Summer is undeniably the best time to visit Mallorca. The sea is at its prime, the beach clubs are booming, and there are events galore. While some people avoid summer in Mallorca due to tourist overcrowding, I find this time of year to be the liveliest. This island really offers something for everyone, including lifestyle travelers. Keep reading for insider tips on the best places to eat, drink, sleep, party, and relax, all coming from an island local.
Where to stay
Where you choose to stay will greatly influence the experience you have on the island. Keep in mind that regardless of where you choose your base, renting a car is a must. The most beautiful spots in Mallorca, like stunning calas, and the best sunset watchpoint, are only accessible by car.
Colonia de Sant Jordi
Colonia de Sant Jordi is an ideal spot for a chill, beach centric experience. This small seaside village is filled with great restaurants, bars, and hosts some of the best beaches on the island. It is one of my favorite places to go hangout on the beach, and where I spend most of my summer in Mallorca.
Mallorca’s capital has everything you might be looking for in a city break: shopping, rooftop bars, the best restaurants offering all sorts of international cuisines, and culture. Palma is the perfect place to set as a base, and explore the rest of the island. It also has an amazing variety of cafes to work from, making it an ideal spot for digital nomads.
Port d’Andratx and Camp de Mar
Port d’Andratx and Camp de Mar are both ideal for a more luxury experience. Both areas are located in the town of Andratx, and have some of the most luxurious and exclusive villas and hotels around the island. Camp de Mar is a gorgeous beach that also features a picturesque restaurant. Port d’ Andratx has great shopping, and a nice market featuring local brands in the summer.
For a more traditional beach experience. Cala d’Or has become one of my favorite areas in the last few years. I’ve gone on a few recent staycations here. Your best bet is to rent an Airbnb, and just enjoy the town. There are plenty of great restaurants, and several little calas around, so you won’t have to go to the same idyllic beach every day.
Playa de Muro
Head up north to Playa de Muro for an active experience. Water sports and other outdoor activities are typical of this area. The beach is long and sandy making it ideal to walk along the sea for hours. You will also find plenty of places offering SUP and kayak rentals. I love the vibe of Playa de Muro, and it is one of my go-to places for a staycation on the island.
If mountains are more your thing, head to Valldemossa. This town is what you imagine only seeing in movies. It is as picturesque as it gets, and the perfect base to explore the Serra de Tramuntana. The rest of the little towns in the area are also sure to captivate you. Although this town is touristy, you’re likely to find less crowds than at the beach towns. It’s an ideal place to escape some of the hustle and bustle of summer in Mallorca.
Where to play
It would be impossible to write a guide to summer in Mallorca without mentioning beach clubs. While exploring the calas is a must, Mallorca also has its fair share of cool beach clubs. Spend your days diving into turquoise waters, and head to your nearest beach club for a sunset cocktail.
I don’t think I need to elaborate much on this one. Nikki Beach is a well known brand with clubs located in the top beach destinations around the world. Here you can enjoy the day sunbathing and partying, at the same time. Nikki Beach in Mallorca is located in Magaluf, which hosts an infamous party scene. Follow the club on social media to keep up with all of their summer events.
Gran Folies is located in a secluded, rocky beach in Andratx. This beach club is great to enjoy a lunch in their terrace, and go for a swim. Make sure you reserve a spot in advance, especially if you’re coming with a group. This place usually gets packed!
Mhares Sea Club
Mhares Sea Club is another great spot located in a rocky cala know as “El Delta”. You will find locals hanging out in the small beaches that make up this area. Enjoy the beach club, and don’t forget to also enjoy a swim in the sea.
Don’t feel like venturing too far from Palma? Zhero is located in Cala Mayor, just a 10 minute drive from the city center. Come here to enjoy a laid back afternoon, sipping on cocktails poolside, while staring out at impressive sea views. This beach club is the perfect place to chill with friends, or by yourself enjoying a good book or podcast.
Now with 2 locations – one in Cala Estancia and one in Illetas. Puro Beach is an ideal beach club if you’re staying in the southern part of the island. It is well known for its breathtaking views, chill vibe, and great drinks.
Enjoying a delicious lunch with an incredible sea view is one of the pleasures of spending summer in Mallorca. These seaside restaurants in Spain are usually known as “chiringuitos”, however they are much nicer now than a few years ago. You will get good service and delicious food if you follow my recommendations.
5 Illes Beach
5 Illes Beach is more of a classic “chiringuito” (typical bar on the beach), but with a significant upgrade. Enjoy drinks and food with your feet in the sand in Colonia de Sant Jordi, where some of the best beaches in Mallorca are located.
Located in Playa de Muro, Can Gavella offers a great setting to eat paella with friends. Be sure to book your table in advance as this place is always packed (I really mean it!). Some Saturdays they even have live music, and I’ve even attended a Flower Power afternoon party here. One of my favorite things to order are their XL strawberry mojitos (to share, sometimes).
This place is literally only a few steps away from Can Gavella, so it’s a go-to for anyone visiting the beach. The overall ambiance is really chill. They also offer a small takeaway mojito stall, so you can enjoy drinks directly on your towel.
This restaurant is located in a little isle connected to the beach, via a small bridge. The views from this place are truly stunning and the food is worth trying. I know this is cliche, but order the Paella! It’s a local favorite to order on the weekends by the beach.
Mar y Paz
Also located in the northern part of Mallorca, this place is located by the sea, and has its own swimming pool. If you book an early seating for lunch they will also reserve chairs by the pool for you for free! I love relaxing, and just sipping away at cocktails here.
Where to travel
As lifestyle travelers, even when we travel we look for more travel. So to satisfy this need, I am giving you some day trip ideas. I recommend spending at least a full day in each of the following spots, as this will allow you to experience the different regions of the island. Most of these places are best seen during summer in Mallorca, so take advantage of your time here!
Alcudia – Pollença
Depending on where you’re staying, the drive up north can take up to an hour. During summer in Mallorca it is advisable that you leave early to secure parking – for both your car and your towel.
Best beaches in the area: Formentor, Playa de Muro, Cala Sant Vicenç, Cala Barques, and Aucanada.
Local Tip: The drive up to Formentor beach can be challenging if you are not an experienced driver (I never drive up there myself). However, there are boats leaving Port Pollença that can take you directly to the beach.
Soller – Port de Soller – Torrent de Pareis
If you are leaving from Palma, taking the train to Soller will give you a scenic view, but going by car is also a great option. Take the time to explore both the town and the port, and if you have extra time, visit the small village of Fornalutx for beautiful, instagrammable streets.
Local Tip: Visit Torrent de Pareis with a boat from Port de Soller to avoid another challenging drive. Some people also hike there, but this can be difficult in the summer heat.
Valldemossa – Deia – Estellencs – Banyalbufar
I always recommend visiting these towns, no matter what time of the year you decide to come to Mallorca. Valldemossa is one of the most beautiful towns, and also the most instagrammable spots in Mallorca.
Best beaches in the area: Cala Estellencs, Cala Deia, and Cala Banyalbufar.
Local Tip: Have a coca de patata for breakfast or as an afternoon snack in Valldemossa. You just can’t go without tasting them! If you decide to visit any of the calas take into account that these are rocky beaches, not sandy. They are great to take an afternoon dip in the sea, but may be a bit uncomfortable to lay out and tan.
Cabrera National Park – Colonia Sant Jordi
Cabrera is a separate island that is only a 40 minute boat ride from Mallorca, departing from Colonia de Sant Jordi. I recommend leaving early and exploring Cabrera thoroughly. Make sure to enjoy a swim in the crystalline waters, before heading back to Colonia de Sant Jordi.
Local Tip: There are different boat companies running this route, some faster some slower, so make sure to inquire before you get your tickets! After visiting Cabrera stay around “la Colonia” for drinks and dinner. Some of my favorite spots are Cassai Beach House and Sa Gavina.
Andratx – Port d’Andratx – Camp de Mar
Andratx is a small coastal town in the southern part of Mallorca, and it’s one of my favorite places to hang out. I would recommend visiting the town during the day when they have their weekly market, head down to the port for lunch, and head to Camp de Mar for an afternoon beach session.
Local Tip: There are other beaches nearby such as Sant Elm and Cala Fornells, which is one of my favorite rocky beaches. Take some time to explore them.
I hope this guide gives you great ideas to spend your summer in Mallorca. It may appear to be a small island, but it really has so much to offer!