Palma is a city that has everything. There are incredible monuments waiting for you, such as the cathedral, the Almudaina Palace or the Bellver Castle; a magnificent port and beaches that are a few kilometers from the Majorcan capital. However, Majorca can boast many other claims worth discovering at your own pace. Do you need ideas? If so, here are some of the best road trips around Mallorca.
With your rental car in Majorca, it will be very easy to move around the Balearic geography, without worries and without having to rely on public transport timetables. So don’t think twice: choose the vehicle you prefer at your rent-a-car in Majorca and pack your bags. With these road trips around Majorca you will enjoy a picture-perfect holiday. Be the first to try these out!
- Road trip across the Serra de Tramuntana
This spectacular mountain range, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, captivates the traveler from the beginning, both for its superb natural landscapes and for the picturesque villages that settle on its slopes and that seem to have stopped in time.
One of them is Valldemossa, a small town of just 2,000 inhabitants that, despite its modest dimensions, hides many attractions. Spend some time visiting the Frédéric Chopin and George Sand Museum, the spectacular Valldemossa Charterhouse, the Sant Bartomeu Church, the viewpoint and the magnificent cobbled alleys, with houses filled with geraniums hanging from their windows. In addition, you have two parking areas to leave your rental car at the entrance of the town. Although you need to pay, the price is affordable.
From there, head towards Deià, remembering to stop at the Sa Foradada viewpoint, a rock with a big hole in it from where you can get unparalleled views of the Mediterranean. Once you are done with this landmark, return to the small town of Deià. With exceptional surroundings, this Tramuntana mountain town has magnificent examples of popular architecture and various museums: the Archaeological Museum, the museum dedicated to the painter Norman Yanikun, the Robert Graves House Museum and the Son Marroig Museum, an extensive estate that belonged to the Archduke Luis Salvador.
Then continue until you reach Sóller, you can take a walk among its fruit tree plantations, an icon in the area, or through the botanical garden. You can also see Can Prunera, an interesting modernist building that houses works by artists such as Kandinksy, Picasso, Warhol or Barceló, or access the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences.
Take advantage of your excursion through Mallorca to visit the nearby Port de Sóller, a natural port located about 3 km from the town of Sóller, and which can be reached by the Ma-11 road. Once there, pay attention to the Picada Tower, a 16th-century building that attests to the importance of the corsair threat in the area.
Do you need more ideas? Then, check out everything you need to know about exploring the Serra de Tramuntana by car.
- Route along the north coast of Majorca
The northernmost coast of Majorca is another ideal area for a road trip. One of the places not to be missed is the Cap de Formentor, the northernmost point of the island, whose cliffs and beautiful pine beaches will take your breath away. Nearby, we find Cala Figuera, one of the most beautiful beaches in Majorca and, a little below, the viewpoint of Es Colomer.
The next stop will be Port de Pollença, another perfect place to enjoy the sun and the sea and one of the main tourist centers of Majorca. Not far from there, we find the Roman town of Pollentia, an archaeological site whose origins date back to 100 BC. Take the opportunity to get closer to Pollença, a typical Majorcan town ideal to rest or enjoy the exquisite Majorcan cuisine.
Then, head to Alcúdia, a beautiful walled city with an old town that invites you to lower your pace. It is located a short distance from Playa de Muro, an extensive sandy beach bathed by crystalline and shallow waters, and the Natural Park of S’Albufera de Mallorca, an old lagoon separated from the sea by dunes and the largest wetland of the Balearic Islands.
By the way: at sunset, take the opportunity to enjoy one of the best sunsets in Majorca.
3. Road trip around the east coast of Majorca with the Coves del Drach
The third of the road trips around Majorca has the eastern coast of the island as its setting. Specifically, it begins in Artà, a charming town that stands out for the walled enclosure of San Salvador and for its Gothic church. Some of its large estates now host private museums, such as the Regional Museum of Artà or the Aina Maria Lliteras Foundation and House Museum of Can Cardaix. It is also worth approaching the Talayotic village of Ses Païsses. A few kilometers from the exit of Artà to Palma, stands the monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig, from the 13th century.
About 8 km from Artà, the legendary castle of Capdepera awaits you, built in 1300 and built to defend the area from pirate attacks. It is also worth mentioning the caves of Artà, in the bay of Canyamel and belonging to the municipality of Capdepera.
Anyway, these are not the only Majorcan caves capable of captivating the traveler. Two good examples are the Coves dels Hams and, above all, the Coves del Drach, in the town of Porto Cristo or Portocristo. These jaw-dropping caves accommodate Lake Martel, one of the largest underground lakes in Europe, and whose waters you can sail in a boat. A horizontal corridor of almost 1,200 m in length and a maximum depth of 25 m below the surface are the calling card of this marvel.
Another of the stops on road trip around the east of Majorca is Cala Millor, the most urbanized tourist complex in the northeast area of Majorca. The reason? Its extensive beach of fine sand, ideal for family tourism. In the immediate vicinity, Son Servera, Cala Ratjada and the port of Portocolom are located, which stands out for its colorful fishermen’s houses and its charming boats.
4. Route along the south coast of Majorca
If we exclude the tourist complexes of El Arenal, Can Pastilla and Cala d’Or – where you can pick up or return one of our rental cars in Majorca, since ROIG has offices there – the south of Mallorca is not a place especially Crowded by international tourism, so you can still see quiet fishing ports, mills and beaches highly recommended to relax.
A good place to start the route are Ses Salines, a corner of the Majorcan southeast with traces of a Talayotic settlement. From there, via Colònia Sant Jordi and Camps, you can go to Llucmajor, whose history is closely linked to the Templars and has the church of Our Lady of Consolation, popularly known as the cathedral of rural Majorca. Look carefully at its Romanesque portal and, inside, its striking barrel vault, supported by eight lateral arches. From Llucmajor, take the Ma-19 to the coast, towards the west, with places like the exclusive Portals Nous, on the banks of the bay of Palma; El Toro – a very popular enclave for diving in Majorca – or Santa Ponça.
Thus ends our list of the best road trips around Majorca. Of course, if you can think of another road trip through the largest of the Balearic Islands, do not hesitate to share it with us. We are waiting for your comments!