10 Fun Activities in Mallorca, Spain
Most people have heard of Ibiza, the famous party island of Spain. North of it lies its bigger sister Mallorca, comprising stunning mountains, gorgeous beaches and bays, historic landmarks, caves and a never-ending list of fun activities into the 70 km long island. If you’re planning to head to Mallorca, make sure you have a look through these 10 fun activities you can enjoy there.
If you travel to Mallorca between October and April, you’ll have perfect conditions for hiking. While the sun is often shining even in autumn, winter and spring, temperatures are not so hot and permit you to hike the incredible west coast of Mallorca. There are hikes for every taste, from flat walks along the coast and picturesque bays to steep mountaintops, caves or gorges. When you reach the top, you almost always have a marvellous view over the island.
Sail Along The Coast
The beautiful Mediterranean sea is just the right place for a sailing trip. Whether you prefer a small or large sailing boat or a more stable catamaran, the choice is yours. Join a half or full day sailing trip, or even rent an entire boat for yourself and enjoy the day. The skippers are very knowledgeable and bring you to their favourite spots, including sea caves, marine parks and turquoise-blue bays.
Relax In A Chiringuito
Chiringuitos are small bars directly at the beach and range from very simple and traditional bars to fancy ones. Some chiringuitos are well hidden away and mostly visited by locals. The chiringuito in the image is located in Deià, a small rock bay on the west coast. Many chiringuitos serve lunch or tapas, beer, wine and refreshments and are the perfect spot to indulge in the beauty of the island.
Try Scuba Diving
What better place to have a look under the surface than the Mediterranean Sea? The water is incredibly transparent, in summer you have perfect conditions all day long, and Mallorca’s southwest boasts three marine parks with a number of fascinating sea-dwellers to observe. If you rather stay closer to the coast, try snorkelling around the many beautiful bays. Tip: Stone bays generally have more marine life than long, white sand beaches.
Mallorca is rich in history and many of landmarks and buildings are from past centuries. Some are well-known, for example the Monastery of Randa and Cape Formentor, others are rather hidden, such as the beautiful lighthouse of Cala Figuera in the southwest and the previously inhabited caves of Portals Vells. Wherever you go in Mallorca, you’ll find plenty of fascinating things to see.
Savour Local Food
Of course we won’t forget the food. Spanish food is ridiculously delicious and usually very healthy. A very typical dish is paella. On the Ruta Martiana every Tuesday in Palma de Mallorca, you can hop around the tapas bars, trying a bite of each one’s classics with a small beer or wine for just a couple of Euros. If you want to try traditional Mallorcan cuisine, visit the rustic Es Cruce Restaurant near Manacor, or try the Vermutería La Rosa in Palma.
Taste The Local Wine
Mallorca has two own D.O. wine regions that are famous for the delicious grapes growing under the Spanish sun. In the inland, you can find both D.O. Binissalem and D.O. Pla i Llevant with numerous small and larger bodegas. Go for a wine tasting and get to know more about the wine region and its produce, or join a guided wine tour that takes you to different bodegas.
Browse Local Markets
Every village in Mallorca has its own market on a certain day of the week – some have only a handful of booths, while others are occupying half the village. The famous Sunday market in Santa Maria del Camí is full of pottery, clothing, hand-made items of all kinds, some animals, local food and produce. They’re always a little chaotic, very tempting (too much good smelling and affordable food) and give you a beautiful glimpse of the typical Spanish life.
See Castles Full Of History
Mallorca has a very colourful past with ever-changing reigns of Moors, Romans and Catholics. Due to the mostly dry weather, lots of historical buildings and remnants still stand today. When hiking up the mountain of Alaró, you can find the walls of a castle from the 10th century. The more accessible Castell Bellver in Palma was built in the 14th century, same as the castle of Capdepera, perched on a hilltop in the centre of the village.
It comes as a surprise to many that Mallorca has hundreds of dripstone caves, a handful of them are even easily accessible. The most famous ones are the Drach Caves with a subterranean lake, the Caves of Artà and of Génova. However, there are also lots of sea caves and a large number of smaller and lesser known caves that can be reached hiking.