Whether you’re a keen walker, surfer, swimmer, sunbather or simply someone who enjoys a Sunday stroll in the country, Mallorca has everything is at the touch of your fingertips!
Mallorca is often forgotten about when it comes to winter sun or for a Spring Break. This seems ludicrous when this tiny little island has so much to offer, come rain or shine (although the sun shines, on average, for 300 days of the year here!). Many people flood to the Canary Islands or Caribbean to get their fix of vitamin D or they hop on a cruise around the Bahamas. As appealing as all of these options sound, they’re certainly not the most affordable. And to top it all off, they’re inundated with thousands of tourists who have all had the same idea as you! Mallorca offers peace and tranquillity, the warm rays of sunshine that kiss your cheeks and an abyss of hidden trails and towns to explore at your leisure. Why wait, get booking that flight now!
Why Mallorca? #
The largest of the three Balearic Islands, Mallorca is situated in the middle of this little cluster, just off of the coast of mainland Spain. As you descend over the top of the island the first thing that takes your breath away is the spectacular combination of terrains. Rocky mountains, lush green fields and all lying adjacent to dramatic coastline- it really is a sight to behold! This abundance of landscapes means that there is really something for everyone, whether you’re a keen walker, surfer, swimmer, sunbather or simply someone who enjoys a Sunday stroll in the country; everything is at the touch of your fingertips!
Who to Fly With? #
Now as many people think that Mallorca simply goes into hibernation during the months of November- April, it is a crying shame that there aren’t too many flights to the island during these months. However, there are a few main providers from the larger UK airports (and from America too) who do offer regular flights, at incredibly affordable prices!
Throughout the year, both Manchester and London (Gatwick and Stansted) operate regular flights to the island. As soon as we enter the month of March, daily services from Bristol, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Doncaster, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool become available too. With a flight time of just 2 hours and 15 minutes, and some flights starting at just 27€ pp (each way) you can have a break away without burning a hole in your pocket!
There are 29 airports that will fly you into Palma de Mallorca, albeit with a detour via a major European city such as Frankfurt, Barcelona or Madrid. Of course we cannot expect the same low prices as from/to the UK, as our journey time is far greater (anywhere between 9.5-11 hours). However, at an average cost of 500€ pp (return) we must admit this is relatively cost-effective for traveling halfway across the globe!
Hottest Hotels at the Best Prices #
Whether your flights have cost you 50€ or 500€ one thing that we can all ensure is that we secure a bargain on our accommodation! There are various towns and cities that offer exceptional accommodation. From plush hotels to rustic fincas- Mallorca has it all!
The capital city of our gorgeous island is dotted with hotels, guest houses and private properties galore! It’s hard to narrow down the best options (as there are just so many to choose from!) but here are just a couple of options that may take your fancy!
Hotels offer a stress-free solution to travelling, and you’ll be hard pushed to find a better one than Apuntadores 8! Rated as one of the best hotels in the city centre, based on its incredibly central location (just 5 mins from all main attractions!) this spacious double room with city views could be yours for just 86€ per night (based on 2 people sharing). Offering a beautiful roof terrace with views across the spectacular harbour and impressive cathedral, as well as the option to add on breakfast for just 8€pp- Apuntadores 8 is perfect for your winter/spring city break!
Calle Apuntadores, Palma de Mallorca, 07012
Telephone: 971 713 419
For a real price crunching bargain, hostels are the perfect option, and Palma has a large range to choose from.
One of the most popular and stylish is BRICK Palma-Turismo de Interior. Situated in the attractive Old Town of the city, this trendy hostel offers dormitory style accommodation of private rooms. With a price range from 17€ pppn (single bed in 6 bed dormitory) and reaching up to 120€pppn (2 bedroom apartment) the wide range of accommodation options means that you can find something that fits your budget and needs perfectly! BRICK offers a trendy bar, urban decor and a wonderful location! What more could you want?
BRICK PALMA- Turismo de Interior
Carrer des Forn D’en Vila, 3, 07002
Telephone: 620 513 207
There are several sites that display private properties, possibly the most well-known is AirBnB. From around 95-100€ per night, you can hire a central apartment, fully equipped and just a short distance from all the main attractions that the city has to offer. Other sites that list similar properties are booking.com and homeaway.com; although do be prepared that some properties (villa style in particular) might be a little further from the centre than hotel or hostel accommodation.
This pretty little town nestled within the Tramuntana mountains, situated on the south west coast of the island, is sure to have you falling in love within an instant. Popular with locals and an international community, too, Andratx is heaven on earth.
Many of the hotels are located within the Port of Andratx, where the views are spectacular, and you can even do a bit of celeb spotting whilst sipping a glass of wine at the water’s edge!
Now, it must be noted that this is not the most affordable area of the island, however it does benefit from operating all year round, and not regressing into a quiet and sleepy state like certain other areas of Mallorca.
For a relaxed getaway at a reasonable price Aparthotel La Pergola offers the perfect retreat! A standard double room, for a long weekend break, will cost 275€- which isn’t too bad considering the central location and amenities such as an onsite fitness centre and pool (outdoors and operating from 15th April-31st October)! Just a short distance from the spectacular beaches of Camp de Mar and Sant Elm and merely yards from the harbour, this is hard to beat for a low season break!
Aparthotel La Pergola
Avinguida s’Almundaina, 16
Port d’Andratx, 07157
Telephone: 971 67 15 50
Although Andratx itself doesn’t bode any hostel style accommodation, the nearby town of Paguera most certainly does! This lively area of the island (particularly popular with German tourists) offers great beaches, nightlife, restaurants and close proximity to other towns and villages (accessible by car or on foot).
Hostal Neptuno is just 50 yards from the beachfront and 20 from the bus stop- meaning explorers or beach bums will be satisfied here! The hostel offers a car and bus hire service, and its proximity to the mountain range makes it a great choice for hikers! At just over 200€ for a long weekend during April, it really is great value for money!
Rosal, 2, Paguera, 07160
Telephone: 971 68 57 11
Private properties make up for a large percentage of the touristic accommodation in this area, from fincas to penthouses- Andratx has it all! Prices of course vary, and providers such as AirBnB and Booking.com offer a variety of property options. For those of you who like your own space, and enjoy dining out or coming home to cook- then I would certainly recommend this option!
This ancient town on the north of the island attracts visitors year after year; yet it is during the months of November-April that it is at its most beautiful. Just 45 minutes from Palma, with exceptional public transport links, and nestled within rocky terrain perfect for ambitious cyclists or hikers- Alcudia offers everything and more. The quaint old town transports you to ancient Mallorca and the expansive market every Tuesday and Sunday allows you to sample so many local delights!
You couldn’t get any more central than Fonda Llabres Boutique hotel. Situated within the very heart of Alcudia’s old town, and offering panoramic views across the rolling mountainside, it is simply breathtaking. Whilst downstairs from the accommodation you will find one of the oldest and most popular restaurants, the hotel itself oozes modern style, with chic finishes and quirky designs. The rooftop bar is the icing on the cake, for those of you wishing to enjoy a martini as the sunsets. The market is visible from your bedroom window, the beach and harbour just 15 minutes' walk, and the bus stop in the adjacent street; Fonda Llabres, is nothing short of perfect! The price of a double room for a long weekend in April is just 202€- get booking those flights!
Fonda Llabres Boutique Hotel
Plaza Constitucion, 6, Alcudia, 07400
Telephone: 971 54 50 00
The Hostal Brisa Marina lies directly on the waterfront, offering sea views from almost every room; and with such stylish interior (after a recent renovation) it’s hard to believe this is a hostel and not a 3 or 4* hotel! With an abundance of water sports and boat trips available throughout the year, as well as hiking trails through nearby La Victoria and Bonaire; and of course the S’Albufera nature reserve- you’ll be kept very busy! A long weekend between March and April will set you back between 150-175€ (based on 3 nights and dependent on room type)- can’t grumble at that!
Hostal Brisa Marina
Paseo Maritimo, 8, Port d’Alcudia, 07400
Telephone: 971 54 62 72
Alcudia is primarily made up of hotels and apartments, as much of the private property is residential within the area. However, if you are prepared to hire a car, there are fincas aplenty on the outskirts of the town, heading towards nearby Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa. As with all resorts on the island, it is worth checking with all the well-known providers of private accommodation, to ensure you secure the very best deal!
Cala Millor #
The north east coast has a reputation for shutting down during the winter season, and whilst it does become incredibly quiet; it is far from closed! Cala Millor appeals primarily to the German market during the summer months, yet in the winter many tourists from mainland Spain are drawn in by its tranquil coastal setting.
The Marins Playa is large modern hotel, suitable for both couples and families alike. Appealing to an international clientele, this beachfront hotel is one of the finest within the area. Situated between Cala Millor and its neighbour, Cala Bona, customers can enjoy the pleasant stroll across the promenade and meander through the small shops and bars that are scattered along the coastline. Cala Millor boasts a brilliant trail up to the Castell Punt d’Amer, which is suitable for experienced hikers and Sunday strollers alike; and once reaching the summit the views are undeniably beautiful. A long weekend, with a double room (including breakfast) is a mere 214€ for 3 days, and with flights available at a steal- it makes for a brilliant break away!
Carrer na Llambies, 41
Cala Millor, 07560
Telephone: 971 58 58 05
The Hostal Saturno is central, clean, simple and affordable! At just 37€ per night, you really can’t go wrong! Situated in the main high street, and almost opposite the taxi rank everything you need is within walking distance. The British hosts have been running the property for many years, and do everything to ensure you have a pleasant stay, and are always on hand to recommend sightseeing spots within the local area.
Carrer de la Flor, 13, Cala Millor, 07560
Telephone: 971 58 64 95
This particular area of the island doesn’t have much to offer in the way of private property, although further afield in Son Servera there are fincas available to rent for holiday purposes.
The Best Time to Visit #
The best time to visit really is either before or after the summer season. Beneath the tanned bodies, the bikinis and beach towels there lies a hidden Mallorca that currently is only known by a select few- the residents and the adventurers. Although we enjoy being part of such a select club, I’ve shared the greatest secret with you- Mallorca is exceptional 365 days of the year. So book those flights and discover the undiscovered Mallorca!
By Zoé Holmes
9 February, 2020