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For some, Mallorca is all about Ballermann, Schinkenstraße (“Ham Street”), parties, and buckets of sangria, for others it’s hidden coves, rugged cliffs, tapas, hiking, and cycling. They say that Mallorca is a place for everyone. We wanted to get to the bottom of this and explored the west coast of Mallorca on foot and by scooter.

West Mallorca – Must-see highlights on Mallorca’s west coast

It’s probably no secret that the Spanish island is very popular with European tourists during the summer months. If you can, try visiting Mallorca in May (this is the time of the almond blossom) or in September, when the summer vacations in Europe are over and the island returns to a more relaxed rhythm.

We visited Mallorca in early June, when it was still possible to find some quiet spots, but the island was already surprisingly busy. Many European airports have flights to Mallorca several times a day, especially in the summer. If you can speak a little Spanish or Catalan, the Mallorcan people are very happy. But you can get by with English everywhere and in most places also with German.

We have put together our highlights (beach, sea, and a bit of sightseeing) on the west coast of Mallorca, which will certainly whet your appetite for a short trip to the most popular of all the Spanish islands. Especially the west coast of Mallorca is worth a trip!


Accommodation in Mallorca – our hotel tip

The Mon Port Hotel & Spa is located in a picturesque setting, just 500 meters from the Port of Andratx. This four-star hotel offers you as a guest a comprehensive experience with a restaurant, spa area, and outdoor pool. The air-conditioned rooms each feature a balcony with a garden view and are equipped with amenities such as a seating area, satellite TV, a safe, and a minibar. Hotel guests also have free access to the wellness area, which is complemented by a whirlpool, sauna, and hammam.

If you are looking for more hotels in Mallorca that are not located on the west coast, then it’s best to check out this overview.

Mallorca sights: Tours and tickets

 

1. Cala Fornells on the west coast of Mallorca – A beautiful bay

Just a 45-minute drive from Palma de Mallorca airport, Cala Fornells Bay offers crystal-clear waters, soft white sand, and ancient pine trees. Of course, such beauty cannot remain an insider’s tip: especially on weekends, the bay on Mallorca’s west coast gets quite crowded.

Beautiful turquoise waters of Cala Fornells, view from Cala Fornells Hotel in West Mallorca
View from Hotel Cala Fornells
Beach, hotel, and sea in Cala Fornells on Mallorca

However, there is no sign of the overcrowded sunbathing atmosphere that we know from other beaches in Mallorca. Spanish families, tourists, and day-trippers peacefully share the narrow stretch of beach. You have to pay for the sunbeds and shade is scarce, but the Caribbean turquoise water makes up for it! Do as the locals do and bring a pop-up beach shell or your own parasol. To escape the midday heat, enjoy a coffee under the large trees at the Cala Fornells Hotel across the street and watch the hustle and bustle of the bay.

View in Cala Fornells, Mallorca

2. Port d’Andratx on the west coast of Mallorca

For many, this place is associated with glitz and glamour, as international celebrities own villas there or on the nearby Cap de Sa Mola peninsula.

Boats and views of the port of Port d'Andratx in the west of Mallorca

We recommend this place for an evening out. Port d’Andratx is a great place to stroll around the port, admire the sailboats and yachts, and enjoy the glitter of the town’s colorful lights on the water. Avoid the restaurants and cocktail bars on the harbor promenade. Many of them are tourist traps and often overcrowded. We really liked the Marisquería Galicia in the center of town near the chapel. It’s a great place to sit in the shade, watch people go by, and eat delicious fish or lobster paella. Prices in Port d’Andratx are quite high to match the clientele – expect to pay a lot for fish dishes.

Nightlife at Port d'Andratx, Mallorca
Nightlife in Port d’Andratx

3. A Roadtrip from Peguera to Deià

From Peguera, a beautiful, winding coastal road leads over the mountains to Soller in the northwest of the island. Note: There is also a well-developed freeway as an alternative route. However, we decided to take the coastal road, which takes much longer but offers great panoramic views of the sea and mountains.

View of Mallorca's mountains heading towards Deià
View of Mallorca’s mountains heading towards Deià

Rent a car or scooter and take a day trip along the coastal road to Deià. You’ll pass centuries-old olive trees, mysterious ruins, donkeys, lemon trees, and beautiful old houses. It’s definitely an amazing road trip that you’ll want to set aside a whole day for.

Donkey at the roadside on the way to Deià, West Mallorca
Quiet road on the way to Deià in the west of Mallorca
Quiet road on the way to Deià in the west of Mallorca

On the way to Deià, you will pass coves, such as Cala Estellencs and the beach of Banyalbufar, where you can take a refreshing break. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen, as the road is usually not in the shade.

4. Cala Estellencs on the west coast of Mallorca

The small but very romantic pebble beach of Cala Estellencs is located on the west coast, a few kilometers from Andratx (if you’re doing the road trip, it’s about halfway between the towns of Peguera and Deià).

The bay of Cala d'Estellencs in the west of Mallorca

This is a great place to swim in clear, cool water – and the bay is rarely crowded. There are no bars or kiosks on this pebble beach to buy food, so it’s best to bring your own picnic. Cala Estellencs can only be reached by climbing or steep stairs, which makes it difficult or impossible for small children and people with limited mobility to visit the beach.

5. Valldemossa

The beautiful historic town of Valldemossa is well worth a visit. The narrow streets full of flower pots, little houses, sleeping cats, and little shrines are fantastic. Everywhere you go, you’ll find a spot in the shade to sip a cold almond milk and taste a Coca de Patata, a sweet pastry that even locals rave about.

Quiet little streets in the village of Valldemossa, Mallorca
Quiet little streets in the village of Valldemossa
Walls decorated with flowers in Valldemossa in the west of Mallorca

If you prefer something refreshing, we suggest you have an ice cream at Gelati Mossa, one of the oldest ice cream parlors in town. It’s located in front of the church. We recommend either the Mallorcan lemon or almond variety – both are incredibly delicious. Valldemossa is a great place to spend the hottest hours of the day without having to face the scorching sun – a wonderful destination for a day out.

Quiet little streets in the village of Valldemossa, Mallorca

6. Deià

Beautiful Deià, high in the mountains, is no longer an insider tip – the fincas in the hills have been firmly in German and British hands for many years. During the summer months, the otherwise sleepy town seems to burst at the seams.

View of the small town of Deià in Mallorca, Spain

Our tip: Plan a visit during the low season, at the end of April or in September. During this time, you can easily explore this charming mountain town on foot. Deià enchants with its steep streets, lemon and orange trees, and sparse Mediterranean beauty. There are many restaurants here that offer a set menu at lunchtime for an all-inclusive price: We ate very well for very little money in Deià. The nearby Cala Deià – a bay where you can swim – is often hopelessly overcrowded. Therefore, we recommend you either go swimming very early in the morning or find other, wider bays.

Beautiful view of the small town of Deià in Mallorca, Spain

About the author

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Lisa

If she’s not doing yoga or racing around Indonesia on a motorcycle, Lisa will be found close to a turquoise beach, preferably a glass of red wine in her hand and sand between her toes. Having lived in Southeast Asia for more than 4 years, she’s fallen deeply for this part of the world – if only there was more ‘real’ Pizza around! You can follow her travels and hunt for Pizza on Instagram: @lisa_asia

Have you been to the beautiful west coast of Mallorca? How do you like the area and do you have any other tips for the west coast of Mallorca?