To follow on from my travel review of Puerto Pollensa (which is where Phill, Rose and I stayed whilst on holiday in Mallorca last month) I thought I would recount my favourite places to visit in Mallorca. Whilst we enjoy chilling out on holiday and can never be bothered renting a car, we also like to get out and about. We make full use of public transport and also like to go on the occasional planned tour.
Whilst a small island, Mallorca has lots to offer in terms of trips and excursions. It’s famed as a brilliant place to go hiking and cycling but we did none of those things! Instead we did a city trip to Palma twice, we got the bus to old town Pollensa and enjoyed a couple of day excursions with a travel tour company. Check out my top Mallorca highlights below, and let me know if you have any questions about the trip!
Palma is the capital of Mallorca and a really beautiful city to visit. It took us just an hour to get there by bus from Puerto Pollensa and it’s a really easy city to get around by foot. I spent a clean fortune in Zara, Mango and Benetton before venturing to see Palma’s gothic cathedral, which overlooks the harbour. And what a sight it was! It’s huge and breathtaking – definitely worth a visit when in Palma. After spending a day in Palma on our first week on holiday, we decided to visit again in the second week as we just felt there was more to see and do. Again, I spent a fortune on clothes (for Rose and I) but also delighted in the beautiful architecture and laid back vibe of the city.
Pollensa Old Town
Our friends visited Mallorca just a week before us and they told us we had to visit Pollensa old town and walk up the famous Calvary steps. We duly did as were told. We took the short bus trip (about 20 minutes) to Pollensa old town…and want an enchanting town it was. We loved weaving around the old streets. Thankfully we made the right decision to leave the buggy behind and carry Rose in the baby carrier. There was no chance we were getting up all 365 of the Calvary steps with a buggy! The climb was worth it because the view from the top was truly beautiful. After our mini hike, we grabbed lunch and wandered around some of the shops and quaint back streets.
Rafa Nadal Sports Museum & Academy
Phill and I are both tennis fans and try and keep up with the sport as much as we can. We knew the tennis player Rafa Nadal was from Mallorca and we’d also heard he recently opened a tennis academy on the island. What we didn’t know was that you could visit the academy and there was also a Rafa Nadal sports museum open to visitors. We quickly booked on the No Frills Excursions tour which took us to the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre and then onto Porto Cristo where Rafa lives – although we didn’t spot the man himself unfortunately! We loved this day trip. The museum is a celebration of all sport and sporting legends – from Rafa himself to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. As well as tons of sporting memorabilia on show, there is an interactive element to the museum. There were racing car simulators and virtual reality off-road cycling, amongst other things! For me, the highlight of the whole day was checking out the state-of-art academy Rafa has built for budding young tennis players. We even got to see some of the pupils play on the courts before stopping to enjoy a coffee in the cafe. Needless to say, we have big hopes that one day Rose will be a world class tennis player!
No Frills Island Tour
We enjoyed our No Frills Excursion to the Rafa Nadal sports centre so much that we booked with them again to go on an island tour. On both days Juan (pictured above) was our tour guide and he was fantastic. Not only was he entertaining but also extremely accommodating to the three of us. He was always on hand to help us with Rose and the buggy and to make sure we were enjoying the trip. It was his attentiveness that made the island tour extra special. We were blown away by the beautiful Mallorca countryside and coast and enjoyed exploring the island by boat, bus, train and tram! Rose travelled like a trouper and nothing seemed to faze her. Of course, getting plenty of attention from our fellow day-trippers helped keep her in good form 😉
I’d definitely make a return trip to Mallorca in the future. It’s a beautiful island, easy to get around, family friendly…and let’s not forget the warm climate!
Check out our family travel vlog below!