Tourists flock to Mallorca every year to soak up the Spanish sun. This summer I escaped to the island to enjoy the sandy stretches of Palma with my friends. I packed my bikini, hat and Marco Polo Mallorca: Travel Guide for my five day holiday. As well as recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers I always like to have a good guide with me when I travel. This one lead me to beautiful bays, dramatic rocky coasts and trendy hang outs. By the end of my trip I definitely felt like Mallorca was one of Spain’s most underrated islands. Here are the top 8 things you need to do if you’re travelling to Mallorca…
1. Wander the streets of Palma, Mallorca’s Capital.
Parts of Palma, such as La Lonja and the Old Town, are steeped in history and Instagram-worthy architecture and you can easily explore the narrow streets on foot. I spent two days exploring this beautiful city; wandering through the streets discovering hidden gems like boutique wine bars, artist studios and museums was the highlight of my trip.
If you’re really feeling touristy you can even jump on an open-top bus, just hop on for some sightseeing!
2. Eat Delicious Tapas.
You can’t really have a trip to Spain without enjoying tapas. Prepare to order plenty of dishes and share with friends to get a real taste of the local cuisine. My favourite Tapas dish has to be dates wrapped in bacon…they’re next level delicious. I found a great tapas bar in Lonja de Palma de Mallorca thanks to the “Where to…Eat & Drink” guide in Marco Polo book.
3. Enjoy Some Culture At A Gallery.
Despite being a fairly small island Mallorca is full of culture with many museums and galleries dotted around. Unfortunately it was raining on the last day of our trip so we visited the Modern Art Museum, the cathedral museum and the royal palace. If you’re an art lover like me then visiting Joan Miro’s studio just outside Palma is a must. The studio is just as Miró left it: paint everywhere and unfinished canvasses dotted around the place. It’s a delight to see. Don’t forget that most of the museums are closed on Mondays!
4. Sunbathe At The Beach.
Mallorca is a paradise for a sun, sand and sea lover like me. There are 262 beaches around the island so you can find everything from private beaches to family friendly spots. My Marco Polo Guide had a great guide to the island’s beaches so I knew exactly where to head for some sunbathing…
5. Visit A Winery.
Mallorca is working hard to put itself on Europe’s wine map and has begun to welcome tourists for tours and tastings. If you love wine (and who doesn’t?) then be sure to visit a winery during your trip.
6. Shop The Local Markets.
Mallorca is full of fresh food markets so be sure to visit one during your trip. Maybe you can even try to cook some local recipes? I visited the indoor Mercat de l’Olivar in Palma and later found this lovely shop simply called Mallorca Delicatessen in the old town on Mateu Pons. If you’re outside the city, I read that the markets in Sineu, Santanyí, and Artà are also lovely.
7. See Palma Cathedral.
I’ve already mentioned how beautiful Palma city is but the cathedral really deserves a shout out of its own. This gothic temple is known by locals as ‘The Cathedral of Light’ due to the colorful patterns which are created by the sun beaming through the stained glass windows. It boasts the largest rose window in the Gothic world and is incredibly beautiful. Well done Antonio Gaudì, we’re very impressed with your work.
8. Relax At A Luxurious Beach Club.
Mallorca’s heach clubs take a day of sunbathing and relaxing to a new level. Expect stylish surroundings, comfy loungers, cool restaurant and bar. Some even offer massages so you can really indulge in a day of pampering by the pool. Be sure to check out Purobeach Club, Palma which is too dreamy to be true! If you’re in the Palmanova area then Campino Beach Bar has fantastic seafood.
If you’re travelling to Mallorca soon then be sure to check out the Marco Polo Travel Guide – it helped me find all of these beautiful places and make the most of my trip. Have you been to Mallorca? Comment below to let me know what you loved most about the island!