The sleepy, ancient village of Banyalbufar, glamour hotspot Port d’Andratx and the handsome town of Sóller, soaked in the scent of citrus. Feed your senses with these and more as we uncover those places on Mallorca with a certain X factor.
Cast your gaze from the main beach across to the estate of La Fortaleza, on the headland: the former fortress featured as the home of Richard Roper in hit BBC drama The Night Manager. No doubt Roper himself would have opted to dine at Michelin-starred restaurant Argos, La Lonja, and Restaurant Stay; the latter two found in the town’s marina. Read more
One iconic figure who found solace amongst the olive groves was poet and author Robert Graves, whose Deià home, now the Robert Graves Museum, welcomes visitors. Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson was another Brit who recognised the beauty of this corner of Mallorca, turning a sprawling manor into a sumptuous hotel, La Residencia, in the 80s. Read more
Our top restaurant pick is 1661 Cuina de Banyalbufar, a family-owned affair in the centre of the village with a great flair for Mediterranean home cooking. If you want to work up a good appetite, there are a number of superb hiking and cycling routes in this area, one of the popular routes for cyclists being Esporles to Port des Canonge, stopping at Banyalbufar along the way. Or, for something less strenuous, visit the Son Vives winery for a chilled glass of local white wine. Read more
A cluster of excellent small hotels have turned Fornalutx into a great base for exploring. Ca’n Reus, C’an Verder and Fornalutx Petit Hotel are all characterful stays, while San Tanqueta is a quality apartment-hotel. Read more
An hour’s hike takes you right to the top of the Puig de Maria, a 14th-century monastery atop a large hill overlooking town. Reward your efforts with coffee and cake at the small café and take in the panoramic views, stretching all the way to Alcúdia bay. It’s possible to stay overnight at this peaceful, stripped-back hermitage, but if it’s luxury you want, the sophisticated Son Brull Hotel & Spa, on the outskirts of Pollença, ticks all the boxes. Read more
Dubai hotel group Jumeirah opened a hotel on a cliff above the bay in 2011, while down on the front, Hotel Esplendido comes courtesy of Swedish hoteliers with immaculate taste. By far the best way to arrive in Port de Sóller -if not by boat – is by vintage wooden tram. Rumbling between the port and Sóller town all day long, it looks straight out of San Francisco. Read more
Artisan goods producers enjoy healthy demand on Mallorca, and Sóller is one of those places where you’ll find everything from soft leather Menorcan sandals and woven Audali bags, to gourmet salt and organic olive oil in its delicatessens. Be sure to sample a glass or two of freshly-squeezed juice made from Sóller’s most famous product, the orange. Read more
Every year, the Chopin Classical Music festival takes place in Valldemossa, the grounds of the monastery providing an atmospheric setting. Why Chopin? The famous composer lived here for a spell in 1838, declaring it ‘The Most Beautiful Place in the World’. These days, the town boasts such luxuries as a Cappuccino café and several smart hotels, all the while keeping its old-world charm. Read more
One great boutique hotel in Alcúdia is Can Mostatxins, a painstakingly renovated 15th-century manor, complete with basement spa zone – a perfect retreat from the busy streets. Read more
At the end of the day, HPC Blue Cocktail Bar – right above HPC Restaurant, with an outdoor terrace overlooking the bay – is a top spot for a cool, refreshing sundowner. Read more
Life is appealingly slower in Artà. Should you wish to stay awhile, Forn Nou is a stylishly simple hotel with a recommended restaurant. Once a bakery, it’s a relaxed place to enjoy delicious modern-Mallorcan food – with great views from the rooftop terrace. Read more
A seductive combination of Med, mountains and marina make this one of the most desirable places on Mallorca to live or own a second home. You’ll discover cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and shops, and perhaps spot a well-known face; Claudia Schiffer, Tom Cruise and Michael Schumacher have all owned property here.
Perhaps owing to the special light or the photogenic scenery, Santanyí is a haven for artists and there are several galleries. Visit on a Saturday and combine a little art exploration with a leisurely stroll around the excellent weekly market. Read more
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