Mallorca is a magical island and the largest of the Balearic archipelago. It is a destination that attracts millions of tourists every year.
Its charming villages, coves of crystalline waters, and enchanting atmosphere are irresistible for any traveler. For your trip to Mallorca to be a success, you should plan and consider several things so that you are not caught by surprise.
In this post, I will share my best tips for traveling to Mallorca. You will find information about how much time to spend on the island, the best time to visit Mallorca, how to get around, where to stay, what not to miss, and much more!
I will tell you everything you need to know to discover Mallorca in the most local way, without spending a fortune and enjoying the island to the fullest!
I wish I had known all these tips and tricks while I was organizing my trip to Mallorca on my own! But now you have me to help you with everything! So let’s get started!
1. Make sure to take everything you need in your suitcase
Mallorca is an island with an enviable Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters. But you must consider that there are mountain areas with slightly lower temperatures than in the rest of the island.
Therefore, depending on the time of the year you will travel to Mallorca and the plans or activities you plan to do, you should choose well the type of clothes and accessories you should pack in your suitcase.
However, some essentials cannot be missing from your bag:
- Beach towel
- Hat or cap
- Sunscreen, with a high protection factor and water resistance.
- Mosquito repellent
- Hiking boots (in case you are a hiking or climbing lover)
- Snorkeling gear
2. Rent a car to move around the island
From my point of view, renting a car in Mallorca is practically mandatory. Why? Because if you want to get around the island from north to south and east to west without a car, you are lost!
Public transport in Mallorca is not very efficient, so traveling around the island by public transport is not the best option.
For car rental options, I recommend comparing prices and cars at Rentalcars or with Enterprise company.
Things to consider before renting a car in Mallorca:
1. Take a small car
The only thing you should be aware of about renting and driving a car in Mallorca are some roads, such as the Serra de Tramuntana. These roads are full of ups, downs, and curves to one side and the other, so if you go with a big car when crossing with other cars, you suffer a little. But in general, the roads in Mallorca are pretty good. Just drive carefully, and there will be no problem!
2. Be careful where you park your car
Rental cars need to have a paper stating that they are rental cars. However, having this paper can have a disadvantage because someone can scratch the vehicle due to the animadversion of tourists. This does not usually happen, but the most convenient thing is to rent the car always with insurance.
3. Picking up the rental car at the airport is a nightmare
Pay a “fast track,” especially if you visit Mallorca in high season; otherwise, you can spend hours waiting for the car to be delivered.
You can rent the car online in advance; this way, you will save time and money! As the date gets closer, fewer cars are left, and prices increase.
In summer, Google Maps does not reflect well where you can get to with the car because there are many closed or private roads. You have to do a little deeper research to reach some coves.
3. To save money, come in the Mallorca off-season
Mallorca, along with Ibiza, is one of the most visited islands in Spain, especially in July and August, coinciding with the European summer. This time is undoubtedly the high season in Mallorca, and you will find the island full of tourists and prices soar considerably.
On the other hand, if you come in mid or low season, there will be fewer people, and the accommodations will not be so expensive.
Mallorca has a lot of plans and activities to do at any time of the year. In these posts, we give you ideas to visit Mallorca in any season. Check out the most suitable for you!
Mallorca in Spring: 7 Reasons Why It’s My Favorite Season
Winter in Mallorca? 7 Best Plans for the Perfect Off-Season
Summer in Mallorca: 11 Best Things To do (or Avoid!)
Top 9 Reasons to Visit Mallorca in Autumn
But if you are planning to come with a tight budget and you don’t want to spend too much, my recommendation is to come out of season.
If you want to know how you can travel to Mallorca on a budget, don’t miss this article:
Visit Mallorca on a Budget: 7 Money-Saving Tips on 2023
4. Check the perfect place to stay according to your needs
The best option to stay in Mallorca will depend a lot on your vacation expectations and your travel profile.
You should be clear about the way and conditions you want to travel. If you prefer a quiet beach area, or a mountain area, stay in Palma capital or if you come in a more party plan.
- Are you a beach lover? Find your hotel in the south of Mallorca!
The biggest concentration of the best beaches in Mallorca is south of the island. Mallorca has more than 300 beaches and coves, but in the south is where you will find the most beautiful beaches.
Among them are Caló des Moro, Es Trenc, Es Caragol, Es Marques, Es Carbó and Cala Llombards.
We have a post entirely dedicated to the beaches of Mallorca. Check out the following link to see it!
9 Best Beaches & Hidden Calas in Mallorca by a Local
- Are you looking for tranquility? The north of Mallorca is your best option!
If you are thinking of a relaxing vacation, there is nothing better than booking your accommodation in the north of Mallorca. It is the less visited part of the island and the less touristically crowded.
There you will find landscapes of the wildest nature, such as Sa Calobra or the cape Formentor, the most northern point, and villages, such as the beautiful towns of Pollença or Alcudia.
In this post you can see which are the most beautiful villages in Mallorca in case you want to look for accommodation in one of them:
7 Most Beautiful Towns in Mallorca: Authentic Local Gems
- Do you feel like partying?
If you come with friends who want to go out at night, the best thing to do is to look for accommodation in the capital of Palma, Magaluf, or Arenal.
To go out for a drink or party, check out these posts!
11 Best Party Spots in Mallorca for a Night Out
11 Best Bars in a Mallorca for a Fun Evening
To know more about the different areas of Mallorca where to stay, I recommend you to take a look at this post:
9 Best Places to Stay in Mallorca: Your Ideal Island Guide
I also leave you a post with the best hotels in Mallorca in case it helps you when choosing:
9 Best Hotels in Mallorca for the Vacation of a Lifetime
5. Book your accommodation well in advance
You will find more and cheaper options by booking your accommodation with loads of time.
This advice comes hand in hand with the previous one; once you are clear about where you will stay in Mallorca, the best thing you can do to get reasonable prices and not find everything booked is to make the reservation in advance.
In search engines like Booking, many hotels have the option of free cancellation, so if you change your mind later, you can cancel the reservation without any cost up to a few days before traveling to Mallorca. Just be sure to check until what date you can cancel without being charged anything!
6. Stay in a typical Mallorcan house
For an authentic local experience, I advise staying in a typical Mallorcan house instead of a standard hotel.
Many locals rent their houses on a seasonal basis, so I recommend you have a look at Airbnb. Here you will find a lot of options!
For this, you should consider what we mentioned in section 4 above. Choose an area with everything you are looking for depending on the plan in which you go and with whom you go.
7. Optimize your days by planning with time
It is possible to see the best of Mallorca in 2 days, but at minimum, I recommend you travel to Mallorca for a week.
The best thing to do before coming is to make a list of everything you want to see and do, and based on that, see how many days you will need.
For this, you will have to take into account the kind of traveler you are, if you like to see things quietly and calmly, if you want to make the most of the day from the moment you get up until you go to bed, if you prefer to go on your own or if you prefer to hire a private tour.
All these are the things you must think about before your trip to Mallorca to organize yourself well and optimize your days.
To help you organize your trip in the best possible way, you should take a look at the following articles. They will be of great help to get you started with your list!
Top 13 Famous Landmarks in Mallorca that aren’t Beaches
17 Best Things to do in Mallorca: Top-Rated Attractions!
8. Book restaurants and activities in advance
Mallorca is full of restaurants that offer incredible gastronomy. But if you come in high season, you must book in advance; otherwise, finding a table for lunch or dinner will be impossible.
Therefore, before coming, I recommend you take a look at the restaurants by area and start writing down the ones you like the most to make your reservations.
These are the restaurants I recommend on the island to have an unforgettable gastronomic experience!
The 9 Best Restaurants in Mallorca: A Food Lover’s Guide!
9. Taste the typical Mallorcan products
You cannot leave Mallorca without tasting its typical products!
Mallorca is one of the places where its gastronomy is the most cared for. The island is full of street markets that offer a great variety of local products with incredible taste and freshness.
These are my favorite and some of the most popular markets on the island:
11 Best Markets in Mallorca to Explore Food & Crafts
These are some of the Mallorcan products you have to try:
- Mallorcan wine
- Mallorcan olive oil
- Mallorcan honey
- Crackers of Inca “Quelitas”
10. Buy typical and handmade products made in Mallorca
Just as Mallorca is full of delicious gastronomic products on every corner, you will also find many handcrafted products on the island.
Among its products, you will find leather goods such as bags and shoes, typical Mallorcan footwear items such as “porqueras,” ceramic pieces, handmade jewelry, clothing, and even handmade artificial pearls!
Majorcan or Mallorcan pearls (Majórica in Spanish) are internationally recognized for their beauty and quality. They are considered the best natural pearl imitation in the world!
If you are thinking of buying a typical souvenir, Mallorca offers you a wide range of proposals to find the perfect purchase.
Souvenirs are the perfect option to relive the good moments and memories that travels leave us and, at the same time, to surprise family and friends back home.
To find these products, you should get lost in the stalls of local markets and visit different stores on the island. These two posts will help you in your search!
11 Best Markets in Mallorca to Explore Food & Crafts
9 Best Shopping Places in Mallorca: Streets, Outlets & More
11. Eat in a Mallorcan “celler”
A “celler” was originally a place where wine was elaborated and matured.
Nowadays, it refers to the traditional restaurants of Mallorca, where you can taste dishes, desserts, and wines of the land.
If you want to eat well and cheaply, you can not miss a typical Mallorcan “celler.” In these restaurants, you will discover the typical gastronomy of the island!
In Palma, the best known is the Celler Sa Premsa, located about 10 minutes from Plaza España, an absolute delight!
You will see hundreds of places promoting local food, but don’t trust some of them. Always check the restaurant reviews on google and look at their rating; it has always been a great help to me!
12. Visit less crowded areas
If you travel to Mallorca during the high season, between June and September, forget about finding empty beaches and coves. At this time of the year, they will be crowded, and if you don’t get up early, finding a place to put your beach umbrella and beach towel will be challenging.
But the island’s northern part is less touristic and less crowded.
So if you want to escape from the tourists and have a little more tranquility, visit the northern part! Although the best option is still to come out of season to enjoy the island and know all its corners without crowds of people.
Take good shoes, plenty of water, and sunscreen. Most of the northern coves are difficult to access, and you will have to walk at least 20 minutes to reach them.
13. Learn some Spanish before traveling
Besides being a touristic island, Mallorca has an incredible international community, so if you don’t know Spanish, you don’t have to worry because you will always find someone who understands you.
Even so, coming to Mallorca knowing some typical Spanish words or phrases can make your experience much better and make you feel more comfortable.
Learning a new language is always a great idea and will open many doors!
Here are some basic phrases for you to practice:
- Hi!: ¡Hola!
- Good morning!: ¡Buenos días!
- Good afternoon: ¡Buenas tardes!
- How are you?: ¿Qué tal? ¿Cómo estás?
- What is the address?: ¿Cuál es la dirección?
- Where can I find this place: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar este sitio?
- How much is this?: ¿Cuánto cuesta esto?
- Can I please have a beer?: Por favor, ¿me da una cerveza?
- Bye!: ¡Adiós!
A good idea to practice and learn Spanish is to download the Duolingo app. It will help you with the basic vocabulary, and you will be able to manage better when you arrive in Mallorca!
14. Get high sunscreen protection to avoid burning
Sunscreen is something that should never be missing from your bag. Whether it is winter or summer, we should always apply sunscreen when we leave the house, especially in the summer when the sun is strongest.
Mallorca also has a spectacular climate during most of the year, so all the more reason to apply sunscreen daily. Every year the UV rays get more intense, causing much harm to your skin.
In addition to sunscreen, remember to bring a cap or hat and sunglasses!
Buy SPF 50 sunscreen for the whole body but especially for the face. My favorite brand is La Roche Posay. A must in my bag is their 50+ sunscreen stick I always use for my face. Click here to find it!
15. Don’t forget the universal adaptor
Many people don’t consider this before coming to Spain, but you should include a universal adapter in your suitcase.
Also, if you come to Mallorca, I’m sure you will want to have your phone, camera, GoPro, and all your devices 100% charged. So it’s not silly to add the universal adapter to your list, so you don’t have to stress about it.
If you forget it is not a drama either, in Mallorca you can find stores that sell it!
In Spain, the plug is called “Schuko,” with a voltage of 230 V and a frequency of 50 Hz.\
Hope you find these tips and tricks really helpful to enjoy Mallorca to the fullest!
With all this in mind, I’m sure that your trip to Mallorca will be an incredible and unforgettable experience. Besides, you will be much calmer and more confident!
If you need help organizing your trip, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be very happy to help you!