Updated: October 4, 2023Published: October 2, 2023
Mallorca is one of the most visited islands in the Balearic Islands. Every summer, hotels are sold out, plane tickets go up in the sky, and locals see a rise in population like no other.
Mallorca is that island that appears in every corner of the Pinterest algorithm, where every influencer “seems” to own a perfect Mediterranean house. Mallorca has crystal clear turquoise waters with golden sand where people lay under the sun for hours.
And they lay for hours looking ageless, happy, and at peace. Mallorca is the biggest island in the Balearic Archipelago, home to the capital Palma de Mallorca, more than 554 kilometers of beach, and the biggest Gothic Cathedral in Spain.
Mallorca is a dream place, and if you are planning to visit, I have created three different itineraries to make your journey smoother, calmer, and happier.
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Top Mallorca Itineraries
Itinerary: 3- Days First-timers in Mallorca
Day 1: Get to know Palma de Mallorca
You can arrive in Mallorca in two ways: by plane or ferry. But if you are short on time, the plane is the best transport you can get. If you do so, you will arrive at the Son Sant Joan airport, just 20 minutes away from the city center.
Disclaimer: It is best to arrive in Palma de Mallorca a day before starting your itinerary. That way, you can leave the jet lag behind and enjoy the rest of your holiday.
So, on day one in Palma de Mallorca, experience all the touristic landmarks. Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at Surry Hills Cafe; order a flat white and a delightful Balear toast with Mahon cheese.
After having breakfast, walk through the city center of Palma de Mallorca and enjoy the historic old town. Once Roman, the Moorish, the Old Town of Palma has an enchanting vibe that will make you fall in love.
While you explore the center, make some stops at the Mallorca Museum and the 15th-century building, La Llotja. The latter is a UNESCO World Heritage site where merchants used to get together to sell their goods.
By 1:00 pm, you must be starving! So, get out of the Llotja and into OMBU, a spectacular, innovative fusion tapas bar where you can go crazy with traditional recipes on creative presentations.
Head to La Sea. I am sure you will be breath-taken by the stunning Gothic Cathedral that guards Palma de Mallorca. La Seu is a 13th-century Basilica Cathedral with one of the biggest rosettas art in the world.
I recommend getting the ticket to climb up to the Cathedral’s roof. You will get a skyline of the city and the ocean like no other in Palma. The ticket to enter the Cathedral of Maria de Mallorca and the roof is 20€.
Once your tour through the Cathedral of Mallorca is over, walk a few steps and enter the Royal Palace of the Almudaina. This palace is actually an “alcazar,” a Moorish fortress whose construction began in the 13th century before the Spanish took over.
The Palace of the Almudiana still works as a royal residence, and tickets to visit are 7€; if you want to go around with a guide (very recommendable), the total ticket would be 13€.
Finally, end the day with a stunning sunset at Mirador del Baluard de Princep, or take a cute selfie at Ses Voltes.
You can also finish your day by walking to Palma Harbor or, even better, through Platja Can Pere Antoni.
Day 2: Sóller & Valldemossa
On your second day in Palma de Mallorca, you are going to have breakfast at Noti - Coffee & Kitchen. If you are in for sweet dishes, I recommend getting some delicious French toast with the batch brew of the day.
At 11 am, you will take the train to the stunning town of Soller in the northwestern part of Mallorca. Take the train from its station close to Plaza de España and the bus station in Palma.
The ride takes approximately an hour, and you will immerse yourself in Mallorca’s nature and beauty. The ticket for the train costs 8€, but I recommend getting the combined version of the journey for
32€. Why, you might ask? Well, the train to Sòller takes you to the old town of the town but not to the port. So, to avoid any complications, get both tickets right away.
The trams from Sòller to the Port of Sòller take 40 minutes, but don’t ride it right away! Instead, take some time to visit the small town and the Church of Bartolomé, Plaza de la Constitución, the orange trees, the 19th-century Bank of Soller, and the Lune Street for some shopping.
After that, you are very well invited to take the tram to Port Sòller and enjoy the beauty of the ocean. If you want to lay under the sun, walk to Den Repic Beach.
From Port Soller, take a bus to Valldemossa, the stunning village that was once home to Chopin.
Finish the afternoon getting some dinner at Valldemossa, a great place to end the day is La Posada de Valldemossa. This restaurant specializes in grilled meat that will make your mouth water! It is located right next to the Palau del Rei Sanç, and its terrace offers the most stunning views of Sierra Tramuntana.
I recommend taking the 10:30 train back to Palma de Mallorca and sleeping back to your hotel.
Day 3: Coves del Drach!
On your third day in Mallorca, you will travel to the Eastern part of the island to explore the breathtaking Drach Caves.
It takes almost two hours to go from Palma de Mallorca to Porto Cristo, the town that is home to the Drach Caves. For the trip, you will have to start the day earlier, and if possible, enjoy some buffet breakfast at your hotel or a big breakfast at a cafe because the way is a bit long.
Go to the bus station and buy tickets for line 401 from Palma de Mallorca to Mestral. At that stop, you must get down, walk for one minute, and change to the bus line number 425 to Porto Cristi.
I will link you to the official site of the Drach Caves address; you can search for more routes by car, bicycle, or foot. Take a look here 👉🏻 Drach Caves: How to Get there!
At noon, you should be taking your tour through the caves; remember to listen to instructions and remain respectful of the site. The price for the tickets is 16,50€ online and 17,50€ on site.
Head to the stunning beach of Portocolom and enjoy a free afternoon there. This means that you are free to decide what to do for the rest of the day, enjoy trying incredible restaurants, or rest.
Cute spots to see there:
Sa Cova Foradada
Other itinerary in Mallorca
Here, I will suggest two different twists that you can make to the standard itinerary to create a new one.
Beach & Sports Holiday in Mallorca
In the latter itinerary, you had the capital, Palma de Mallorca, as the base city of your trip. This means that your accommodation was fixed in one place. The same concept applies to itinerary number two, but in this case, you will stay at an idyllic beach.
In this second itinerary, you will be staying at Port Pollença, a northwestern town of the island tucked away between the ocean and mountains.
Day 1: Discovering Port de Pollensa
Begin your day with a stroll along the Pine Walk, a beautiful with Serra Tramuntana in the backdrop; it is a place that inspired the legendary Agatha Christie for her novel ‘Problems at Pollensa Bay.’ There, you can breathe in the tranquil views of the bay, letting the history of this charming town wash over you.
If you do the latter in the morning or afternoon, you can enjoy the Boquer Valley walk, where, if you are lucky, you can spot incredible birds like black vultures and Eleonora’s falcons, rare treasures in the rest of Europe.
Use the rest of the day to know the Old Town of Pollença and rest from all the walking.
Day 2: Hiking in Serra Tramuntana
This alternative itinerary is more adventurous and sporty than the first one! On your second day staying in Pollença, you can hike Serra Tramuntana, which offers an array of breathtaking trails.
The Dry Stone Route (GR-221) starts from Port de Pollença and goes to the Santuari de Lluc. The route provides unparalleled views and untouched natural beauty along the way.
Once back in Port Pollença, enjoy the afternoon at Cala Bóquer.
Day 3: Day trip to Palma!
The third day of this second itinerary is a day trip to Palma de Mallorca, where you will do the activities on day one of the first itinerary.
Wake up very early, around 6:30 am, to take one of the first buses to Palma de Mallorca. The bus line 301 will take you directly to the island’s capital, and it only takes 1h20 minutes.
Once in Palma, pick one of the following specialty cafes to get an amazing breakfast:
On your day trip, you must see:
Palma’s Old Town
La Seo (Palma’s Cathedral)
Palau de la Almudaina
Add some island-day trips if you want even more alternatives to your Mallorca itinerary!
Mallorca Day trip: Idea #1 Menorca
If you stay in Pollença, you can take a ferry to the neighboring island of Menorca! Just replace the second day of hiking with a day of adventuring on Menorca.
The ferry will take you to Port de la Ciutadella; you have the stunning Platja de Sa Farola and the beautiful San Nicolas Castle.
In Menorca, you can spend the day walking around the city center, lying under the sun at Platja Cana’n Blanes or Replans Platja Cans.
Ciutadella is a stunning city founded by the Carthaginians, governed by the Moorish, and taken by the Spanish. It is full of history, and I am very sure you will enjoy it.
Mallorca Day trip: Idea #2 Ibiza
If you decide to stay in Palma de Mallorca, you can have a day trip to Ibiza! Instead of visiting Cuevas del Drach, adventure yourself to the island of Ibiza or Eivissa, as it is called in Catalan.
The ferry is 60€ round trip, and you go from the Port of Palma de Mallorca into the Port Botafoc in Ibiza city.
I recommend venturing to Dalt Vila for a day on the famous island. Dalt Vila is a neighborhood from Ibiza’s Renaissance period, meaning “upper town.” This city area has a stunning ocean view and romantic cobblestone streets, and you must-see the 13th-century Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves.
If you want a beach, the closest one is Plaja Talamanca, a bit touristy but still beautiful enough to enjoy for the day.
Helpful resources to travel Mallorca
Now I know all of the following articles will be very handy while planning your trip to Mallorca, especially information on moving around Mallorca and restaurants.
I hope you get to use this itinerary in your next trip to Mallorca! I am sure you will fall in love with the island. Remember that if you have any questions, leave us a comment and we will be more than ahppy to help.
Jimena Bolívar is a seasoned travel writer with a unique passion for Spanish Food & Recipes. With a background in business and marketing, she brings a strategic and innovative approach to her writing, making her the perfect guide for those looking to truly experience the Authentic Spain. Jimena is also a Mother of 4, and is a huge fan of knitting her own clothes.