Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands. About 500 thousand inhabitants live in Mallorca and most of them work in the service sector. It's unsurprising because almost every city or village on the island is a resort. So Mallorca has thousands of hotels and villas, hundreds of cafes and restaurants, tourist offices, water parks, yacht clubs, and water sports centers.
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The most popular resorts in Mallorca are Palma de Mallorca, the island's capital, and the small towns and villages that surround it, such as Magaluf, Santa Ponca, Paguera, El Arenal, Can Pastilla, and Illetes. These towns are easily accessible from Mallorca's main airport because they are all located a maximum of 35 km from the capital and the airport.
Resorts slightly more distant from the capital include Port de Soller, Portocolom, Porto Cristo, Cala D'or, Alcudia, Port de Pollensa. Alcudia and Port de Pollensa are most remote from the capital and the airport, at a distance of 65 km.
Best resorts in Mallorca:
- Palma de Mallorca
- Santa Ponsa
- El Arenal
- Can Pastilla
- Port de Soller
- Colonia Sant Jordi
- Porto Cristo
- Cala d’Or
- Port de Pollenca
The most famous resort of Mallorca is its capital, Palma. Here you will find hundreds of excellent hotels, a palm-lined promenade where you can walk along admiring the yachts, enjoy clean sandy beaches, and excellent service.
Location: 12 km from Palma de Mallorca Airport
How to get there: the easiest way to get to the city from the airport is by bus or taxi. Choose bus No. 1 or No. 21 to get to the city center. The fare is 5 euros. The transfer costs from 25 euros for a car. Order a transfer.
Price for a double room in a four-star hotel: 130 euros
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Magaluf is Mallorca's clubbing and a party capital, but it's perfect for anyone who wants to relax on the beach and have fun with a cocktail in hand. Magaluf has spacious beaches, tall palm trees and mountains that frame the city. Palma can be reached in less than half an hour, and the prices here are slightly lower. A large number of tourists may be a minus, so if you want to relax in peace and solitude, you better look for another option.
Location: 30 km from the airport and 18 km from the center of Palma de Mallorca
How to get there: you can take the A11 bus to get from the airport to Magaluf. The fare is 5.50 euros. You can also order a transfer, which will cost from 40 euros for a car.
The cost of a double room in a three-star hotel: 110 euros
What to do and where to go in Magaluf
Magaluf is a party capital of the island. Popular DJs and performers come here so here you will enjoy the best beach parties in Mallorca. Summer programme here looks like this: during the day you sunbathe and swim, in the evening you dance. Look for the most fashionable clubs on Carrer Punta Ballena street.
But Magaluf is not only parties but also long sandy beaches with perfect service. It is always clean here, there are no annoying sellers of anything, there are good cafes and restaurants, showers, toilets, changing cabins, sports entertainment and a lot of fun for children.
Magaluf offers a lot of entertainment for adults and children. The most popular are Western Waterpark and Kathmandu Amusement Park. But you will definitely find a lot of fun even not leaving the beach - water skiing, scooters, boats.
Magaluf may be a perfect place for relaxation if you like sailing on a yacht to neighboring cities or along the coast. What will you choose - a candlelit dinner on the yacht or romantic time in a good restaurant, or maybe a nice breakfast at dawn on the terrace of your hotel.
Best hotels of Magaluf
Hostel Floridita is a good budget option. Here you can rent a nice double room with a private bathroom for 80-90 euros.
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Santa Ponsa is not such a noisy resort as Magaluf, but the sea here is just as clean or even cleaner, the sand is perfectly white, and hotel prices are even lower than in Magaluf. Golf lovers go to Santa Ponsa because there are several famous golf clubs here. But even if you do not rate the area by the quality of the lawns, you will admire the local beaches, a large number of cozy cafes and restaurants with outdoor terraces, and the La Reserva natural park, located near the city. In general, Santa Ponsa is family-oriented, so both adults and children will find something to do here.
Location: 22 km from Palma and 33 km from the airport.
How to get there: by bus No. A11, which departs from the airport. The fare is 7 euros. You can order a taxi or book a transfer for about 50 euros for a car.
The price of a double room in a three-star hotel: 100-110 euros
What to do and where to go in Santa Ponsa
If Magaluf is more popular among young people, then Santa Ponsa is a dream of families with children. Here you will find a calm atmosphere of relaxation and at the same time a lot of entertainment for all ages.
There is always a lot of free space on the beaches, they are easy to reach from any hotel, because the city is small, and they are sandy and clean. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants, pubs and nightclubs along the sea. Just like in Magaluf, when the sun goes down beach partes begin at some beaches, but still they are not so loud and bright.
One of the most beautiful places in Santa Ponsa is the harbor of Port Adriano. There you can admire graceful yachts, walk along the sea, swim on the beach, try Mediterranean cuisine in a restaurant, and, finally, rent a yacht and arrange a short cruise along the coast.
Children will love the rope park Jungle Park Mallorca. It is located in the forest just 1.5 km from Santa Ponsa Beach, so you can easily get there even on foot.
Santa Ponsa Golf Club will be interesting to fans of this sport. The fields are 3 km from the beach.
Santa Ponsa's central square often hosts concerts, festivals and entertainment events. There you will also find a huge number of nice cafes and restaurants of any cuisine of the world and a lot of souvenir shops.
Fans of beautiful views will love the observation deck Mirador illes Malgrat, located 3 km from the central beach of Santa Ponsa. There you will enjoy a beautiful view of the rocks, villas flowing down the cliffs, yachts sail past, seagulls fly overhead, and everything around is entwined with flowers and greenery. What a perfect place for relaxation.
Best hotels of Santa Ponsa
A good inexpensive option is the three-star Ona Surfing Playa, located 100 meters from the beach. Another decent budget hotel, Playas del Rey, is located across the street from the spacious clean beach.
If you're looking for something a little more exclusive, you'll love the Plaza Santa Ponsa Boutique, which offers guests a luxurious beach, large pool, spacious sun terraces and bright, nautical-style rooms.
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Paguera is known for its luxurious sandy beaches, a huge number of beach activities, a spacious promenade, beautiful nature, cafes and restaurants with reasonable prices, as well as a bright nightlife with nightclubs and discos open until the morning. This is the place where people of any age and any interests will feel comfortable.
Prices for hotels and services here are about the same as in Santa Ponsa, but lower than in the capital.
Location: 35 km from the airport and 25 km from Palma de Mallorca
How to get there: by bus number A11, which departs from the airport. The fare is 7 euros. You can order a taxi or book a transfer for about 60-100 euros for a car. Order a transfer.
The cost of a double room in a four-star hotel: 100-110 euros
What to do and where to go in Paguera
The life of the resort is centered mainly around the main beaches of the city. They are called de la Romana, Tora and Paguera. Hotels, cafes and restaurants, pubs and clubs are concentrated here.
Guests of the city usually walk along the Bulevar de Paguera, which runs along the sea. There they enjoy a wonderful sea view, discover new dishes at beachside cafes, do shopping at beach stores and souvenir shops.
Paguera is surrounded by forests on all sides, so if you like outdoor recreation, you will appreciate it here. You can go to the Playa de la Romana beach area. It is located on the outskirts of the city, then the wild nature begins and smoothly turns into the suburbs of Santa Ponsa. Not far from the coast, you will find mini-islands where you can sunbathe and some say that it is interesting to snorkel here. Tall pine trees grow not far from the coast and the air smells just magical.
The most beautiful area of Paguera, Cala Fornells, is located to the left of Playa Paguera beach. It is located on a hill and as you climb, more and more breathtaking views of the surroundings open up. While you are climbing, look at the local architecture, lush vegetation, cacti, palm trees, pine trees - breathe deeply.
There are a wide variety of cafes and restaurants along the way so you may have lunch with a perfect view. Or you can even choose a hotel in this picturesque place and live in one of the villas. Right now you can book Villas Aldea II Cala Fornell - spacious apartments decorated in traditional local style, a terrace overlooking the sea and mountains and everything you need for a perfect holiday.
Best hotels of Paguera
One of the best budget options is located near the sea and is called Hotel Flor Los Almendros. Here you will find comfortable rooms with large beds, a swimming pool, a sun terrace and direct access to the beach.
Another excellent budget option is the Villa Columbus Family Boutique Hotel. It is located 100 meters from the beach so a walk to the sea will take you a minute.
If you are looking for a nice apartment with everything you need, choose Apartamentos Ponent. Apartamentos Ponent is located in the first line by the sea, and the views from the windows are magnificent.
The best hotel in Paguera is the four-star Universal Hotel Lido Park, which is located right on the beach, and the rooms are decorated in a light marine style.
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El Arenal is one of the most popular beach resorts in Mallorca. Many people think that this is the area of Palma, because it is located very close to the capital and it is very easy to get here by public transport. Beaches of El Arenal are almost the best in this part of the island. Everything here is very stylish, including hotels and cafes, pretty expensive and respectable. In El Arenal, you won't find as much fun as in Magaluf, because this place is more for both young and older people.
Location: 11 km from the airport and 16 km from Palma de Mallorca
How to get there: if you are in the airport you may get to El Arenal by bus. The Aeroport-Arribades bus stop is 10 minutes walk. Bus number 21 will get you to the Cartago Platja station. Another option is bus number 1 which will get you to the central bus station, and then you should take one of the buses to the El Arenal resort (bus number 23, 500 or 520).
If you want to save time, book a transfer. The transfer costs about 30 euros for a car.
The price of a double room in a three-star hotel: 110-120 euros
What to do and where to go in the resort of El Arenal
El Arenal is a youth resort, so there is a lot of all-day-and-all-night entertainment. Relaxation on the sand flows into a beach party, breakfast in a cafe turns into dinner with music and dancing, shopping becomes a night promenade along the sea.
One of El Arenal's most popular attractions is the Aqualand El Arenal water park. It will be fun for both adults and children. There you will find slides, pools, sun terraces, and reasonable prices.
Another entertainment is walking along the city harbor, where yachts and boats are moored. It is very beautiful there: the masts are reflected in the water, you can sit in a cafe overlooking the sea or even ride a yacht.
The promenade framed by palms runs along the beach, cafe tables stand under the trees, you can go shopping or find something interesting in a souvenir shop, or just sit in a beachside restaurant and look at people who come here from all over the world and relax.
There is no beautiful historical architecture in El Arenal, but in less than half an hour you can drive to Palma de Mallorca and enjoy the island culture: walk around the Bellver Castle, relax on the Placa de España and admire the Almudaina Palace.
The best hotels in El Arenal resort
An excellent budget option is Hostel Tierramar. For 70-80 euros you get a comfortable room with a private bathroom, and a walk to the beach takes two minutes.
Another good option is the three-star Hotel Gracia. The beach is located across the road from the hotel, and the stylish rooms have everything you need for a perfect beach holiday, including views of the endless sea and perfectly blue sky.
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Resort Can Pastilla combines perfect beaches, historic places for long city walks, outdoor activities, and beautiful nature. It is quiet and calm here, the beaches are clean and not too crowded, the prices are reasonable, and the service is on top. Looking for nightlife you can go to Magaluf or El Arenal, which are situated nearby. Do not forget that Can Pastilla is located very close to Palma and you can get to the capital in just 15 minutes.
Location: 5 km from the airport and 8 km from Palma.
How to get there: use public transport or order a transfer or taxi.
Bus number 21 departs from the Aeroport-Arribades stop (10 minutes walk from the airport).
The transfer costs about 25 euros for a car. Order a transfer.
The cost of a double room in a three-star hotel: 110-120 euros
What to do and where to go in Can Pastilla
Can Pastilla is a beach resort. The city is perfect for those who want to sunbathe on the beach with fine golden sand, splash in the turquoise waves, eat ice cream and drink sangria, take a leisurely promenade along the sea and choose a sombrero as a gift.
The best hotels in Can Pastilla
The most comfortable hotels located by the sea include the four-star BQ Apolo Hotel with stylish rooms with balconies and sea views. Pay attention to the four-star Hotel Java, where you can rent a bright room with a balcony or terrace from where you can admire the sea waves.
A more budget option is the three-star SOM Sauló. Panoramic windows, luxurious views of the sea, and the beach in a minute's walk will make your stay unforgettable.
This resort has a popular urban beach with all the necessary facilities and two quiet bays with turquoise water and clean white sand. The town is framed by low mountains, the water on the beaches is usually calm, and the slope is gentle, which is convenient for families with children. Since the middle of the 20th century, Illetas has been an elite European resort and still carefully preserves cultural and architectural traditions.
Location: 24 km from the airport and 13 km from Palma
How to get there: if you are at the airport you may get Illetes by bus, taxi or transfer.
Bus number 1 departs from the Aeroport Arribades station and goes to Plaza España, the central bus station. There you should transfer to bus No. 3, which will take you to Illetes.
A transfer from Palma de Mallorca airport to Illetes will cost about 80 euros for a car. Order a transfer.
The cost of a double room in a three-star hotel: 100 euros
What to do and where to go in the resort of Illetas
The key attractions of Illetes or Ses Illetas are its beaches. The largest beach is the central Playa de Illetas. There are several smaller beaches to the right and left of the central beach. Where the beaches end, nature begins. You will enjoy pines and cedars, cacti and palm trees, and smell the air saturated with phytoncides.
If you want to admire a beautiful view take a walk along Passeig Illetes road. You will have to walk a little uphill, but every step opens the extraordinary beauty of the landscapes.
There are no trendy clubs and expensive restaurants in Illetas, but there are plenty of coffee houses, eateries with local cuisine, cozy cafes with outdoor terraces, and beach bars where you can order delicious cocktails.
The best hotels in the resort of Ses Illetas
One of the best hotels in Illetas is Europe Playa Marina. The four-star hotel stands on a small peninsula above the sea. From all the windows the breathtaking sea view opens and the seagulls just do not fly into the windows.
Another great option is the four-star Riu Bonanza Park. The hotel is surrounded by flowering gardens, and panoramic windows overlook the sea and the beach. You can also rent a cozy bungalow with a private terrace, where you will live surrounded by tropical plants and enjoy the sea.
The four-star Riu Palace Bonanza Playa & Spa offers luxurious rooms with panoramic windows, balconies and sea views. Every guest has free access to the spa, and the restaurant has live music every evening.
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The resort town of Port de Soller consists of two spacious sandy beaches surrounded by low mountains. There are a lot of exquisite hotels and luxury villas on the green slopes of the hills. City guests enjoy breathtaking views, a high level of service, and a traditional Spanish vibe. This place will satisfy the needs of the most scrupulous guest. There are secluded bays and beaches with all necessary facilities, natural parks and narrow city streets with museums and tram lines, cozy cafes with summer terraces and expensive restaurants with fine wines, popular hotels and exclusive villas where everything belongs only to you.
Location: 35 km from the airport and 30 km from Palma
How to get there: from Palma de Mallorca Airport you can get to Port de Soller by bus, taxi or transfer.
To get there by bus, you need to find the Aeroport Arribades stop, which is situated 10 minutes walk from the airport, take bus No. 1 from there and get to the Estació Intermodal bus station. At the station, change to bus No. 211, which will take you to the resort of Port de Soller in an hour.
Transfer from the airport to any point in Port de Soller will cost you 50 euros for a car. Order a transfer.
The cost of a double room in a four-star hotel: 110-130 euros
What to do and where to go in Port de Soller
The city has three large beaches - Playa de Soller, Playa Soller and Playa d'en Repic. The sand here is not as fine as in other resorts, but the water is very clean. Along the coast lies a nice promenade. Palm trees grow along it, there are also lovely shops and souvenir stores, small hotels and comfy cafes where it is so nice to sit and enjoy your vacation.
Port de Soller is a perfect place for a long walk. Here you can have a nice stroll along the water viewing boats and yachts.
The most beautiful view of the city opens from Cap de sa Paret. From there the entire peninsula is seen, you will enjoy the view of the harbor and the surroundings of the city. You can get there on foot in a couple of minutes from Playa d'en Repic beach.
The best hotels in Port de Soller
A popular budget option is Hotel Marina, located by the sea. More comfortable Los Geranios offers its guests a beautiful sea view from the windows, direct access to the beach and stylish rooms decorated in marine colors. Well, the best hotel in the resort is the five-star Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa. Here guests are offered elegantly furnished rooms with sea or mountain views, saltwater pools, a spa, gourmet restaurants, and high-class service.
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Lovers of a relaxing beach holiday, small fish restaurants on the seashore, long yachting trips, as well as diving, snorkeling and fishing should visit this place. Not far from the city, you will find a large natural park Cabrera with interesting hiking trails. This city is not too popular among tourists, so there are few people here, and the prices for hotels, food and services are low compared to other resorts.
Location: 50 km from the airport and 55 km from Palma
How to get there: you can use public transport, a taxi, or a transfer to get Colonia Sant Jordi from the airport.
If you want to use public transport, find the Aeroport Arribades stop (10 minutes walk from the airport), take bus No. 1 and it will take you to the Estació Intermodal intercity bus station. There you should take bus No. 502 which will take you to Colonia de Sant Jordi.
Transfer from Palma airport to Colonia Sant Jordi costs approximately 60 euros for a car. Order a transfer here.
The price of a double room in a four-star hotel: 110-120 euros
What to do and where to go in the resort of Colonia Sant Jordi
Colonia Sant Jordi is an excellent place for an intimate vacation in nature. There are no historical monuments and popular nightclubs there, but you will totally enjoy an endless sea, a long promenade along almost the entire city, cafes and restaurants with open terraces that stand close to the sea, small deserted islands, yachts and unexplored underwater worlds.
Snorkeling and scuba diving, yachting and boating, and relaxing vacation by the sea are very popular in Colonia Sant Jordi.
Read more about the resort Colonia de Sant Jordi.
The best hotels in the resort of Colonia Sant Jordi
Universal Hotel Marqués has access to the beach, and all but the most budget rooms offer sea views. Hotel Honucai offers its guests an original Mediterranean-style interior design, panoramic windows in the rooms, a cozy restaurant, a swimming pool and a spacious sun terrace.
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Portocolom offers its guests magnificent white sand beaches and excellent infrastructure. Here you will find luxury hotels at reasonable prices, many nice cafes and splendid restaurants, popular nightclubs, a wide range of active sports, including diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and yachting. History enthusiasts should visit the ancient catacombs and Santueri Castle, as well as see burial sites that are over 2,000 years old. Portocolom is the perfect place to soak up the culture and history of Mallorca and enjoy first-class service.
Location: 60 km from the airport and 65 km from Palma.
How to get there: you may use public transport or transfer to get Portocolom Palma de Mallorca Airport.
If you choose public transport, there is Aeroport Arribades stop 10 minutes walk from the airport. There you need to take bus No. 1 and get to the Estació Intermodal bus station. Then you need to find a bus No. 490 or 491 and in two hours you will reach Portocolom.
A transfer from Palma de Mallorca airport to Portocolom will cost you about 95 euros for a whole car. Order a transfer.
The price of a double room in a four-star hotel: 110-120 euros
The best hotels in the resort of Portocolom
A good budget option is the four-star Hotel Vistamar by Pierre & Vacances. The hotel is located by the sea and has a good restaurant, several pools, and a spa. A more comfortable option is the four-star Hotel Club Cala Marsal, which stands in the first line by the sea. You may also like The Orange Colom apart-hotel, where you can rent spacious apartments for two, three, or even four guests.
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Porto Cristo is a resort town known not only by its perfect sandy beaches and hotels overlooking the sea but also by its proximity to the second largest city on the island named Manacor. People also like the big safari park with wild animals, and the mysterious caves of Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves), in the depths of which the underground lake Martel is hidden.
Location: 65 km from the airport and 60 km from Palma de Mallorca
How to get there: you can get to Porto Cristo by bus, taxi, or transfer.
Bus No. 1, which departs from the Aeroport Arribades stop (10 minutes walk from the airport), will take you to the city center to the Estació Intermodal station, where you will need to transfer to bus No. 412, which will take you to Porto Cristo.
Ordering a transfer from the airport to Porto Cristo costs about 75 euros for a car. Order a transfer.
The price of a double room in a good hotel: 100-120 euros
What to do and where to go in Porto Cristo
The main beach in Porto Cristo is called Playa de Porto Cristo. It is located near the city center. The beach has fine pearl-white sand and all the necessary facilities. Pine trees grow along the beach, and yachts are moored nearby.
The most beautiful architecture is concentrated around Placa del Carme, including the Catholic Cathedral of Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.
The city's promenade Passeig des Riuet lies along the canal and yachts and boats are swinging temptingly on the water on both sides of it. There are cafes and restaurants, small hotels, and pretty shops along the promenade.
The best hotels in the resort of Porto Cristo
If you are traveling with a large group, pay attention to the Aparthotel PortoDrach. There you can rent stylish apartments for three, four, or even six people. It is very comfortable and profitable.
If you want something unique, try the four-star Hotel Rural Son Mas. This superior hotel is located in a historical building of the 17th century so you will enjoy vaulted ceilings, natural materials, authentic decor, several swimming pools, a spa, and a beautiful garden around the hotel.
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Secluded bays with the purest water, white sand, white stone cliffs covered with emerald pines, and tall palm trees that give coolness - this is the elite resort of Cala d'Or. People come here not only for a luxurious beach holiday but also for aesthetic pleasure because it is beautiful everywhere you look. In addition, it is much cheaper here than in the popular Magaluf, El Arenal, or Palma, and this applies to both hotels and prices for food and services.
Location: 60 km from the airport and 65 km from Palma de Mallorca
How to get there: To get to Cala d'Or from the airport is possible by bus No. 1 which departs from the Aeroport Arribades stop. This bus will take you to the Estació Intermodal intercity bus station where you should find bus No. 501, which will take you to Cala D'or in an hour and a half.
Transfer from the airport to Cala d'Or costs 70 euros for a car. Order a transfer.
The price of a double room in a three-star hotel: 90-100 euros
What to do and where to go in Cala D'or
There are several beaches in Cala D'Or - Playa Cala D'Or, Playa Cala Gran, Cala d'es Pou, Cala de Egos. They all are sandy and located in different parts of the city, but you can get from one to another on foot.
The city port named Marina de Cala D'Or attracts tourists with graceful yachts, a beautiful promenade, elegant seagulls, and dozens of lovely cafes and restaurants.
Fort Cala Es Forti is an interesting place with a beautiful view of the sea and rocks. However, in Cala d'Or each new step presents you something wonderful, whether it is a white villa or a majestic pine tree on a cliff. And the easiest way to find beauty is just to walk around the city.
Rock Punta de Sa Galera is located minutes walk from the fort. You should go and see it because it is a nice small stone peninsula within the city and it looks very unusual. Here you can sit, look at the sea and the city, have a picnic and go further to explore the city.
The best hotels in the resort of Cala d'Or
The best budget option is the three-star Hotel Ses Puntetes, located a 10-minute walk from the beach. Each room has a balcony. Guests may enjoy an outdoor pool, two restaurants and a lounge bar with a terrace.
One of the most comfortable hotels is the four-star AluaSoul Mallorca Resort. It is located in the first line by the sea, the rooms are decorated in a Mediterranean style, and the windows offer stunning views of the mountains or the sea.
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People go to the resort with the romantic name Alcudia for spacious beaches, historical sights of the Old Town, fish restaurants known throughout Mallorca and relatively low prices.
Location: 60 km from the airport and 55 km from Palma.
How to get there: from the airport Alcudia can be reached by public transport or a transfer.
If you chose public transport, find the Aeroport Arribades stop, take bus No. 1 and go to the center of Palma to the Estació Intermodal bus station. Bus No. 351 departs from the Estació Intermodal bus station and takes you to Alcudia in an hour.
A transfer from Palma de Mallorca Airport to Alcudia will cost you about 75 euros for a group of up to 4 people. Order a transfer.
The cost of a double room in a three-star hotel: 110-120 euros
What to do and what see in Alcudia
First of all, Alcudia is many kilometers of sandy beaches. Pine trees and palms grow along the beaches, seagulls circle above them and it makes Alcudia a perfect place to forget about everything.
When the heavenly beach ends, the city port begins where beautiful yachts sway. You may book a trip on a yacht or boat along the coast and admire the city views, emerald forest and endless sea.
The promenade runs along the entire city and goes to the port. There are a lot of nice benches on the promenade where you can sit and relax under the sprawling palm trees and mighty pines. You can sit in one of the cafes, order something Mediterranean and feel good.
The old town of Alcudia is a stunning place to enjoy architecture and incredible atmosphere. A walk to the old town from the promenade takes 20 minutes. This time is enough to transfer you to the parallel world. The old city is surrounded by a fortress wall and in the very city centre you will find an ancient cathedral. Walk a couple of minutes and you are looking at the archeological excavations, another couple more and you are sitting in an excellent restaurant. The old town is small, but there are cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops on every corner so you will easily find something very colorful and unusual. A big plus is the lack of people. Alcudia is not the most popular resort so everything here is at your service.
The best hotels in Alcudia
Alcudia is famous for its boutique hotels. In such hotels, the emphasis is on the original and stylish design of the rooms. Pay your attention to Hotel Can Simo, located in a historic building 10-15 minutes walk from the beach. The four-star Ca´n Pere Hotel is also very interesting. It is located in the 19th century. It offers its guests incredible neoclassical interiors, the author's cuisine of the hotel restaurant and an excellent location at the coast. Another interesting boutique hotel with designer interiors is called Fonda Llabrés Boutique Hotel. It is located in the Old Town and a couple of minutes walk from the beach.
This resort is the most remote from the capital, however, you can get here from the airport in just 2 hours. Here you will find magnificent nature, luxurious sandy beaches, hotels with high-class service, and one of the most beautiful sights of Mallorca called Cape Formentor and its observation deck, Formentor lighthouse and Formentor beach.
Location: 65 km from the airport and 60 km from Palma.
How to get there: at the airport take bus No. 1. It departs from the Aeroport Arribades stop. The bus will take you to the center of Palma, a station is called Estació Intermodal. Bus No. 340 departs from the Estació Intermodal bus station and will take you to Port de Pollensa. The ride will take you about 2 hours.
A transfer from Palma de Mallorca airport to Port de Pollenca costs 80 euros for a car. Order a transfer.
The price of a double room in a three-star hotel: 110-130 euros.
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Formentor Beach is located near one of the most popular and beautiful sights on the island of Mallorca, Cape Formentor. The cape and the beach are 18 km from the famous resort of Alcudia, 10 km from the city of Porto de Pollenca, and 55 km from Palma de Mallorca.
An unusual location and an original combination of a sandy beach and a pine forest make this place so desired among travelers.
There are several key points here: an observation deck, a beach, and a lighthouse.
The observation deck Mirador Es Colomer is located 4 km from the Formentor beach. If you drive from Porta Pollenca first you meet an observation deck on your way, and then the Formentor beach and the Formentor lighthouse.
The most breathtaking views open up from this deck. You will see a 300-meter cliff and huge waves of sky-blue color. The line between reality and dreams is erased the minute you see it, and you have no choice but to surrender to your imagination. Keep your cameras ready and take an extra charger with you.
If you want, you can climb the steep path a little higher and look at the old tower. If not, you won’t lose much, because it is visible from the deck.
You may also walk around the deck, a couple of meters will not play a role, and you will breathe much more freely.
The beach is usually the main point of the route. If you are coming by car, be aware that beach parking costs about 10 euros and is usually very busy. You can try to leave the car just on the side of the road a couple of hundred meters from the parking lot.
The beach is located 3 km from the observation deck, follow the signs.
As we said above, the beach is an unusual combination of blue sea, yellow sand, and dark green pine trees that grow along the entire coast. Pine needles are expected to fall from the pines, so the sand is not as perfectly clean.
How to get to Cape Formentor from Palma de Mallorca
Buses do not go right to the cape and to the lighthouse. But if you are planning a trip to the Cape using public transport, first go to the city of Porto de Pollenca. Bus No. 340 goes from Palma de Mallorca to Porto de Pollenca, which departs from the Palma city bus station. Travel time is about 1 hour 30 minutes. You may buy tickets from the driver. When you arrive, take a bus to Formentor beach. The bus runs once a day at about 10 a. m. only in summer.
By taxi or transfer
Not the cheapest, but the fastest way is a car. A trip from Palma to Formentor beach costs about 85 euros. Order a transfer. Or you may get to Port de Pollenca by bus and take a taxi or a transfer from Port de Pollenca. Taxi will cost you about 10 euro.
You can rent a sun lounger and an umbrella on the beach, which will cost about 15 euros for a set of two sun loungers and an umbrella.
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If you came to the beach by car, do not miss the opportunity to see another attraction of the cape - the Formentor lighthouse. It is located 12 km from the beach of Formentor and stands on a cliff 210 meters high. The lighthouse is considered the northernmost point of Mallorca.
The lighthouse of Formentor offers a very beautiful view. There are not as many people here as on the beach or the Formentor observation deck, because it is not so easy to get here.
The best hotels in the resort of Port de Pollensa
A good budget option is the Apartamentos Torre Playa apartment complex, where you can rent comfortable apartments with a kitchen and perfect view, located right next to the sea. Another inexpensive hotel, the three-star Hotel Capri, is located a minute walk from the sea.
The best hotels in the resort include the four-star Hoposa Pollentia and Hotel Illa d'Or & Club. Both are located by the sea and offer their guests comfortable rooms with beautiful views and first-class service.