Do you love to travel to beaches and relaxing places? You can be sure that you will love Mallorca and Menorca. These two islands located in the Balearic archipelago, in Spain, have simply enchanting landscapes.
Paulo and I went there in May of this year (2017) and I already say that the month was not such a good choice, but I’ll tell you more about it in one of the topics on the list of tips! So take advantage of the recommendations I set out to make your trip even better than ours ?
As Paulo and I went to many places on the islands while traveling, we stayed in several different hotels. Our favorite was definitely the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, in Mallorca. The view, decor, location and service of the hotel were incredible and made our experience even better.
Menorca hotels are simpler because tourism on the island is still not so common – which is great for those who enjoy empty beaches. We stayed at Art iem Audax which, despite not having anything as special as Sant Francesc, is very comfortable. The choice of where to stay on the island basically depends on what you prefer: simpler, luxurious, chain or more typical hotels in the region and so on!
When to go
Even though everything is more expensive in the summer because it is high season, I believe it is the best time to go. As I said to you at the beginning of the text, Paulo and I went in May and I found the sea water very cold, and when it started to get windy it got even worse!
Go in the months between July and September to really enjoy the wonderful sea there and the countless beaches on the islands. In the other months of the year it is sunny, but the chances of rain are much higher.
How to get
One of the options is to go by plane, making a connection in some European country before landing on the island, but also by catamaran or ferry boat leaving from Valencia or Barcelona. Either way, you will need to stop in some country on the European continent first, as there are no direct flights to the islands from Brazil. We went by plane, but the landscape of the ferry boat must be very beautiful too. You only have to decide between these options!
It is always good to be prepared for everything, right? Even if you go in the summer, be sure to bring some lighter clothing. Especially in the beaches, I used a cardigan a lot because it sells a lot there.
Of course, bikinis, flip flops and other typical beach things are also a must. Oh, don’t forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and comfortable clothes and shoes so you don’t have any inconvenience during your walks ?
Getting around the islands
To go from one island to the other you can go by plane or also by ferry boat, as I already told you. Within the island of Mallorca the best form of transport is the car. Paulo and I went there on a Press Trip, so we made all the trips with a driver or taxi.
There are some buses that take you to the sights, but it is not as easy as if you have your own car. To rent a vehicle take a look at Sixt Rent a Car and on Hertz. You can also rent a car at the airport, but there is no guarantee that cheap options will be available. Try to rent the car in advance so you don’t have to pay a high price for the rental, okay?
In Menorca, I confess that I was dying to rent a Wasp. Motorcycles, in general, are quite common there, see? As the island is smaller and quieter, I think it is a good option for tours.
The islands have several typical foods and most of the places we went to had delicious spices. Unfortunately, there is not much variety for vegetarians: they usually serve some grilled vegetables. Another great option for vegetarians is Tumbet, a “lasagna” made with layered vegetables and is super tasty.
In every restaurant you will most likely find green olives and bread as an accompaniment. This pair is delicious and complete, Paulo and I love it! In addition, sobrasada, which is like a chorizo, is very common on menus. Despite not having any food completely different from what we are used to, things are very tasty, so take the opportunity to try the typical dishes of the region.
In case you were interested in knowing more about their gastronomy, I told you in more detail about other very famous dishes in the region in this post ?
Have you ever thought about going to a nudist beach? In Mallorca there are several of them and Paulo and I went to a point called Punta des Grells in Palma. The experience is very funny and fun, and you can rest assured about photos and videos because this is not allowed on beaches of this type!
The Torrent de Pareis canyon is also an unmissable attraction. It is one of the most beautiful places on the island and you get there via the road from Sa Calobra. It is surreal how transparent the water is, I swear! Another incredible beach that deserves a visit is the Formentor beach in Port de Pollença. The water is very cold, but the landscape is stunning.
Must see spots in Mallorca
In addition to the beaches, there are several other options for things to do inside the island, so I will quote my favorites for you. We went to La Foradada, a lookout to see the Mediterranean Sea – I don’t even know how to describe how beautiful the view was. I am suspicious to speak because I love natural landscapes, but it was really amazing!
The inhabitants of Mallorca and Menorca are very talented when it comes to handcrafted processes, so we visited a typical fabric factory called Tthey from Lenguas. We also visited a wine producing farm in Pollença and it was super interesting to understand the process and how the drinks are stored.
For those who like architecture, the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca is a must! For you to have an idea, it took 300 years to build. Our tip for you is to go there in the morning, because the light comes in through the stained glass and illuminates the whole environment.
There are several other tour options in this region that are out of the ordinary, so if you like to have even more different experiences just read this post ?
Menorca’s beaches are even more beautiful than those of Mallorca, can you believe it? The island’s coastline has 132 beaches, more even than Ibiza and Majorca combined. Unlike the coast of Mallorca, full of mountains, Menorca is flatter and surrounded only with a few rocks and rocks. As there are many beaches, they end up being smaller, so it is very cozy and safe.
Cala Macarelleta was one of my favorite beaches. Paulo and I took a boat ride and I was even more delighted with the place. The water is very clear and some parts with dark tones stay that way because of a marine plant. On the north side of the island, the main feature of the beaches there is the reddish and denser sand. We visited Playa de Cavalleria and loved the place.
I already made a post talking about other beaches in Menorca, if you want to read just click here!
Must see spots in Menorca
As in Majorca, the island’s residents are super talented for crafts. They do a lot with clay, wood, jewelry, everything handmade and with a lot of personality. We visited the Center Artesanal de Menorca and it is very interesting for those who, like us, like to know more about the local culture and understand the history of these handicrafts.
Another place you need to go is at Cova d’en Xoroi. It is a bar in the middle of a cave, on top of a rock. I confess that the drinks were not so good, but it is worth going for the view. Oh, if you want to have a general view of the city, just take a city tour by boat through Puerto de Mahon – Paulo and I think it’s really cool!
As you may have noticed just from the tips, there is a lot to do there. Paulo and I recorded several vlogs for you to know even more about the islands and I also put together the script with the places we went to in Mallorca and Menorca. It’s a great destination for those who like the beach, right?