Road Trip Mallorca – Driving the Love Island
Our latest road trip adventure is Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Mallorca blends crystal waters with pure white sand. And as you journey around unspoilt coastlines you may even pick up a pearl. Yet this isn’t a conventional beach holiday. Well, not if we can help it. In the latest of our Adventure Ideas for European family road trips, brought to you in conjunction with Avis Car Hire, we go driving in Mallorca…
What to do in Mallorca?
Fancy some island life this summer? A chill out in the heat followed by a cool down in the ocean? On Mallorca you can have a mountain adventure swiftly followed by stroll around a street market and then a splash in the clear waters. Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is famous of late as the setting for the popular TV show Love Island. But it has much for going for it on a road trip.
Mallorca is one of the Balearic islands, lying off the East coast of Spain, and it’s big enough to keep you entertained, yet small enough for you to take your foot off the accelerator and slow down just a little. Who knows, if you’re looking, you might even find love.
Coastal island tour of Mallorca
The secret to enjoying Mallorca lies in making the most of the abundant nature and scenery, whichever town or resort you wind up in. But try not to get seduced by a single place as there’s so much to see. Which is why a road trip is perfect for this, the biggest of the Balearic Islands. So let’s look at what there is to see when you drive Mallorca.
In the beginning there was Palma
The capital city of Palma is a coastal gem. Rental cars are available at the airport and in town, but before you hit the road you might want to have a quick peek at attractions like the cathedral, or book a table in one of its restaurants to set you up for your drive ahead. If you fancy something lighter then pop in to one of the buzzing coffee shops and order an Ensaimada Mallorquina; a popular sweet spiral pastry speciality made on the island. Or you can save yourself for lunch or dinner at Campos, just 24 miles down the coast.
Campos – Mallorca’s answer to the Carribean
But there’s more to Campos than lunch. You’ll be in the vicinity of the island’s most famous beach. Es Trenc has two kilometres of almost perfect sand and being some distance from the resorts helps it maintain a wild and natural feel. Natural in every sense of the word, as it’s also an unofficial naturist beach! It can get very popular in summer, but you can always escape the crowds by hiring a windsurfing board and heading offshore.
Cabrera – an island off the island
While you are in the south, a definite ‘must see’ is the archipelago that includes Cabrera. This little island, with picturesque cathedral and quay is made for wandering. Keep your eyes peeled for lizards. Tourist numbers are limited by the amount of boat trips that make it in and out of the archipelago in a day so it might feel like a well kept secret. On the way back you might get the opportunity to swim in the Sa Cova Blava caves with their amazing light. Or you could take the plunge more fully by signing up for deep sea diving. The coastline is a protected area so you’re bound to see some fish!
Diving for pearls in Manacor market
If you’d like to pick up a souvenir on your island tour of Mallorca without having to go looking for it on the sea bed, then your next stop should be Manacor. One of the busiest street markets on Mallorca sets up nearby every weekend, and the town also specialises in making artificial pearls. The local factories are happy to give tours and no doubt even happier to show you to their gift shops. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Coves Del Drach (caves of the dragon) near Porto Cristo. The four caves are interconnected, with the added bonus of an underground lake. If you take a tour then keep an eye on that lake as it may bring you a musical surprise.
Alcudia – tourist hub of the north
Alcudia is a popular tourist hub that’s top of the list of what to do in Mallorca for its Roman ruins. The attractive old town has a 14th-century wall which you can follow and outside of this wall there are the remains of a Roman town. It’s an archaeologists dream, but if you aren’t into history there are more modern pursuits available in Alcudia like golfing and biking. You don’t need Romans for that. What did the Romans ever do for biking? Oh yes, they invented the wheel.
Don’t miss the mountains of Mallorca
It would be a shame to drive Mallorca and not spend some time in in the mountains. The Serra de Tramuntana range crosses the island’s north west coast so quite handy to explore while heading back towards the airport. They may look like pointy marshmallows on the map but they are much more delicious in real life!
The 50 km mountain range is celebrated for its limestone rocks, pine woods, and steep cliffs, and the road that creeps along it is one of the most scenic in the country. You could easily while away a couple of days by ditching your wheels and hiking on two legs to places like the Monastry of Lluc, where you can stay the night and contemplate life, the world and everything. But that’s hungry work, so on your way back to the airport call into the port of Andratx. Gelateria Capri is rumoured to have the best home made ice cream in the island, and some say in the world.
And if that’s not a good way to cool off and end a road trip, I don’t know what is.
Fancy a road trip of Majorca? Got an idea or suggestion for a place to eat or visit, something interesting to see or do? Why not share it with us as a comment.
For more road trip adventures of Spain and the Balearic Islands read our post on Driving in Tenerife.
Disclosure Note: This post was brought to you thanks to the support of Avis Car Hire. All the research, ideas and opinions remain, as ever, entirely our own.