The best things to do in Mallorca Spain on holiday


Every summer, literally millions (including, hello, the island of love Cast) make their way to Mallorca, the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands. Located south of Barcelona and east of Valencia, it is one of the hottest holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. That said, during the high season between June and August, the small island is teeming with tourists who flock to the incredible beaches, indulge in the well-known party scene and throng to sample the amazing culinary offerings.

But something magical happens in Mallorca at the end of September when summer finds its peace. In the fall, the triple-digit temperatures finally dissipate, leaving behind cooler weather that won’t drain your energy, and fewer tourists coming to scramble for restaurant, hotel, and car rental reservations. After all, the island is between the size of Delaware and Rhode Island, so do the math. Plus, this time of year visitors can still enjoy the top attractions that make the island so special, while also being there for the fun fall festivals. Here’s what to do on the Spanish island this fall.

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Go to town

You might not think how small Mallorca is, but depending on where you are, the experiences you get on the island are worlds apart. Many cities have completely different vibes. The good news is that you can easily get from place to place thanks to the island’s short driving distances.

If postcard-worthy villages perched on terraced hills sound like your thing, then head to Deià and Banyalbufar. Another charming mountain village is Valldemossa, famously dubbed “the most beautiful place on earth” by piano composer Frédéric Chopin. Set in a valley, Sóller is an attractive town with a lively square and from there you can take a historic tram to the seaside town of Port de Sóller. Of course, the island’s capital, Palma, with its nightlife and shopping facilities, should not be missing. Other worthwhile stops on your tour of the island are Pollença, Port De Pollença and Artà. As it only takes about an hour to drive across the island, you might be able to reach them all.

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DINS Santa Taura

Celebrate food all season long

Whether you’re at a restaurant or a fall festival, the harvest is ready to be feasted on across the island. Choose fresh seafood from the counter at La Parada del Mar in Palma, like the famous Sóller red shrimp, cooked to order. For a more sophisticated dining experience in Palma, reserve a table at the adults-only, Michelin-starred DINS Santi Taura. To sample typical Mallorcan cuisine, head to the huge Es Cruce restaurant, where many locals dine on dishes like arroz brut (a rice dish made with vegetables and meat) and tumbet (a dish made with eggplant, potatoes and a tomato sauce).

Take a look at the island’s festival schedule and you’ll see that fall really is a time for foodies. In October there is the Mostra de Llampuga in Cala Ratjada, dedicated to the Dorado fish; the Feria de la Sobrasada in Campos, which celebrates the local raw sausage; and the Feria del Pimentón in Felanitx, which is all about the red pepper. In November you can enjoy olives at Fira de l’Oliva in Caimari, pumpkins at Fira de sa Carabassa in Muro, honey at Fira de la Mel in Llubí and mushrooms at La Fira de l’Esclata-sang i de la Muntanya in Manacor de la Vall.

People take part in a grape battle

And don’t forget the wine (plus grape toss)

Mainland Spain has Rioja and Mallorca has its DO region of Binissalem. Located near the center of the island, it’s a wine lover’s playground, with plenty of tasting opportunities at top wineries including Bodegas José L. Ferrer, Bodega Biniagual, Macià Batle, and Vins Nadal.

If you come at the end of summer you can see La Festa des Vermar, the annual grape harvest festival in the village of Binissalem. The highlight of the event? The insanely fun mess that is the Battle of the Grapes, where you’re encouraged to play with your food as crowds throw grapes at each other. Then, in November, you can enjoy the first wine of the harvest at Santa Maria del Camís Fira del Vi Novell.

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Spread out on Mallorca’s many beaches

When you hear “island” you probably think of “beaches”. Yes, Mallorca has plenty of them, from pebbles in rocky coves to white sandy beaches in large coves. In the height of summer it can be difficult to find a towel-sized piece of property to call your own depending on where you’re going, but if you come in the fall you’ll have more than enough space to stretch out — and crystal blue waters at one Temperature that is still comfortable for immersion.

Two of the most beautiful beaches on the island are Caló des Moro and Sa Calobra. Both are paradises where a narrow strip of sand meets turquoise water and rugged cliffs. Other popular spots for sunbathing and swimming are Cala Torta, Cala Mesquida and S’Amarador Beach.

Tourist standing on the natural stone bridge near the sea
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Hiking without sweating or waiting

In the sweltering heat of summer, a hike that leaves you drenched in sweat is probably at the bottom of your to-do list. But when it cools down in autumn, it’s a perfect time to explore the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range that stretches from the southwest to the northeast of the island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can explore it by taking the Ruta de Pedra en Sec or the Dry Stone Route.

Not there for a long hike, but still want to enjoy the natural beauty of the island? Check out famous viewpoints like Mirador Es Colomer, Mirador De Sa Foradada, and Son Marroig. All are low-effort destinations, especially considering you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views where land meets sea. Bonus if you come off-season: fewer hordes of tourists scrambling to get the perfect photo.

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Cap Rocat Hotel

Where to stay in Mallorca

Whether you’re looking for upmarket accommodation in the island’s bustling capital, or something more tranquil surrounded by nature, Mallorca has plenty of enticing options. The thing is, planning a trip to Mallorca in summer requires good advance booking if you want to choose from these options. With fall travel, it’s easier to find vacancies at some of the island’s best accommodations.

Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden is a 16th-century mansion converted into a high-end boutique hotel that stands out as an oasis in the heart of Palma city. For even more luxury, there’s the ultra-private and romantic Cap Rocat, set in a 19th-century fortress within a protected nature reserve. Other excellent places to use as a base are the Agroturismo Alquería Blanca in Bunyola and the Predi Son Jaumell Hotel Rural in Capdepera.

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Cindy Brzostowski is a freelance writer and editor based in Berlin. In addition to Thrillher work was featured in TripSavvy, The Points Guy, Greatist, Time Out, Roadtripper, and more. Follow her on Instagram.


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