Mallorca Travel Guide

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Mallorca Area Map

Neighborhoods

With an area of 1,400 square miles, Mallorca has quite a few neighborhoods, each with its own vibe and personality.

Cala Millor, literally "the better bay," is located on the northeast coast of Mallorca and is a popular spot among travelers for its long sandy beach. A number of sleek hotels and resorts are clustered in this area, as are restaurants and nightclubs, appealing to both families and those looking to party.

Magaluf, just down the coast from Palma, is party central – especially in peak tourist season (July and August). And many of the travelers that choose to book their stays in this area's resorts come to hit up the bars and clubs. Still, Magaluf's beautiful beach makes it a popular area for a wide variety of travelers. But keep in mind that most of the hotels close down in the winter.

Nestled in Serra de Tramuntana, Valldemossa is a picturesque town of cobbled streets, quaint storefronts and restaurants, and old homes bedecked in greenery and flowers. Although you'll find a few rustic hotels, most travelers choose to stop by Valldemossa rather than book their stay here.

Tucked amid orange groves, where the mountains meet the sea, Sóller charms travelers with its vintage train and lineup of colorful festivals. Its array of local tapas bars and pastry shops doesn't hurt either. You'll find Sóller just a few miles inland from Port de Sóller, the popular resort destination located in northern Mallorca. But a quick note: If you're traveling from Palma, take the train since the switchbacks through the mountains can be treacherous and the tolls are high.

Mallorca's capital and largest city is a gorgeous mashup of old and new. From its gothic cathedral to its trendy tapas bars and its open-air seaside promenade to its narrow vendor-lined alleys, Palma has a little bit of everything for just about everyone. For visitors hoping to take boat tours, many of them depart from Palma. And there are also hotels and resorts galore.

Mallorca is a safe destination to visit, but you should use common sense. As with any tourist hot spot, petty theft and pickpocketing is common. Be sure to keep an eye on your valuables and be aware of your surroundings.

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