1. The geographic diversity of the island, and its natural attractions
2. Wide, sandy beaches and beautiful blue seas
3. Valldemossa and Deia, small towns in a very picturesque landscape. The houses in Valldemossa all
have pot plants in the windows, making them wonderfully attractive – a great place for a stroll
4. The island is basically very clean, and you feel safe there – there aren’t many beggars or shady-
5. A lot of different activities on offer, meaning it has something for everyone – either a relaxing
beach holiday or a party paradise for youngsters
6. The view from the Mirador Es Colomer, overlooking Formentor Bay
7. The Cathedral of Pálma, which Gaudi had a hand in constructing
8. The local products made from almonds – the almond ice-cream and almond liqueur are
particularly good, and the freshly-squeezed orange juice is heavenly.
9. The old town of Alcúdia
10. Mallorca’s beautiful architecture
11. I drank in Sóllar the best freshly-squeezed orange juice of my life (from locally produced orange)
1. Mallorca is famous for its fake pearls – sometimes their price can even exceed real pearls – but
there are a lot of cheap, junk reproductions. Go to a specialist shop instead
2. A lot of tacky souvenir shops – can be hard to find something original
3. The tourist crowds in the old town of Alcúdia
4. The huge masses of fake designer bags and accessories in the market of Alcúdia, which gives it a
cheap, flea-market sort of feeling
5. I expected more from Palma’s aquarium – it turned out to be a bit boring
6. Taking the bus from A to B, you sometimes have the feeling you’re on an uninhabited planet
7. Servers in cafés and restaurants often seem a bit overwhelmed – if you want a quick espresso you
should count on waiting about 20 minutes for it
8. The tap water is theoretically drinkable, but I wouldn’t recommend using it for much besides
bathing and brushing your teeth – it’s better to buy bottled water
9. The usual Mediterranean driving culture – drivers always seem to be engaged in some sort of
speed-trial, which can be frightening on narrow, twisting roads (w.n., 2019)
10. Barbarians throwing cigarette butts on the beaches
What we didn't like or were disappointed about:
-Mercat Artesanal: Maybe we went at the wrong time, but there were about 4 or 5 tables with handmade jewelry, and the market was exhausted.
-Castell De Bellver: the view from the upper level is beautiful, but it is a sight to be missed entirely; the castle in Capdepera is also the same.
-Illetas beach was a huge disappointment. It doesn't even come close to what we imagined based on the photos: tiny bay, dirty water.
-El Arenal Beach: Lots of people, and the water is very shallow (you have to go a long way in to be able to swim)
-Jardines De Alfabia: A tiny garden with not too many attractions. Not worth the price.
- We missed the beach toilets, and it would have been nice to have at least one shower or toilet on each of them.
Also, unfortunately, we didn't find many bays where there wasn't overcrowded. (2022)