Holiday in Mallorca
Holiday in Mallorca can be described in one word: paradise. Turquoise bays, white sandy beaches and good weather most of the year are just some of the reasons why millions of tourists love Mallorca. How do you get to Mallorca? Where do you stay and at what price? What do you eat and what restaurants do you choose? Which beaches are a must visit and how much would a 7-day holiday in Mallorca cost? These are the questions we will answer in this travel guide.
From Palma de Mallorca Airport, you have 2 options to get to Palma or other cities on the island:
- taxi (20 minutes)
- the bus (25 minutes).
Taxi fares to Palma vary between 20-35 eurosand taxis are available 24/7. You will find the taxi line outside the arrivals terminal exiting at gate 4, and taxis will be on the left hand side. Various charges may be added to the initial price related to baggage, arrival time, day and number of passengers.
The bus ticket is only 5 euro/person (and free for children under 5) unlike taxis. But if you're holidaying with family or friends, it's not necessarily the most convenient option. Take the A1 or A2 buses from EMT or the A11, A32, A42 or A51 from AEROTIB, also around the exit gate with number 4. Tickets are purchased from the driver and you must pay with banknotes less than or equal to 20 euros. Most buses run between 4:30-00.
What you drive around Mallorca
Mallorca has beautiful beaches spread all over the island. If you only want to stay in the area of one particular town, such as Palma, it will be easy to get around. by public transport. However, if you want to visit beaches in smaller areas, the bus option does not allow you much flexibility as many buses only run to a certain point of the island and only 1-2 times a day, but nevertheless, buses that run within 30-40 km of Mallorca operate every day between 06:00 - 23:00, every 10 minutes (Monday-Wednesday), 50 minutes (Thursday-Saturday) and 1 hour 30 minutes (Sunday). Bus tickets in Palma cost €1.50 and can be purchased from the driver (only with banknotes less than or equal to €20).
A more flexible option is renting a car starting from 25 euro/day, link here. You can pick up the car right from Mallorca airport and return it to the same place.
Accommodation - Where to stay in Mallorca
Prices for accommodation in Mallorca start from 45 euros/night at guest houses and boutique hotels, while prices for hotels of 3 stars or more start from 90 euros/night.
A unique accommodation at a very good price is Hotel Portofino Mallorca 4-star hotel in Palma. With sea views, outdoor pool, rooftop relaxation area and terrace, it is the ideal location for a holiday in Mallorca. Prices per night start from 120 euros.
Top beaches Mallorca
Cala Major Beach is about 6 km west of Palma. It stretches for 200 m and has fine white sand with crystal clear water. It is perfect for family trips as the water gradually widens and the waves are not high most of the time.
On the beach there are bathrooms with showers and toilets where you can change and changing rooms are available. The price for 2 sunbeds and an umbrella is about 15 euro/day. You will find many terraces and restaurants around the beach, as well as markets. Hydrofoil rides and balacitos are the main activities on Cala Major beach.
How to get to Cala Major beach
If you have not rented a car, take bus 108 from the Estacio Intermodal main station and get off after 8 stops at Mirador Cala Major station. From there you will have to go back about 400 m to Cala Major beach. The journey by public transport will take about 20 minutes.
Santa Ponsa Beach is much wider and larger than Cala Major. It is 20 km from Palma and has equally fine sand. Here you will find turquoise and blue waters. Situated in a bay, the water is quite calm, making it an ideal place to swim with the little ones. In addition, there are areas with palm trees and trees for a relaxing walk.
There are plenty of activities to do, such as jet skiing and hydro-biking or kayaking. The price of an umbrella or sun lounger starts from 4-5 euro/day. On the beach you will find 2-3 terraces, but on the other side of the street there are many restaurants where you can have a good meal.
How to get to Santa Ponsa beach
Also from the main Estacio Intermodal station you can take bus 103 to Santa Ponsa - Shakespeare station (30 minutes, 7 stops) where you will have to get off. From there you have to walk about 300 m to the beach.
Mondrago Cove Beach is located in the south-eastern part of the island and is a more secluded but no less beautiful beach. With sand dunes, completely turquoise water, pine forests and rocky areas, Cala Mondrago is among the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca.
The beach is less than 100 m long, so we recommend visiting in the morning to make the most of the clean beach and the perfect water for snorkeling and boat rides. The water level doesn't rise steeply and this beach is also suitable for family trips. The price of a sun lounger starts from 3-4 euro/day. There are few restaurants and terraces here, so it can be a bit crowded around lunchtime.
How to get to Cala Mondrago beach
By bus from Palma (50 km) you will have a journey of about 1 hour and 30 minutes and you will have to change 3 buses. From Estacio Intermodal, take bus 501 and get off at La Verge 2 stop (journey time approx. 40 minutes). From there, take bus 515 to Portopetro 57052 (20 minutes) and 100 m away is the Portopetro 57051 stop with bus 521 which will drop you off less than 100 m from Cala Mondrago. All this journey will be worth it! The last bus from Cala Mondrago leaves at 8pm and all bus tickets will cost (one way) about 7-8 euros. You can find more details https://www.tib.org/en/web/ctm .
Calo des Moro Beach is also located in the south-eastern area, about 12 km from Cala Mondrago. It has everything you could wish for: soft sand, clear azure water, wooded areas with superb views and a few rocks to accentuate the exotic landscape. The beach, less extensive than the previous ones, is just as smooth, being located in a bay.
You won't find any restaurants or terraces on the beach or sports equipment, so you can swim and snorkel with previously purchased equipment. Also, you won't find sunbeds and umbrellas for rent. But as crystal clear as the water is, most tourists come here more to swim than to sunbathe on the beach.
How to get to Calo des Moro beach
Also from Estacio Intermodal in Palma you can get there by bus 501 in about 1 hour and 30 minutes. You will have to change bus at La Verge stop (after about 40 minutes) and take bus 517 to Cala Llombardas (40-45 minutes). From there, you still have to walk about 1 km, but the walk will give you the chance to admire unique landscapes. The trip will cost you about 6 euros. The bus runs every 50 minutes, and on Sundays every 2 hours until 8pm.
Palmanova Beach is 15 km from Palma and stretches for 1 km, being a very long and stretched beach. There are restaurants, playgrounds and clear waters ideal for water sports.
The price of a sun lounger or umbrella starts at 4.5 euro/day. Although the beach is long, in the summer months there are many tourists here, so we recommend you come early in the morning to avoid the crowds. There are many bars and restaurants near the beach.
How to get to Palmanova beach
By bus 104 or 105 from Estacio Intermodal you can get to Platja de Palmanova station in about 30 minutes, from where you have to walk 200 m.
Sa Calobra Beach will take you to the beaches of Bali because of the split rocks between which the beach lies. It is among the most beautiful beaches and perfectly captures the exotic essence of the island. It is located in the north-west.
Although only 60 m long, the beach is worth a visit if you come around Escorca. There are no umbrellas and sunbeds available for rent, but there are bathrooms and a few restaurants around.
How to get to Sa Calobra beach
If you leave Palma without a rental car, you'll have to go to the closest town to the beach, called Escorca (cost 6-7 euros). Take bus 204 from Estacio Intermodal to Ma-11 North (35 minutes, 10 stops), and from there bus 231 to Escorca 2 (50 minutes, 3 stops). Once in Escorca, you'll have to take a taxi as it's about 15 km to the beach. It will cost you about 25-30 euros. Another option is to book a tour on Trip Advisor with prices from 15-20 euros per person.
If you have come on holiday to Mallorca and want more than swimming, beaches and sunbathing, you won't be disappointed! The island is full of places worth visiting.
Church of San Bartolomé
Church of San Bartolomé in the north-west Soller area is one of the most impressive of all the Balearic Islands. It is a temple declared ''good of cultural interest'', to which over the years Baroque structures have been added and to which in 1904 a beautiful modernist façade was added, the work of Gaudí's disciple Joan Rubió I Bellver.
Palma de Mallorca Cathedral
In Palma de Mallorca, visit Palma de Mallorca Cathedral, built on the shores of Palma Bay. It is the main symbol of the city and one of the most important places to see in Mallorca. Its construction began in 1229 and it is a superb Gothic style building. Ticket(link here) to visit the cathedral and the terrace costs 20 euro/person (not recommended for children under 8 years old), and to visit only the church and the museum inside it costs 8 euro. You can visit the cathedral between 10-17.
La Almudiana Palace
Walk through S ́Hort del Rei Gardens all from Palma near La Almudiana Palace, their name meaning "King's Gardens". Apparently in the 14th century this area had restricted access and was full of fruit trees, plants, vegetables and colourful flowers. Tickets to the palace start at 4 euros for teenagers up to 16 years old and 7 euros/adult. You can visit the place between 10-18 in winter and 10-19 in summer. We have attached a link at the end to the official palace website to book tickets.
Desi Tramp Coke has spread to other areas of the Iberian Peninsula, the typical Mallorcan one is made from a dough of flour, egg, water, oil, butter and salt to which red and green peppers, tomatoes and onions, olive oil and salt are added.
Raw Arros is a hot soup rice that is prepared in a clay pot with meat, sausages, vegetables, spices and mushrooms, and these ingredients may vary depending on the season. The rice takes on a darker colour, which gives it the name dirty rice or arrós brut.
Mallorcan snails (snails) are accompanied by potatoes and a broth of parsley, garlic, fennel, mint and chilli. Tasty!
Where to eat in Mallorca
In Palma you will find a wide variety of restaurants - from traditional to European and Asian. Millo Latin Cuisine comes with Spanish dishes from 10 to 25 euros, and tasty international dishes you will find at Toque Restaurant with prices between 5-25 euro/preparation.
Palma de Mallorca is definitely a dream destination, and by booking flights and accommodation in advance, it can also be quite affordable. For a 7-day stay for 2 people, we recommend a budget of at least 650-700 euros. Below you will find links to transport, accommodation and sights where you can buy tickets.