If you need proof that there's more to Mallorca than sun, sea and sand, then Palma is it.
Home to world-class art galleries and exquisite cuisine, the capital is a destination in its own right. Of course, Palma is also the entry point for the rest of Mallorca, so if sun, sea and sand tick your boxes then you're in the right place.
Whether you’re cruising the promenade or tackling a mountain trail outside the city, Palma is an ideal destination for cyclists of all levels. The city is well connected with bike paths and the seaside bike lane from the port to El Arenal beach is an easy, idyllic route. Visitors can rent bikes at the many shops along the promenade.
Walking and hiking
Mallorca is home to exceptionally scenic hiking trails, but you don’t need to stray far from Palma to get your heart pumping. Slip on your trainers and hit the promenade for a walk or a jog. For some more challenging terrain, climb the 450 steps to Castell de Bellver, a striking Gothic castle surrounded by pine trees.
The bay of Palma de Mallorca is a calm and beautiful kayaking locale. Explore the rocky coast from the sea and go for a dip when the sun gets hot. Hire a guide and you can also explore some of the impressive sea caves that are only accessible with an expert.
Wild, hilly Mallorca is a thrilling setting for a road trip. The hairpin turns can be on the hairy side, but the views are well worth the ride. Here are three road trips within an hour and a half of Palma.
Cap de Formentor
Set on the northern tip of Mallorca, Cap de Formentor is a dramatic outcropping that offers stunning views of the coast. Stop at the Formentor lighthouse and drive on to Formentor beach, one of the island’s most pristine beaches.
For a quieter alternative to bustling Palma, drive north to Fornalutx. The picturesque mountainside village has cobbled streets, 17th-century buildings and rustic restaurants. For active types, the countryside that surrounds the village is lined with excellent hiking trails.
Mondragó Natural Park
This sprawling park is home to 766 hectares of wetlands, pine forests and beautiful beaches. The park is known as Mallorca’s best birdwatching spot, but you'll also find Cala Mondragó here, one of the loveliest beaches on the island.