Driving Tour In The Sunny West Coast Of Majorca
Majorca is one of the largest and popular islands of the Balearics, situated in western the Mediterranean Sea. The island enjoys a mild climate with an average of more than 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. The best time to visit the island is in the spring when the blossoms are out and the sun is not too fierce, or in September and October when the weather is fine and mild.
The trip starts in Palma, the bustling capital of Majorca. Take a half day tour to explore the small streets of the beautiful old town. Admire the majestic and immense Cathedral La Seu and the nearby Almudaina Palace that still serves as the royal residence today. If you like to breathe in more culture, then visit the art museum "Museum de Majorca”, a fascinating showcase of history and local art.
Take a seat on the terrace of one of the restaurants in the lively Plaza Mayor and order some delicious tapas.
Walk in the afternoon to the Castle Bellver from which you have a beautiful panorama of the city and the marina of Palma de Majorca.
If your hotel is in the historic old town, you can reach the most famous shopping streets of Palma and the trendy district Santa Catalina, home to many great restaurants, easily by foot for your evening explorations.
After breakfast, you will leave the capital behind to explore the northwestern part of the island. Apart from the busy streets when leaving the city, the driving tour will go over roads with less traffic, and you will have the freedom to witness the beauty of the island at your leisure as your guide points out the best sights here.
Head north via the C711 road, passing through the lovely little town of Bunyola. This scenic route up and over the rocky summit of the "Serra de Tramuntana" offers fabulous views out across the green landscapes with trees full of oranges, lemons, figs, and almonds.
In less than an hour, you will reach the picturesque town of Sóller, famous for its old-fashioned tram railway, the "Tren de Sóller” that goes from Palma to Sóller.
Sóller is a great city for shopping and has a pleasant market square surrounded by orange trees. Other points of interest in Sóller are the San Bartolomeu church, the Market Hall at the Plaga Mercat, and the Museum Balear de Ciències Naturals with its beautiful botanical garden.
Grab lunch in one of the charming squares or side streets; you will find an excellent choice of restaurants that serve great local food.
Continue your drive up north towards Port de Pollença. The town of Pollença is known for its 18th and 19th-century ocher-colored houses and for the charming Plaça Major where you breathe in a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere.
The 13-km long road from here to the northern end of Mallorca, Cap de Formentor, is an experience in itself. Along the way, high cliffs alternate secluded bays with crystal clear turquoise water, and you will pass one of the nicest beaches on Mallorca, Cala de Formentor. From here, you reach Cap de Formentor and its beautiful lighthouse in 20 minutes. Enjoy the spectacular panoramas even up to the neighboring island of Menorca.
The route M-13 brings you quickly back to Sóller. Soller has a fantastic range of hotels to suit all budgets, from 5-star luxury hotels to beautifully restored farmhouses and small family-run B&B. Take a well-deserved rest and refreshment in your hotel. For dinner head to the former fishing village Port de Sóller (at just 3 kilometers from Sóller). It is situated in a beautiful sheltered bay and has a semi-pedestrianized promenade with excellent restaurants that serve delicious fresh fish plates.
Today you finish your 3-day trip in Majorca driving the winding coastal road from Sóller back to Palma. Start the day with a short detour to a village which claims to be the most beautiful on the island, Fornalutx. This picturesque village sits in a beautiful valley between orange and lemon groves. The town is known for its beautiful narrow alleys and houses of golden stone. It is well worth a short stop for a coffee in the square beneath the village clock.
Your guide will take the zigzaggy C710 road to Deià. This pretty artists’ village seems to be picked out from a picture book. Deià has always attracted many artists, and still today you see many beautiful works of art tucked away in the small streets and you find some art galleries, ceramic studios and gift shops scattered throughout the village. Perfect for a nice souvenir for home!
Continuing along the C710, you will reach the rural town Valldemossa. One of the main attractions of Valldemossa is the monastery "La Cartuja" - where lived the famous composer Frederic Chopin. The monastery and town provide beautiful views all around and are perfect to spend a very enjoyable morning.
Have lunch in one of the restaurants of Valldemossa; you’ll find excellent places to taste the best products of the island such as cheese, sausage, ham and good wine.
Leaving Valldemossa behind you, navigate the spectacular Z-bends of the last part of this spectacular coastal road all the way down to the ancient Roman town of Andratx. From here you can drive back in half an hour back to Palma city or to the Palma de Majorca Airport where you can drop off your rental car.
The less visited west coast of Majorca, dominated by the Tramuntana mountain range and its breathtaking scenery, is home to some historical and picturesque towns on the island and offers spectacular panoramas.
As you drive along windy coastal road that go from the capital Palma to the north tip of Majorca "Cap de Formentor", you will see dramatic sea views and picture postcard villages like Deià and the famous historical towns Sóller and Valldemossa.
Contributed By : Barbara RumiTourHQ Experiences
This itinerary is contributed by Barbara, an experienced traveler. If you request this tour, different guides will give you their versions of this itinerary. Be sure to confirm with them on what's included before booking.