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The most beautiful holiday resorts in Mallorca

There’s no question about it: the whole island of Mallorca is fantastic. However, some places are particularly popular with tourists. We present some of these popular holiday destinations:

Palma. Historic capital with cathedral

Palma de Mallorca, La Seu
La Seu, the impressive cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, Image: Boris Stroujko / shutterstock

Palma, or Palma de Mallorca, is located in a wide bay on the south coast of this fascinating island. What many people don’t know: Mallorca was an independent kingdom in the 13th century, and you can admire the funerary monuments of the former rulers in the magnificent La Seu Cathedral. But the Mallorcan metropolis was founded by the ancient Romans under the name Palmaria Palmensis. And to this day, you can stroll along the beach promenade under palm trees. The Palau de’l Almudiana is an ancient fortress of the Islamic rulers of the Middle Ages. In the old town, it is worth exploring the precious “patis”, enchanting courtyards where the nobles once received their guests. A little off the beaten track is the Castell de Bellver, a medieval fortress that is surprisingly round. From here, as the name suggests, you have a beautiful view of the old town, the surrounding countryside and the sea. The western suburb of Cala Major is home to one of Palma’s legendary beaches. Not far from the airport, Playa de Palma with the famous “Ballermann” awaits you.

Alcudia. Time-honored town with a dream beach

Old Town Alcudia
The old town of Alcudia, Image: Mariasokphoto / shutterstock

In the northeast of the Balearic island of Mallorca stretches Alcudia, a beautiful beach town on a bay with a picturesque old town. This spreads within the well-preserved city wall. The town proves once again how much Mallorca is shaped by a fascinating history. Outside, you can visit a Roman archaeological site, ancient Pollentia. The Moors already aptly named the place “Al-Qudya”, “The Hill”. And that’s exactly how it is: the town is located on a beautiful hill from which you can see the sea and the rugged Cap Formentor, the “North Cape” of the island of Mallorca. You can explore these cliffs on excursions. Alcudia has a busy port to the south, but above all beautiful beaches: Playa de Muro and further east Can Picafort. These dream beaches characterize the entire bay of Alcudia.

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Valldemossa – Legendary mountain village in the northwest

View of Valldemossa, Image: Balate Dorin / shutterstock

Nestled in the Serra de Tramuntana, the imposing mountain range of the northwest, is the village of Valldemossa. Strolling through the picturesque old streets and sniffing the Mallorcan atmosphere is one of the most beautiful experiences of a stay. Even in summer, the climate here is pleasant, which was already appreciated by the medieval kings of Mallorca. The composer Frédéric Chopin and the writer George Sand, who spent a winter together in Valldemossa, had a similar experience. The two lived in a former Carthusian monastery, which can still be visited today and is a place of longing for many travelers. In the tranquil valley, surrounded by rugged mountains, you can go on beautiful hikes. Nevertheless, the sea is only a hilltop away.

Cala Millor – Popular beach in the east

Cala Millor
Cala Millor, Image: vulcano / shutterstock

The “best bay” in Mallorca is located on the east coast of the island, at least that’s how you can translate the name of the famous Cala Millor . In the 1930s, the glorious history of tourism began on this gently sloping sandy beach. In this holiday area between southern Punta de n’Amer and northern Cap des Pinar, you can relax, sunbathe, swim or otherwise frolic in the water. A special attraction of Mallorca is only 15 kilometers to the south: The stalactite cave Coves del Drac, the “Dragon’s Cave” is located near Porto Cristo and will inspire you. A mystical underground lake and classical sounds played by musicians on boats complete the enchantment.

Colonia de Sant Jordi. Surrounded by unspoilt beaches

In the very south of the island is the town of Colònia de Sant Jordi with its extensive beaches. The former fishing village belongs to the municipality of Ses Salines, because there are salt pans nearby where salt is extracted and which can also be visited. The main attractions of the “Colony of Saint George” are of course the beaches: Colonia de Sant Jordi is nestled between the beaches of Es Carbo, Ses Roquetes, Es Dolc and Es Trenc. The latter in particular offers a fantastic hinterland that is not characterized by hotel complexes. The magnificent dune landscape is a nature reserve. From Colonia de Sant Jordi you can also take a trip to the island of Cabrera. The “Goat Island” is overlooked by an old castle and a lighthouse and offers fascinating nature. It belongs to the Archipelago de Cabrera National Park and is located off the southern tip of Mallorca.

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Cala d’Or – Magnificent bays in the southeast

Cala D'or, southeast of Mallorca
Cala D’or, Image: jasminepersson96 / Pixabay

Cala d’Or is made up of five beautiful coves bordered by sandy beaches. Rugged rocks characterize the headlands into the sea. Translated, this varied coastal region is called “Golden Bay”. In addition to a first-class beach holiday, it also offers attractive landscapes that invite you to explore. This applies not only to the beaches, but also to the hinterland. Cala d’Or belongs to the municipality of Santanyi and is located on the southeast coast of Mallorca. Here you can take long walks from bay to bay and unpack your bathing suit again and again, because the azure blue sea beckons everywhere. Of course, the place is developed for tourism. But there are hardly any bed castles here, instead you will find inviting small hotels. A worthwhile excursion leads to the Parque de Mondragó, a nature reserve west of Portopetro. On the hiking trails you can experience an almost untouched Mallorca, which is characterized by small fields where almond and olive trees grow. Cala Mondrago is surrounded by pine trees and beautiful nature.

The most popular holiday resorts in Mallorca