1. Follow safety and hygiene guidelines
We keep repeating it but following safety and hygiene rules is the best way to stay safe on your holidays in Mallorca. Here in Spain, we talk about the rule of the "3 Ms": keep a distance of 2 Metres, wash your 'Manos' (hands) and wear a Mask (or cover your nose and mouth). Try not to touch your face as well... we know, easier said than done!
2. Trust Mallorcan businesses
Not only are businesses in Mallorca putting strict safety and hygiene measures in place but they've also made cancellations much more flexible. This means that, if for any reason you're forced to cancel your holiday, you'll probably be given a full refund.
Look out for our Covid-Proof Booking symbol when booking your accommodation or your activities on our site. For example, Morgan & Morgan, who have an extensive portfolio of luxury villas all around the island, are offering a credit for the amount paid to use in the same villa later in 2020 if, at the time the balance is due (a period which has been reduced from 8 to 4 weeks), a government-imposed lockdown for Covid-19 directly prevents your travel or the booked service being provided. Other companies have adopted similar terms, including Privadia who also offer a great selection of holiday rentals on the island.
The same is true for activity companies like Mezzo Magic who have removed the need for a deposit on bookings for summer 2020 or Carlomar Nautic who'll give you a full refund if a government-imposed lockdown for Covid-19 directly prevents your travel or the booked service being provided. Their private boat trips and boats for hire are the perfect way to maintain social distancing, which brings us to our next piece of advice...
3. Avoid the crowds
The easiest way to comply with social distancing is to avoid crowds altogether. We've got a few strategies to help you with that like, for example, booking a whole villa or an entire apartment instead of a hotel room, that way you can prevent bumping into other guests during your stay. Or perhaps chartering a private yacht would be more up your alley? Sailing the Mediterranean seems like a pretty good way of social distancing.
After weeks of confinement, being outdoors, breathing fresh air and feeling the sun's warmth on our skin is just what we need. In Mallorca, you can also opt for private activities and tours instead of group ones, such as embarking on a private boat trip or hiring a boat and booking individual scooter or jeep tours instead of coach tours. You can even explore the island on a bike or on horseback, book a private guide for your hiking or sightseeing trip and visit the local vineyards to taste their wine. Scientists are actually testing whether heat and UV radiation in sunlight might affect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, two things which are plentiful in Mallorca in the summer – just remember to lather up with sunscreen!
4. Book early
Limitations regarding the amount of people that businesses can welcome or the crowds that events can gather are being enforced. That's why, now more than ever, we recommend you book early. This will ensure you get the best table on Palma's trendiest restaurant's outside terrace!
5. Get off the beaten path
Another great strategy to avoid the crowds and to discover Mallorca's hidden gems along the way is to visit the island's lesser-known places. Mallorca is full of charming towns and villages nestled deep in the Tramuntana mountains and in the island's central plains. Many of these small villages are still no more than 15 minutes away from the nearest beach but they have very few inhabitants and even fewer visitors. This is where the real Mallorca resides, you'll get to mingle with the locals at the weekly markets and enjoy cheap cañas with tasty pa amb oil at the town square cafes. These small towns are also a great base to go hiking, cycling or mountain biking.
Mallorca also has a few charming secluded coves, far from the hustle and bustle of the most popular beach resorts where you can relax and go snorkelling in the most amazing turquoise waters. Culture vultures will appreciate the dozens of prehistoric ruins, medieval churches, country manors, watchtowers, small museums and art galleries scattered across the island.
6. Entertain at yours
Celebrations aren't off the table this summer in Mallorca. However, instead of booking a restaurant or a beach club, why not ask a catering company to bring the party to you? Private villas, apartments and boats make for great venues and the island has an excellent selection of catering companies ranging from Michelin-starred private chefs to mobile food trucks providing the best street grub from your own private garden.
7. Come during the off-season
This is our ultimate piece of advice: avoid the high season and move your holidays to the autumn. In Spanish, we have a word to describe how very special autumn is in our country: 'veroño'. A combination of 'verano' (summer) and 'otoño' (autumn), veroño perfectly depicts the fall season as an extension of summer thanks to the warm temperatures and wonderfully sunny days. With temperatures ranging between a balmy 16ºC and a toasty 27ºC, usually hovering around the mid-20ºC, you can most definitely still enjoy the empty beaches in September and October in Mallorca while cheaper prices will just be the cherry on the cake.