When traveling the world for work, especially over a weekend, I find it’s necessary to find opportunities to explore new places when possible. Therefore, when I learned that I needed to be at a tradeshow in Dusseldorf, Germany over an almost two week timeframe, I knew I had to use the weekend as an opportunity to explore a new place. So, I headed to Google Flights “Explore Destinations” tab to find the warmest location with a direct flight from Dusseldorf. Lucky for me, I found a direct flight for an amazing solo weekend in Palma de Mallorca.
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Getting to Palma de Mallorca
You can easily find a direct flight to Palma de Mallorca from most major cities in Europe. However, this is not the case from any other region. Most likely you will have to fly to a European city and then fly to Palma de Mallorca. Therefore, I would suggest that you add it to one of your European trips. For two hours of your time on a plane and about $100, you won’t regret it.
Seaside Promenade Hotel
I personally love to wake up with a view of the sea. So when I came across the Melia Palma Marina, it was a no-brainer. During my stay in 2017 the hotel was undergoing remodeling. Fortunately, I was able to snag one of the remodeled seaside view rooms. The room had a modern decor and the perfect view of the pool and sea.
I upgraded the room to include the private lounge. Let’s just say, the lounge did not disappoint. I basically ate there for most meals, excluding when I was on tour or exploring the city. If you’ve ever been to Spain, you know that most of the meals consist of some form of tapas. The lounge had a decent variety of tapas and yummy food items, including complimentary cava, rose, and other alcoholic beverages.
I’m not exactly sure which was my favorite part of the hotel, the aforementioned lounge or the beautiful pool with an amazing view of the seafront. My solo weekend in Palma de Mallorca took place in early May, so it was not necessarily pool weather. However, the weather was perfect to sunbathe and soak up the sun’s warm rays.
Things to Do in Palma de Mallorca
When planning a trip to a new location, the first place I go to is Tripadvisor to see the various options of things to do. I was excited to see that there was a tour that included a vintage train ride through the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains to Soller Valley and a boat ride which took us to the beautiful sandy beach in the bay of Sa Calobra. You can find this tour here.
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Sierra de Tramuntana Mountain Range: Tour Details
The Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range is home to several unique villages and offers the wonderful combination of the mountains and sea, making it the perfect place for hiking, cycling, water activities, and all around relaxation.
If you choose to explore this mountain range outside of a day tour, there are several quaint and picturesque villages that you could visit, including but not limited to Valldemossa, Deia, Banyalbufar, and Fornalutx. The below details the stops of my day tour.
Sa Calobra is a winding, single lane, picturesque road in the Tramuntana Mountains. Through my particular tour, this adventure to the seaside is via a tour bus. However, you will notice many cyclists conquering this route. This is one of the hardest, most sought out paths for cycle enthusiasts as it leads to the cove of Torrent de Pareis and offers amazing views.
Torrent de Pareis
Torrent de Pareis is the home to the opening of a beautiful sandy beach in the bay of Sa Calobra. Its three mile stretch of breathtaking views, steep walls, caves, and rock formations is known as one of the most scenic hikes in Mallorca. On the tour, there is not enough time to do the actual hike, but you have about an hour to explore and experience some of its beauty.
Port de Soller and Soller Valley
Port de Soller is a picturesque seaside village located at the foot of the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains. It’s home to sandy beaches, cafes, restaurants, shops, and hotels- the perfect place for a slower paced vacation. Most arrive either via boat or the town’s tram from the inland village of Soller which provides beautiful views of the olive, lemon, and orange groves. On my particular tour, we did both. We took a boat there from the bay of Sa Calobra and left for Soller via the tram.
Soller is a lush valley nestled between the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains and the sea. In addition to its numerous cafes and tapa bars, this quaint village is also known for its beautiful architecture and museums. One of the most popular ways to travel between Soller and Palma is via the 1912 vintage train. I was so impressed how well maintained it was.
Personally, I could not have asked for more from a day trip. There are not many locations where you can experience mountains, beaches, villages, a boat ride, and a vintage train all within a day. If you’re in Palma de Mallorca for only a weekend, this is the best way to experience the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountain range.
Palma de Mallorca City Center
One of the popular attractions of the city center is the Catedral de Mallorca, a gothic architectural work of art whose interior was designed by Gaudi. In addition, it is located on the seaside, which offers one-of-a-kind views from its roof terraces. It is one of Europe’s largest cathedrals. I was lucky enough to tour the cathedral while the boy’s choir was practicing. It was such a treat to experience their angelic voices as I toured the grounds.
The city center itself is very walkable and filled with beautiful architecture, making it a great place to take a self tour and explore all it has to offer.
Things I Wish I had Time to Do
With only being in Palma de Mallorca for a weekend, there was not enough time to do everything I wanted and have enough time to just relax at the pool at the hotel. Therefore, when I return, there are two activities on my “to-do” list:
Wine and Olive Oil Tour
Mallorca is home to more than seventy wineries. Wine Routes Mallorca offers a variety of wine and food tours to explore the variety of wines produced in this region. Similar to wine, this region is also known for its olive oil production, which also offers tour options.
Mallorca is home to over 200 beaches. In fact, there are seven beaches within walking distance or a short car ride from the city center. According to Mallorca-beaches.com, the top ten beaches in Mallorca are:
- Es Trenc
- Es Caragol
- Playa d’Alcudia
- Cala Mondrago
- Cala sa font Celada
- Cala Pi
- Calo d’es Moro
- Porto Cristo
- Cala Xinxell
Palma de Mallorca is the perfect vacation location for anyone- from those who want adventure to others who prefer to beach hop. Be sure to add the capital of the Balearic Islands to your next European vacation.