Mallorca is the island of pine-fringed coves, sandy beaches, terraced olive groves, and serpentine mountain roads.
Mallorca’s allure lies in its dreamy sun-drenched landscapes, charming honey-colored villages, and stylish hotels. It’s the quintessential beach holiday destination, attracting sun-starved Europeans to luxuriate in the appealing Mediterranean climate.
Though largely associated with beaches and a vibrant, if not raucous party scene, the largest Balearic island offers so much more for the discerning traveler.
This one week Mallorca road trip will take you to the most arresting destinations on the island. The backbone of this route is the scenic Ma-10 road, which twists through the Tramuntana mountain range.
During this 7-day Mallorca trip, you’ll hike in the Serra de Tramuntana, visit the mountain villages of Valldemossa, Deià and Sóller, savor the viewpoints of Formentor Peninsula, and bathe in the dazzling coves of Cala Llombards, Caló des Moro, and Cala Pi.
- Day 1: Arrive in Mallorca, Sant Elm, La Trapa Ruins
- Day 2: Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, Port de Sóller
- Day 3: Tramuntana Mountains Hike
- Day 4: Sa Calobra, Formentor Peninsula, Cala Bóquer, Port de Pollença
- Day 5: Talaia d’Alcúdia and Platja des Coll Baix
- Day 6: Cala Figuera, Cala Llombards, Caló des Moro
- Day 7: Cala Pi, Palma de Mallorca, Depart Mallorca
- 1 Night in Southwest Mallorca: Sant Elm, Peguera, Port d’Andratx, or Calvià
- 2 Nights in Central Tramuntana Mountains: Sóller or Port de Sólle
- 2 Nights in North Mallorca: Port de Pollença
- 1 Night in Southeast Mallorca: Santanyi, Cala Figuera, Ses Salines, Colonia Sant Jordi
Mallorca Road Trip Map
Mallorca Travel Tips
When to Visit Mallorca, Spain
We recommend following this Mallorca road trip in spring (April – May) or fall (September – November), when temperatures are mild and conducive to active exploration.
You can also follow this route in summer, replacing suggested hikes with beach time.
In winter, Mallorca more or less shuts down. Many accommodations and restaurants close for the season. The island may feel depressingly empty.
Driving in Mallorca
Driving in Mallorca is straightforward and safe.
As a driver, the only source of frustration is the sheer number of cyclists on the mountain roads. It can be difficult to pass large groups of cyclists on the curvy roads, so patience is key.
Roads are generally safe and in excellent condition. The serpentine mountain road down to Sa Calobra is a bit hair-raising and requires extra caution.
Parking in Mallorca
You’ll find a mix of free and paid car parks in Mallorca.
Many accommodations do not have on-site parking, because they’re located in historic villages.
If that’s the case, hotels and guesthouses usually reserve parking spaces for their guests in a nearby car park. Parking rates vary (0-15 EUR/day).
We highly recommend reaching out to your accommodations for parking instructions in advance of your stay.
Renting a Car in Mallorca
We recommend using the Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals.
This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.
Day 1: Arrive in Palma de Mallorca, Drive to Sant Elm/Peguera
Arrive in Palma de Mallorca
The International Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) is located 8 kilometers east of Palma de Mallorca, the capital.
Palma Airport is also called Son Sant Joan Airport and Aeroport de Palma de Mallorca.
Collect your rental car and hit the road.
Drive to Sant Elm
It’s a 45-minute drive from the Palma de Mallorca Airport to the picturesque coastal village of Sant Elm.
Park in the paid car park across from Platja des Geperut.
Sant Elm is a fishing village along the southwest coast of Mallorca.
Isolated from the main beach resorts of south Mallorca, Sant Elm is an ideal place to sink your toes in the sand, grab a bite to eat, and even take a hike.
The charming village center is made up of a cluster of fine restaurants, cafés, and shops. Check out these dining establishments:
Sant Elm is also the gateway to La Trapa Nature Reserve and Sa Dragonera, the striking island that looks like a dragon’s tail, or a capsized sailboat.
Sa Dragonera is a protected island, which can be accessed by boat from Sant Elm. For the best views of Sa Dragonera, venture up to La Trapa Ruins.
La Trapa Ruins
La Trapa was a monastery, established by Trappist Monks, who fled France for Mallorca in the 19th century. Prior to the arrival of the monks, the main valley at La Trapa was farmed for centuries.
Though the monastery is in ruins, it attracts thousands of visitors each year, because of its impressive cliffside viewpoint of Sa Dragonera.
Allow 3 hours for this Sant Elm – La Trapa lollipop-circuit hike.
We hiked to La Trapa from the Coll de sa Gramola saddle, along the Ma-10 road. This alternative route is longer (4:45 hours), but strings together the Mirador les Bardes and Mirador d’en Josep Sastre viewpoints as well.
Stay in Southwest Mallorca
Sant Elm is lovely, but the accommodation options here are limited. We recommend finding the best place to stay in a nearby town/village. Here are a few options:
Budget | Hostal Dragonera is a seafront B&B with incredible views. Stay here for the unbeatable price and the ideal location. Rooms are small, but clean.
Peguera / Paguera
Budget-Midrange | Bella Colina I Vintage Hotel 1953 is a quirky, centrally-located hotel in Peguera (Paguera), a beach resort celebrated for its beautiful coves and international community. Guests have access to a pool, garden and terrace. Breakfast is included in the rate.
Luxury | Hotel Cala Fornells is a fine beachfront hotel with a rooftop swimming pool, spa, gym, lovely sea-facing terrace, excellent breakfast, and comfortable rooms. Half board is available.
Midrange | Fincahotel Can Estades is a romantic B&B, located in the small rural town of Calvià in southwest Mallorca. With its tranquil countryside setting, this tasteful, antique-filled estate is an ideal base for relaxing as well as actively exploring the southwest of Mallorca. Cool down in the outdoor swimming pool, enjoy a drink from the honesty bar, and eat a slow breakfast on the terrace.
Luxury | Housed in a restored castle in the countryside, Castell Son Claret – The Leading Hotels of the World is the ultimate romantic escape. It exudes elegance and sophistication with its uniquely-designed rooms, luxurious facilities (two swimming pools, gym, yoga room), gorgeous grounds, and cocktail bar. Breakfast included.
Day 2: Valldemossa, Deià Sóller
Day 2 of your Mallorca road trip follows the scenic Ma-10 road along the west coast to a series of picturesque mountain villages. You’ll end your day in Sóller, or Port de Sóller.
Extend this itinerary: If you’re planning a 10-day trip to Mallorca, we recommend adding 1-2 nights in Valldemossa, or Deià before continuing on to Sóller.
Ma-10 Road to Valldemossa
The Ma-10 road links Andratx in the southwest with Pollença in the northwest. It delivers the best roadside views of Mallorca. You will drive the entire 110-km-long road over the course of the next few days.
On your drive to Valldemossa, check out the following viewpoints and villages:
Mirador Ricardo Roca Viewpoint Estellencs Village Torre del Verger Viewpoint Banyalbufar Village
Valldemossa is an attractive town tucked away in the Central Tramuntana Mountains. Located in a fertile valley surrounded by terraced fields and olive groves, its appeal lies in its old-world charm, medieval townscape, and mountainous surroundings.
The town center is made up of stone buildings, accented with green-painted shutters, and narrow cobbled streets lined with potted plants. Nearly every residence sports a colorful tile depicting the life of Santa Catalina Thomás (Catherine of Palma), the canonized saint born in Valldemossa in 1533.
During your visit, buy some pastries from Pastisseria Ca’n Molinas and eat lunch at Es Taller Valldemossa (reservation needed).
Hikers ought to consider the Path of the Archduke, a 14 km circuit trail. Read our Path of the Archduke’s Trail Guide for details on securing a free hiking permit, finding the trailhead and figuring out which route to take.
If you decide to extend your visit, stay in: Residencial Suites Valldemossa (budget), Ca’s Papà (midrange), or Hotel Valldemossa (luxury).
Deià is a picture-perfect hilltop village in the Serra de Tramuntana, between Valldemossa and Sóller.
Travelers love the village’s tranquility, privacy, and unspoiled surroundings.
Year after year, Deià attracts high-profile artists, musicians, writers, and celebrities, searching for peace and quiet far away from gazing eyes and paparazzi. They stay at La Residencia.
With sea access, great dining options, and hiking trails, Deià is a great place to linger for a few hours, or even a few days.
If you skipped the Archduke’s Trail, consider walking down to Cala Deià and following the coast to Cala Llucalcari. Or, simply eat a fresh seafood lunch at Ca’s Patró March (reservation recommended).
Stay in Sóller
Sóller is a town and municipality in the Tramuntana Mountains of northwest Mallorca. Along with Fornalutx and Biniaraix, Sóller is located in a fertile valley cradled by mountains and celebrated for its citrus groves.
Beyond its fantastic location, Sóller is a delightful and vibrant town with no shortage of cafés, gelaterias, restaurants, bars, and shops. The atmospheric main square of Plaza de la Constitución, next to Sant Bartomeu church, is the town’s beating heart.
Sóller boasts a number of fabulous boutique hotels, finca estates, and traditional guesthouses.
Budget | Hostel Sóller – Albergue Juvenil is a charming and clean hostel and bar in Sóller, perfect for trekkers and backpackers. Double rooms and dormitory beds are available. Breakfast available (7 EUR). Note: if you’re staying in the dormitory rooms, you can either sleep in your own sleeping bag or rent sheets for 5 EUR.
Midrange | Hotel El Guía is a small (24 rooms), traditional Mallorcan hotel and restaurant set in the old town of Sóller, a short walk to Plaça de sa Constitució Square. It’s possible to book a parking space (10 EUR/day) in advance.
Midrange-Luxury | Designed with imagination and great attention to detail, the family-run Ecocirer Healthy Stay is an intimate boutique hotel with six rooms in Sóller. A nutritious, homemade, vegan and vegetarian-friendly breakfast is served daily. Private parking is available nearby with reservation (8 EUR/day).
Luxury | Finca Ca’s Curial – Agroturismo – Adults Only is an estate hotel surrounded by citrus groves just outside the town center of Sóller. Guests love the secluded location, extensive grounds, spacious rooms, swimming pool and poolside honesty bar. Breakfast is included and on-site parking is free.
Luxury | Owned by the same family for 750 years, Finca Cas Sant is a historic estate in Sóller, set on gorgeous grounds, walking distance to the old town of Sóller. Finca Cas Sant offers 13 rooms and suites, two seasonal swimming pools, and free parking.
Or, Stay in Port de Sóller
Port de Sóller (Puerto de Sóller) is the scenic, port village of Sóller. It boasts a protected harbor, long crescent-shaped beach, and a myriad of beachfront restaurants and hotels.
Stay in Port de Sóller if you want beachfront accommodation with sea views and easy beach access.
During your stay, walk up to the Far des Cap Gros viewpoint for the best views of Port de Sóller.
Budget – Midrange | Los Geranios is a beachfront hotel in Port de Sóller. Rooms are bright, clean and comfortable. The hotel has an attached restaurant with outdoor seating and offers breakfast as well. Hotel parking is available for an extra fee.
Midrange | Hotel Marina is located on the Port de Sóller promenade, overlooking Platja den Repic Beach. Stay here for the unbeatable location, beach access and sea views, free parking, and breakfast (included in rate). This Port de Sóller hotel also features an outdoor pool and terrace, on-site restaurant and café, and wellness area. Welcome extras included 24 hour reception, bicycle storage, and luggage storage.
Luxury | Hotel Esplendido offers modern luxury in a central, beachfront location in Port de Sóller. This stylish hotel features a rooftop pool overlooking the bay, an excellent spa and treatment area, and fitness studio (gym and yoga room). Yoga and pilates classes are offered several times a week (extra fee). You can enjoy meals and drinks throughout the day at the hotel bistro and bar. Guests enjoy a complimentary mini bar (refilled daily). Parking is available for guests nearby.
Splurge | Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa is a luxurious, cliffside hotel overlooking the bay of Port de Sóller. This stunning accommodation pampers guests with its lavish rooms, three restaurants, multiple pools, and spa. Hotel parking is available for an extra fee.
Day 3: Tramuntana Mountains Day Hike
Tossals Verds Trail
Sóller is the best base for hiking in Mallorca. So, on day 3 of your Mallorca itinerary, we recommend tackling one of the nearby hikes.
If you only have time for one hike, we recommend the Tossals Verds circuit trail. This interesting loop trail starts at the Cúber reservoir, a 30-minute drive north of Sóller.
After the hike, detour to the small village of Fornalutx for some refreshments coupled with great mountain views.
Day 4: Sa Calobra, Torrent de Pareis Canyon, Formentor Peninsula, Port de Pollença
Your Mallorca itinerary continues along the Ma-10 road all the way to Port de Pollença.
Today, we recommend detouring to Sa Calobra, visiting the Torrent de Pareis gorge, stopping at the Mirador de Sa Casa Nova viewpoint, and exploring the Formentor Peninsula.
Sa Calobra, Cala de Sa Calobra, and Torrent de Pareis
The Ma-10 road twists north through the Tramuntana Mountains. Soon after passing the Cúber and Gorg blau reservoirs, there’s a turn-off to Sa Calobra (Ma-2141). This spectacular mountain road swivels down the mountains to the coast.
Sa Calobra is a small village on the northwest coast of Mallorca. It’s the gateway to the Torrent de Pareis canyon.
Park at the Sa Calobra paid car park.
After parking, walk down the paved road to Sa Calobra. A few eateries and bars are huddled around the rocky Platja de sa Calobra, a popular beach for bathing.
To access the famous canyon beach, follow signs to Torrent de Pareis. The pedestrian path hugs the coast and then passes through two tunnels.
The second tunnel delivers you to a beach, flanked by high cliffs and bisected by the Torrent de Pareis stream.
During the dry season (usually May – September), it’s possible to hike through the canyon all the way to Escorca. It’s recommended to do this with a guide.
Formentor Peninsula is a narrow, mountainous peninsula celebrated for its magnificent viewpoints and hidden coves.
The Ma-2210 road connects Port de Pollença with Cap de Formentor. However, there are seasonal traffic restrictions in place during high season.
The hiking trails in Formentor are rugged and mostly not signed. The hike to Fumat and Cala en Gossalba are described in Mallorca Rother Walking Guide.
One of the best places to watch the sunset is Mirador Es Colomer (Google Maps). Another great viewpoint further up the road is Mirador del Racó d’en Tomàs (Google Maps).
Camí Boquer Trail to Cala Bóquer
Cala Bóquer is a secluded cove set at the end of Bóquer Valley. A very pleasant, rosemary-lined trail leads through Bóquer Valley all the way to the cove.
This 2-hour out-and-back hike starts directly in Port de Pollença.
Read the full hiking description in our round-up of Best Hikes In Mallorca.
Stay in Port de Pollença
Port de Pollença (Puerto de Pollensa) is a laid-back, seaside town situated on the Bay of Pollença in Northern Mallorca. It’s one of the best places to stay in Mallorca, because you have access to both the sea and the mountains.
During your stay here, enjoy the sandy Platja del Port de Pollença, amble along the promenade, and soak in the holiday atmosphere.
Budget | Hotel Eolo is a seafront hotel in Port de Pollença, situated just across from the port. Rooms are small, but spotless. Stay here for the central location, excellent breakfast, bike storage, and friendly staff.
Budget-Midrange | The lovely Hoposa Bahia, a converted 19th century summer house, is situated on the Puerto Pollensa promenade, just a few steps away from the beach. Stay here for the outstanding beachfront breakfast, the sea views, and the proximity to Playa Puerto de Pollensa.
Midrange | La Goleta Hotel de Mar – Adults Only is a cheerful and modern seafront hotel with a fabulous rooftop area with plunge pool and great breakfasts. Welcome extras included beach towels, secure storage, tools and washing area for cyclists.
Luxury | Hoposa Pollentia – Adults Only is a boho chic beachfront hotel, situated just south of the town center (10-15 minute walk). Designed to impress, this stylish hotel flaunts a seafront outdoor lounge and bar, rooftop terrace and fresh water pool, beautiful breakfast room, and lovely albeit small rooms. Guests enjoy the atmosphere, quiet location, and rich breakfast. You can also eat dinner here.
More Luxury options: Hotel Illa d’Or & Club Apts 4* Sup and Hotel Llenaire
Day 5: Alcúdia Peninsula
Platja des Coll Baix
On Day 5 of your Mallorca itinerary, you have the option to explore Alcúdia Peninsula, which is a 20-minute drive away from Port de Pollença.
Alcúdia Peninsula separates the bays of Pollença and Alcúdia in North Mallorca.
The peninsula harbors some wonderful destinations including the historic walled town of Alcúdia, the Platja des Coll Baix beach, and the Mirador de Penya des Migdia viewpoint.
Talaia d’Alcúdia and Platja des Coll Baix Hike
Talaia d’Alcúdia, the highest point of the Alcúdia Peninsula, is a must-do hike in North Mallorca.
This stunning circuit trail ascends from Ermita de la Victoria to Talaia d’Alcúdia peak and descends all the way down to the remote Platja des Coll Baix beach.
There are stellar views of Pollença Bay, Alcúdia Bay, the Formentor Peninsula and Serra de Tramuntana range throughout.
The trail continues through forests and gorges all the way back to Ermita de la Victoria.
Day 6: Southeast Mallorca Beaches
Caló des Moro
Mallorca’s most sublime coves and beaches are concentrated in the southeast of the island. These are the “screensaver” photos of Mallorca: the images that promise blissful escape from the mundane.
Today, make your way to Cala Figuera and then beach hop along the coast.
Cala Figuera is located in the municipality of Santanyí, between Cala Mondragó and Cala Llombards.
Note: there’s also a “Cala Figuera” along the Formentor Peninsula.
Hailed as the most beautiful fishing village in Mallorca, Cala Figuera enjoys a steady influx of visitors throughout the season.
Its Y-shaped bay, lined with traditional white houses and pine trees, is the main attraction. Fishing is life here and each house functions as a boathouse and residence.
Follow the narrow pedestrian pathway along the Caló d’en Busques islet – the left fork of the bay – to the Cala Figuera harbor. Continue onwards to Caló d’en Boira.
A visit to Cala Figuera need not be more complicated than a casual stroll combined with a seafood lunch at Restaurante Pura Vida or Bon Bar.
Cala Llombards is a dreamy cove with a white sand beach, set amidst sparkling-white limestone cliffs.
The water is splendidly turquoise, evocative of the Caribbean or French Polynesia.
The cliffs are densely covered in pine trees, contributing a rich green hue to an already vibrant canvas.
Save for a charming cluster of boathouses, there are no villas, hotels, or restaurants around the cove. It’s unspoiled.
This is the best place to bathe, especially with children.
You can park directly at the beach.
Caló des Moro and Cala S’Almunia
Caló des Moro can be a shitshow. It’s the Eiffel Tower of Mallorca, though not man-made.
The point is that everyone who travels to Mallorca has seen a photo of Caló des Moro. And everyone who has seen the photo wants to take the photo (including us).
The first order of business is figuring out where to park. There’s a parking lot between Cala Llombards and Caló des Moro (Exact Location: Google Maps). There’s also street parking closer to the cove.
If you try to find street parking, be mindful of the parking restrictions.
How to Get to Caló des Moro
The easiest way to get to Caló des Moro is to take the staircase from Carrer des Caló des Moro street down to Cala S’Almunia.
From Cala S’Almunia, you can continue the walk to Caló des Moro.
Alternatively, you can follow the trail leading from the end of Carrer des Castellet street to Caló des Moro.
We’ve plotted both starting points on the interactive map at the beginning of this guide.
Stay in Southeast Mallorca
We recommend finding the best accommodation for your budget in either Cala Figuera, Ses Salines, Colonia Sant Jordi, or Santanyí.
Budget-Midrange | Apartamentos Villa Primera is a top-rated apartment complex in Cala Figuera.
Midrange | Set in a renovated 13th century manor house in the heart of Ses Salines, Hotel Ca’n Bonico artfully balances historic elements with modern amenities. Guests love the hotel grounds, breakfast, swimming pool and bar.
Luxury | Finca Hotel Rural Es Turó is a countryside estate hotel, 3.2 km from the Ses Salines town center (5 minute drive). Rustic, yet refined, this Finca hotel features 17 gorgeous bedrooms, an eye-catching infinity pool, and an on-site restaurant. Half board available.
Colònia de Sant Jordi
Budget | Hostal Doris is centrally located in Colònia de Sant Jordi, a small beach resort just south of Es Trenc. This friendly, down-to-earth accommodation offers twin rooms and apartments.
Budget-Midrange | Boutique Hostal Colonial is a family-friendly guesthouse with an on-site café in the heart of Colònia de Sant Jordi, close to the harbor.
Luxury – Adults Only | Fontsanta Hotel Thermal Spa & Wellness is a sumptuous getaway, perfect for those craving solitude. Stay here for the top-notch spa facilities, relaxing atmosphere, and flawless service. Half board is available.
5 Star Luxury – Adults Only | Can Ferrereta stands out with its impeccably-designed rooms, spa and wellness center, garden, and on-site restaurant (Ocre – make a reservation).
Day 7: Palma de Mallorca
On your last day, we recommend visiting Palma de Mallorca, the vibrant capital city of Mallorca.
Cala Pi and Es Trenc
On your way to Palma, consider visiting Es Trenc Beach and Cala Pi, another enchanting cove along the south coast.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma is a living, breathing city, bursting with life and people. It’s full of interesting architecture and enticing shops and eateries.
What to see & do in Palma:
Parking in Palma
We parked in the paid parking garage next to Mercat de l’Olivar in the city center.
It’s a bit chaotic driving in the city center. If that sounds too stressful, an alternative parking lot is Aparcament Estadi Son Moix. This free car park is located next to the Municipal Sports Centre. From the car park, you can take EMT bus line 6 or 8 to reach the old town of Palma.
Depart Mallorca, or Stay in Palma de Mallorca
Budget | Casa Catalina is a charming guesthouse located in the Santa Catalina district of Palma.
Midrange | Fil Suites is a stylish aparthotel in a former textile factory. Guests love the quiet location (on the edge of the old town) and the beautifully-designed interiors.
Luxury | Nakar Hotel is a modern 4-star hotel in the historic center of Palma. Guests savor the rooftop pool overlooking the city, the indoor pool and spa, and on-site restaurant and bar. Breakfast included.
Mallorca Travel Essentials
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