After a great couple of nights in Palma, we picked up a rental car and headed out to explore the rest of the island. We didn’t see everything (Mallorca is not small – more than twice the size of Oahu) but we did manage to pack a lot of great spots into our four day roadtrip.
Day 1: Cala Mesquida and driving to Puerto Pollensa
After getting our rental car, we went north to Cala Mesquida, which has a reputation as one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It didn’t disappoint! There’s a huge stretch of sand, beautiful turquoise water and some interesting rock formations along the sides of the beach. It’s also great for young kids because the beach is easily accessible from the parking lot and the water is very calm and shallow for a long way out. The water was the perfect temperature for swimming. We had a great beach day here.
There was some sort of ranch/farmstay place nearby that had peacocks running around, so that was fun to see.
Then we drove to Puerto Pollensa, where we were staying for the next four nights. We stayed at Hotel Illa D’Or which I admit was mostly because I heard Agatha Christie had stayed there and written a short story set there (“Problem at Pollensa Bay”), which I thought was super cool. The hotel itself was a little underwhelming, especially for the price, but I loved the location right on Pollensa Bay and a short walk into town along the “pine walk,” a broad tree-lined sidewalk.
Day 2: Mirador Es Colomer and Pollensa
We started our day with breakfast overlooking the water at the hotel.
After that, we drove to the nearby Mirador Es Colomer. Although this was a quick stop that probably didn’t take much more than a hour to visit given its proximity to our hotel, it was absolutely one of the highlights of Mallorca for me. The views from here were just incredible!
Because it’s a narrow peninsula, you can actually see the water in two directions – looking out onto the rocks of Punta Nau as pictured above, but also back over Pollensa Bay.
We spent the afternoon playing at our hotel’s pool and beach, before heading into town to play some more at the beach there.
We saw these paddle boats with built-in slides for rent all over Mallorca, and we decided to rent one for an hour. The slide was more fun in theory than in practice, but it was fun to paddle around Pollensa Bay.
We ended the day with lobster paella at one of the many seafood restaurants in Pollensa.
Day 3: Llaut trip to Cap de Formenter
For this day, we had arranged an excursion through our hotel on their llaut, a traditional Mallorcan boat.
We cruised up the coast to the Formentor peninsula (where we had been the previous day, but this time we had a different view of it). This villa apparently was used in the filming of the TV show The Night Manager.
We eventually anchored in a cove with stunningly clear, turquoise water and went swimming and snorkeling. The water was so refreshing.
After our swim we got back on the boat for a delicious Mallorcan lunch. The leftover food got dropped over the side for the fish that were circling our boat, which was definitely the highlight of the boat trip for my 4 year old :)
When we got back to land, we again strolled along the pine walk to Puerto Pollensa.
We ate at Restaurant Velomar this night, and it ended up being our best meal of the trip. We loved the chicken Caesar salad and I had a pear fiocchetti (the pasta that’s shaped like little purses) that was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had!
Day 4: Soller and Port de Soller
On our final full day, we took a road trip along the west coast of the island. We drove by the hilltop town of Valldemossa. I would have loved to stop and explore, but we were trying to get to Soller before it got too crowded. What we saw of Valldemossa from the road was lovely though.
Soller is a very charming town, and we had a great time strolling around and of course getting some ice cream.
There’s a beautiful church in Soller that dates from the 13th century.
I will say that driving in Soller was one of my least favorite parts of the trip. Generally driving in Mallorca was completely fine and not really any different than driving in the US, but the streets in Soller are very tiny – often two lane roads are barely wider than one car width – and we had a terrible time finding parking. There’s a train that goes here from Palma and in hindsight I wish we had done that.
One of the highlights of Soller is that there’s a tram that goes to the nearby seaside town of Port de Soller. It’s about a 20 minute ride and for part of the way goes right along the coastline, so you have nice views of the sea.
Port de Soller is small and didn’t have much to do besides the beach, but we enjoyed walking around town for a bit before heading back to Soller.
And with that, our time in Mallorca came to an end. I was so charmed by this island and can’t recommend it enough as a laidback destination for families with little kids.