The 9 most beautiful villages in Mallorca, Spain

The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns in Mallorca

The most beautiful villages and towns in Mallorca

The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns in Mallorca

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It will come as no surprise to those who have taken the time to explore Majorca that it has more than its share of stunning scenery. And set amidst this beautiful scenery are some of the most picturesque villages and towns anywhere on the Mediterranean Sea. With everything from beautiful churches and quaint cobblestone streets, to stunning views and charming squares, we picked some of our favorites.

Fornalutx

Much of this picture-perfect hilltop comes from its stone houses, and their red tiled roofs appear cascading down the mountain. A charming place to walk around, the streets are narrow and often paved, and the village architecture has been particularly well preserved, especially its picturesque 17th-century church. There are also several excellent restaurants from which to admire the views, and the village is surrounded by citrus groves that you can walk through to the town below. Fornalutx is also popular with tourists, as many of the hiking trails across the mountain range start in the village.

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Fornalutx | © Andreas Trojak / Flickr

Galilea

The tiny village of Galilea, located in the southwest of the island, sits high (460 meters above sea level, to be exact) in the mountain range of Tramuntana, looking out over the beautiful countryside to the sea. This is accomplished with a slightly scary climb up the mountain and around countless slopes, but the views when you reach the village make the movement worthwhile, and its location means that there are generally few tourists. The village itself is rustic and sleepy, with many beautiful properties dotted around the surrounding hills. In the center of the village is an 18th-century church with a large paved terrace at the front, from which you can look down on the Mediterranean hills in the distance. Aside from the church and a couple of tapas bars, there’s nothing special about Galilee – the ride here is all about peace and quiet (and, of course, incredible views).

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View from Puga de Galazzo to Galilee and Palma de Mallorca | © Christoph Strässler / Flickr

Valldemossa

Known as the village where composer Frederic Chopin and his lover George Sand spent the winter in the mid-1800s, Valldemossa is a very popular tourist destination and one of the most beautiful villages on the island. Located in the mountains but only 20 minutes from Palma, the village is a wonderful place to walk, with numerous cobblestone alleyways and stepped streets lined with quaint stone houses and potted plants. Malta’s Saint Catalina Thomas was born in the village, and most of the buildings have tiles painted on their doors depicting scenes related to Santa Catalina, which are said to reflect bad luck. In addition to picturesque streets to wander and numerous cafes and restaurants to linger in, the 13th-century Royal Carthusian Monastery, where Chopin’s rooms were rented, is open to the public and includes a museum in his honor (despite the couple being very blatant about how little they enjoyed their stay because of the harsh winter).

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Santanyí

The buildings in Santani have a peculiar soft glow that comes from the city’s golden sandstone, which was also used to build Palma La Seu’s famous cathedral. This little town was once completely fenced off to protect it from pirates, but today the wall remains only partially, and Sa Porta Murada is the only standing entrance gate. Santanyíbo has many examples of traditional Mallorcan architecture and is a great place to see, especially on market days (Wednesday and Saturday). The area is popular with artists and there are several galleries in town.

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The picturesque mountain village of Deia has long attracted artists, musicians, and creatives, though these days the village is a more affluent, wealthy site than a bohemian enclave. English poet Robert Graves first moved to Deia in the 1930s (he is buried in the village’s cemetery), and over the years it has been visited by many famous faces and Hollywood stars. The cobblestone streets, beautiful stone houses with green shutters and stunning views of the mountains and sea create an atmosphere of sleepy rustic charm, though there are actually several luxury hotels and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Downhill is the idyllic Cala Deià, a small cove with a pebbly beach and two seafood restaurants above the water. The slightly larger of the two restaurants, Ca’s Pat’s March was made famous by the BBC television series, The Night Manager, which filmed scenes in the dining room.

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Banyalbufar

Approaching Banyalbufar by road, it’s immediately apparent that this dramatic village location on the edge of the west coast is a real showstopper. While the buildings themselves are nonetheless attractive, their position on steep terraces carved into the hillside and descending toward the sea is quite a spectacle. Built by the Moors, the hundreds of terraces separated by dry stone walls are an incredible feat of engineering and were originally created as farmland with vines growing on them (on whatever steep cliffs). The roads to and from Banyalbufar are very windy and can be very busy with tourist traffic in high season, but it is worth the trip as the views are some of the most spectacular on the island.

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Soller

The town of Soller (as opposed to the resort area of Port de Soller) is a beautiful and traditional Mallorca town set in a lush valley full of olive groves and citrus trees. Historically, the town became prosperous because of these very citrus trees, and there are many beautiful sites in the area. The historic wooden train that runs through a tunnel in the mountains to Palma was originally used to transport fruit to the city, and is now primarily a tourist attraction. The main square is bright and cozy, with many cafes and restaurants, and overlooked by the impressive church of Sant Bartomeu, from which the ancient streetcar passes on its way to and from the port. An attractive town to sail around, the narrow streets are lined with beautiful townhouses and many chi-chi stores selling products from the Sollira Valley and handicrafts.

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Mallorca Attractions

Mallorca sights

Mallorca’s attractions are varied. It is a real tourist gem of the Balearic Islands. “The sky is turquoise, the sea azure, the mountains emerald, the air paradise,” wrote Frederic Chopin about Mallorca. And there’s a lot of truth in that, because it really is a special and enchanting island. Here you will find the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Tramuntana, bays of turquoise water, stunning beaches, the amazing city of Valldemossa, and the unique capital of Palma.

Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearic archipelago and one of the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean. Its coastline with beautiful beaches is 550 km. But the main reason why the crowds of tourists come here is not just the beaches. Here are the 10 best places to visit in Mallorca.

1. Palma de Mallorca is Mallorca’s capital city.

Palma de Mallorca does not need any recommendations. It is the most visited and busiest city on the island, known for its rich cultural life, amazing atmosphere and beautiful monuments. This is where Mallorca’s stunning attractions are concentrated – Gothic architecture meets temperamental present. What is worth seeing in Palma de Mallorca? First is the impressive Almudaina Palace, a summer royal residence built in the 10th century. Then there is the Gothic La Seu Cathedral, the most recognizable building in the capital. The Basilica di San Francesc, a Gothic temple that was once the most prominent in Palma, also deserves attention. For those who want to experience the real atmosphere of the capital, go to Plaza Mayor, right in the center. As darkness falls, the streets bustle with life and the clubs and discos fill with international crowds.

Mallorca sights

Mallorca sights

Palma Cathedral of Santa Maria (La Seu)

Palma Cathedral of Santa Maria (La Seu)

Plaza Mayor Square

2. Cape de Formentor.

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of Mallorca. The Peninsula of Formentor is located on the north-eastern tip of the island. It is accessed by a narrow road, full of twists and serpentines, right over an abyss. But it is definitely worth the drive, because the route offers mesmerizing views of Mediterranean vegetation in the hills, rocky cliffs and the unusual blue of the sea.

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Mallorca sights

The scenery from the observation decks makes a huge impression. Be sure to check out the Mirador Es Colomer point on a 200-meter cliff! At the end of the promontory is the historic lighthouse (1863) on which the restaurant was built. Cap de Formentor can also be admired from the sea. Cruise ships sail here every day in high season.

Cap de Formentor

Mirador Es Colomer observation deck

3. Valldemossa – Mallorca in the footsteps of Frederic Chopin

Valldemossa is located in the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, about 17 km from Palma. It is a charming town full of stone houses lost in the greenery, with the characteristic Cartesian monastery Real Cartuja de Jesus de Nazaret towering proudly above the village.

Mallorca sights

It was in this monastery that Frédéric Chopin stayed for three months with his friend George Sand (at the turn of 1838 and 1839). Today in the museum you can see manuscripts, scores and letters of the composer. There is also a cultural center that organizes exhibitions and concerts of Chopin.

In Valldemos you can also visit the 13th century Gothic church, the former palace of King Sancha and the Museum of Modern Art with works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore.

Valldemossa, Mallorca

4. Soller – sightseeing in Mallorca by vintage train.

The sights of Mallorca are amazing. A wooden train from 1912 has been running from Palma to Soller since the early 20th century. Part of the route of this historic railroad runs through a tunnel cut through the mountains that separates the town of Soller from the rest of the island. During the ride you will have the opportunity to admire beautiful views of olive groves, orange orchards and the impressive Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

Mallorca sights

Once you have reached Soller, you can continue on the old streetcar (the only line on Mallorca), which runs to the coast. The five-kilometer trip ends at the nearby port of Puerto de Soller. The town itself is a very quiet place, located in a valley (in the northwest of Mallorca). It is also a very good starting point for trips to the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

Puerto de Soller

5. Sa Calobra bay and gorge of Majorca.

It is a small charming cove located among the rocky cliffs in the north of Majorca. It is accessed by a serpentine mountain path that is several kilometers long. Once you arrive at your destination, the views are spectacular.

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Mallorca sights

The mountain serpentine bay of Sa Calobra

The amazing color of the water is mesmerizing, and most impressive is the Torrent de Pareis Gorge. A walk through this 8-kilometer gorge should be a must on Sa Calobra tours. It is an ideal place to take a break from the crowds of tourists and enjoy the peace and beauty of nature surrounded by high rock walls. Port de Sa Calobra itself has a small but beautiful beach as well as many bars and restaurants.

Torrent de Pareis Gorge

6. Cala San Vicenç one city, four bays.

It is a coastal town located on the north coast of Mallorca, between Polença and the port of the same name. Cala San Vicens, located in the mountainous region of Tramuntana, attracts with its spectacular scenery. This place actually consists of four beautiful coves with beaches: Cala Bárquez, Cala Clara, Cala Molins and Cala Carbo, each one beautiful and unique in its own way.

Cala San Vicenç, Mallorca

Cala San Vicenç

Cala Barques is the biggest beach of Cala San Vicenç. The sandy ground and the gentle descent to the sea create very good conditions for relaxation with children. It is also possible to dive here. The 50-meter Cala Clara is adjacent to Barques Bay (separated by a small peninsula). However, the most popular is Cala Molins. This bay has fine light sand, turquoise water, ideal for diving, and very good tourist opportunities. The fourth and at the same time the smallest of the bays of Cala Carbo is a harbor for fishing boats and canoes.

Cala Barques

Cala Barques beach

Cala Molins Beach

Cala Molins Beach

7. Deja is the most beautiful village in Mallorca.

Another Mallorca attraction is Deya. This picturesque mountain town is considered one of the most beautiful on the island. Located on the northern coast, in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain ranges, it provides spectacular scenery. A characteristic element of the village landscape are the medieval-style stone houses and the olive orchards growing on the terraces. In the village, the church of Iglesia de San Juan Bautista proudly rises and a street with paintings depicting the Way of the Cross leads to it. Deja is a very good starting point for mountain hikes. There is a small pebble beach of the same name in the neighboring cove.

Mallorca sights

8. Alcudia is Mallorca for history and nature lovers.

Alcudia is a small town in the north of Mallorca with a charming old town and the majestic ruins of the Roman city Pollentia, built in the 2nd century B.C. In Alcudia, you will find narrow cobblestone streets, historic Roman houses and the smallest Roman theater in Spain. The main square is the small Placa Constitucio, surrounded by cafes and restaurants.

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The largest tourist attraction is the Bay of Alcudia, which has the longest beach on the entire island. The Albufera Nature Reserve is located on the shores of the bay, separated from the sea by a strip of dunes. This park is the largest wetland in the Mediterranean and is home to many bird species.

Mallorca sights

Church of St. Jaume is a Roman Catholic church in Alcudia

Aculdia, Mallorca

The largest tourist attraction is the Bay of Alcudia, which has the longest beach on the entire island. The Albufera Nature Reserve is located on the shores of the bay, separated from the sea by a strip of dunes. This park is the largest wetland in the Mediterranean and is home to many bird species.

The beach at Akuldia

9. Cove del Drac or the Dragon’s Lair.

Mallorca has about 200 caves, but not all of them are accessible to tourists. A popular place for excursions are the so-called Caves of the Dragon. Their name comes from a medieval myth about a dragon, which supposedly guarded the treasures hidden in the caves. Today, as you stroll along a stony trail surrounded by ropes, you can admire an impressive complex of corridors and chambers in the limestone rocks with amazing forms of stalactites and stalagmites. To emphasize the beauty of the rock formations, the interior is illuminated with colored spotlights. At the end of the cave is the largest underground lake in Europe. The grottoes have excellent acoustics, so visitors have the opportunity to listen to short concerts.

Mallorca sights

The underground lake in the Dragon Caves

Dragon Caves, Mallorca

10. Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches.

Fantastic beaches are Mallorca’s stunning attractions. Playa de Muro is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Spain, part of the Gulf of Alcudia. Fine sand, crystal clear water and ideal for families. Cala Llombards, located in a bay surrounded by tall cliffs overgrown with pine forests, also makes a great impression The beach is small, but the view of the turquoise sea crashing on the huge rocks is truly stunning. Cala Lombards is located in the southeast of Mallorca.

Playa de Mouraud Beach, Mallorca

Mallorca sights

Cala Llombards beach

Es Trenc beach is the most famous beach in the southeast of the island. Surrounded by dunes with light sand and azure water, it is visited by crowds of tourists. The beach of Cala Formentor which is located in the Gulf of Pollensa is also worth mentioning. It is a Blue Flag awarded annually since 1987 to beaches and marinas that meet high quality standards and are suitable for safe bathing.

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