October 5, 2022
Mallorca: The best 5-day itinerary (+ map!)

Mallorca: The best 5-day itinerary (+ map!)

October 5, 2022
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The balearic island of Mallorca is one of Spain's top destinations all year round. With beautiful beach resorts, turquoise Mediterranean waters and quaint villages, there's no way you are going to run out of things to see and do in Mallorca. 

To help you plan your trip to Mallorca, I've designed this 5-day road trip itinerary perfect for first timers. It includes a map with all the must see spots and plenty of places to eat. 

Are you ready to explore this beautiful island? Let's take a look at the best 5-day itinerary to Mallorca.

Planning your trip to Mallorca

Mallorca is a big island. If you want to make the most of it, you have to stay for at least one week. However, you can see the best spots and a little bit of everything the island has to offer in 5 days. 

Renting a car is a must to travel around the island. You can either make an online booking or rent one as soon as your plane lands. If you are traveling during peak time (July-August), booking your car in advance is highly advisable. 

Tip: Get an automatic car if you can, specially if you are not used to manual transmission. traveling around the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains can be quite challenging at times otherwise.

Mallorca Itineray: Day 1

During our Mallorca vacation we stayed at Melia Palma Marina in the capital, Palma de Mallorca. This 4-star resort is located opposite the marina. It doesn't have its own parking. But you can park along the marina promenade for free.

Since we were staying in Palma, we devoted our first day to visiting the island's biggest city. Palma has a lovely Old Town, with lots of beautiful buildings. The architectural richness of the city is really impressive.

  • Palma's number one landmark is the cathedral. Its unique location by the sea is what makes this Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral so special.
  • Also worth visiting is the charming Santa Catalina neighborhood. Get lost around the streets of this former fishing neighborhood, now one of the most important hotspots in the city.
  • Don't miss La Almudaina Palace, the official residence of the Spanish Royal family during the summer months. 
  • On the other side of the city you can find Bellver Castle, a Gothic-style castle built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, one of the few circular castles in Europe.
  • Last but not least, the Arab baths are one of the most surprising places in Palma de Mallorca. A  splendid garden with cacti, palms and orange trees, where you can sit to take a break, lead to this unique hammam that dates back to the 10th century.
arab bath hammam mallorca palma

llotja lonja palma mallorca

fornet soca ensaimada mallorca

Tip: need to satisfy some sweet cravings? While strolling around the old town, stop at Fornet de la Soca and grab an ensaimada, a delicious rolled pastry made of flour, eggs and pork lard that is probably the most typical thing from Mallorca. If pastries are not your thing, grab a spectacular gelato from Giovanni L. Gelato Deluxe.

Mallorca Itineray: Day 2

Visit Colonia Sant Jordi and take a dip at Es Trenc beach. 
es trenc beach colonia san jordi sunset

Colonia de Sant Jordi is a small resort town located on the southeastern coast of Mallorca, near the famous Es Trenc beach. This was once a small fishing harbour but the outstanding beaches on its coastline have made tourism thrive here in recent years. 

Es Trenc beach, an unspoilt stretch of sand that is part of a nature reserve. We had high expectations about this place, however it turned out to be quite disappointing as the promised turquoise waters were so full of algae, it was difficult to take a swim. Other than that, you can actually see a beautiful sunset at this beach.

Mallorca Itineray: Day 3

Travel back in time thanks to the Soller train.
soller tram port beach marina

soller tram cathedral mallorca

One of Mallorca’s best-loved attractions, the old wooden train that connects Palma and the town of Soller, was originally introduced to transport citrus fruit from the Soller valley to the capital city.
The one-hour journey takes you through a spectacular scenery. Once you have explored Soller, you can take the old tram to Port de Soller. That's a great place to grab some lunch and spend the afternoon at the beach.

Train+tram tickets are 32€ and you can buy them online beforehand.  

Where to eat in Soller: we had reservations at Randemar. A seafront restaurant with a nice outdoor sitting area. 
mallorca food soller randemar dessert

soller shopping mallorca street

Mallorca Itineray: Day 4

Are you a tennis fan? Manacor is where Rafa Nadal was born and the place where his academy and museum are located. Tickets to the museum are 18€. You can also eat at the cafeteria or the Roland Garros restaurant before exploring the tennis courts. 
rafa nadal museum manacor mallorca

rafa nadal restaurant roland garros manacor mallorca

rafa nadal academy manacor menorca tennis court

Spend the second half of your day at Muro beach. One of the most spectacular beaches in Mallorca. Playa de Muro is a beautiful 6 kilometre long, award-winning, white sandy, crystal clear beach in the north of Mallorca.

Mallorca Itineray: Day 5

Spend the day in Deia.
belmond residencia hotel reception mallorca deia

cafe miro belmond residencia deia mallorca cocktail drink

deia belmond residencia pool mallorca

When it comes to visiting Mallorca, Deiá is one of the dreamiest hilltop villages to visit.

The most spectacular place in Deia is Belmond La Residencia hotel. Perched in the Tramuntana Mountains beside the Mediterranean Sea, this five-star spot offers an unforgettable experience in the north of the island. Even if you don't stay there, get reservations at one of their restaurants: El Olivo or Cafe Miro to be able to explore this jaw-dropping property. 

While you are there, you can't miss Cala Deia. This spectacular rocky cove is difficult to access but totally worth it. you can eat at one of Mallorca's most popular restaurant which is located there: Ca's Patro March. Both getting there and booking a table are tricky during peak season so I devoted a full post to all the things you need to know before going to Cala Deia. You can read the post here
cas patro march restaurant deia mallorca

Time for more?
  • If you love quaint towns, just about a 30-minute drive from Deia you will find the lovely town of Valldemossa 
  • Wander amongst the stalagmite and stalactites at the Drach Caves

Mallorca Island map

This map includes all the things you'll need during your stay: eateries, hotels, shops and beaches. To take this map with you, simply click on the star next to the name and it will be automatically saved to your Google maps. Enjoy!

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