Be prepared for plenty of pictures! Mallorca’s west coast and the north of the island are incredibly stunning. This blog post will definitely want you to book a flight!
By the way, we also did a short video about our road trip across Mallorca. How do you like it?
Our accommodation in Valldemossa
We stayed at Agroturismo Son Viscos which is situated a bit outside the city center. The hotel is beautifully decorated and has only five rooms. Ours was called “Menta” and was the only one with a big terrace. The breakfast is amazing: they serve mainly local products.
Highlights along the west and north coast
Valldemossa is probably the most touristy town in Mallorca. However, this picture-postcard village is also one the prettiest. Valldemossa is surrounded by a lush countryside. The city center’s main sight is its atmosphere within all those narrow streets. Be prepared for a lot of Germans (which means you will rarely hear people speaking Spanish). Nevertheless, Valldemossa is the perfect home base for exploring the island. Don’t miss Gelati Mossa – they serve the best ice cream in town.
The drive along the coast (MA10) up to Deià takes around 15 minutes. The views are breathtaking. This rural village is set in a lush valley and is, as well as Valldemossa, very touristy. Take a walk up to the hill to Iglesia de San Juan Bautista and enjoy some nice views.
You can easily miss the turn-off to the road which leads you down to Cala Deià. From the turn-off at the MA10 it’s a 10-minute drive to the parking lot. From there, it takes you only a few minutes to reach the bay. Due to the rocky beach, the water is crystal clear. There are two restaurants, but apart from that, there are hardly any other facilities.
If you are looking for the most spectacular walking trail along the west coast, you should definitely come here. When walking down to the beach, the trail starts to your right. The trail is part of the GR221, also called Dry Stone Route. The walk between Cala Deià and Port de Soller is not that challenging, nevertheless you will be rewarded with the most stunning views of Mallorca’s coast. We only went 1 ½ hours before we turned and walked all the way back to our car.
Continue along the coastal road to reach Sóller. Surrounded by Mallorca’s highest mountains, Sóller is a very popular destination among day-tourists. Most of them come by car but some also take the old vintage tram from Palma (Tranvía de Sóller). When arriving or leaving Sóller, the trams cross the town’s main square and the heart of the center. From Sóller, the journey continues down to the harbor, Port de Sóller. Unfortunately, we were a little bit in a rush, so we weren’t able to see Port de Sóller. However, we ate a delicious almond cake at Café Scholl.
Banyalbufar is situated south of Valldemossa, set on top of the cliffs. Don’t miss the Torre de Verger for spectacular views of the coast and the cliffs. This ancient watchtower is smaller than expected but definitely worth a visit. We came here during sunset.
Torrent de Pareis
When leaving Sóller and driving all the way north, the unspoiled landscape gets more and more spectacular. The area of Torrent de Pareis is beyond doubt one of the most scenic ones. Soon after the Gorg Blau lake, there is a turn-off to Torrent de Pareis. The road is windy and extremely spectacular. From the parking lot, a 20-minute walk leads you to the Torrent de Pareis. We visited this beautiful spot during sunset (around 6:30) which was more than perfect. Apart from us, only a few other visitors were there.
Cap de Formentor
The wild peninsula in the north of Mallorca is definitely worth the long journey. You can either reach it by following the coastal road or by taking the highway MA13. Don’t miss the viewpoint Mirador d’es Colomer, perched over 300 meters above sea level. We came here during sunset when the sun sets behind the rocks. From there, the drive to the very north of the peninsula takes around 25 minutes. You should not miss this part of Mallorca with its wild rugged beauty and the dramatic scenery. When reaching the lighthouse, you can easily park your car there to enjoy more stunning views. Again, make sure to come during sunset when the light is just perfect.
Port de Pollença
We came here right after our visit of Formentor to have dinner. The restaurants at the beachfront are overpriced, so we choose Bar Coral which turned out to be incredibly delicious.
Palma de Mallorca
The capital of the island is something like a must when in Mallorca. We only came for a couple of hours, which was fine though. We passed the massive cathedral by the seafront and strolled around the heart of the city center. We also got to know the quarter around Mercado de Santa Catalina which we really liked. Unfortunately, the market itself almost closed when we came at noon.
Car rental at Mallorca
The best way to explore the island is beyond doubt by your own car. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to rent a car. We chose Sunnycars, a company which covers all the cost in case of an incident – even your deductible. Traffic in Mallorca can be quite hectic from times to times, so we were very glad to have this kind of insurance.
Parking your car at Mallorca
Many towns have public parking lots. The prices vary, but don’t forget to bring coins, as the ticket machines won’t accept bank notes. You are also permitted to park your car in blue lined zones on the street. Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital, has several car parks.
Even more advices for a Road Trip across Mallorca – thanks to our lovely readers:
We really appreciated all of your travel tips. We got so many recommendations on Facebook – thank you! Although we couldn’t follow all of them, we want to share them with you:
- Travelsisi: Cala Murta (in German)
- Reisebloggerin: 7 Tips for Valldemossa (in German)
- Doris World: Mallorca and the mountains (in German)
Have you ever been to Mallorca? Tell us about your experiences and travel tips – we’re looking forward to your comments!