January 20, 2017
How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of Mallorca

The Spanish island of Mallorca has become well known for its stunning beaches, limestone mountains and popular nightlife in the capital city of Palma. Mallorca is also a quick, two-hour flight from London and most major cities in Europe, making it a popular weekend destination. If you are flying from the US, I recommend flying into Barcelona and spending a few days there exploring the city before popping over to Mallorca. Spring and early fall are the best times to visit because you will get the benefit of great weather without hordes of tourists, but really, anytime is a good time to visit this beautiful Mediterranean island.

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaWhat To Do & See In Mallorca

In the summertime, I suggest spending at least some of your trip lounging in the sun at one of Mallorca’s many gorgeous beaches. The East side of the island is said to have the most beautiful beaches, and fun little beach clubs. Since my friend and I visited in the winter month of November, (though still 70+ most days!), we spent our time exploring the island.

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaOn our first day in Mallorca we spent hours walking around old town Palma. I loved the Catedral de Mallorca. We did a self-guided tour, which was just €7, and then explored the rest of old town on foot. There are gorgeous little winding roads everywhere and several cool shopping streets in old town. I could have spent at least another full day just wandering around the city, soaking in the culture and beautiful architecture. We didn’t end up making it to Beller Castle, but I heard that it has an amazing view of the city is worth exploring.

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaCap De Formentor

On our first adventure out of the city, we rented a car and headed north to Formentor. Getting out of the  Palma was a little scary because the streets in old town are small and windy, but once you are on the main roads, it is a breeze driving around Mallorca, and it is very easy to find the main towns that you’ll want to visit with just a simple map that your hotel will provide. Cap De Formentor, on the northern tip of the island, is breathtaking, and there is a look out, jetting over a cliff, where you can take a million photos and soak in the coastline.

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaIt only takes about 35 minutes to get there from Palma so I recommend continuing on and driving to the lighthouse. The Formentor Lighthouse itself is nothing to write home about, but the drive along the ocean is gorgeous and reminds me of driving Highway 1 up to Big Sur, California. Just be sure to drive slow and look out for bikers, as the roads are windy and small! After the lighthouse, head to Formentor Beach, a beautiful, pristine beach lined with pine trees, where you can swim and lay out in warmer months.

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaValldemossa, Deia & Soller

On our last day in Mallorca, we decided to explore the West side of the island. We drove to the mountain town of Valldemossa, which is only about 20 minutes from Palma. Valldemossa is so charming with its tiny cobblestone streets and pretty, old buildings built into the mountainside. This was by far my favorite town on Mallorca!

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaOur next stop, just 10 minutes down the road was Deia, a gorgeous, mountain town that also has ocean views! In the summertime, be sure to stop by the Belmond La Residencia for cocktails at their poolside restaurant & bar. The town of Soller is just 15 minutes passed Deia and also worth a visit. If you go, make sure you see Port de Soller. We didn’t know about the port so we missed the best part of the city!

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaWhere To Eat & Drink In Palma

Can Cera Gastro Bar, is a great Mediterranean restaurant In Can Cera Boutique Hotel. The atmosphere is upscale and the food was excellent (the burrata salad with basil pesto dressing was amazing)! If you are looking for upscale Spanish cuisine, try La Bodeguilla. They have delicious Spanish tapas; everything on the menu was great, but I loved the cheese plate (it’s only listed on the desert list for some reason so you have to ask for it), and the seafood paella was fabulous. They also have an excellent selection of wines.

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaCafé La Lonja is a great place to grab Spanish tapas and drinks for lunch. This place has a cool vibe, good food and cocktails, and a nice outdoor seating area right across from the harbor. And for the best burger in Europe you have to try California Burger Bar! My friend, Mark, opened California Burger Bar in May of 2014, and since, people have been flocking to Palma just to try these famous burgers. The fries are also delicious, the cocktails are served stiff, in large glasses, the bar has hip decor, and they play old school gangster rap!

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaThere are lots of cool bars in old town Mallorca but another one my favorites is Bar Abaco, an old world Mallorcan manor house. Grab your cocktails at the bar and then head upstairs to explore the sitting rooms, kitchen, and terrace where you can enjoy your drinks in a unique, intimate setting. Saludos!

How To Spend 3 Days On The Island Of MallorcaWhere To Stay

Nestled in the heart of old town Palma, Boutique Hotel Calatrava is in the perfect location to explore the city by foot, and it’s also across from a beautiful bay that has a jogging path running along the water! Hotel Calatrava is 5-star hotel with world-class charm. This is where I stayed during my trip. I love everything about this hotel, but my favorite amenity is rooftop terrace overlooking the city and sea, where you can enjoy breakfast each morning, and champagne sunsets in the evening.

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  • Reply Olivia January 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I love Mallorca! I’ve only ever been on family vacations there as my Stepfather loves it! So glad you managed to find all these spots too.

    Did you make it to Cala Deia Beach? It’s such a stunning spot and great for snorkelling. Though I believe it has become much busier over the past year as it was featured in The Night Manager, hopefully this hasn’t ruined it!

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls January 24, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Olivia! I did not have a chance to visit Cala Deia Beach during my trip but I am going back to Mallorca in September for a wedding so I will for sure check it out! I also hope it will not be too crowded. Thanks for the suggestion! X, Vanessa

  • Reply Jennifer January 21, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Wow! Mallorca is stunning. I would love to visit there someday. The food looks delicious too. 🙂

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls January 21, 2017 at 2:33 am

      Thanks for reading Jennifer! Let us know if you travel there we would love to see your pics!

  • Reply Anonymous January 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Thank u girls for visiting us at Cali burger always great to see yah have a few drinks and intalectual convo 😉 haaaaa cheers

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls January 24, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Can’t wait to come back for another one of those amazing Burgers!!!

  • Reply Polyana January 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Mallorca looks so beautiful. Can’t wait to visit. Thanks for sharing this xx

    • Reply Becky van Dijk January 23, 2017 at 12:46 am

      Thank you for reading Polyana! Do share your pics with us if you go! #wearetravelgirls

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  • Reply Tilly Horseman April 29, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    You’ve brought back many fabulous memories from my 2 weeks in Mallorca. So much to see and do there, I could easily spend a month exploring the island! The north of the island is definitely the area to visit. Especially the Torrent de Parais and Sa Calobra… oooo….I want to go back now! Someone please take me! ?

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      Pleased to hear this post brought back some great memories! Thanks for reading and sharing your own tips. XO, Becky

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