First Time in Mallorca

Helping You to Make Your Mind Up on where to go in Mallorca

First Time In Mallorca

If it’s your first time in Mallorca, get the best insight of the island and what there is to do. Whether you are travelling solo, with children, elderly parents or with your partner or a group of friends.

Looking for Clues

So you’re toying with the idea of holidaying in Mallorca. Maybe you’ve heard mixed reviews about it and are just not sure whether it’s for you. Or perhaps when generally looking at holiday websites you are seeing good deals come up for Mallorca. It’s making you want to find out more. But with so much information it’s a minefield and reading all the online reviews so time consuming. If you want some advice and inspiration, reading this post is a good place to start!

mallorca aerial view
Seat with a View!

Reasons to Visit

Firstly, it is convenient to fly to Mallorca. It only takes around two hours to get there from UK London airports. Also you can fly from airports as far North as Edinburgh and as far South as Bristol. Flights operate all year round. Book in advance or when there is a sale on with an airline or holiday website and grab yourself a bargain.

Activities for Everyone

Perhaps the best and most notable thing about Mallorca is the volume of activities on offer there. Apart from skiing, you can do virtually anything. And there’s not just one golf course, there’s 20. Rather than one or two water sports centres, they are scattered all over the island in abundance. Try your hand at Diving, windsurfing, kayaking, horse riding, canyoning, tennis lessons, the list goes on. For both adults and children. There are churches and history in every corner and to say that there is something for everyone is an understatement!

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Getting Around

It is extremely easy to get around Mallorca without having to hire a car. Bus and trains run in abundance and on time. You can check out any bus you like at Tib Bus website

Palma Mallorca’s capital City

If it’s your first time Mallorca you could do a lot worse than staying in Palma. Because everything is there. You are spoilt for restaurant choices and cultural haunts. And if you want a day or afternoon excursion there are many options of buses to take you somewhere lovely from the main station at placa d’espanyol.

Mallorca Shopping

I wouldn’t call Palma a shoppers paradise but you do have a fair choice of designer boutiques and chain stores. Plus the large departmental store ‘Corte del Ingles’ on Avinguda Jaume 111. Porto Pi is on the western edge of Palma, close to the port as you might expect.

Palma Beaches

There is coastline in and around Palma if you want a beach but want to be in easy access of town. Playa de Palma is the long stretch of beach to the East of Palma. While Cala Mayor to the West of Palma has some small beach inlets. Both areas are easily accessible by bus to and from Palma.

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Beach right by 5 star Nixe Palace Hotel. Cala Mayor area


Locations for First Timers

My advise to you if it’s your first time in Mallorca is not to stay in Magaluf. Now there’s actually nothing hugely wrong with Magaluf if you are young, want a good night out and to get some ‘action’. After all it’s other name is shagaluf in case you didn’t know! Even if this sounds like your ideal holiday, Magaluf can be a very noisy place and if you pick the wrong accommodation you may end up not being able to sleep, even when you want to. Palmanova it’s quieter neighbour is a safer bet. Son Caliu or Portals Nous a little further away but both within an easy bus or taxi ride of ‘party central’ Magaluf.

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Palmanova Bay

Magaluf for children and teenagers

Mallorca for Foodies

It’s fair to say there are restaurants with a Michelin star in the North, South, East, and West of Mallorca. But it is true to say there is the highest concentration of Tapas bars and other quality restaurants in the City of Palma itself. You have to do your homework to discover where they all are. After all, this article is just a general overview! Two separate restaurants, each with one Michelin star are based in Palma. Adrian Quetglas’ serves dishes from the places he’s lived such as Argentina and Russia. Marc Fosh Michelin star restaurant is set in a 17th century monastery, part of which is a transformed luxury hotel. You also have Santa Catalina bohemian food district which is a very trendy place to be right now.
View all foodie places on this map.

Palma Tourist Information Centres

Find out all there is to do in Palma that interests you at one of the Official Tourist Information OfficeS (T.I.O)
Head Office, Parc de les Estacions, Placa d’Espanya, 07002. This tourist information centre is right next door to the main train station transport hub of Palma.
Casal Solleric, Passeig des Born 27, 07012. Casal Solleric is an 18th century baroque building hosting temporary exhibitions and houses a bookshop as well as tourist information.
Placa de la Reina 2, 07012. Email:

Mallorca Resorts

And what about all those Mallorca resorts that the major holiday companies advertise? Well my guess is, that as you’ve found this website you are probably looking for a Mallorca Trip with a bit of a difference. Otherwise you would have just googled all the tourist resorts you’ve come across with the holiday companies and made a decision. Right? So with that in mind I’ll make a couple of suggestions

Cala d’Or

Many of the major holiday companies offer the South-Eastern resort of Cala d’Or as a resort option. But it does not have to be a ‘plonk yourself on the beach with all the other Brits’ type of holiday. There are plenty of options for boat trips, water sports and for day trips out

Cala d’Or For Families

Of course your children are going to want to spend some time on the beach on your holiday.
The bays at Cala d’Or are mainly cove-like with shallow waters. Bear in mind though that beaches here can become very crowded with families and children in high season. There are however many places to eat and drink in this resort for all tastes including fussy little eaters.

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Cala d’Or main eating hub
Getting Out and About from Cala d’Or

You can hire a car for the day in resort and do some great day trips.
Make a special visit to Porto Petro to introduce your teenage children to open water dives with Petro divers. Mondrago National Park is a fantastic place to introduce younger children to short walks and nature. And there are some great natural beaches surrounded by pine woods in the Mondrago area
Use this map for all the great Mallorca locations you can visit using Cala d’Or as your base.

first time in mallorca mondrago beach

Cala d’Or for Adults

You can still enjoy Cala d’Or if you are on an adults only holiday. Get yourself an adults only hotel and try some water sports at The Robinson Club. Or stay at the Robinson hotel itself. Hire a car for a day and drive to Santanyi and Ses Salines. Both are lovely areas with a great feel about them. Back at resort in the evening, take a stroll around ‘Port Esportiu’ Cala d’Or’s marina.

The North-East of Mallorca

Alcudia is a very popular and well advertised coastal resort in Mallorca. Why? Because of the long beach. It can have a predominantly British feel in high season. The good news is that the sand extends for a good few kilometres down towards Can Picafort. This makes it great for long or short walks and the more you walk away from Alcudia, the more you will start to find a cross section of nationalities. This is one of the longest stretch of beaches in Mallorca.
If it’s your first time in Mallorca and you want to stay somewhere in the North with a more European feel, try Can Picafort.


For your first time in Mallorca, give staying in the far North or West or a miss. That is unless you are going there specifically to walk. Palma City, Playa (or Platja) de Palma, and Cala d’or are good areas to get a taster of this beautiful island.

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