10 Things to Do in Mallorca in August

The month of August is ideal for visiting the Balearic Islands and touring the island of Mallorca, which offers a wide range of experiences to enjoy the summer to the fullest.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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10 Things to Do in Mallorca in August

Mallorca | ©Eugene Zhyvchik

Surely you have been planning this moment all year and it has finally arrived. Summer is here and with it the desire to travel, see new places, relax, live different experiences... You already have your suitcase ready and are eager to start your trip, but do you know where you want to go?

August is one of the hottest months in Spain so, when choosing a plan for your summer vacations, the beach and nature are among the first things that come to mind. So, what better place to spend the summer than on an island?

Mallorca can offer you spectacular beaches, land and sea sports, cultural activities, but besides all this there are many other activities you can do during your visit to this paradisiacal island. Do you want to know all the options you have in August? Stay tuned, I'll tell you all about it!

1. Vibrate with the prestigious Sailing King's Cup of Mallorca

The King's Sailing Cup of Mallorca| ©Nacho Campos
The King's Sailing Cup of Mallorca| ©Nacho Campos

At the beginning of August, one of the most important sailing championships in the world, the Copa del Rey de Vela de Mallorca, is usually held in the Balearic capital. More than 100 national and international teams compete in this prestigious regatta in the bay of Mallorca in different categories and with boats of different sizes.

With the so-called "embat" in the background, the boats anchor in perfect conditions. This meteorological phenomenon is none other than the sea breeze of Mallorca, ideal for sailing on the island and which undoubtedly facilitates this annual competition, organized entirely by the Real Club Naútico de Palma.

Encouraged by this unique sailing circuit in the world, you can sign up for one of the many boat trips around the island. You have the possibility to choose between different boats, from a catamaran excursion to one of the many coves, to a sailing adventure or a city tour that completes the tour with a boat ride.

Book a boat trip in Mallorca

2. Tour the city comfortably in a tourist bus

Mallorca Tourist Bus| ©Joe K
Mallorca Tourist Bus| ©Joe K

In Mallorca in August the heat is an important factor that will almost certainly accompany you throughout the whole trip. Touring its streets on one of the tours that are available throughout the city is always a great idea to get to know its monuments but it can be a bit tiring considering the high humidity that prevails in the atmosphere.

That is why a great idea is to tour its streets on the tourist bus. There are several routes throughout the city of 1 hour and a half and the most interesting is the one that allows you to get on and off as many times as you want along its 18 stops.

You can take advantage of these double-decker open-top bus tours to visit the most emblematic places of Mallorca, such as:

  • Bellver Castle
  • Cathedral of Mallorca
  • Plaza de España
  • Seafront Promenade
  • Bullring of Mallorca

Book the tourist bus of Mallorca

3. Discover the incredible career of Rafa Nadal

At the Rafa Nadal Museum| ©Gary Lloyd-Rees
At the Rafa Nadal Museum| ©Gary Lloyd-Rees

One more tourist attraction in the city of Mallorca is undoubtedly the Rafa Nadal Museum, a real mausoleum of sport, as you can not only enjoy checking the great achievements of the Mallorcan tennis player, but you can also practice yourself other sports such as cycling or rowing.

If you travel with children to Mallorca, they will love this plan. Escape for a few hours from the sweltering heat of August and have fun with them touring its many interactive rooms. You can experience from the inside what it's like to drive a Formula 1 car or play tennis with the virtual reality glasses .

In addition, you will be amazed by the exhibition of tennis rackets, trophies, sports equipment and other objects, not only of the great Spanish tennis player, but of other international sports legends like Michael Jordan, Serena Williams or Pau Gasol. Do not miss it!

I recommend, however, that you book your tickets in advance to avoid the queues that usually form at the museum's ticket offices.

4. Take the opportunity to relax in the beautiful Caves of Drach

Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo| ©Norman G
Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo| ©Norman G

Very close to the museum of Rafa Nadal in Manacor, is a natural jewel of the Balearic archipelago. I am talking about the beautiful Drach Caves, located in Porto Cristo, very close to Manacor, and which are a must on your trip to Mallorca.

With a height of 25 meters, its interior temperature is normally 21ºC, which will delight those who wish to take shelter from the heat for a while in the depths of the earth among stalactites and stalagmites. In a one-hour tour you can also take a boat ride to discover Lake Martel, one of the largest subway lakes in the world.

This is one of the best excursions you can do outside the city if you are in Mallorca for at least two or three days. In addition, there are organized half-day tours that include the entrance to the caves and as a complement they also take you to visit the famous Majorica pearl factory in Manacor, where you can discover how they are made.

Book a half day tour to the Drach Caves

5. Take a break to experience a movie sunset

Sunset on a beach in Mallorca| ©Kamillo Kluth
Sunset on a beach in Mallorca| ©Kamillo Kluth

One of the most relaxing moments of the day is when the sun begins to set on the horizon to make way for the night. Summer sunsets are magical and that is why I am going to recommend you the best places in Mallorca where you can admire the sunset.

You cannot miss the lighthouse of Formentor which is located in Pollensa and is built 188 meters above sea level. On your ascent to the lighthouse you will not only be able to enjoy the mountain scenery, but you will also have wonderful views of the Mediterranean once you reach its base.

From the Puig de Sant Salvador, which is one of the peaks of the island, you will have the opportunity to admire 360 degree views of the island. Climb to the top and take the opportunity to watch the sunset from every angle.

Es Trenc beach is also a must-see at sunset. With its light-colored sand and crystal-clear waters, it is the perfect place to sit on the sand and watch the sky gradually turn orange.

6. Escape the crowds and do some inland tourism on the island

In Pollença| ©Stephen Poole
In Pollença| ©Stephen Poole

One drawback of August in beach destinations like Mallorca is the crowds. August is the month par excellence of vacations for the vast majority, which means that you will encounter overcrowded beaches, queues at the most visited places and difficulties to see some monuments or sit at a table in a bar to eat. Yes, that's the reality.

That's why I propose an irresistible plan. Mallorca has places where you can get lost escaping from all that. Here are some examples of villages in the middle of nature that you can visit or even where you can stay for a few days to find the peace you need:

  • Valdemossa: It is only about 30 minutes drive from Palma, you can visit the gardens of King Juan Carlos that form the Royal Charterhouse and you can also have a breathtaking view from one of the best viewpoints of the island that is located between this village and Deià.
  • Deià: In Deià you can make a rural tourism route to admire the territory and do not forget to go down to the Cala de Deià where you can take a break eating in one of the restaurants located on the cliff.
  • Esporles: Very close to Palma but one of the quietest villages on the island. An ideal place for a bike tour.
  • Pollença: A unique village with its own dialect. Be careful: although it is an essential place to visit for its peculiarities, just in the month of August it has one of the most popular festivals of all Mallorca, which can multiply its visitors.

7. Taste the exquisite Mallorcan gastronomy in its festivities

Mallorcan Sopes| ©Pere Muntaner
Mallorcan Sopes| ©Pere Muntaner

Many towns in Spain celebrate in summer the patron saint festivities, dedicating several days to highlight their traditions, be it their dances and popular songs, or their rich and varied gastronomy. Mallorca was not going to be less and throughout the month of August you can participate in its many festivals in which you can also taste their typical dishes. Here is a list of some of them:

  • San Llorenç Station Night Fair: In the festivities of San Llorenç de Cardassar in mid-August there is live music, races, exhibitions and cultural events for all audiences, but you can not miss this gastronomic and craft market held at the train station of the municipality.
  • Fiestas de Sant Bartoméu in Soller: In this beautiful village in the Sierra de Tramuntana they celebrate in August one of the most popular festivals in Mallorca with the correfocs or fireworks shows. Come to experience the festivities and taste the delicacies in their stalls such as the "sopes mallorquines" or the rich sobrasada.
  • Fair of Sant Agustí de Felanitx: At the end of August you can also live this festival with the giants and big-heads through the streets and with its night fair focused on the gastronomy of the region.

If you prefer you have more information about the best routes of Mallorcan delicacies, in our article about the best gastronomic tours in Mallorca.

8. Don't miss the wine route in Binissalem

Wine cellar| ©TobisWelt
Wine cellar| ©TobisWelt

Summer vacations are the ideal opportunity to taste new local dishes and, of course, new drinks. So I am sure that your palate will not be left indifferent with a good wine tasting of Mallorcan wineries.

It is as simple as booking a visit to one of the more than 70 wineries where you can not only learn about the winemaking process, but also taste a selection of the best wines along with typical food of the island. Imagine the feeling, strolling through the vineyards with a glass in your hand while watching the sunset on the horizon.

Binissalem is considered the wine capital of Mallorca and within the region some other towns to visit on this wine route include:

  • Santa María del Camí
  • Consell
  • Sencelles
  • Santa Eugenia

9. Live a quad adventure in the Majorcan mountain range

Quad| ©Helvetics_VS
Quad| ©Helvetics_VS

If you are a nature lover you should not miss the opportunity to visit the Serra de la Tramuntana, which is 90 kilometers long and runs through several municipalities of the island. You can take advantage of your trip in August, much drier than the following months of the year, to practice extreme sports that can not be practiced with the rains of autumn or winter.

You can take a walk to admire the incredible landscapes or, if you like strong emotions, you can rent a quad and let yourself be carried away by the adrenaline through the mountainous roads.

And for those more adventurous, you can sign up for a canyoning route. Put on your harness and plummet down the rocky and steep cliffs of the sierra to end up plunging into one of the cold water pools.

Book a quad tour in San Telmo

10. Enjoy live music with festivals.

Origen Fest:| ©Kazimierz Gourny
Origen Fest:| ©Kazimierz Gourny

Nightlife in Mallorca is another attraction of the island and even more so in the month of August. Taking advantage of the fact that it receives thousands of tourists from all corners, ages and with diverse tastes, the city has a wide range of festivals of all kinds. Here are some of them:

  • Origen Fest: Electronic music with top-level techno or house artists who come together for several days in Son Fusteret.
  • Royal Film Concert Orchestra: Film music festival with soundtracks of a lifetime, which usually takes place every year at the Auditorium of Palma.
  • Festival Chopin de Valdemossa: Enjoy piano concerts and classical music with the beautiful Tramuntana mountains in the background.

The atmosphere in Mallorca in August

Mallorca| ©Paul
Mallorca| ©Paul

Like many tourist spots, Mallorca fills up with visitors in summer especially during the month of August. It is well known that the islands are one of the favorite places to spend the summer vacations. So I recommend you to plan your trip with time and to book in advance the visits to the places you like the most to avoid last minute inconveniences.

If you are going to rent a car to visit the island, I recommend you to plan your route to avoid crowds and to be able to make the most of the visits. It would also be advisable to check where you can park before moving somewhere, since it can also be a difficult task.

For the rest, do not forget to pack your sunglasses, sunscreen and above all the desire to have a good time!