Many spots are reachable by bus; while transportation between the major holiday resorts is no problem, especially medium- and long-distance services may be as sparse as one bus per week; many bus routes are not served at all on Sundays, in the lower season and during the night. Schedules are available online.
There is inland train transportation, but mainly limited to Puerto de Sóller, Manacor, Inca, Sa Pobla and Sineu. Rural halts tend to be far away from town centres, but there are usually bus shuttles available.
Cars can be hired in many tourist towns, especially along the coast. Unless in high season, when you should book your rental in advance if you want to ensure getting one, hiring a car directly at the airport without reservation shouldn’t be any problem at all. However, as “at desk” rental prices are often far higher than booking in advance it may be prudent to organise it from home before you arrive (and to avoid disappointment during peak periods).
When you are only for short time in the island the best way is to take one of the conducted tours organized by the Official tourguides center in Mallorca. Valldemossa is only 18 km away from Palma (tour of 3 or 4 hours will be perfect). This itinerary takes visitors around the streets, plazas and most picturesque spots in the village of Valldemossa, an introduction to the French writer Aurore Dudevant (aka George Sand) and Polish composer Frederick Chopin’s stay on Mallorca. The celebrated couple resided in this Mallorcan village during the winter of 1838-39. Its landscapes, peoples and customs made a strong impression on the writer. During their visit, the couple stayed in cells at the Royal Carthusian Monastery.
- Palma de Mallorca- the island´s capital is worth a trip on its own. Very old city where you will find architectural wonders, culture and mediterranean food.
- Serra de Tramuntana- wonderful range of mountains that run along the north-west coast of Mallorca
- Playa de Palma- Busiest destination on Mallorca.
- Valldemossa- Georges Sand and Frederic Chopin spent some time in this beautiful village
- Soller and Port de Soller – a beautiful town in the mountains that can be reached by a combination of train and tram
- Caves– several caves are open to the public, the Dragon Caves (Coves del Drach in mallorquin) being the most visited
- Beaches– this is what the most people come for. The main tourist areas are on the southern and eastern coast but places may be crowded in high season. More secluded and quiet beaches can be found on the island but expect a difficult route (e.g. cliffs) and minimal parking. A must visit is Es Trenc, near the Colonia de Sant Jordi, but there are also many beaches not that popular worth a visit. Here you can find photos, video and map of the most beautiful beaches of Mallorca
Note – If you find yourself in Palma, looking for a quieter beach than the 5km strand (Platja de Palma), take the line 3 of the town’s public bus company “EMT” (blue and white buses) all the way to its Western terminus “Illetes”, which is simply called Playa. It is a wonderful little cove set about by rocks, with a local restaurant right on the beach. There are other coves in either direction, but this is the most welcoming.
- Hiking– The Serra de Tramuntana offers some fine trails.
- Cycling– In spring the island’s roads are popular with several professional teams in preparation for the next season.
- Palma– the island’s capital offers the famous cathedral as well as a nice city centre to stroll around. Cultural visits, shore excursions and private guided tourslead by official Mallorca Tour Guides to Jewish quarter and other sites and villages around the Island.
- Golf– There are nineteen, 18 hole golf courses on the island that are open to the general public. These are Andratx, Alcanada, Bendinat, Canyamel, Capdepera, Poniente, Pula, Golf Park Puntiró Mallorca, Golf Maioris, Santa Ponsa 1, Son Antem East, Son Antem West, Son Servera, Son Termens, Son Vida, Son Muntaner, Son Quint, Son Gual & Vall d’Or. There is one 9 hole course open to the general public; Pollença. The courses Santa Ponsa 2 & 3 are ‘members only’ and finally there is a private 9 hole golf course in the grounds of La Reserva Rotana, a boutique hotel located in the North-East of the island, just outside of Manacor.
- Nature– S’Abulfera is a large salt marsh near the town of Alcudia. Large numbers of bird species can be seen, including many species of heron, waders, ducks and warblers. The cliffs of Fortmentor are good for sea birdwatching and is one of the best places for a chance of seeing the rare Elenora’s Falcon.
- Free Classical Music Concerts– during the summer, free open-air classical music concerts are usually organised on Saturday evenings on the Bendinat Golf Course.
- Deep Water Solo / Psicobloc– the island’s unique geography has helped it become the premier destination for rock climbers wishing to experience deep water soloing or psicobloc, rock climbing above deep water.
- Sailing– MaritimVs. Rent a boat, a yacht or a catamaran.