I can’t tell you how much this Balearic island surprised us. The beaches are so pristine and the old villages picturesque as postcards. I already shared with you our 10 favourite beaches on Mallorca and Jure also finished our Vlog Mallorca by rental car, so today it’s time for a sample all island itinerary for a 1 week vacation.
For this you’ll need a rental car and it’s best to move twice (or even three times). If you don’t want to move, search for a hotel on a beach with good main road connection, but then be aware that sunrises at certain locations will be a pain.
Day 1: Arrive and go to the beach
On the first day you have to deal with all the airport stuff, then fly to Mallorca, pick up your rental car and find your hotel. For the first nights we based ourselves in Peguera, a tourist hotspot with nice hotels, restaurants and nice beaches. Enjoy, keep calm and drink a sangria.
Day 2: Explore the south-west
Start your day early and drive to the first beach – Camp de Mar. Take a dip, cool down, have a drink at the island restaurant and drive to the next, way more secluded bay – Cala Blanca. Here you have to hike a little down the hill. After another swimming session you must be hungry – drive to Sant Elm. The small city with lovely white houses is dottet with restaurants. After lunch you can go on a trip to Sa Dragonera as the boats leave from here.
Afternoon is a good time of the day to explore the mountain road Ma-10 with some interesting stops: Mirador de Ricardo Roca, the charming village Estellencs and the amazing Torre del Verger. Then we stopped at Banyalbufar and walked down to the beach, where a high waterfall is giving the bay a tropical vibe. Just watch out for jellyfish, Jure got stung by one here.
Finnish the day at a good restaurant or chill with some sangria.
Day 3: Explore the west
After breakfast pack your car and off you are for some village exploration – the first one is Valdemossa, which caught us by surprise with its orange houses full with beautiful flowers and greenery. Here you shouldn’t miss the local pastry … Hit the road again towards the small village Deia, but on the way stop at Son Marroig, where you can take a look at the gardens and museum, or you can just enjoy the beautiful view (and see one of the most photographed stone windows of the island).
Ok, continue towards Deia and hope for a parking spot, if you don’t get one, continue to Soller. We really liked Soller – again an old stone town with a beautiful cathedral on the main square. But the real attraction here is the more than 100 years old tram – this was the first electric tram on Mallorca dated 1913 – connecting Soller with Port the Soller, the neighbouring port city. Take the ride down for 7€ (try to sit on the left) and walk around the lovely port city, take a dip or have a bite in one of many waterfront restaurants.
Continue on the scenic route Ma-10, where you’ll pass 2 cool lakes – stop at Mirador del Panta de Cuber. After a few curves turn left on one of the most amazing roads on Mallorca, the Ma-2141 winding down to Sa Calobra. Stop at Mirador Coll des Reis and admire the curves and the view of the ocean. Descend and walk to Torrent de Pareis, a hidden beach, where you’ll have to walk through caves (but don’t worry, it’s a maintained path).
If you still have time and energy, visit the nearby Lluc monastery, if not drive all the way to the north and check in to your new hotel. We chose Cala Sant Vicent.
Day 4: Explore the north
Today you’ll start way before breakfast – try to leave the hotel (but keep your room) around 5-ish (depends on the season, check sunrise times) and drive to the lighthouse. Enjoy the serenity and changing colors of the sky. Be aware that from June 15th to September 15th from 10:00 to 19:00 it’s not allowed to drive the road to the Cap de Formentor. For this period you have to take a shuttle bus from Port de Pollenca (round trip around 3-4€), but for sunrise (before 10 am) and sunset (after 7pm) you still can drive by yourself. On the way back we stopped for a quick dip at Formentor beach and at the stunning Es Colomer viewpoint.
Drive back to the hotel, have a proper breakfast, check out and enjoy the pristine beaches around Cala Sant Vicent. If you’re a kitesurfer, go straight to Badia de Pollenca, as here is the beast beach for you. You can thank me later 😉
In the afternoon let’s get a little cultural again. Drive to the walled city of Alcudia and stoll through the stone streets, you can visit the Placa de Toros aka bullfighting arena (no entrance fee, you just need to order drinks at the open air bar if you can bare the looks of stabbed and fallen bulls).
Another swim break could be at the long white beach of Badia d’Alcudia, where the beach is shallow but beautiful.
Ok, time for another hotel – we drove to the east coast and stayed at Calles de Mallorca.
Day 5: Explore the east part I
Now, when you’re on the east side, it’s time for some cala (bay) hopping.
We started at Cala Millor, then parked our car at Porto Cristo, strolled around the lovely port village and then walked to the secluded Cala Petita.
Near Porto Cristo are the famous Coves del Drac, which supposed to be beautiful. Our friends Simona and Igor visited them and said they’re lovely and a good break from the beach heat.
We decided on a different beach break – we went to Manacor and visited Rafael Nadal’s Museum Xperience – an interactive museum with 3 main parts; in the first you can try different sport from Formula 1, rowing, cycling to challenging Rafa at tennis; in the second you’ll admire Rafa’s trophies and in the third you’ll see some more trophies and an interactive Rafa will greet you. This is a great stop for all tennis fans.
Ok, continue with the beaches.
For the afternoon we decided to visit Mondrago Natural park (thank you Tina for the recommendation). There are shadowy paths between the calas, revealing beautiful view of the ocean. If the smaller Cala Mondrago is to crowded, go to the bigger S’Amarador. For cliff jumping walk to Calo des Burget. We also really enjoyed Cala d’en Borgit. FYI all these calas are in walking distance.
Day 6: Explore the east part II
New day new beaches, hey?! As today is another moving day (or not, as you wish), start with the calas in the direction of Palma de Mallorca. First we went to Cala Santanyi, where we parked our car. We decided not to swim at this bach but to walk to the nearby Mirador es Pontas – this is a natural stone window in the deep blue ocean. Oh my, the views here were really beautiful. You can hike down to the beach and swim over to the window or even climb it.
Here caught our eye a beautiful beach just across on the right. We googled it and decided to drive there – Cala Llombards ❤ The water here had such an amazing color, no wonder it was quite packed with other tourists.
As it was already afternoon, we decided to drive to one last beach – Cala Pi. It is a narrow straight of green ocean (not turquoise like the other), with green doors on the side (probably garages for boats).
After a swim it was time to hit the road – Palma was waiting. We drove to Palma de Mallorca parked the car in a parking garage and went to explore the old city. I admit, we didn’t take enough time to see the city properly, but we did see the magnificent cathedral for sunset and strolled around some stone streets.
Day 7: Beach day, city exploring or whatever you want
Today is your last day – either explore some more of Palma, dive into the craziness or El Arena aka Ballerman (don’t know what this is? 😊 ) or catch some more sunrays and splash around in the ocean – your choice, just make it count. 😉
Day 8: Say goodbye to Mallorca
Time to say goodbye. Check out, return your car and have a safe flight home or to your next destination. While sitting above the clouds start making plans for your next visit 😉
We know that we still have to explore more of the island and that some of you will miss that cala or the other beach which you loved and we didn’t mention. We will be happy to read all your suggestions in the coments as we are definitely returning to this Mediteranean gem.