Perhaps a culture tour of the capital
This can be done on foot, taking in the likes of Palma’s impressive Gothic cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, fine Arab baths and brilliant museums. Have a look at the pages we have on Palma de Mallorca and the Old Town Palma. If you do not want to walk around Palma then take a look and see whether the Sightseeing Bus Tour of Palma is of interest to you.
Enjoy the best of Mallorca’s beaches
These range from the loud but fun resorts of Magaluf and Palmanova in the southwest and Arenal in the south, to the quiet rocky coves of Cala d’Or in the east, the wide, sweeping, family-oriented bays of Alcudia in the north and the sophisticated resort of Port de Sóller in the mountainous west. For further info and a video on the beaches take a look here.
The mountains in the northwest of the island offer some fantastic flora and fauna. Valldemossa or Sóller are great places to be based for those who are into walking. To get there just take the train or bus up from Palma, or if you are driving from elsewhere on the island, is easy and straightforward enough.You can even avoid the curving mountainous roads by taking a short cut through the tunnel - remember to have some change with you though. More information on hiking can be found here.
Go underground in the Caves of the Dragon
These lie near Porto Cristo on Mallorca’s east coast. You will be taken past million-year-old stalactites and stalagmites and huge subterranean lakes. An amazing experience finishing off with a beautiful scene on the lake with enchanting music that echoes through these amazing caves. Videos can be found here.
If you are coming to Mallorca to party then there are opportunities available at many of the livelier beach resorts such as Magaluf, very English orientated, or the more German orientated Arenal. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs are totally geared to touristss. If you would like to experience a little more of a Spanish touch then make your way to the capital Palma which is bubbling most evenings and very Spanish.
Have fun with water sports
Everything is available at the main resorts, from banana boat rides and pedalos to jet-skiing, windsurfing and snorkeling and scuba diving.
Take the train from Palma to Sóller
This is a 15-mile journey into the Tramuntana Mountains past olive groves and fruit orchards is wonderful, an unforgettable experience and one you should try and do while in Mallorca. In Sóller you will find time to relax in this typically Spanish town or perhaps if you are feeling energetic you can head down to the nearby Port de Sóller for some more beach activities. Take a peek at the train journey.
See Parc Natural de l'Albufera
S'Albufera is the largest and one of the most important wetland areas on the Balearics. It is 2.5 km long at the coastline and 1,000 m wide at the deepest point. There are two different regions: the sandy coastline, which is between 50 to 100 m wide and constitutes a splendid natural beach and the wetland area with many channels and lagoons.The park presides over the huge Alcudia Bay in the north of the island. The walking and cycling opportunities in the park are excellent while bird-watching will net you moorhens, herons and maybe flamingos. Take a look here for more information.
See performing dolphins and sea lions
These are on offer at Marineland based in Calviá’s Costa d’en Blanes beach in the southwest. Once you’ve seen the dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows take a look at one of the best collections of sharks, reptiles and snakes in Spain. (see children's activities)
Snack on tapas in Palma
Palma is arguably the best place in all of Spain for this very Spanish delight. One can have tapas as a starter or simply have one at the bar with your drink. Head to Sa Llotja on the waterfront for the best tapas bars in town where the fish-filled ones are delightful.
Tour Cabrera Island
The island is off the southern coast of Mallorca and features an abundance of wildlife including dolphins and birds of prey. You can also get on an interesting walking trail that covers part of the island. Remember this is a protected area and you need to either get booked with a tour company or seek permission to go there. (more info)