Best Things To Do in Mallorca

Are you traveling to Mallorca soon? Check out this guide to everything you should see and do to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Palma.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Best Things To Do in Mallorca

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This paradisiacal island in the heart of the Mediterranean is the perfect destination for a getaway. Palma de Mallorca has it all! Dream beaches, culture, delicious gastronomy, nature activities, breathtaking views and lots of partying.

These are the 10 things to see and do in Mallorca that you can't miss during your trip. Welcome to the beautiful island!

1. Join a boat trip in Mallorca

Sail the waters of Mallorca| ©Miquel Gelabert
Sail the waters of Mallorca| ©Miquel Gelabert

Mallorca is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean islands and its beaches are a destination in themselves for thousands of travelers, who see in its landscapes an earthly representation of paradise.

Its landscapes rival in beauty with those of the Caribbean thanks to its hidden coves of crystal clear waters, white sand and lush vegetation. Dreamlike spots that invite you to relax and enjoy the sea breeze and the sun, either lying on the seashore or on board a boat that will show you the Mallorcan coastline.

There is no doubt that going to the beach to relax is one of the things to do in Majorca during your vacations, but in case you want to spend a day outdoors in a different and fun way, I recommend you to join an excursion to explore the coast by boat and the deep sea, one of the best activities to do in Majorca. From my experience, it is an adventure and an unforgettable memory!

There is time to sunbathe, snorkel, admire the views of this landscape over a drink, explore natural parks, swim with the fish inside caves and even have a barbecue in the open sea.

Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? To learn more about boat tours in Mallorca, don't miss this article where you can learn about some of the most outstanding options.

Book a boat tour in Mallorca

2. Visit the Almudaina Palace and the Cathedral Museum

Almudaina Palace| ©an Arx
Almudaina Palace| ©an Arx

When leaving the Cathedral of Mallorca you will inevitably come across its museum and the Almudaina Palace. To complete the previous visit, I advise you to enter first the museum of the cathedral of Palma when leaving the temple.

Cathedral Museum

It is located in the Plaza de la Seu and is accessed through the house of the Almoina. If you are interested in art is a visit that you will enjoy a lot because the interior is decorated with Mudejar mural paintings and houses very interesting collections of paintings, sculpture, gold and silver work and sumptuary arts that belong to the Chapter Museum. The tour is very pleasant and you can see it quickly, so you can quickly move on to the next tourist attraction which is the Almudaina Palace.

Almudaina Palace

It is an old Islamic citadel that King James I the Conqueror transformed into a Gothic palace to be his residence in Mallorca. Nowadays, the Almudaina Palace is still used for official acts and can be visited. It is located just opposite the Cathedral of Mallorca.

The building is striking for its mixture of styles, a fusion of Muslim and Levantine Gothic architecture but, in my opinion, the exotic environment in which it is set is also worthy of admiration.

Especially the medieval gardens of S'Hort del Rei, of historicist and Andalusian inspiration. It is difficult not to be captivated by the beauty of its fountains, pools and orange trees. You won't get tired of taking pictures!

There are many tours around Mallorca that include this and other monuments. I recommend you to book one of them to get into the city and learn from an expert guide the ins and outs of all its attractions. Here is a selection of the best tours and excursions in Mallorca.

Book a tour in Mallorca

3. Visit the Lonja de Mallorca

Inside the Lonja de Mallorca| ©Sandra Vallaure
Inside the Lonja de Mallorca| ©Sandra Vallaure

Next to the Almudaina Palace, in the Paseo de Sagrera, is the Lonja de Mallorca. Built in the 15th century, it is an exponent of Mallorcan civil Gothic and is one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Mallorca.

Its exterior is simple but full of details such as religious images, beacons, gargoyles or arches decorated with stone filigree in the flamboyant Gothic style.

However, in my opinion, it is the interior of the Lonja that is the real treasure of the building. A diaphanous space designed to be the headquarters of the city's commerce, where the feeling of emptiness is imposing and powerful.

You have to sit down to admire the windows and the twisted pillars that sprout from the floor to join the ribs of the ribbed vaults.

I recommend you to take a bike tour around the Lonja, which will also take you to other must-see places in Mallorca, such as the Cathedral or Bellver Castle. It is a fun and at the same time healthy and respectful with the environment. Here you have our post about the best bike tours in Mallorca. You also have this other one about segway tours around the city.

Book a bike tour in Mallorca

4. Go for tapas in the neighborhood of La Lonja

Taste the tasty tapas of La Lonja neighborhood| ©Marco Verch
Taste the tasty tapas of La Lonja neighborhood| ©Marco Verch

La Lonja neighborhood is one of the liveliest in Palma, so it is perfect for a walk and get lost among its streets full of restaurants, art galleries and stores of all kinds.

After visiting the La Lonja building you can take the opportunity to have a coffee and a typical Mallorcan ensaimada in a small terrace, enjoying the sun and the views of this neighborhood whose buildings mix in a very unique way the Gothic, Renaissance and Modernist styles.

If you prefer wines and tapas, I recommend you to go to one of the bars located around Apuntadores street and Drassana square, where you can taste the traditional gastronomy of the island and also other innovative proposals. There is something for everyone! You can also take advantage of some of the best gastronomic tours that go through this neighborhood and others in the city.

When you finish, you cannot leave La Lonja neighborhood without going to one of its stores where you can buy a nice souvenir of your getaway to Mallorca. From perfumes and books to Ibizan style clothes.

5. Have a glass of cava in the Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor of Majorca| ©Sergei Gussev
Plaza Mayor of Majorca| ©Sergei Gussev

It is worth continuing the route through the old town to get to the Plaza Mayor, another of the essential places to see in Mallorca and one of the most charming places surrounded by very interesting historical monuments such as the church of San Miguel (the oldest Christian temple in Palma) or several palaces and courtyards, which are fantastic examples of the civil architecture of the city between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Not only I recommend you to go to the Plaza Mayor, the largest square in the city, for its tourist attractions but also to enjoy the lively atmosphere that is breathed here. In this place you can take the pulse of the city and get to know its most authentic side, as it is the favorite meeting point for locals to chat and spend a relaxing time.

Therefore, if your trip coincides with the weekend, a good plan to do in Mallorca is to go to the Plaza Mayor to sit on the terrace of one of its lively bars and watch the musical performances that take place here while you sip a glass of Mallorcan cava to taste the local specialties.

In addition, in the mornings there are also markets where you can browse and buy some souvenirs at their stalls. There are everything from handicrafts and clothes to delicatessen products.

6. Enjoy the view of the Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle| ©Cristian Bortes
Bellver Castle| ©Cristian Bortes

A visit to the Bellver Castle is a must on the route through Palma. First of all for its uniqueness, as it is a fortification with a circular base unique in Spain dating from the fourteenth century and is a masterpiece of Gothic-Levantine architecture.

In the past it was a royal residence but nowadays it houses the Museum of History of the city of Palma de Mallorca so you can take the opportunity to get to know both the monument and its collections.

Secondly because from its location, on top of a hill in the west and surrounded by lush vegetation, there are spectacular panoramic views of the city of Palma and its bay, the plain of Mallorca and the Tramuntana mountains. In fact, the name of Bellver Castle comes from the old Catalan "bell veure", which means beautiful view, so it is a tremendously photogenic site.

If you like old castles, history or photographing beautiful landscapes, I think you will love a visit to Bellver Castle in Palma because it leaves no one indifferent.

In addition, during the summer evenings are usually organized cycles of outdoor concerts in its impressive circular courtyard. So music is another reason to visit this fortress.

7. Attend the phenomenon of the winter solstice in Es Baluard

Es Baluards| ©Gordon Wrigley
Es Baluards| ©Gordon Wrigley

Speaking of fortresses and museums, close to the Lonja is another 16th century fortification that has been reinvented for culture and tourism.

Here we find Es Baluard, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palma. If you are passionate about art it is another essential visit to make in Mallorca for its collections although I must confess that this place is special for me for another reason and that is that its viewpoint is a strategic point to contemplate the phenomenon of the "winter solstice".

Both from here and from the interior terrace of the museum you can observe how the sunlight crosses the central nave of the cathedral of Mallorca and is projected on the rose window of the main facade, transforming it into a giant kaleidoscope between December 18 and 24, being the 21st the key day.

8. Enter the Arab baths of Mallorca

Arab baths of Palma| ©Wikipedia - José Luis Filpo Cabana
Arab baths of Palma| ©Wikipedia - José Luis Filpo Cabana

The Almudaina palace is not the only vestige of the Islamic presence to be seen in Mallorca. In the old town a few steps from the cathedral there is another very interesting building that the island preserves: the Arab baths of Palma.

They date from the 11th century and in this culture, the hammam ritual was a type of steam bath that the ancient Muslims used to purify the body and the spirit. The baths were also an important center for social gatherings in the medieval Islamic world, from the East to Al-Andalus.

What will you see during your visit?

They were built following the Roman model (cold, warm and hot area) but the remains that have reached our days correspond to the hot room. The Arab baths of Mallorca are located at Serra 7 street and the entrance only costs 2 euros, so I recommend you to enter to observe an authentic piece of the medieval history of Spain. They are the best preserved construction of the Islamic era on the island.

During my visit I was struck by the good state of preservation in which they are, considering the many years they have. Its door with horseshoe arch leads to a square interior room whose twelve columns support the hemispherical dome with several skylights that allowed the passage of natural light creating a very pleasant intimate atmosphere.

Next to this room there is a second space that is believed to be the warm room of the Arab baths. Here an explanatory video of a few minutes about the origin of this hammam in Mallorca is projected, which helps us to better imagine how this place was in its time of splendor.

Experience the hammam ritual in Palma

Now, why settle for imagining what the hammam ritual was like in the Arab baths of Mallorca when you can live the experience for yourself during your vacations?

If after the visit you are curious, I recommend you to spend an afternoon in one of those that currently exist in the city. It is one of the plans to do in Majorca that I love!

Upon entering you will see that it is not a typical spa, but the rooms are characterized by their Andalusian style decoration and silence reigns in them, interrupted only by the murmur of the water of the thermal pools.

Immersed in this calm atmosphere, the perfumed air, the dim candlelight and the Andalusian music make you feel like a sultana and transport you for a moment to that golden age of ancient Al-Andalus.

9. Party in Santa Catalina

Enjoy Palma's nightlife and its special atmosphere.| ©Long Truong
Enjoy Palma's nightlife and its special atmosphere.| ©Long Truong

Mallorca is famous for its paradisiacal coves of white sand and turquoise waters, where you can relax and sunbathe during the day. But it is also famous for its party soul. Thousands of tourists from all corners of the planet travel to the island to live the Mallorcan night to the fullest.

In Palma there is a great variety of nightlife but the neighborhood of Santa Catalina, west of the old town, is one of my favorite places that I recommend you to visit. It is one of the emerging neighborhoods of the city where many foreigners have opened their businesses giving it an eclectic and cosmopolitan air that mixes with the modernist houses, the small squares and the more traditional side of Mallorca.

Where to party in Palma?

  • To start the night, if you are looking for a cocktail bar with a pleasant and exotic atmosphere I suggest you go to Chakra (Sant Magí street, 40) where you can enjoy some delicious drinks and Indian tapas to the sound of Bollywood music.

  • If you want to see a live show, on the same street you can continue to LAB Cocktail Bar (Carrer de Sant Magí, 22) for signature cocktails imbued with a vintage atmosphere and international clientele.

  • One of the places I like best in Santa Catalina is Patrón Lunares (Carrer de la Fàbrica, 30) ideal for snacks and the first round of the night. It has a creative menu and very original cocktails. In addition, the canteen has a very interesting history which is reflected in the aesthetics of the place.

  • Nearby is the emblematic Hotel Hostal Cuba ( Carrer de Sant Magí, 1), a colonial-looking building that has a terrace with beautiful views of the harbor and the cathedral. It is also a gastrobar and a discotheque, so you can dance there until you can't stand it.

  • If you resist until the next morning, in Santa Catalina you can have breakfast French style at the pastry shop La Madeleine de Proust (Anníbal, 17) or Swedish style at El Perrito (Anníbal, 20).

10. Visit the Cathedral of Mallorca

Cathedral of Mallorca| ©David Vives
Cathedral of Mallorca| ©David Vives

This is the first place to see in Mallorca. Known affectionately as La Seu, the cathedral of Santa Maria is one of the most dazzling Gothic temples in the world and the symbol of the city of Palma. Surely you have seen it in a multitude of photographs but contemplating it in person is quite an experience.

Of its majestic façade the enormous columns of the main door and the delicate ornamentation of the Mirador door stand out, although the most photogenic side of the cathedral of Mallorca is in the Parque del Mar, a space with a large lake that evokes past times when the sea bathed the wall.

The painter Santiago Rusiñol was in love with La Seu and in his book "La isla de la calma" (1912) he dedicated a chapter to it where he encouraged visitors to enter the cathedral to enjoy it in all its splendor. He used to say that "On the outside you will see the armor, but enter and you will see the soul!" and his words are as true yesterday as they are today.

Upon entering the cathedral, its spaciousness impresses and the beautiful play of light and color created by the stained glass windows of the cathedral of Palma enlivens the spirit. Here is the famous "eye of the Gothic"!The largest rose window of any Gothic cathedral on the planet.

On the tour you will learn a lot and you can see the mark left on it by artists such as Miquel Barceló in the chapel of the Holy Sacrament or Salvador Gaudí, who took care of the reform of the whole applying modernist dyes that have given it that unique look.

Go up to the terraces of La Seu and marvel at the views.

Did you know that in summer you can go up to the terraces of the cathedral of Mallorca? If you have the chance, I recommend you to book your place on the official website because seeing the city of Palma, the Mediterranean Sea and the architecture of the temple itself from up there is an unforgettable experience.

I'm not exaggerating! The cathedral of Mallorca is one of the highest in Europe and to give you an idea it is higher than the huge cathedral of Cologne, so the views are amazing.

Choose the right date for your trip to Mallorca

Mallorca| ©Paul
Mallorca| ©Paul

Any time of the year is a good time to visit the capital of Majorca. Its beautiful beaches make it unique for a summer getaway, but I assure you that the island of Mallorca will not disappoint you no matter when you go, because it has all kinds of plans for any date. A proof of this is this list of articles that I leave you below so that you can know all the options by months of the year:

Or maybe to decide the date of your trip you prefer to know before the 10 things to see and do in Mallorca in summer, in winter or if you are traveling with children to the island you will be interested in knowing the best Christmas plans in Mallorca.

To help you with the organization of your trip, I recommend you to consult our guides depending on the time you have to enjoy Mallorca:

Other tips

One of the tips I usually give to optimize a trip is to plan in advance or at least consult beforehand how you are going to get from the airport to the city center. Here you have the information about transfers between the airport and Mallorca.

Also, I recommend you to take a look at the tourist buses of Mallorca, a very useful way to tour the city while they tell you the details and history of its monuments. And of course, for those who are looking for comfort in their travels, do not forget to book the best excursions in Mallorca and its surroundings. All you have to do is pack your suitcase and enjoy!