48 Hours in Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca’s laid-back groove and plentiful sea views have long made this a popular travel spot for the summer holidays. It is a refuge for those seeking the warmth of the sun, thanks to its sultry summers tempered by the sea breeze.

As one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, you may already know about its gorgeous coastlines and sandy beaches, but how about the trekking opportunities in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.

Here’s what not to miss when spending a couple of days on this beautiful island.

Discover the old town of Palma
Some visitors will head straight to Cala Mondragó or Formentor for the beach, but Palma makes for a perfect beginning and a place where you can understand the cultural evolution of the island. A famed resort city and capital to the Balearic Islands, this bustling metropolitan in the western Mediterranean offers insight into communities of Moors and Romans, as well as the Catholics.

Check out the Santa María; Castell de Bellver, Royal Palace of La Almudaina; and find the Mercat de Olivar.

Explore the Passeig des Born Boulevard


The tree-lined high street is where you can lose yourself in its labyrinth of lanes and encounter boutique shops and restaurants. Within Passeig des Born’s gridlike layout, you can spot numerous art galleries like Berlin’s Kewenig space which is home to countless emerging artists.

Admire the colorful Mallorcan ceramics at the Terra Cuita. Take in the architecture of modernist buildings and make a pit-stop for contemporary tapas at Ombú. Splurge on a hearty dinner at the De Tokio a Lima accompanied by White Sangria before detouring to explore Santa Catalina’s buzzing neighborhood.

Fill up on churros at El Rocío Santa Ponsa
Remember to fill up on a hearty Spanish breakfast before heading towards Magaluf beach for an exhausting day of basking in the sunshine. Take a seat at El Rocío Santa Ponsa on a quiet corner in the Santa Ponça neighborhood.

The order here is churro with lovely thick hot chocolate drink, a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and delicious patatas bravas – a native spicy potato dish deep-fried and covered in spicy sauce (€7.50). Or pursue the other route, at Le Cafe Flora, a specialty breakfast restaurant and bakery just around the corner from Magaluf.

Dive off bone-white beaches in Magaluf
Late morning is the best time to hit Magaluf Beach before it gets too hot and the forefront of the coastline – running around a thousand meters – fills up with local swimmers.

If serenity is what you’re after, walk north to Palmanova Beach. There’s mile after mile of relatively low-crowd sand beneath the same relaxing, baby-blue sky. The white grain sand is perfect for sunbathing, while you can swim far into the water for a cooling dip. If the adjoining Spanish culinary scene intrigues you, the Bondi Beach Magaluf serves delicious and beautifully presented Paella.