About staying in Mallorca
Choosing where to stay on Mallorca will likely depend on the type of holiday you'd like to have. Hotel or villa, beach or city, party or tranquillity, sporty or culture vulture - a holiday in Mallorca can offer all of these things. The impressive assortment of landscapes, from its white sandy beaches with tropical overtones and crystal clear sea, to green fertile plains with orchards and vineyards, the magnificent mountain ranges, and of course Palma, its sophisticated and historic capital city, Mallorca is an island full of surprises.
The choice of holiday accommodation is equally varied with quality options for a wide range of budgets. There are luxury boutique hotels in and around the well-known historic villages, towns and cities such as Palma, Deià, Sóller or Valldemossa, whilst exclusive golf and spa resort hotels are found close to some of the best spots on the island, like Puerto Portals and Palma. For families, the purpose-built Spanish holiday resorts in places like Palma Nova, Santa Ponsa, Port d'Alcúdia, Cala d'Or and Port Pollenca offer lots of entertainments and good value accommodation. Alternatively, villas, fincas and apartments are plentiful throughout the island and can offer more flexibilty and better value for groups and families.
Wherever you stay, accommodation can be reasonably priced especially when compared to many other Mediterranean destinations. If you are able to avoid school holidays or can stay inland away from the coast, you can find some wonderful hotels and fincas for a fraction of the price of sea view accommodation.
Family-friendly accommodation can be found everywhere on Mallorca, however families tend to gravitate towards the coastline to some of the more popular purpose-built holiday resorts. In the south-west of the island, Palma Nova, Magaluf, Playa de Palma, and Portals Nous stand out for their family friendly facilities and attractions including waterparks, theme parks, crazy golf and watersports. In the north, Port de Pollença and Port d'Alcúdia are old-time favourites thanks to their long stretches of beaches and relaxed family friendly atmosphere. Family attractions are also plentiful here. The east coast embodies places like Porto Petro, Cala d'Or and Cala Millor which also have an assortment of features that tend to attract families. Take a look at our Family Holidays Guide for more information.
The capital city Palma, is becoming an increasingly popular year-round city break destination for couples and groups of friends of all age groups. It's where you'll find the best selection of great hotels and restaurants, the best nightlife and the best galleries and museums on Mallorca. The quieter inland boutique hotels are a favourite spot for couples retreats, predominantly in the west, alongside port destinations like Puerto Portals, Port d’Andratx and Port de Sóller which are also popular with large groups of friends. It’s worth noting there are adult-only hotels in many of the coastline hot spots.
Beach holidays are the most common type of holiday on the island because of the wonderful beaches and wide selection of affordable package holidays. The north of the island (Port de Pollença, Port d'Alcúdia, Playa de Muro) is well-known for its long stretches of sandy beaches, while the south-west and east have beautiful bays. If you prefer a quieter beach holiday away from the tourist hot spots, try exploring the smaller resorts on the east coast, or hire a car to discover some of the lesser known beaches. There are more than 250 beaches on Mallorca so you are certain to find one that suits, no matter the season.
Mallorca is an island drenched in history and tradition, which means visitors usually get to experience at least a piece of them. Tourists wanting to visit the island for an authentic cultural experience should stay either in the historic capital of Palma or near one of the ancient towns that can be found inland. So, veer away from the coastal resorts and head to places like Deià, Valldemossa, Sineu, Inca, Sóller, Pollença and Alcúdia which are known as some of the islands best cultural scenes, each possessing their own unique charms and traditions. Around these towns, you will find a selection of gorgeous rural hotels or fincas ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in the authentic Mallorca.