Wondering how to spend 2 days in Mallorca?

The island of Mallorca is located in the Mediterranean Sea, near the coast of Spain, it has an excellent climate, beautiful beaches and a rich culture. It is one of the four main Balearic Islands, the others being Formentera, Ibiza and Menorca.

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While Ibiza may have a reputation as a party island; This is not the case with Mallorca.

Yes, it has a good nightlife, especially in its vibrant capital, Palma. But Mallorca offers much more than sun, sails, sand and sangria.

The island is dotted with charming towns and villages, has amazing scenery and has many ancient buildings.

If you are planning to spend 2 days in Mallorca, you might be wondering how to spend your time around the island. That’s why we’ve designed this handy itinerary to help you plan your trip.

It includes our suggestions for attractions to visit each morning and afternoon, as well as tips on where to eat and stay.

Aerial view of Palma de Mallorca

Day 1

Your first day in Mallorca (also known by its Catalan name Majorca) will be spent in the island’s capital, Palma.

This town is often overlooked as a destination, but there is plenty to see and it is one of the best places to capture the true essence of the island.

In the morning

Visiting each city’s market is the best way to find out what makes it tick. So start your day with breakfast in Palma’s largest market hall, the Mercat de l’Olivar.

You’ll find everything here, from fresh produce and seafood to local cheese and jamon – traditional Spanish ham.

There are many tasting stands and stalls selling food. With so many to choose from you will be spoiled for choice!

It’s a great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs, with lots of local and authentic crafts. Then, visit the city’s most famous monument – its cathedral.

A short distance away, this 13th century sandstone building, known locally as ‘La Seu’, is a sight to behold. It is surrounded by lush gardens and is located directly in front of the lake.

The interior is equally stunning, designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, with beautiful stained glass windows.

Close to the cathedral is the Royal Palace of Almudaina, the official residence of the Spanish royal family when they visit Mallorca.

You can book tickets online to visit the inside, where you will learn more about the history of the palace and see some of its impressive rooms.

Afterwards, take some time to explore the narrow cobbled streets of the old town. Here you will come across the 12th century Arab baths, which are the only remains of the Arab city of Medina.

They are extremely well preserved and you can still see Moorish arches in various bathing areas. Relax in the tranquil gardens full of cacti and palm trees.

As lunch time approaches, take a stroll along the Passeig d’es Born. This wide, tree-lined boulevard is the most elegant in Palma and is lined with luxury shops, so it’s a great place for window shopping.

You will also find many great cafes, bars and restaurants to stop for lunch and prepare for more visits in the afternoon.

Department of Mallorca

Afternoon

After lunch, head west to one of Mallorca’s most famous sights – Bellver Castle. It can be reached by car in less than 10 minutes, or you can get there by bus in less than half an hour (just be prepared for a steep walk from the bus stop!).

Built in the early 14th century on a hill overlooking the old town of Palma, it was originally a royal residence and was also used as a prison. One of the few circular castles in Europe, it has a very imposing and austere appearance from the outside.

However, the interior is surprisingly elegant and houses a museum, part of which includes the castle’s eight rooms.

The best of all are the panoramic views that you can enjoy from the upper terrace, on the bay of Palma, the surrounding pine forest and part of the Tramuntana mountain range.

After all the sightseeing, it’s time to relax. The beautiful Jardin de Marivent – ​​just west of the castle – provides the perfect setting.

Covering 9,000 square meters and surrounding the royal residence, the gardens are incredibly peaceful and tranquil, filled with native plants and bronze sculptures by Joan Miró.

Bellver Castle

evening

Mallorca is known for its excellent culinary scene and we recommend booking a table at the 1-star Michelin restaurant Marc Foch. The food is simple but delicious, made from local ingredients and has a distinct Mediterranean flair.

Housed in a beautiful 17th-century hotel in the Convent de la Mission, the restaurant also has an excellent wine list and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Day 2

The second of your two days in Mallorca will be spent visiting some of its towns and villages, then soaking up the sun on one of its beautiful beaches.

In the morning

Start the day by driving north about 40 minutes to the town of Sóller, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful on the island. It just oozes rustic charm, with traditional cream-colored townhouses with Mallorcan green shutters.

The 16th-century baroque church of St Bartholomew is one of Soller’s main attractions, although its Saturday market is also popular with many traditional crafts and fresh produce.

If you’re looking for culture, then you have plenty of options, with several different museums in the city. Alternatively, head to the Jardí Botànic near the main square for tranquility and natural beauty.

the steps of the village of Soller

From Soller, you can take an old tram to the port. The ride itself is beautiful, passing through orange and olive groves.

And the port has many attractions, including two great beaches, many restaurants and a beautiful village.

To finish the morning, head west to the pretty village of Valdemossa, a 30-minute drive away. When you see its stone houses and cobbled streets, you will understand its nickname – “stone village”.

Here you can find galleries, shops and restaurants, although the great pleasure is just walking between the old houses and taking in the old world atmosphere.

the city of Valdemossa

Afternoon

When visiting Mallorca in 2 days, it’s important to fit in the rest time and take advantage of the island’s amazing beaches. There are several options within a 30-minute radius of Palma by car.

One of the most popular is Cala Blava on the southwest coast. It is small and sandy, it is located on a hill and has beautiful clear water.

In the summer months there is little swell and access to the water is via a steep beach, so it is ideal for families.

Another good choice is Cala Major, which has 656 feet (200 meters) of sparkling, fine-grained sand. Unlike Cala Blava, you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas here, and there are also showers.

If you’re lucky enough to travel a little further, then head to the beautiful resort of Cala Pi, just a 45-minute drive away. Named after the pine trees that surround it, the beach is short but wide, with fine sand and turquoise waters.

You’ll have to negotiate a steep flight of stairs to get to it, but we think you’ll agree it’s worth the effort!

Kali Pi Mallorca



evening

To complete your weekend in Mallorca, we recommend you try the local tapas. The island has a special version of tapas very different from that on the mainland.

The Mediterranean influence is strong here and you’ll find more olives, almonds, pine nuts and vegetables than anywhere else in Spain.

Be sure to try the tapas at several bars and look out for Pimientos de Padrón – small green peppers sprinkled with sea salt.

Is 2 days in Mallorca enough?

Two days in Mallorca is enough to feel the atmosphere of its capital and some of the surrounding areas. It’s a big island, so if you travel further afield, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time on the road, rushing from one attraction to another.

This route gives you the right balance of activities while giving you a real insight into Mallorcan life.

However, keep in mind that it is based on spending two full days on the island. To see everything comfortably, you may need to add an extra night to your stay if you arrive late or leave early.

Mallorca hill with terraced houses

Where to stay in Mallorca

There are many accommodation options throughout the island, but for this route, we recommend that you base yourself in or near Palma. Here are some of our favorite places to stay.

Best budget accommodation

Hostels Boc – City Albergue Juvenil is not your typical hostel! Just a 12-minute walk from the beach, it features an outdoor pool with a fitness center, along with a shared lounge and sun terrace.

The air-conditioned bedroom is immaculately clean and comfortable, with cabin-style beds for privacy. Private rooms are also available.

Best mid-range accommodation

Ka n’Alexandre is located just a short walk away from the beach and most of the attractions of the city.

A beautifully restored townhouse, it combines historic charm and modern appeal, with family rooms and a terrace for relaxing. A delicious and varied breakfast is served daily and parking is available nearby.

The best luxury accommodation

Cape Rockat is in a perfect location if you want to be able to easily explore Palma without staying in the city itself.

Known as the most secluded and private resort in the Mediterranean, this beautiful hotel is located in a castle within a protected natural area.

Its elegant rooms are designed to blend into its surroundings, made of watchtowers, forests and stone-hewn courtyards. You will enjoy direct access to the sea and the outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace.

Final thoughts on this itinerary for two days in Mallorca

Spending time in Palma will give you an in-depth understanding of the island’s culture and history, as well as its many shopping opportunities and access to world-class beaches.

You’ll love the contrast with the small towns and villages you’ll visit on your second day, where the island’s history really comes alive.

We hope this itinerary helped you decide what to do in Mallorca in 2 days and that you have an unforgettable trip.

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