Majorca in 4 days

There are countless interesting places to see and discover on Mallorca (no matter how "small" our island may seem to some holidaymakers). If you have only planned a short holiday and would like to enjoy an unforgettable holiday, then we would like to give you a few tips on how you can discover the most beautiful sides of Mallorca in just 4 days. Or you can simply incorporate these 4 days into a 2-week beach holiday.

First day: Es Trenc and Santanyí

Especially after a long journey, a day at the beach at the beginning of your vacation is perfect to switch off and relax. And that's why we recommend first of all to visit one of our most beautiful beaches with turquoise, crystal clear water. Like the beach Es Trenc Beach. It is located near Campos (in the south of Mallorca) and is ideal for young couples or families. This beautiful natural beach, partially bordered by dunes, also has a section that is used as a nudist beach. Sun loungers and parasols are available at various sections of the long natural beach and can be rented for a fee. There are also beach bars here, small snacks and drinks are offered.
The beach is very large, both the beach and the shore itself. The bar is near the beach, in the Ses Covetes area S'Embat, which is very popular with Mallorcans and where concerts and events take place on many days of the week, often even daily. More information can be found here:  sembatsescovetes.com
Or, if you would prefer to discover another bathing bay: here, around Santanyi, there is also the bay in the nature reserve Cala Mondrago, Cala Llombards or Cala s'Almoina.

About 20 km from Es Trenc is the municipality of Santanyí. A place that not only offers many prehistoric walls and ruins, such as the gate of an ancient city wall that used to enclose the city center, as well as the “Plaça Major” and the town hall.
You can end the day with dinner in a nearby restaurant, such as im Restaurant Anoa.

Second day: weekly markets and nearby sights

There are weekly markets in different places on Mallorca every day. Here we list the largest and most worth seeing, broken down by day of the week. And of course also the interesting sights in the respective places, which you can combine with a visit to the market. All markets are usually open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Depending on the day on which you are planning the excursion, we have selected the most beautiful markets for you:

Monday

We recommend the weekly market in Manacor, which takes place on the Plaça Ramon Llull near the large supermarket Mercadona and the police station of the Guardia Civil. Nearby attractions: The monastery "Monasteri de Sant Salvador" near Felanitx, the large natural harbor of Porto Colom, or you drive in the direction of Montuïri on the approximately 540 m high mountain "El Puig de Randa". You will be rewarded with a unique view. On a clear day you can even see up to 36 locations from the highest point. Be sure to see the small chapel there, as well as the monastery, whose history dates back to the 13th century; You feel like you have been transported centuries ago. The small restaurant there is also recommended. If you like hiking, there are various small, well-signposted hiking trails here on the mountain. But don't forget to pack sturdy shoes!

Tuesday

On Tuesdays, we definitely recommend the Artà weekly market, which takes place on the Plaça del Conqueridor market square. In addition to the usual market products, such as fruit, vegetables, fabrics, bags, etc., this market also has many market stalls with handcrafted products such as soaps, silver jewellery, raffia bags, clay articles, leather goods and much more. Fresh and potted flowers and herbs are also offered for sale here . The small shops around the market square are also great for browsing. And in between you can take a short break in one of the beautiful cafés.

Places of interest Near Artà: The monastery of Betlem can be reached via a country road (the Ma-3333) heading north for about 9 kilometers (the monastery is signposted “Ermita de Betlem”). If you are coming from Cala Ratjada, at the first roundabout when entering the town, take the first exit on the roundabout on the right, Carrer de Son Servera street. Drive to the end of the street, then turn left onto Carrer de l'Abeurador. After approx. 50 m turn right into the street Carrer de l´Escala. Then after about 80 m turn right into Carrer de les Figueretes. At the end of this road turn right onto the Ma-3333. The way to the monastery “Ermita de Betlem” is also signposted here. Now follow the road or the signs for about 4.7 km. The road splits here, follow the junction to the left and follow the signs “Betlem”. Then just follow the road for about 4 km and you will end up right in front of the beautiful monastery. The ride is quite winding for the last 4 kilometers, but it's worth it because the view is just amazing! From Artà you can also make a detour to the Capdepera Castle “Castillo de Capdepera” or head north to the port of Colonia de Sant Pere.

Wednesday

On Wednesdays, don't miss the Sineu market, which takes place in the heart of the small village, starting from Plaça es Mercadal near the train station and taking you around the picturesque little streets of the cathedral. The special thing about this market is the colorful mixture of the many offers and the small livestock market. If you go to the market early in the morning you can see many animals like sheep, lambs, goats, little donkeys, ponies, pigs, peacocks, chickens, birds, rabbits and many other animals.

Attractions Near Sineu: Drive approximately 20 minutes north to Caimari. At the foot of the mountains lies the town of Caimari, which is known for its olive growing and olive oil production. It is best to leave the car at home and stroll a little through these beautiful village streets, let this wonderful village atmosphere sink in, enjoy a café con leche (coffee with milk) in one of the small cafés, before continuing to the monastery of Lluc "Monasterio de Lluc”. Then, when you fancy a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean, head to the fantastic Sa Calobra Bay. The road may seem long, but it's worth it. Get to know the beautiful mountains "Sierra de Tramuntana", drive along the gorges and then enjoy the beautiful beach.

Thursday

Inca shows itself from a different side on Thursdays: lively and colorful hustle and bustle in the streets around the cathedral in the city center, the many market stalls offer all sorts of colorful things for sale; Raffia baskets, clothing, leather goods, Mallorcan specialities, cheese, sausage, etc. Inca is also known for its many leather factories, which you can also visit.

Attractions near Inca: Drive approximately 20 minutes north to Caimari. At the foot of the mountains lies the town of Caimari, which is known for its olive growing and olive oil production. It is best to leave the car at home and stroll a little through these beautiful and picturesque streets, let this wonderful village atmosphere work its magic on you, enjoy a café con leche (coffee with milk) in one of the small cafés before continuing to the monastery of Lluc “Monastery of Lluc”. Then, when you fancy a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean, head to the fantastic Sa Calobra Bay. The journey is worth it, get to know the beautiful mountains “Sierra de Tramuntana”, drive along the gorges and then enjoy the beautiful beach.

Friday

On Fridays you should visit the Son Servera market. Son Servera is a small typical Mallorcan village about 15 minutes drive from Cala Ratjada. The market takes place in the center, halfway through the village, from Plaça de Sant Joan to Plaça de Sant Antoni.

Sights near or in Son Servera: the "Església Nova", the "New Church", the construction of the neo-Gothic style church began in 1905 under the direction of the architect Joan Rubió i Bellver, formerly an employee of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi . A quarter of a century later, however, the construction work had to be stopped due to lack of funds and the church remained without a roof. However, this gives this church a special flair. Concerts are held here in summer and the acoustics are unique.
Then the beach “Platja des Ribell” at Costa de los Pinos. The approx. 500 m long beach is located on a large, open bay at Costa de los Pinos, near the golf course of the same name. At the beach bar you can enjoy lunch directly on the beach after visiting the market in Son Servera. Or you can drive to the Punta de n'Amer nature reserve, which lies exactly between Cala Millor and Sa Coma. Here you can hike up to the vantage point, a historic fortified tower. You can eat and drink in the nearby restaurant.
Or you drive to the “Via Verda” . Actually, this path was intended to function as a rail connection from Manacor to Artà. But the project failed and a “Via Verda” (“green” path) was created, great for walking or cycling. It is best to start from Artà. There is also a bike rental near the beginning of the route.

Saturday

Saturday is the opportunity to explore Cala Ratjada because today is here market day. The market day takes place in the center on the market place in the street C/Castellet from about 09.00 to 13.00. There is also a flea market every 2nd Sunday of the month.

Sunday

On Sundays there is a really nice market in Santa Maria del Cami, the village of Santa Maria del Cami is about 1 hour drive from Cala Ratjada. Here you will find a very wide selection of fruit and vegetables, also from organic farming, many different types of olives, cheese, sausage, bread and baked goods, clothing, leather goods and pottery, small animals (birds, rabbits, ...).
If you don't want to drive that far on Sundays, drive to Portocristo or Felanitx. In Portocristo there is a small weekly market right in front of the small sandy beach. Here you can find fresh fruit and vegetables and many handcrafted goods.
In Felanitx there is a very large weekly market around the church. Everything is offered here, the market hall behind the church also offers fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fresh fish, flowers, herbs and much more. After visiting the market in Portocristo or Felanitx you can then make a detour to the Sant Salvador mountain. A great panoramic view awaits you here and you can strengthen yourself in the small restaurant.

Third Day: Palma Shopping and Nightlife!

What would a holiday be without a day of shopping! And what better place to do that than the old town in Palma. The best place to park is in the “Parc de la mar” car park in front of the cathedral in Palma. Don't even bother trying to get a parking space in the middle of the city. It is very difficult and then it is usually also a blue parking zone, ie you have to take a parking ticket and can only park there for a maximum of 2 hours.
From the multi-storey car park, you can walk in front of the cathedral through the small, picturesque streets of the old town. Here you will also find the pedestrian path “Passeig del Born”, lined with tall deciduous trees, and the shopping day can begin. Go straight towards Jaume III street and keep right towards Plaça Major. So you go towards the theater (Teatro Principal), here you climb the many small steps on the right side in front of the theater and you are in Plaça Major square. The shopping streets Carrer de Sant Miguel and Carrer del Sindicat go off here. If you walk almost to the end of Carrer de Sant Miguel, you will come to a small square with the Mare de Deu de la Salut church on your left. You can also visit these. At the square, turn right onto Carrer de Josep Tous i Ferrer and you will come to the Mercat de l'Olivar. There are lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, meat and freshly caught fish to buy in the adjacent fish hall. We recommend trying the various tapas and also sushi, for example, which are also offered in the hall. Add a small glass of cava (Spanish sparkling wine) or a refreshing glass of white wine! The market hall is open from around 7 a.m. to around 3.30 p.m., after which the market is closed. Then you can go back towards Plaça Major and then into Carrer del Sindicat, which is peppered with many small shops.
If you are not a big fish lover but like tapas, then you should go to the Santa Catalina district. This is at the end of the city wall opposite the harbor promenade, near the Es Baluard museum. There are countless restaurants with national and international specialties.
The nightlife in this area is also very popular. Due to the many pedestrian zones, it's just fun to stroll from bar to bar or to the nearest restaurant. The famous cafés and restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe or one of the five Cappuccino Grand Cafes in Palma are located on the harbor promenade, the Passeig Marítim.
In the summer months and at weekends, Palma has a lively nightlife... on the street Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, along the harbor promenade, there are the nightclubs and discos Tito's, Abraxas, Pacha Mallorca, Victoria Disco, El Divino, etc
Or you can also visit the famous "Ballermann" at the Platja de Palma. After your shopping day, drive in the direction of Platja de Palma, park there, stroll along the beach promenade and stop off at one of the many bars and discotheques such as the Megapark or sit down at a “Ballermann” beach bar.

Fourth day: Cap de Formentor and surroundings

Cap de Formentor should not be missed under any circumstances, it is one of the most beautiful sights in Mallorca, not only because of the spectacular view.
From Cala Ratjada it is about 69 kilometers, the drive north takes about 1 ½ hours. So let's start from Cala Ratjada in the direction of Artà (don't forget: if you plan this excursion on Tuesdays, then you can plan a detour to the weekly market in Artà, which takes place from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.). From Artà continue towards Ca'n Picafort, From Ca'n Picafort head towards Alcúdia, then Port de Pollença and finally towards Cap de Formentor via the Ma-2210 provincial road.

On the way there you simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings, the sea, the mountains, the many small villages. You could also make a stopover in the town of Pollença, which is about 22 km from Cap de Formentor. Here you can have a coffee in the Plaça Major square or have a refreshing drink in one of the small cafes. Pollença also has a beautiful port, Port de Pollença, if you love boats you should stop here and walk along the harbor promenade.
If you are heading back towards Cala Ratjada, be sure to stop in Alcudia, specifically at the viewpoint “El Mirador de la Victoria” to enjoy a spectacular sunset. On our weather page you can see the exact time of the sunset and plan the return trip accordingly.