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Guided Tours


 

We’ve worked hard to develop Mallorca guided tours that share the very best of the island. We have experiences to suit all types of adventurers, from invigorating hikes in the Tramuntana Mountains to tours of Palma’s art galleries and private artist workshops.


Do you yearn for sea views, fishing villages, pine forests, wine tasting in the heart of the Mallorcan countryside or something else? We can add one of our Mallorca guided tours to your stay in one of our Mallorca holiday villas so you can explore this rich and multifaceted Balearic Island. Read more about some of our favourite Mallorcan experiences below, or contact us for alternative activities should you desire more options.



 

1. Trek the Tramuntana mountains

The stunning Tramuntana mountain range – known as Serra de Tramuntana – stretches 90km from Andratx in the southwest of Mallorca to Cap de Formentor at the island’s northern tip. Along the range you will find glittering lakes, ancient monasteries, charming villages – including Deià, a stone’s throw from our picturesque villa, Sa Vista – and Puig Major, the highest mountain peak on the island, clocking in at 1,436m above sea level. In 2011, this spectacular mountain range was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, testament to their natural beauty and cultural wealth.

By following the historic cobbled paths and earthen tracks of the Serra de Tramuntana, hikers will find themselves surrounded by a landscape peppered with dry stone walls that have sat there for centuries and gnarled olive trees, which can live to be thousands of years old. Some other unmissable sights include:

  • Mallorca’s highest mountain peaks – Puig Major, Teix, Massanella and Tomir
  • Gorgeous villages – Deià, Valldemossa, Fornalutx and Sóller
  • The atmospheric Lluc Monastery
  • Torrent de Pareis – A river gorge at Sa Calobra, which plunges between two spectacular, rugged beaches
  • Lovely river reservoirs – Gorg Blau and Cúber

We only work with local guides who know the Serra de Tramuntana intimately, allowing us to craft informed walks and hikes for all tastes. Choose a gentle afternoon stroll through this picturesque landscape and visit its rural villages or set out on an invigorating hike to the top of the Tramuntana’s highest peaks.

If you are interested in our personalised guided tours through the Tramuntana Mountains, simply tell us what you want to get out of your experience and we will suggest the perfect expedition and accommodation in our luxury villas in Mallorca.

 

Tramuntana mountains tour

 


 

2. Visit the vineyards of Alaró

If you prefer to enjoy your mountain scenery accompanied by a nice glass of merlot, may we suggest our Mallorca wine tours? Many of Mallorca’s finest vineyards and bodegas lie nestled in the eastern flanks of the Serra de Tramuntana, thanks to the location’s admirable vine-growing conditions.

Despite the banning of alcohol while the island was under Islamic rule from 902 to 1229 CE, and the damage caused to Mallorcan vines by the phylloxera insect blight of 1891, this Balearic Island has a strong wine-growing culture and past, and a burgeoning reputation in modern times. Today, the island’s vineyards continue to cultivate many local and regional grapes including:

  • Manto negro
  • Gorgollassa
  • Callet
  • Prensal Blanc
  • Giró Ros
  • Moscatel

Our Mallorcan wine experience will take you to the spectacular terraced vineyards of the Oloron Winery in Alaró, which is just a short drive from our renovated eighteenth-century farmhouse Rural. During the tour, you can enjoy exploring the bodega before taking in the breathtaking views of the Serra de Tramuntana on a guided walk. The tour concludes with sumptuous food in Mallorca in the vineyard, paired with local wines produced on-site.

 

Mallorcan wine

 

3. Uncover Palma’s artistic soul

Mallorca has attracted artists and writers to its mountains, fincas and beaches for centuries. Frédéric Chopin and George Sand stayed in the beautiful mountain village of Valldemossa during the winter of 1838-1839 CE. Here, Sand wrote A Winter in Majorca, describing their time on the island, while Chopin completed his preludes. The famed war poet Robert Graves also found inspiration in Mallorca. He spent his final years in the village of Deià, and is buried beneath a cypress tree in the local churchyard.

While the island’s villages, mountains and coves nurture creativity, Mallorca’s artistic heart beats in the historic city of Palma. Ruled over by the Romans, the Moors and the Spanish Kingdom of Aragon in turn, the wealth of historic, architectural and cultural influences in Palma provide a rich fount of inspiration and tradition for local artists and visitors alike.

Perhaps Palma’s most famous ‘artist in residence’ is the surrealist painter and ceramicist Joan Miró. Born in Barcelona, Miró fell in love with Mallorcan Pilar Juncosa – and with Mallorca itself. The couple married in Palma in 1929 CE, and Miró lived in the city from 1956 until his death in 1983. Our guided tour of Palma includes a trip to the Joan Miró Museum, and includes a very special visit to Miró’s house and studio. Very little has changed since 1983, thanks to his instruction, “I want everything that I leave behind to stay just as it is when I am gone.”

Our tour will also allow you to explore the city’s artistic heart and the influences that keep it beating. From vibrant local markets and gothic cathedrals to tenth-century CE Arabic bathhouses, this Think Experience will show you Palma’s most iconic sites and hidden gems. Visiting current artists’ workshops is a true highlight for art lovers – please contact our team for more information about this.

 

Mallorca sightseeing tour


 

Where to stay in Mallorca: Sa Vista

Mallorca’s diverse natural beauty leaves visitors spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a villa on the island. From beautiful mountain villages to scenic coastal retreats, our collection of villas in Mallorca includes daydream-worthy locations for all tastes.

One of our favourite villas, perfect for exploring the mountains of Mallorca, is Sa Vista. This villa occupies an unrivalled position on its own headland above Cala Deià, offering breath-taking coastal views as well as easy access to our guided tours of the Tramuntana Mountains.

Nearby, the scenic village of Deià is nestled into the Serra de Tramuntana, just a winding 10-minute drive inland from the beautiful beach of Cala Deià. From Sa Vista, visitors can make the journey to the village by car. The town is around 3km from our villa

Spectacular Sa Vista is surrounded by a private 25-acre estate and can accommodate 10 guests. The enchanting grounds are a wonderland for nature lovers, filled with Mediterranean pine woods and evergreen coastal maquis. With a heated seawater pool, a pool house and shower, daily maid service, freshly prepared local breakfasts and terraces designed for al fresco living – including a barbeque – Sa Vista is one of Mallorca’s most desirable villas.

 

Sa Vista villa Mallorca

 

Explore Mallorca

Discover the real Mallorca. Contact our team and we will be happy to work with you to plan your time on the island. We can help you handpick a gorgeous villa and add Think Experiences such as guided tours for an authentic taste of Mallorca. Our team members regularly visit our properties, so we have first-hand knowledge about all of our villas and the local attractions.

Additionally, our Local Concierges are always on hand to share inside knowledge about Mallorca, including its most well-kept hidden gems. We are here to make your stay as seamless as possible, from planning tours and booking authentic Mallorcan meals to arranging in-villa massages. Just let us know what you want to get out of your holiday and we can make it happen.


 

Mallorca travel: How to get there and around

Public transport: Thanks to decades of tourism, Mallorca is easy to get around, with a well-developed road and bus network, three train lines and a Metro service operating within Palma, if you like taking trains then consider checking out these Old West Trains. With so much to see, we highly recommend hiring a vehicle – check out our activities section for some original ideas on that front. If you prefer public transport, your first stop will be Palma’s Intermodal Station, reached by the 1 and 21 buses from the airport. From there, local EMT buses and Metro services will get you around the city, TIB (Transport de les Illes Balears) buses will take you to destinations further afield, and trains will take you to the towns of Inca, Pobla and Manacor.

By bike: Touring Mallorca by bike is a fantastic way to see the island (Bradley Wiggins is a big fan) and there are loads of places to hire cycles from – your luxury villas might even include them as part of your rental.

Taxis: There’s an abundance of taxi companies on Mallorca to help get you to where you need to go – though as with many destinations, it’s worth booking in advance (if possible) and agreeing on a price with the driver before heading out.

Hiring a car or other private transportation: If you’re staying inland or in one of the more remote coastal areas, hiring a car or a bus rental will probably be necessary. There are several local firms as well as multinational staples, but once you’ve got your own set of the wheels the entirety of the island is yours to explore! Companies like EuropcarHertz and Avis all provide services direct from the airport.


 

Hidden Gems

Deia

Deia

  • The truly adventurous – or anyone after the quietest beaches they can find – should explore the northern coast. Here you’ll find fantastic spots only accessible on foot, such as Es Canyaret, a beach just outside the village of Llucalari that is renowned for its waterfall and refreshing mud pools; Port des Canonge, a secluded spot east of the ancient, terraced village of Banyalbufar; and Coll Baix, a stunning, cliff-fringed bay with turquoise waters.
  • While you’re in the region, take time out to visit Deia, a small coastal village popular with the creative set. It has been attracting writers and musicians for decades, and when you see it you’ll understand why – it’s a charming jigsaw of traditional flat-roofed buildings and lush gardens, and also boasts a superb Michelin-starred restaurant in the shape of Es Racó d’Es Teix. For another food treat from northern Mallorca, track down fresh prawns from Port de Soller; they’re exceptionally good, and 2015 saw the town launch a festival dedicated to them (held in early March).
  • Over on the other side of the island, enjoy an underground adventure at the jaw-dropping Caves del Drach. The tour winds past clear pools and intricate rock formations for just over a kilometre, leading you to Lake Martel, a 170 metre-long underground lake – your guide will take you on a boat ride across it, accompanied by live classical music. With good paths and lighting and a temperature of over 20°C, you don’t need to be a hardened caver to enjoy it!
  • Make sure you take the breathtakingly beautiful tram journey from the town of Soller to the port! If you’re into your scenic drives, try going from Valdemossa to Sa Calobra (via the village of Deia), or visit and the charming town of Estellencs and hunt down its stunning hidden cala – don’t forget to bring a picnic!
  • One more thing – if you find yourself on the long road through the Tramuntana mountains that runs east to west, stop for lunch in Es Grau for some tasty treats and breath-taking views.

 

Did you know…?

  • Famed architect Gaudi was meant to design new changes to Palma Cathedral, but he dropped out after a spat with a contractor.
  • The English poet and novelist Robert Graves spent a large portion of his life on Mallorca – he eventually died there in 1985.
  • Es Tranc beach apparently loses about 25 tonnes of sand each year due to it being taken away by holidaymakers in their towels, bags and sandals.
  • The delicious local pastries known as Ensaimada are notoriously difficult to make off the island – it’s said that the sea air helps the dough to rise!

Mallorca makes a superb choice for a family holiday. It’s not too far away (so travelling with little ones isn’t too taxing) and you can enjoy the tourism infrastructure of the island while staying in the beautiful countryside in one of our luxurious villas in Mallorca. Better yet, there’s loads of things to do to keep everyone entertained and tons of soft, sandy beaches to while your days away.


 

Things to do in Mallorca

  • There are plenty of new ways to take on the Mallorcan landscape, like scuba diving adventures that’ll take you to places that’ll leave you wanting to hire an underwater photography professional. Jungeparc take you up into the treetops, using ziplines, ropes and bridges to navigate a pine forest.
  • Or you could take in the whole island with a guiding tour, enjoying everything from the heights of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains to a boat trip around the coast. No Frills Excursions are your go-to guys for a tour you’ll never forget.
  • Surprisingly, Mallorca has some fantastic golf courses – whatever level you’re at, a day or an afternoon on the Mallorcan links is the ideal tonic. You can find out more through our friends at where2golf.com.
  • And if you like heights but think Jungleparc sounds like a bit too much effort, you can appreciate Mallorca from above with a hot air balloon flight. We recommend Mallorca Balloons if you feel like taking to the sky.
  • One of the nicest tours of the island you can take is the perfect pairing of walking and wine – you’ll really feel like you’ve earned that drink! You can find out more about some great itineraries at Mallorca Hiking.


 

What to do in Mallorca with kids

  • There are loads of great museums and art galleries on Mallorca, and the local artists often feature their own work in smaller exhibitions. Something that’s bound to enrapture kids of any age is the Toy Museum in Palma, which features toys from all over the world.
  • There are some great water parks across all of the Balearics, and all of them make for an exciting family day out. Aqualand is worth a try if you’re heading to Mallorca!
  • There’s plenty of nature on the island kids will love to explore, with wild new creatures to find and see – try a nature walk and see where it takes you! If the kids love their animals, La Reserva is a private reserve full of beautiful beasts – and there’s even adventure activities too. Katmandu is a huge adventure playground chock full of rides and things to do, with the highlight being the unforgettable upside-down house.
  • Getting on your bike is a great way to see the island too – there’s loads of great trails suitable for all ages too. Nano Bicycles in Palma offer a cycling tour of the old town or bike rentals to suit you and your family.

Nothing here your cup of tea? There’s loads more suggestions over at our blog on the best family activities in Mallorca.


 

Recommended experiences

  • Why not try some cooking classes courtesy of mymuybueno? Better yet, they can tailor their lessons to suit you!
  • You could mix a bit of exercise with fine wines with Bicillevant’s tour through the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains, stopping at wineries on the way fir tastings.
  • Beer tastings in the comfort of your villa rental with Beer Lovers Mallorca! This would work best followed by a bbq!
  • Macia Batle is one of Mallorca’s longest established wineries, and the tours will give you a fascinating insight into wine on the island – along with a few samples!

We’ve even spoken to the locals to find out what their favourite suggestions are! Have a read of our insider’s guide to Mallorca to find out more.

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