I’m a “kid” who really loves the sea. Last year, when I first arrived in Germany, the first thing I asked the Germans was “where do you go to the beach?”. And immediately 5/7 people I asked give me the answer is Mallorca, which included my teacher, every summer she also goes to Mallorca for at least 10 days for her vacation. As soon as she showed me photos that she has taken in Mallorca, I immediately fell in love with the clear water, the deserted blue bays of Mallorca and I decided that I must-go there. So, what to do in Mallorca and how to visit the beautiful island of Spain? Let’s check out our Mallorca travel blog (Mallorca blog) with the fullest Mallorca travel guide (Mallorca guide) for a budget trip for the first-timers from how to get there, top things to do in Mallorca, where to stay… to clear your answer!
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Mallorca travel blog: Where is Mallorca?
Mallorca or Majorca is an island in the Baleares (Balearic) Islands located in the Spanish Mediterranean. The island’s capital of Palma is also the capital of the autonomous community of the Baleares Islands. Like the islands of Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera in the Baleares Islands, Mallorca is an extremely popular tourist destination, especially for visitors from Germany, Ireland, Poland, the Netherlands, Scandinavian countries and Great Britain. The name of the island is derived from the Latin “insula maior”, meaning “larger island”.
We stayed here for 4 full days. The time we went was the end of July, the weather should be called extremely sunny, but because it located in the Mediterranean, Mallorca’s climate was hot all year round, with its peak in summer, but with cool sea breeze, so even though the temperature was high, it didn’t feel as sultry as in tropical countries.
Mallorca travel guide: How to get to Mallorca?
The easiest is to fly. There are many low-cost airlines flying to Majorca such as Ryan Air, Eurowings … However, low-cost airlines often will not land at large airports, but often land at satellite airports, located quite far away from center, or only flying within Europe.
Air tickets to Mallorca are also varied in price, sometimes up to 150 euros / round-trip. I hunted cheap tickets of Eurowings, flying from Nuremberg to Mallorca only cost 25 euros / round-trip, but the plane landed at night at over 12 o’clock, so traveling by public transport to get to the center was impossible, I could only take a taxi.
My group of 3 people have already decided to sleep at the airport before because it is actually not too big, but quite safe. However, by luck, on the plane I sat next to a Vietnamese lady who lived in Mallorca for a long time, so it was great .. we no longer had to sleep at the airport. Moreover, the next day, we were led out to explore the island by her native daughter, not traveling by ourself. Sometimes smart-mouthed is also beneficial, haha.
Mallorca travel blog: Getting around Mallorca
Majorca, like other European cities, people mainly travel by car and bus. But I recommend that you should rent a self-drive car, don’t rely on public transport. Most tourists come here to rent self-drive cars. Why should we not rely on Bus? Mallorca Island is quite large, but the terrain is not flat, but mixed with hills, that is why it has many breathtaking bay corners.
Buses here are very sparse and only travel to the big “Cans” (means big towns or large beaches), not reach the small beaches. Actually, I compared it on Google Map with the same place, if I take the bus, it takes nearly 4 hours, including waiting time for the bus, time of changing the bus and then still have to walking 20 minutes, but if I rent a car, it only takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to go straight, not to mention the roads in Mallorca are very beautiful, there are sections where you are driving in the desert with only your car, surrounded by sand, or driving between vineyards or driving through the mountain pass …
You can see details Mallorca routes and bus stops here.
To renting a car here only requires a passport and driver’s license in the EU. Of course you should check prices online and book in advance. I rented a car of Eurocar because the review was quite good, but in the end it turned out to be a bit expensive compared to the budget. We rented for 4 days 3 nights, Hyundai car of 4 seats for 256 Euros. My friend said that is expensive, if you come here and rent from a private person right on the island, it is only about 160-200 Euros for 4 days only.
If you stay in the city of Palma – the capital of Mallorca, taking the Bus is very convenient, or if you rent a hotel or hostel, and just stay there, there is no need to rent a car to save money or have another option is to rent a car with a private driver or take taxi (expensive). But I also must be said, it’s a regret. Because if you only stay in one place, it’s no different from going to Da Nang without going to nearby attractions Hoi An, Cu Lao Cham Island or Hue Ancient City.
In addition, you can take a tram to getting around Palma and around Mallorca. It’s also worth a try.
Mallorca guide: Where to stay in Majorca?
Because I happened to read a German review that the East and West of the island, each have a different beauty, one is very beautiful to watch the sunset, the other is paradise to watch the sunrise, so I booked 1 night at Port de Soller area (Agoda.com or Booking.com) in the West and 2 nights at Can Picafort area in the East via Airbnb.
The room rate in Mallorca is often very expensive, the average price is about 30-50 Euros for 1 person / 1 night, it is an average hostel or Airbnb, and if you want cheaper, the location is very far away. We spend an average of 35 euros per night per person, 3 nights for about 100 euros.
Below we recommend more best cheap, budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews you can refer to.
Es Princep, a top rated 5-star hotel with room rates from $233/night (Check rates on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Las Gaviotas Suites Hotel, a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $134/night (Check rates on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Helios Mallorca Hotel & Apartments, a top rated 3-star hotel with room rates from $58/night (Check rates on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Posada Terra Santa, a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $182/night (Check rates on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Melia Calvia Beach, a top rated 4-star hotel with room rates from $100/night (Check rates on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
In addition, you can check room rates in Majorca on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Airbnb.com, full range and varied from budget to luxury. If you plan to book via Airbnb but do not have an account, you can sign up via this link to receive up to $35 for the first booking.
In addition, you can refer to one of the best Airbnb in Majorca: Apartment with terrace in Palma at $39/night or Room with great views at $28/night or Winter stay in Mallorca – cozy studio close to sea at $30/night.
–> The Airbnb link that discount up to $35 for the first booking here: https://www.airbnb.com/c/anht5185
Mallorca travel blog: What to do in Mallorca?
There are really too many places to go here but I have not been fully visited like palaces, museums … So I just write down the places I have visited and the places that I have learned and found good but I have not had the conditions to come.
The capital of Palma
Actually, Palma is also like many other major European cities. Everything is convenient and quite modern. The main highlights are Palma Cathedral, the old town, the walking street … We spent 3 hours walking, shopping, sightseeing around the famous Major Plaza area and walking street and the Cathedral.
In my opinion, the houses in the old town are nothing special, but deeply imprinted with the Mediterranean region with a distinctive golden-brown color and quite simple, not as sophisticated as in Germany, France or Austria.
The shopping street in Palma de Mallorca. Small but beautiful. The entire walking street was only like this.
Like other big tourist cities, Palma offers 2-hour Bus tours to all popular locations for 12 euros. In addition, Palma also offers a 1-hour cruise around Palma Bay for 8 euros. And we choose the second one (cruise tour).
You can find more information at the airport or at the Tourist Information Centers. In addition, if you have abundant time, you can visit the Royal Palace of La Almudaina, built in 1281.
On a 1 hour cruise tour in Palma city:
Port de Soller
We have only stayed here for 1 day, just in time to watch the sunset, but actually the whole water is glowing red, far away are luxury and mid-range yachts, really as beautiful as a painting. It is true that the sea here is not too beautiful, the water is not clear, there are no long white sand beaches, but extremely peaceful, calm.
Most tourists staying here with the needs to rent private yachts to cruising to the middle of the sea for parties, to small islands to bathe and play all day. Regarding the price, it is also “cheap”, about 250 euros or more for 4 people in 4 hours. This is my teacher told me, I have not experienced, if you intend to try contacting the hotel directly, they also offer that service.
See also: Things to keep in mind when traveling to Europe.
It was our stopover place for the remaining 3 days. OMG, it is so wonderful. Long white sand beach, clear blue sea water, only without palm trees. What was my first feeling? Nha Trang, Phu Quoc must greet it first. Furthermore the service is good, the people are extremely friendly. Mommy, so fascinated. I was also lucky to rent an apartment near the sea, with a balcony overlooking the sea, so I had a stunning background for virtual living. HiHi.
Due to it is also a big town, we stayed in an apartment with full of kitchen and washing machine, so we decided to buy food to cook by ourself. Except for the first day of arrival, because swimming was too tired, we ate at the restaurant downstairs. Delicious, but it burned our wallets.
Here there is a daily bustling night market. We walked around at night, went to the night market, drank cocktails, listened to live music. Life just has to be like that to see it beautiful.
Cap de Formentor
As one of the most famous tourist attractions in Majorca, according to the Google caption: beach, cycling, cliffs. Cap de Formentor is also the way to a lighthouse. Unfortunately, we are full of fear, dare not drive to reach the stunning lighthouse.
Just drove from the foot of the mountain to the middle of the mountain, but the two of them sat below feared with “pale white faces”. Ba Vi National Park? Oh, still is young sister. Or Tam Dao? Quite normal. Some of my words can not be described, but only have difficulty seeing the truth. Upon arrived, I was overwhelmed by its beauty.
Imagine when you reach an altitude of nearly 400 meters above sea level, looking around is a deep blue ocean, such big yachts are now like dots on paper, Oh, I swear, how breathtaking feeling it is.
Cala Pi is not the most famous place in Majorca, it is quite deserted but not crowded. I came here because I was in love with an ancient tree with its 3 branches, strong standing alone in a corner, in front of the vast ocean. I really want to describe Cala Pi but can’t find any words to describe.
The beach in Cala Pi is small, but the two sides are the cliffs, I stand from above and see people are tiny below, but the water is clear, the feeling of swimming for a while is out to the ocean. If you want to go swimming, you have to walk far away =)).
In the end, I have not played anything, I have to say goodbye to Mallorca. If I was still living in Germany, I would definitely come back here, because I loved it. There are many worth places to visit but I have not visited such as Drach cave, Cala Millor, Cala Major,… Especially the tiny bays… Haha. Hope this sketchy review helps you somewhat in planning.
I did not suggest what to eat here because of different needs, and the prices here are not too expensive, like other European cities. For example, fast food is the same price or at the restaurant, it costs 6-10 euros/dish, depending on the dish, the fresh seafood is available and much cheaper than in Germany. The traditional dishes are similar to traveling to Barcelona or Madrid.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Mallorca you can refer to
- Island tour (with bus, train, boat and tram) in Mallorca
- Lonely Planet Experience: Palma Street Art Walking Tour
- Top things to do in Mallorca
- Hidden Corners of Mallorca
- Rafa Nadal Museum Experience Ticket in Mallorca
- Self Driven Tour With Guide: Miramar and Soller Olive Oil in Mallorca
- Mallorca: Skip the Line Palma Cathedral Entry Ticket
- Mallorca: Island Tour with Boat & Train Ride from the South
- Palma de Mallorca: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise
- Alcudia: North Coast Catamaran Cruise with Lunch
- Palma de Mallorca: Half-Day Catamaran Tour with Buffet Meal
- Palma Bay: Catamaran Cruise
- Palma de Mallorca: Los Deltas Jet Ski Tour
- Palma Bay: Parasailing Experience
- Mallorca: Palma Aquarium Ticket
- Mallorca: Off-Road Quad Biking, Snorkeling & Cliff Jumping
- Mallorca: Visit the Caves of Hams
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