Road Trip: Mallorca on the Move
Carve out your own adventure on wheels and discover the hidden highlights of Mallorca. Whether travelling by car, Vespa, bicycle or sidecar, follow one of our choice routes and embrace the freedom of the open road. Article | 22 September 2017
SET IN THE western Mediterranean sea and settled for more than 3,000 years, Spain’s largest island boasts a rich history and a diverse ecology. From rugged coastlines and mysterious caves to charming mountain towns and world-class vineyards, there are endless riches waiting to be discovered. Stay at the luxurious Belmond Hotel La Residencia in Deià, and we’ll help you create an itinerary to set off on your own voyage.
A particularly stunning route takes you from Deià to Cap de Formentor and the lighthouse. Passing by the port town of Soller, the monastery of Lluc and the Cúber reservoir, head through the dramatic Tramuntana mountains towards Pollença. From there, wind your way along the serpentine road to be greeted by the Cap’s awe-inspiring views. We advise you leave early, ideally before 7am, to enjoy the vistas in peace. The hotel will pack a delicious breakfast to keep you going, or you can stop in the port of Pollença for a pick-me-up after your visit. For those on bicycle, transport can be arranged for the return journey.
The Cuevas del Drach, another island must, are also best enjoyed without the crowds. Make your way to the enchanting limestone caves near Porto Cristo, in the east, for an early-morning or late-afternoon private tour. Admire the phenomenal stalactites and enjoy an atmospheric boat ride on the crystalline lake as classical musicians demonstrate the caves’ astounding acoustics. As you leave, the beaches at nearby Calas de Mallorca beckon. Bathe in the emerald waters and relax on the soft sand.
Wine lovers, this one’s for you. Drive or ride to the acclaimed mountain winery, Es Verger, where tasting has been taken to another level. Classical or jazz tunes are played as you sample each of the vineyard’s six ecological labels. The music, it’s said, brings out the wine’s unique personality. Gastronomic Mallorcan specialities, including Es Verger’s famous olive oil, are also paired with the wines, creating an all-round sensory experience that will never be forgotten.
Other exciting trips, whether to the island’s remote beaches or an early-morning fishing expedition to catch the famous “gambas de Sóller”, can be arranged. Just have a chat with our concierge—they’ll help create your perfect itinerary.Explore Mallorca