Island Guide to Mallorca, Spain
If you love beautiful beaches, great food, and incredible Spanish wine… Mallorca is your next vacation spot!! I can’t begin to explain how amazing this place is. This post features the southern region of the island which includes the City of Palma and the beaches from Cala Major down to Puerto Portals.
Things to Do
Visit the city center- Palma
The city has tons of shopping, street musicians, restaurants, and cafes. You HAVE to indulge in the Spanish pastries from the local shops. We stopped at Forn Son Ferriol and I got a coconut swirl pastry made from heaven. (Pictured below) The city of Palma has a very popular Cathedral downtown that is highly recommended to visitors. Unfortunately we did not allow time for this during our stay but I did not want to leave it out.
Visit any of the beautiful beaches
Cala Major- this beach was the perfect combination of relaxation and bliss. Feel free to tan topless and avoid those tan lines here without a second look from anyone around you. The Spanish lifestyle is the life for me. Cala Major beach also had a cute bar on the side with drink specials and 3€ Sangria!!
Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
Big Blue Diving- We had such a wonderful experience with this company. I had never been snorkeling before and I was a little nervous about going but the wonderful staff and boat crew made it an amazing experience. For only 35 you will get 3 hours of fun with all equipment provided AND transportation to and from the location. Our morning included a ride from the hotel to the venue, wet suit, shoes, goggles and snorkel, a boat ride with two snorkeling stops, and a ride back to our hotel. I highly recommend Big Blue Diving for your expedition. There is a strip of restaurants along the beach right next to the location as well.
Where to Eat & Drink in Mallorca
Grab a drink at Chucca after your diving expedition ( it’s located next door)! I don’t recommend the food here but the drinks menu is full of crafty island cocktails.
After spending the morning in Palma shopping, we found this quaint spot on the street for lunch. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of it but it is right next to the Patisserie where we got pastries.
Forn de Sant Joan- From the wine pairings to the tapas and conversations and food sharing across tables, this was my favorite dinner experience throughout my entire Europe vacation. Our dinner started with a lovely glass of Mallorcan wine from the Ribas winery (located on the island), then multiple tapas plates of jamon croquets, cured meats, sea bass, and finished with crème brulee stuffed strawberries. Everything was absolutely superb!
Tahini- I was very disappointed in this restaurant based on the high recommendation and rating online. I thought it was incredibly overpriced and a very small menu.
Where to Stay
OD Port Portals- This hotel was fabulous and the most accommodating hotel I have ever stayed in. The staff was absolutely exceptional and the hotel was lovely. The shower of the hotel had small windows that looked out on the ocean which was a neat surprise. We had an early departure to get to the airport and the front desk delivered coffee to our room (on request). Anyone that will deliver coffee to be in bed is my hero for the day. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
OD Hotel Rooftop bar/lounge opening soon!