Our road trip on Mallorca: highlights and tips

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Hola Mallorca, you beautiful piece of earth. We are of the opinion: Hardly any other place in Europe has such a bad reputation as the Balearic Islands. Mallorca has it all scenically. We were totally taken with the west coast and the north of the island. Rough peaks and picturesque bays straight out of a picture book – that and much more awaits you on Mallorca.

Mallorca is made for a road trip: The coastal roads are spectacular, the traffic manageable and there are countless photo spots and worthwhile travel destinations. In this blog article, we present three road trip stages on Mallorca to imitate.

A small warning: After the article you will immediately want to book a flight to Mallorca. Not that it means we didn’t warn you.

1. Our home base in the mountain village of Valldemossa Mallorca is larger than we thought, and of course the question arises as to where you should ideally be billeted. We ourselves have chosen the hilly and scenic west of the island and can only warmly recommend this area to you.

To be more precise, we ended up in the picturesque Valldemossa. We found Valldemossa perfect as a starting point for our road trip: You can reach the spectacular coastal road along the west coast fairly quickly. The island’s capital is also only half an hour away.

Our accommodation tip: Agroturismo Son Viscos We stayed in the beautiful Agroturismo Son Viscos. A historic farm has been transformed into an incredibly tasteful, wonderful retreat – a dream of an accommodation!

The Agroturismo Son Viscos is located at the entrance to Valldemossa and has Only five rooms. Our room was called Menta and had (as the only room) a huge terrace. Furnishings and ambience could hardly be better – so stylish and with a lot of love for detail.

Also the breakfast in the morning is fantastic. Above all, regional products of very high quality are offered. You can also have breakfast here (in good weather) on the terrace with a wonderful view. Our conclusion: This accommodation is a true oasis of well-being. We are already looking forward to hopefully going back there soon!

You can book accommodation here: Agroturismo Son Viscose

Valldemossa Valldemossa is probably one of the most touristy places on the west coast. Not only in the high season will you have to put up with hearing more German than Spanish on the street. You can’t blame the many visitors, because Valldemossa is really delightful!

The small mountain village nestles almost perfectly in the picturesque setting of the Serra de Tramuntana. The town center is a beautiful mix of narrow, cobbled streets and historic houses decorated with flower pots. The Mediterranean flair in Valldemossa is incomparable.

Two more culinary tips: You eat very well in the restaurant Es Taller Valldemossa. The location in a former car repair shop is very special and the food is delicious. In our opinion, the best ice cream in Valldemossa is at Gelati Mossa.

2. Road trip: Route suggestions & stages to the highlights of Mallorca We are now presenting three road trip stages, which you can do as a day trip from Valldemossa.

Stage #1: The highlights on the west coast of Mallorca This road trip stage leads along the coast road in the west through the spectacular Serra de Tramuntana. Here you will pass beautiful mountain villages and enjoy wonderful views of the spectacular cliffs.

Son Marroig & Deià We start the road trip in Valldemossa. From here the coast road leads to MA-11 Heading north. Before entering Deià, you should make a stop at the historic estate Son Marroig. From here you have a really fantastic view. If you want, you can also visit the country house itself, which houses a small museum. (Entrance: 4 euros)

Shortly after Son Marroig you reach the village of Deià. Just like in Valldemossa, there are also a lot of tourists in Deià. We can highly recommend the short walk up to the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista. From up here you have a really great view.

Cala Deià If you drive the coast road MA-10 continues, after a short while you will come to a junction on the left that you could almost overlook. Via a winding road you reach about 11 minutes the Cala Deià, i.e. the Bay of Deià.

From the car park, a short walk leads to the bay, which is really beautiful. In summer, Cala Deià is a very popular bathing bay and is often overcrowded. Thanks to the pebble and stone beach, the water is crystal clear. If you get hungry: There are two small restaurants on the beach.

Our tip: About 60 meters from the bay (north of the bay ) begins a coastal hiking trail, that leads to Sóller. The stage is part of the spectacular long-distance hiking trail GR221. You probably won’t have the time (or lack motivation) for a longer hike, but we strongly recommend that you explore at least a few kilometers of this route.

You have really gigantic views of the coast from here Majorca. We walked north for about 1.5 hours and then turned back. Alternatively, you can of course also go to Sóller and organize a return transport to Cala Deià from there.

Sóller From Deià the coastal road MA leads -10 to the town of Sóller. Sóller is significantly larger than Valldemossa and Deià, but no less worth seeing. In the center of Sóller is the lively main square, the Plaza Constitución. Not only is the city’s most famous building enthroned here, the Church of St. Bartholomew, but there are also numerous cafés and Restaurants settled.

The famous historic tram rumbles past the Plaza Constitución at regular intervals – a highlight that which is almost longed for by many photography-enthusiastic tourists.

You can take the tram from Sóller to the capital Palma as well as down to the port of Sóller, Port de Sóller, drive. The price for a one-way trip to Port de Sóller is 7 euros.

Another culinary tip: just a few steps from the square in a quiet alley is the Café Scholl – the perfect place for a little breather. Here we ate a really delicious almond cake.

Sa Calobra (Torrent de Pareis) The next road trip stage from Sóller to Sa Calobra is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular routes in all of Mallorca. First of all, you should definitely make a short stopover in the village Fornalutx shortly after Sóller. It has already been voted the most beautiful village in Spain twice.

Now the landscape is really breathtaking. The two of them Reservoirs (Cúber and Gorg Blau) are beautiful photo opportunities, for which you should definitely stop briefly.

After a turn the road meanders further and further up the mountain before you reach one of the most famous photo motifs in the region: the striking 270-Degree- Curve called Nus de Sa Corbata – also called tie knot. You should definitely park your car here and enjoy the tremendous view of the bizarre rocky landscape for a moment.

Next, it’s down an extremely winding and extremely impressive road several hundred meters down the mountain to the tiny village of Sa Calobra. From the parking lot starts a round 20-minute walk to Torrent de Pareis, a rock gorge, which is definitely one of the most amazing places we have seen in Mallorca.

We were only against 18: 11 at the parking lot and found it ideal. Besides us, there were hardly any other people there and the evening atmosphere was really great. During the day there are said to be a lot of tour buses – fortunately none of them were to be seen when we were there.

Torre del Verger at Banyalbufar The fastest way from Torrent de Pareis back to Valldemossa takes you in about 1 Hour and 19 minutes partly via the coast road and partly via the faster MA-12.

If there is still time and you want a great place for the sunset want to visit, then we have a tip for you. South of Valldemossa you will reach after about 19 Minutes to the small village of Banyalbufar.

Shortly thereafter, the Torre del Verger, an old watchtower, is enthroned on a high rocky outcrop on the right-hand side. You can climb the Torre del Verger and enjoy a fantastic view of the sea from here.

Attention: We have read that in the past the car at Torre del Verger has often been broken into. Luckily nothing happened to us, but to be on the safe side, take your valuables with you. (That always applies to Mallorca anyway!)

Stage #2: The spectacular peninsula of Formentor in the north of Mallorca One of the most scenic corners in Mallorca is the rough North. This road trip takes you across the Formentor peninsula to the famous Cap de Formentor.

The fastest way from Valldemossa to the peninsula of Formentor runs via the MA-13 inland. If you have more time: The more scenic route meanders along the west coast, this is the already described road trip #1.

Important note in advance: Blocking in the high season You can only experience this road trip outside of the high season. The Cap de Formentor is one of the most popular destinations on Mallorca. There is basically only one street and because the traffic has partially gotten the upper hand, 2018 decided to traffic restriction.

In between 15. June and 13. September driving with your own car is between 07 and 19 o’clock forbidden. If you still want to experience the Formentor peninsula during this period, you have to change to the shuttle bus. This starts in Port de Pollença (line 200). He runs everyone 19 minutes and stops at all major stops on the peninsula.

Cala Figueira We start this day trip with a visit to one of the most idyllic bathing bays in Mallorca: Cala Figueira. It can only be reached via a steep hiking trail . You can park the car in the associated parking lot and then it’s time to gather strength.

Approx. 18 The footpath, which leads over gravel and stones, takes minutes, but is in principle also feasible with flip flops. At the bottom you can make yourself comfortable on the rocks and jump into the crystal clear, fairly calm water.

Two Notes: The bay should not be confused with the well-known holiday resort of the same name in the south of the island. And: there are a few goats down there, who can come quite close when looking for food. There is no stall (!), so many people take food with them and the animals smell it. The nectarines we brought with us fell victim to the goat.

Lighthouse at Cap de Formentor The striking lighthouse rises at the easternmost tip of the Formentor peninsula (and at the same time the northernmost point of Mallorca). It is probably the most famous photo motif on Mallorca.

You can reach the lighthouse from Cala Figueira in about 20 minutes by car. There are only a few parking spaces at the lighthouse itself. We were always here in the late afternoon and were usually lucky. There are a few footpaths around the lighthouse, some of which lead to the cliffs – caution is definitely required here.

Mirador Es Colomer Now we’re going back, but our personal highlight is still to come. First you should make a stop at the Mirador Es Colomer viewpoint. A footpath runs here over several terraces towards the sea – including a breathtaking view of the rugged rocky coast.

There are usually a lot of people here for good reason, but for the sunset we have another insider tip for you. From the Mirador Es Colomer, an inconspicuous mountain road runs even further up to the Talaia d’Albercutx watchtower. We would say that from here you have the most spectacular view of all of Mallorca – the perfect one Place to watch the sun go down.

Port de Pollensa Finally, a visit to the rather touristy port of Port de Pollença is on the agenda. We only experienced Port de Pollença in the evening mood, but you can eat well there after visiting Cap de Formentor.

The restaurants by the sea are quite expensive, that’s why we chose the Bar Coral instead and didn’t regret it. The dishes are delicious and the staff is extremely friendly.

Stage #3: The island’s capital, Palma de Mallorca When traveling to Mallorca, a visit to the island’s capital, Palma, is a must. Palma de Mallorca is a surprisingly beautiful town, that can be perfectly explored in one day.

Cathedral of Saint Mary In the heart of Palma sits the landmark of Palma, the imposing Cathedral of Saint Mary – usually just called Le Seu. The cathedral is really huge and much bigger than we expected. As almost everywhere in Spain, you have to pay an entrance fee (8 euros) if you want to see the cathedral from the inside.

It is also worth climbing the Badger of the Cathedral. Unfortunately, the tour is currently only offered in Spanish, but the view of the harbor and the sea from above is fantastic. The tour lasts about 30 minutes and costs 10 Euro per person.

Palma Old Town Behind the cathedral you will reach the largely car-free old town from Majorca. A labyrinth of narrow, branched alleys and charming historic houses awaits you here. The old town of Palma de Mallorca is quite touristy, but we still really liked the Mediterranean flair.

By the way, the promenade runs through the heart of the old town Passeig d’es Born. It’s also worth stopping by here. The tree-lined boulevard is a bit like the little sister of Las Ramblas in Barcelona.

Scene district Santa Catalina Palmas Trendviertel is called Santa Catalina and is located about 15 Minutes walk from the Cathedral. Santa Catalina was once a fishing district, today hip boutiques and trendy restaurants line up next to each other.

If you come by in the morning, we definitely recommend a visit to the Mercat de Santa Catalina. Then there is a lot going on there. All fresh food imaginable is sold in the covered market hall: from fruit and vegetables to meat, seafood and fish.

The market is coming up Mainly frequented by locals who take a seat at the market stalls or small bars and enjoy tapas there. The Mercat de Santa Catalina is closed on Sunday.

In the evenings, Santa Catalina is a popular nightlife district. That’s when the locals in the city’s bars and restaurants to end the day with tapas and drinks.

Eating and drinking in Palma: Our tips Vagabundos by Balagan: A great restaurant in the trendy district of Santa Catalina. Delicious, very creative tapas are served here in a cozy atmosphere.

Simply Delicious by Ronen: A small shop opposite the Mercat de Santa Catalina. If you like Israeli cuisine, you should stop by here: There’s shakshuka, falafel, humus and co.

3. More road trip tips: car rentals, travel guides & Co Where is the best place to book a rental car? Of course you need a rental car for your road trip. We booked ours (as always) through Sunny Cars. Sunny Cars is an intermediary platform. This means: You book via the Sunny Cars website and pick up your car from a local car rental company (Hertz, Europcar etc.).

The advantage when booking about Sunny Cars is that fully comprehensive insurance is already included. And all this without a deductible. In the event of damage (regardless of whether it is the fault of someone else or your own fault), Sunny Cars will reimburse you for the deductible. This was very important to us, especially in Mallorca: the streets are sometimes very narrow and the driving style of the people is sometimes adventurous. (More on that in a moment.)

The price for renting a car in Spain is quite cheap. For about 200 euros you can get a nice small car for a week in Mallorca.

Here you can search for cheap rental cars: Sunny Cars

Car driving on Mallorca: Worth knowing The road network on Mallorca is well developed and the roads are in a very good condition. The speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h, on country roads mostly 100 km/ h and in the local area 19 km/h.

Some roads in Mallorca (esp along the mountainous west coast) are very curvy and sometimes really narrow. But if you’re not exactly a novice driver, it’s really not a problem. The locals tend to drive pretty fast and sometimes even recklessly – it’s best to be as defensive as possible.

To navigate works Google Maps or the map app on your cell phone is great. You can save yourself an external navigation system thanks to the abolition of roaming charges.

Tips for parking in Mallorca In many smaller towns you will find one (or more) parking spaces on the outskirts or near the center, so that you can walk to the center from there can reach. In Palma we recommend you to park your car in one of the large parking garages.

Alternatively, there are also on the street often parking lots. Important to know: The parking regulations are marked with three colors . Parking is prohibited in front of yellow lines. If you find a parking space with a white line, you can park for free. A blue line means you need to place a parking ticket. Parking prices vary, but you should always have some small change with you for the parking machines (bills are not accepted). The maximum parking time during the day is usually two hours.

Travel guide for Mallorca: Our tip We ourselves bought a printed travel guide at very short notice (at the airport to be precise). We chose the DuMont direct Mallorca travel guide, which we can highly recommend. The new edition was published in 2019 and is therefore quite up-to-date.

The travel guide is very compact, which means: If you expect a detailed book with a lot of background information, then you should better look for another travel guide look around This is really about getting to know Mallorca’s highlights (and insider tips) as clearly as possible.

We really like the appealing, young design of Dumont’s direct series and also the Mallorca Guidebook is no exception. There is also a plus point for the large folding map, which you can use to navigate offline if necessary.

You can buy the travel guide here: DuMont direct Mallorca

More Mallorca tips from our dear friends Wi We got so many great tips from you on Facebook before our trip this time – thank you very much! We don’t want to withhold a few links to fellow travel blogs from you:

Travelsisi: dream beach Cala Murta Travel blogger: 7 tips for Valldemossa Doris World: Mallorca and the mountains Anna & Dominik: Tips for your holiday on Mallorca

Transparency: Invitation & Affiliate Links We were invited by Agroturismo Son Viscos for one night. We paid for the remaining nights ourselves – so our enthusiasm is closed 100% real.

2020 This blog article contains our personal recommendations in the form of so-called affiliate links. If you book or buy something through the links, we will receive a small commission. For you, this does not change the price at all. A thousand thanks from both of us!

Have you ever done a road trip through Mallorca? Please leave us a comment with your experiences and tips – we look forward to it!