I'm finally sharing the last of our Spain photos and a travel guide for Mallorca today (I also wrote up travel guides for Barcelona and Madrid)! To be honest, I hadn't really heard of Mallorca before we started researching Spain, but when I saw photos of the island and the beaches there, I thought it would be a great way to end our trip. Mallorca is just a 30 minute flight from Barcelona and the turquoise water and little beaches are so beautiful. Here's our itinerary for our trip, with the caveat that relaxing at the beach is pretty much all there is to do in Mallorca, so it's pretty much recommendations for the best beaches!
- Check-in. Mallorca is a pretty small island and you can drive from one side to the other in under two hours, which means that any spot is doable in a day trip no matter where you stay. We did receive one piece of advice before the trip, which was not to stay in Palma, and I'm definitely glad we listened to that, since the main town of Palma is pretty rundown. We decided to stay about 20 minutes west of Palma in a teeny town called Santa Ponça, so that we'd be able to easily get to the airport for our morning flight back home. Another tip if you're visiting Mallorca—you'll definitely want to rent a car, as buses and cabs can be sparse. It's easy to get around if you have your own car, although fair warning, people pretty much drive 20 under or 20 over the speed limit, with no in between.
- Cala Varques. During our first full day in Mallorca, we drove to the east side of the island to hang out at the secluded beach at Cala Varques. It's a bit of a pain to get to—if you park on the road it's about a half hour walk to the beach. You can also test your luck and try to park along the gravel path to cut down on your walking time. But either way you will have to walk down some rocky paths. In my opinion the trek was worth it, since we stayed all day and it was beautiful. There are some fun caves to explore and there were a couple guys running a little bar for drinks and snacks (although I'd recommend bringing your own food too, because who knows if they are there every day). Oh, P.S., it's a nude beach, so be prepared to see lots of titties and wein.
- Ca'n Manolo. After spending the day at the beach, we drove back towards Santa Ponça (but had to pull over on the highway on our way to catch an incredible sunset!) and stopped for dinner in Palma. We hadn't had paella in Spain yet, so I had been Googling "best paella in Mallorca," and found Ca'n Manolo. You guys, the paella was insane. So, so delicious. If you're in Mallorca, you have to go here for paella!
- Alcudia Old Town. On our second day we went up to the north part of the island to visit Alcudia. We started our day out in the old town, which is absolutely adorable. We strolled through it and popped into some shops and had tapas there for lunch.
- Platja de Sant Joan. We then staked our spot at the nearby beach called Platja de Sant Jaon, where you can rent a couple lounge chairs under an umbrella for fairly cheap (I think it was ~10 euros). There's also a little restaurant and bar so you can enjoy food and drinks beachside.
- Port d'Alcudia. We caught the tail end of the sunset here and I would highly recommend coming here to watch the sun go down. The reflections on the shallow water are stunning! We had dinner by the water at Sa Gavina and had some yummy Italian food. If you're planning ahead, sa Roqueta kept popping up in my searches as one of the best restaurants in Alcudia, but they didn't have reservations available for the night we were there.
- Illetas Beach. Ah, another day at the beach! This time we stayed close to Santa Ponça and spent the day at Illetas, which I found listed as one of the top 20 beaches in Mallorca (there are so many beautiful beaches, so I guess that's saying something!). There were two restaurants so there are plenty of food and beverage options.
- Iberostar Suites Jardin del Sol. We stopped by this pretty little boutique hotel to watch the sunset and enjoy a couple drinks before heading out to dinner.
- Appetite. For dinner we went back to Palma and ate at this Asian fusion spot. It was super tasty and the perfect casual dinner we were looking for.
That's it for our Spanish adventures! Mallorca was a great way to unwind after lots of jam-packed sight seeing in Madrid and Barcelona. If you've been to Spain and have recommendations for other cities, I'd love to hear them! We'd definitely love to go back some day.