North Mallorca has recently become one of the chicest destinations to visit in the Mediterranean (enter our competition here!), with idyllic white-sand beaches, crystal clear coastlines, soaring limestone mountains and wild pine forests, it's a postcard-worthy place. The way of life is incredibly laid back, the towns are rich in culture, and whether you swim, cycle, hike, or drive, there's vast areas of untouched nature waiting to be explored.
Plus if, like us, you’re pining for a certain Jonathan Pine from the hit TV drama The Night Manager (Sunday evenings simply haven’t been the same since), the fact filming took place in North Mallorca may be another good reason to visit. You could dine at the cliff top restaurant in Carla Deià where evil arms dealer Richard Roper's son was taken hostage, stroll along the picture-perfect Port in Carrer de la Marina where Pine met Agent Burr at the ice cream shop or wear floaty white outfits for the entire holiday pretending to be Roper's supermodel girlfriend Jed...
With a roundup of the best beaches, ways to get around and where to spend an afternoon in the endless sun, here's our guide of the top things to do whilst visiting the stunning northern side of this beautiful Balearic island!
U N W I N D O N T H E B E A C H . . .
From long bleached sands to tiny pebbled coves, the coast has to be your first point of call. Many beach gems can only be reached by foot but are worth the walk to experience the tranquility. Think golden shores, sapphire seas and a back drop of pine-filled forests.
1. If you're looking for a remote stretch with stunning scenery, Cala Tuent on the dramatic north west coast boasts a cove mixed with sand and stone overlooking crystal clear waters - ideal for snorkeling.
2. A chic spot for sunbathing, Cala Deià near the north west town of Sóller is another charming pebbled beach enclosed by rocky cliffs with two brilliant fish restaurants (C'as Patró and Can Lluc).
3. For service at your fingertips, Formentor beach on the Cap de Formentor coastline offers great parking, a mix of eateries, sun loungers and water sports!
4. Despite the tricky access, after a (slightly lengthy) walk to Coll Baix on the northern coast you'll uncover aqua blue waters and breathtaking views.
5. Find never-ending shorelines of caramel coloured sands at Playa de Muro, near Alcudia on the north coast. Benefit from the breeze at this ideal spot for families.
6. Lastly Llucalcari, a little hidden cove in Deià, is famous for its mud! So spend the day here and enjoy an all-natural mud bath or two.
E X P L O R E T H E L A N D S C A P E . . .
A place of paradise for outdoor activities, trek and trail through villages, discover untouched coves, and venture up the mountainous terrain, as the north region remains uncrowded even in high season!
Infamous for it's densely pined hillsides, rugged cliff faces and unspoilt scenery, north Mallorca is the ideal location for an active holiday - with activities to suit one and all.
For the adventurous types there are numerous hiking routes, cycling courses and ways to walk through the mountains, or for those after a more laid-back option you can drive along the coastline from village to village, stopping at local markets. Or travel on the vintage tram line in Sóller, to visit the old town at the top of the hill.
S P E N D T I M E I N T H E S L E E P Y T O W N S . . .
With attractive rural towns and ancient fishing villages dotted across northern Mallorca there are plenty of places to bring out your inner culture-vulture...
Home to a mix of narrow winding streets and open squares lined with pavement cafes, Pollença, Port de Pollença and Sóller are some of the most eye-catching towns to visit on the island.
Once visited by Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill, when exploring the in-land town of Pollença make sure to take a trip up Calvary Hill. Pictured above, you can climb the 365 cypress-lined steps from the town centre leading up to the 18th century chapel. Pace yourself and take a camera, the views of terra cotta rooftops at the top are beautiful.
Situated on the Bay of Pollença, Port de Pollença is a picturesque town in the oyster-shaped bay and the best place to truly experience island life. Surrounded by the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, float from the bustling main square, to the peaceful promenade, to the chic marina.
Another great place to get lost in is Sóller, the main town in the north west, with cobbled streets, a historic port, Modernist buildings and a sleepy main square. Wherever you decide to go, we suggest picking a restaurant and spending an entire sunny afternoon watching the world go by, and sampling delicious Spanish delicacies such a tumbet, trempó, arròs brut, and pa amb oli!
Tempted? Then you'll be happy to hear we've teamed up with Hotel Cala Sant Vicenç for our new competition to win a week for two to the beautiful island!
Photography by Melissa Beattie.