The beautiful Balearic Islands are infinitely popular with holidaymakers looking to balance a sunshine break with a healthy dose of culture, and from the first time you visit you’ll understand why. Located in the endlessly popular Mediterranean, Mallorca (or Majorca) is famous for tons of incredible landscapes, colourful streets and beautiful beaches and coves.
Although there are lots of popular things for tourists to enjoy and explore on this jewel of the Mediterranean, from traditional markets and local shops to cultural hotspots, there are still a few hidden gems dotted around Mallorca waiting to be discovered. Here we’ve uncovered some of the lesser known places to explore on the island, to help you get in the mood for your next holiday to this Spanish gem, or to give you some inspiration if you’re deciding if Mallorca is for you.
Take a pilgrimage to the northwest of the island to find Santuari de Lluc, a monastery and renowned pilgrimage site in Escorca. Surrounded by beautiful statuesque mountains, like the Puig de Massanella, the monastery was constructed on a location where a Moorish shepherd is said to have found a statue of the Virgin Mary back in the 13th century, making the heritage of this historical site an incredible treasure. Head out on one of the walks in the neighbouring areas to really absorb its beauty and traditions.
Head to the western side of the island to catch a glimpse of Sa Dragonera – a neighbouring islet that was declared a nature park during the 1990’s. Packed full of beautiful plants and scenery, Sa Dragonera is a Mallorcan legacy, and a place that many locals hold dear to their heart. The name is said to have originated from its shape; it looks like a sleeping dragon, resting in the water. At only 500 metres wide, Sa Dragonera is home to a myriad of gorgeous creatures, and it’s important for those visiting to be respectful of the animals that call the island home. It’s relatively easy to take a trip to the islet by boat from Mallorcan port towns on the westerly edge of the country, so don’t be put off paying a visit.
Known as the meeting point of the winds, Cap de Formentor is the northernmost point of the island of Mallorca, with its highest point towering 384 ft above sea level. Boasting sandy beaches and breathtaking views, the scenery is desirably dramatic; rock formations jut out from the sea, with clusters of trees and flocks of nesting seabirds clinging to the available surfaces. The catch? You have to be brave enough to get there. The road to Cap de Formentor is renowned for being scary, with its twisting, turning surface curling its way around the edge of the cliff faces. Once you arrive, the views more than make up for it. Head to the famous lighthouse to catch a glimpse of neighbouring Menorca on a clear day.
No one can deny that beautiful Valldemossa is one of the most breathtaking villages in the country. With a population of around 2,000, the village is nestled in the hills of the Tramuntana range, amongst lush countryside and forest. One of the key features is the 13th century monastery, known as the Real Cartuja de Valldemossa, but there’s plenty more to see too. Wander along the winding little streets, stop in one of the traditional cafes or bakeries, or take a look around one of the galleries. It’s a truly memorable day out packed full of culture and beauty.
Looking for an escape to a remote paradise? That’s still possible on the gorgeous island of Mallorca. Head to Cala Mondrago in the south of the island to explore one of the area’s most beautiful natural landscapes, with sand dunes, beaches and rocky forest landscapes aplenty.
Depending on how energetic you’re feeling, choose one of the several paths scattered through the area and take a stroll along the surrounding coastlines; you never know what sort of hidden coastal gem you might find. Want to be as close as possible? The small town of Santanyi is one of the closest areas, while the popular Cala d’Or resort is still close enough to make a trip accessible.
Whether you’re looking for unspoilt beaches, heritage hotspots or wide swathes of unspoilt landscapes, Mallorca has something for everyone to enjoy – and many, many holidaymakers do indeed enjoy it. Can’t wait to explore for yourself? Take a look at our great deals on hotels and apartments in Mallorca to start planning your perfect trip.