In Mallorca there is much more to see than " only" beautiful beaches and the capital Palma. Grab a car and explore the idyllic villages of the island! Especially in the valleys of the Tramuntana Mountains, picturesque places are waiting to be explored.
These are the most beautiful villages on Mallorca:
Sóller is a small town in the Tramuntana Mountains, close to the west coast of Mallorca and is especially known for its orange trees and the best ice cream on the Balearic Island. Mostly hikers and cyclists are choosing accommodation in Sóller. However, day visitors from all over the island come to Sóller for a short trip. The most important sight is the church Sant Bartomeu from the 16th century, which was renovated in 1904. Right next to the church is the round Plaza Constitución, with some restaurants, bars and of course ice cream shops. Visit this article to discover more of Sóller.
Valldemossa is a picturesque mountain village only 20 minutes drive from Palma. Nevertheless one feels here like in a different world. The walls of the old stone houses are decorated with flowers and plants all year round and the contrast of the sand-coloured stones with the green of the leaves and red of the flowers is simply enchanting.
The small town has become so popular with tourists, because the famous composer Frédéric Chopin spent a winter here in a monastery with the French writer Geoerge Sand. Due to the many visitors it can get quite crowded in the narrow alleyways during the main season. Thanks to the popularity with tourists, several restaurants, cafes and small boutiques have established themselves here. What you should definitely try is the traditional pastry called Coca de Patata, which can be enjoyed in any bakery in Valldemossa with a hot chocolate or cafe con leche.
Fornalutx is a small mountain village about 5 km from Sóller. The appearance and architecture of the houses is very similar to Valldemossa, but Fornalutx is much smaller and also quieter. It is definitely worth a visit, especially as a stopover or starting or ending point for hiking tours. The centre of the small city is of course the Plaça d'Espanya - a nice plaza with some bars, restaurants and a small Aunt Emma shop.
Banyalbufar is a small village located directly on the coast on the slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains and can be reached by a serpentine road. Sounds spectacular - and it is! The view of the stone terraces that drop into the sea from the village is unique and even reminds me a bit of the rice terraces in Bali. From the centre you can reach Cala Banyalbufar in about 15 minutes on foot. Here you get the "reverse view" of steep high rock faces and also of the stone terraces.
Deià is another beautiful coastal town in the Tramuntana mountains, between Sóller and Valldemossa, and is also known as Mallorca's artists' village. Numerous artists, actors and writers have stayed in Deia to find inspiration in this idyllic village.
Along the main street, visitors will find bars and restaurants with terraces offering wonderful views, as well as a few small boutiques.
A little insider tip, which may sound a bit odd: the most beautiful and free view is from the cemetery, which is located on a small hill in the village and can be reached on foot in a few minutes. Another highlight of Deia is the bay Cala Deià - a very popular spot for taking pictures. A nice 40-minute walk leads to the small beach.
Tiny but pretty! Orient is a mountain village located in the east of the Tramuntana mountains and with its 30 inhabitants it is the smallest village of Mallorca! Some of the old stone houses date back to the 14th and 15th century. The village is the ideal starting point for mountain hikes in the area or for a romantic and above all quiet weekend in a beautiful boutique hotel. Furthermore, in Orient you will find the restaurant Mandala, which is known all over the island for its exquisite cuisine.
What are your favourite villages on Mallorca? Have we forgotten a place? We are looking forward to your feedback in the comments!