If you are thinking about where to stay in Mallorca, it helps to learn about some of its best spots and what makes them so attractive to VIP tourists such as the Spanish Royal Family, Hollywood actors, professional athletes, musicians, writers, and many others.
The island of Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is widely considered to be the crown jewel of tourism in Europe. Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago that includes Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. This island has everything you could hope for in a vacation spot: paradisiacal beaches, perfect weather, delicious cuisine, art, culture, nightlife, and more.
To a great extent, Mallorca seems to have been historically destined to become one of the world’s greatest tourism destinations. In 1867, an Austrian archduke landed in Mallorca and acquired several parcels of land with the intention of never leaving.
European nobles began spending long vacations in the late 19th century, and this is where Frédéric Chopin composed some of his famous works such as the Scherzo No. 3 and Ballade No. 2. Notable authors such as Rubén Darío, Jorge Luis Borges and Agatha Christie have traveled here to write.
This is a place where you can do a lot more than just enjoy white sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Mediterranean. There are many areas in Mallorca that beg to be discovered: the elegant and cosmopolitan capital of Palma, the Tramuntana mountain range, picturesque little towns, fishing villages, charming and vibrant neighborhoods, and more.
When you stay in Mallorca, you will experience Mediterranean lifestyle at its best; the island has been culturally shaped by Roman, Moorish and Catalan culture, and local residents are known to be very friendly and hospitable.
Compared to other vacation spots across Europe, Mallorca is reasonably priced, and you will find a great diversity of accommodations and tourism activities. Whether you are looking to stay in a backpackers’ hostel, a boutique hotel, ecotourism lodge, or all-inclusive resort, you will find options across many areas in Mallorca.
The island has 3,640 square kilometers, four major regions and 53 municipalities to explore. Choosing where to stay in Mallorca is a matter of personal preference; the spots below are considered to be among the best of the island, and they all have their own ambiance and particular charms.
Where to stay in Mallorca: Best areas
THE SOUTH COAST OF MALLORCA
Of all areas in areas in Mallorca, the southern coast is the one that most tourists are familiar with, especially the southwest region because this is where the capital and a few of the island’s most popular beaches are located. The southeast region is home to more pristine coastline and smaller towns where tourism has not been massively developed.
1. Palma de Mallorca, where to stay in Mallorca for shopping and sightseeing
Located on Mallorca’s northwest coast, Palma is the vibrant capital city of all the Balearic Islands. You can’t go wrong by choosing Palma for your stay in Mallorca, virtually all districts have tourism attractions, and the city is simply gorgeous.
With its close-by international airport, large harbour, popular marina, historical architecture resorts, restaurants, art galleries, shops, modern shopping malls, pubs, cafes, theaters, and nightclubs, it is a city that has something for anyone choosing to stay in Mallorca.
Palma is a very pedestrian city that also happens to be the main travel hub for the entire island. Nearly 30 million travelers fly in and out of the international airport each year, and there is also a busy seaport plus a bus and train station.
When you are ready to enjoy the beach, public transportation will take you there in just 15 minutes.
With a history dating back to the bronze age, Palma has, over the centuries, been occupied by the Talayotic people, the Romans and the Moors, before being reconquered in the 13th century by the crusader James I of Aragon.
With so much packed into such a small space, wherever you choose to stay in Palma, you can spend days just strolling the old, narrow, twisting streets, wide avenues, large public squares and different neighbourhoods.
The old town centre stretches from La Seu Cathedral to the Basilica of Sant Francesc, and you will find street musicians, chic boutiques, souvenir shops, beach shops, designer stores and cafes, bars and restaurants to keep you busy.
Each area seems to have its own speciality. The centre of Palma is a bustling hive of activity with its cultural pursuits and pleasant shopping areas such as the Avenida Jaime III, Calle de Sant Miquel and Calle de la Unió.
Vibrant Santa Catalina is a busy day and night area. Narrow streets and houses whitewashed with traditional blue shutters add to the ambience of this colourful, welcoming district. Where residents and visitors meet to dine out in its many superb local and international restaurants.
La Lonja is another historical district of Palma old town. With its architectural attractions, coffee shops and cafes, it’s a great place to take the weight off during your daytime exploration of its many magnificent Art Nouveau buildings.
In the evening, as the restaurants, night-time bars and clubs begin to open, La Lonja attracts the night-owls to its pubs, clubs and eateries.
Palma’s local beach Ca’n Peratoni, lies at the front of the city. A long stretch of white sand that shelves gently into the azure Mediterranean, it is a favourite beach with both locals and visitors due to its proximity to the city centre.
Along the seafront, with its wide promenade, you will find sunbeds and parasols, showers, toilets and lifeguards. The walkway is lined with palm trees, cafes, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and a plush beach club, ensuring you have everything you need for a day of sun and sea.
A few of the many attractions waiting to be discovered during your stay in Mallorca include Palma’s Gothic La Seu Cathedral, one of the largest churches in all of Spain.
Alongside the cathedral is the magnificent Royal Palace Almudaina. Now a permanent military residence and the official home of the King of Spain when he visits the island.
You will also find another Gothic gem, the Church of Sant Francesc, on your travels. While just outside the old town, you have the 13th century Castell de Bellver towers and its city museum, overlooking the El Terreno district.
The best districts to stay in are the Casco Histórico, the Old City, Santa Catalina, and the Paseo Marítimo, Maritime Boulevard, which are adjacent and offer plenty of hotels, tourism amenities, historic architecture, culture, and nightlife packed into an area a little larger than a square kilometer.
Palma de Mallorca has an excellent selection of accommodation. From budget hostels to chic-boutique hotels in the old town area to self-catering apartment blocks, all-inclusive venues and private luxury villas with sea views.
Considering everything it has to offer, Palma is moderately priced and will fit many budgets, although there are more affordable areas in Mallorca.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PALMA DE MALLORCA
2. Playa de Palma and Arenal, affordable party resort area
Playa de Palma is a pristine 7km stretch of golden sand spread around the Bay of Palma that begins at C’an Pastilla in the west, and runs to Arenal in the east.
These are beaches you can visit when you stay in Palma, but you can also choose a hotel here so that you are closer to the ocean and pay a little less than at the capital.
The old town area of Palma de Mallorca is 15km to the north, and the airport is around a 15-minute drive, making the resort doubly popular.
The whole area is a major party centre enjoyed by the Brits, Italians, Dutch and in particular young Germans who come here to relax, have fun and let loose.
Playa de Palma beach is divided into 15 areas, and as you stroll the promenade, you will pass small kiosks numbered 01 to 15. Section 15 beach area is closest to the airport, with number 1 starting at Arenal.
Although very popular with the party crowd, the expanse of beach at Playa de Palma means there is enough room for everyone, and you will find different sections of the beach are popular with the younger generation, couples and families.
If you’re staying in, or close to Arenal, you have the town’s fabulous area of beach to enjoy, with all the water sports and boat trips to explore the coast or other islands.
The white sandy beaches in the Arenal area can get a little crowded, and the same goes for the numerous bars and dance clubs. Although some families choose these beaches when they stay in Mallorca, there is an overall party atmosphere that can get a little rowdy at times.
An Aqualand Water Park is located at Arenal, and its numerous slides, flumes, wave pool, artificial beach and café make a different day out for the kids.
Take the kids to Palma Aquarium. The fabulous aquatic experience of 55 seawater pools and tanks holding nearly 10,000 saltwater fish and a variety of coral species is just a 10-minute ride on the local bus, in the Can Pastilla region.
If you fancy going a little further afield to explore the capital and maybe do a little shopping, Arenal is roughly 15km from the city and can be easily reached by bike on the flat terrain.
However, if that sounds too strenuous, there are cabs and a regular bus service from Arenal to Palma de Mallorca that runs every 15 minutes.
Although much of the area turns into party land after dark, you will still find plenty of smaller friendly bars and restaurants for those family evenings or romantic dinners for two.
There is plenty of low-cost accommodation around Playa de Palma and Arenal for your stay in Mallorca. Including self-catering studios, one, two or three-bed apartments that can sleep six to eight people, and low-cost two and three-star hotels and villas.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PLAYA DE PALMA AND ARENAL
3. Magaluf, where to stay in Mallorca for nightlife
Located on the southwest Calvia coast of Mallorca and just 15km from Palma and the airport, Magaluf has seen a few changes in recent years. Today, the one-time go-to party resort for young Brits letting their hair down is more generally focused.
Much construction has been undertaken, with a modern shopping centre full of high street brands and designer stores in the town centre. In addition, new 4 and 5 star hotels have been built, and high-end beach clubs opened.
Magaluf’s artificial beach, a one time marsh back in the day, is a stretch of over one kilometre of palm-fringed golden sand that shelves gently into the warm Mediterranean. A beach that many maintain is one of the nicest on the island.
Here you will find numerous water sports to suit all tastes. From sedate submarine and glass-bottomed boat excursions to jet skis, kite surfing, inflatable rides and various boat trips.
Although it gets busy in high season, and the age group tends to be on the younger side, you will still find areas of beach with families, singles and older couples enjoying their holiday in the sun.
Along the beachfront there are over 50 bars, nightclubs, a trendy Nikki Beach Club, and plenty of beach shops, souvenir shops, toilets and showers to cater for your every need.
For those days away from the beach, if you prefer active to inactive, you can enjoy a round of golf on one of the fabulous 18-hole courses. Play crazy golf at Golf-Fantasia, or a couple of sets of tennis.
Try your hand at go-karting at Karting Magaluf, where children as young as three can begin their journey to the dizzy heights of F1.
Treat the family to a day at Aqualand. Or the next door Western Water Park. Just a few minutes walk from the beach and featuring the world’s 11th highest water slide.
Family attractions in Magaluf include the curious House of Kathmandu museum.
While mum and dad may enjoy an evening or two of fine-dining in one of the many local or international restaurants, the kids certainly won’t starve, with fast-food outlets dotted around the resort like confetti.
In the height of the season, night times are buzzing, especially around the beach area known locally as the ‘Leisure Zone’. Magaluf boasts a very vibrant nightlife that is more sophisticated than Playa de Palma de Palma and Arenal.
However, if that sounds a little too much, there are plenty of Spanish and expat bars behind the main beach area, where the atmosphere is more toned down and relaxed.
Plenty of accommodation is available in Magaluf for your two-week stay in Mallorca, especially in the self-catering and 2/3 star hotel end, with more limited high quality 4/5 star hotels and villas.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MAGALUF
- ($$$) Meliá Calviá Beach
- ($$) Hotel Samos
- ($) Hotel Sándalo Beach
4. Palma Nova, upscale and family friendly destination
This is a smaller and more family-friendly coastal city that boasts three attractive beaches located even closer to Palma than Magaluf. This is a more upscale destination where you can expect to pay a little more for lodging and meals.
Nature tours, ocean excursions and charter fishing trips are popular activities among visitors to this beach. There is not too much nightlife in Palma Nova, but you can always take a taxi to nearby Magaluf for that purpose.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MALLORCA IN PALMA NOVA
See also: Best Beaches in Mallorca
5. Santa Ponsa, an excellent resort for families and couples
Just two kilometres west of Magaluf, and 13km from Palma and the airport, lies the beautiful resort of Santa Ponsa. Less full-on than its nearby sister, Santa Ponsa still has (pretty much) everything you will find in the busier Magaluf, but much lower key.
Santa Ponsa is a haven for families, golf players and couples who are looking for relax as well as a bit of adventure. The three golf courses in this location feature challenging holes as well as alternate tee placement for beginners.
By virtue of being a more upscale vacation spot, the hotels in this coastal town tend to be more luxurious, but many of them offer off-season discounts.
Santa Ponsa Beach stretches for over 1000 metres along the coast and is over 100 metres wide from the shoreline to the sea. Located on the shores of a large and shallow bay that protects swimmers from rougher surf.
The sparkling white sand, warm water, gentle shelving and lifeguards on duty until 6pm, make Santa Ponsa a popular venue for those with young children.
Along the promenade, besides the usual bars, snack-shacks, souvenir shops and restaurants, you will also find a tourist information kiosk and first-aid station.
Beach loungers and parasols can be hired on the beach, and various water sports and boat trips can be booked.
If you prefer quieter, there are two small beach coves, Pellicer Beach and Castellot Beach, at either end. More rocks and pebbles than sand, and with no amenities, they are popular with residents and those looking for a little quiet together time away from the busier beach.
Although the town is not overly endowed with activities during the daytime, Magaluf and its attractions are just a five-minute cab ride away.
However, Santa Ponsa does have the Jungle Park with its rope walks and zip-lines for all the family. And check out the two marinas, where you can relax on the terrace of a bar or café and watch the comings and goings of the yachts and private dinghies.
Evenings are much better catered for. Besides plenty of fast-food and takeaway outlets, you will find a selection of British expat bars and excellent local and international restaurants serving Asian, Italian and Mexican fare.
Most venues around town will stay open until at least midnight, but if you enjoy a little partying when on holiday, the young and young at heart will find late-night bars and clubs by heading to Ramon de Montcada, the main strip for late-night entertainment.
Accommodation is varied, with several self-catering complexes that include a communal pool and daytime kiddies entertainment. Two, three, four and five-star hotels are plentiful, including adult-only and all-inclusive options. There is also a selection of villas.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SANTA PONSA
- ($$$) Pure Salt Port Adriano – Adults Only
- ($$) Iberostar Jardín del Sol Suites – Adults Only
- ($) Playas del Rey
6. Puerto Portals, best place to stay in Mallorca for luxury and celebrity sightings
If you are looking for refinement and a chance to run into celebrities from all over the world, Puerto Portals is probably where you will want to stay in Mallorca.
The marinas and yacht clubs are among the most well-appointed in the Mediterranean, and the five-star hotels and restaurants are well worth their higher prices.
In recent years, some of the VIPs who have visited Puerto Portals include Sir Richard Branson, Jennifer Aniston, and even her ex-husband Brad Pitt. People watching and a ritzy nightlife are highly recommended in this area of Mallorca.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MALLORCA IN PUERTO PORTALS
7. Colonia Sant Jordi, good area in Mallorca for ecotourism and active tourism
This is one of the southernmost spots of Mallorca, and it is perfect for ecotourism, adventure, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and more. The hotels range from the boutique to the spectacular and from the rural to the all-inclusive resorts.
The gastronomy here is more down-to-earth and delicious, and the locals are super-friendly. Pricing for local accommodations is extremely reasonable when considering all the pristine beaches you can visit.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MALLORCA IN COLONIA SANT JORDI
THE EAST COAST OF MALLORCA
Even though the northeastern beaches of Mallorca are not overrun by British and German tourists, they are still very popular among Spanish and French visitors. This is a good part of the island if you are looking for more of a relaxing vacation with just a touch of nightlife. The beaches are still sunny and inviting, but you will find nearby pine forests instead of sandy brush vegetation.
8. Cala Ratjada, a great resort for older couples and singles
Cala Ratjada is a perfect spot for visitors who are looking for relax or discover nearby amazing small white sandy beaches with turquoise waters during the day and some decent nightlife at night.
A one-time small fishing village before it was introduced to package tourism, Cala Ratjada lies on the rugged coastline near the northeast tip of Mallorca and extends around both edges of the Punta de Capdepera peninsula.
From here, on a clear day, you can see the port of Ciutadella on the island of Menorca, shimmering in the bright sunshine.
Sitting some 65 kilometres from Palma, Cala Ratjada has long been a popular tourist destination with the French, Italians and Germans. Yet it is only recently British tour operators have begun adding it to their places to stay in Mallorca itinerary.
Although these days you will find more private yachts and motor launches tied up in the harbour than fishing boats, the local fishing fleet still plays a large part in supplying the town’s restaurants and hotels with daily caught fresh fish.
On the south side of the harbour, you will find Son Moll, the town’s main beach and its host of water-sport activities.
With its golden sand it is a pretty little beach – with the emphasis on little. At just 150 metres long and 50 metres wide, it gets very busy through the height of the season.
To the east of the harbour is the smaller sandy beach of Cala Gat, which can be reached with a stroll along the promenade, although it also fills up in the summer.
If you want quiet, jump into your hire car or grab a cab and head north along the coast to Cala Agulla or further along to Cala Mesquida.
You will find a good choice of excursions to enjoy on those days away from the beach.
Around the town, there are plenty of clothes shops, boutiques and souvenir shops to browse, with enough cafes and bars where you can enjoy a drink and snack in the sunshine.
If you like gardening and a bit of strenuous walking, you might want to climb to the Gardens of Bartolomé March, and the Sa Torre Cega villa, overlooking the harbour. You will find beautifully laid out gardens with intriguing statues by Rodin, Moore and local Catalan sculptors.
You can also visit the old lighthouse at Punta de Capdepera.
With an excellent selection of local and international bars and restaurants around town and the beachfront, evening entertainment shouldn’t be a problem, no matter what your preferences or genre.
Since lodging is more reasonable here, your savings can be put to good use with guided nature tours.
With over 40 hotels, self-catering complexes and villas available, Cala Ratjada can accommodate the needs of most visitors, whether travelling on a budget or seeking 5-star all-inclusive luxury.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN CALA RATJADA
See also: Best Things to Do in Mallorca
9. Cala Millor, a popular resort with all ages
Lying on the rugged northeast coast of Mallorca, Cala Millor is the largest resort on the eastern side of the island, having swallowed the small next-door resort of Cala Bona.
A purpose-built resort, its 35 metres wide, 1800 metre length of soft golden sand attracts visitors from across Europe throughout the season. All the usual beachfront amenities are here: seafood restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, and more.
You will find sunbeds, parasols and water sports equipment to rent, along with showers and WCs along the beach, and lifeguards on duty in peak season. Like many resorts, it is also fitted with ramps to make disabled access easier.
At the rear of the beach is a broad, walking and cycling only esplanade, filled with shops, bars and restaurants where you can stroll along the front, stopping off for those necessary drink breaks along the way.
Behind the esplanade is the main shopping area with clothing stores, boutiques, shoe shops, supermarkets and souvenir shops, and plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to provide the evening entertainment.
Whatever your dining preference, you should find it during your stay in Mallorca at Cala Millor. You can pick from local Mallorcan dishes or tapas, British, Italian and Asian cuisine, and several fast food outlets.
Although there is little by way of ‘in resort’ attractions, there are a couple of small theme parks for the youngsters at either end of the esplanade, with swings, roundabouts, trampolines, bouncy castles, a small karting track and splash pools.
As well as water sports you can book several boat trips to tour the island or do a little fishing. A free transfer is available to get you to the nearby Park Safari Zoo with its zebras, rhinoceroses, giraffes and other large animals and its collection of monkey species.
You can book all-inclusive trips to the Dragon Caves, including coach transfer and cave entrance fees. In comparison, nature lovers should visit the Amer peninsula and its nature reserve with hiking trails and home to various lizard species and rare birds.
Public and private transportation options to Palma are plentiful since the Carretera de Manacor, better known as Ma-15, connects Cala Millor to the capital.
Accommodation for your stay in Mallorca at Cala Millor is plentiful, with a good selection of budget-friendly self-catering complexes and hotels, beachfront hotels, all-inclusive options and luxury villas.
The hotels here are more reasonably priced compared to the south coast, and they tend to be of newer construction.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN CALA MILLOR
10. Cala d’Or, where to stay in Mallorca in a pretty resort for a quiet break
Staying here will make you forget about the south coast of Mallorca because Cala d’Or has everything you can hope for in a beach vacation. The beaches here feel more secluded, and they are preferred by local residents.
A former fishing village, stylish Cala d’Or lies on the south-eastern coast of Mallorca, about 60 minutes travelling time from the airport.
The resort stretches for four kilometres along the coast and comprises several small picturesque beaches nestling at the back of craggy, pine-covered coves.
Part of the attraction to this beautiful area is that building has been limited to low rise apartment blocks and boutique hotels, maintaining the resort’s chic village appeal.
The resort is split down the middle by the breakwaters of the local marina, and on each side there are several small bays. The largest, Cala Gran, sits next to the marina and the main resort beach of Cala d’Or lies close by.
Pretty, pine-fringed sandy coves, you can hire sunbeds, parasols and a range of water-sports equipment from both these beaches.
You won’t find any water parks, theme parks, or crazy-golf in Cala d’Or, although it does have some other places of interest nearby.
Besides the number of water sports available, a good selection of boat trips call into Porto Colom, Cala Mondrago and Cala Figuera on a coastal discovery.
You can also book a visit to the Caves of Drach/Hams, or Jumaica Tropical Park on the Porto Cristo road and Safari Zoo at Sa Coma.
That said, the town has all the usual amenities for your everyday shopping needs, including chemists.
With an excellent selection of quiet bars and pleasant restaurants, evenings can be spent enjoying the local cuisine or finding a bar in the village or marina to enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.
There are a number of all-inclusive hotels in Cala d’Or, with private studios and villas, hotels, and some self-catering options.
As its name suggests, Cala d’Or can run a little more expensive in terms of beach resorts, but you can find affordable boutique hotels hidden in the residential neighborhoods just a couple of minutes from the ocean.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN CALA D´OR
- ($$$) Meliá Cala d’Or Boutique Hotel.
- ($$) Inturotel Cala Esmeralda Beach Hotel & Spa – Adults Only
- ($) TUI BLUE Rocador – Adults Only
THE NORTH COAST OF MALLORCA
Seasoned travelers who visit Mallorca with their families know that the north coast offers a more relaxed and interesting atmosphere than the beaches to the south of the capital city.
Rural and adventure tourism amenities rule this part of the island, which also offers ferryboat connections to Menorca. Some of the most scenic spots of Mallorca are on the north side, and they do not draw as many visitors.
11. Puerto Pollensa, a family friendly resort a cut above the usual
Nestling in a horseshoe bay on the north coast of Mallorca, and with a backdrop of the majestic Tramuntana Mountains, the pretty resort of Puerto de Pollensa (Port of Pollensa) provides everything you need for that relaxing two weeks in the sun.
Puerto de Pollensa is just five kilometres from the resort of Alcudia and around 50 minutes transfer time from Palma airport.
Kite surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and scuba diving are some of the activities you can enjoy in this former fishing village, which also happens to offer great seafood cuisine. This is a great starting point for travelers who want to explore the Tramuntana mountain range.
The main beach, just slightly south of the port, is a broad, 1500 metre long stretch of soft white sand that shelves gently into the calm Mediterranean, making it ideal for the little ones.
Along the beach, you will find blocks of sunbeds and parasols as well as toilets and showers.
The wide, palm-fringed promenade meanders pretty much right around the bay and is lined with shops, bars and restaurants, all with tables and chairs set outside.
As you stroll north, you will pass other smaller beaches, all with soft white sand, and be able to take in the magnificent landscape of forests of pine climbing the mountainous hillsides.
You will find plenty of kiosks dotted along the seafront where you can book excursions and boat trips, and hire water-sports equipment. While around the town area, there are bars, cafes and restaurants, small clothing boutiques, jewellery stores, and souvenir and other tourist-related shops.
On a Wednesday, Pollensa hosts its weekly market in Miquel Capllonch Square, attracting over 200 stalls selling everything from local produce to clothes, crafts, bric-a-brac and tourist-related items.
However, if you’re in serious need of a shopping fix, a day spent in Palma during your stay in Mallorca is probably the better option, as there are no large shopping centres in the town.
If you enjoy country walking and nature, pencil in a visit to La Gola Wetlands and the La Gola Ornithological Tourism Centre. Located just outside the town boundary, it is frequented by many migrating and native bird species.
To muddy the waters a little, Pollensa, the town, is located just a ten-minute drive inland.
It is a popular place with many British expats putting down roots and is well worth visiting. Especially on Sunday morning when the weekly market sets up at the main town square Plaza Mayor.
Although not as raucous as some of the popular party resorts in Mallorca, the nightlife in Puerto Pollensa can undoubtedly hold its own.
A popular resort with the British, you will find fast-food and takeaway outlets, local and international restaurants, and a variety of bars from friendly Spanish, to English, Irish and the odd German or Dutch bar.
Check out Nostalgia for your full English breakfast and night time karaoke. Or La Roca beach bar for your mojitos and live music, or the Lemon Bar in the Hoposa Daina Hotel, which doesn’t close until the last visitor falls out the door.
Accommodation in Puerto Pollensa is good across the board, with private lets, self-catering aparthotels and villas and 2, 3 and four-star hotels available.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MALLORCA IN PUERTO POLLENSA
12. Puerto de Alcudia, where to stay in Mallorca for families
If you’re considering your first stay in Mallorca with the little ones, Puerto de Alcudia ticks all the boxes.
On the north side of the island, and 60km directly opposite Palma, it provides a more local experience. Alcudia Bay used to be a bustling center of commerce in medieval times, and the historic architecture reflects this past.
Puerto de Alcudia is a place where you can get a more intimate look at Mallorca culture and history, and if you choose to stay in Majorca in this area it will cost you less than the south coast.
Puerto de Alcudia is one of Mallorca’s most popular family resorts, with the beach being its biggest draw.
Over 7km of clean, soft, golden sand shelves gently into the blue Mediterranean, making it ideal for younger children. Sunshades and loungers fill the main beach areas, with kiosks offering various water sports and boat trips spread along the sea-shore.
On and behind the promenade are toilets, showers, shops, snack-shacks, bars and restaurants; all mixed in with self-catering complexes, hotels and luxurious villas.
The beach near the port, known as Ciudad Blanca, or in English, White City, can get very busy. However, if you fancy a little respite from the crowds, a pleasant walk along the front will get you to the adjoining beach of Playa de Muro, which is usually less crowded.
Although the beautiful beach is a big plus when choosing Puerto de Alcudia for your stay in Mallorca, it is not everything. Sooner or later, the kids need a change, and there are plenty of things to choose from.
Instead of a day in the water, what about a day on the water? As well as the many water sports activities available, you can book boat trips to see the whales and dolphins, visit Formentor, do a little coastal or deep-sea fishing, or charter a yacht for the day.
You can hire mountain bikes and ride the many cycling trails along the flat coastal paths or in the hills. If you fancy 18 holes, the pretty Alcanada Golf Course is on the doorstep.
Test your driving skills. Seek out the Hotel Bellevue and Kartingmania, with its selection of child karts and powerful adult go-karts. Open from 09.30 until midnight.
At the back of the resort you’ll find Hidropark, a large waterpark. With slides and flumes, bouncy castles and trampolines, it’s guaranteed to have the kids ready for bed at the end of the day.
If that’s not enough, a few kiddies play parks are dotted around town or, if you enjoy nature, pay a visit to Mallorca’s S’Albufera Natural Park.
Just 5km outside the resort, the park is Mallorca’s most extensive wetlands and full of migrant birds of prey and native species such as stonechats and warblers. The park is open from 09.00am to 6.00 pm seven days a week. Large groups need to pre-book.
With its extensive number of bars, restaurants and clubs, there is something to suit all tastes during the evenings. Whether you want a quiet, friendly, family bar, international restaurant or loud entertainment bar, you’ll find it in Puerto de Alcudia.
Accommodation is varied and plentiful across all levels, and ideal for your first family stay in Mallorca.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PUERTO DE ALCUDIA
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13. Can Picafort, where to stay in Mallorca on a budget
As the most popular tourism destination on the Alcudia Bay, Can Picafort is probably the best deal in terms of Mallorca lodging. In recent years, this town has seen considerable tourism development, and many visitors are attracted to the numerous tours and activities that Can Picafort offers.
One of the highlights of this coastal town is the s’Albufera Park, which is the most pristine and accessible wetland region of the island; the marshland and rivers of grass of this park beg to be explored in the morning, and they can be complemented with a lazy afternoon at the beach.
Budget travelers will not be disappointed with the range of hotels on this side of the island.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MALLORCA IN CAN PICAFORT
14. Playa de Muro, best place to stay in Mallorca for a family beach holiday
The name says it all: this is a very large stretch of Mediterranean coastline protected by a seawall and a boardwalk where lots of beachfront hotels can be found. Playa de Muro gets crowded during the high season, and most visitors are families with younger children who enjoy the warm and shallow water.
If you choose to stay a few blocks from the ocean, Playa de Muro could very well be one of the most affordable beach spots in all of Mallorca, and you will still have easy access to restaurants, shops, bars, and more.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PLAYA DE MURO
THE WEST COAST OF MALLORCA
The West Coast, dominated by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range (UNESCO World Heritage), is the best place to stay in Mallorca for nature-lovers and for outdoor activities like cycling and hiking.
15. Port de Soller, where to stay in Mallorca for nature and outdoor activities
This very elegant coastal village overlooks the Tramuntana mountains and features spectacular Mediterranean architecture.
The tourists who stay in Mallorca at Port Soller are likely in search of activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain bike trail riding, and open water swimming.
Just a 45-minute drive from the airport or the centre of Palma, and an hour’s drive along the coast from Port d’Alcúdia, the pretty resort of Puerto de Soller, nestles on the west coast of Mallorca, with the village of Soller slightly inland to the rear of the port.
With a panoramic backdrop of pine forests covering the steep hillsides, and a palm-clad, sandy coastline, it exudes an air of laid-back sophistication.
The resort has two main sandy beaches. The main beach alongside the harbour is around two hundred metres long and shelves gently into the calm blue sea.
The second beach is a little further around the bay, closer to the village. Although another sandy beach, the first few metres into the water are quite pebbly, so plastic beach shoes are recommended for little feet.
Both beaches are well equipped with sunshades, beach beds and showers, while along the front, you will find beach shops, snack-shacks, bars and restaurants for all your beach time needs.
Water-sport equipment tends to be on the more low-key side, with paddle-boards, pedalos, water-bikes and kayaks available for hire.
The picturesque harbour and marina area has plenty of shops, bars, cafes and seafood restaurants. Here you can enjoy a snack, coffee or cocktail while spending a little time in the sunshine watching the waterborne activities.
Around Puerto Soller, you can visit the Soller Marine Museum and the two pretty churches of Santa Caterina and Sant Ramon de Penyafort.
A little further out you can explore the 17th century Torre Picada, a former watchtower that offers fantastic views across the harbour and beyond.
You will also find other museums and a few art galleries at Soller village.
Along the front is a wide pedestrianized esplanade that runs behind the two beaches. Lined with all the usual shops and stores, bars and restaurants, it is an excellent area to while away a couple of relaxing hours while you contemplate the evening’s entertainment.
If you don’t fancy walking or mobility is an issue, consider booking a trip on the vintage tram that runs six times a day from Puerto Soller to Soller village. Known as The Orange Express and dating back to 1912, the journey takes around 30 minutes.
If you feel inclined, you can change from tram to vintage train at Soller to continue the journey through to Palma.
This train runs a dozen times a day from Soller to Palma through the season, and the landscape as you chug through the Mallorcan countryside is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The journey takes around an hour.
In the evenings, there are plenty of family-friendly local bars and eateries and a few low-key entertainment bars, cocktail bars, and international restaurants to suit most tastes.
Between Puerto Soller and Soller town, the accommodation comprises smaller boutique hotels, private fincas and villas, with more limited self-catering capacity. Nevertheless, it is a great area to enjoy your stay in Mallorca.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PORT DE SOLLER
Have you considered Mallorca for a winter break?
Although Mallorca is generally considered a seasonal summertime resort, open April through October, it is becoming increasingly popular for short winter breaks, with people more interested in walking, hiking, biking and nature than days working on the suntan.
Yes, many hotels and tourist facilities close through the winter, so a little resort research will be required to find out the best side of the island to stay on and check up on what is and isn’t open.
But this is repaid with cheaper air-fares and accommodation costs, as well as not having to queue for anything with hordes of other tourists.
Even in the colder months of December, January and February, the average daily temperature is over 10°C. So if you’re considering a winter week away this year, put on a warm jacket, and enjoy a stay in Mallorca, far from the maddening crowds.
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Thank you for such a great article, I keep coming back to it for reference. You might not see this message but any help would be wonderful as I think I always get holidays wrong!
I would love to try Mallorca with my husband and our two boys (4 years and the youngest will be 8 months at the time we intend to go, August 2023) I was thinking possibly 7-9 nights. We would love clean beaches, interesting independent shops and good food, cafes and restaurants. We have no need for nightlife as we will be with the kids. I would love to see soller and Palma so had thought about staying there there last couple of days of a trip to also be close to the airport but wondered where would be good the rest of the time.
Thank you so much if you do manage to reply!
Hi Rachel. You have plenty of options. A nice place to stay in Mallorca for you could be Colonia de Sant Jordi. Beaches in that area are great.
Hi I am looking to spend 10 nights in Mallorca with my wife. We are both mind 30s and enjoy small boutique hotels. Night times we like to go for nice food and then have a few quiet drinks. Would Calla dor be suitable?
Hi Jamie. Yes. Cala d´Or is a good choice. In the area you will enjoy some of the best beaches of the island.
Hello! Great article. Very helpful. My mates and I are looking for the best place for partying and adventure. We’ve grown out of the university party phase and are looking for something more sophisticated. Any suggestions?
Hi Owen. You could combine nights out in Magalluf with Palma de Mallorca (more sophisticated and local vibes then Magalluf).
Hi. I am going to Mallorca with a group of adult friends. Can you recommend the best area for beautiful beaches, some nightlife and great restaurants. Not too busy but not super quiet.
Hi Bel. Cala d´Or and Colonia de Sant Jordi are well located to enjoy beautiful beaches and have some nightlife and good restaurants
Hello, great post! I went to Mallorca a lot as a kid but haven’t been there in about 10 years. I’m going with my husband and 2 very young children in May. Where would you recommend? We would like somewhere that’s very picturesque with a very beautiful beach (ideal for swimming/paddling), excellent restaurants, one or two nice bars, a few shops but not a party place or one that’s very busy. I know it’s not on your list but is Porto Cristo a good option? Thanks
Hi Emily. Colonia de Sant Jordi is great for families with kids. Porto Cristo is a nice and quiet area from where you can explore many beaches and tourist attractions such as Coves del Drach.
Thanks so much for taking the time to put this detailed information together, it is super. For 4 girls finishing their pre-college exams in June, all of whom will be 18 by then, can you suggest a location for 5 nights in July please? They haven’t been to clubs much before, however they would like some good nightlife (that is not Magaluf). Looking for beach, strolling around, that bit of decent nightlife? I am helping with recon only as they have exams this week and next, and my head is spinning with the super suggestions in the main article and in the comments. I can’t decide what area to suggest to them! I need to then look at hotel accom and would love an area or two to focus on. Thank you from Dublin.
Hi Loretto. If you don´t like Magaluf then forget Areanl as well. Other optins that combine beach and a decent nightlife scene are Port d´Alcudia, Cala Millor and Cala Ratjada. I would stay in Port d´Alcudia.
Hi I’m looking to go to Mallorca for a 2 week holiday with my two teenager 14&16, want picturesque place and lots to do but to be able to go into Palma once or twice, where do you recommend? Thanks
Hi Layla. Colonia de Sant Jordi is a great choice for you. Nature, great beaches in the area, and not far away from Palma de Mallorca.
My husband and I are planning an 18 day trip to Spain and Portugal beginning in Mallorca June 2, 2023. We will only be there 3 days and would appreciate guidance for how to make the most of those days. We want to tour the most notable sites, visit areas of interest, enjoy good restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Because our time in Mallorca is so limited, I’m not sure renting a car and touring the island is the best use of our time.
My wife and I are going to Mallorca for our 10 year anniversary. We’d like to spend some time in Palma but are looking for a beach recommendation. We’d love something beautiful, but low key and not hugely family friendly. Thanks!
Hi Wes. Check Colonia de Sant Jordi. I think it could be a great camp base for you. Check also this post https://thenomadvisor.com/best-beaches-in-mallorca/ and try to visit some of those beaches
We are two families with 3 small children, thinking about heading there in February. Trying to decide between Pollenca and Alcudia, main concerns we have is wether supermarket and restaurants will be open. Which town is more popular and have more things open in February? Thank you!
Hi Allegro. Supermarkets and restaurants are open all year round. Port de Pollenca and Port d´Alcudia are towns where local people live. Both are equally convenient and popular. Personally I prefer Port d´Alcudia
This article is amazing but feeling very overwhelmed! My best friend and I are going for 4 nights in June before going to Ibiza. We don’t want too heavy of a party atmosphere so I don’t think Magaluf is right for us. We’re looking for the best beaches and beautiful scenery. Also we don’t want to rent a car if we don’t need to but are happy to walk 20-30min to get places. Finally, I am a vegetarian so not sure if some parts of the island are better catered to meat-free meals. Thanks for your help!
Hi Maritza. A good place to stay in Mallorca for you would be Colonia de Sant Jordi. This town is close to some of the best beaches in Mallorca.
Hi, we are coming to Majorca and would like to get local feeling, vibe. Staying in a place, appropriate for a family, with a nice beach, but away from resorts and masive turism. Othewise we really like surf vibe, with bars and easygoing vibe. Can you please suggest us, where is the best place to stay? 🙂 We were thinking about Alducia? Thanks 🙂 Petra
Hi Petra. Alcudia (Port d´Alcudia is the place to be) is a good option. It is a very family oriented destination with all you will need to enjoy good holidays.
Hi and thank you for all this information! I’m traveling with a friend (two women, mid 30’s) to Majorca for 4 days. We booked in Cala Ratjada without doing any research, simply because it was the first cheap and decent looking place from which to walk to the beach. However, it is refundable and now I’m doing research and wonder if it’s the right place for us. Critically: we need good food! Nothing fancy, but we want fabulous food. Is that pretty common everywhere on the isalnd? Architecture is also a big deal–it’s my friend’s first visit to Europe and I want a place with beautiful buildings. Also, of course, beaches, as well as hiking and nature: yes, yes, yes! We do NOT want a big, obnoxious party scene, but certainly DO want to enjoy wine into the wee hours of the night. Do you think Cala Ratjada is a good choice, or is there a better place for us? Thanks so much!
Hi Margaret. You can have all you are looking for… if you rent a car :). Cala Ratjada is a very nice area to stay in Mallorca with all you need to enjoy summer holidays. Just have in mind that is a very touristic destination with lots of German and British tourists. For architecture visit Palma de Mallorca, Valldemossa, Banyalbufar, or Fornalutx. If you rent a car you will enjoy Mallorca no matter where you choose to stay.
Great article! Which areas do you recommend for a family of 2 parents and three 20 somethings the second week of October? We like beaches (if its warm enough), art, wine, hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, etc and also nice restaurants, and some night life. We will have a car. Thank you.
Hi Patricia. I would recommend you to stay in Mallorca in Port d´Alcudia (has everything you are looking for) or Colonia de Sant Jordi (in terms of nightlife is quiet compared to Port d´Alcudia).
I love your article- I’m travelling to Mallorca with my 16 year old twin boys. I am keen on sight seeing, more authentic feel to touristy locations. Interested in beautiful beaches, hikes and fishing, some nice cafes & restaurants. My husband wants to stay in C’an Pasitilla. I would prefer palma or porta Nova. Which do you recommend are a nicer place for our first visit to Mallorca. Or is another destination better?
Hi Liz. For sightseeing Palma is the best option. If you are interested in beautiful beaches and nature activities I recommend you to stay in Colonia de Sant Jordi. You will enjoy some of the best beaches in Mallorca, the area is great for nature activities and you can drive easily to Palma for sightseeing and shopping.
Hi I’m looking to spend 4 nights in mid October, what will the weather be like then? Best part for a couple in our 30s? Plenty of restaurants but looking to avoid any clubs, stag dos etc…. thanks 😊
Hi Mathew. Most of the days the weather is good enough to enjoy the beach. Check Port d´Alcudia.
What’s the weather like in Mallorca late September early October? I wanna celebrate my birthday while swimming for once in my life haha
Thanks in advance
Hi Goran. Most of the days the weather is very good and water is still warm to swim.
I want to go to Majorca myself, and I love beaches, mainly sandy and as clear water as possible. I also like spending time on the beach and am active. I enjoy hiking and cycling, and walking. I like history and shopping. Please advise which resort I should go to?
Hi Hanna. Check Cala d´Or. Is great for hiking and great beaches and coves as it is very close to Mondrago Natural Park (don´t miss there Cala Mondrago or S´Amarador beach).
What an amazing article! Great help to get an understanding of where to go. Myself and my partner, in our 30s are heading to the island the first 2 weeks in September. We are looking for an area that we can walk out of our hotel and walk to the beach/restaurants/bars. It’s just the two of so would like a late bar in the evening to people watch but nothing too wild! We would also love to do some activities during the day. What area of the island would you recommend? Thanks in advance!
Hi Jane. Port d´Alcudia, Cala d´Or, Cala Millor, Cala Ratjada, Santa Ponsa or Palmanova are good choices.
My boyfriend and I will be in Mallorca at the end of August. We like the non-touristy and private places, hiking, good food, natural beach. Which places are best in terms of activities and hotels? Many thanks in advance
Hi Federique. If you are looking for a mix of hiking, food, natural beaches and nature check Colonia de Sant Jordi and Port de Soller.
What is the best place on Mallorca to buy a property to live all year round if proximity to airport is an asset due to the necessity to commute bi-weekly?
FYI I am mid 50 and like nice sandy beaches, water sports, classy beach clubs and upscale nightlife.
Hi Erdöl. I would start my search in Puerto Portals, Son Vida, or Palma de Mallorca. My advise: Go in winter and check different areas. Many areas are very quiet once the tourists are gone, so is worthy to check what feelings will you get at that moment of the year.
Hi, thank you for the great article! My husband and I would like to come in July to do some diving and we also like beaches, sightseeing and good food. I heard that there’s a lot of great diving spots are in the southeast from the island. Where would you advise us to stay? Thank you!
Hi Werp. For sightseeing the south part of Mallorca is a better option than the north coast. Easier to visit places such as Palma de Mallorca, Valldemossa, Bañalbufar, Sierra de Tramontana etc. Santa Ponsa could be a good option for you.
Hi there, firstly thank you for this amazing guide, it’s so helpful!
I’d value your opinion as to where a fifty year old woman travelling alone for the first time should stay please? I’m hoping for a sea view, adult only hotel, that has local shops, markets, and cafes to walk to. Nightclubs aren’t important to me, but it would be nice to stay where people are friendly and happy to chat and/or where there’s evening entertainment.
Are there any places you’d advise to stay clear of? Thank you in advance for your much needed help.
Hi Sharon. Magalluf and Arenal even they are family destinations are well known for its nightlife so you can delete them from your list. Good destinations for you could be Port d´Alcudia and Cala Millor. In both areas you will find shops and evening entertainment.
This is a great article b it still terrible at making decisions! We are hoping to have a short honeymoon (4 nights) in Mallorca beginning of august. We like people watching, nice food, bars but nothing too wild. Would like nice big hotel with plenty going on in the area. But will also rent a car to visit other places so looking for a good base. Any advice? Thanks.
Hi Julie. Port d´Alcudia, Cala Millor, Cala d´Or or even Cala Ratjada can be good options.
Great thread, just to confirm.. where would you recommend for late June with tasteful nightlife for our kids (early 20’s), quaint beaches/walking for us (late 50’s) and authentic restaurants for us all? Thanks
Hi Al. I would choose between Magalluf/Palmanova area or Port d´Alcudia.
Thank you for this guide, it’s really great but I still need some help!
I’m planning a trip for me and my mum for her 70th in June. She’s a young at heart 70 and we’d like somewhere with a lovely beach to spend the days and some nice restaurants and bars with sea views if possible in the evening. We’d also like somewhere we can walk out to in the evening. We don’t want to travel too far from the airport, within 45 minutes would be perfect – where would you recommend please?
Hi Sherie. If you want to stay close to the airport stay in the South Coast. Good choices could be Colonia de Sant Jordi or Santa Ponsa.
Hi! Love the guide!
I was wondering where would you suggest for girls trip. We’re 25, very chill kinda vibes, we like to do activities – water/nature, go out for one night – not huge night outers but like to have one good night out and have a few evening relaxed bar vibes, relax on the beach, do a bit of touristy things. any suggestions? Also is transport good or would you suggest hiring a car? thank you, Abi
Hi Abi. The island is quite big. Getting around with public transportation takes a lot of time. If you can rent a car, do it. Colonia Sant Jordi is a good place to do water and nature activities but is pretty dead in terms of nightlife. I would suggest you to stay in Port d´Alcudia or in any of the east coast resorts. If you hire a car you will be able to visit amazing beaches in natural parks (e.g. Mondrago Natural Park) during the day and evenings nice dinners and some nightlife.
Hi there.we’ve used your guide to book a week in Cala D’or first week in June. We currently have Hotel Cala D’or and Tui Blue Rocador on hold. I can’t understand why Tui is less than half the cost. Is Hotel Cala D’or truly four star as some of the reviews say it shouldn’t be. Where would you advise us to stay? We are in our late fifties. We love meandering in a town and eating in authentic cafes and easy access to the beach. I can’t work out which one we should stay at. Please help!
Hi Deb. Both are good hotels with good reviews (there are 2 hotels named Hotel Cala d´Or, one of them is a so so hotel, the adults only one is the good one). I would choose comparing prices. In any case check other options in the area. Thera are other nice hotels that often offer promotions (first week of June is not yet the peak peak season).
This was such a great article. I have flights booked for a Spain trip at the end of may into June. My friend and I (two single guys in our late 20s) are starting off the trip in Ibiza for my birthday for three days and then will be in Mallorca for three days following that. During the daytime in Mallorca I would like to see some beautiful beaches and maybe do some adventure activities. At night definitely would like to experience great food, bars, and clubs. The pictures i’ve seen on Instagram of cala des moro and cala salmonia look amazing. However, not sure how far or close they are to the city and nightlife. Is everything close to each other and accessible through uber or taxi? What area/hotel would you recommended for us?
Hi Nate. If you are looking for nightlife then stay in areas such as Magaluf or Arenal. Both offer nightlife and are close enough to Palma de Mallorca (where in my opinion you will find the best nightlife in Mallorca). In the North Coast Port d´Alcudia is a good option to enjoy nightlife. To get to those beaches your best option is to rent a car. With Uber or taxi it will cost you much more.
My husband and I are travelling to Mallorca in August with our daughter who will have just turned one. We have booked a week in Mancor del Valla in a villa (with friends), but we have two nights in Mallorca before we go to the villa and are struggling to decide where to go. We would love a bit of a contrast to the more rural area we will be staying later but our main wishes are for somewhere super pretty with lovely restaurants/bars where we can sit near water and while away the afternoon (that are also suitable for our daughter). We would also love a hotel where we can put out daughter to sleep in the room and then enjoy a nice bar/evening meal or similar without needing a babysitter.
Finally, would you definitely recommend hiring a car, or is public transport generally okay for getting around the island? I imagine we will want to do day trips to the beach/other parts of the island whilst at the villa near Inca.
Hi Amy. Mallorca is a big island with a huge choice in terms of destinations. I have listed only some of the main areas. I could recommend you Santa Ponsa, Colonia de Sant Jordi, Port d´Alcudia, or Cala d´Or. Other quiet beach areas that you may check are Canyamel and Cala Mesquida.
Hi! I am planning a trip to Mallorca with my husband and 10 month old baby. We want to stay in an area where it’s not too busy but still has enough activity to be interesting. We will probably spend a lot of time at our accommodation so it would be good if it is baby friendly. We would also like to go for walks with a stroller. Can you recommend anything? P.S. is it necessary to rent a car in Mallorca?
Hi Tasha. Some family friendly destinations are Playa de Muro, Can Picafort, Playa d´Alcudia, Cala Millor, or Cala d´Or. In those destinations is easy to find family friendly hotels. Rent a car is necessary if you plan to visit the island (using public transport takes too much time). If you plan to stay most of the time in the hotel area then you don´t need it. Just use public transport to get to your hotel or book a private transfer service.
We will be in Majorca July 2-5. We are 76 and 79. We enjoy sightseeing, beaches, snorkeling, good food and luxury accommodations.
Which area would be best area for us to stay in and what hotel would you suggest?
We are thinking about Castle….. A Luxury Collection hotel in Palma.
Thank you so much,
Hi Judi. Palma is the best place in Mallorca for sightseeing. Just have in mind that you will need to drive to get to nice beaches and snorkel. Castillo is one of the best hotels in Mallorca, no doubt you will enjoy it. It is located in a quiet area. From there is easy to take the motorway to Alcudia (useful if you want to explore the island).
Myself and my partner are coming in July this year (we are both 23). We want to be near beautiful beaches, whilst also having nice restaurants nearby and a vibe that is a bit busy but not super packed. Where would you recommend?
Hi Dom. July is peack season in Mallorca, so expect a lot of tourists almost anywhere in the island. I would choose Port d´Alcudia-Playa de Muro area, Cala Ratjada, Cala Millor or even Cala d´Or (more quiet but close to amazing beaches)
Thank you so much for the article and the comments! I will be traveling to Mallorca in August with my husband and twin boys (11yrs). We are interested in an area that is good for families but also has good restaurants and shopping. So perhaps a bit upscale, similar to Llafranc in the Costa Brava. What part of Mallorca do you think would be best for us? Thank you again!
Hi Marta. Puerto Portals is one of the most upscale areas in Mallorca. Santa Pons is also a good choice. In terms of shopping the best place to stay is Palma de Mallorca. Staying in the south coast allows you to enjoy what you are looking for and visit Palma de Mallorca for your shopping therapy or sightseeing with short drive from you choose to stay.
Hi, I am coming to Mallorca first week in July, we have 3 nights at the end of the holiday in Palma overlooking the Marina, I need somewhere for the first 5 nights, we are in our early fifties, love nice restaurants and good bars, to have pre and post dinner drinks, do like some lively nightlife, somewhere local that is fairly busy but somewhere that a short taxi ride for somewhere busier. Thanks Karen
Hi Karen. Check Alcudia Bay. Port d´Alcudia and Playa de Muro offers beach and great hotels, some entertainment, and busier areas are a short taxi ride.
I would like to book a couples three night holiday for the end of June.
I would love adventure trails etc. and enclosed picturesque beaches for our stay.
Where would you recommend?
Hi Grainne. Port de Soller and Colonia Sant Jordi are good options for nature activities and picturesque beaches. Other nice area is Cala d´Or (in the area there are natural parks and wild beaches)
Hi, I was just wondering where you would recommend for a small group of college students ( all 20 years old) to stay? We are interested in nightlife but not to the extreme of Magaluf, and would love a few pretty beaches nearby with a mix of restaurants and a nice town to go to by day.
Thanks so much for your help.
Hi Isabel. Check Port d´Alcudia, Cala Millor and Cala Ratjada.
I am traveling to Mallorca for 3 days with 5 other couples. We want to rent a private boat for a day and go some of the calas, go to a exotic beach on another day and hang around the town for the last night. We would like good restaurants, ambiance, and some good bars/cocktails (but not too crazy since we’re in our 30’s)
Where do you suggest we go? We would prefer not renting a car either.
Hi Julian. You have a wide range of options for what you are looking for. Port d´Alcudia, Cala Ratjada, Cala Millor or even Colonia de Sant Jordi are good options.
Hi and thanks for this article. My son (22) and I (57) are traveling together to Mallorca to celebrate his college graduation near the end of May. I don’t want to cramp his style too much but I also don’t want to be surrounded by partying 20-somethings or little kids all day either. Willing to stay in two separate places over our 6 night stay. Definitely want nice beaches, beach bars, maybe kayaking or paddle boarding, short hikes, bars that would welcome an old lady and her cool son. (Also, off chance you know whether you need an international driving permit to rent a car?) Suggestions?
Hi Susana. I would recomend Port d´Alcudia, Cala Ratjada o Cala Millor. In these destinations you will enjoy good beaches and some nightlife for both of you, water activities, and more. If you come from the EU you only need a valid driving license from your country. For other countries you may need an international driving permit. You will have to check the conditions required for your country of origin.
I’m wanting to visit Mallorca solo for 4/5 nights in July or August. Where are the best areas? I would like to be on the beach, but near enough to a town for walks and sight seeing. I wont be going to clubs or bars on the evening.
Hi Dionne. For sightseeing the best place to be in Mallorca is Palma de Mallorca or in the beach destinations close to it. Port d´Alcudia could be a good option as well.
Hello! We’re looking to come to Mallorca early May this year for our honeymoon. We like good food, beaches, cocktails, pools and prefer boutique hotels. We like a bit of people watching and action but not looking for huge crowds. We enjoy some light cycling as well. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you for this article and any input you might have!
Hi Dennis. Good places could be: Port de Pollensa and Port d´Alcudia, Colonia de Sant Jordi, Cala d´Or and eventually Cala Ratjada.
Hi, thank you so much for this article. After reading it I am not sure which destination to choose. I am traveling to Mallorca in July with 3 friends. We are all in our mid-twenties and are looking for somewhere classy but still quite busy and party-oriented. We’d like to stay somewhere with nice beaches and restaurants too. We visited Magaluf years ago which is fun of course but a bit too rough for us now! Where would you recommend? Many thanks
Hi Abigail. In my opinion the best place for nightlife is Palma de Mallorca. I would stay in Palma Nova (easy to get to Magaluf and Palma de Mallorca). Portals Nous could be an option as well. The second best area for nightlife is Port d´Alcudia with a mix of local and tourist vibes. Other places in Mallorca have great and fun nightlife but too tourist oriented for my taste.
thank you so much for this article! But I think now I am even more confused! Too much info! Ihihi
I am planning my birthday trip, It’ll be a long week-end, from the 5th to the 8th of May. Solo traveller (I am a backpacker), on a budget, looking for possible mediation/mindfulness activities or anyway a place where I can do some walks, swim and be surrounded by nature. What would you say it is the best area I could go to?
Thank you so much!
Hi Stef. Cala Sant Jordi is a good choice for a good mix of beach and nature activities.
Hello! This article is great! Actually I found first the one about Menorca, but as I was also considering Mallorca, I figured I could find something about it here. And I did!
We are a couple in their 30s, who like a lively atmosphere at night but not party-like, just nice restaurants, walking around nice boutiques, and of course nice beaches, but not too crowded.
I thought Menorca was the best option for that, do you agree?
In any case (Mallorca or Menorca), I’m a bit lost about the article’s recommendations because we can’t rent a car as we don’t have our license yet. So is it possible to stay near the beach and also be able to travel around the island at night by public transport?
Thanks in advance for your time!!!
Hi Guillermina. Menorca is the most charming of the Balearic Island and with more amazing coves and beaches per square Km. Mallorca on the other hand is lively and offerts lots of things to visit and do (great beaches also).
If you choose to stay in Menorca do it near Ciutadella or Mahon (the best cities for shopping, restaurant and nightlife). During day time you will have bus connections, but night time depending where you stay you will need taxi to come back to your accommodation. The rest of the island is charming and great for beaches but very quiet.
Mallorca offers a lot of lively resorts with all the ammenities and entertainment you could ask for. If you choose to stay in the touristy South Coast you will be able to get easily to Palma de Mallorca, Magaluf, Palma Nova, Arenal etc.
In the North Coast Port d´Alcudia seems to me a good choice. Day time you can enjoy the beach, and evenings you can choose between going for dinner or shopping to the town, or just stay in the beach area where you will find plenty of restaurants and bars. Even if you go out and come back late at night with taxi, the trip back to the hotel will be short.
Hi! Thank you for the article and for replying to all of these comments. My wife and I will be staying for only 4 nights as part of our honeymoon. Would prefer to not rent a car but willing if needed. We are interested in relaxing, beaches, snorkeling, and nice restaurants. Probably prefer to stay in a resort-type place. We are debating between the Eastern and Northern coasts. We have read the Eastern may be better for snorkeling and Northern for more open beaches, but may have more mosquitos? What might you recommend?
Hi Sean. The Eastern Coast is plenty of small wild little coves and nice beaches, some of them are part of Natural Parks. To get to those coves and beaches you will need a car. Other places such as Cala d´Or, Cala Ratjada, Cala Mesquida or Canyamel are beach destinations with all the services you could need and nearby spots to do snorkeling. Norther coast beaches are open (in Alcudia Bay). Mosquitos are not a problem, just a bit annoying some times at night when sitting outside ;).
Hi there. Great article! I’m looking to go to Mallorca next week (April 2022). Solo traveller, looking for a pristine beach to swim and not too far walking to grocery stores, restaurants, cafés etc. Was thinking Alcudia? Although it seems pretty far from the airport but I see many places offer free shuttle service. Would you also recommend Alcudia, or any other recommendations? Thanks!
Hi Nikki. In April Port d´Alcudia (and nearby Playa de Muro and Can Picafort) offers a good compromise between nice beach and activities. Unless you get a free shuttle service you can take a bus to Palma Intermodal Station in Plaza Espanya and from there another bus to Por d´Alcudia.
Hi, this is an incredibly good article. Which area would you recommend for a 5-day stay during the second half of April for a couple to celebrate our 25th anniversary? Thank you!
Hi Peter. Because April is not one of the most warm months of the year I would choose a city with beaches nearby or viceversa. That way if the wather is not warm enough to enjoy the beach (usually it is during most of the day) you can enjoy what a city can offer (sightseeing, museums, good restaurants, shopping, events, etc) I would consider staying in Palma de Mallorca, any of the resorts in the South Coast, or Port d´Alcudia. You will easily be able to enjoy beaches and city-life.
Thank you so much for your advice.
Hello! Thank you so much for all this great information. My husband and I are thinking about doing a 3-day Babymoon in the middle of April. Since I’m pregnant i can’t do a lot of outdoor activities or nightlife, and we don’t want to rent a car. We want something relaxing and not too touristy. What area(s) do you recommend? Thank you so much in advance!
Hi Kafka. I would stay in Port d´Alcudia area. You can reach it by bus from the airport (Bus from the airport to Intermodal station in Palma de Majorca and the bus to Port d´Alcudia), stay by the sea, and have some shopping and good restaurants in Town.
Hi. We are a family of 4 (2 teenagers) going to Mallorca for 5 nights mid April and looking for a nice area, with good beaches, restaurants etc. Not looking for nightlife/loud areas by night.
Have been searching a lot and finding it hard to find any suitable accommodation – preferably a 2 bed apartment/villa close to the sea, very few rentals of this sort. Hotels will only let us book 2 separate rooms, which doesn’t suit!
Hope you can help
Hi Aileen. Good options would be Colonia de Sant Jordi, Port de Pollensa, Port d´Alcudia, Cala d´Or and even Cala Ratjada. Regarding private rentals you will find more offer in Airbnb or VRBO than Booking.
Hi we are coming to Majorca on May we are both late 50’s we enjoy a hotel over looking the beach not to touristy but enjoy a nice evening walk and within 20/25 mins from the airport any suggestions please.
Hi Sue. Not touristy in Majorca on May and so close to the airport is quite hard to find… Check Santa Ponsa.
Coming to Mallorca late July-early Aug for 7 days with my wife and 2 kids under 3yo. What would be the right choice to stay? Looking for something quite and secure for the kids but also near restaurants/cafes and walking distance to beaches
Hi Guy. Playa de Muro and Can Picafort are family-friendly resorts.
We are looking to travel to Mallorca in July. We like nice beaches, restaurants, shops and somewhere nice to walk in the evening. We are taking our 7 year old daughter so family friendly or boutique hotels. Could you please suggest the best resort.
Hi Diane. I would check the north coast: Port de Pollensa, Port d´Alcudia, Playa de Muro and even Can Picafort are good choices.
I am travelling to Mallorca late April alone, I want to stay where I have access to the beach and also local village / town life. I am only there for three days so unlikely to have a car. Is it likely to be warm enough to swim in the sea? Where would you recommend I stay for such a short time ? A couple of suggestions /options would be wonderful!
Hi Sarah. For such a short time I would recommend you to stay in the south coast close to Palma de Mallorca (Palma Nova, Magaluf or even Playa de Palma) or Port d´Alcudia. Late April water is still a bit cold but warm enough to swim for many people. In my case I have swam many times in April. Some seconds after you get into the water you get used to it 😉
Hi 8 of us are travelling to Majorca in June for my friends 50th. We currently have self catering villa booked in El Toro. Please can you recommend any restaurants, beach clubs, days out in the area.
Hi Fiona. In El Toro you could check the restaurant La Terrraza, el Faro del Toro, and Tratoria Vino del Mar. I would recomend you to visit Palma de Mallorca and the villages of Bañalbufar and Valldemosa. For beach clubs and nightlife drive to Magaluf.
We are headed to Mallorca for my 50th birthday in September. There is a group of us. Some couples and singles. Staying in Port Soller for part of it and then looking to experience another part of the island. Looking for beach area recommendations. Not touristy and crowded. We love nice restaurants and some nightlife. Any recos you can share? Also hotels for a group of 10?
Hi MBerg. You could check Playa de Muro. Good beach experience and Port d´Alcudia is quite close for those evenings you wish to go for a walk, have dinner and some drinks.
Thank you. I had read that was more family oriented. We are an “adults only” group so wanted to check on that.
Hi, great article. Thanks a lot for sharing. I want to visit Mallorca 2nd weekend of April for my birthday (we are a couple mid 30s). We love the mix of good hotel with pool, beach nearby, restaurants and cafés nearby, some nightlife (not too extreme). How is the weather and liveliness in that period? And which are would you suggest?
Hi Rav. I would recommend you Palmanova or Port d´Alcudia. You will find there what you are looking for. In terms of nightlife from Palmanova you can get easily to Magaluf or Palma de Mallorca, and Port d´Alcudia has nightlife all year round. From both places you can visit many things and enjoy the beach. Tourist season starts in Eastern holidays so you will find some of the main resorts such as Cala Millor a bit quiet.
The weather in April is usually good enough to enjoy the beach. Even though the water will be still a bit cold to swim, I have swum in the Balearic Islands many times in April. Just be brave ;). Evenings you will need a light jacket.
Hi! I’m going with for friends, all in our 20’s, in mid April. We are looking for somewhere that will have some restaurants and bars, but also surfing and nice outdoor activities, any suggestions?
Hi Emma. Colonia Sant Jordi is well known for its outdoor activities. You can check also Port de Soller (great for hiking and biking) and Port de Pollenca or Port d´Alcudia (both are close to Sierra de Tramontana and offer a lot of water sports)
Thanks for informative article
Planning to Be in Majorca end March 25 2022 with kids 9 and 6
Are the beach towns a good place to be and how is the water temp
Where would you suggest
Hi. I would suggest Port d´Alcudia and Playa de Muro area. Water temp is great (not cold nor as warm as in July or August)
Hello. Thanks for this article, it’s really helpful 🙂 Where would you say is best for families with young children. My husband and I are looking to go visit Mallorca in early June with our 3 year old son. So would be looking for a family friendly hotel, nice beach and some restaurants for dinner in the evening. Thanks!
Hi Rachel. I would suggest the North Coast. Places such as Port d´Alcudia, Playa de Muro, Can Picafort are nice choices.
Hello! Thank you for this post. Where would you suggest for a couple looking for: beautiful quiet beaches, short hikes, sunsets, and walking distance to a grocery store, apartotel with kitchen. Preferably somewhere quiet but that we could take public transport to some sites
Hi Holly. For that mix I would suggest Port de Soller, Cala d´Or or Colonia de Sant Jordi. Those 3 areas are close to quiet beaches and offer hike options. One great place to enjoy sunsets is Cabo de Formentor. Mallorca is a big island and there are other great options for those looking more relaxed areas that I have not listed such as Cala Mesquida or Canyamel.
Hi, Thank you for this helpful info!
I am going to Majorca April 17th-23rd with 4 other friends (24-25 years old). We want to stay in an area with the prettiest quieter beaches, some nice hikes and walkable to some restaurants and bars. Where would you recommend we stay?
Hi Laura. Cala d´Or is a great choice. It is quiet, located close to Mondrago Natural Park and some of the most beautiful wild beaches, and has a good offer of restaurants and bars.
My husband and I are planning a trip for early July for about 5 days. What is your recommendation for the best beach on the island? We are going for a relaxing trip, but also would like to be able to walk/drive to a local town area to experience the culture.
Appreciate any insight you have. Thanks!
Hi Christina. Check this post: https://thenomadvisor.com/best-beaches-in-mallorca/. Book your hotel in one of the main resorts areas where you can have restaurants and bars and explore these beaches during day time. Some of the best beaches are located in Natural Parks. Some nice and quiet places to stay in Mallorca that you could check are Playa de Muro area, Cala Mesquida or Canyamel Beach.
5 of us are looking to travel to Mallorca May end- early June. Will it get very crowded then usually? Where should we stay so we have access to beaches and parties on few nights?
Hi Julia. You may expect a lot of tourism, but not that much as in July and August. For beaches and parties I would choose Magaluf or Port d´Alcudia. S´Arenal is also well known for its wild nightlife, but I prefer Magaluf or Port d´Alcudia.
I’m going also for a week (4-11 may)i and I wanted to see if it’s enought to explore the place,also is it worth renting a car ?And which location should I choose-to have sun,not super expensive but also to have the beach and activities close?Thank you in advance !
Hi Rox. Renting a car is the way to go to enjoy Mallorca. In May I would choose to stay in Palma de Mallorca or in Port d´Alcudia area (maybe better for what you are looking for).
Thanks for your answer!
Where would be the best place for a couple going the first week in April? Preferably near a beach and thats lively enough 😊
Hi Emma. In April I would choose Palma de Mallorca (great for shopping, sightseeing, dining, and close to many beaches by car) or Port d´Alcudia (great beach and lively with many bars and restaurants open in April)
me and a few friends, all college-aged, are looking to visit Majorca around March 17-21 of 2022 and we’re wondering where to stay. We were thinking of Palma because that’s the main area with nightlife, but after reading your article I’m not sure what our best option is. We want nightlife but are also looking for nice beaches and not too crazy of a party atmosphere. What’re your thoughts?
Hi Taylor. Stay in Palma!! If you were travelling in summer I would recommend you to stay in Mallorca in a beach destination. In March the tourist season has not yet started and many places such as Magaluf or Playa de Palma are not yet in their best moment, besides it is still a bit too cold to go to the beach. March is perfect to stay in Palma de Mallorca and enjoy the great nightlife it has to offer. During day time you can explore the city or other places in the island.
Hello! Travelling to Europe with my boyfriend for a month this summer and thinking of staying in Mallorca for most of it. We are very outdoorsy – love biking, hiking, swimming, diving, kayaking, etc. We wouldn’t be interested in staying somewhere with lots of people, restaurants, shops. Also would consider not renting a car, as they are quite expensive. Any recommendations for us on where to stay? And if not renting a car is feasible if we want to hike, etc. Thanks! 🙂
Hi Mina. I would consider two places: Port de Soller and Colonia de Sant Jordi. Both are great for outdoor activities. Eventually you could check Port de Pollensa. This city offers a wide range of aquatic activities and water-based sports and has easy access to Sierra de Tramontana in case you want to bike or hike in the mountains.
Which area would you recommend to stay this July, for 2 adults and 5 teenage girls?
Hi Louise. I would go for Cala Millor, Cala d´Or, Cala Ratjada or Port d´Alcudia. They are nice beach areas with some entertainment (much more quiter than Magaluf or Playa de Palma and Arenal).
Hi, thanks for all the info here! We will be traveling end of April with two smaller children (5 and 8, both can swim). We are now looking to rent a house in Pollenca and spend our beach days at playa de Muro.
Or would you recommend going to another beach/location in this time of the year? We would like to have a relaxing vacation but also like to have some options for restaurants/beach clubs…
Thanks in advance for the advice
Hi Rob. Close to Pollenca you can check Cala San Vicente (in fact 3 small coves with turquoise waters), or Playa de Alcudia (very close to Playa de Muro). You can drive to Cala Mesquida and Canyamel, both beaches are quiet but you will find restaurants and other services.
Hi ,heading to Majorca in September,i looking for an adventure and want to get it right on the east coast,I was looking at Santanyi town and Cala millor or Cala d’0r for 2 nights each before heading back over to the west side for a few nights ,can I get local transport form the airport to both of these areas ?what would the cost of a taxi be ? Thank you
Hi Paula. Yes, you can use bus. Check this service: Flybus. You could also use publict buses: First you take A1 Bus to the main bus station in Palma in Pl. Espanya and then take another bus (or a combination of buses) to your destination. Taxis charge 1,10 euros/km so you can estimate your cost depending where you wish to go with google maps. Other option would be private transfers.
Hi 🙂 thanks for sharing. Great ideas.
I’m looking for somewhere for a nice girls Hen do / bachelorette party but not a Magaluf vibe. We are looking for somewhere where we can enjoy the beaches and activities but also have a bit of a nightlife (not too wild).
What would you recommend?
HI Susie. The west coast (Cala Ratjada, Cala d´Or, o Cala Millor) and Port d´Alcudia area are good choices.
Hi my name is Wendy,
It is my 50th birthday in March next year. We are planning a trip to Mallorca in June 2022 for 6/7 nights to celebrate my 50th. We will be travelling with another couple. Where would you say would be the best place to stay with a combination of beautiful beaches and a nice vibe for both day and night time? Regards Wendy
Hi Wendy. March is not yet the tourist season so places such as Cala Ratjada, Cala Millor or Cala d´Or will be still very quiet. You may check Port d´Alcudia, and if you are renting a car Palma de Mallorca is an excellent base from where to explore the island. Regards
Thank you so much for your response. I actually forgot to mention that although my birthday is in March, we are only going to be travelling to Mallorca in June – 18th – 23rd June (last night being the 22nd June). How does this change your suggestions. So sorry to mess you around.
Hi Wendy. No problem. Then I would choose any of those destinations. Port d´Alcudia is lively and has a lot of things to do with a really long beach. Cala d´Or, Cala Millor, and Cala Ratjada are excellent camp bases from where to explore the island and being able to enjoy some bars and clubs at night. Not far away from those destinations there are really amazing beaches. Check out this post: https://thenomadvisor.com/best-beaches-in-mallorca/
Thank you for your reply, you advice is much appreciated.
Visiting in November – is the island open everywhere? Or do some areas close down in off season? Looking to relax. Ocean views. But want restaurants. Will drive to sightsee… any must see?
Hi Sherry. Many coastal villages get very quiet, but many hotels, bars and restaurants remain open. In Mallorca there are a lot of things to visit… Some of them: Palma de Mallorca, Formentor, Serra de Tramuntana, Benyalbufar, Valldemosa, Fornalutx, Cuevas del Drach, or Alcudia
Hi, Is it possible to travel by public transport from resort areas to other resort areas on the island.
Or is it advisable to hire a car?
And, how many airports are there on the island.
Hi Elle. Yes, it is possible to travel by public transportation. Check: https://www.tib.org/. It is always best to hire a car. You will be able to visit areas and beaches where there is no public transportation, have freedom to organize your days and save a lot of time. There is only one airport with commercial flights. Regards
Hey! I would like to know which island is the best for singles nights life party with hot weather and a lot of tourists.
Hi Mo. Ibiza is the best one for nightlife!!!
Can you watch a polo match in majorca, and what would be good couples hotel close to beach in the area of polo club?
Hi Karla. There are several polo clubs in Majorca but I have no idea if it is possible to watch polo at the moment. Best regards
I want to buy a little beach-house for a reasonable money which I guess points me towards Alcudia, Playa de Muro or Can Picafort.
But at the same time, I like to go to classy beach-clubs. In addition, as I will be commuting to Mallorca weekly (sometimes even twice a week) proximity to the airport is is an issue. I guess, this part of my requirements points me to the strech of coast between Santa Ponca and Illetes.
I can’t decide… Anything you could tell me to make the decision a bit easier?
Hi Erdöl. First, go and visit all those places, feel the atmosphere in summer and in winter. If you already know all those places then consider transfer time. From the airport to Alcudia by public bus it takes around 1 hour 20 minutes.
If for whatever reason you will be commuting weekly then I would prefer to stay in the south coast close to the Airport, and close to Palma de Mallorca where you can enjoy the best shopping, food scene, nightlife etc, even in winter.
I prefer the north coast for summer time and vacation, but if I had to buy a place to enjoy the island summer and winter time I would prefer to stay not far away from Palma de Mallorca. Regards
Which part of Majorca is the hottest? And where we can find beaches with warm water?Thank you.
Hi Roxana. The temperatures are more or less the same everywhere in Mallorca except in the Serra de Tramuntana area where the clima is a bit less hot. Warm water? Everywhere. The Mediterranean Sea is always warm in Mallorca in summer.
Where is a great place to stay for honeymooners who want relaxation good food and beautiful beaches without the crowds of tourists and don’t need nightlife. They like boutique family run hotels that are not over the top price wise and want the local experience
Hi Jayme. I would recommend you two options: Port de Soller and the north coast. Port d´Alcudia in the north coast is a good choice. Regards
Thank you for this helpful guide!
Thank you, this was very informative about Majorca. I now have a better idea of where I want to stay. Great suggestions of hotels too.
Hi Anna. I hope you will enjoy your stay in Majorca. The island has a lot to offer. Regards