What to see in Mallorca in 3 days
Mallorca has direct connections to many Spanish and European cities, if you need to disconnect for a few days and make a getaway, it can be an ideal place as it has a lot to offer. We propose a 3-day plan to explore, discover and enjoy the best essence of the island and take an unforgettable souvenir with you.
Day 1- Essence of Majorca
For the first day we propose a historical-cultural tour through the capital of the island and one of the most beautiful villages of the Serra de Tramuntana. With our Mallorca tour for the first time, you can discover the charms of the island in just one morning and enjoy the afternoon visiting some of the main monuments of the city: the Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, La Lonja or the Bellver Castle. But if you go on your own, here are some recommendations:
When you arrive in the island’s capital, you will immediately realise that it is a cosmopolitan city with a wide range of cultural and gastronomic offerings and a well-kept historic centre. Founded by Romans, shaped by Muslims and immortalised by Christians who have left a rich royal, religious and civil heritage. If you want to visit a monument, you will have to get information and organise yourself with the timetables. The Cathedral is a must. Outside you will see the armour, but enter and you will see the soul! (Santiago Rusiñol).
The city is divided into two parts, the Villa Alta and the Villa Baja, popularly known as Canamunt and Canavall, separated until the 17th century by a torrent (today diverted to Paseo Mallorca). Along the old route of the torrent we now have the emblematic Paseo de Borne, Plaza del Mercat and Ramblas. Lose yourself in the streets: Palma is full of history and heritage…
When you are in Canamunt, you must visit the Plaza de Cort with the impressive Town Hall, the churches of Santa Eulalia, San Francisco and Montesión, located in the old Jewish Quarter, or stroll along the old Renaissance Walls, next to the Parc del Mar. When you are in Canavall, get lost in the narrow streets of the Parish of San Jaime, visit the Barrio de la Lonja, with a spectacular 15th century civil Gothic building, one of the most popular neighbourhoods, full of art galleries or the area of San Nicolás, next to the Plaza del Mercat where you will also find pubs, beer gardens and lots of art.
When you are in Valldemossa, walk through its picturesque heritage streets surrounded by the unique and magnificent landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana. Discover the monumental complex of the Charterhouse, and the relationship of this town with illustrious characters and intellectuals, writers and artists of the stature of Federico Chopin, George Sand, Rubén Darío, Santiago Rusiñol, Archduke Luis Salvador and Michael Douglas, among others. You will also discover such important figures in the history of Mallorca as the Blessed Ramon Llull and Santa Catalina Thomas. Don’t leave without tasting the delicious potato coca! At sunset you can go to the Son Marroig estate and enjoy the views of Sa Forada, one of the most photographed sunsets in Mallorca.
Day 2- Essence of the Tramuntana Mountains
On the second day we invite you to explore and discover in depth the Serra de Tramuntana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011 in the Cultural Landscape category for the almost perfect symbiosis between human action and nature for centuries. A mixture of culture, tradition, aesthetics, spirituality and identity of Mallorca.
We suggest a route by car from the Sóller Valley to Pollença and end up spending the night in Alcudia. If you prefer to walk directly through the mountains and breathe the fresh air of nature, you can choose some of the stages of the GR 221 (Ruta de Pedra en Sec) enabled by the Consell de Mallorca to cross the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. An adventure to disconnect from routine!
We start the day spending the morning in Sóller, a valley between the highest mountains of the island, drinking a natural orange juice from the orange trees of the valley that will provide us with vitamins for the whole day and contemplating the spectacular Church of Sant Bartomeu, considered the cathedral of the Serra de la Tramuntana. Stroll through its streets and you will discover that Sóller is synonymous with beauty and tradition, it also offers us a rich and unique heritage of art neuve architecture favoured in contemporary times (20th century), thanks to the maritime trade relations established from the Port of Sóller, although this town also suffered from pirate and corsair attacks, especially in the 17th century, this fact is engraved and forms part of the identity of the locals.
You can spend the morning in Sóller and discover the surrounding villages: you can use the centenary tram to reach the Port of Sóller, with a wide range of paella and seafood restaurants in the area, and take a capfico (dip). Another option is to go to Fornalutx, recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, and enjoy a delicious Arròs brut, a delicacy of Mallorcan gastronomy. Although in winter, when the days are shorter, our recommendation is to continue the route to Lluc, where you can eat the best Cabrito and drink the purest water in the Serra de Tramuntana.
SANCTUARY OF LLUC
The walk to the Sanctuary of Lluc in the municipality of Escorca takes about an hour, although some stops are worthwhile: At the viewpoint of Ses Barques you will be able to contemplate a beautiful view of the Port of Sóller. You will pass by the Gorg Blau and Cúber reservoirs – you won’t be able to resist stopping to take a photo! Or the Nus de sa Corbata (Tie Knot) viewpoint with views of the vertiginous and winding road that descends a 900-metre drop to Sa Calobra.
The current Basilica of the Sanctuary of Lluc, the spiritual centre of the island, is in Renaissance style and was built in the 17th and 18th centuries in a space dedicated to religious worship since ancient times. It houses the image of the Mare de Déu de Lluc, patron saint of Mallorca, which, according to legend, was found by a shepherd boy in the 14th century. You can walk along the modernist-style Via Monumental de los Misterios to the Cima de la Trobada, where, according to tradition, the Virgin was found.
At sunset, you can continue along the Serra de la Serra road, discovering its landscapes and forests up to the Mirador des Colomer viewpoint in the municipality of Pollença and enjoy the magic of the colours of the sunset over the sea from the cliffs. This route will take you around 40 minutes.
Our recommendation is to spend the night in Alcudia, from where we will continue our tour the next day. Alcudia is a jewel of the island full of history and offers a wide range of culture, restaurants and accommodation all year round. Lose yourself in its traditional streets or stroll along the fascinating medieval wall next to the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pollentia.
Day 3- Mediterranean essence
The last day we will walk along the coast, discover monumental caves, enjoy a swim in paradisiacal beaches and hidden coves, or if you come in winter you can walk along the coast with one of the hiking trails, and continue discovering the gastronomy of the island. This route is to enjoy and feel the breeze and the Mediterranean identity.
BAHIA DE ALCUDIA
You can have breakfast in Alcudia or in the Port, it’s time to taste the famous Majorcan ensaïmada! The Bay of Alcudia is a 3.5 km long sandy beach with a Caribbean look, divided by the beaches of Alcudia, Muro and Can Picafort up to Arta. In the warmer months you won’t be able to resist a swim in one of these paradisiacal beaches, or a quiet stroll in the winter months without the summer crowds.
One of the most incredible natural attractions in Mallorca is to visit the impressive underground caves, treasures formed over millions of years. Many can be visited: in Porto Cristo (Manacor) you will find the famous Cuevas del Drach, with its interior lake, although they are somewhat overcrowded in summer and the Cuevas del Hams which offers family experiences next to the Dinosaur Land park. We love the impressive Cuevas de Artà which offers routes in small, almost private groups to discover the formation and secrets of these monuments of nature. choose the one that best suits your day!
SOUTH EAST COAST
The southeast coast of Mallorca is a piece of paradise full of coves, harbours and fishing villages with white houses bathed by crystal clear waters. It encompasses the municipalities of Manacor, the birthplace of Rafa Nadal, the most famous Mallorcan in the world, and in Portocristo you will find the tennis player’s impressive yacht (if he is not sailing with him), Felanitx and Santanyí, with their respective harbours as well. The town council of the latter has created twelve routes of less than an hour to discover the landscape of one of the most emblematic coasts of the island. Feim un capfico? (Shall we take a dip?)
GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCE IN WINERIES
You cannot leave the island without tasting Mallorcan wine and olive oil. The southeast of the island has its own D.O. (Pla i Llevant) which groups together more than 13 wineries and more than 70 winegrowers. Many of them offer wine tourism experiences, with views of the vineyards, explanations of the production of wine and oil and gastronomic experiences with tasting of the products accompanied by a delicious Pa amb oli (peasant bread with oil and tomato ramallet along with tasty sausages and cheeses of the island).
After this tour around the island you will have discovered history and culture, famous people, natural and cultural landscapes, gastronomy, and the magic of the Mediterranean Sea with all your senses: shapes, colours, smells, tastes and sensations that you will never forget. Discover with your local guide all that Mallorca has to offer, on personalised routes prepared with all the love we feel for our land. We are waiting for you!