Beloved by Chopin, George Sand, Joan Miro, and other such luminaries, the largest of the Balearic Islands is nothing short of inspiring. When you feast your eyes on Mallorca’s glittering hidden coves, fabulous stretches of golden-sand beaches, calm inviting waters, and jagged limestone peaks, you’ll agree that its pull is really hardly surprising.

First mention must go to the island’s exceptional beaches, lapped as they are by clear turquoise waters. In the west, you’ll find sands ringed by dramatic cliffs; in the north, pine-specked bays; in the east, discover deserted coves; and in the south, sprawl on impossibly-white beaches. Away from the coast, there’s the jagged, limestone mountain peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana and the Serres de Llevant to explore on breathtaking hikes and cliff-hanging drives. In the flat interior, explore fruitful vineyards, meadows of almond-blossom, and olive and carob groves.

Unlike her sister islands of Ibiza, Formentera, and Menorca, Mallorca has the only real city of the archipelago. Stacked full of appetising restaurants, a sparkling port, and an animated nightlife, Palma de Mallorca is seductively glamorous. Amongst all this charm, La Palma’s Le Seu Cathedral is a wonder in itself. This unusual Gothic church was begun in 1230 and holds its head above most views of downtown Palma. For an authentic slice of Catalan life, take a day trip or spend a few days exploring Mallorca’s stone hilltop villages, mountain monasteries, and enchanting little coastal towns.

When to go

Mallorca is a year-round destination with mild and stormy winters and hot, bright, dry summers.


What to do

  • Hike the Tramuntana
  • Walk the coastal trails of Formentor and Cap d'es Pinar
  • Tour beautiful Le Seu Cathedral
  • Taste the freshest of seafood at a waterside restaurant
  • Enjoy all forms of watersports
  • Soak up the sun on some of Spain's best beaches