The 3 best road trip itineraries to visit Mallorca by car
You’re planning to do a road trip in Mallorca?
Visiting Mallorca by car is the only way to reach all its stunning beaches and coves. A road trip around Mallorca is the perfect way to make the most of your visits and effortlessly uncover the island’s must-see spots.
In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared this travel guide with the 3 best road trips itineraries in Mallorca depending on the duration of your stay (4, 5, 7, 8 and 10 days). For each duration, I will give you a summary of the itinerary as well as the link to read the detailed itinerary article.
And at the end of this guide, I will also give you my list of the best accommodations in Mallorca depending on your budget as well as my best tips to enjoy the perfect road trip.
Let’s plan your road trip!
- The 3 best road trip itineraries to visit Mallorca by car
- Which airport should you choose to kick off your road trip in Mallorca?
- Which port should you choose to start your road trip in Mallorca?
- Renting a car for a road trip in Mallorca
- Road Trip in Mallorca: 4 or 5 days
- Road Trip in Mallorca: One-week itinerary
- Road Trip in Mallorca: 10 days
- Where to stay during your Mallorca road trip?
- When’s the best time to embark on a Mallorca road trip?
- Other activity ideas for a Mallorca road trip
- You’re traveling to Mallorca? These articles will help you !
Which airport should you choose to kick off your road trip in Mallorca?
Mallorca boasts just one airport. It’s located in the southern part of the island, a mere 10 km from the historic center of Palma de Mallorca.
Thus, Palma is the ideal starting point for exploring Mallorca by car. That’s why I’ve chosen to commence all of my Mallorca routes from there.
Flight prices to Palma de Mallorca can vary enormously, so it’s a smart idea to start comparing them as early as possible. To do this, you can use our flight comparator, in partnership with Skyscanner. It’s the guarantee of getting the best price.
Which port should you choose to start your road trip in Mallorca?
Instead of flying, you might also opt to take the ferry to Mallorca.
You can sail to Mallorca from other islands in the Balearic archipelago: Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.
You can also get to Mallorca by ferry from certain cities on mainland Spain. It’s a bit of a long haul, but if that floats your boat, here are the details you’ll need:
- Palma is served by ferries coming from Barcelona. Do bear in mind that the crossing takes about 7 hours on average.
- You can also sail to Palma de Mallorca from Valencia. The crossing takes between 7 and 8 hours, depending on the company.
In addition to the port of Palma, Mallorca also has a second port up north, in Alcudia.
It welcomes boats from Menorca (1h15 journey from Ciutadella or 3h30 journey from Mahon) and Barcelona (a 6-hour crossing).
Another option to reach Mallorca is by sailing from France, specifically from Toulon. Corsica Ferries operates this route, but keep in mind that the journey takes approximately 18 hours.
Renting a car for a road trip in Mallorca
Planning a road trip without discussing cars would be nonsense! As I mentioned, to truly experience Mallorca, you should definitely get a car. Without it, reaching all the beautiful coves is practically mission impossible.
If you plan on coming to Mallorca with your own vehicle from Toulon or Barcelona, you can skip straight to the next section.
Otherwise, whether you arrive by boat or plane, make sure you rent a car upon arrival, near the port or directly at the airport. If you’ve used this blog for trip planning before, you know I always vouch for Rentalcars.com.
I find it super handy because with one click, you can compare all the car rental rates in Mallorca (both local and international). You’ll quickly notice car rental options that include unlimited mileage or the option to add a second driver.
Rentalcars also offers its own insurance, cheaper and far more comprehensive than what local rental agencies might suggest. The complete protection insurance from Rentalcars covers the full refund of costs incurred in the event of an accident or theft.
If this option isn’t already included in your credit card insurance, you can add it at the time of your booking.
The site also allows (under certain conditions) for free modifications or cancellations.
Given the high tourist activity on the island during the peak season, you should definitely book your car in advance to have the widest possible choice and get the best rate.
Click the button below to compare the prices of car rentals in Mallorca right now:
Road Trip in Mallorca: 4 or 5 days
If you’ve chosen a brief getaway to Mallorca because you only have a few days’ holiday, I’d recommend you stick around Palma to explore the surroundings with day-long mini road trips.
If you want to explore Mallorca by car, this location is perfect for getting around with ease.
I’ve put together all the details and my top tips for planning your 4 or 5-day itinerary in Mallorca in my dedicated article.
There, you’ll find all my visit recommendations for each day, so you won’t miss out on any must-see attractions and my selection of the best hotels to stay in during your Mallorca holiday.
To read this complete guide, all you need to do is click on the following link (in orange): Recommended itinerary for a brief getaway to Mallorca.
Road Trip in Mallorca: One-week itinerary
Here, I’m suggesting a sample road trip starting from Palma to explore Mallorca by car for a week.
On the agenda for this 1-week road trip in Mallorca:
- Palma de Mallorca (1 day)
- The beaches of the south (1 day)
- Sineu, the famous caves and the beaches (1 day)
- The most beautiful coves of the southeast (1 day)
- Serra de Tramontana (1 day)
- Cap de Formentor (1 day)
- The beaches of the northeast (1 day)
First day – Exploring the city of Palma de Mallorca on foot
- The covered market
- The shopping streets of the historic centre
- The plaça Major and the Plaça Cort
- Palma Cathedral
- Royal Palace of La Almudaina
- Parc de la Mar
- Boat excursion at sunset
If you’re eager to explore Palma in just one day and want a detailed sightseeing itinerary, look no further! My article has got you covered with all the info you need: Visit Palma de Mallorca.
Second day – Relaxing on the most beautiful beaches in the south of Mallorca, including:
- The beaches of Cap de Ses Salines: El Caragol beach and Cala en Tugores
- Es Trenc beach, a must-see during a week’s road trip in Mallorca!
- Dolç beach
- Can Curt beach
- Es Carbo beach
- Ses Roquetes beach
Third day of this 7-day road trip in Mallorca:
Visit the Sineu market before exploring one of the 2 most famous caves in Mallorca, each housing a subterranean lake and offering a small concert on the water: the Hams caves and the Drach caves.
To book your tickets in advance for the Coves dels Hams, just click on the button below:
You can then go on a hike of the 4 coves or enjoy the wonderful coves of the Cala d’Or resort.
On day four, dedicate your time to discovering the stunning coves in the southeastern part of the island:
- Calo del Moro, which is in my opinion one of the most charming coves you’ll get to see on this 7-day road trip in Mallorca
- Cala S’Almunia
- Cala Llombards
- Cala Santanyi
- The 3 coves of Mondrago Natural Park.
On the fifth day, set a course for the north of the island by taking the road that crosses the quaint, traditional villages of the Serra de Tramontana:
- Lluc and its monastery
- Pollença: a must-see during your road trip in Mallorca!
For day six, take the scenic drive along Cap de Formentor and soak in the incredible views of the cliffs.
Stop for a swim at the Formentor beach or Cala Figuera cove before heading to the old town of Alcudia for a stroll among its ramparts.
End the day on the very long sandy beach of Alcudia: Muro beach.
On the seventh day, set off for a hike in the natural park of the Peninsula de Llevant.
Then, have your last swim at one of the stunning beaches of the northeastern coast:
- Cala Mesquida
- Cala Torta
- Cala Mitjana
- Cala Estreta
- Cala Es Matzoc
- Cala Gat
- Cala Agulla
Eighth day – End of the holidays, it’s off to Palma de Mallorca airport for the return trip.
Road Trip in Mallorca: 10 days
For this new adventure, I propose a 10-day road trip to discover Mallorca by car.
This itinerary starts from Palma but if you’re arriving at the port of Alcudia, you can, of course, reverse the stages. This well-rounded itinerary combines sightseeing, beach relaxation, and exciting activities to ensure you experience all the must-visit destinations on the island.
On the agenda for this 10-day road trip in Mallorca:
- Palma de Mallorca
- The beaches of the south
- The caves
- The coves of the southeast
- The island of Sa Dragonera
- The Serra de Tramontana
- Cap de Formentor
- Llevant Peninsula Natural Park
- The northeastern coves
I’ve summarized the main stages of this road trip below, but you can find all the details by clicking on this link: 10-day itinerary in Mallorca.
1) South Mallorca (6 days)
To begin this 10-day Mallorca road trip, let’s explore the southern region of the island and kick things off with a visit to the vibrant city of Palma de Mallorca.
The historical center isn’t that vast, so a single day is enough to discover the main tourist attractions.
First day – Best things to see in Palma:
- The market
- The old town: the cute alleyways lined with shops and the main squares
- The cathedral
- The royal palace
- Parc de la Mar
And to wrap up this first day, you should absolutely try this fantastic catamaran excursion with dinner included. All the info and bookings can be found by clicking the button below:
Stay the night in Palma. To plan your stroll around Palma, check out my article: 20 Things to do in Palma de Mallorca.
On the second day, continue your 10-day Mallorca road trip by heading to Cap de Ses Salines where, provided you’re willing to walk a bit, you can laze around on the completely wild beaches of El Caragol and Cala En Tugores.
And if you prefer easier-to-access beaches, head to Colonia de Sant Jordi where you can set your towel down on the stunning turquoise water beach of Es Trenc.
In the area, you’ve also got the beaches of Es Dolç, Can Curt, Es Carbo and Ses Roquetes which are really pretty.
Spend a second night in Palma.
For the third day, I suggest a trip to Sineu market and then moving on to Porto Cristo to visit one of the two caves you should see on your road trip around Mallorca:
- Coves del Drach
- Coves dels Hams
Those who enjoy a good walk might then choose the hike of the 4 coves (Cala Bota, Cala Virgili, Cala Pilota and Cala Magraner).
Others might prefer the relaxation option at one of the coves of Cala D’Or. I recommend, for instance: Cala Esmeralda, Cala Gran, Cala Petita and Calo d’es Pou.
Spend another night in Palma de Mallorca.
Fourth day: head to one of the coves on the southeast of the island for a chill-out day. You can totally check out several coves in just one day.
Among the best-known and prettiest ones in the area, I suggest:
- Calo de Moro: it’s one of the most popular inlets on the whole island and it truly is a stunning place
- Cala Llombards: for a more family-friendly beach if you’ve opted for a family road trip around Mallorca
- Cala Santanyi
Also, don’t miss out on a visit to the Mondrago Natural Park where you can enjoy 3 more beautiful coves: S’Aramador beach, Cala Mondrago and Calo des Borgit.
Spend another night in Palma.
On the fifth day, I suggest you go and explore the island of Sa Dragonera, that you’ll find in the southwest of Mallorca. You can reach it by boat from Sant Elm, which is a 50-minute drive from Palma.
After Sa Dragonera and on your way back to Palma, you can:
- Stop by the popular resort town of Magaluf known for its expansive sandy beach.
- Take a walk around the marina of Portals Nous, to admire the yachts
- Explore the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, a remarkable institution dedicated to the painter and sculptor of the same name.
- Visit the Bellver Castle located on the heights of Palma.
Spend another night in Palma de Mallorca.
On the sixth day, I’m leaving the choice up to you, with a few different activities to consider:
- Visiting Palma’s aquarium
- Spending the day at Aqualand, the largest water park on the island
- Going on an awesome quad bike excursion!
- Setting off for an exciting buggy outing or in a sports car.
- Relaxing on the beach.
Spend a last night in Palma.
2) North Mallorca (4 days)
On the seventh day of your road trip around Mallorca, it’s time to leave Palma and continue your exploration in the north of the island.
The plan for the day: take the Serra de Tramontana road that goes through the whole island from south to north, making some stops:
- In the pretty villages with traditional stone houses such as Valldemossa, Deià, Soller and Fornalutx
- At Sa Calobra to see the Torrent de Pareis, a superb canyon with a cute little beach
- At the Lluc Monastery, that you can visit if you feel like it
- In the lovely traditional village of Pollença: it’s one of my favorite spots on this 10-day road trip around Mallorca!
Spend the night in Alcudia.
On the eighth day, I suggest you drive around the Cap de Formentor and make several stops at different viewpoints to admire the scenery. You could also take a dip at Formentor beach or the cove of Cala Figuera.
Next, head to the old town of Alcudia where you can take a walk around the city walls.
Finish the day on Muro beach, which stretches along the bay of Alcudia for several kilometers.
Spend another night in Alcudia.
On the ninth and penultimate day of your 10-day tour of Mallorca, put on your hiking boots and hit one of the 13 trails of the Llevant Peninsula Natural Park.
In the afternoon, head to the most beautiful beaches in the north-east. You’ll be spoiled for choice between:
- Cala Mesquida
- Cala Torta
- Cala Mitjana
- Cala Gat
- Cala Agulla
Spend your last night in Alcudia.
On the tenth and final day, it’s time to wrap up this amazing road trip around Mallorca!
Where to stay during your Mallorca road trip?
Alright, now you know where to head and what to do and see during your Mallorca road trip! The last piece of the puzzle I’ve got to share with you are my top tips on where to sleep at each stop.
So, I’ve handpicked the best accommodations for you to rest in Mallorca for the two key stages: south and north.
There’s something for every budget, and all of them are already featured in the articles I’ve just mentioned, outlining the possible routes depending on the length of your vacation.
But I’ll put them here for you again. Feel free to click on the name of the hotel to get more details.
Best hotels in south Mallorca – Near Palma de Mallorca
Here is my selection of the best places to stay in Palma de Mallorca, tailored to suit your budget.
You need to click on the orange name of the hotels for more information and to make your booking.
And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to ask for advice in the comments, indicating your travel dates and preferences. I would be more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect hotel!
- The Boc Hostels – City Albergue Juvenil: Hostel located 400 meters from the historic center of Palma and C’an Pere Antoni beach. Dormitory bed from €40 per night. Strong points: the rooftop pool, the cleanliness of the place and the kitchen area. An excellent choice for budget accommodation in Palma de Mallorca.
- Nou Baleares: located a 10-minute walk from Plaça Major. Tastefully decorated double room from €110, breakfast included. Strong points: the location, the comfortable beds and the rooftop’s pool. It’s my favorite for its excellent value for money in Palma!
- Isla Mallorca & Spa: located in the bay of Palma. Spacious double room with balcony from €150, breakfast included. Strong points: the spa and wellness center, the lovely pool area and the varied breakfast.
- Hotel Saratoga: located next to the Es Baluard museum. Modern and spacious double room from €180 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the rooftop pool with an amazing view of the cathedral, the perfect location for exploring Palma de Mallorca on foot, and the hearty breakfast buffet.
- Protur Naisa Palma Hotel: located a 5-minute walk from the old town. Stylish, contemporary room from €220, breakfast included. Strong points: the facilities (rooftop, pool, spa), the design of the hotel and the excellent breakfast.
And if you’re looking for the best 5-star hotels in Palma de Mallorca, you should have a look at the following hotels:
- Hotel Victoria Gran Meliá: located right in front of Palma’s harbor. Double room starting at €270, breakfast for €29. Strong points: the great location, the sea view, and the amazing staff.
- Nixe Palace:: located right next to Cala Major beach, this 5* hotel offers cozy double rooms with a balcony and sea view from €300 per night, breakfast for €24. Strong points: the setting with the stunning sea view, the excellent breakfast and the direct access to the beach. My recommendation for a high-end stay in Palma!
- Hotel Antigua Palma – Casa Noble: this superb luxury hotel is located in the heart of the old town, just 100 meters from the cathedral. Stay in sumptuous, elegantly decorated rooms, from €450 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: The amazing spa with hammam and indoor pool, the tranquility, the particularly attentive staff and the rooftop. The best hotel in Palma for a luxury stay!
Best hotels in north Mallorca – Near Alcudia
- Hotel Ivory Playa Sports & Spa: Located just 50 meters from the beach in Alcudia Bay. Clean and well-appointed apartment with a sea-view balcony starting from €75. Strong points: the beach proximity, the pool, the Spa, the friendly staff, spacious rooms.
- Ona Garden Lago: Located in Alcudia, 1 km from the beach. Large, modern, well-equipped (with a washing machine!), spacious apartment with a lovely terrace with sun loungers and a table, starting from €85 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the peaceful setting, the beautiful pool area, the good breakfast, the comfort. It’s my favorite for value for money in Alcudia!
- Grupotel Maritimo: Located 150 meters from the beach. Modern and comfortable double room with a balcony starting from €110 per night, breakfast included (a dinner option is also available). Strong points: the indoor and outdoor pools, the Spa, the entertainment, the varied breakfast buffet, the comfortable beds.
- Hotel Astoria Playa Adults Only 4* Sup: Located 150 meters from the beach. Double room with minimalist decor, a balcony, and for some a whirlpool bath, starting from €140 per night, breakfast and dinner included! Strong points: the pools, the quality of the meals, the kindness of the staff.
- Forum Boutique Hotel & Spa – Adults Only: Small, charming hotel located in the heart of old Alcudia. Warm and cozy double room starting from €200, breakfast included. Strong points: the Spa with jacuzzi, sauna and hammam, the fabulous breakfast, the tranquility, the excellent reception. The best hotel in Alcudia for a luxury stay!
When’s the best time to embark on a Mallorca road trip?
To hit the road in Mallorca, I highly recommend the months of May – June – July – August – September, and early October.
This is when you can max out on all the island’s attractions under a glorious sun: the beaches and coves, hiking trails, boat tours and the breathtaking natural landscapes.
About July and August, I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new by saying these two months coincide with the island’s peak tourist season. It’s therefore absolutely essential to book your hotels, car rental, and activities in advance, if you’ve decided to do your road trip in Mallorca in summer.
The best time to tour Mallorca by car is in September.
The weather is still warm and sunny, and with summer holidays winding down, you can expect fewer crowds. Indeed, September is hands down the best month to explore Mallorca on a road trip!
Please note, from late October until Easter holidays, many restaurants and hotels close. Most activities, including boat outings, don’t run, and the water’s too chilly for swimming.
So, a winter road trip in Mallorca isn’t really advisable.
Other activity ideas for a Mallorca road trip
If you’re looking to add more activities to your Mallorca road trip, I’ve selected a few that are really worth your time.
You need to click on the orange links below to check the details and make your reservations:
1) Top activities for the southern half of Mallorca (Palma and its surroundings)
- Off-road quad biking excursion – This is my top pick from this list! The trail’s absolutely ace because you’re hitting dirt paths and the guide’s just brilliant!
- Guided buggy tour
- 2.5-hour sports car ride in the afternoon or a 4.5-hour tour in the morning.
In Mallorca, you can also opt for an absolutely stunning activity: a hot air balloon ride!! I’ve put the link in the button below for bookings (it’s a must):
- Enjoy a sailing cruise with a barbecue onboard
- Cave and cliff boat tour with two stops at secluded coves.
- Boat trip around Palma Bay with a swimming stop in turquoise waters
- One-hour boat ride around Palma’s marina to admire the view of the cathedral and Bellver Castle
- Speedboat excursion – Thrills guaranteed!
- Morning or afternoon boat parties
- 2h30 boat party at sunset
- Boat party at night – Departure from Palma at 22h
- A one-hour jet ski tour in the protected Los Deltas area
- Jet ski outing in the Bay of Palma
- Snorkeling in a nature reserve
- A diving initiation in a nature reserve – English-speaking instructor and in a small group!
- A kayak excursion to visit the local sea caves
- Marine caving to explore underground lakes
- Canyoning (activity available only from October to the end of March because there’s no water otherwise)
- Parasailing in Palma bay
- A towed buoy session
- Une sortie en paddle au coucher du soleil
2) Activities in the north of Mallorca (Alcudia and surroundings)
- Cruise of 3 hours on a small boat of maximum 12 people where you can see many dolphins around the Cape of Formentor
- Sunrise cruise to get to see the dolphins
- Catamaran excursion to the north coast of Mallorca, barbecue included
- Sailboat cruise, tapas and wine included
- Zodiac ride (max 12 people) to Cape Formentor and Cape Pinar
- Sunset cruise for 2 on a beautiful sailboat, with dinner included
And how about you? What do you plan to see during your road trip in Mallorca?
🚗 Rent a car
🗽 Book entrance tickets and guided visits
🏄 Book your sports activities
🚤 Book your rental boat
🌍 Take a travel insurance
🙎 Book a tour
🚅 Book your train tickets
✈️ Book your flight
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