About staying in Mallorca
Whether you choose to stay in the north, south, east, west or centre, Mallorca has a lot to offer. Not only is it blessed with 300 days of sunshine, but possesses an impressive assortment of landscapes; from its renowned white sandy beaches with tropical overtones and crystal clear shallow waters through to green fertile plains with orchards of oranges and almonds, not forgetting the magnificent mountain ranges and vineyards. There’s also Palma, its sophisticated and historic capital city.
The choice of holiday accommodation is equally varied with quality options for a wide range of budgets. It’s all about location really. There are luxury boutique hotels in and around the well-known historic villages, towns and cities such as Palma, Deià, Sóller or Valldemossa, while exclusive golf and spa resort hotels are cleverly placed around the island with some favourites located on the outskirts of Puerto Portals and Palma. For families, the typical purpose-built Spanish holiday resorts in places like Palma Nova, Santa Ponça, Port d'Alcúdia, Cala d'Or and Cala Millor. Alternatively, villas, fincas and apartments are plentiful on the island and popular around Pollença and Andratx, perfect for the independent individuals who crave the flexibility of having their own space.
Wherever you stay, accommodation can be reasonably priced especially when compared to many other Mediterranean destinations. If you are prepared to avoid school holidays or explore a little of the interior of the island, you can find some wonderful hotels and fincas for a fraction of the price of sea view accommodation.
Mallorca has more than its fair share of attractions and will appeal to many different types of visitors from around the world.
Palma de Mallorca accommodation
Palma is the capital city of Mallorca, a superb choice for those looking for something more than just a beach holiday. With beautiful architecture, a quirky medieval city centre, golden sandy beaches, an enormous harbour, fabulous art galleries, good shopping, excellent restaurants and very cool nightlife, as a city break destination it more than rivals other European cities. There are regular low-cost flights with various airlines to its airport, so there is no excuse not to visit Palma for a weekend or longer.
Palma city centre - Designer boutique hotels
The city offers a wide range of accommodation options. Its historical centre is the place for stunning stylish boutique hotels located in ancient renovated palaces, perfect for those looking to explore the shops, bars and restaurants of central Palma.
Palma outskirts - Large luxury hotels
Larger luxury hotels are located on the outskirts. They cater well for conferences and have more in terms of facilities, including swimming pools and spas, and are well connected with the centre with frequent buses (especially in the summer) as well as convenient taxi services. Alternatively, rental apartments throughout Palma are becoming a popular cost effective option.
Cala Major & Portixol - Beach hotels
To the west of Palma, you will find Cala Major (where the Spanish royal family have their summer palace of Marivent) and Illetes, which are famous for their idyllic beaches and offer a healthy combination of beachside hotels. This stretch of coastline is becoming more and more sought after amongst all age groups, which is demonstrated in the number of restaurants and touristy shops opening each year. Alternatively, Portixol, a charming fishing village with a more bohemian feel, possesses traditional chalet houses and a couple of small hotels.
Playa de Palma - Holiday beach resorts
A common mistake is confusing staying in Palma with staying in Playa de Palma. The latter, otherwise known as S'Arenal, is a lively purpose-built resort around 10 kilometres to the east of the capital, full of holiday hotels catering for the tourists. This stretch of beach draws in many different types of age groups and nationalities but is a German dominated resort.
Also see: Palma de Mallorca City Guide
North Mallorca accommodation
The north of Mallorca is well-known for its long stretches of sandy beaches, historical towns and the lazy pace of life in its coastal villages and ports. With jagged mountains that slip into the sea and treasured ancient streets within historic towns bursting with Mallorcan culture and heritage, there is so much to see here. It’s no surprise that this part of the island receives some of the most loyal visitors returning year after year.
In the summer months, the coastline’s ports and beaches become some of the island's leading tourist destinations. The north of the island also has its fair share of hikers and cyclists visiting in the autumn and spring time. Villa holidays are particularly sought-after in this part of the island but there’s a choice of coastal and inland accommodation available with a variety of hotels, apartment rentals and rural fincas.
Port d'Alcúdia - Package holidays
One of the prime locations for a family holiday is Port d'Alcúdia. Over the years’ restaurants, purpose built apartment blocks and package holiday hotels have popped up in this area because of its turquoise shallow waters and idyllic white sandy beaches that sweep around the bay next to the port.
Alcúdia - Historical boutique hotels
Just a few kilometres down the road sits the ancient town of Alcúdia which oozes history with its medieval walls, ancient architecture, churches and convents. This place is fast becoming a jewel in the north of the island thanks to recent investment, highlights include its boutique hotels, handsome shops and outdoor dining in the ancient streets.
Pollença - Luxury countryside villas
Not far away, the Mallorcan town of Pollença also embraces its rustic architecture and tradition. Highlights for the holidaymaker include its traditional market square, a 13th-century church and a whole host of restaurants, cafes and bakeries dotted around the town. The old town of Pollença has a selection boutique hotels on offer but it's the stunning luxury villas sprinkled around the neighbouring countryside and coastline that steal the show here. Most boast large terraces with swimming pools and are fully equipped for large families or groups of friends.
Port de Pollença - Holiday resorts & apartments
Pollença's port, found just a couple of miles away, has been a family favourite for a number of years. Port de Pollença exhibits traces of its traditional fishing port roots and enjoys sensational coastal and mountainous scenery along its wide-stretching sandy bay. This coastal town never feels crowded thanks to its cleverly positioned restaurants and cafes, particularly along the pedestrianised pine walk on the north side of the port. There’s an assortment of accommodation available here from boutique hotels, through to larger hotels and the odd modern apartment block.
Formentor - Heights of opulence
Just over the mountain lay the illustrious Cap de Formentor, which marks the end of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range in style with some luxury hotels and restaurants. This famous headland has attracted the likes of Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn over the decades.
North-east Mallorca - Rural fincas
The north east of Mallorca can be overlooked, being the furthest away from the airport. However, it’s the perfect get-away-from-it-all holiday as it's a slightly quieter area. Home to the Llevant Natural Park, with its wild hills and birdlife, the north-east boasts beautiful tranquil countryside as well as pretty beaches and coves. The hilltop villages of Artá and Capdepera are really charming; both have an impressive fortress or castle and tiny winding alleyways that hide boutiques and art galleries. Accommodation choices in the area range from hotels and apartments in the traditional resorts of Colonia de Sant Pere, Cala Ratjada and Canyamel, to some really fantastic fincas and small luxury hotels which attract families and groups of friends.
East Mallorca accommodation
The east coast resorts tend to attract families due to a large quantity of reasonably priced child-friendly hotels, self-catering apartments and villas. This area has the most varied coastline and hosts a number of unique splendid beaches, coves and caves to visit, along with a wide range of activities to get involved in.
Moving away from the coast and into the foothills of the Llevant mountain range, there are some fabulous fincas and villa rentals available which are a favourite for a quiet break away. Here resides Mallorca’s second largest wine growing region, which is situated around Felanitx - many of the vineyards are open to the public for tastings and tours. Other hot spots around the east of the island include Mondragó Natural Park and the beautiful village of Santanyí, rent a car and be surprised at some of the fabulous sites this area has to offer.
Cala Millor - Tourist residences & hotels
Cala Millor marks the beginning of a host of purpose-built resorts that are dotted along the eastern coastline of the island between its glorious beaches and caves. There are long stretches of golden white sand that meet crystal clear seas in the area lined by beachside apartment blocks and touristy hotels. There’s everything you would expect in a typical Spanish holiday resort with a lengthy list of restaurants to choose from and a variety of entertainment in the evenings including karaoke bars and live music.
Cala d’Or - Apartment blocks & family-friendly hotels
As you head to the southern part of the eastern coast towards Cala d’Or, the beaches become smaller and even prettier as they tend to be found in coves where the sea sparkles and reflects the green of the surrounding pine trees. This area attracts people of all ages returning year after year to stay in their favourite whitewashed apartment blocks and hotels. It doesn’t feel as built up as some of the other resorts but boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the summer months; it also has a multitude of fantastic restaurants, particularly around the Port de Cala d'Or marina.
Porto Colom & Porto Cristo - Traditional holiday resorts
Porto Colom and Porto Cristo are two small fishing villages that have been developed into holiday resorts, but still very much keep their Spanish appeal. The famous cave systems are found near the latter and a tour of the mysterious rock formations should be on your Mallorca to-do list, there are even events where you can listen to classical music concerts in some of the larger caverns. Both areas offer a wide range of accommodation in town and along the coastline, from cheap and cheerful hotels and self-catering apartment complexes through to more indulgent large villas with swimming pools.
South Mallorca accommodation
As the most developed part of the island, a whole host of accommodation options await you in the south of Mallorca. It has become the trendy place to own a second home amongst English, Germans and Swedish so there is a real community spirit in the area. If you aren’t a second home owner then holiday villas and apartment rentals are widely available, although it is far more common to stay in a hotel on the coast. Many of the luxury international hotel brands can be found here alongside most of Mallorca’s prestigious marinas, golf clubs and exclusive beach clubs.
For a more authentic Mallorcan experience, there’s the option to stay in a countryside finca, these are converted farm or manor houses made into lush B&Bs which tend to be good value for money when compared to establishments.
South-west of Palma - Cheap 'n' cheerful accommodation
The area to the south-west of Palma is a firm favourite among holidaymakers and, as such, has been significantly developed. Here you’ll find the holiday resorts of Santa Ponsa, Palma Nova and Magaluf, which are very popular with the British. These towns provide the traditional package holiday accommodation of cheap 'n' cheerful hotels and budget apartments. Santa Ponsa is the more upmarket of the three, while Palma Nova is popular with families, and Magaluf is currently undergoing reform to transform it from a party destination to a family holiday resort. All these places have fabulous beaches and a wealth of family attractions so they are perfect to stay with little ones.
Southern marinas - Luxury with sea views
The prestigious marinas in the south of the island are popular spots for the beautiful, rich and famous visitors. Alongside being a good place to charter yachts, they are full of some of the island's best restaurants and great places to just sit and people watch. The most renowned is Puerto Portals, a glamorous port boasting high-end restaurants and sophisticated nightlife with a number of hotels for a wide range of budgets within close proximity to the port. Port Adriano (just south of Santa Ponsa) is the new luxury marina on the island. It’s a popular spot in the summer months for its restaurants, bars and exceptional events (including food festivals, concerts and sunset yoga). They also offer a wide range live evening entertainment, and there is a luxury hotel in the vicinity.
Andratx & Port d'Andratx - Lavish villas & hotels
A more traditional yet upmarket harbour is that of Port d'Andratx, a discreet venue in itself its main draw is the Spanish style seafood restaurants, but there are plenty of luxury hotels and villas that fill the surrounding hillsides and lead inland to the old town of Andratx which offers a few of its own hidden gems in the form of villas and small hotels. This village tends to leave the touristy attractions to its port and remains fairly untouched, so it's perfect for visitors wanting a more authentic Mallorcan experience with easy access to the port.
South-west Mallorcan villages - Rural escapes
A quieter and even lovelier fishing village is that of Sant Elm in the far south-west, a popular spot for hiking trails since, as you move away from the coast, you quickly meet rolling countryside where the hills develop into the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. There are several tiny mountain villages hidden in these hills such as S'Arraco, Galilea and Puigpunyent which offer a real retreat for rest and relaxation in their traditional rural fincas.
South-east Mallorca - Well-priced fincas
Being less developed for tourism, there are a number of well-priced fincas and luxury rural hotels in the south-east of the island. Here the land flattens out and you notice countless old windmills in the landscape. This is where the salt flats reside, home to the gourmet flavoured salts 'Flor de Sal' and Mallorca’s best known undeveloped Caribbean-like beach, Es Trenc (which stretches for miles). The prettiest natural park of Mallorca - Mondragó - is also close with its aquamarine seas and luscious white sand beaches. The beautiful walks through pine-filled coastline can add an extra dimension to your day at the beach. From here, it’s possible to take boat trips from Colonia de Sant Jordi to the only maritime natural park in Mallorca, the Cabrera islands.
West Mallorca accommodation
The west of Mallorca is famous for its picture-postcard towns and villages. What it might lack in beaches, is more than made up for with dramatic scenery thanks to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. The mountainous terrain makes the western region of the island a popular spot for those who are into outdoor activities like cycling and hiking. At the same time, its stunning locations and gourmet restaurants have made it the perfect stomping ground for the more well-heeled visitors over the years. Quite a few celebrities have been known to favour this part of Mallorca for their holiday homes due to it being a low-key location.
State-of-the-art hotel accommodation can be found in the west of Mallorca. At the same time, there's something to suit all budgets, with a number of small boutique hotels and fincas springing up in the villages and hills. With the infinite number of hiking and cycling routes available, sports enthusiasts and explorers are also spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation with independent specialist hotels and self-catering apartments equipped to serve every need.
Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, Port de Sóller and Fornalutx are the most recognised towns in the area, featuring pretty cobbled lanes and immaculate architecture laced with bougainvillaea and other colourful plants. Each area has its own unique attractions.
Valldemossa - Traditional boutique hotels
Valldemossa, located only 17 kilometres away from Palma, is known for its 13th-century monastery where French composer Frédéric Chopin and writer George Sand spent the winter of 1838-39. The town has managed to keep its traditional character and, inside the original architecture, there are splendid boutique hotels each offering their own unique style. There are some humble apartments available for rent throughout the year too that are full of old-style Spanish charisma.
Deià - Sumptuous boutique hotels & fincas
Deià has become a haunt for a whole host of celebrities, making it one of the most aspirational towns in the mountains. With its breathtaking views of the sea, stunning architecture and critically acclaimed restaurants, this is becoming one of the most sought after property destinations for high-net-worth individuals. Whilst most people tend to choose one of the many boutique hotels on offer in the town, there are also a few delightful fincas available in the surrounding areas too.
Sóller - First-class boutique hotels
Sóller is most famous for its vintage train ride, orange trees and the wonderful modern art gallery of Can Prunera. This beautiful town has been a top pick for families, couples and groups of friends of all ages. Here, first class boutique hotels are a favourite.
Port de Sóller - Wide range of accommodation
Port de Sóller, still reminiscent of a Spanish fishing port, is perfectly situated in a glorious horseshoe bay. The town boasts fantastic restaurants and is the place to come for boat trips, ideal for admiring the rugged western coastline. This place has the full range of accommodation on offer, from the typical Mallorcan boutique hotel to more modern options with the latest amenities through to villas, which are particularly popular in this area in the summer months.
Fornalutx - Authentic village hotels & villas
Fornalutx calls itself one of the prettiest villages in Spain and, being set in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, it has many amazing hiking trails on its doorstep. With just a few rural boutique hotels, apartments and villas in the vicinity, this is the perfect place for a those looking for a quieter more authentic village lifestyle.
Central Mallorca accommodation
The interior of Mallorca is surprisingly green and, being relatively untouched by the island's tourism, it boasts wonderfully fertile land dotted with tiny rustic villages that have resisted the passage of time. The choice of fincas and small luxury hotels perfect for a get-away-from-it-all type of holiday offer better value than those closer to the coast. If villa rentals are more your thing, then you’ll be surprised at the quality and price of what’s on offer here.
Away from the more touristy attractions of the island, there is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the real Mallorcan culture. Many of the villages host quirky festivals and fairs each year, mainly celebrating their local agricultural produce and the local patron saint.
Binissalem - Reasonably-priced fincas
Mallorca’s wine region surrounds a traditional Mallorcan village called Binissalem, set amongst vineyards, orange and almond trees. Binissalem is also within close proximity to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, so it's a good spot for keen hikers and cyclists to base themselves. There are no hotels in the village itself, but you will find some little treasures out in the countryside at more than reasonable prices.
Santa Maria del Camí - Converted farmhouses
Santa Maria del Camí is a traditional market town just to the north of Palma, within easy reach of the motorway that leads to Alcúdia. There aren’t many hotels in the area, but being a market town there is traditional character running through its veins, so expect traditional farm house accommodation style.
Sineu - Charming rustic hotels
Famous for its weekly agricultural market on Wednesdays, Sineu is a fantastic place to stroll the streets and soak up the Mallorcan architecture along with traditional bakeries, cafes and vintage shops. There are a couple of rustic hotels in Sineu, perfect for travellers keen to experience the real Mallorca’s culture.
Inca - Restored manor houses
Inca is the third largest town in Mallorca, located at almost the centre point of the island it remains relatively untouched in terms of tourism. Its highlights include wonderful authentic markets and some well-known restaurants which attract both locals and tourists from all around the island. There are some beautifully restored manor houses within proximity to the town, many of which have been converted into luxury finca hotels giving a glimpse into how the nobility on the island lived a couple of centuries ago.