The most beautiful towns in Mallorca
The largest island in the Balearics is becoming more and more popular with visitors everyday. Those who know the island well, and have come here for more a relaxed getaway may steer clear of the popular resorts and opt for one of these stunning towns. All of these towns are under an hour from Palma airport by airport transfer, shuttle or taxi. Easy!
This authentic Mallorcan town is very different to the nearby Port d’Andratx resort. Andratx’s unbeatable rural surroundings make it unmissable. Found in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains, it is overlooked by many watchtowers. It is home to CCA – the biggest centre of contemporary art in the Balearics, and is as a result rich in art, culture and history all around. Port d’Andratx is a lovely marina usually filled with the highest quality fishing boats and yachts, and is perfect for a stroll. Andratx is just a short 30-minute airport transfer from Palma airport.
Map and more info: http://www.majorca-mallorca.co.uk/andratx.htm
Home to the old town walls and Roman remains, Alcudia has a historical feel. It is full of character and within the 14th century medieval ramparts you can find many traditional ancient churches and quaint squares bustling with cafes, perfect for people watching and soaking up the sun on a warm afternoon. A short walk to S’Albufera Natural Park too, a huge wetland famed for its wildlife and popular with birdwatchers. Alternatively, the resort of Port d’Alcudia will offer you a bustling bar and restaurant scene right on it’s sandy beach. Take a mallorca airport shuttle from Palma airport directly to Alcudia, and you’ll be there in under an hour.
Map and more info: http://www.majorca-mallorca.co.uk/alcudia_map.htm
This glorious hillside town sits upon terraced fields that tumble down towards the sea. The amazing views of the mountains and the sea from up here make it one of the most spectacular towns in Mallorca. Although quiet and small, Banyalbufar has only around 500 inhabitants, and is the perfect place to sample traditional Mallorcan tapas dishes. One of the most untouched rural parts of Mallorca, making it popular with proper hikers and explorers, and cyclists too. Banyalbufar is about a 45-minute airport transfer from Palma airport – no airport transfer is ever very long on the island!
Map and more info: http://www.undiscovered-majorca.com/banyalbufar.htm
This charming artsy town has been popular with writers, painters and musicians for decades, and it’s clear to see why. Stylish boutiques and fancy restaurants have popped up over time to give the quaint town a classy feel. Within the hills above there are some wonderful hiking trails, so it’s the perfect place to break up your day with some coffee and a cake. It’s pebble beach is home to the clearest turquoise waters, and great for a day of catching some rays. You can either take an airport taxi transfer, an airport shuttle or private transfer from Palma airport, all taking around 45 minutes.
Map and more info: http://www.majorca-mallorca.co.uk/deia.htm
The most charming and fairy-tale like villages in the whole of Mallorca. Cobblestone paths and streets running through the trees, pretty flowers and decorated balconies all add to the appeal of Valldemossa. Situated among a forest on the Tramuntana mountains, 400 metres above sea level means the views are outstanding. The village has attracted many writers and painters over time, along with many famous names too, such as Frederic Chopin and George Sand. Be sure to check out La Cartoixa monastery. This is one of the shorter airport transfers too, taking only 30-minutes from Palma airport to Valldemossa in a taxi or shuttle bus.
Map and more info: http://www.majorca-mallorca.co.uk/valldemossa.htm
Located in the heart of the Golden Valley, Soller is famous for being surrounded by bountiful orange and lemon groves. Lush woodlands and mountains encompass the traditional Mallorcan town and it’s beautiful Modernista architecture, creating eye-catching contrast. Lively restaurants and cafes can be found in the main square, along with the stunning Baroque church of Sant Bartomeu. Next door, you’ll find the relaxed Port de Soller. Known for its golden beaches and promenade. Make sure to take the cute vintage tram that runs between the town and the port! From Palma airport, either take a taxi or an airport transfer shuttle to Soller and arrive within 40 minutes.
Map and more info: http://www.majorca-mallorca.co.uk/soller.htm