Discover the 6 Regions of Mallorca

Find the right place to slow down, settle in and soak up the Mediterranean sunshine

You might be able to drive the entire length of Mallorca in just over an hour but this precious Mediterranean island has more that first meets the eye. There are six areas of Mallorca which have their own distinct characters and traits. You’ll find that there is more to the island than its cocktail bars and clubbing, as you venture away from the main tourist areas and towards the mountains and rugged coastline.
If you’re interested in exploring Mallorca further, you will find a useful overview below of the six different areas and what they offer. Inside we’ve included our favourite places to live, recommended schools as well HC tips from Helen herself who shares her recommended places.

Central Mallorca

Family townhouse in Alaró

Beautiful central Mallorca is a place of tradition and agriculture. Picture fields of almond trees, grazing sheep, windmills, vineyards and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains in the distance. The tranquil villages come alive on their weekly market days which offer residents and curious visitors an opportunity to buy fresh local produce, artisan goods, clothes and even livestock.

Their lively annual fairs commemorate patron saints and indigenous ingredients, with typical dance, food and handicrafts always present. For those who want a taste of authentic Mallorca, you’ll find enduring community spirit here. As for the sea and the capital; they are less than an hour drive away. This is an idyllic region for those who love hiking, cycling and wine-tasting – and all those looking for slow living bliss.

Areas we love

  • If you have a family: SANTA MARIA DEL CAMI
  • For young professionals: INCA
  • Retirees: LLORET DE VISTALEGRE
  • Investors: ALARÓ
  • Holiday home: BINISSALEM

Recommended schools in the area

  • The Montessori School of Mallorca, Santa Maria del Camí
  • Ecoscola Sa Llavor, Binissalem
  • Col.legi Públic Pere Rosselló, Alaró

EVENTS NOT TO MISS IN THE CENTRE

FESTA DES VERMAR

Binissalem celebrates the end of the grape harvest with wine tastings, grape-treading, carnival-style processions and good old grape-throwing. There is also a carnival-style parade and lots of dancing in the evening. The fortnight-long party begins in mid-September.

BALL DELS COSSIERS

This 14th century dance can be witnessed in a handful of villages in central Mallorca. It’s a key element in Algaida’s patron saint’s fiesta in January. The event is thought to be linked to pagan rituals that worshipped the spirits of nature.

DIJOUS BO

Inca hosts one of Mallorca’s largest traditional fairs – around 200,000 people usually descend on its streets. Expect open air concerts, tasty local treats, a bustling market, sporting and cultural events. It takes place mid-November.

HC/ TIP

ERMITA DE LLUBI: “Take a picnic or fire-up an on-site barbecue at Ermita de Llubi – a very accessible recreation area. The surrounding landscape is divine and there’s all the facilities and space your family could need for a blissful day out in the countryside.”

Northeast Mallorca

Market day in Artà

The Northeast is simultaneously a place where you can find everyone and no-one. It is home to intriguing caves, archaeological sites and stretches of deserted coastline. It also includes some of Mallorca’s most popular holiday resorts; places which come alive in summer and fade completely in the winter. Mallorca’s second largest town, Manacor, can be found here, and is equipped with all the shops and services required for ordinary everyday living. A slower paced lifestyle can be enjoyed in one of the Northeast’s medieval villages or fishing towns. Mallorca’s traditions are supported all across the region with weekly markets, fairs and feast days.

Areas we love

RECOMMENDED SCHOOLS IN THE AREA

  • Tudor Rose – British Balearic College Porto Cristo
  • MySchool Mallorca International School, Sa Pobla
  • American International School of Mallorca, Manacor

EVENTS NOT TO MISS IN NORTHEAST

IRONMAN 70.3 MALLORCA

Thousands enter this epic endurance race every year. It kicks off at Alcúdia beach and challenges participants to swim 1.9km, cycle 90km and run 21km. Cheer on contestants as they embark on route full of hills and flat stretches. May is the month for it.

ALMOND FAIR

The historic C’as Hereu country estate in Son Servera hosts this fair, which promotes all manner of produce made with the island’s almond crop. There are a large number of stalls selling a variety of products made from almonds, almond wood, and the blossom itself. It takes place in early February.

CAPDEPERA MEDIEVAL FAIR

The cloisters at Santo Domingo convent provide the setting for this fair dedicated to the island’s talented artisans. Expect jousting, jugglers, falconry displays, stilt-walkers and fire-eaters! It occurs during one weekend in mid-November.

HC/ tip

CAN GAVELLA: “Sink your feet into the sand and your fork into a perfectly cooked paella at Can Gavella, breathe in the sea air and admire the view; you’re at a blissful beach restaurant in Playa de Muro.”

Artà
Valldemossa Mallorca
Pollensa
Puerto Pollensa Mallorca

Northwest Mallorca

The harbour in Port de Sóller

The Serra de Tramuntana mountains, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, defines this stunningly beautiful region. The landscape has inspired artists and musicians throughout the ages. It remains a creative place, annually hosting music festivals and art fairs. Some of the most beautiful villages on the island can be found here, attracting visitors all year around, and many have thriving communities. Boutique hotels, fine restaurants and entertainment can be found in its towns, ports and hillsides. Long winding roads and cool winters may put some off settling here, though. For those dreaming of a rustic finca set amid orange groves; of secluded rocky bays and challenging peaks, the Northwest may prove to be their paradise.

Areas we love

RECOMMENDED SCHOOLS IN THE AREA

  • IES Guillem Colom Casasnoves, Sóller
  • CEIP Públic Robert Graves, Deià
  • CEIP Nicolau Calafat, Valldemossa
  • CEIP Miquel Costa i Llobera, Pollensa

EVENTS NOT TO MISS IN THE NORTHWEST

DEIÁ INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Every year some of the world’s finest classical musicians perform at Son Marroig, the stunning former home of Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria. Musicians in the past have included Boris Berman, Zuill Bailey and Rosa Canyelles. Concerts are held between May and September.

ARTDEMOSSA 

The picture postcard village of Valldemossa becomes a stage for all forms of art, including music, food and photography. Artdemossa is part of the Festes d’Estiu Valldemossa. It happens on one creative evening in July.

CAPDEPERA MEDIEVAL FAIR

The cloisters at Santo Domingo convent provide the setting for this fair dedicated to the island’s talented artisans. Expect jousting, jugglers, falconry displays, stilt-walkers and fire-eaters! It occurs during one weekend in mid-November.

HC/ tip

SA FORADADA: “Mountain meets sea at Sa Foradada – a stunning lookout point. Here it’s possible to hike, dine in a restaurant, visit a historic manor or admire the sunset with a cocktail in hand.”

Fornalutx Mallorca
Port Sóller
Valldemossa Mallorca

Southeast Mallorca

Famous sandstone in Santanyí

Ancient settlements in the Southeast give a sense of its strategic and commercial importance throughout the ages. The landscape will appeal to nature lovers, bird-watchers, beach lovers, snorkelers and cyclists. It encompasses salt flats, undeveloped sandy beaches, rocky coves of crystalline water, plains of vineyards and elevated lookout points complete with medieval fortresses. While there are some resorts tailored to tourism, other seaside towns remain free of crowds even in high season. It may be remote, but this region has a beating heart, and its historic villages demonstrate that with their vibrant traditional markets and celebrations of local produce.

Areas we love

    • If you have a family: SANTANYÍ
    • For young professionals: LLUCMAJOR
    • Retirees: SES SALINES
    • Investors: CALA D’OR
    • Holiday home: COLONIA DE SANT JORDI

RECOMMENDED SCHOOLS IN THE AREA

  • Col.legi Fra Joan Ballester, Campos
  • CEIP Santa Maria del Mar, Cala d’Or
  • IES Santanyí, Santanyí
  • CEIP Rei Jaume III, Llucmajor

EVENTS NOT TO MISS IN THE SOUTHEAST

SALT & SPICE FAIR

Salt production has been significant in Ses Salines for centuries. Get an education on the process and pick up some tasty Flor de Sal seasoning at this annual April fair. Expect talks, workshops and plenty of opportunities to taste the famous Mallorcan salt.

“SA FIRA” SANTANYI

An authentic agricultural fair with all the island’s typical characters; artisans, drummers, giants and devils will conspire to entertain you. The church of Sant Andreu also hosts concerts and there is DJ-set until late. The fair is held every October.

RED PEPPER FAIR

Felanitx shines a spotlight on Mallorca’s bright red pepper at this traditional fair. Try it in all its states while you soak up the family-friendly atmosphere. Takes place in September.

HC’s tip

SANTUERI CASTLE: Take a scenic drive or cycle to the ruins of Santueri Castle which is 475m above sea level. The reward is breath-taking panoramic views of the entire region.”

Santanyí Mallorca
Cala d'Or

Southwest Mallorca

The coastline at Sol de Mallorca

Secluded bays, glamorous ports, lively beach resorts and thriving rural villages all feature in the southwest, making it a very desirable place to live. There are bustling neighbourhoods with active communities, and also quiet hilltop urbanisations full of luxury holiday homes. This area is perfect for those who want to be close to the sea, but also want an easy route into Palma. The high quality of life is unquestionable thanks to the landscape, infrastructure and services. There’s no shortage of entertainment in the south-west. You’ll find restaurants of all categories, beach clubs, shopping centres and sports facilities including prestigious golf courses. As for a taste of authentic Mallorca, weekly farmers’ markets and annual fiestas are celebrated with equal enthusiasm as those in more rural districts.

Areas we love

SCHOOLS IN THE AREA

  • Agora International School, Portals Nous
  • Baleares International College, La Porrassa
  • Col.legi Públic Puig de Sa Morisca, Santa Ponsa
  • Colegio Público Es Vinyet, Andratx

EVENTS NOT TO MISS IN THE SOUTHWEST

LAS FESTES DEL REI EN JAUME

Santa Ponsa’s popular annual fiesta sees hundreds of locals dressed up as Moors or Christians for an epic reenactment battle on the beach. It’s staged in mid-September. Expect firecrackers and a lot of partying!

CLASSIC CAR RALLY

This annual race takes drivers along 400km of mountain roads on the west coast. Admire the participating cars at Puerto Portals in early March. There is often a variety of activities, including a Scalextric track, food trucks and coffee cars.

FIRA DE L’OVI I CAPRI

Get a taste for rural life at Calvià’s long-running sheep and goat fair, which features livestock and artisan goods. Visitors will also find an exhibition of working sheep dogs as well as plenty of opportunities to dance in the evening. It takes place in April.

HC/ TIP

TORRE DE CALA EN BASSET: Re-energise with stunning coastal views on the gentle hike to one of Sant Elm’s 400-year old watchtowers, Torre de Cala en Basset.”

Port Adriano Mallorca
Puerto Portals Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca

Café culture in Santa Catalina, Palma

Terracotta rooftops, lofty palm trees, atmospheric squares and glistening sea makes Palma an unmistakably Mediterranean capital. While its monuments, churches and historic homes convey its rich past; its art galleries, music festivals and gastronomic scene demonstrates a dedication to innovation. Numerous international events are staged here, attracting current and legendary athletes, experts in business, and inspirational personalities from the creative industries. The proximity to the sea elevates the quality of city living no end. While some areas of Mallorca seem to go into hibernation.

Areas we love

RECOMMENDED SCHOOLS IN THE AREA

EVENTS NOT TO MISS IN PALMA DE MALLORCA

TAPALMA

This Gastronomic Tapas Festival involves bars across Palma opening their doors to a variety of tapas and cocktails. Each year there is a judging panel that selects the best tapas and chef of the festival. Starts at the end of November.

NIT DE L’ART

Hundreds take to the streets to visit galleries and museums all inaugurating exhibitions on the same night. In addition to the open-house galleries, the streets of Palma come alive with performance art and street theatre. Experience the event mid-late September.

PALMA SUPERYACHT SHOW

More than 40,000 visitors descend on Moll Vell in front of La Lonja to get a glimpse of the year’s most impressive yachts. The events provides plenty of networking opportunities for people in the industry. Happens late April/early May.

HC’s tip

EL TEMPLE IN SANTA CATALINA: “Fill up on plant-based goodness at El Temple, a quirky café in Santa Catalina where you can buy ethically-made products and even take yoga classes. Find your sanctuary here.”

Once your explore the different regions of Mallorca, you’ll start to see just how diverse this island is. Over the years, Mallorca has been sold on its sandy beaches, clubbing scene and all-inclusive hotel offers. However, this is all changing as people become more interested in a slower, more relaxed way of holidaying and living. This is what many people are calling a shift towards the Slow Movement, which prioritises values such as sustainability and supporting local produce.
At helencummins.com, we hold these SLOW values very close as we strive to help people live their dream lifestyle in Mallorca. Helen Cummins and her editorial team hope to form a positive part of your journey to moving to this beautiful island.

Dr. Helen Cummins is a lifestyle editor, publisher and successful entrepreneur, who has lived and worked in Palma de Mallorca for the past 20 years. She started abcMallorca.com in 2003 which has grown into one of the island’s largest websites with over 6 million visits per annum.

Her website helencummins.com is a compilation of all the things she values since moving to the island, running hc/ Digital Media and creating an idyllic life in Son Vida with her husband Georg and daughter Eva.

Slow Luxury Living is what sits at the heart of the hc/ website, which aims to inspire people to slow down and appreciate the Mediterranean lifestyle. Alongside her editorial team, Helen handpicks businesses and places that adhere to SLOW: Sustainable, Local, Organic and made with Love.

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