I´m going to tell you about how to see Majorca in a weekend, and visit some of the best places, see beautiful sites and a get the full experience of the island in all its charm and variety in just a couple of days.
I'm not suggesting you go mental, driving around the island all day, trying every meal, seeing every corner. That would be exhausting. And pointless. It wouldn't feel like a holiday.
I am thinking about the five or six absolutely unmissable parts of the island and how to fit them all in to one short weekend break in Majorca.
Although public transport works well to and from Palma and there is a fairly regular bus service between nearby towns, Majorca's best spots are not accessible without some kind of private transport.
Mallorcan villages however have the tiniest narrow streets and the motorway is fairly conservative in size, so rent a small car. It's easier to park, cheaper to run and cheaper to hire too. Besides, there's no hurry, after all you are on holiday!
Alternatively, travel by bike.
It has been done before. In fact, Majorca is a popular cycling destination with tens of thousands cyclists taking to the roads and byroads every year. They come mainly in Spring and Autumn, on holidays, cycling trips and training camps, to make the most of the island's fair Mediterranean climate and challenging mountain routes and these are often people that see the most of Majorca.
How about a little road trip down the coast for lunch? There are too many gorgeous coastal villages in Majorca to see in just one weekend, so why not start with one of the prettiest of all!
Cala Figuera, Near Santanyi, Majorca East Coast
Cala Figuera is so off the beaten track that you either go there for lunch or you will probably never go there at all. And that would be a shame because it is delightfully picturesque and a great introduction to Majorca.
Near Santanyi, on the south eastern coast, it is a little old fishing village with its charm intact and most interestingly to us, a great place for lunch by the sea.
Though it is probably easier to head back towards Palma and take the motorway north, if you are feeling adventurous, you can zig zag up the coast via Manacor to Can Picafort and then take the coast road back to Port de Pollensa.
Let's go to the beach! After all, this is the isla bonita and you are going to want to get into the holiday groove.
The nearest beach on your drive back north is Cala Santanyi, but if you are eager to get nearer to your hotel, pull in after Can Picafort and head to Playa de Muro for seamless stretches of white sand and turquoise sea. There are beach cafes here in the style of Ibiza offering snacks and drinks.
This is a fabulous lunch stop too, but you may want to book in advance, there are only a couple of very trendy and highly popular beach restaurants and in peak season they can get busy.
Staying at the Boutique Hotel Mar Calma sets you in good stead to spend a day at the beach and there are lots to choose from in the area. You have all the beaches on the Bay of Pollensa, right outside the hotel, and the little ones along the Pine Walk heading towards the lighthouse. If you want something a bit more Caribbean then go to Formentor. It's a hairy drive but short and worth it.
If you want to see Mallorca's best beaches and don't mind putting in some miles, have a look at an earlier instalment on the Top 5 beaches in Mallorca.
And then for those of you like me, who would rather avoid driving altogether if I can help it, here is one on nearby beaches and all the Beaches in north of Mallorca.
Once back at the hotel you may want to take it easy now and stay put.
Puerto Pollensa has beaches, beach cafes, cafes and restaurants, lots of shops and the long paved walkway we mentioned earlier - the Pine Walk. Our hotel sits neatly between the beachfront and the main square and has, you will be happy to hear, a great little cocktail bar BAR ONA downstairs looking out onto the street, where you can, at long last, enjoy that chilled evening drink.
Then head out for tapas or dinner:
So, here we are, having a warm cooked breakfast with coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice in the hotel breakfast bar, outside, under an awning. It is really the best way to start the day. The perfect spot to dream up a plan.
Because everyone is completely different and unique, and because frankly I can't quite decide myself, I am going to set out a few options and let you take your pick. But then again, there is one place that you can only see on a Sunday morning and that's the Pollensa old town weekly farmer's market in the main square. In summer it is full on and boiling hot, and the stalls stream out down the back streets and the cafes are crowded. It's fun in a way, but more fun to go early, before 11 am when its mainly local and more low key.
One easy and rewarding walk is the Puig de Maria hill in Pollensa. Or head to Cala Boquer over the hill from Port de Pollensa. Another option is Alaro castle. It is easy to spot because Alaro is crowned by the twin peaks which resemble the two humps of a camel's back. On the ridge of one of them is the Alaro castle. If the climb seems too much, you can drive as far as the lamb restaurant, about half way up. I did this a while a go with a friend and wrote about it in Walking Holidays in Mallorca.
For more ideas on short walking holidays near the hotel in the north of the island and on where to go and what to see in Mallorca's mountains read my blog on Short hiking tours near Puerto Pollensa.
There are 5 wine producing areas in Mallorca; The Sierra Tramuntana, El Raiguer, El Pla, Serra de Llevant, and El Mijorn. All with very different wines.
The main Binissalem wineries have joined forces to offer a series of wine tours of the vineyards and wineries in the area, offering day trips by train, car and bike, luxury yacht or private helicopter, as well as wine tasting, tapas tours and gourmet meals in the 300 year old estates on the grounds.
Closer to home there are 3 wineries you can visit: Bodeges Mortitx, Can Vidalet and Can Arxatell, all a short drive from Pollensa.
Mar Calma Hotel is a small boutique in Port de Pollensa, on the northern coast of Mallorca approximately a 55 minutes drive from Palma de Mallorca airport.