Mallorca is arguably one of the most popular beachside destinations for UK and European travellers. It also has a bit of a reputation as a party island, alongside the likes of its sister Ibiza. However, don’t let the popularity of this destination deter you from discovering the rich beauties it has to offer. Some may not realise that the party stereotypes only make up a small pocket of Mallorca’s destinations, and we have a few local sites to share for those wanting to see the rich culture and somewhat mellower side of Mallorca!
Perched in the steep municipality of Deià lies the beautifully infamous creative mecca of Mallorca. Populated since prehistoric times, Deià is rich in history. With around 800 residents, and architecture dating back to the 13th century walking through the streets somehow feels timeless. It’s not hard to see why Deià, with its dramatic panoramic views, has been the muse of many international artists, including the notorious English poet Robert Graves, who permanently migrated in 1929 after his traumatic experience with the First World War. Later, during the psychedelic scene of the ’60s, Deià saw another creative wave of migration from the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix have all been noted in spending time in Deià.
Overlooking the beautiful secluded bay of Cala Deià, it’s quite a steep walk to get your hair wet (be warned, some taxi’s may not offer to take you all the way down either), but well worth the effort as the pebbled beach is a stunner, and boasts two rustic eateries right on the water so you don’t miss the view for a minute. Climbing back up is well worth the burn (in both ways, don’t forget to pack your hat!), as you reach the heights of the town to pay your respects to the local and creative residents of Deià in a humble cemetery boasting possibly the best view of all of Mallorca.
Traverse the Serra de Tramuntana
The Serra de Tramuntana is the impressive 90km long mountain range located in northwest Mallorca, and it holds a unique connection to the history of the local Mallorcan dating back from the dawn of agricultural times. Through thousands of years of cultivation, in a landscape with scarce environmental resources, the mountain range is a display of this history characterised by olive trees, almonds trees, oranges, tomatoes and vines. The now World Heritage listed terrain can be enjoyed by foot, with a myriad of mapped paths for you to explore nature at its finest. You can discover the best route for you by visiting their government tourism website.
Take a sea cave tour
If you’re in need of taking a rest from the sunrays, then we highly recommend taking a sea cave tour. Located on the east coast in the town of Porto Cristo you will discover the Cuevas Del Drach (Dragon Caves). Dark and cool from the summer heat, and with mammoth horizontal extensions of around 1,200m, it’s no wonder the beautiful colour formations of these caves are a touristic highlight. But beware, we hear there may be an ancient dragon lurking!
A short Segway for the foodies out there, you won’t be disappointed with the Mallorcan cuisine. Naturally, Mallorca has Spanish influence, and the local food is primarily pork, fish and vegetable base with locally grown ingredients – think olives and artichokes amongst a plethora of pastry and bread-based dishes, such as Coca de trampó or a breakfast Ensaïmada. Despite its firm footing with traditional foods, Mallorca has established an ever-increasing flavour to the restaurants’ menu and is the perfect haven for seafood lovers. Our tip for the trip, for those on the northwest coast, is the casual and rustic vibe of Kingfisher in Sóller. With high-quality food and beachfront views, you can get Michelin star-style dining without the price tag. We had to double check that we were still sitting on the “fish and chip” style chairs before we asked for the test! Was well worth the waiting list!
Visit the Sert Studio of Joan Miró
As art enthusiast, we highly recommend adding the Sert Studio of Joan Miró to your list of cultural highlights. The famous surrealist Joan Miró i Ferrà (or Joan Miró), Spanish born painter, sculpture, ceramists reigned his last days exploring his subconscious mind in Palma, Mallorca. It is here that you can discover the secrets of his private workshop where, even today, the same creative backdrop has been conserved for those lucky enough to bask his creative environment.
Some other creative influences of Mallorca also include Robert Graves, Ramon Llull, Albert Camus and Chopin. You can discover more about the artistic and literary influences with a self-guided tour offered by the Walking on Words Project.
Watch the sunset/sunrise at the Cap de Pera Lighthouse
At the easternmost point of Mallorca, along the Punta de Capdepera coastline lies the Cap de Pera lighthouse. Having guarded the seas for more than 150 years, unfortunately, you cannot enter the lighthouse itself. But for those in search of a great view, grab a picnic and watch the sunset (or rise for the early birds) with a beautiful view – this one is definitely for your Instagram feed!