Last Updated on
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Mallorca offers warm weather, sublime mountains and beaches, delicious cuisine, a pumping night scene, and much more. Mallorca attracts all kinds of travellers.
The sheer amount of awesome possibilities can make it difficult to know where to start when vacationing in Mallorca.
No matter what your travel style, preferences, or budget, we’re here to help!
After hours of research and planning, we’ve put together the ultimate list of the best things to do in Mallorca. Combining the perfect blend of popular highlights and hidden gems, this is one travel list you don’t want to be without! Plus, you should also check out our favourite hotels in Mallorca, and our Mallorca neighborhood guide while you’re in research mode.
So, start planning your terrific vacation to the Balearics with the help of these recommendations of the best things to do in Mallorca.
Table of Contents
Mallorca sure knows how to dish up the fun! With water parks, golf, nature, water sports, beaches, nature, outdoor adventures, and some of the hottest nightclubs in Europe, there’s never a dull moment in Mallorca.
Mallorca has some of the most beautiful landscapes and there are fewer more fun ways of enjoying the rugged natural beauty than by bumping around on a quad bike.
Your tour includes four different areas letting you really experience the true beauty and magic of the island’s diversity. Journey deep into the verdant forest, admire the undulating sand dunes, ride along rocky pathways, and cross muddy flats, all while admiring glorious views.
If a quad bike adventure wasn’t enough to get your heart beating, the trip also includes snorkelling and cliff jumping. Take to the waters to see a range of marine creatures and discover more about the ocean deep before climbing high to take a deep breath and throw yourself off to plummet with a splash into the refreshing clear waves below.
Could there be a more exciting way to spend a day in Mallorca?!
Make like a cowboy or cowgirl and step into the Wild West at Mallorca’s Rancho Grande.
This fun experience is suitable for people of all ages and experience levels, making it ideal for anyone with a love of horses and a spirit of adventure. If any members of the group don’t want to ride, no problem—the Sangria Express is a cool horse-drawn wagon that lets you sit back and soak up the vistas without the hard work.
Get to know your trusty steed as you trot through stunning landscapes in the northern part of the island, lapping up the scenic countryside views. Your horse will only go as fast as you’re comfortable with and you can admire the scenery from a different perspective.
Return to the stables for even more excitement—tuck into a tasty BBQ and enjoy line dancing and live music. There’s even sangria for the adults.
Get your peddle power on and discover the many delights of Mallorca’s atmospheric Old Town. Spend three hours riding past the area’s most significant buildings, monuments, and other landmarks and venture away from the tried-and-trodden track to explore hidden nooks and places only known to locals.
Highlights include the historic city walls, the glorious cathedral, the main square of Plaza Mayor with its elegant architecture, the City Hall, and other splendid sights. You cannot help but be impressed by the splendour of the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, originally built as a defensive Arabian fortress.
Experience the local café culture at Paseo del Born, perhaps stopping for a while to enjoy a drink at a pavement café as you watch the world go by. The Rambla of Palma offers more interesting sights and sounds on your day of discovery.
There are many great reasons why couples choose to vacation together in Mallorca and the opportunities for romance are plentiful. Cement your love with a range of cool activities, admire stunning views, have evenings that are as fun as your daytimes, and return home with many marvellous memories and photographs.
Mallorca’s coastline is stunning, with sections of dramatic beauty. There are a number of incredible sea caves dotted along the coast, some of which are only known by local guys and caving pros.
The caves are filled with interesting rock formations, made even more intriguing by the sounds of the ocean and reflections that shimmer on the water’s surface.
As well as being able to explore the intriguing sea caves you also have the opportunity to have fun and get active with a spot of kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. To further add to the excitement, jump from the high cliffs and plummet into the cool waters below.
All necessary equipment is provided and you are accompanied by a guide.
Take your seat next to your love on the old train nicknamed the “Red Lightening” and take a scenic journey between Palma de Mallorca and Soller. Citrus groves, almond fields, and charming villages flash by, and you’re sure to love gazing out of the window as you ride through Bunyola.
Admire the architecture and sample local orange-flavoured ice cream in Soller and travel to the port by tram. Enjoy a tasty lunch after a hearty walk along the Promenade.
Once your appetite has been satisfied, your adventure continues to the pretty, arty town of Deia via the spectacular Tramuntana Mountains.
Next, you’ll visit Valdemossa, with its handsome forest and quaint buildings, soaking up the arty vibe and enjoying moments of tranquillity in the citrus gardens.
There are several options for boat trips around Mallorca’s stunning coastline, with some that visit nearby islands and others that include an assortment of activities, including dolphin spotting, snorkelling, kayaking, cave explorations, and dining.
One of our favourite boat trips for couples is one to the protected Dragonera Island. Once a place of hiding for pirates, today it is a national park.
Your journey takes you past attractive coastal sites like San Telmo, Camp de Mar, and the picture-perfect bay of Cala Llamp. The boat will stop for you to take a dip in the crystal clear waters, the ideal way to cool down on a hot day.
A buffet lunch is provided onboard.
Mallorca is a terrific playground for old and young alike, and families can have many magical moments together. It’s easy to strike a balance with activities the whole family will love and there should be no problems with kids becoming bored and adults’ patience fraying.
Although buggy drivers must be adults (with a full driving license), kids can ride as passengers for a thrilling exploration of some of Mallorca’s most beautiful places.
You’ll be given expert instructions before setting off and helmets are provided.
Spend half a day bumping through the landscapes, taking plenty of breaks to snap pictures, relax, and grab a bite to eat. There are on- and off-road adventures to enjoy, and all tours offer fabulous views.
One tour includes Son Servera, Ermita de Betlem Monastery, Colonia de Sant Pere, and Cala Millor. Another features Cala Millor, Porto Cristo, Felanitx, Sant Salvador, and Bonany Monastery.
Save everyone’s legs yet still hit up some of the best places in Palma e Mallorca. The onboard commentary provides interesting information about the island and the views are ever-changing with visions to captivate old and young alike.
You can hop on and off as you like, visiting attractions, taking walks, unwinding over lunch, and so on. The 18 bus stops are located close to major points and there are frequent services (every 20-25 minutes)—you can be back on a bus in a jiffy!
Admire the home of the Royal Family, the stunning Palace of La Almudaina, which was initially built during the Moorish occupation of the island.
Stroll through the picturesque Spanish Village, shop till you drop at Porto Pi, soak up the energy of Ramblas, lap up the views from the port of Estacion Maritima, and see Bellver Castle.
Other highlights include Porta des Camp, Jaime III, Plaza de Espana, Avenida de Gabriel Roca, and Plaza Gomila.
Have an awesome action-packed day with the family and cool down in the Mallorcan heat at Aqualand Arenal.
One of Mallorca’s largest water parks, Aqualand Arenal is suitable for kids of all ages, and there’s plenty to keep the grown-ups happy too.
Younger members of the family can make a splash at Polynesia and Dragonland, areas that have been specially designed for little ones. The various slides, chutes, wave pool, and rapids offer thrills and giggles to older children.
Of course, you can work on your backstroke or play games in the different pools, and there are areas where you can unwind and sunbathe. The café has an assortment of tasty treats and refreshments to keep everyone’s energy levels up.
Be kind to your pocket and keep the bank manager happy by incorporating some of these great free things to do in Mallorca into your holiday.
Gently lapped by the refreshing clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Mallorca is fringed by many glorious sandy beaches.
With well-known favourites where you’ll find an array of amenities and a lively air to those that are hidden from the crowds and offers peaceful moments in scenic surroundings, Mallorca has the perfect beach for everyone.
Portals Vells has small sea caves and soft sands and it is a popular choice with families. The rocky Cala Llamp and Cala Estellencs are prime places for snorkelling, and Mesquida Bay is the best place for surfing.
The island’s longest beach of Alcudia Bay is ideal for sun-worshippers who like to have a range of services and activities at their fingertips, and Playa del Palma is one of the island’s liveliest beaches. Cala Mondrago, Cala Sant Vicenc, Es Trenc, Formentor, and Cala Deia are among Mallorca’s prettiest beaches.
Mallorca’s landscapes offer many excellent hiking opportunities where you can escape the crowds are discover a place of rugged natural splendour.
Many routes are well sign marked and there are trails suitable for all levels of hiker. Whether you’re looking for a quick ramble in nature or a longer hike that leads through diverse areas, there are lots of ways to get active in the great outdoors.
The five-hour Torrent de Pareis Gorge Walk is one of the most famous hikes in Mallorca. Leading through the striking and steep gorge to a stunning stretch of coast, you’ll tackle large boulders, sharp inclines, uneven terrain, and narrow passages. Be sure to wear suitable footwear and carry plenty of water.
The long Dry Stone Route presents a challenge for serious hiking enthusiasts, following ancient paths through the Tramuntana Mountains from Pollensa and from Port D’Andratx.
Conquer the soaring Puig de Massanella for the most awe-inspiring vistas and follow the looped route from and to Lluc Monastery for a full day outdoors. The Serra de Llevant mountains offer less challenging hikes though the rewards are plentiful.
With more than 500 fabulous hikes to choose from, you could literally spend years exploring Mallorca.
Mallorca has a long, diverse, and rich history, with many legacies from times gone by remaining in the old towns and villages across the island. Filled with beautiful architecture and vibrant traditions, taking a stroll through scenic towns is completely free.
Surrounded by olive groves and orange trees, the traditional Mallorcan town of Soller sits in the shade of soaring mountains. A vintage tram runs around the town, passing quaint homes and the pretty church of Sant Bartomeu.
Alcudia features evidence from the times of the Romans, Phoenicans, Moors, and other groups that have called the area home. The old town has been carefully restored to showcase its former splendour.
Walk along the stone streets of cute Estellencs before popping into one of the lovely restaurants for a break.
The hillside settlement of Deia, with its stacked homes down the slopes, attracts creative souls, and peaceful Banyalbufar has gorgeous agricultural terraces falling away down towards the ocean and the ocean views are incredible.
Pollenca is a top place for history lovers, with a Moorish fortress, Roman bridge, and Dominican convent. Palma’s Old Town, Valldemossa, Capdepera, and Fornalutx are just a few more places to add to your travel list.
There are many things to do in Mallorca at nighttime; there’s no reason that your nights can’t be as exciting as your days. From evening boat rides and tasty meals in atmospheric restaurants to strolls along the beach and wild nights of dancing and drinking, nights in Mallorca are never dull.
This interactive show offers a fabulous night of swashbuckling merriment. Watch in awe as acrobatic pirates perform, be spellbound by energetic dances and rhythmic music, and feel your heart pounding as you watch exciting “fights”.
One of the most popular shows in Mallorca, you’re sure to have an evening to remember. You may even be called upon to help defend the ship!
Dinner is included with a hearty pirate fare of sausages, chicken, and potato wedges, finished off with smooth ice cream. Sink a few sangrias (soft drinks are also available) to really get you in jovial spirits.
Tuck into a delicious dinner of Spanish cheese and ham, soup or salad, and fillet mignon or fish, followed by a brownie or sweet apple pie. Toast your companions with a glass of champers and enjoy half a bottle of wine.
The Son Amar Big Band plays covers that are sure to get you swaying in your seat and tapping your feet. There are graceful ballet performances, traditional music pieces, captivating magicians, and evocative flamenco displays. All in all, there is heaps of diversity for a fantastic evening out!
Mallorca is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, particularly in the peak summer season, and the capital of Palma offers the best of the best when it comes to nocturnal fun.
Top tip: Stand at the bar for tapas and drinks rather than sitting down and you could save some cash.
Bars and clubs sit alongside the sandy beach and slightly further inland, and it’s easy to walk from one place to the next for a night of bar hopping. The air is relaxed (though some clubs to have dress codes) and you’ll find plenty of drinks promotions to entice you.
From DJs rocking all the latest club tunes to live bands playing original material and popular covers, Mallorca has something for everyone after the sun’s gone down.
Whether you’re hankering after some sunshine and looking forward to lazy days bumming on the beaches, excited about partying till you drop, or want to spend active days in the great outdoors, Mallorca promises to please.
Throw in adrenaline-inducing adventure activities, tasty foodie experiences, water parks, and charming towns where time seems to stand still and you’re all set for a terrific vacation.
What are you waiting for?! The best things to do in Mallorca are beckoning!
If you liked this guide, you’ll love these AMAZING guides for your time abroad:
Gin lover. Coffee addict. Nicola has traveled the world for 7 years and is a staff writer for Hotel Jules. Born in London, Nicola first got the taste of travel studying abroad in Barcelona. Since then she's been hooked - traveling the world non-stop. Passionate about green travel and vegan lifestyle, Nicola spends more of her free time staring at maps wondering where she will head to next!