So you decided to spend your summer in Mallorca, and now you need all the recommendations on what to do during your vacation.
Mallorca is an idyllic island. I am sure one of your most desired Pinterest boards must be about Mallorca and all the calas you plan to visit.
I don’t mean to be a party pooper, but I want to remind you that even though Mallorca’s top season is summer, it is also three of the hottest months on the island, and you need to know what to do and what to avoid to get the best out of your vacations.
This list will help you organize the vacation of a lifetime and also bring to common light mistakes in tourists that you can avoid by reading more deeply into the article.
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1. Do ✅ Chill out at a beach club with your partner, friends, or family
I know that the best thing about taking your vacations in Mallorca is spending hours under the sun, trying to find the most perfect cala of all, the same could be said about its long beaches the point is you would want to spend as much time next to the sea as possible.
But! A perfectly good alternative is chilling out at a beach club!
Summer in Mallorca can be overwhelming if you are not mentally prepared for the number of people you will encounter. However, if you are looking for something more exclusive and tranquil, getting a day at a beach club is an option to consider.
The beautiful thing about chilling at the beach club is that it has Mediterranean food, the pool, and the beach all in one place. Some of them, like Purobeach Palma, will even have DJs animating their crowd.
2. Don’t ⛔ Only pack beach outfits
There is an unwritten dress code rule in Mallorca, which also applies to all of Spain: to keep the beach clothes for the beach.
What do I mean by this? It means that when you are ready to make your bag for your vacations, besides packing a swimsuit, shorts, and flip-flops, add some fresh outfits for dinner or a stroll through the town.
For example, add some dresses, skirts, loose-fitting pants, shirts, and some cute sandals or beach mocassins in case of men.
3. Do ✅ Discover Palma de Mallorca
If you visit Mallorca, you can’t miss spending a few days in Palma. As the island’s capital, Palma is very cosmopolitan, with plenty of landmarks, restaurants, and shopping streets to enjoy.
Some of the best places to see are the Cathedral/Basilica Santa Maria de Mallorca, the Royal Palace of la Almudaina, and Castell Bellver.
For example, when we traveled to Palma in Spring, we also visited the Drach Caves, Portocolom, and the Santuri of Lluc; we rented a car and drove to all these places. One of the best decisions ever!
4. Don’t ⛔ Stay all your vacations at Palma de Mallorca
Now, I advise you to discover Palma de Mallorca, but only to spend some of your vacations in the capital.
Even though it is beautiful, there is so much to see in Mallorca! If you rent a car, you can see many stunning places that could be only an hour’s drive away.
I recommend spending a day or two in Palma, then moving on to other towns where you can truly immerse yourself in the culture and discover breathtaking beaches.
5. Do✅ Visit a winery
I know that once you set foot in Mallorca, you will want to spend every day on the beach; that is normal; I would want to do the same.
But- I am just dropping another cool plan here- besides sunbathing all day long, you can also enjoy the award-winning wines on the island. Winemaking goes all the way back to the Romans, but islanders resumed the activity in the 19th century.
Vins Miquel Gelabert has won 150 awards, including having the best wines under €30! The winery is located in Menacor, Rafa Nadal’s birth city on the island’s eastern side. Vins Miquel Gelabert is pretty exclusive, and if yuo wish to visit, you need to request a spot through a form 👉🏻right here.
Another great winery is just a few minutes away from Palma. Bodegas Angel, located in Santa Maria del Camí, is a 20 minutes drive from the capital; this winery offers more torus than Vins Miquel Galeabert, which can be given in Spanish, English, German, or Catalan.
The visit to Bodegas Angels includes a tour of history and grapes varieties. Additionally, you have a tasting of their white, red, and rosé wines, plus tapas made from local products. The prices at this winery range from €11-€40 depending on the tour. Get your reservation 👉🏻right here!
6. Don’t ⛔ Drink in the streets of Magaluf
Magaluf is known to be the party destination of Mallorca; before 2020, you would have encountered people drinking in the streets, a lot of 2x1 promotions, and unlimited orders of alcohol.
However, the rules have changed! The government of the Balearic Islands has imposed new rules on alcohol sales and consumption. They banned 2x1 offers, booze advertising for cheap deals is forbidden, and people are limited to three alcoholic drinks per meal.
Magaluf is trying to change its concept from a hot spot for cheap parties to a more sustainable tourism that takes care of the place. So, know that if you plan to visit the town, the possibility of unlimited alcohol is prohibited.
7. Do✅ Practice new sports!
If you plan to stay in Mallorca for more than a week, you need to do some sports to take advantage of this island’s beautiful features.
⛰️Take excursions: If you are on the south, north, and mainly west coast of Mallorca, you need to go hiking at Sierra Tramuntana. The most popular route is the Dry Stone Route, which offers different trails for different levels. Summer in Mallorca can have a relentless heat, so I recommend you to go very early in the morning to avoid high UV hours!
🌊Take watersports lessons: Just in Palma, you will find plenty of watersport schools to learn some new abilities during the summer. Be it kitesurfing, standing-paddling, kayaking, or windsurfing, you can use this summer to become a master at something new. Close to Palma, you can try some lessons at “El Niño Surf Center,” but if you stay in the north, you sign up for some classes at Kitesurfing Pollença.
🏌️♂️Play some golf: Another great sport to do in Mallorca is golf! Again if you are staying in Palma, you are very close to one of the best golf courts on the island: Arabella Golf. A membership with them will guarantee access to the four biggest gold courts in Mallorca. Son Quint is just a 15-minute drive from Palma, and you can sign up for classes at the school!
8. Don’t ⛔ Underestimate the heat of summer in Mallorca
Mallorca is one of the most paradisiac islands in the Balearic Islands; it has the most beautiful beaches in Spain, and spending your summer there is like a dream come true. But it would be best if you didn’t underestimate the island’s heat.
The highest hours of sun are between 12 pm and 3 pm, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C, so choosing an activity that keeps you from the sun during peak heat hours is best.
Visit a museum or go shopping!
Important things to keep in mind are:
Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
Sunglasses to protect your eyes
A cap to protect your scalp
A lot of water to keep you hydrated
9. Do ✅ Discover local markets and handcrafts
It doesn’t matter which city or village you decide to stay in Mallorca; almost all of them have a local market that will connect to the island vibe.
The markets are usually open from early in the morning to the middle to the middle of the day. As I mentioned before, almost every town on the island has its market so I will leave you a list of needs per corner of the island!
Alcudia Market (Sunday): local food products
Pollença Market (Tuesday and Sunday): local food products plus arts and crafts
Artà Market (Tuesday): local food products, arts and crafts, and live music!
Santanyí (Wednesday and Saturday): local food products
Sollèr Market (satudardays): local food porducts.
10. Don’t ⛔Expect uber to work on the island
Uber, Cabify, Bolt, or other private transporting companies are forbidden in Mallorca. So, don’t assume a click in your uber app will solve all your logistics problems because that is not the case on the island.
If you need advice on how to get around the island, look at the article below!
Mallorca’s transport system is based on taxis, rented cars, or buses. Before you travel, take a look at your transportation options from the airport to your accommodation and plan in advance.
11. Do✅ Experience a music festival
If you plan to go to Mallorca in May, attend the Mallorca Live Festival! Suppose you are visiting the island with friends or your partner. In that case, the festival is an amazing opportunity to connect with music, meet some new people and live a wild, exciting adventure.
The festival takes place in the Old Aqua Park of Calvià, which is pretty spacious and organized and provides different services like drinks, food, and restrooms.
If you want to book your tickets before they end, get them here!
12. Don’t ⛔ Think summer is your only chance to visit Mallorca
Even though Mallorca experiences the four seasons just like the rest of Spain, spring, autumn, and winter are not as noticeable as they could be in the continent.
Summer is Mallorca’s higher season, and if you are not in the mood to fight for spots at the beach, you can choose any of the other three seasons to travel.
Spring and the beginning of autumn fight the second place for the best place as the best seasons to visit Mallorca. Winter is also a good option, especially because it is the off-season, and you will find better deals.
So, don’t think summer is your only chance to visit Mallorca; if you want a full list of activities to enjoy the island to the fullest, I will link you to our other three articles!
One of the most extraordinary experiences in Mallorca is hopping in the Sòller train or tram (you can choose your route!) and experiencing transport like the early 20th century.
So, here are your two options!
The train can take you from Palma de Mallorca to Sollèr, making ten stops and giving you breathtaking island views.
The tram will take you from Sollér to La Payesa (closer to the port), making 11 stops with views closer to the ocean.
🚉 Check all the information on the different tours right 👉 here!
You will find many suggestions for what to do in Mallorca during the summer, and the most important one to consider is planning ahead.
Mallorca is the dream destination of many people worldwide. Like you, most people in Europe and the United States take their vacations from June to August, so be sure to book tickets, hotels, and activities with time.
Besides that, just enjoy your time and take from the sun!
Inigo Navarro is a seasoned travel writer with a deep understanding of Spain's cities, culture, people and language. Born and raised in Spain, he has spent years exploring the country and is currently one of the most-read Travel Bloggers about Spain. Inigo is also an experienced digital marketer, a father to 4 beautiful children and a huge Real Madrid Fan. ¡Hala Madrid!