Situated in the Balearic Islands, Majorca is the largest island of the archipelago, covering an area of 3630 km2 and the maximum distance from one end to the other is just under 100 kilometres. It is distributed, in turn, in a total of 53 municipalities, which will transport us through diverse landscapes and environments.
Knowing all of the above, it is clear that Mallorca is much more than just a place to go on holiday in summer to enjoy its beaches and coves. It also has places steeped in history and a spectacular Tramuntana mountain range where you will find small villages lost in the mountains.
To add more value to your holidays, we are going to recommend a series of villages and towns in Mallorca that you cannot miss during your stay on the island and where you can plan a route through the most beautiful villages in Mallorca.
Located on the southeast coast of Mallorca, we find the fishing village of Manacor, one of the best-known destinations on the island. It is the second most populated town in Mallorca (the first is Palma) and is famous for its pearls and because the famous Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal was born here.
You can enjoy the prehistoric Talayotic settlement of Hospitalet Vell or the caves of Drach and Hams. Also worth mentioning is Porto Cristo, which is the town’s natural harbour and which has a beach and a promenade where you can let yourself be carried away during your holidays.
Still on the south coast, we find another very traditional coastal town that has become a great attraction for many celebrities of international stature. We are talking about Santanyí, which has a centre full of galleries and workshops that give the village a very unique atmosphere.
Among its attractions we find the Natural Park of the Island of Cabrera, which we can access by boat, and its 48 kilometres of coastline where we can find impressive coves where we can spend a great afternoon of sun and sea.
Portocolom belongs to the municipality of Felanitx and is a fishing village that you are sure to fall in love with as soon as you arrive. It is named after the famous navigator Christopher Columbus and it happens because one of the many theories that exist about the origin of the discoverer of America is that he was born in this small Mallorcan village.
If you decide to visit Portocolom, we recommend that you do not leave without taking a stroll along its incredible quay and visiting the Cala Marçal, as its 150-metre long white sandy beach leaves no one indifferent.
In the north of the island we have Alcúdia, one of the most popular summer resorts in Mallorca. Founded by the Phoenicians, it preserves its ancient wall, being the only town on the island with this archaeological find that attracts the attention of many visitors.
Its history is also a history of pirates, as Alcúdia was plundered many times by these sea robbers. All this makes it worthwhile to visit the town and appreciate all its history, through its historic quarter and places of interest such as the Roman amphitheatre, considered to be the smallest in Spain.
The cultural offer is mixed with leisure activities, and you will find in the town the marvellous Port of Alcúdia or some of its beaches and coves where you can enjoy the sea and the sun during your stay.
As you cross the bay of Alcúdia, at the other end you will find the town of Artà, a Mallorcan village located in the valley of the Serra de Llevant, a place with a lot of history.
You will be able to see this immediately, as one of its main tourist attractions is the Santuari de Sant Salvador fortress, which was built in the 16th century and has a large garden with views of the village. Here you will also find the hermitage of Betlem, inhabited by hermits until recently, and the Talayotic settlement of Ses Païses.
Santa Ponsa is an ideal place to spend your summer holidays, although it also has both natural and historical attractions that can make visitors want to come to the town regardless of the time of year.
It is an area of high standing as there are estates and golf courses here, as well as a number of yachts in Port Adriano.
The town of Santa Ponsa is located in the southwest of the island and has two large and well known beaches, Playa de Santa Ponsa (560 metres long) and Cala de’n Pallisser, known as the small beach. A great place for your family holidays if you are looking for sun, beach and a wide cultural offer.
The Tramuntana mountain range
Mallorca is undoubtedly known for its beaches, but we must not forget that it is a place full of landscapes and contrasts. We can also find the mountain range of the Sierra de Tramuntana, with an extension of 90 kilometres that covers the northwest coast of the island. Here you will find very high peaks, the best known of which is Puig Major, which reaches a height of 1445 metres. This region, made up of 20 villages, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and some of the villages we recommend you visit are:
Well-known figures have travelled to Valldemossa, such as the composer Chopin, who described the area as the most beautiful place in the world. The famous musician stayed at the Valldemossa Charterhouse, a highly recommended place to visit as it is built on the site of what was once the palace of King Sancho I of Mallorca.
Once in the famous valley of oranges, we come to the town of Sóller. It is one of the most fashionable places on the island and more and more people are choosing to spend their holidays here. The reason for this should be clear and is that it combines the wide range of beaches and summer leisure facilities with the possibility of a large number of hiking trails.
The rustic charm of the old houses and the narrow cobbled streets have made it one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Mallorca’s international fame has meant that very famous people have spent their days in one of its towns. One example is the English writer Robert Graves, who died in Deià, where he has a house museum dedicated to him.
Deià is another of the most emblematic places in the Tramuntana mountain range, and its history means that hundreds of travellers end up visiting the place and its most emblematic areas.
Located in the north of the mountain range is Pollensa, Mallorca’s northernmost municipality. It is a medieval town with many areas of tourist interest such as the Port of Pollensa or its Plaza Mayor, where you can also find its traditional market, although you will have to climb the so-called Calvario (some 260 steps) to get there.