Mallorca or Majorca, however you decide to pronounce it, is a popular summer destination that us Brits flock to every year. Famed for its sandy beaches, turquoise waters, vibrant nightlife and authentic Spanish fare, it’s the largest island in the Balearic Islands and is well worth soaking up this summer.
Whether you’re a holiday regular or you’re visiting for the first time, we’ve teamed up with holiday specialists lastminute.com to put together the ultimate guide to Mallorca. From things to do, sandy beaches to visit to hotels and resorts worth staying in, read on to get inspired and to book that dream summer holiday you’ve been lusting over.
Things to do
Visit the Catedral-Basilica de Santa Maria de Mallorca
Soak up some of the island’s history and lose yourself in the beauty of the Catedral de Mallorca. Located in the heart of Palma, the cathedral dates back to the 13th century. The exteriors are just as striking as the inside, incorporating Mediterranean Gothic architecture. It’s a great place to stop off if you’re spending the day exploring the island’s capital.
Immerse yourself in the island’s history at Casa de la Gran Cristiana
Mallorca Museum, commonly known as Casa de la Gran Cristiana, is one of the island’s largest museums spanning everything from archaeology to fine and decorative arts. Wander around the museum and explore the various Roman relics, books and documents dating back centuries and works from Rodin.
Take a tour around the Drach Caves
You’ll have no doubt seen these caves popping up over your TikTok and Instagram feeds, but the Drach Caves are one of the island’s most popular tourist destinations. Spanning around 1,200 metres in length, take a tour and lose yourself in the magic of the large underground lake. Expect your holiday snaps to be utterly majestic.
Cycle around the island
If you aren’t feeling up to hiring out a car, channel your inner adventurer and hire out a bike for a few days to ferry yourself around the island, soaking up the sights and stopping by the beaches. Cycling around the island is really popular with plenty of great cycle routes and trails around, including the more advanced and extreme route in the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains.
Fall in love with the secluded beaches
It wouldn’t be an island holiday without exploring the best of the local offerings, and Mallorca is home to plenty of breathtaking beaches. Explore the old town of Alcudia before heading to the turquoise waters and sandy beach, or head east to Cala D’Or for a beach located by a woodland. There’s also the Puerto Pollensa which is renowned for its horseshoe bay and popular resort area.
If you’re heading out to Mallorca with your pals, Magaluf is renowned for its wild nights, beach bars and resorts. There are plenty of beaches to soak up during the day before heading out onto the Magaluf strip come nightfall.
Where to stay
Perfect for groups, families or going it solo, HM Blau is home to three pools, a bar, restaurant and breakfast, half board and all-inclusive options. All apartments and studios come with all of the usual amenities, including a balcony that’s perfect for a lazy afternoon reading in the sun or sitting with your favourite drink before heading out to dinner. It’s handily located just 400m from Cala Millor beach, the sandy turquoise strip that’s lined with palm trees.
Innside Calvia Beach
Expect sandy sea views from this dreamy apartment hotel. Innside Calvia Beach is armed with two outdoor pools, poolside bars, a restaurant and lounge areas perfect for lazing the day away on.It’s situated right next to the beach, as well as a five minute drive to Katmandu Park and Western Water Park, perfect for the kiddies.
Alua Hawaii Mallorca Suites
Don’t be fooled by the name as this stunning 4-star hotel is actually firmly situated in Mallorca. With views across Palma Bay, you can look forward to a holiday that’s packed with great entertainment, delicious food and sandy beaches waiting around every corner. We’d happily spend our days lounging by their giant palm lined pool.
THB El Cid
Perfect for couples or with friends, THB El Cid is an adults only 4-star beach situated just in front of Playa de Palma. It’s home to two outdoor pools, one of which is right next to the promenade and perfect Bali-style beds for lounging on.
THB Gran Bahia
You couldn’t find a hotel located nearer the beach if you tried. THB Gran Bahia is the ideal accommodation for families and groups, offering breakfast and half board options. Expect a dazzling long pool perfect for spending the morning doing lengths before heading to the ocean for sunset.