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Mallorca - Idyllic coves and bustling towns

Mallorca is an irresistible mix of modern variety and natural beauty. Popular beachfront resorts are a short distance from the timeless tranquillity of Palma cathedral and the sophisticated capital lifestyle. Delve a little deeper and you’ll discover stunning, secluded sandy bays, traditional tapas, mountain villages and enchanting olive groves. With something to suit every taste, Mallorca is a beach venue to some and a hillside hideaway to others, but it remains a sun-soaked haven to all.

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Just a few miles inland from the coast, the picturesque old Roman town of Pollensa offers a traditional Mallorcan experience. Wander around its narrow cobbled streets, discover crafts and clothes shops and join in the relaxed café life - Spanish style. You can purchase fruit, vegetables, cheese and olives direct from the farmers at the Sunday market, which is located on the Placa Major and the maze of little streets leading up to the Calvari steps. At the top of the steps, you’ll find the Calvari church and spectacular views across the town to the convent at Puig de Maria.

  • 1hr fromPalma


Port d’Alcudia’s big, bustling marina and animated resort has a much faster tempo. A wide variety of shops, restaurants and boutiques line the large sandy bay. You’ll find traditional seaside fun here, from pedaloes to a water park, and a lively nightlife packed with bars and discos. For a complete change of pace, you can stroll round the beautifully preserved, medieval walled city of Alcudia and its network of shaded narrow streets. A Roman house and the remains of an amphitheatre are located just south of the town.

  • 1hr fromPalma

Cala d'Or

Cala d’Or is both chic and family-friendly. From fishing boats and family beaches to water sports and golf, this group of unique and pretty little coves, known as ‘calas’, cater to every taste. Glass-bottomed boats sail up and down the shoreline, between the different coves, and stop off for you to choose your beach for the day. Some coves offer beach bars and waterfront facilities, while others - like Cala Mondrago - offer a more peaceful nature reserve. A marina lies at the heart of the resort, attracting a fashionable yachting crowd with stylish Mediterranean eateries and a laidback tempo. Here, you can sip Cava and dine in style on a terrace overlooking the moored yachts. Walking from our villas, you can reach different beaches, shops and bars within the Cala d’Or resort, whilst a short drive will enable you to visit other beautiful deserted coves that stretch along the coastline.

  • 1hr fromPalma

Cala San Vicente

Cala San Vicente is tucked away on the northwest tip of the island and offers a choice of two pretty, sandy coves with crystal clear waters. Located within the Pollensa boundary its a short drive to further beaches at Puerto Pollensa and the bars and restaurants of Pollensa itself. A sleepy resort with a small number of cafés and local shops, Cala San Vicente never the less is very popular in the summer months with locals and tourists alike.

  • 1hr fromPalma

Puerto Pollensa

The resort of Puerto Pollensa has everything - wonderful scenery, beautiful sandy beaches and a laid-back friendly atmosphere. The town square is a popular meeting place on warm summer evenings, and also on market days when you can buy anything from fresh produce to local crafts and carvings, leather goods and ceramics. Young families adore the wide, gently shelving sandy beach which stretches for over a mile around the huge horseshoe bay. Parents equally appreciate the pavement restaurants and cafés lining the pedestrian Pine Walk where they can relax and watch over the kids while they play. You’ll find all sorts of watersports on offer, as well as boat trips to the spectacular beach on the Formentor peninsular. Romantic walks along the coastline lead you to remote beaches inaccessible by car.

  • 1hr fromPalma

Sa Pobla

Set in the fertile reclaimed marshland, known as the “Land of a thousand windmills”, this country town is the centre of the farming community and the ‘vegetable basket’ of the island. It has a few shops, a bustling produce market and a little museum of toys and games and contemporary art. In August the village hosts an excellent jazz festival.

  • 1hr fromPalma

Ca's Concos

Located in the south-east of the island is the quiet town of Ca’s Concos. Experience the town’s traditional charm when you wander through its shaded streets lined with friendly cafes, two art galleries and a few shops and restaurants. If you are looking for something a bit more upbeat, Ca’s Concos is in a great location to explore the surrounding larger towns. The bustling beaches, bars and restaurants of Cala d’Or can be reached within just twenty minutes.

  • 50mins fromPalma

C'an Picafort

C’an Picafort shares the same sweeping bay as Alcudia, but offers a much quieter holiday destination. The resort has a long expanse of beach and a good selection of shops, restaurants and pavement cafés that line the promenade. From here, you can also take a boat trip from the marina. Nearby, the Natural Park of Albufera is popular with birdwatchers when rare migrant species are visiting the wetlands.

  • 1hr fromPalma

S'Horta, Cala d'Or

S'Horta is a traditional Spanish village nestling within the overall area of Cala d’Or. The village boasts narrow streets, a selection of shops, bars and restaurants and a beautiful church, and retains much of its charm. Close by is Calonge with its variety of chic furniture and glass shops and small selection of superb restaurants.

  • 1hr fromPalma

Cala Mondrago

Cala Mondrago enjoys protected status as part of the "Parc Natural Mondrago" or Mondrago national park and as such is a lovely low key area of the island with two beautiful sandy coves, S'Amador and Mondrago, bordered by rocky headlands. The surrounding area is wetland, inhabited by many species of birds, whilst the nearby towns of S'Alqueria Blanca and Santanyi are close by. The busy resort of Cala D'or is just 8kms up the coast.

  • 50mins fromPalma

Calonge, Cala d'Or

Calonge is a traditional Spanish village located within the Cala d’Or area. This tranquil hamlet has a variety of stylish furniture and glass shops and small selection of café bars and restaurants. This quiet "pueblo" lies just inland of the busy resort of Cala d'Or and is just 10 minutes drive to the beach and resort amenities. The patron saints feast day, San Miguel, is held on the 29th September every year and there is a weekly farmers market in the main square every Thursday morning.

  • 50mins fromPalma


An unpretentious little town, Felanitx is best known for its locally produced wine, capers and ceramics. You can buy these traditional items at the local market, which fills the streets around the town’s 13th century church each Sunday. Just a 10 minute drive from here brings you to Cala d’Or, a cluster of small beach resorts on the neighbouring coastline.

  • 1hr fromPalma


Galilea is a small hillside hamlet located in the South-East of the island where you will find one small café and restaurant with friendly locals selling traditional dishes. With 30 minutes drive of Galilea you can be in the bustling city of Palma visiting its stunning cathedral, impressive marina and abundance of restaurants and shops. Also within a 30 minute drive you can find yourself at a choice of three different golf courses and a host of different beaches along the south coast.

  • 38mins fromPalma

Portals Nous

With a picturesque setting, adjacent to the sea and mountains, Portals Nous lies on the South West coast of Mallorca, just 10km from the capital of Palma. With a popular village centre, Portals Nous is lined with a variety of amenities and restaurants and overlooks the exclusive marina of Puerto Portals. Rapidly becoming a marina of note, Puerto Portals is known for attracting notable famous personalities and socialites, with gleaming white yachts filling every mooring, creating a floating armada between the diners and the Mediterranean. The area is blessed with a number of beautiful beaches, from small, quiet inlets to popular stretches of white sand which offer a range of water sports.

  • 40mins fromPalma

Porto Petro

Neighbouring Cala d'Or, Porto Petro is a pretty fishing village and marina with a horseshoe bay. This low-key resort has the feel of a traditional Mallorcan village, set beside the sea. Here you will find many fantastic fish restaurants, all serving the fresh catch of the day – where a familiar sight is the waiters traversing the zebra crossing, carrying plates of delicious seafood to the pavement café on the quay!

  • 1hr fromPalma

S'Alqueria Blanca

S'Alqueria Blanca is a small Mallorcan village situated nicely between the coastal resort of Cala d'Or and the pretty market town of Santanyi. Positioned around a central Plaza, S'Aqueria Blanca offers a small selection of good bars and restaurants as well as a bakers, newsagents and a mini-market for your essential items. Slightly further afield you will find the popular beach of Cala Mondrago with its busy bar and seafront restaurant (9.0km) and the family friendly resort of Cala d'Or (8.0km) where there is everything from shopping, nightlife, watersports and an impressive marina.

  • 40mins fromPalma

Your Mallorca Villa holiday

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Fun-packed days in Mallorca

As such a well-established holiday destination, Mallorca offers a wide variety of activities, excursions and local amenities. From aqua parks and nature trails, to sea life centres, safari parks and adventure playgrounds – there’s something to entertain everyone. Popular sports on the island include cycling, trekking, swimming, sailing and waterskiing.

Adults and children alike will love exploring the island’s fantastic illuminated caves filled with stalactites. Choose from a vast selection of day trips, whether you want to explore the coastline or the awe-inspiring mountain range.

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Retail therapy in Mallorca

The Balearic Islands provide excellent shopping and Mallorca is no exception. Full of popular shops and local markets, there’s everything you need – and more. The lively shopping streets of Palma are home to a wide range of outlets selling shoes, leather goods, clothes, pottery and ceramics. Handicrafts such as embroidery, basketwork, hand-painted plates and high-quality simulated pearls are also widely associated with this region. The best places to find these treasures are the weekly markets, while modern shopping malls, like Festival Park near Sa Cabaneta, offer the latest fashions.

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On the beach in Mallorca

The island boasts an extraordinary selection of beaches and coves, ranging from vast expanses of fine white sand to pebbly shorelines and warm blue seas.

The main tourist resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia are large and sandy, with good beach facilities for families. Along the southern shoreline, a mass of pretty, sandy coves are quiet, peaceful and sheltered by high cliffs. The closest island to heaven on earth for swimmers, sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts, Mallorca’s sunny climate and beautiful Mediterranean surroundings are simply stunning.

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Hints of history in Mallorca

Mallorca is an island incredibly proud of its heritage, with much of its famous history and culture found in the capital, Palma. Highlights include the cathedral and royal palace - once the residence of the island’s early kings. From its narrow medieval streets, you can explore grand mansions and the magnificent Gothic cathedral.

Traditional villages are filled with colonial houses and cobblestone streets. The Deià valley, occupied by humans since prehistoric times, is also home to a sprawling monastery, ancient churches and many museums.

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Not to be missed...

  • Go market shopping in Pollensa on Sunday morning and at The Sineu on Wednesdays, where you’ll find everything from fresh produce to dolls for sale as you wander around its steep narrow streets and alleys.
  • Take a guided walking or cycling tour in the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains for fantastic views, the scent of wild herbs and an away-from-it-all experience. Guides can advise on sensible precautions to take.
  • Take a boat trip to Formentor or around the beaches of the south, stopping off for a secluded swim or lazy lunch.
  • Visit Valldemossa and the mountain-top monastery where Chopin and George Sand famously attempted to find an idyllic romantic hideaway.
  • Take the vintage electric train ride through the mountains from Palma to Soller, or the old tram down to the port.
  • Take an after dinner stroll along Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa and watch the sun set over the bay.
  • Soak up the fiery Fiesta atmosphere and join in with the live music, colourful costume and non-stop dancing.
  • Take coffee in the art nouveau Fundacio La Caixa art gallery in Palma, visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral or explore the ancient Arab Quarter.

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