I have mixed feelings about Mallorca. I find it too touristy and too many all inclusive hotels – both things I’m not fond of. But I also appreciate and understand why Mallorca is popular. It caters to cyclists and hikers, it caters to families, it’s perfect for couples. Mallorca really does have something for everyone. Furthermore, it is a beautiful island with lots of places to break away from the pack – you just have to look and know where to find them:
The northern end of Mallorca on the Cap der Formentor, is my favorite part of the island. The look out points are crowded with tourists, but the ample hiking paths are quieter and more peaceful.
The Cuevas del Drach, or the Dragon’s Caves near Porto Cristo on the east coast are the most beautiful caves I’ve ever seen, and worth a visit even though it is very touristy. Go later in the day when the tourist buses have disappeared to avoid some of the crowds. There are a lot of adventure activities in Mallorca, you just have to look for them.Mallorca has lots of tiny alcoves and small beaches which are not overcrowded. If you visit one that is crowded, chances are there is another one that’s not crowded just around the bend.
Cap der Formentor again, I just can’t get enough of the island’s most northerly point. You will need a car to reach it, as well as to reach other quieter places on the island.
The Roman city of Pollentia, located in Alcudia on the northeastern part of Mallorca are the best preserved Roman ruins on the island and worth a visit. The nearby old town of Alcudia is also worth visiting and a great place for some tapas.
Mallorca gets hot in summer – very hot, so a dip in the ocean on a small beach is the perfect way to cool down!