Mallorca, as anyone who has every swam in its clear waters or wandered through its charming Spanish towns will tell you, is much more than just a notorious party destination. During my week on this sunny, impossibly picturesque Mediterranean island, I spent plenty of time just relaxing on the beach and bumming around at our AirBnB in the stunning Port d’Andratx, but also explored quite a bit and found Mallorca to be a highlight of all my European travels. Here are just a few of our very favourite places:
We met up with our Mallorcan friend, Nico, one day for some local tour guiding, driving about 40 minutes from Andratx to reach this beautiful, and very Spanish looking, town in the hills. He treated us to the local treat of coca de patata, which is a sweet bun topped with powdered sugar, and then walked us through the town, whose main claim to fame is that the famous Polish composer, Chopin, stayed in the Carthusian Monastery for one winter (and literally no one has ever forgotten about it).
The Monastery, Real Cartuja de Valldemossa, now stands as a museum to Chopin and is surrounded by colourful, overflowing gardens that are worth wandering through. In the middle of some particularly beautiful rose bushes, there’s even a large, metal bust of Chopin (ok, we get it, Chopin stayed here), but we didn’t explore any more of the Chopin paraphernalia. Instead, we walked through the adorable cobbled streets to reach the Mirador de Miranda dels Lledoners that looks out over the ochre rooftops and rocky mountains of Valldemossa. Not to be missed!
From Valldemossa, we drove for a few minutes to reach a “secret viewpoint” and then a few more minutes to a more well-known spot, Mirador de Na Foradada, both with incredible views over the ocean and the little rock peninsula, sa Foradada. To reach the “secret” spot, travel just a few kilometres south on the Ma-10 and park on the side of the road before following a short, somewhat dilapidated path for a few minutes towards the edge of the cliffs. (Apparently the fancy house below, slightly to your left, belongs to Michael Douglas. In the movie version of my life, I’m invited to spend the afternoon at his pool.)
If you’re having way too much fun and just don’t want to go home, take in the incredible views from either the Mirador de Na Foradada restaurant or the bar overlooking the ocean, or journey out onto the little rock peninsula for a fancy experience at the tiny Sa Foradada restaurant.
Our final stop on Nico’s impromptu Mallorca tour was Deià, an amazing little town in the Serra de Tramuntana. All the houses are built on terraces up the hillside and the result is so incredibly Mediterranean that it almost hurts. Visit the cemetery for panoramic views over the most picturesque Spanish town you’ve ever seen, and then walk back down the cobbled streets to Sa Fonda or one of the other little bars to enjoy some of the locally made Gin Eva.