Mallorca is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Spain and Europe. The island has the most beautiful paradise-like beaches of the entire continent: Entertainment for children, activities for young and old, luxury hotels and beautiful places. Perfectly made for family vacations, spending time with friends or to enjoy alone with your partner. Something for everyone.
This island is the largest in the Balearic archipelago and its characteristic makes Mallorca indispensable to use the car to travel around and getting to know it properly. Now, there are a lot of destinations to know. Both, in the city’s heritage and the paradisiacal coves; This article will show you the best routes in Mallorca to enjoy with your car. You will then travel with an established holiday plan and enjoy the wonders that the island provides.
Route 1: Tramuntana – Heights
The best of two worlds, sea and mountain. There are approximately 80 kilometers of mountains providing beautiful landscapes, incredible cultural treasures and perfect-pictured towns. On this route you will find four of the most attractive villages of the island.
The tour begins in Palma de Mallorca, where you will first meet Puigpunyet, a beautiful village of stone houses. After this first stop, you will see the “Granja de Esporles”, a large manor that will carry you into the 10th century. Afterwards, the next essential destination is Valldemossa. A very intimate little town because of its protection from the outside world by the great green mountains. Among several options of entertainment and tourism you can choose the options of visiting the museum of Frederic Chopin and George Sand, the Charterhouse of Valldemossa, the nice viewpoint and a large number of small streets of stone and squares full of flowers.
After Valldemossa you will run into Deía, a fairly traditional village known as “village of artists”. As many decided to reside there because they wanted to always enjoy those beautiful views of the sea, small beaches and coves. By this same route you arrive at Soller, a town located right in the middle of a valley of oranges, you can travel this town by car. Another option is to leave the car and take the famous wooden tram from more than a century ago. To finish the route, we travel about 30 more kilometres to reach the highest point in the north of the island: Cape Formentor.
Route 2: Es Trenc – Playa d´ES CARAGOL – FARO DE SES SALINES
You’re not in need to travel to the Caribbean to find beaches with crystal clear waters and white sand. Visiting Es Trenc you will feel that pleasure inside Spain. Es Trenc is an intimate space, away from the tourist area, simply surrounded by beach and pine trees, perfect to relax and to escape from the day-to-day life with beautiful landscapes.
The next inevitable stop is the beach “Es Caracol”, a paradise with dunes that stretch more than one kilometer to give you a beautiful blue sea with white sand. Finally, the Ses Salines Lighthouse (a few metres from Es Caragol) is perfect to end the day and to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Enjoy an impressive view of the island of Cabrera, enjoy all the natural gifts which this route offers and the beautiful blue sea that merges into the horizon.
Route 3: Estellencs – Torre de Verger – Andratx – Port Andratx – Camp de Mar
This route starts from the northwest of the island. Starting from Estellencs, where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful coves of the whole island. On the way it is mandatory to stop at Torre de Verger, one of the best viewpoints in Mallorca. After these two stops, continue the road to reach Andratx, this is one of the oldest towns on the island, characterized by its narrow and picturesque streets that make the passage much more charming.
Once that third route is completed, continue 5 km more towards Port Andratx, where you will find a small port with a beautiful view. Once the stop is over, you can follow the path back to Palma, but first you should finally stop at Camp Mar, a very refined and acclaimed area for celebrities.
Route 4: Port de Pollensa – Port d’Alcudia – Platges de Muro – Can Picafort
This route is ideal if you want to enjoy the sea and sand, crossing it you will find the most popular beaches of eastern Mallorca. Leaving from Palma, you will go to Port de Pollensa. A destination surrounded by pine trees, palm trees and a great variety of cafes, restaurants and wonderful hotels. In this destination you can enjoy activities such as cycling, touring the pine tree walk, doing a walk through the Bocquer Valley or the Dry Stone Route, just to name a few. A curiosity of this place is that it is one of the favorite destinations of the British, even the famous novelist Agatha Christie was inspired by this town to write “Problem at Pollensa Bay”.
Once you have enjoyed the deities of Pollensa, you must do your respective stop in Port de Alcudia, a historic walled city that is located in the north of Mallorca. Alcudia was the capital of the island during the Roman occupation. This is one of the widest tourist areas of the north coast and its beach has an extension of sand of approximately 10 km.
Continuing the journey to Can Picafort, you will find one of the most touristy beaches in Mallorca: Playa de Muro. This is a destination of crystal clear waters, quiet and shallow, perfect for children. For being such a big bay, you will find restaurants, hotels and endless services to make your beach day wonderful.
Route 5: Cuevas de Artá – Cala Millor
Another one of the unforgettable routes is the one of the Artá Caves, located to the northeast of the island near the beach of Canyamel. The caves have the distinction of having different chambers whose names are inspired by Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy”: Hell, purgatory and paradise. It is a show of sound and lights of a spectacular intensity and appearance. If you took the time to move through the caves you can also take a walk through the town of Arta.
From Artá we start our way to the paradise of Cala Millor, an extension of almost 2 km of white sand and a wide promenade. Part of this beautiful coast is declared as a nature reserve and of course it is one of the destinations that steals hearts of the most. It is perfect for everyone, especially for a family trip, so you cannot stop including it in your plans while visiting Mallorca.
Route 6: the interior of Mallorca.
But not everything is beach, sun and sand, this island has countless tourist places, picturesque villages, restaurants, old mills and wineries. That’s why we recommend you to visit the wine routes of Binissalem, the factories and the Inca fur market or the charming of Ariany.