26 / 02 / 2018
The best way to discover the island: Road trips and holiday villas in Mallorca
For a simple holiday in Mallorca, local buses are great. Cheap, pretty regular and definitely an environmentally friendly option.
However, we generally recommend hiring a car, especially if you are staying in one of our holiday villas in Mallorca. A return taxi journey from Palma to Pollensa or Alcudia will set you back a cool 170€, so it can sometimes work out cheaper to hire.
Measuring just 70 x 36 miles, Mallorca is very accessible by car, and there are so many fantastic places to visit. Small cars like Fiat500´s look cute, and are ideal for bagging those premium parking spaces in July and August. They were hugely popular in 2017!
We recommend Formentor Rentacar is a small, reliable car hire company based in Puerto Pollensa. You can pick up your car at the airport or hire on a daily basis.
The Pollentia Rentals team were either born in Pollensa or have lived in the North for many years. And love day trips and exploring new places on the island. Here are some of our favourite (car essential) days in Mallorca:
Where? The south-eastern corner of Mallorca
Drive time from Pollensa: allow a good 1.5 hours drive (this is considered a long drive in Mallorca). You can go cross country via the pretty inland villages or take the motorway route via Manacor (home to Rafa Nadal).
What to do? Check out the unspoilt Es Trenc beach and visit the spectacular salt plains and Flor de Sal d'es Trenc - a hugely successful salt company run by two entrepreneurial German ladies.
Drive time from Pollensa? 40 minutes if you don´t stop.
What to do?: Take detours! We did this as a road trip in late summer, stopping spontaneously at the many beaches on the way. Playa de Muro, Cala Torta (with its rustic chiringuito) and our favourite Cala Agulla. Arta and nearby Capdepera are lovely towns to visit. The medieval fair in Capdepera in mid May is well worth a visit.
Soller via Lluc
Where? The dramatic Tramuntana mountains
Drive time from Pollensa? around 2 hours (you may want to return via the motorway. You´ll see why!) In April and May, leave early to avoid getting stuck behind cyclists…
What to do? Take a stroll around the beautiful Lluc monastery. The restaurant serves delicious local dishes such as arros brut and baby goat (cabrito), enjoy a short walk to ´The Camel´in LLuc, the dramatic coastal views as you wind your way to Soller. In Soller, a tram ride to the port is a must. As is trying the Fet a soller ice cream (two scoops please) and a freshly squeezed Soller OJ.
Where? the north eastern tip of Mallorca
Drive time from Pollensa? 20-30 minutes
What to do? Spend a day on Formentor beach. Our favourite in the north. You can hire kayaks, paddleboards or just swim in the turquoise water. From 2018 no cars will be allowed to drive all the way to the lighthouse, and personally we think that is a trip best done by road bike!
Drive carefully. Enjoy!