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Mallorca - beyond the beaches

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Mallorca is an island of obvious beauty yet numerous hidden secrets. I hope this guide proves helpful for those of you who want to escape the beaches and strike out to discover the perhaps lesser known attractions offered by this island paradise. My family have been regular visitors to the island for over 40 years and without exaggeration every time we go we discover something new. Having access to a car is desirable though not essential. The island's TIB bus system is an excellent way to get around.

Good for
  • Senior
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

16 Places

3 City Tips

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16 Places

Cap Rocat

Hotels

Can Torrat

Restaurants

Restaurante Miguel de Cala Pi

Restaurants

Marisol Restaurante

Restaurants

Casa Fernando

Restaurants

El Rancho Picadero

Restaurants

Serra de Tramuntana

Mountains

Puerto de Soller

Neighbourhoods

Santuari de Lluc

Speciality Museums, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites

Bodega Tianna Negre

Other Food & Drink

Macia Batle

Other Food & Drink

Colonia de Sant Jordi

Destinations

Cuevas dels Hams

Caverns & Caves

Puerto de Cala Figuera

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Finca Son Bordils

Wine Tours & Tastings , Wineries & Vineyards

Restaurante Savantry

Restaurants

spmmik53's City Tips

  • Hiring a car is perhaps the easiest option but shop around and go for the "return fuel full" options from the bigger providers such as AVIS, Hertz, Sixt and Ateza/National
  • If you do need to hire transportation and you are fit then bicycle hire could be considered but BE SAFE !!!
  • Getting around using the island TIB bus system is a great alternative to car hire.
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    Cap Rocat
    Hotels
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    spmmik53 Says:

    Cap Rocat is an old fortification built at the time of the American-Spanish war. Very tastefully converted to a top class hotel. In a secluded location with commanding views over the bay of Palma. The hotel has two restaurants - on in the main complex and the other down at the beach. The main restaurant is geared to Gourmet Dining whilst the beach restaurant offers a more traditional Mallocan fair.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • For that "very special occasion". Booking essential. Dress code is smart-casual.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cala Blava
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful unique hotel 30/09/2017
    • Amazing Experience, But.... 30/09/2017
    • Cap Rocat
    Address:
    Carretera Enderrocat s/n
    07609 Cala Blava, Majorca
    Spain
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    Can Torrat
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Mediterranean, Barbecue, European, Spanish)
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    spmmik53 Says:

    This is a full blown "Asador". The restaurant is centred around a huge charcoal pit with a never ending array of meats grilling away. A meat lovers paradise. Chose from a first rate selection of meat cuts - the fillet steaks (solomillo) is particularly recommended. Rabbit and goat is also available. If you are a vegetarian or vegan then ... sorry, but this place is definitely not for you. Surprisingly no fish dishes are offered - meat only (plus veggies and salads).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    Tips
    • Meat eaters only. Good for a family outing. Kiddies portions and kiddies menus available.
    From the community
    Ranked #797 of 5,060 restaurants in Majorca
    • Not worth the trip 22/09/2017
    • Best grill in Mallorca 19/09/2017
    • Can Torrat
    Address:
    Camino Maravillas, 25
    07600 Playa de Palma, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 26 20 55
    Price range:
    US$ 24 - US$ 35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 02:30
    Other:
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    Restaurante Miguel de Cala Pi
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    spmmik53 Says:

    A great restaurant at a fabulous picturesque location at Cala Pi. The menu is top quality offering a range of choices to suit most if not all tastes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Parking can be problematic. Be prepared to walk or better still take a taxi.
    From the community
    Ranked #938 of 5,060 restaurants in Majorca
    • Lunch in the sunshine 16/09/2017
    • Hit or miss ... 25/08/2017
    • Restaurante Miguel de Cala Pi
    Address:
    Calle Torre 11
    07639 Cala Pi, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 12 30 00
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:45 - 16:00
    19:00 - 22:00
    Tue - Sat
    12:45 - 15:45
    18:30 - 22:30
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    Marisol Restaurante
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    spmmik53 Says:

    One of several excellent restaurants in the port area of Colonia Sant Jordi . The fish baked in salt is definitely recommended.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Lunch times can be busy. Advanced booking advised.
    From the community
    Ranked #1,571 of 5,060 restaurants in Majorca
    • Dinnet 19/10/2017
    • Lovely setting great food and lovely staff 24/09/2017
    • Marisol Restaurante
    Address:
    Calle Gabriel Roca, 63
    07638 Colonia de Sant Jordi, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 65 50 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
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    Casa Fernando
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    spmmik53 Says:

    Definitely one of the better "Fish Market" themed restaurants in Mallorca. Excellent kitchen and meal quality - can be pricey but worth it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Consider for that special occasion meal.
    From the community
    Ranked #1,213 of 5,060 restaurants in Majorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great fresh fish, but not cheap! 19/10/2017
    • Stupendous food, fabulous presentation, very good service, excellent value 23/09/2017
    • Casa Fernando
    Address:
    Calle Trafalgar 27
    07007 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 26 54 17
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    13:00 - 16:00
    19:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    El Rancho Picadero
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Spanish)
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    spmmik53 Says:

    Long established restaurant with charm and rustic character.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Ask for their specialist wine menu.
    From the community
    Ranked #1,365 of 5,060 restaurants in Majorca
    • Great place, great food, great staff 17/10/2017
    • Great Food 15/10/2017
    • El Rancho Picadero
    Address:
    Calle Flamenc 1
    07610 Palma de Mallorca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 26 10 02
    Other:
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    Serra de Tramuntana
    Mountains
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    spmmik53 Says:

    The magic that helps make Mallorca the paradise island that it is.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ensure that you have an up to date map or guide. Take plenty of water.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 195 things to do in Palma de Mallorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Best Road Trip 18/10/2017
    • awesome 18/10/2017
    • Serra de Tramuntana
    Phone:
    +34 971 61 66 22
    Other:
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    Puerto de Soller
    Neighbourhoods
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    spmmik53 Says:

    A gem on the northern coastline of Mallorca. Take tram from train stop in Soller or if the temperature is OK then the port takes a good 1hr walk. Several restaurants scattered around - the better ones are in the vicinity of the yacht marina.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Soller
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 17/10/2017
    • Beautiful bay 13/10/2017
    • Puerto de Soller
    Other:
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    Santuari de Lluc
    Speciality Museums, Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    spmmik53 Says:

    Absolutely mind-blowing. A hidden gem. Be aware of organised tours - try to avoid clashing with these.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Lluc
    • 100% mind detox 01/10/2017
    • Beautiful Church 26/09/2017
    • Santuari de Lluc
    Address:
    Plaza Peregrins 1
    07315 Lluc, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 87 15 25
    Price range:
    US$ 6 - US$ 6
    Other:
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    Bodega Tianna Negre
    Other Food & Drink
    spmmik53 Says:

    An essential stop if you are touring the wine districts in the Inca-Sineu region.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 9 things to do in Binissalem
    • Wine tasting on the Terrace 06/07/2017
    • Taste of Mallorca 20/06/2016
    Address:
    Cami des Mitjans
    07350 Binissalem, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 88 68 26
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 13:00
    Other:
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    Macia Batle
    Other Food & Drink
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    spmmik53 Says:

    On the wine route. Sightly more commercial than my other recommendations but well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Santa Maria del Cami
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing - tour never took place 17/10/2017
    • Outstanding wine and history 01/10/2017
    • Macia Batle
    Address:
    Camino Coanegra S/N
    07320 Santa Maria del Cami, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 14 00 14
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:30 - 14:30
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Colonia de Sant Jordi
    Destinations
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    spmmik53 Says:

    There is a traditional zone and more modern zone at Colonia Sant Jordi. The beaches arte located in the older part of the town - on the east side. The west side of the town has a rocky coastline. There is a walkway circuit ranging from paved areas through to a boardwalk. The complete circuit is around 4km long - and well worth the exercise as it gives you a great flavor of the town. Restaurants again tend to be based around the older part of the town - those just off the beach are very good and worth a visit. See my review of Marisol. There are nearby sea salt beds and a museum in town that explain their history as well as the traditional salt making methods. A regular ferry run provides access to the nearby coastal islands.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    • Colonia de Sant Jordi
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    Cuevas dels Hams
    Caverns & Caves
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    spmmik53 Says:

    Spectacular caves - together with Cuevas del Drach. Probably best visited outside of the peak tourist season as the cave tours get crammed to the maximum. That said, if you haven't yet visited and you have no flexibility on timing your visit then a trip to this geological marvel is well worth it. Cuevas del Drach, if still in operation, is probably my favoured cave tour with an on water orchestral recital forming part of the tour.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • To get maximum enjoyment try to avoid peak tourist times - if possible.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Porto Cristo
    • Don’t bother. Visit the Caves of Drach instead. 19/10/2017
    • Not my thing 12/10/2017
    • Cuevas dels Hams
    Address:
    Ctra. Ma-4020 Manacor _ Porto Cristo Km.11
    Islas Baleares
    07680 Porto Cristo, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 82 09 88
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Puerto de Cala Figuera
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    spmmik53 Says:

    Hidden away on the lower eastern coast of Mallorca Cala Figuera is a sleepy yet charming coastal small town. The harbour is flanked by steep cliffs which shelter the local fishing boats. A well planned walkway has been built to allow visitors to ramble the harbour coastline - but beware as these walkways are very narrow in places. There are several good restaurants in the town itself which offer splendid views onto the harbour.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Beware if you are with adventurous children as the paths along the walkways and roads along the cliffs are not all effectively fenced off. No beaches at Cala Figuera.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Cala Figuera
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A lovely fishing village 28/09/2017
    • Wonderful and authentic fishing village 13/09/2017
    • Puerto de Cala Figuera
    Other:
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    Finca Son Bordils
    Wine Tours & Tastings , Wineries & Vineyards
    spmmik53 Says:

    Mallorca produces some fantastic wines - but possibly the very best come from the vine yards of Son Bordils. I personally prefer the red wines produced. Son Bordils produces single grape variants as well as a very tasty red blend. Definitely on par with the best mainland offerings from Rioja.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • If you plan to visit this estate then an advanced call is advised.
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 15 things to do in Inca
    • Fantastic mallorcan wines 20/09/2016
    • Fantastic 24/08/2016
    • Finca Son Bordils
    Address:
    Carretera Vella Sineu Km. 4,1
    07300 Inca, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 971 18 22 00
    Other:
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    Restaurante Savantry
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
    spmmik53 Says:

    Located at the harbour side this is an excellent stop if you are planning on having a quality fish meal. The fish baked in salt is a particular favourite of mine. I frequently have this when visiting the Puerto area and its many coastal restaurants. Accompanied by a local Mallorcan wine is a must.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    Tips
    • The Puerto area can get busy during peak season an parking in the town can be a challenge. There
    From the community
    Ranked #776 of 5,060 restaurants in Majorca
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Superb! 06/10/2017
    • Always reliable fresh fish 14/08/2017
    • Restaurante Savantry
    Address:
    Avenida Almirante Riera Alemany 12
    07157 Port d'Andratx, Majorca
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 871 11 61 02
    Price range:
    US$ 18 - US$ 35
    Other:
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