The high season from May until the end of September is the perfect time to enjoying the very best that the Mediterranean island of Mallorca has to offer. We have compiled a comprehensive insider’s guide of Mallorca featuring the best activities and highlights for an amazing holiday on this beautiful island.
Mallorca: an island of contrasts
Mallorca’s unique selling point must surely be its diversity. From luxury hotels to mountain refuges, local markets to upmarket fashion stores, and from tourist resorts to peaceful mountain footpaths, it truly is an island of contrasts.
Mallorca experiences the changes in seasons – Winter is sunny but cold, the temperatures start to rise again slowly in Spring, by Summer time it can be very hot and humid while one of the nicest times is Autumn when the tourist masses are gone, the temperatures cool down but it is still warm enough to enjoy outdoors.
The weather on Mallorca is a major attraction for the millions of tourist that visit the island annually. With more than 300 days of sunshine, the clear, blue skies year round gives a very positive feeling even in winter time.
Some of Mallorca’s beaches and coves
Portals Vells (southwest)
The three small coves of Portals Vells offer a paradise of calm, clear sea. With a backdrop of shady pinewoods, these beaches are perfect for a day of relaxation. There are also caves to explore on either side.
Cala Blava (south)
Facing the Bay of Palma stand the cliffs of Cala Blava. There are several (often steep) access routes down to the many coves and rocks, which are never too crowded, meaning you can sunbathe in relative privacy. The waters are part of the protected natural marine reserve. Take your snorkel and flippers for a fish’s eye view of the typically Mediterranean underwater habitat.
Cala Varques (east)
Cala Varques, south of Porto Cristo, is one of Mallorca’s most captivating virgin coves. There’s no signpost: it’s an insider secret. Access is via a rough track, where you park, before walking over private land down to the white sandy beach. This is nature in the raw, so expect a few nudists and the occasional cow (from the adjoining farmland) . . . and take your own sustenance.
Es Trenc (south)
Probably Mallorca’s most famous beach, boasting three kilometres of white sands and dunes. The tranquil shallow waters seduce even the most dedicated of sunbathers away from their spot on the sand. It can be crowded, but is always relaxing.
Cala Mondragó (southeast)
In the heart of Cala Mondragó Natural Park you can enjoy nature in its purest state by strolling along the park’s footpaths – or head straight for the glorious sands. Cala Mondragó itself has shop, toilet and restaurant facilities, but follow the excellent path around the headland and you’ll find Cala s’Amarador – larger, less crowded and with a wooded backdrop. A beach hut sells drinks and snacks.
Formentor Beach (northeast)
Travel by boat from Port de Pollença to Formentor, home of the famous hotel where Churchill, Agatha Christie, and many other notables have stayed. Or follow the road signs, passing spectacular scenery. The long narrow sandy beach is sheltered, fringed with trees and offers sumptuous bay views. There’s a beach bar near the boat dock.
Best Beach Clubs on Mallorca
If you like good facilities when you’re by the sea, head for a beach club – there are now many great locations on the island.
In the past ten years, similar to destinations like Ibiza and Miami, the beach club scene in Mallorca is booming. With the arrival in Magaluf of the global leader in beach clubs Nikki Beach there is a high demand from jet-set tourists.
Other popular beach clubs in the southwest are Virtual Club, Balneario Illetas, Mood Beach & Restaurant and Bardot at Gran Meliá de Mar hotel.
The longest running beach club and probably still the coolest is PuroBeach Palma with its amazing location close to Palma and as an insider’s tip …. the sunsets are to die for!
Anima Beach is located in Palma close to Portixol with good restaurants. This beach club is also popular after dark.
Beach Club Gran Folies is in the beautiful south-west Cala Llamp bay, with direct sea access. It has comfortable sunbeds, terraces and a restaurant serving excellent paella.
In the direction of the south having passed the airport Mhares Sea Club is located high above the cliffs on the bay of Palma and offers a wonderful location with amazing sea views.
The exclusive and family-oriented beach club Dalt de Sa Rapita, with half-sized Olympic pool, paddle and tennis courts, playgrounds, green zones, restaurant with snack bar. Sports events regularly organised. Not on the beach, but has an excellent club atmosphere and is perfect for those who don’t like sand!
Last but certainly not least, Ponderosa Beach in the north of the island enjoys a fabulous setting on the never- ending stretch of golden sand that is Playa de Muro. Nominated Best Beach Club in Spain, this is the spot for amazing days and nights powered by some of the best DJs on the Balearic party circuit.