Majorca is a popular European beach holiday destination and it’s not hard to guess why. This large Spanish island is home to beautiful Mediterranean beaches, UNESCO World Heritage sites and charming seaside towns.
Also spelt Mallorca, which can create a bit of confusion, Majorca and Mallorca are in fact the same place. Majorca being the Anglicised spelling for English speakers who battled to pronounce the ‘ll’ as a ‘j’ as done in Spanish.
Palma is the capital of the Balearic Island chains, well known for resorts and coastal beauty. Characterised by its stunning beaches and charming historic streets. Also fast becoming a trendy foodie spot, this is one of the best places to visit in Majorca.
There are loads of beautiful places and things to see in Majorca. And your itinerary won’t be complete without adding some of the below fun day trips to your list.
Best Day Trips from Majorca
If you’re wondering about what to see in Majorca then this guide has you covered. From the beaches to the rugged mountains and quaint villages and towns you really want to make sure you see all that Majorca has to offer.
Day trips are a great way to see the island while basing yourself in one area. It would take about 4 hours to drive across the whole island, making day trips and excursions to different parts of the island very accessible.
1. Day Trip to the Majorica Pearl Shop and Caves of Drach
Visiting the fascinating 2.4km Caves of Drach (Cavern of the Dragon) is one of the best things to do in Majorca. This not-to-be-missed excursion will take you on an underground journey.
The area is made up of four caves with an impressive height of 25m. Lake Martel is situated in the caves and is one of the world’s largest underground lakes. You’ll explore this area by boat and enjoy a live classical music concert and light show.
After you have immersed yourself in the beauty of the underground, you will discover how the exquisite Majorica Pearls are made at the famous Majorica Factory.
Finally, end off the day with a visit to the quaint fishing village of Porto Cristo. Grab a drink and enjoy the sunset before your departure back to your hotel.
2. Half-day Coasteering Experience
Calling on all adrenaline junkies to experience this thrilling adventure. If you can picture yourself abseiling, sea caving and cliff jumping in the most picturesque Mediterranean setting then you absolutely cannot miss this.
This excursion is suited to both beginners and experts as your experienced guide ensures your enjoyment and safety at all times.
Not only will this exhilarating adventure get your pulse racing but you will also be able to bask in the beautiful views of the rugged clifftops and vast Mediterranean ocean.
You’ll be geared up in a wetsuit to keep you warm and also protect you from the rocks. Remember to leave cameras and phones behind as they will definitely get wet during this wild water escapade.
Tip: Make sure you wear closed shoes for this to protect your feet and toes from the rocks you may not see underwater.
Best Day Trips from Palma
Palma has a lot to offer. It’s a diverse place with a vibrant culture and energy and has something to offer for everyone.
It also has some of the best places to go for a day trip. You don’t want to leave Palma without having experienced one of the adventures below.
3. Hidden Beach Day Tour
Get out of the bustle of the cities for a day in nature. Explore the mountains of Majorca on this hiking day tour. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful Mediterranean coastline as well as explore the charming historic villages.
The beauty of this tour is that it takes you to all the local spots on the island. You’ll explore idyllic villages such as Serra Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and revel in the beauty of the Arab-influenced architecture.
Finally, end the tour at a hidden beach that only the locals know about! You’ll be able to relax on the golden sand and be treated to a picnic lunch of Majorcan cuisine.
Tip: This day tour is between 7 & 8 hours so be sure to pack your own water or refreshments to keep you going through the day.
4. Railway Ride from Palma to Sóller
If you are wondering what to do in Majorca with your kids then this excursion is for you. This old wooden train connects Palma and Sóller. Winding through the most magnificent scenery, it’s a great activity for the whole family!
You’ll start your journey at the historic train station of Palma where you’ll hop onto the vintage train which is fondly known as the “Red Lightning”. You travel through the Tramuntana Mountains and see different landscapes from orange groves and almond fields to the charming town of Bunyola.
You’ll arrive in Sóller’s Art Deco Station which includes an art gallery with permanent 20th Century art exhibitions. The art and architecture found by the station as well as trendy cafes are worth a visit before heading back on your journey to Palma.
Best Day Trips for Couples
While Majorca has enough to offer to keep every type of traveller satisfied, it is also a great spot for couples.
The stunning beaches and vibrant evenings filled with sunset drinks always make for a romantic setting. There are also a few nice day trips that make for special holiday excursions in Majorca for couples.
5. Private Wine Tour with Tasting and Picnic
A great activity for couples in Majorca is spending a leisurely day tasting great Spanish wines and cuisine. To maximise your time together as a couple, take this private tour to the countryside to explore a beautiful Mallorquin vineyard and the winemaking process.
You’ll have the luxury of being fetched from your hotel and transported to the winery. On arrival, you will meet the winemaker and be shown around the winery and vineyard learning all there is to know about Spanish wines.
After the tour, you will experience the best part of this day trip – the wine tasting and tapas! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the vineyard drinking wine and eating Mallorquin cuisine. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase any of the wines you liked before heading back to your hotel.
6. Coast and Dolphin Cruise
Another epic activity for couples to do is enjoy a sunrise cruise with breathtaking views of the coastline. You will also encounter dolphins playing in the crystal-clear Mediterranean water.
The cruise leaves from Port d’Alcudia with a small group of people, making the experience very intimate. There is nothing more peaceful than being on the water at dawn and watching how the light changes the colour of the rugged mountains as it slowly rises.
On your way back you will stop at a turquoise watered beach, Es Coix Baix. Have a morning swim in the inviting water and you will be all set for the day ahead!
Best Majorca Boat Trips
What better way than on a catamaran to explore an island that is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
7. Majorca Coast Catamaran Cruise and Water Activities
This catamaran tour will take you gliding along the Mediterranean waters as you take in the beautiful views from the ocean. You’ll sail past stunning Majorcan attractions such as the Aucanada lighthouse, Bay of Pollensa, and Formentor Peninsula.
This catamaran cruise also offers epic water activities such as snorkelling, kayaking and paddleboarding. Either relax on the deck or catch a glimpse of the great coral life that draws lots of people into the waters for snorkelling and other activities.
If swimming, sightseeing and snorkelling the Majorcan coast excites you then don’t miss out on this fun and relaxing excursion.
Tip: This cruise leaves from Port d’Alcudia and includes a barbeque lunch and beverages
8. Sunset Catamaran Cruise from Palma
If a sunset cruise is more your idea of a good time then Majorca can offer that too! This cruise explores the waters of Palma Bay and anchors in the turquoise waters of Cala Blava.
On anchorage, you will have a bit of time to have a quick swim before sunset. You will then enjoy dinner and drinks as you watch as the sunset turns everything golden in Palma Bay.
There is also a DJ on board that will keep you entertained as you enjoy dancing after the sun has gone down. This really is an unforgettable experience and a unique way to explore the waters of Palma on a catamaran.
Discovering Majorca Excursions
With so much to see and experience in Majorca, it can be hard to fit it all in. Day trips in Majorca are a great way of exploring different areas and seeing major landmarks.
Whether you are travelling with family, as a couple or alone, this island has something to offer you. The land as well as sea day trips make for unforgettable Majorca holiday memories.