Savour a relaxing honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday in Mallorca – Spain’s most popular Mediterranean island and the largest of the Balearic Islands.
Discover a choice of pine-fringed white-sand beaches that indent a 500km-long coastline and border lively resorts crammed with bars, restaurants and hotels.
Mallorca offers newlyweds a choice of more than 70 sun-kissed beaches.
Choose from long strands of white sand lined with parasols and sun loungers that provide every kind of leisure activity imaginable, to unspoiled beaches fringing secluded coves accessible only by foot or boat.
The best of Mallorca's many beaches, include…
Dig your toes into the soft white sand of this 1.7km-long beach that stretches along a seafront promenade lined with palm trees and facing the clear turquoise waters of a wide bay.
Facilities on this 35m-wide beach include thatched parasols and sun loungers for hire, various water sports such as pedalos (foot-pedal boats), showers, toilets, lifeguards and a range of bars, restaurants and hotels that line the promenade.
Cala Millor is located on the east coast, around 72km from Palma.
(East coast) – Unwind on this small, 350m-long white-sand beach that fronts a string of hotels, with restaurants and bars nearby.
Facilities on this 35m-wide beach include parasols and sun loungers for hire, pedalos (foot-pedal boats) and lifeguards.
Playa de S´Illot is located on the east coast of Mallorca, around 70km from Palma.
Relax on this small white-sand beach that sits facing a sheltered bay and bush-clad cliffs topped with villas.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, pedalos (foot-pedal boats), lifeguards and a range of bars, restaurants and hotels close by.
Porto Cristo is located on the east coast, around 66km from Palma.
(South coast) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this 11km-long stretch of white sand set between vegetation-covered sand dunes and a stunning turquoise bay.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, pedalos (foot-pedal boats), a bar and restaurant.
The southern headland is home to the resort of Colonia Sant Jordi, which offers a choice of hotels, bars and restaurants.
Playa de es Trenc is located on the south coast, around 40km east of Palma.
Unwind on this small, 120m-long white-sand beach fringed by pine trees and shelving into a turquoise cove framed by rocky headlands, just a short drive from Palma.
Facilities on this 25m-wide beach include parasols, sun loungers and pedalos (foot-pedal boats) for hire, with a choice of bars, restaurants and hotels just a short stroll away.
If the main beach gets crowded, just wander over the small rocky promontory to a second smaller sandy cove.
Playa Illetes is located in the tourist resort of the same name on the south coast of Mallorca, around 11km east of Palma.
Dig your toes into the soft white sand on this 900m-long beach that curves around a turquoise bay facing the picturesque Illot de sa Porrassa, a small island that lies around 1km offshore.
This 35m-wide beach, rated by many as the best beach on the south coast of Mallorca, sits in the centre of Magaluf, one of the biggest resorts on the island.
Facilities on this 35m-wide beach include parasols, sun loungers and pedalos (foot-pedal boats) for hire, toilets, showers and lifeguards, as well as a choice of bars, restaurants and hotels just a short stroll away. Water sports available include surfing, jet skiing, waterskiing, parasailing and banana boating.
Playa Magaluf is located at the western end of the Bay of Palma, on the southwest coast of Mallorca, around 15km from Palma.
This 500m-long golden-sand beach shelves into a delightful cove fringed by rocky headlands, with two similar sandy beaches lying on either side – Son Caliu and Son Matias.
Facilities on this wide beach include parasols, sun loungers and pedalos (foot-pedal boats) for hire, as well as toilets, showers and lifeguards and a choice of bars, restaurants and hotels just a short stroll away.
Away from the beach, discover a range of leisure activities and theme parks all within easy reach of the resort of Palma Nova.
These include: Aqualand water park, the crazy-golf attraction at Golf Fantasia, the dolphin and seal shows of Marineland, a go-karting circuit, pony trekking, bungee jumping and a choice of challenging golf courses nearby.
Playa Palma Nova is located on the Bay of Palma, on the southwest coast of Mallorca, around 13km from Palma.
Relax on the soft white sand of this tiny, 80m-long beach that faces a turquoise inlet framed by hillsides and towering cliffs.
Facilities on this 25m-wide beach include parasols, sun loungers and pedalos (foot-pedal boats) for hire, with a choice of bars, restaurants and hotels just a short stroll away.
Cala de San Vicente is located close to the tip of the rugged northwest coast, around 8km north of Puerto de Pollença and 63km from Palma.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this very scenic, 900m-long white-sand beach fringed by shady trees and shelving into the clear turquoise waters of a sheltered bay framed by tree-clad mountains.
The 10m-wide beach faces the tiny isle of Formentor, with pedal boats, parasols and sun loungers for hire and an open-air bar for drinks and food.
Visit for a day or stay longer at the exclusive Hotel Barceló Formentor.
Playa de Formentor is located on the rugged northeast coast, around 10km north of Puerto de Pollença and 72km from Palma.
Relax on this 1km-long white-sand beach that gently shelves into the crystalline waters of a wide bay framed by picturesque mountain ranges.
Facilities on this 35m-wide beach include pedal boats, parasols and sun loungers for hire, as well as a choice of beachfront bars and restaurants.
Playas de Pollença fringes the popular Puerto de Pollença, which is located on the northeast coast of Mallorca, around 64km from Palma.
Choose your own spot to sunbathe on this 50m-wide beach that stretches for more than 2km around the Bay of Alcúdia before merging into neighbouring Playa de Muro.
Relax on soft white sand dotted with palm trees and swim in clear turquoise water that is perfect for families with young children.
The beach faces the popular resort of Puerto de Alcúdia, which boasts a wide range of beachfront bars, restaurants and hotels. Beach facilities include pedal boats, parasols and sun loungers for hire, as well as a range of water sports including surfboards, jet skiing, waterskiing, wind surfing, kite surfing, paragliding and banana boating.
Puerto de Alcúdia is located on the northeast coast, around 52km north of Palma.
Get lost along this 5.5km-long beach of soft white sand sitting alongside a bay of clear turquoise waters offering perfect swimming conditions.
Backed by sand dunes scattered with low vegetation and pine trees, Playa de Muro forms part of an 8.5km-long beach that stretches along the Bay of Alcúdia, beginning at Can Picafort and ending at Port d´Alcúdia.
Choose an unspoiled section for a picnic or stay close to the beach’s facilities, which include parasols and sun loungers for hire as well as a range of bars, restaurants and hotels.
Playa de Muro is located on the northeast coast of Mallorca, around 62km north of Palma.
Away from the beaches and clubs, the diverse landscape of Mallorca offers a range of hiking, driving and golfing opportunities for active honeymoon couples.
Explore the island’s interior on foot, bike or by hire car, a scenic landscape of almond and olive groves, pine forests, whitewashed windmills and picture-perfect mountain villages scattered across the spectacular Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
Choose from several marked hiking trails that network the dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range stretching along the island’s west coast, where there are several peaks more than 1000m high, and in the Llevant Mountains to the east, with peaks up to 561m in height.
Try the six-day hike from Valldemossa via Soller to Pollença, which winds along centuries-old traders’ paths past gnarled olive trees through woodland, along dramatic canyons to mountain peaks offering spectacular panoramic vistas.
Or ride belle epoque rail carriages through inspiring mountain scenery between Palma and Sóller.
The west coast offers some of Mallorca’s most scenic driving experiences. Discover twisting roads that wind past secluded sandy coves atop vertiginous cliffs, through pine forests, lemon and orange groves.
Stop by charming fortified hilltop towns such as: Andratx, surrounded by fortifications; the pretty town of Estallenchs, sprawling across steep slopes at the foot of the Mount Galatzo; and attractive Bañalbufar, where you can enjoy panoramic sea views from the 17th century Mirador de Ses Animes; and visit the medieval monasteries at Valldemossa and Lluc.
Explore narrow and winding roads that weave through wooded valleys and steep mountain slopes dotted with picturesque villages to a jagged-edged coastline of pine-fringed cliffs overlooking secluded sandy coves.
In Mallorca's capital, Palma de Mallorca (or Palma), explore atmospheric old alleyways and squares around the Plaça Santa Eulalia and along the seafront wander wide boulevards past 12th century ramparts at Ses Voltes.
The best of Mallorca's many sightseeing attractions, include…
In Mallorca's capital, Palma de Mallorca (or Palma as it’s commonly known), explore the atmospheric old alleyways around the Plaça Santa Eulalia and wander wide boulevards that were once the base of the original Moorish walls built to protect the city.
See the remaining 12th century ramparts at Ses Voltes on the seafront and visit the towering Gothic La Seu Catedral (photo) that took 400 years to build (from 1230 to 1601). Admire the cathedral’s spectacular 121m-long and 43m-high nave, supported by 14 slender 20m-tall pillars that branch out at the top like palm trees to support the single-span vaulted roof.
Explore a maze of rooms and examine Flemish tapestries at the Palau de l'Almudaina, a Moorish castle later used by Mallorcan and Spanish royalty.
Pop into the elegant domed chamber of the 10th century Banys Àrabs (Arab baths), a former public bathhouse set in a walled garden of lemon and palm trees.
Then examine archaeological finds as well as medieval religious paintings inside the Museu de Mallorca, housed in a 15th century mansion. Don’t miss the 13th century Basílica de Sant Francesc, one of the finest of Palma’s medieval churches.
At Museu Fundació Pilar y Joan Miró, see a collection of more than 100 paintings and sculptures and scores of drawings housed in the artist’s former studio.
Later, browse fashion boutiques and choose from a range of al fresco bars and restaurants facing a bay renowned for its magical sunsets.
Explore this well-preserved 14th century circular castle built on a hilltop near Palma de Mallorca, enjoying panoramic views from the battlements.
Walk in the footsteps of the Knights Templar, who once owned this pretty town and built the imposing 13th century Church of Nuestra Senyora de Los Ángeles, which stands in the present day Plaça Major.
Walk charming narrow alleyways and enjoy views across to the 330m-high Puig de Maria, home to a 15th century Sanctuary.
Climb up the 365 stone steps of the Calvari of Pollença for panoramic views that stretch as far as Capo de Formentor.
Discover this dramatic peninsula by hire car along the 20km-long twisting, vertiginous road from Port de Pollença to the lighthouse at the cape's end.
Enjoy spectacular scenic views from miradores (lookouts) set atop 200m-high cliffs overlooking secluded rock-framed coves lapped by intensely coloured turquoise waters.
Wander the steep cobbled streets of Fornalutx, a pretty mountain village lined with stone houses and surrounded by groves of almond trees. Then drive through hairpin bends to the port village of Sa Calobra, with a tiny white-sand beach surrounded by soaring cliffs and overlooking a turquoise inlet.
Explore the maze of narrow streets in this medieval old town lined with tall ochre houses and surrounded by a 14th century wall indented with massive fortified gates and crenellated towers.
Later, drive out to nearby Pollentia to see Roman ruins at the 1st century BC Teatre Romà (Roman amphitheatre). Alcúdia is just 3km inland from Playa Puerto de Alcúdia.
Explore on foot or bicycle the largest wetland area in the Balearics – an 800ha expanse separated by low vegetation-covered sand dunes from the sea in the Bay of Alcúdia.
Hire a pair of binoculars from the reception centre and try to spot some of the 200-plus species that visit the park, including egrets, sandpipers, kingfishers (photo) and warblers. S'Albufera Nature Reserve is located between Port de Alcúdia and Ca'n Picafort.
Come for a night or stay longer at one of the most beautiful towns on the island, most notable for its palatial 19th century mansions, sprinkling of 16th century facades, an 18th century convent and a 16th century parish church.
Getting there: From Palma, take the train to enjoy spectacular views in the comfort of charming belle epoque wooden carriages with leather-covered seats, dating from 1912. Or hire a car and treat yourselves to a magnificent drive through lemon and olive groves thriving on stonewalled terraces, forested cliffs and quaint old stone farmhouses.
After strolling the narrow streets, catch the blue-and-brass tram that winds its way through town down to the attractive Puerto de Sóller. Soller sits on the west coast, around 30km from Palma.
Stroll among pergolas, a pavilion and ponds in this lush garden that surrounds a one-time Moorish palace on the outskirts of Sóller. Inside the palace, admire Arabic and Mallorcan furniture.
Walk in the footsteps of the English poet and writer Robert Graves, who lived here from 1929 until his death in 1985.
Stroll around the narrow tree-lined streets of this picturesque village surrounded by olive trees then wander down to the beach at Cala de Deià for a sunset drink and a chat with locals and expat literati.
Located in a stunning mountain setting of the Serra de Tramuntana, the inspiring setting of Deià has attracted artists and writers for centuries.
Visit the former home of writer and poet Robert Graves, which he built in 1932 overlooking the sea. Now a museum, the house boasts a wide collection Graves' furniture, books and personal effects.
Wander through a huge cavern crammed with an underground forest of stalactites and stalagmites as well as five subterranean lakes.
Tour the cavern by boat or time your visit with one of the frequent concerts held here. The caves are located on the east coast of Mallorca, south of Porto Cristo, around 61km east of Palma.
Discover Mallorca’s vibrant resorts. Magaluf is a party-central resort known for its great music bars as well as two water parks and a go-karting track. Or try Puerto de Alcúdia, a sprawling resort that fringes a gorgeous beach on the northeast coast of Mallorca.
Typically, Mallorca offers honeymoon couples an excellent choice of resort accommodation to suit all budgets, including the following 5-star resorts…
Gran Melia de Mar - Adults Only
Location: Illetas, Mallorca
Prices: from AUD726 per room
Description: This property is a 10-minute walk from the beach. Situated on the sea front in Illetas, Gran Melia de Mar-Adults Only is set within beautiful gardens and features a small private beach. This stylish hotel features 3 swimming pools and an extensive spa. Each of the bright, air-conditioned rooms at the Meliá has stylish, modern décor, a flat-screen TV and an aromatherapy pillow selection. Rooms also feature balconies with sea views. For an additional charge, guests have access to the SPA BY CLARINS, where health and beauty treatments are available. The spa includes a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, hot water indoor pool and a hot tub. The fitness center is available 24 hours and is free of charge. Gran Melia de Mar-Adults Only has 3 restaurants, including the the Amaro Lounge, which offers a range of light food, drinks and a cocktail menu, a poolside restaurant Bardot, where guests can enjoy fresh fish, rice dishes and seafood meals next to the pool during the summer months. Arrels by Marga Coll is a fine dining restaurant offering tasting menus, with a beautiful terrace and sea views, serving traditional Mallorcan cuisine with a modern twist, and is only open for dinner. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Portals Nous Marina and central Palma is just 7 km away. Bendinat Golf Club is a 10-minute walk from the Meliá.
Location: Port de Pollensa, Mallorca
Prices: from AUD616 per room
Description: This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. This world-famous hotel has a beautiful location, surrounded by gardens and next to Formentor Bay. The hotel has 2 swimming pools, one of which is heated in cooler weather. The Barceló Formentor has a great range of restaurants. Es Colomer and El Pi Restaurant both offer outdoor dining. The beach restaurant Platja Mar serves a buffet lunch during the summer months. Barceló Formentor has a health and beauty center, free internet, 5 tennis courts and a game room. Spacious meeting rooms are also available. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and include a bathrobe, slippers and satellite TV.
Location: Cala Major, Palma de Mallorca
Prices: from AUD523 per room
Description: This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. The luxury Nixe Palace is next to Cala Major Beach and the Marivent Palace. It features an outdoor pool, a spa and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Rooms at the Nixe Palace are modern and soundproof. They include satellite TV and a large bathroom with toiletries, bathrobe and slippers. The Nixe’s specialized golf department has trips to local courses and discounted green fees. Nearby golf courses include Son Vida and Son Muntaner. Hotel Nixe Palace has 3 restaurants, with the best Mediterranean cuisine, fresh seafood and international dishes. There is also a poolside bar and a garden. The hotel's spa has a thermal circuit, Turkish steam bath, ice fountain, heated lounge chairs and fantastic sea views. There is also a gym, and massage treatments are available. Entry is subject to a charge.
Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa
Location: Playa de Muro, Mallorca
Prices: from AUD500 per room
Description: Surrounded by the stunning S’Albufera Nature Reserve, Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa enjoys magnificent views of the Bay of Alcudia. This luxurious hotel features an outdoor pool and grounds. The elegant rooms at Parc Natural & Spa each include a balcony or terrace with views of the grounds or sea. They also come with satellite TV and air conditioning. The hotel offers a spa and spa area with facilities including a fitness center, heated pool and Turkish bath. Massage services are available and there is also a hairstylist. Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa is located in front of Playa de Muro Beach. A bus stops in front of the hotel with direct services to Can Picafort, Port d’Alcúdia and Alcúdia. This is a seasonal hotel, open from the end of April to October.
Iberostar Playa de Muro Village
Location: Playa de Muro, Mallorca
Prices: from AUD460 per room
Description: This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Iberostar Playa de Muro Village is a large resort set on Platja de Muro, 200 metres from S’Albufera Nature Reserve. It features 2 outdoor pools, for adults and children, a chill out area with Balinese beds, and rooms with balconies. The Muro Village offers bright décor throughout. Each of its spacious rooms is air conditioned and has satellite TV, a microwave and a kettle. The property boasts a variety of restaurants, from buffet to à la carte. You can also enjoy live cooking at lunch and dinner buffet. Guests can have breakfast on the terrace of Embat Restaurant, enjoying views of the sea. Room service is available. Free high speed WiFi is available throughout. There is a 24-hour bell boy service and a towel service is available for the pools. The Village has an on-site gym and tennis courts, as well as a spa with a hot tub, sauna, and ice fountain. There is a golf course within 4 km of the hotel, and the property can arrange Green Fees for you. This hotel also offers unique services for cyclists and sports travelers. There is a repair shop, garage and a fully equipped gym. Bicycles are available for hire, there are special menus, a sports shop and a dedicated and specialized team. The Iberostar is 5 km from Alcudia, while Palma and its airport are a 45-minute drive away.
The best time to visit Mallorca for a beach holiday is from late-June to mid-September. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures rarely falling below 29°C (84°F).
However, anytime from early-May to mid-October is good for a range of outdoor activities.
To avoid the summer heat and crowds, and for hiking and exploring the island, visit Mallorca during May, September and October when you can still bask in clear, sunny days with daily temperatures averaging 24°C (75°F).
Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, enjoys a Mediterranean climate characterised by a long, hot summer and short, mild winter.
For more climate info: Mallorca Weather Guide…
Mallorca (or Majorca) is the largest island in the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea around 209km (130mi) east of Barcelona and 145km (90mi) east of Valencia.
The most convenient route to Mallorca is by air to Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), located around 8km (5mi) east of Palma, the island's capital.
A frequent bus service runs from the airport to Palma, every 5 minutes, taking just 10 minutes to the city centre.
By sea, Palma is easily reached daily from Barcelona and Valencia. Interisland ferries service the neighbouring Balearic Islands of Menorca and Ibiza.
Information on how to get to Mallorca…
The best way to get around Mallorca is by car, especially if you want to explore the island's more remote beaches, nature parks, hill towns and mountain retreats at your own pace. Cars can be hired in every town or resort.
You can also get around much of the island by bus and train, especially in high season. Although some services are limited or non-existent during the low season.
Motorbikes, scooters and bicycles are also available for hire.
Mallorca's roads are generally good, although steep, narrow mountain routes can make it difficult for coaches and cars to pass other than at special points. Heavy traffic congestion is rare.
A few cliff-flanked coastal roads, including Sa Calobra and Formentor are ideal for motorbike touring, as are several narrow country roads that meander through the interior.
Information on how to get around Mallorca…
Latest update: Mallorca honeymoon: 28 July, 2022