There are plenty of great destinations for driving in Europe, but those that are really well suited to it are fewer and further between. The little island of Mallorca
is one such place - somewhere that isn't simply home to a couple of scenic drives, but seems almost created with driving holidays in mind.
Of course, that doesn't mean you need to be entirely focused on driving to enjoy a break here. The truth is that Mallorca is a place, where you really benefit from hiring a car, even if you only do so as a means of getting between different attractions, because it allows you to explore much more than you would, if you were confined to public transport.Hiring a car is wonderfully simple - just arrange to pick one up once you land at Mallorca airport. This has the added advantage of making getting to your accommodation much easier, too! So, what exactly is it about Mallorca that makes it so fantastic for driving holidays?
Mallorca measures just 49 miles across, making it a rather small island. What this means for holidaymakers is that it is quite easy to discover much of the destination during a single trip here. One can easily make the journey from one end to the other in a single day! This manageability in terms of hitting the road gives it an added appeal for driving holidays.
While being a small island, Mallorca offers quite a lot of variety, from the dazzling sights of the capital city, La Palma
, to caves, coastal scenery, and the mountain peaks of
Sierra de Tramuntana
This variety means there's a lot to discover and, while the public transport is fine, it won't necessarily take you to the lesser known attractions and hidden gems. And it certainly won't whisk you to the glorious mountain roads, which we'll talk to you about in a moment!
Its mountain vistas
Mallorca is a beautiful island, and much of its scenic charm comes from its gorgeous mountains, which are exciting and tranquil in equal measure. As you might expect, they're wonderful for walking, but they're also perfect for exploring by car, thanks to the spectacular roads that run through them. And of course, if you take a drive through the mountains, you can always schedule stops for walks, not to mention lunch in one of the local villages or go for a scenic picnic!
The west of the island is a particularly good area for drives through the mountains. One route that's especially picturesque begins in Andratx
and follows the road to Estellencs
- a trail that climbs steeply, offering dramatic sea views. Estellencs itself is one of the island's prettiest villages. A little further down the road, you will come to Mirador de Ses Animes
, which is a stunning viewing point.
Its coastal roads
Of course, Mallorca is well known for its sun-drenched beaches, so it's only natural that you'd want to spend some time on the coast. There are some fantastic driving routes that run along the shoreline, and which give you plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy a splash about on the beach.You'll find one of the best driving routes for this on the island's north-east coast. Starting off in Manacor
, you can drive down a palm tree-lined boulevard towards Porto Cristo
- a route that will lead you to some of the island's best-loved natural wonders, such as the Caves of Drach
. Once you reach the lovely Porto Cristo, which is perched on the seafront, you can follow the signs to Son Servera
, which will take you through charming orchards. Arriving at Son Servera, you can take a right turn and head towards Capdepera
- keep your eyes peeled for the stunning castle it is home to, which is well worth stopping at to explore. If you like, you could end your drive here, or continue around the pretty bay of Alcudia
The variety of places to stop
One of the real joys of driving around Mallorca is that there are just so many places to stop and explore - many of which are only easily accessible by car. Take the Cap de Formentor
, for example. Sitting on the island's north-eastern tip, it provides some of Mallorca's most spectacular views.
As an added bonus, the drive here is also stunning; follow the route from Port de Pollenca
for the best views and the chance to stop at amazing places along the way. Indeed, the Mirador des Colomer
offers views over a rocky islet and, if you climb the watchtower, the whole peninsula.
It's also well worth driving to one or two of Mallorca's loveliest towns. Valldemossa
is a firm favourite, largely because it is deemed to be the prettiest town on the island, meaning it is definitely worth seeing for yourself!