Mallorca’s COOLEST Neighborhoods [2019 • Insider Guide]

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Mallorca's COOLEST Neighborhoods [2019 • Insider Guide]

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, located just off the Spanish shores in the Mediterranean.

While its reputation makes it a place to come party and drink the night away, Mallorca has much more to offer to its visitors: turquoise waters, rugged mountains and picturesque villages are also very much present in Mallorca.

However, the island usually gets very crowded during the high season, and finding a place to stay can become a real fight.

This is exactly why we have put together this guide on where to stay in Mallorca.

When booking your next holiday to Mallorca, you will be well prepared and able to snatch up this dream hotel before everyone else!

After reading this guide, you will be a true expert on Mallorca, the beautiful places it has to offer and its stunning hotels.

These are our top choices for where to stay in Mallorca.

 

Table of Contents

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Mallorca

  • Where to stay in Mallorca your first time – Palma de Mallorca
  • Where to stay in Mallorca on a budget – Cala Millor
  • Best area to stay in Mallorca for nightlife – Magaluf
  • Coolest place to stay in Mallorca – Deia
  • Best neighbourhood to stay in Mallorca for families – Port d’Alcudia

Where to Stay in Mallorca

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Mallorca.

Best Budget Hotel in Mallorca – Petit Hotel Ses Rotges

Petit Hotel Ses Rotges

Petit Hotel Ses Rotges is the best budget hotel in Mallorca

This gem of a hotel is located in Cala Ratjada, in the east of Mallorca. It is walking distance to the beach and housed in a beautiful 18th-century mansion with beautiful gardens.

In the summer, Petit Hotel Ses Rotges guests can enjoy their breakfast on the terrace. The beautiful rooms are air-conditioned and will truly make you feel at home.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Mallorca – Es Petit Hotel de Valldemossa

Es Petit Hotel de Valldemossa

Es Petit Hotel de Valldemossa is the best mid-range hotel in Mallorca

If you dream your perfect Mediterranean holiday to be perched in a traditional village on top of a mountain, in a traditional stone house, Es Petit Hotel de Valldemossa is the place to go!

In addition to tastefully decorated rooms with a private bathroom and air conditioning, the hotel offers a cosy lounge and a bar.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Mallorca – Hotel Gloria de Sant Jaume

Hotel Gloria de Sant Jaume

Hotel Gloria de Sant Jaume is the best luxury hotel in Mallorca

Boasting a central location in Palma de Mallorca, the Hotel Gloria de Sant Jaume is the perfect luxury retreat in Mallorca. The rooms have a traditional feel with apparent beams and marble bathrooms.

Hotel Gloria de Sant Jaume’s guests can relax at the indoor pool, the spa, the steam room or the hot tub located on the rooftop terrace.

 

Mallorca’s Neighbourhood Guide

Mallorca

Mallorca has such a variety of things to do, you’ll need this ultimate guide to find the best spot to base yourself for the holiday of a lifetime!

Mallorca is the largest island in the Spanish Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean. It is often regarded as being a party island, but in reality, the crazy nightlife is contained to just a couple cities.

On the rest of the island, visitors will find crystal clear water, dramatic cliffs and deserted coves. Family resorts have popped up in the north of Mallorca, and small traditional villages are still present away from the touristy beaches.

While Spanish culture is omnipresent, Arabic and Roman influences are also clearly visible in Mallorca.

Getting around Mallorca is fairly easy. you can rent a car or rely on public transportation. The bus system is efficient, cheap, and goes to all the interesting places of Mallorca. In addition, some small coves can be accessed by boat.

The capital and biggest town of the island is Palma de Mallorca. Currently, half of the permanent population of the island lives there.

Palma is charming and full of historical buildings and sights. On top of that, its narrow streets are packed with quirky little shops and cafés.

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To the west, Magaluf is the true heart of the party in Mallorca. During the day, families and young adults laze around on the beach. At night, the city changes and becomes a giant dance floor with cheap drink options.

The north of the island is much quieter, with family resorts, beach activities and medieval villages.

It doesn’t matter if you are coming for the fun, the sun or the culture, there is a neighbourhood in Mallorca for you!

PS While you’re in Mallorca, you’ll more than likely need to check out our complete guide to 17 Epic Hotels in Mallorca and 17 Amazing Things to Do in Mallorca to help you save time and money for your holiday!

 

Mallorca’s 5 Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in

Mallorca offers a lot of different atmospheres depending on where you go on the island. Here is our list of the best places to stay in Mallorca!

Neighbourhood #1 - Palma de Mallorca

(Where to stay in Mallorca your first time)

Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is our pick for where to stay in Mallorca your first time

When coming to Mallorca for the first time, you want to make sure to see the heart of the island, enjoy the beach and pack in those great cultural sights.

If you only had to see one thing in Palma, it should be La See Cathedral. Originally built in a Gothic style in the 14th century on top of an existing mosque, and improved by Antoni Gaudi in the early 20th. This mashup of styles still stirs up controversy today…

Around the cathedral are narrow cobbled streets that are fully pedestrian. Tucked inside there are the old Arab Baths. During the 10th century, the Moors were in control of the city. However, almost all of their heritage has been destroyed and the Arab Baths are one of the last remains of this era.

Perched above Palma Bay is the Bellver Castle If you climb on top of the roof, you will get unobstructed views over the surroundings including the city of Palma and the pine forests around.

TheBellver Castle has a museum exhibiting artefacts from the Romans, the Moors and the Spanish.

Things to See and Do in Palma de Mallorca

  • Marvel at La Seu Cathedral
  • Wander around the Casco Antiguo
  • Visit the Bellver Castle
  • Stroll along the Paseo Maritimo
  • Taste Balearic cuisine at Aromata
  • Laze the day away on Palma beach

Where to Stay in Palma de Mallorca

Best Budget Hotel in Palma de Mallorca – Hotel de Interior Dalt Murada

Hotel de Interior Dalt Murada

Hotel de Interior Dalt Murada is the best budget hotel in Palma de Mallorca

This beautiful hotel is housed inside a renovated manor in the heart of the Gothic area of Palma de Mallorca. The wooden beams and artwork inside the rooms give a traditional and cosy feel.

Rooms at the Hotel de Interior Dalt Murada have the basics like air conditioning and a private bathroom. This is the perfect base to go explore the city around you.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Palma de Mallorca – Almudaina Hotel

Almudaina Hotel

Almudaina Hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Palma de Mallorca

Almudaina Hotel is your home away from home in the historic centre of Palma de Mallorca. You will love the rooftop terrace, boasting stunning views over the city and the port.

After a good night’s sleep in Almudaina Hotel’s air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathroom, head down to the restaurant for a delicious hot and cold buffet breakfast.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Palma de Mallorca – Hotel Cort

Hotel Cort

Hotel Cort is the best luxury hotel in Palma de Mallorca

If you like luxury under the sun, Hotel Cort is for you. You will appreciate the rooftop swimming pool that comes with a bar and sun loungers, as well as the good restaurant serving Mediterranean specialities.

At night, pamper yourself in Hotel Cort’s spacious and comfortable rooms fitted with air conditioning and private bathrooms.

 

Neighbourhood #2 - Cala Millor

(Where to Stay in Mallorca on a Budget)

Cala Millor, Mallorca

Cala Millor is our pick for where to stay in Mallorca on a budget

Cala Millor is located on the east of the island of Mallorca, away from the bustle of the main city. It offers an array of budget accommodation, and for that reasons attracts a lot of backpackers. Families also like the Cala Millor area.

Its pristine white sand beach has turned Cala Millor into one of the most popular spots in Mallorca. People of all ages, including families, just love to spend a relaxing day on the beach getting a tan, building sand castles and taking naps.

For those who like a little more action to their beach day, pack up your snorkelling and head to the water, as the water in Cala Millor is one of the clearest you will find in Mallorca. If you don’t have your own equipment, lots of shop offer rental services.

If you want to reconnect with nature, Punta de n’Amer is the perfect place to go. Located just a short ride away from Cala Millor, this protected coastal region boasts beautiful views over the sea among sand dunes. It is definitely a nice break from the city vibe!

For a different experience, do not miss the Dragon Caves. There, you can boat around the underground caves and admire the beauty of nature… with a twist.

Things to see and do in Cala Millor

  • Get a decent tan on the soft sand beach
  • Ride a boat through the Dragon Caves
  • Spend a day in nature at Punta de n’Amer
  • Go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters

Where To Stay In Cala Millor

Best Budget Hotel in Cala Millor – Complejo La Santa Maria

Complejo La Santa Maria

Complejo La Santa Maria is the best budget hotel in Cala Millor

Come enjoy the sunshine at this hotel in the heart of Cala Millor. When you get tired of the beach and its crowds, head to the outdoor swimming pool or play a tennis game on the private court. If it rains, the complex has you covered with an indoor pool and a sauna.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Cala Millor – Sentido Playa del Moro

Sentido Playa del Moro

Sentido Playa del Moro is the best mid-range hotel in Cala Millor

This resort-like hotel boasts and indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, massages and a sauna for perfect relaxation.

The hotel is on the beachfront, so you don’t even need to get out to go for a swim in the sea! Rooms all have air conditioning and a private bathroom.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Cala Millor – Hipotels Hipocampo Palace

Hipotels Hipocampo Palace

Hipotels Hipocampo Palace is the best luxury hotel in Cala Millor

Welcome to your luxury beach holiday in Cala Millor! Around you, tropical gardens, a huge outdoor swimming pool, palm trees and the sun.

Inside, comfortable rooms with air conditioning, a fully equipped spa, a fitness centre and a very good restaurant. Do you need anymore for your perfect holiday?

 

Neighbourhood #3 - Magaluf

(Best area to stay in Mallorca for nightlife)

Magaluf, Mallorca

Magaluf is our pick for best area to stay in Mallorca for nightlife

Magaluf is THE place to go if you want a good party and vibrant nightlife in Mallorca. Located a few kilometres west of Palma de Mallorca, it is easily accessible from Mallorca’s capital and the airport.

People mostly come to Magaluf to enjoy the vibrant nightlife and dance the night away of some of Spain’s biggest night clubs.

The Punta Balena Strip, also known as the Magaluf strip, concentrates the majority of clubs. Just choose any one and enjoy yourself! The biggest club however, and a must-visit if you lova a good party, is the BCM Planet Club.

For those into a different party experience, try out a boat party and relax with a beer under the sun, while dancing to the tunes of your private DJ.

During the day, many options are available as well. You can choose to recover from your crazy night just lazing on the white sand beach and taking a dip into the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

For a bit more thrill the Western Water Park offers an array of exciting rides and waterslides. Rest assured you’ll have a fun day there!

Things to See and Do in Magaluf

  • Party the night away at the BCM Planet Club
  • Spend the next day recovering on the beach
  • Go see a great show at the Pirates Adventure
  • Spend a fun day out at Katmandu Park
  • Splash around the waterslides in Western Water Park
  • Indulge in some day drinking at a boat party

Where to Stay in Magaluf

Best Budget Hotel in Magaluf – Sol House The Studio Calvia Beach

Sol House The Studio Calvia Beach

Sol House The Studio Calvia Beach is the best budget hotel in Magaluf

This hotel is located just a few steps away from the beach in Magaluf and boasts a very large outdoors area featuring two swimming pools, balinese beds and a terrace.

During the summer, events such as live music and pool parties are organised almost every day at the Sol House.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Magaluf – Melia Calvia Beach

Melia Calvia Beach

Melia Calvia Beach is the best mid-range hotel in Magaluf

This hotel is one of our top choices for where to stay in Magaluf. The elegant and contemporary rooms feature air conditioning, a private bathroom and a free Wifi connection.

With no less than 3 outdoor swimming pools and 1 indoor heated pool, you are set for a good holiday at the Melia Calvia Beach Hotel.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Magaluf – The St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

The St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

The St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is the best luxury hotel in Magaluf

This luxury resort is located a bit away from Magaluf, in Portals Nous. It offers upscales amenities like a seafront golf course, a personal butler service, and a beautiful outdoor swimming pool surrounded by canopy beds.

The St Regis has dazzling rooms which offer private bathrooms and air conditioning.

 

Neighbourhood #4 - Deia

(Coolest Place to Stay in Mallorca)

Deia, Mallorca

Deia is our pick for coolest place to stay in Mallorca

Deia is a small village located in the north of Mallorca. It boasts a truly Mediterranean vibes, with olive and orange trees perched on top of rocky cliffs, light coloured stone houses and great views over the Mediterranean Sea.

This unique landscape probably explains why celebrities like Mick Jagger enjoy coming to Deia, making it the coolest place to stay in Mallorca. Some renowned artists even have been known to just go out and play in local bars at night…

Deia is also the perfect place to stay if love hiking and cycling. Many trails go through the village of Deia and into the stunning environment around.

Be aware that you are in the heart of Sierra de Tramuntana, which means you should expect some twisting ups and downs along the way.

Finally, do not miss following the steps of English poet and novelist Robert Graves, who chose to come live in Deia in the 1930s. You can still visit his house today and it is filled with his personal belongings. Walking tours focusing on the artist are also available in the village.

Things to see and do in Deia

  • Get your hiking boots on a go for a trail walk
  • Wander around the narrow streets and get the village feel of Deia
  • Pay a visit to the house of English poet Robert Graves
  • Get a drink out in the evening and hope to spot a celebrity at the table next to yours

Where To Stay In Deia

Best Budget Hotel in Deia – Hotel Continental Valldemossa

Hotel Continental Valldemossa

Hotel Continental Valldemossa is the best budget hotel in Deia

Accommodation around Deia is not cheap. This hotel is the most budget-friendly hotel around and is located a few miles away from Deia.

With stunning views over the sea, Hotel Continental Valldemossa features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and rooms with a private bathroom and air conditioning.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Deia – Hoposa Costa d’Or Hotel

Hoposa Costa d Or Hotel

Hoposa Costa d’Or Hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Dei

This adult-only hotel will set you up for a quiet and relaxing holiday, blending in perfectly among the olive and orange trees. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a beautiful fitness centre.

The stone walls and delicate furniture give Hoposa Costa d’Or Hotel a traditional feel with a modern twist.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Deia – Belmond La Residencia

Belmond La Residencia

Belmond La Residencia is the best luxury hotel in Deia

Staying at the Belmond La Residencia in Deia will make you feel like you own a castle in Mallorca. The delightful staff offer world-class service in a beautiful environment.

You can relax by the pool or having a tasty meal at the award-winning restaurant. The luxurious rooms have air conditioning and a bathroom with a bathtub.

 

Neighbourhood #5 - Port D’Alcudia

(Best Neighbourhood to Stay in Mallorca for Families)

Port D'Alcudia, Mallorca

Port D’Alcudia is our pick for best neighbourhood to stay in Mallorca for families

Port d’Alcudia is located in the north-east of the island of Mallorca and has become the favourite resort town for families.

While many families love just spending the day on the beach with parents getting a good tan and kids building sand castles and splashing around, a lot of activities are available in the area.

On Sundays, do not miss the Alcudia market, where everything from traditional food to tacky souvenirs can be bought. Make sure to bargain before you buy in order to get the best bang for your buck.

If you – and the kids – love a good water thrill, you should definitely go spend the day at the Hidropark. Think waterslides but also a golf course, bouncy castles and trampolines. The kids will  absolutely love it!

It is also possible to take a glass bottom boat and sail along the coastline from Alcudia. Kids will love seeing underwater while cruising along one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. Tours can take up to four hours.

Things to see and do in Port d’Alcudia

  • Visit the Alcudia market on Sundays and get the best bang for your buck after bartering
  • Spend the day at the beach with the kids
  • Head to Es Coll Baix Beach to see one of the prettiest coves on the island
  • Have some fun in the water at he Hidropark
  • Take a glass bottom boat and look at the coastline differently

Where to Stay in Port d’Alcudia

Best Budget Hotel in Port d’Alcudia – Ca’n Pere Hotel

Ca n Pere Hotel

Ca’n Pere Hotel is the best budget hotel in Port d’Alcudia

This hotel is located in the medieval town of Alcudia and housed in a beautiful 19th century stone house with a traditional Spanish feel.

During the summer, enjoy your traditional Spanish breakfast outside on the terrace. The rooms are individually styled and feature a bathtub and air conditioning.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Port d’Alcudia – Bahia de Alcudia

Bahia de Alcudia

Bahia de Alcudia is the best mid-range hotel in Port d’Alcudia

With an outdoor swimming pool, a large garden and a nice terrrace, the hotel Bahia de Alcudia is the perfect holiday base for parents and kids alike.

The rooms at Bahia de Alcudia all feature a private bathroom and air conditioning. The hotel also has a fitness centre, a spa and a good restaurant.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Port d’Alcudia – Ca’n Simo Petit Hotel

Ca n Simo Petit Hotel

Ca’n Simo Petit Hotel is the best luxury hotel in Port d’Alcudia

This hotel is located in the medieval town of Alcudia and is housed in a traditional Mallorca stone house.

This high standard hotel boasts luxurious rooms with an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and a free WiFi connection. A very good breakfast is served every morning to guests in the restaurant.

 

Our Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Mallorca

Mallorca really is a beautiful gem of an island off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean.

While Mallorca is famous for its vivid nightlife, the island can also offer beautiful white sand beached, clear turquoise waters and stunning mountainous scenery.

Palma de Mallorca is your best bet if you are coming to the island for the first time, as you will easily be able to reach all the interesting places to see in Mallorca while being in the main hub of activity.

Our favourite hotel is the Hotel Gloria de Sant Jaume, offering a truly luxurious experience you will surely remember for all the good reasons.

Have we missed a great spot in Mallorca? Let us know in the comments and we will add it to our guide on where to stay in Mallorca!

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About the Author Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson lives to travel! Born in Washington D.C., Emma is a hotel connoisseur and a staff writer at Hotel Jules. An army brat, Emma got the travel bug early and has never been able to stop. Now, she has proudly visited 70+ countries and plans to visit every country in the world! Passionate about her ukelele (obviously) and her family, Emma eventually wants to retire in Thailand and write a book about all of her travel experiences.

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