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2 perfect days in Majorca

Jamie Ditaranto
By Jamie Ditaranto27 Mar 2024 6 minutes read
Lighthouse of Cap de Formentor, around sunset, Mallorca
Lighthouse of Cap de Formentor, around sunset, Mallorca
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This Mediterranean island’s reputation as the perfect beach destination is just part of the story because there’s a lot more to it than sun and sand. Radiating out from the capital city of Palma, Majorca, or Mallorca, as it’s spelled in Spanish, buzzes with activity whether you're in the inland village of Pollença, the coastal town of Deià, or the beaches down south.

This two-day itinerary guides you to both the island’s urban areas to explore its history and culture and the beaches so that you can recharge your batteries (with plenty of recs and tips from Tripadvisor users who've been to the island and loved it).


DAY ONE

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma surrounded by palm trees, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma surrounded by palm trees, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Image: Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

MORNING: Explore the streets of Palma

Start your first day in the coastal city of Palma. Grab a cup of coffee at your hotel and head to the massive Cathedral de Mallorca. There’s a lot of church to explore, but that’s what makes this Gothic-style house of worship so impressive. It’s best early in the morning, with the sun shining through the stained-glass windows.

After you’ve taken in all the grandeur, head to the Passeig del Born. The city’s tree-lined shopping promenade is the place to grab a quick croissant if you didn’t have time for breakfast. You should eventually make your way toward the Plaza de España, where you’ll be able to hop aboard the Tren de Sóller. The scenic train trip to this charming village in the center of the island takes about an hour, so you’ll arrive just in time for lunch.

Travelers say: “This was one of the highlights of my trip. Beautiful old train and stations, stunning views on the route, gorgeous olive farms and the mountain air was very refreshing. Lots of cute independent shops and cafes in Soller, wish I had spent a few more hours there and have been recommending to others. As I was there off season, train and town were not too crowded or busy, which suited me perfectly.” —AngelaMc111

AFTERNOON: All aboard to the mountains

Arriving in Sóller, stop for a quick photo opp in front of the medieval façade of the stunning Iglesia de Sant Bartomeu before you start looking for somewhere to have lunch. It’s best to find a tucked-away spot like C’an Llimona, which has an adorable outdoor terrace—Tripadvisor users swear by the tagliatelle with pesto and lemon. (A tip: Try to avoid those in the main square since they tend to be tourist traps). Once you're ready, hop aboard the tram to Port de Sóller, a bay with a crescent-shaped beach. It's a gorgeous ride with white houses that tumble down the hills toward the palm-shaded shore.

EVENING: Back to the city for a sunset cruise

The last train back to Palma leaves at about 5 p.m., so keep that in mind. Back in the capital, go for a sunset boat tour departing from the port (there are tons of options available and no advance booking required.) It's the perfect evening activity before dinner at the cool and contemporary Marc Fosh or the more casual Hungry Gastro Food Bar.

PALMA AREA TOUR OPTIONS

  • What could be more romantic than a Half-Day Sailing Excursion to beautiful coves like Cala Tuent, Sa Calobra, and Cala Deia? What if we told you this one includes gorgeous sunset views?
  • Munch on sausages and cheeses as you learn about the island’s vineyards on this Majorca Wine Experience. You’ll taste five different vintages, learning where they came from and how they were made.
  • If you love Majorcan food so much you want to learn how to make it at home, sign up for a Spanish Cooking Experience. You’ll prepare dishes like seafood paella, then share them with your fellow students.

Worthy detours along the way

DAY TWO

Toast at Terrae, Mallorca
Toast at Terrae, Mallorca
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MORNING: Spend a day at the beach

After a busy first day, you deserve ample beach time. If you prefer to stay close to Palma, it’s a 20-minute taxi ride to Palmanova Beach. Getting high marks from Tripadvisor users, this stretch of sand is surrounded by plenty of restaurants where you can grab a quick bite. Vendors offer umbrellas and lounge chairs for reasonable prices. If you want to take the luxury level up a notch, head to the beach club Purobeach Palma. You'll have to pay a fee to get in but it's worth it for a more private experience.

There's a lot of ground to cover in Majorca and a car can come in handy for day two. Consider renting one to check out Cap de Formentor, in the northern tip of the island. The last few miles are a white-knuckle drive along the cliffs, but you’re rewarded with amazing views and a lovely lighthouse at the end. Find a nice place for a picnic on the pebbly beach at Platja de Formentor, surrounded by a thick pine forest.

Travelers say: “Cap de Formentor is something not to be missed if you are on holiday in Majorca. I cycled this (twice) and it’s a decent climb at about 3,000 feet, but very doable. The views and scenery make it very worthwhile. It does get very busy, so I would suggest going in the morning if you can. I also drove my wife up to it as she isn't a cyclist and she absolutely loved it.” —Martin W

AFTERNOON: Pick your favorite coast

From Cap de Formentor, you’ll need to choose between returning to Palma along the west coast or the east coast. To the west, you can hike to the secluded beach of Torrent de Pareis. To the east is Platja d’es Trenc, one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Or, if you can’t get enough of the terrain around Cap de Formentor, stay in the north and go for another rocky walk to Platja des Coll Baix.

EVENING: Finish with dinner and dancing

For your final night in Majorca, plan on an unforgettable meal in Port de Pollenca at Terrae (an award-winning chef changes the menu almost every day to reflect what’s available at the market) or in Valldemossa at Es Taller (a long list of tapas makes deciding on just a few a hard decision). Back in Palma, Tripadvisor users rave about Adrian Quetglas, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving a seven-course set menu of Mediterranean-influenced dishes.

A celebration is in order, so dance the night away at The Prince of Wales in Alcudia or sing a few karaoke songs at Sparkles in Santanyi.

WEST COAST TOUR OPTIONS

  • On this Majorca in One Day Tour, you’ll take a 40-minute boat ride to the west-coast village of Port de Sóller. After exploring Port de Sóller and the nearby community of Sóller, you’ll return to Palma in a vintage train car.
  • See the wild west coast on this Exclusive Sailboat Excursion from Palma. It’s a private tour, so you can decide which beaches you want to explore and where you’d like to try snorkeling or paddleboarding.

Worthy detours along the way

Know Before You Go


To make the most of Majorca’s beaches, plan a trip during the warmer months between June and August. Remember that high season will bring the crowds and raise the prices. For a budget-friendly alternative, you can still get some good swimming days in the off-season as late as October.



Just a 30-minute flight from Barcelona, weekends in Majorca are generally for the party crowd. If that’s not for you, visit during the week. Cruise ships are most likely to dock in Palma on Friday, so you might want to avoid the city then if you don’t like crowds.



Expect the usual dinner times for Spain, as most restaurants don’t open their doors until around 8 p.m. Bars and clubs stay open until 5 or 6 a.m. Most shops and restaurants close on Sunday.



Palma: The island’s biggest city is a great base for sightseeing. In the heart of the city, the Hotel Can Cera has a very private feel. It’s probably best for couples, as this getaway doesn’t allow kids.

Valldemossa: On the west coast, the Valldemossa Hotel occupies a former manor house. It’s a romantic retreat that tumbles down a hillside to a swimming pool ringed by olive trees.

Castell Son Claret: A 30-minute drive from Palma, Castell Son Claret sits on 326 acres of sprawling country with mountain views. Some rooms even have their own private pools.

Pollença: The closest town to Cap de Formentor, Pollença has a quiet vibe. Here you’ll find Can Auli, an eco-conscious luxury hotel.



Public transportation: Buses connect Palma to just about everywhere on the island from the station in Plaza de España.

By car: You’ll have the most freedom—and can make the most of a short visit—if you rent a car. Rental companies are found at the airport and around the port in Palma.

By taxi: Most popular rideshare apps are illegal in Majorca, so you’ll have to make do with the local taxi service.

Airport transfers: Some hotels offer complimentary shuttles from the airport. If yours doesn’t, consider taking a bus or a taxi.


Jamie Ditaranto
Jamie Ditaranto is a travel journalist based in Barcelona who has traveled to all seven continents in search of the best trip ever. Her writing has been featured on Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic.