Majorca is the largest of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean sea, and one of my favourite places in the world. I’ve visited five times in my life, and stayed in 10 different places.
Majorca is a great island to drive around. It’s home to dramatic mountains and picturesque cliffs, all with winding roads passing through. My favourite drive is from the capital of Palma to Cap De Formentor — the northernmost part of the island. It is a 127 kilometer drive, and can be done in about 4 hours when you take into account stopping to take photographs and exploring quaint villages. From Palma you should head North towards Valdemossa, and from there you can follow the line of the coast along the north-west side of the island.
The road closely follows the coast, and there are plenty of scenic places to stop off at along the way.
The following pictures show the beautiful Majorcan coast, and the sort of scenery you can expect to see on the drive.
A great place to stop off for lunch is the tiny village of Fornalutx, 51 kilometers from Palma, which has a population of roughly 500. You have to drive inland from the coast, and it’s found in the valley of Soller, surrounded by olive trees and orange and lemon groves.
Fornalutx is regularly voted as being the most beautiful village on Majorca, and is one of the most stunning in the whole of Spain, with winding streets, narrow stone steps, and flowers and greenery everywhere you look. As you enter the village there is a small car park which you can park up in and explore the village on foot. The pretty map of the town is painted onto a mosaic, and shows the small amount of houses and the layout of the village.
It takes about 10 minutes to walk around the village. Some of the more notable buildings to see include the Town Hall, which includes a defense tower which dates from the 17th century. There is also a small church in the village square, and a restaurant with panoramic views over the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
The quaint cobbled streets and houses are found along narrow, winding alleyways. The buildings look typically Spanish with potted plants outside doors and plants growing along the sides of houses. Its houses are decorated with colourful painted tiles, some dating as far back as the 16th century.
There are great views surrounding the whole village showing the surrounding spanish countryside and mountains.
Imagine waking up to this view every morning!
After spending an hour or so in Fornalutx, you can head back on the road towards the coast and carry on driving up towards Cap De Formentor. The sea is crystal clear and an amazing shade of turquoise, and there are many stop-off points along the road for you to park up and take photos.
Eventually you reach Cap De Formentor, the northernmost point of Majorca. At the tip of the island there are plenty of lookouts, and a lighthouse that has panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.
This is one of my favourite drives in Majorca. However, this only covers a small part of the island. There are plenty more routes you can take through the mountains more inland to see similar picturesque villages to Fornalutx, as well as on the east side of the island too.