The intoxicating beauty of Spain’s largest island has been attracting artists and musicians since the late 19th century, and recent days have transformed it into a hot spot for luxury resort vacations. Sweeping bays and clear, blue waters stretch out in striking contrast to the jutting cliffs and towering mountains of this Mediterranean locale.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Language: Spanish and Catalan
Entry requirements: Passport valid for three months post-departure
Flight time: 11 hours from New York City; 17 hours from LA
Getting around: Bicycle, car, boat, train and taxi
When to Go: Mallorca at its best
Best weather: The Mediterranean climate is mild most of the year. Average highs stay around 60 degrees in winter (December to March). July and August are the warmest months, with average highs in the mid-80s.
Best prices: November to March
What to Do
Phenomenal beaches: You’ll find the best of both worlds on Mallorca — fashionable golden shores speckled with tourists and secluded, sandy coves. Most visitors tend to stay near their resorts, and the lack of access to cars keeps crowds away from a number of beautiful beaches along the eastern coast. You may have to do a bit of legwork to get a spot all your own, but it’s worth it. If you simply drive and park further inland, a half-hour hike will take you to one of the deserted paradises like Es Carbó Beach.
Cool caves: Spend an afternoon at the Cuevas del Drach in Porto Cristo, where brilliantly designed lighting illuminates the limestone formations. A tour of the caves includes a live concert by classical musicians and a boat ride through the cavern’s underground lakes.