A week in Mallorca: what to do and see in 6, 7 or 8 days?
In order to help you organize your trip, I have prepared a one-week itinerary for you in Mallorca to discover some of the unmissable places of interest on this magnificent Balearic island.
On the program, I will take you to Palma de Mallorca, in the Serra de Tramontana, to Cap de Formentor, to visit the typical small villages and of course to enjoy the most beautiful beaches on the island! You will even have time for a great boat trip!
In this article, you will find all my advice for visiting Majorca in 6, 7 or 8 days with the details of the things to do each day as well as my selection of the best hotels to sleep at each stage.
So what to do and see in Mallorca in 1 week?
Part 1: Palma de Mallorca (4 days)
To visit Mallorca in a week , you will arrive in Palma de Mallorca, in the south of the island , either by plane or by ferry.
Day 1: Walk in Palma de Mallorca
For the first day, I suggest you visit Palma de Mallorca. The historic center is not very extensive and can easily be explored on foot.
During your circuit, I advise you to go through:
- The Olivar market where you can have a first glimpse of good local products such as cheeses and charcuterie. I recommend you try the sobrasada, a kind of spicy sausage typical of the Balearic Islands.
- Exit via Carrer de Sant Miquel, a street lined with shops to reach Plaça Major.
- Then take Carrer del Colom until Plaça Cort.
- Visit the Church of Santa Eulalia in the square of the same name.
Then head to one of the iconic places to see on this week-long trip to Mallorca: the cathedral.
You can only be amazed by the impressive architecture of one of the largest religious buildings in Spain, the construction of which took more than 3 centuries! The result is superb neo-Gothic and Renaissance facades.
And be sure to visit the interior, which boasts the largest Gothic rose window in the world and a canopy made by Antoni Gaudi, the famous architect to whom we owe the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona .
Located just opposite the cathedral, I then suggest you visit the Royal Almudaina Palace, an old Muslim fortress later converted into the residence of the King of Majorca.
It must be admitted that the interior is certainly a little empty, but you will be able to discover the small chapel, the royal apartments or the large hall.
On leaving the palace, take the series of stairs that will take you below, to the level of the Parc de la Mar. You can then draw your camera to take the essential shot of the 2 most beautiful buildings in Palma!
Take care with your belongings and your backpack around the cathedral, the palace and the Parc de la Mar, there are many pickpockets. In just 15 minutes, we witnessed 2 attempted robberies.
There are also people who pretend to be tourists and occupy you by asking you for information by brandishing a large map while their accomplices pick your pockets/purse/backpack…
Then head back to the old town, where if you feel like it, you can do some quick tours:
- At the Majorca Museum
- At the Arab baths
- At the Monti-Sion church
- At the Basilica of Saint Francis to see the cloister.
For the end of the afternoon, you can plan a short shopping session in the alleys of Palma before embarking on a magnificent catamaran for a short cruise at sunset.
You will even be able to enjoy a good and quite generous buffet during the sea trip as well as the talents of a DJ for the musical atmosphere. And don’t forget your bathing suit, as a swimming stop in the clear waters is also on the program!
Spend a first night in Mallorca.
Day 2: Relaxing on the beaches of southern Mallorca
For the second day of your week-long stay in Majorca, I suggest a relaxing day on one (or more!) of the sublime beaches that have made the reputation of the island.
For those who want tranquility, head for the cape of Ses Salines, 1 hour’s drive from the center of Palma, at the southern tip of the island. You can park your car along the road just before you get to the cape and the lighthouse there.
Then take the path that starts from the right of the lighthouse and leads along the seaside for about 20 minutes to El Caragol beach. You will then have at your disposal a long expanse of sand that is completely wild and generally quite uncrowded.
And if you want to be even quieter, you can continue another twenty minutes on foot to reach Cala en Tugores.
There is no infrastructure in this area, so do not hesitate to plan a picnic (with the good typical products of the Olivar market for example!).
For those who would prefer slightly better equipped beaches and where you hardly have to walk to get there (which necessarily goes hand in hand with greater attendance), I advise you to go to Colonia de Sant Jordi. This seaside resort is located between Palma and the cape of Ses Salines.
It is home to one of the most famous sandy beaches in Majorca: the Trenc beach. Turquoise water, fine sand, pine forest, we are not going to lie to each other, the place is really very beautiful!
Still in Colonia, you also have other very pretty beaches, one after the other:
- La plage des Dolç
- Can Curt Beach
- Es Carbo beach
- The beach of Ses Roquetes which is the last and the biggest.
On the road before returning to Palma, you can make a short stop in the village of Llucmajor. Place d’Espagne is quite nice for a drink and there is a small pedestrian zone with a few shops.
Spend a second night in Palma.
If you don’t like staying for hours on the same beach, you can absolutely go see all its places in the same day if you have rented a car for your week-long Mallorca road trip.
If you don’t have a vehicle, you won’t be able to go to Cap de Ses Salines, but to Colonia de Sant Jordi by public transport, yes. You even have a shuttle (in season) that leaves from Palma and goes to Es Trenc beach. Click on this link in orange to reserve it!
Day 3: Sineu market, caves and beaches
For the third day of your 1-week trip to Mallorca, I suggest you go to the Sineu market.
It takes place only on Wednesday mornings but you can organize the days of this route as you wish so that it falls on the right day. Since you sleep in Palma for the first few days, it doesn’t change anything.
Sineu is a 40-minute drive from Palma, in the center of the island.
The market, which is the largest in Mallorca, is made up of lots of stalls, mainly clothes, jewelery and bags for the part located around the main square. Going up towards the church, you will find the fruit and vegetable market.
In the middle of all this, there are also a few stalls offering local specialties such as sobrasada, cheeses or fuet (a fine sausage).
Then go back by car, direction Porto Cristo where the 2 most famous caves of Majorca are located: the caves of Hams and the caves of Drach.
No need to visit both because they are very similar: they each have a large underground lake where you can attend a concert given by musicians on the water.
And of course, you will have the opportunity to admire many stalactites and stalagmites during the visit.
For the rest of the day, you have several choices:
1) Hike the 4 creeks which starts at the parking lot of Finca Can Roig (15 min by car south of Porto Cristo).
If you want to do the whole trail, you will go through Cala Bota, Cala Virgili, Cala Pilota and Cala Magraner. To have done it, I advise you to skip Cala Bota which is really nothing exceptional and to go directly to Cala Virgili, which for me is the prettiest of the 4.
From here you can cut through the rocks (not take the main trail back) to Cala Pilota. Then take the main trail again to go from Cala Pilota to Cala Magraner, which is the largest of the 4 coves.
For the return from Cala Magraner to the car park, count about 1 hour of walking.
I recommend the walk if you like isolated, quiet corners and wild landscapes. You can also take the opportunity to swim even if it must be admitted that there are much more beautiful coves in Mallorca.
The place is still very nice with crystal clear water and bordered by cliffs.
2) If you want more entertainment and equipped beaches/coves with bars and deckchair/umbrella rentals, I recommend that you go further south, to Cala d’Or (30 min from Porto Cristo).
This seaside resort consists of several hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. It is also home to several sandy beaches located at the bottom of small fjords, in protected bays and with turquoise water.
You have for example: Cala Esmeralda, Cala Gran, Cala Petita and Calo d’es Pou.
Return to Palma for the night.
On the road between Sineu and Porto Cristo, tennis fans can stop at Manacor where the Rafa Nadal Museum Experience is located. As its name suggests, it is dedicated to the world tennis star who was born in this village.
For those who do n’t have a car, you can visit the Caves of Els Hams, the Caves of Drach and Porto-Cristo with a day trip including transport and a guide.
Day 4: The coves of the South-East of Mallorca
We continue this week-long circuit in Majorca with a day devoted to the superb coves in the south-east of the island.
On the program, we start in style with one of the most beautiful coves in Mallorca, I named Cala del Moro. Accessible in just 10 minutes on foot, the place is really superb, very wild with its turquoise water bordered by rocks. Impossible to resist a swim!
However, there is no real beach, you will have to leave your towel and rest on the rocks.
A 5-minute walk from Cala del Moro, I also recommend that you go see Cala S’almunia, a tiny marina with fishermen’s houses.
Then get back in the car.
North of Cala del Moro, you will find 3 other known places:
- La Cala Llombards: a family beach of fine sand, with shallow water – Fairly limited parking with 50 spaces.
- The viewpoint of Es Pontas, which allows you to admire an arch in rock – To do for the photo but it is not exceptional.
- La Cala Santanyi, a very nice sandy beach surrounded by rock walls. Possible to walk on the left.
If you get hungry, you can then head to Cala Figuera, a small fishing port with a few terrace restaurants and sea views.
Then head to the Mondrago Natural Park.
Park in the paying car park at €6 per day. From there, a very easy path will allow you to reach several creeks through the pine forest:
- S’Amarador, a beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear water – 10 minutes walk from the car park
- Cala Mondrago, smaller and less wild but still a great water color! 5 minutes from S’Aramador
- Calo des Borgit, 15 minutes from Mondrago via the flat and shady path by the sea.
Choose the one that tempts you for the end of the day!
Spend another night in Palma.
Accommodation in Palma de Mallorca
Here is my selection of the best accommodations to sleep in Palma de Mallorca according to your budget.
Do not hesitate to click on the name in orange of any hotel to access information and make your reservation.
And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to ask me for advice in the comments by telling me your dates of stay and your criteria. I will help you find the perfect hotel!
- The Boc Hostels – City Albergue Juvenil: Hostel located 400 meters from the historic center of Palma and C’an Pere Antoni beach. Bed in dormitory from 40€ per night. Most: the swimming pool on the roof, the cleanliness, the kitchen area. An excellent choice for cheap accommodation in Palma de Mallorca.
- Nou Baleares: located 10 minutes walk from Plaça Major. Tastefully decorated double room from €110, breakfast included. Most: the location in the city center, the comfort of the beds, rooftop with swimming pool. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio in Palma!
- Isla Mallorca & Spa: located in the Bay of Palma. Spacious double room with balcony from €150, breakfast included. Most: spa and wellness center, pleasant pool area, varied breakfast
- Hotel Saratoga: located next to the Es Baluard museum. Modern and spacious double room from €180 per night, breakfast included. The pluses: the swimming pool on the roof and its view of the cathedral, the perfect location for visiting Palma de Mallorca on foot, the generous breakfast buffet.
- Protur Naisa Palma Hotel: located 5 minutes walk from the old town. Beautiful contemporary and chic room from 220€, breakfast included. Most: the equipment (rooftop, swimming pool, spa), the design, the excellent breakfast.
In the category of the most beautiful 5* hotels in Palma de Mallorca, I recommend:
- Hotel Victoria Gran Meliá : located just opposite the Port of Palma. Double room from €270, breakfast at €29. Most: the geographical location, the view of the sea, the friendliness of the staff.
- Nixe Palace: located right next to the beach of Cala Major, this 5* hotel offers welcoming double rooms with balcony and sea view from €300 per night, breakfast at €24. The pluses: the setting with the breathtaking view of the sea, the good breakfast, the direct access to the beach. This is our recommendation for an upscale stay in Palma!
- Hotel Antigua Palma – Casa Noble: This superb luxury hotel is located in the heart of the old town, just 100 meters from the cathedral. You will stay in sumptuous, elegantly decorated rooms, from €450 per night, breakfast included. The pluses: the Spa with hammam and indoor swimming pool, the calm, the caring staff, the rooftop. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Palma!
Part 2: Alcudia and the North of Mallorca (4 days)
For the second stage of this 1-week stay in Majorca, I suggest you visit the north of the island.
I advise you to change hotels to avoid going back and forth every day. I give you my selection of hotels in Alcudia a little further down in the article.
But you might as well stay in the same hotel in Palma for the week. You just have to be aware that it will make you do more routes.
Day 5: The Serra de Tramuntana
On this fifth day, I recommend that you take the road to explore the Serra de Tramontana.
It is indeed impossible to visit Majorca in 1 week without planning to go through the typical villages of this mountainous region, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Starting from Palma and going up towards Alcudia, in the north of the island, I advise you to stop at Valldemossa, Deià, Soller and Fornalutx, which all have pretty traditional stone houses.
You can stroll through the cobbled streets lined with cafes and shops.
From Fornalutx, then take the road that goes to Sa Calobra. You must park in the paid car park before continuing on foot to the seaside.
Arrived in the area with the restaurants, continue on foot on the right. After passing through 2 tunnels dug in the mountain, you will come out in the Torrent de Pareis, a large and long canyon at the entrance of which is a small pebble beach.
With its high cliffs, the gorge is particularly impressive and the place truly amazing.
Take the car back to Alcudia where you will spend the next 3 nights. Along the way, you can still make 2 stops:
- At the monastery of Lluc: for 5€, you can visit the botanical garden, the cloister, the museum and the chapel.
- In Pollença which has a charming historic center. Do not hesitate to climb the steps of the Calvary which leads to the small chapel to admire the beautiful view of the village and the church.
Spend the night towards Alcudia.
- The road that crosses the entire Serra de Tramontana is narrow, winding and very busy, both by cars and by many cyclists. So you have to be very careful and drive very carefully. If you are car sick, I also advise you to anticipate because there are turns!
- Bring change because all the car parks in the villages + Sa Calobra are chargeable and most only accept coins.
- If you do not have a vehicle and you have chosen to stay in Palma, you can visit some villages of the Serra de Tramontana with an organized excursion departing from the south of Majorca. Find all the information and book this excursion in Mallorca by clicking here!
Day 6: Cape of Formentor
For this sixth day of your week-long road trip in Mallorca, head for the famous Cap de Formentor, the northernmost point of the island.
Along the single road that runs through the peninsula, you will enjoy impressive views of the cliffs and the sea below.
A must see in Cap de Formentor:
- The Es Colomer viewpoint, the most famous belvedere and which allows you to contemplate an incredible view on both sides of the Cape.
- La Talaia d’Albercutx which must be reached on foot. This former watchtower also offers a superb panorama of Formentor
- Formentor beach where you can take a welcome swimming break on one of the most beautiful beaches to go to in Mallorca in 1 week!
- The cove of Cala Figuera, if you are looking for a quieter place to swim. As it is only accessible on foot, there are immediately fewer people.
- The Formentor* lighthouse, the last place to see because it is at the very end of the road.
* Please note, if you have decided to go to Mallorca for 7 days in summer, between June 15 and September 15, you are not allowed to access the lighthouse by car.
The road is in theory closed from Formentor beach. I say “in theory” because in fact nothing prevents you from passing, but you will then have the unpleasant surprise of receiving a fine of 80€ a few weeks later…
To avoid this, you have to leave your car in the paying car park on the beach and take the buses that shuttle between the 2. It is also possible to go on foot or by bike.
After the Cape, you can continue the day with a walk in the old town of Alcudia. The part which is located between the ramparts is very pleasant to walk around with lots of small shops and restaurants.
You can end up with a sunbathing and swimming session on Muro beach which runs along the entire bay of Alcudia for several kilometres.
Spend another night towards Alcudia.
The Cap de Formentor road is narrow and very busy. Even in the off season, it can often be complicated to park and it quickly becomes a real mess, especially when people start to park on the side of the road and no one can pass each other.
If you are not comfortable driving, you have excursions that depart from Alcudia. A panoramic bus takes you around Cape Town and also includes a one-hour break at Formentor beach. From the beach, you then take the boat for a very nice cruise along the Cape.
You must book this excursion in advance by clicking here.
And good news for those who do n’t have a car and have stayed in Palma, you can also discover the historic center of Alcudia, Cap de Formentor and its beach + take a boat trip thanks to a day trip to departure from Palma.
You have all the information by clicking on the following link: Tour of the North of Mallorca from Palma with transport included.
Day 7: Hiking and the beaches of the North-East
For the penultimate day of your one-week itinerary in Mallorca, I suggest you go for a little hike in the natural park of the Peninsula de Llevant.
It is 40 km east of Alcudia.
At the entrance to the park (locality S’Alqueria Vella de Baix), at the level of the car park, you will find the information office (open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to obtain the map of the accessible trails.
If it’s closed, there is also a large sign that summarizes the different trails: 13 in total, for a duration of 30 minutes to 1h30. You can also easily combine them if you want to walk longer.
With stunning landscapes, between sea and mountains, the Peninsula de Llevant is one of the most beautiful places to hike in Mallorca.
And because after the effort, comes the comfort, to refresh you and relax, you will have well deserved to spend the rest of the day on one of the sublime beaches of the North-East coast of the island.
Among my favorites in this area, I recommend Cala Mesquida, a large beach of fine sand and superb water color bordered by dunes and pine forest.
On the left of the beach, at the end of Carrer Esparrell, if you haven’t had your walking quota, you can also take the path that joins 4 other coves:
- Cala Torta in 25 minutes on foot
- La Cala Mitjana: + 15 min from Torta
- La Cala Estreta: + 5 min from Midjana
- La Cala Es Matzoc: + 25 min from Estreta
The first 2 are real sandy beaches, the other 2 are only rocks.
In the same area but further south of Cala Mesquida, there are also 2 other beaches that I easily classify among the prettiest on the whole island:
- La Cala Gat: a superb little cove with turquoise water located in the seaside resort of Cala Ratjada, not far from the Capdepera lighthouse (which you can take advantage of to go and see – accessible by car).
- La Cala Agulla, a very pretty sandy beach surrounded by pine forests.
Spend one last night in Alcudia.
Day 8: Return to Palma
You have come to the end of this week-long holiday in Mallorca. You will have to think about going back down quietly to Palma (unless you are already there if you preferred to spend the week in the same hotel).
Allow 50 minutes by car for the trip between Alcudia and Palma de Mallorca airport.
Depending on your take-off time, you can plan a last swim on S’Arenal beach for example, which is the closest to the airport.
A good way to end this 7-8 day itinerary in Mallorca in style!
For a 6 day Mallorca road trip, you can remove any of the days. To see according to your interests.
Ditto for a 7-day stay in Mallorca.
Accommodation near Alcudia
- Hotel Ivory Playa Sports & Spa: Located 50 meters from the beach in the Bay of Alcudia. Clean and well-appointed apartment with balcony overlooking the sea from 75€. Most: the proximity to the beach, the swimming pool, the Spa, the friendliness of the staff, spacious room.
- Ona Garden Lago: located in Alcudia, 1 km from the beach. Large modern apartment, well equipped (with washing machine!), spacious and with a beautiful terrace with deckchair and table, from 85€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the calm, the beautiful pool area, the good breakfast, the comfort. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio in Alcudia!
- Grupotel Maritimo: Located 150 meters from the beach. Modern and comfortable double room with balcony from €110 per night, breakfast included (a formula with dinner is also available). The pluses: the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the Spa, the entertainment, the varied breakfast buffet, the comfort of the beds.
- Hotel Astoria Playa Adults Only 4* Sup: Located 150 meters from the beach. Double room with refined decoration with balcony and for some spa baths, from 140€ per night, breakfast and dinner included! Most: the swimming pools, the quality of the meals, the friendliness of the staff.
- Forum Boutique Hotel & Spa – Adults Only: Small charming hotel located in the heart of the old town of Alcudia. Warm and cozy double room from €200, breakfast included. The pluses: the Spa with jacuzzi, sauna and hammam, the fabulous breakfast, the tranquillity, the excellent welcome. This is our recommendation for an upscale stay in Alcudia!
Other activities to do for a week in Mallorca
If you want to add other activities to do during your week-long trip to Mallorca, I have selected some really nice ones for you.
Do not hesitate to click on the links to access the details and make your reservations:
1) Best activities for the southern half of Mallorca (Palma and surroundings)
- Off-Road Quad Tour – This is my favorite activity on this list! The course is really great since you take dirt trails and the guide is at the top!
- Buggy outing with a French-speaking instructor.
- Sports car excursion 2h30 in the afternoon or 4h30 in the morning – French guide.
In Majorca, you can also opt for a wonderful activity: a hot air balloon flight!! I put the link below to book :
Book my hot air balloon flight now!
- Sailboat cruise + barbecue included
- Boat trip around sea caves and cliffs + 2 stops to swim in secluded coves
- Boat trip in the bay of Palma + swimming stop in turquoise water
- 1-hour boat trip around Palma Marina to admire views of the Cathedral and Bellver Castle
- Speedboat excursion – Sensations guaranteed!
- Morning or afternoon boat party
- 2.5 hour boat party at sunset
- Boat party at night with departure from Palma at 10 p.m.
- A one-hour jet ski tour in the protected area of Los Deltas
- Jet ski trip in the bay of Palma
- Snorkeling in a nature reserve
- Initiation to scuba diving in a nature reserve – French- speaking instructor and in small groups!
- A kayak excursion to visit the sea caves
- You coasteering
- Marine caving to explore underground lakes
- Canyoning (activity that is practiced only from October to the end of March because otherwise there is no water)
- Parasailing in the Bay of Palma
- A towed buoy session
- A paddle boarding trip at sunset
2) Activities in the North of Mallorca (Alcudia and its surroundings)
- 3h cruise on a small boat of maximum 12 people where you can see many dolphins around the cape of Formentor
- Sunrise cruise to see the dolphins
- Catamaran excursion on the North coast of Mallorca + barbecue included
- Sailboat cruise with tapas + wine included
- Zodiac ride (max 12 people) in Cap de Formentor and Cap Pinar
- Sunset Cruise for 2 on a Stunning Sailboat with Dinner Included
Are you going to Mallorca? Read also:
- Itinerary: 10 days in Mallorca – Our recommended itinerary to visit Mallorca in 9-10 days
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