Mallorca: What to know before you travel
Mallorca is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea, where tourists go for a beach vacation.
My girlfriend and I vacationed in Mallorca in August 2019. We stayed in the capital Palma for a week and toured many sights.
After the vacation I had mixed impressions. On the one hand, Mallorca creates comfortable conditions for tourists. There are very clean beaches, which are awarded the Blue Flag. These flags are given to beaches with clean sea. On the other hand, the island has its shortcomings. For example, in Palma was very dirty. I will tell you what to consider when planning a vacation to make it comfortable.
What you will learn.
How long is the flight: 4 hours 45 minutes from Moscow.
Difference with Moscow: -1 hour in summer, -2 hours in winter.
When is the season: June – September.
Average seasonal temperature: +30°C in summer, +18°C in spring and fall.
The season on Mallorca lasts all summer, but locals advise to visit in September: it is not so hot and there are fewer tourists on the beaches and in the institutions. The sea is warmest in August – about +25 ° C. In summer, the probability of precipitation is close to zero.
The season begins in May, but swimming at this time is still early. The water has no time to warm up, and the temperature stays at +17 ° C. But outdoors it’s about +22 ° C: it’s already comfortable to sunbathe on the beach and walk around the island. If you want to swim a lot, go to Mallorca at the end of June.
We vacationed in August, the average temperature was +30 ° C. On the hottest day, the air warmed up to +36 ° C. It was cloudy only one day.
How to get there
It takes 4 hours 45 minutes by plane from Moscow to Mallorca, 10 minutes less from St. Petersburg. The average price for a round trip ticket in the summer is 20,000 R .
To save on tickets we took a low-cost Norwegian flight from Helsinki. A round trip ticket cost 9800 P per person. We took a Lux Express bus from St. Petersburg to Finland. For roundtrip bus we paid 3000 P for one person.
To Mallorca you can travel by ferry from the major cities of Spain. It takes 7 hours 30 mins to sail from Barcelona, 7 hours 40 mins from Valencia, 5 hours from Denia, and 5 hours 30 mins from Gandia. The fare is 3000-7000 P per person one way. Tickets are available on the websites of ferry operators Trasmediterranea or Balearia.
Tours to Mallorca are often sold. In summer, prices start at 50,000 P per person. There are not many last minute deals during the season – it’s usually easier to get them in September. If you’re lucky, you can vacation for a week for 40,000 P for two.
️ Map of Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the island, which looks like a ghetto: the whole center is covered in graffiti, the streets are full of homeless people, and on the beaches immigrants sell goods from Aliexpress. The island itself looks very expensive.
We talked a lot with tourists and locals. Everyone is very complimentary about Palma and praises other cities. We drove around the island a bit and we can agree: it’s better to live not in the capital.
If we talk about the pros of Palma, there is a good infrastructure, and housing is cheaper than the coastline. From the city center, you can go to any part of the island. There are a lot of stores, including brand-name ones, and on every corner there are cafes and a supermarket.
Cala Mayor is the closest resort to Palma. There are many public beaches that alternate with rocky coves, restaurants and stores.
If you are traveling without a car, I suggest staying in Cala Mallor. From there it is a 15-minute drive to the capital, through which most of the bus routes.
El Arenal and Can Pastilla are two resorts that are very close to each other. Germans are most of the tourists there, so German is spoken everywhere.
El Arenal and Can Pastilla have spacious beaches, clean sand, clear water, always plenty of space and good infrastructure for vacationers. It takes 20-30 minutes to get to Palma. Nearby there is an oceanarium and a water park.
Cala d’Or is a resort town with several bays with beaches. They are very small, so it is always crowded. Of entertainment – boat trips, bars, tennis courts and a golf course.
Magaluf is considered a resort for young people. There are a lot of clubs, bars, and are constantly noisy parties. For a beach holiday too, all conditions: showers, deck chairs and cafes near the beach. For families with children there is a water park, amusement park and golf.
Palma Nova is very close to Magaluf, but it is quieter and calmer. There are fewer young people and parties, but more families and cozy establishments. The resort has several beaches where it is comfortable to swim.
Port de Soller is the most beautiful resort we have seen. It is located in a small bay. There is good food, expensive hotels and beautiful views.
Mallorca is very different: there are wild beaches in coves that can only be reached by boat, miles of sandy beaches with bars and stores, and cozy landscaped coves with access for cars.
Playa de Palma is the main beach of the capital, 10 minutes from the city center. Its length is 6 kilometers, about every 500 meters there are public showers. On the beach there is always something going on: tourists play soccer or volleyball, and the locals offer to ride water skis and motorcycles. I didn’t find out the prices.
Cala de Sa Calobra is a narrow pebble beach in the bay of the same name, surrounded by tall picturesque cliffs. The water there is warmer than on the other beaches, but there are no sunbeds or showers.
Cala de Sa Calobra is much less touristy than the rest of the island, because you can only get there by boat or by car. If you go by car, you will have to overcome a beautiful but dangerous serpentine mountains.
The beach in Soller is my favorite, without the clubs and noisy vendors. It is in the most beautiful town in Mallorca, in my opinion. There are always few tourists there.
Some of the beach is pebbly, some is sandy. We chose the pebble: after the vacation we do not have to clean our clothes, towels and backpacks from the sand. Minus – the beach is very small.
Cala Santanyi is a beach in a small bay with all the amenities: sunbeds, showers, a cafe, a volleyball court and jet ski rentals. This beach is often written about on tourist sites, so there are a lot of people there. Overall it is beautiful, but crowded.
Playa de Muro is a comfortable beach with fine white sand, shallow sea and a long pier. There is almost no wildlife and the water is clear. The beach is equipped with sun loungers and showers, there are places for snacks and entertainment.
Cala Gran is another beach with azure water in a small bay. It is very crowded, but picturesque: the shore of steep cliffs, white sand and green pines.
On the beach you can rent a deck chair and umbrella, there is a lifeguard tower and showers, next to the playground.
Es Trenk is the largest wild beach on the island with a sandy shore and clear water. It is located on the territory of a nature reserve. This beach was highly recommended by locals, but our German neighbor complained about crowds, muddy water and dry algae. We didn’t go there because of the mixed reviews.
️ Attractions and attractions.
Palma Cathedral is a huge Gothic temple built in the 13th century. Inside, there are beautiful stained glass windows and an organ, and concerts are held periodically. Admission to the cathedral is free for everyone, but it is better to check the schedule on the website beforehand. We wanted to go there a few times, but the cathedral was already closed.
If you’ve been to the palaces of the Russian tsars, you might find the interior of the Spanish one lackluster. It is worth the price of admission only for the architecture and the view of Palma from the observation deck of the palace.
The Palma Cathedral can be seen from the plane when landing, from the entire promenade in Palma and from most of the capital
All the churches in Mallorca are free to visit. We went to this one because it is named after my namesake, St. Nicholas
The Dragon Caves (Cuevas del Drac) is a cave complex with underground lakes, lots of stalactites and helictites. In my opinion, the caves are overrated: because of the large number of people and the ban on flash, it is impossible to enjoy a walk there and take good pictures. But it is still worth stopping in there for the live concert of the orchestra on the water. The cave has good acoustics, and the lighting on the boats adds romance.
When is the best time to go on vacation to Mallorca?
Mallorca is located southeast of mainland Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Its gorgeous mild climate, amazing beaches with a dazzling blue sea, countless high-class hotels, restaurants, casinos and bars have turned this paradise into a real tourist spot. Find out in Tour Calendar why Mallorca is considered a good time to travel to Mallorca in late spring and early fall.
Mallorca is the most beautiful and largest island of the Balearic Islands, which has won the hearts of millions of tourists.
The Mallorca high season
Mallorca’s unique and enviable climate makes it the perfect holiday destination all year round. However, the main tourist season is between April and October, for this is when the beach holiday is at its best. Mallorca – an island of striking contrasts: a modest, but the impossibility of cozy villages, bustling modern cities and luxury snow-white yachts, rugged coast and fertile valleys, palm groves and pine forests, modernity and antiquity in one person. In general, the local scenery is absolutely devoid of any monotony. Moreover, relaxing at a table cafe, the chances to meet a Hollywood star and a friend of your youth – the same.
High season in Mallorca
The peak of tourist excitement is in the summer months: June, July and August. This is not surprising, as the island has gorgeous, hot weather that is conducive to all kinds of holiday activity. This beach time, which in addition to standard bathing and sunbathing offers everyone to learn how to stand on a surfboard, dive into the mysteries of the underwater world, or the wind ride on an expensive yacht, which before you rested Demi Moore herself.
Low Season in Mallorca
The low season in Mallorca lasts from November to the end of March. And despite the fact that swimming in this period is unlikely to get, this period has a number of significant advantages. These are low prices for accommodation (almost 2-3 times cheaper than high season), cheap tickets and very warm sunny weather. In the off-season, Mallorca is visited for the authentic flavor of the local villages, the true culture of the islanders and the spirit of Mallorca in its pristine nature.
Beach season in Mallorca
Mallorca has some of those snow-white beaches that everyone has seen at least once in their lives in a Bounty commercial. The word of mouth about the “sugar sands” has spread around the world. Now every year in mid-May, millions of people come here for the opening of the beach season. Bathing on Mallorca lasts a long time – until the last days of October.
The velvet season on Mallorca
In the second half of September, the temperature decreases slightly and the heat sinks, but the water is still warm.
Mallorca’s velvet season is marked by very mild temperatures, sunny clear skies and warm water. The high season lasts from mid-September to the end of October. During this time, most tourists return home and the beaches are more spacious.
Holiday time in Mallorca
Mallorca is a big island. By the way, it is so from the Spanish and translates as “the biggest”. Each village faithfully honors its traditions and festivities, which are added to the 40 public holidays in Spain. As you have already guessed, this is a huge list. Therefore, it would be more correct to list only the most revealing events. January 19 and 20 are reserved for celebrations in honor of the patron saint of Mallorca, St. Sibastian. During these days there are parades, processions, concerts, theater and exhibitions. February and into March is the grand Carnival preceding Lent. “The Cavalcade of Sa-Roi” is the most spectacular event of this period. On Maundy Thursday, there are lavish religious processions on Semana Santo in the capital city. April sees the start of the Princess Sofia Trophy sailing regatta. And June is notable for the Corpus Christi or Corpus Christi religious event, especially its signature Eagle Dance. In August, the patroness of the sea is venerated in the small village of “Cala Dor.” The last Sunday in September is the Festa del Melo, a watermelon festival marking the end of the harvest. October 12 is the National Day of Spain. On October 24, the Noche Buena (Christmas Eve), Christmas scenes are staged throughout the day and mass is held at night.
Climate in Mallorca
The island is dominated by a Mediterranean climate with warm winters and hot summers. High temperatures in high summer, but not too hot, thanks to Mallorca’s mild climate. Winter is moderately humid and fairly warm. Mallorca enjoys such year-round pleasant weather due to its proximity to the equator.
Mallorca in spring
Mallorca enjoys a dramatic rise in daytime temperatures between March and May: from 17 °C in March to 23 °C in May. The nights are a different story, with a bit of a chill once the sun goes down. This is a perfect time for sightseeing and holiday programs. In principle, in April you can go to the beach – you can not swim, but a good tan at this time is guaranteed. Spring in Mallorca is sunnier than autumn, with precipitation decreasing towards the end of the season. By the end of May, water temperatures will have warmed to between 18°C and 20°C.
|Weather in March||April Weather||Weather in May|
|Rain||13 days||11 days||9 days|
Mallorca in Summer
In summer, the island basks in the sun for 11 hours a day. As early as June, the thermometer jumps to 27 °C, reaching 30 °C and 31 °C later on. Precipitation is rare, especially in the coastal areas. But in the mountainous areas the light rains can come down with increased cloudiness from time to time. The swimming season is in full swing. The water temperature ranges from 23 ° C in June to 27 ° C in August. In general, summer is a mini-insanity. This applies not only to the huge tourist crowds, but also the highest prices. To find any more or less decent accommodation at a reasonable cost at this time is hardly possible. The best option in this regard is the fall.
|Weather in June||Weather in July||Weather in August|
|Rain||5 days||3 days||5 days|
Mallorca in autumn
The island is still very hot in September. But in October and November, the temperature drops, the heat subsides, and with it the owners of hotels, restaurants and bars moderate their “ardent” appetite. In mid-autumn it is still possible to swim when the air temperature is 22 ° C equal to the water temperature. The likelihood of increased precipitation is high. But despite this, Mallorca enjoys up to 7 hours of bright sunshine. However, towards nightfall, the temperature will drop drastically to between 7 and 8 degrees Celsius.
|Weather in September||Weather in October||Weather in November|
|Rain||7 days||12 days||13 days|
Mallorca in winter
From November to January, when the island is quiet and peaceful, there are still plenty of sunny days. December is the rainiest month of winter. In general, the weather is quite warm, very attractive for winter holidays, given the fact that the island belongs to the northern hemisphere. These three months have the most rainfall of the year. The minimum daytime temperature during the winter is 14 ° C. It may snow in the evenings in the mountains, but it never reaches the lowlands.
|December Weather||January weather||Weather in February|
|Rain||15 days||15 days||13 days|
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Mallorca is a fashionable resort with prices to match its level. Summer – though moderately hot, but very “loaded” It is best to go to Mallorca in the first half of June, in September and in the first half of October. Tour-Calendar is sure that if you stick to the advice in this article, you will have a great holiday.