Jun 3rd, 2024, 10:00 AM

A Mallorcan Road Trip Adventure

By Carina Amante
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My personal guide to journey through Mallorca

During this Easter break, I embarked on a delightful road trip through north-west Mallorca, commonly referred to as the Mediterranean's prized gem. It all began in a spring semester class session when my best friend and I pondered over how to spend the holiday. Our impromptu decision prompted us to scour Google Flights for the most affordable last-minute round-trip tickets, eventually snagging a €105 deal with EasyJet. With little knowledge of the impending weather, we envisioned basking in the sun and indulging in some swimming. Swiftly, we delved into comprehensive research to arm ourselves with all the essential information.

Resting in the azure waters off the eastern coast of Spain, Mallorca entices visitors with its stunning beaches, charming villages, and vibrant cultural heritage. Whether your preference lies in sun-soaked shores, thrilling outdoor activities, or immersive cultural immersions, Mallorca ensures a tailored experience for every traveler. As summer approaches, I invite you to replicate the journey of our BFF road trip and fully embrace the adventure, allowing your inner explorer to lead the way.

La Seu, Cathedral of Palma, Image Credit: Carina Amante 

1. Palma

Embarking on the road trip from Palma, Mallorca, we set off on an unforgettable adventure. As the island's capital city, Palma, greets you with a fusion of historical allure and vibrant modernity, kick off your journey by wandering through the narrow cobblestone lanes of the Old Town. Marvel at the majestic Gothic cathedral, La Seu, which rises against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. Constructed nearly four centuries after the liberation from Majorca, it stands as one of the largest and most opulent Gothic cathedrals globally, spanning eleven meters and adorned with stunning stained glass along its walls.

After immersing yourself in the cathedral's grandeur, take in the lively ambiance of the local markets, where the scent of fresh produce fills the air. Treat yourself to authentic Mallorcan cuisine at one of the charming cafes or chic restaurants dotting the streets. Notable dining spots include Ombu Passeig del Born, the rooftop at El Llorenç, and El Camino ($$). It's wise to secure reservations in advance, as eateries fill up quickly in this bustling city.

Discover a few hidden culinary gems, such as the 1920s bakery Fornet de la Soca ($), renowned for its delightful offerings like ensaïmada and rubiols—both crafted from fried flour dough, enriched with eggs, generously coated in sugar, and occasionally filled with sweet jams. Another secret find is The Library STFU ($$), a speakeasy where cocktails arrive with smoke and tantalizing snacks. This elusive spot, marked by a crooked red door and bookshelves, offers only a handful of tables, so keep your eyes peeled and snag a seat for an intimate experience.

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2. Polença

Next, set off on your journey northward to Polença, a town renowned for its breathtaking mountains, charming coastal villages, and stunning beaches. Among them, the most renowned is the scenic drive to Es Colomer lighthouse, though it's worth noting that these roads demand nerves of steel! Our drive featured narrow lanes, sharp bends, and precipitous cliffs. If that's not your style, opt for a shorter drive to Mirador de El Colomer, where you can enjoy a spectacular viewpoint minus the nerve-racking road trip.

In this area, you'll find an abundance of picturesque hiking trails leading to idyllic beaches, perfect for a bit of exercise before a delightful evening by the harbor. Notable beaches include Cala Clara and Cala Molins, nestled amidst charming local residences and boutique hotels. With guided tours, you can also explore fantastic diving opportunities in the area.

Once you've worked up an appetite, return to Port de Pollença and savor a waterfront dinner at La Balada del Agua del Mar ($), offering a delectable selection of local seafood paired with Spanish wines. For a post-dinner libation, venture to Cappuccino ($$) at the Sis Pins Hotel, where you can unwind on the beautifully adorned terrace with a cocktail.

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Not too far from the port is the small town of Alcúdia, which is rich with history including the restoration of old medieval walls. Although a short drive from the lovely beaches in this region of the island, Alcúdia is a great place to stop to spend the night. Though the local cathedral is nothing compared to Palma's, it still serves as a peaceful sight. This town takes you back in time with its narrow streets and dated architecture. There is rich nightlife in the summer and plenty of restaurants to choose from when stopping here for a quick dinner or gelato. This town will stuff you with tapas and local wine. Stop in at Can Polit ($) for some culture-rich dishes like traditional Balearic toast and red wine sangria. The small town doesn't operate late into the night, but make sure to check out their gorgeous terrace views and take a stroll that transports you back into medieval times.

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4. Deià

Ready to continue your road trip adventure? It’s time to head over to one of the most beautiful spots in all of Mallorca—the coastal mountain town of Deià. Famous for their legendary local musicians, Deià is home to plenty of famous singers searching for a quick getaway. If you’re looking for a luxurious stay at one of the best hotels in the world or even just a stop for dinner, La Residencia is an exquisite property nestled in the mountains. Although pricey, their restaurant El Olivio ($$$) has beautiful white tablecloth-covered tables with some of the best food on the island. Be sure to take lots of photos of the amazing architecture and indulge in their famous mussels. If you’re looking for a great place to swim or relax next to the stunning cliffs, drive down the winding road to Cala de Deyà. This beach has a plethora of small local restaurants and bright blue water views. It draws a crowd during the summer, so arrive early to claim a parking spot! This beach consists of rocks, so don't forget to pack your flip-flops or water shoes. 

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This concludes our north-west itinerary of Mallorca, but other noteworthy towns that are worth a visit include Valldemossa and Port de Sóller. As you journey to the airport to return your rental car, remember to fill up the gas tank! Mallorca is a culturally rich island with endless activities and towns to explore with your loved ones, ranging from nightlife to exquisite beaches. With the right travel companions, you are sure to enjoy a unique European road trip through the Balearic island of Mallorca.