The magnificent island of Mallorca, blessed with perfect weather nearly all year, is an explorer's paradise. From the mountains of the north to the olive and almond groves of the south to the pristine beaches and fishing villages of the west, this Balearic isle breathes promises of tranquility and adventure.
Perched high up in the rugged mountains in the center of the island, the ruins of the 10th-century Castell D’Alaró and the 17th-century Ermita de la Mare de Déu del Refugi chapel are among the most impressive in Mallorca – and among the hardest to get to. Spend a day hiking up the rocky cliffs and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the entire island.
While Palma is home to an abundance of cultural institutions and landmarks, from its towering La Seu Cathedral to Bellver Castle, it’s worth stepping off the beaten path to visit Mallorca’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Housed in an avant-garde building tucked inside the Renaissance-era Sant Pere fort, the collection is one of Spain’s most impressive.
Surrounded by peaceful gardens, this complex of modern exhibition spaces and historic houses where Joan Miró created his masterworks of painting and sculpture offers a detailed look at the last 25 years of Miro's life. Paintings hang in light-filled galleries, while the artist's charcoal sketches for his scultpures adorn the walls of a small, 17th-century house known as Son Boter.
Presiding over a busy ancient port, Mallorca’s largest city gleams like a sun-drenched pearl of the Balearic Islands. Its historic center is a living museum, its architecture a hodge-podge of Byzantine and Renaissance influences. Wander its winding alleys, lined with hip boutiques, shops selling traditional handicrafts, breezy cafés, and romantic restaurants.
The island’s western coast is lined with ancient fishing villages, where life and scenery have barely changed in hundreds of years. One of the most picturesque is Sóller, with its cobbled streets, stone houses, and portside cafés serving the day’s catch. Make like a local and spend a day cycling along the dramatic coastline, basking on pristine beaches, and stopping in town for a waterfront lunch.
Traverse the rugged island to visit the 14th-century village of Valldemossa, a serene refuge nestled in a green valley deep in the Tramuntana hills. Within its well-preserved stone walls, historic monasteries, bubbling fountains, and sun-soaked plazas feel unchanged in centuries. Once the home of composer Frédéric Chopin and George Sand, the town is best known as the setting for the latter’s autobiographical novel A Winter in Majorca.
As an island state, Mallorca has long been known as a sailing destination. Watch some of the world’s best sailors compete in its most famous regatta just off the shores of Palma.Learn More
Many of the world’s top cyclists train in Mallorca; watch them, or even join them, in one of the island’s most popular races, which includes two shorter routes as well.Learn More
A Palma institution, this acclaimed jazz festival brings some of the world’s top jazz musicians to the legendary Jazz Voyeur club, tucked away in the heart of the old city.Learn More
Listen to the sounds of some of the world’s foremost organists at these free, Sunday concerts held in Palma’s majestic cathedral in honor of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.Learn More
Every fall, Mallorca’s towns come out for vibrant festivals in honor of the island’s patron saint, Santa Catalina Thomàs. Palma celebrates in late October, while other towns celebrate on other days.
Palma’s renowned Teatre Principal brings contemporary, internationally acclaimed dance, opera, theater, music, and more to the island during its annual fall/winter season.Learn More
Despite being younger than other prestigious Mediterranean film festivals, Palma’s addition to the scene attracts an impressive array of films and notable attendees.Learn More
One of Mallorca’s most famous Christmas traditions, this Gregorian ritual held at churches around the island has been designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.Learn More
“Get a glimpse into Mallorca’s past by taking the antique Tren de Sóller – whose original railway tracks have been in use since 1912 – from Palma de Mallorca to Sóller, one of the island’s most breathtaking towns. From the valley of Sóller, drive out to Sa Foradada (the “hole in the rock”), one of the most spectacular spots in the coastal Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, for postcard-worthy views of the turquoise waters and rugged shoreline.”
Mallorca's golf course are world-renowned, and our championship Son Vida Golf Course and Son Quint Executive Course are two of the most magnificent, popular with novices and pros alike.Learn More
Built in the 13th century for a local aristocratic family, the castle has hosted international dignitaries and royalty throughout its history.Learn More
Soak up sweeping views of Palma and Mallorca's coastline over refreshing drinks on the tiled deck of the palm- and pine-shaded, 248-square-meter swimming pool.Learn More