Mallorca is a paradise island. A great way to discover its best beaches, hidden corners, and authentic charm is by taking a tour. There are many things to do and see in Mallorca from boat trips to bike rides, road trips to beach days, and here you will find the best selection of tours and activities so that you can decide which one to choose when visiting Mallorca, without having to do all the research yourself.
Among all the Mallorca tours, the very best one is an excursion that is generally known as the Island Tour, so let’s start off with that one. If you have the opportunity to join the Island Tour during your visit to Mallorca, then don’t hesitate to do it.
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The Best Excursion in Mallorca: The Island Tour
The name suggests a tour of the whole island but in fact, the setting for the Island Tour is in the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains on the west coast. What makes the Mallorca Island Tour so special is its combination of four different modes of transportation. It is an exciting way to discover some of Mallorca’s most spectacular landscapes.
The day trip takes in some truly stunning scenery and there are stops for swimming, photos, or lunch at Sa Calobra and at Puerto de Soller, two of the most picturesque spots in the world – just check Instagram and you’ll see. The four modes of transport are coach, boat, tram, and train:
- The coach part is down the “snake” road to Sa Calobra, which twists and turns and offers dramatic views of the mountains and the sea.
- The boat is a 45-minute ride close to the coast between Sa Calobra and Puerto de Soller with breathtaking views of the cliffs.
- The tram trundles along the seafront in Puerto de Soller and then takes you up through orange and lemon groves into the old town of Soller where it drops you right in the square in the middle of town.
- The train is over 100 years old and is a wooden carriage electric train that goes from Soller through the tunnels in the mountains and through the countryside before arriving in the center of Palma, Mallorca’s capital city.
Mallorca Boat Trips
In summer in Mallorca, boat tours are the most popular days out and get booked up well in advance. Since Mallorca is a beautiful island in the Mediterranean, with more than 300 beaches and 500 kilometers of coastline, there is plenty to see and do at sea. There are many options of boat tours on offer in Mallorca: big boats that hold up to 300 people for a two-hour ride around the bay, typical Mallorcan wooden ‘llauts’ with fishing and snorkeling options, 4–5-hour catamaran tours with lunch and drinks, and exclusive sailing yachts with full crew and service.
When considering a boat tour in Mallorca, you should take into account a number of factors:
- The price of the boat trip, because prices can vary massively.
- The type of boat: a catamaran, a tourist glass-bottom pleasure boat, a sailboat, or a speedboat.
- Whether you are looking for a shared tour or something more exclusive, with few people.
- The departure point: choose something close to where you are staying or have in mind you may have to drive.
Here is a selection of boat trips available in Mallorca so you can compare some different options and choose the best one for you:
Excursion to Cabrera Island
The boat tour to Cabrera Island is extremely popular among residents of Mallorca. Many tourists that visit Mallorca are unaware of the existence of this island, located just 35 minutes by boat from the port of Colonia de Sant Jordi. The whole island of Cabrera is a national park and it is the only national park in all the Balearic Islands. Cabrera preserves a rich ethnological heritage, an old castle, and beaches that can easily rival those in the Caribbean.
The tour allows you to enjoy free time in Cabrera, where you will be able to hike up to the castle and delight in exceptional views, bathe in its crystal-clear waters or learn about its history (such as its past as a prison camp) by following a walking route on the island. A highlight is on the return boat journey from Cabrera, with a stop at the famous Blue Cave, where you can snorkel in deep blue and turquoise waters that are normally only found on postcards.
Boat Trip to Formentor
Formentor Beach is considered one of the best beaches in Mallorca. The best way to get there is by boat: you don’t have to worry about parking or driving on a mountain road and you get to enjoy the beautiful views from the boat. There are boats leaving to Formentor from Puerto Alcudia and from Puerto Pollensa.
If you choose to leave from Puerto Alcudia you will be able to contemplate both the bay of Alcudia and that of Pollensa. You will pass the picturesque lighthouse of Aucanada and the famous Es Coll Baix Cove. The departure from Puerto Pollensa takes only 25 minutes bordering the coast, and you’ll pass Sa Fortalesa, where tennis ace Rafa Nadal was married. With both options you will have time to relax on the beach at Formentor, swim, and enjoy the idyllic views before the return journey.
Boat Trip Around the Bay of Palma
Few people know that you can discover the city of Palma from the sea with a cool breeze on your face without having to actually walk around the city getting hot and bothered.
This boat trip is a one-hour ride around Palma Port on a wooden boat, with all its old-fashioned character. The tour takes you through the entire harbor, with views of the Porto Pi lighthouse, the impressive cruise ship area, and the San Carlos Castle, ending with a spectacular panoramic view of Palma Cathedral from the sea.
Excursion to Dragonera Island
If you have the opportunity, take a boat tour to Dragonera Island. It’s a very popular tour from Mallorca and is ideal for families because it includes the boat ride, time on the island, stops for swimming and food. It’s a five-hour tour and is an absolute bargain at just 35€. The port of departure is Santa Ponsa in the south of Mallorca.
Dolphin-Watching: Make Your Holiday Unforgettable
In Mallorca, boat trips to see dolphins in the wild are becoming very popular and places are very limited. The dolphin-watching tours depart early in the morning between 05:30 and 07:00 (depending on the time of year) from the north of the island: from Puerto Pollensa by catamaran and from Puerto Alcudia by boat.
Once onboard, the tour starts with a magnificent sunrise. If you have never seen the sunrise over the sea, this is an awesome spectacle in itself. Then you’ll sail out to search for dolphins. The dolphins are normally found in the high seas and normally in groups (known as pods). They may swim close to the boat and sometimes you can see them jumping and diving.
On the way back to port, breakfast is served on board. The tour lasts around three hours depending on how long it takes to locate the dolphins.
Visit Mallorca’s Caves
Did you know that in Mallorca there are more than 200 caves? Five of them are open to the public. Surely you have heard of the world-famous Caves of Drach? But there are other caves on the island that you can visit. And even some sea caves.
These are the best caves to visit in Mallorca:
Caves of Drach
On every list of the best Mallorca tours, you will always find a visit to the Caves of Drach. They are considered to be the most beautiful caves in Europe. On a one-kilometer walk through the caves, you will pass through different chambers and will see lakes, underground streams, and formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The route ends at the largest underground lake in Europe, Lake Martel. Here you will sit and enjoy a classical music concert given by musicians on boats. This is a very unique experience.
From any hotel on the island, you will be able to find organized excursions to the Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo. They include hotel pickup, skip-the-line entrance to the caves, the concert, and a boat ride across Lake Martel once the musicians have finished.
In the beautiful San Miquel Valley at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains, we find these precious caves. You can join a 45-minute visit accompanied by a guide who will take you on a tour through the caves and will give you information about their history. If you are looking for something with a local charm that you can visit in small groups, then the family-run Caves of Campanet are your best choice.
You can combine your visit to the Campanet Caves with a walk in the surroundings. You will find nature in its purest form in the Sant Miquel valley. Visit the 13th-century chapel and discover Ses Fonts Ufanes, a local natural phenomenon.
If you are a meat lover, there’s a great restaurant at the Campanet Caves specializing in high quality grilled meat.
Mallorca From the Sky
Here is a different and unique approach to tours in Mallorca. When you fly over Mallorca you will discover a new world, a new way of traveling, and a new way to rediscover the places you already knew. The adventure is guaranteed.
Balloon Rides in Mallorca
In Mallorca, you can enjoy soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon. You will be able to contemplate unique views of the island, while you learn all the thrills of riding in a balloon. The experience lasts around 3 hours in total including helping to set up the hot air balloon before take-off. The flight itself is around 30-40 minutes.
There are different options available but the traditional balloon ride in Mallorca takes place at sunrise. This time of day tends to be when the wind conditions are more favorable and, this is the so-called “magic hour” when the soft light of dawn gives everything a magical glow.
Helicopter Flight in Mallorca
One might think that flying by helicopter is something available to few and that it is excessively expensive. Nothing could be further from the truth. From 125€ per person, you can enjoy an exclusive 30-minute flight over Mallorca, touring part of the bay of Palma and the Sierra de Tramuntana. It is true that it is not an option for all budgets, but it’s a great way to treat yourself or make an original and unique gift. The helicopter ride is breathtaking, thrilling, and seriously addictive.
The Best Mallorca Tours with Children
Mallorca is a destination for family tourism. There is a wide range of attractions and activities for families with children. You can visit these attractions by car or by joining an organized excursion with round-trip transportation and entrance tickets included.
Palma Aquarium offers a tour of the seas of the world with numerous aquariums and varieties of fish. There are interactive screens where you can learn about marine fauna and fish. You can explore the Mediterranean-style gardens, an Amazon jungle, and the Big Blue, one of the largest water tanks in Europe, where the sharks swim almost face to face with you. During the summer and school holidays, there are many free children’s activities.
All children love animals, and among them, dolphins are one of the most treasured. Marineland was the first dolphinarium to open in Spain, back in the 70s, and since then it has offered a dolphin and sea lion show that delights the little ones. There is also a parrot show, a children’s play area, and a beach attached to the park.
This theme park is located in Magaluf. With your combined ticket you can enjoy all its attractions, such as miniature golf, a house turned upside down with thousands of surprises, different cinemas with the latest 3D and 4D technology, a small water park, and a children’s play area. Open from April to October, you will need 3-4 hours to enjoy it to the fullest.
Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearic Islands. You easily need 2 or 3 days to enjoy it to the fullest, as it has so much to offer. If you don’t have that much time on vacation the best thing to do is to take a tour from wherever you are staying so that you get to see the highlights of the city and also have free time to do some shopping.
The top must-see sights to visit in Palma are:
- Palma Cathedral. It is one of the most impressive cathedrals in the Mediterranean and dominates the old town and seafront of Palma. There are different architectural styles on the chapels in the interior from repairs and renovations that have taken place over the centuries. To get the most out of a visit to Palma Cathedral, be sure to take a guided tour.
- Discover the beautiful streets of the old town as you stroll around at your leisure, with its mansions, iconic courtyards, and old churches.
- Bellver Castle. This castle is unique among Spanish castles in that it is entirely rounded. It sits atop a hill just outside the city with magnificent views over the port and the city. You need half a day for the visit to the castle and the Museum of Mallorca inside its dungeons.
- San Carlos Castle. Located strategically at the edge of the port by Porto Pi, this castle was constructed as a fortress to defend against pirate attacks. It now houses the military museum and special events are held here.
- Almudaina Palace. Located right next to the cathedral, the Almudaina Palace was once the residence of the Arab governor in the times of Al Andalus and is now the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family when they are in Mallorca. The palace is open to the public and the route takes you around impressive and historical rooms and furnishings.
Best Horse Riding Tours in Mallorca
Horse riding in Mallorca is ideal for those who like nature. There are different ranches with different route proposals in Mallorca, but among the most popular are:
Horseback Riding with a Visit to an Animal Farm
For those who have never ridden a horse, and especially for families, this is an excellent option since no previous experience is necessary. It begins with a one-hour or two-hour ride along the slopes of Puig de Son Sant Marti in Puerto Alcudia. It ends with a visit to the animal farm, where children can see goats, pigs, chickens, ostrich, and rabbits.
Horse Riding on the Beach
A two-hour route at Rancho Grande in Son Serra de Marina, in which you first ride through the extensive estate, and then to the dunes near the Son Serra de Marina beach. Participants are split into groups on arrival according to ability, so it is suited to both those with and those without prior riding experience.
At the ranch, there is an animal farm that those who participate in the excursion can visit for free.
At Rancho Grande, they also organize an afternoon excursion with hotel pick-up, which combines horseback riding, a barbecue dinner, cowboy dance, and an equestrian show.
If you have any suggestions to include in this list of the best excursions in Mallorca, be sure to share. And if you have any questions about the things mentioned here, don’t hesitate to get in touch.