sensational view.”
The Son Terrassa restaurant offers top quality Mediterranean cuisine, with local and fresh seasonal ingredients. All this, together with the ambience, is unsurpassed and is highly appreciated.
Since 1999, the trendy meeting place of Jacubo Sarman and Paolo Friz convinces with good food and Italian charm. The small restaurant with its colourful tables, chairs and sets has a loyal fan base among the Danes, French and Germans of the region.
The menu is clearly arranged and is supplemented by dishes of the day. Prawns with braised cucumbers, monkfish, Venetian veal liver, homemade ravioli with truffle, pappardelle with oxtail ragout, steak in pepper crust – lovers of Italian cuisine will not be disappointed. The mixed starter plate is a poem of seven delicious Mediterranean delicacies. If it is on the menu, don’t miss it!!
Fine selection of Italian and Mallorcan wines.
The name means “good table” in Mallorcan. Since 20 years this restaurant, owned by a Mallorcan in a side street in the village of Calonge, not far from Santanyí, has built up a very loyal clientele of local and international guests.
The cuisine is predominantly Mallorcan with some Spanish dishes including meat, fish and seafood. The menu does not change, which is not necessary. Meat dishes, grilled over an open fire, are recommended and many fans rave about the steaks here.
The presentation is straightforward, but the preparation is good, the portions are very generous and the service friendly. Inside, the interior is simple and Mallorcan-style, and in the back there is a very beautiful courtyard where vines grow and in the warmer months the so appreciated create a Mediterranean ambience.
The Restaurant Laudat is an absolute must. It is perfectly suited for a romantic evening, because the atmosphere radiates elegance and the culinary pleasure is guaranteed. An attentive service ensures that all procedures run smoothly and only the best wines are recommended. A recommendable restaurant for friends of fresh fish and all those who love hearty cuisine. Whether braised, grilled or gently fried – the chef de cuisine at Laudat is a master of tasty Mediterranean dishes.
Sa llotja, in the marina of Cala D’Or, where gastronomy blends with nature. MANY YEARS OF SURPRISING GASTRONOMY. After 12 years of experience in Sa llotja de Portocolom, Joachim and José have found their third partner in chef Frank Bremer. Together they decided to take up this exciting challenge and build a team of professionals to plan and perfect your visit down to the smallest detail.
In Mallorca there is a market every day. Only every day at different places.
So you can experience the weekly market every day in a different municipality of the island.
These are the weekly markets around Cas Concos:
|Tuesdays:||Alqueria Blanca, Portocolom|
|Wednesdays:||Cas Concos, Santanyí|
|Thursdays:||Campos, Ses Salines|
|Saturdays:||Campos, Portocolom, Santanyí|
|Sundays:||Felanitx, Cala d’Or;|
Wednesday & Saturday from 08:00 – 13:00
Amidst the impressive scenery of the beautiful old town of Santanyi, the weekly market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year. The market stalls of the vegetable and fruit sellers cavort directly in front of the church in the middle of the old town, in between there is a small paradise of delicacies – food stalls offering all kinds of regional delicacies. But the market activities extend further into the smallest alleyways of winding old town. The range of creative handicraft stands is particularly impressive here with their soaps, jewellery, art, wicker and ceramic goods. Between the beautiful yellow sandstone houses, which radiate an unmistakable charm, one discovers small boutiques, as well as cute cafés and restaurants, which invite you to linger.
Sunday from 9.00 to 13.00
The weekly market in Felanitx has retained its charm and tradition. Around the parish church of Sant Miquel, in the alleys and the market square there are stalls selling leather goods, textiles and clay pots, and in one alley there are even stalls with chickens, hares and geese for sale. Food is sold in the market hall – every day (except Monday). There is a large selection of fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, meat and cheese sold by the farmers from the surrounding villages. Also herbs and spices, olives and salt are offered by the traders.
Thursday from 08:00 – 13:30
The largest open-air weekly market in Mallorca is held every Thursday in the centre of Inca. From Placa José Antoni to Carrer Bisbe Llompart, farmers and African traders sell local products such as wine, fruit, vegetables, leather goods and handicrafts, as well as imported electronic goods and textiles.
A much more authentic range of Mallorcan products can be found in the market hall on Miquel Duran street. It is open every morning except Sundays. The traditional farmers’ market with animal shows is located in calle Sant Francesc.