Posted on 2024-02-06

Mallorca, Spain

The island of Mallorca

Islands are popular tourist destinations worldwide, with places like Hawaii, Bali, and the Caribbean topping the list of dream vacation spots. Mallorca is no exception. During the summer, tourists flock to this Mediterranean gem!

I'm sure everyone has their reasons for visiting, but I believe Mallorca's diversity, packed into a small area, is a significant draw. It boasts stunning beaches, majestic mountains, a vibrant city with a lively nightlife, and picturesque towns — all within close proximity to each other.

During our visit to Mallorca in July 2023, we concentrated on exploring the west side of the island. Here are a few highlights from our trip.

Palma De Mallorca - the city

My first impression of Palma was mixed. I was not expecting to see a metropole of that size. Palma has a big city vibe, it is busy and doesn't feel like a vacation spot. Other areas of the island are more scenic and less crowded.

On the plus side, however, the city center has a lot of charm and is very walkable. Most major attractions are located around the old town. For excursions further away, there is a very good public transportation system. It is easy to access other parts of the island from Palma, and the city offers a wide variety of dining, shopping, and accommodation options.

Speaking of hotels, there's a lot of great ones in the city. Due to the popularity of this destination, the best hotels are quickly sold out for the summer, so be sure to reserve your rooms in advance.

When we arrived in Mallorca, like the rest of Spain, the island was experiencing a major heat wave. With the air on the island being humid, staying outside in the middle of the day proved to be quite exhausting. Conditions would improve by the evening, yet the ideal time for walks or jogging is in the morning.

Formentor - the peninsula

After exploring Palma, our first excursion took us the northernmost part of the island called the Formentor peninsula. It is about one hour drive from the city and there are a couple of nice little towns to visit on the way, most notably - Pollença.

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Valldemossa & Deia - the idyllic villages

On the next trip we visited a couple of small towns north west from Palma: Valldemossa and Deia. Both are absolutely worth a visit for their beauty and the magnificent surroundings.

Sóller - journey on a historic train

Mallorca has one train route, but it is very unusual. The Ferrocarril De Sóller is a historic train route that dates back to 1912. It connects Palma to a town called Sóller some 20 miles north.

Sa Calobra - exploring the coast

The most scenic way to explore the west coast of Mallorca is by boat. Indeed, it's the only method to access certain spots. We discovered that Port de Sóller offers numerous boat rental options, complete with skippers who are well-versed in the area. They will guide you along the coast, unveiling all the picturesque locales. After some quick research, we selected our captain and embarked on a four-hour cruise.

Bonus: art gallery in Palma

On our last day in Palma, we accidentally came across a very unique art space: the Gerhardt Braun Gallery.

In conclusion

A true measure to how much we've enjoyed a place is our desire to return. With its diverse landscapes and breathtaking scenery, Mallorca certainly ticks this box for me.

Whether you're drawn to spectacular nature, vibrant cities, or charming villages, Mallorca offers all this and more. I'm confident that on my next visit, I'll find many new things to discover!

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Everyday3D is a blog by Bartek Drozdz

I started Everyday3d in 2007 with a focus web development. Over the years, I wrote about technology, graphics programming, Virtual Reality and 360 photography. In 2016, I co-founded Kuula - a virtual tour software and I work on it ever since.

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