Top 10: Activities in Mallorca
You’ve chosen Mallorca for your destination wedding, great! Your guests are all excited, flights and hotels have been booked, suitcases have been packed. Everything to do with the wedding day has been expertly planned so no need to worry about that. You’ve even arranged a welcome cocktail the night before the wedding and a brunch the day after, all sorted!
Everything you need to do is done. True. But what about the rest of the time? While many guests enjoy simply relaxing and catching some rays, it’s also worth thinking about those who want to explore the island, feel a bit twitchy doing nothing or want to make the most of their “holiday”.
We are often asked to provide suggestions of activities and excursions for guests. Don’t think of these as part of your budget, they are most often not organized activities that you pay for, but rather tips on some of Mallorca’s most enjoyable group outings. Once you’ve told them about them you can easily leave it to them to make arrangements with friends and book them.
So here is our Top 10 list, in no particular order, of the most popular group trips for wedding guests in Mallorca!
1. SOLLER TRAIN
The historic electric train travels between Palma and Soller and takes a route north from the capital across the plains, winding through mountains and 13 tunnels of the Serra de Tramuntana, finally ending in the large railway station of the northern town of Sóller.
The train began operating in 1912 and was financed by the profits of the orange and lemon trade, which at the time was booming. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the “Orange Express”.
Not only is the journey worth taking but Soller is one of Mallorca’s most picturesque towns, full of history, cafes, restaurants and markets.
Single tickets cost €16 and returns are €22.
For an added bonus, once you arrive at Soller you can jump on the smaller tram that takes you to the Port of Soller. Tickets are €6 each way or you can purchase a combined return ticket with the train for €30.
When you think of Mallorca, you may not automatically think of great wines but we have over 60 vineyards on the island, with the best ones wining international competitions year after year. Part of the reason why this is not such a well known fact is that many of them do not produce sufficient product to warrant exporting them, so we get to enjoy them on our dream island!
Most of our couples choose to have local wines at their wedding, which not only adds that lovely local touch but is often less expensive than wines that are imported or even mainland Spain wines. So how nice is it to offer your guests the option of touring the vineyard of that same wine or even other wines. Who wouldn’t enjoy that!
There are countless tours available and even a train on wheels to get around some of them! http://www.mallorcawinetours.com/mallorca-wine-train-tours/
Or you can choose to go it alone and head to those you fancy the most. Some of the most popular ones are located in the area surrounding the towns of Binissalem, Santa Maria and Consell: http://www.abc-mallorca.com/wine-tour/
We’re an island so of course there has to be a sea option for your guests! There are plenty of charter boats available for small groups up to 10 guests but if you want to get together a larger group then the catamarans are the way to go, offering space for up to 120 people.
You can join the catamarans by booking individual tickets and joining other holiday makers or you can arrange for your entire wedding group to take over one of these beauties exclusively. Once again, this doesn’t have to come out of your budget, it’s easy enough to put the word out with your guests to see who would be interested in joining and telling them the price. I guarantee they all will!
The tours usually last 4-5 hours and can be in the morning or evening, or you can also book them for the entire day. Depending on the way the wind is blowing they will go one way or another but regardless they will sail along, stop at coves for a swim and snorkel, and they even offer food and drinks on board. Or you can even choose to disembark somewhere and eat at a restaurant on shore.
Depending on where you are on the island it will be more practical to book a particular company, such as those in Palma Bay, Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Ratjada.
4. CAVES OF DRACH
The Caves of Drach, translated to Dragon Caves and located near Porto Cristo, are four beautiful caves that extend to a depth of 25m and 2.4 km in length. The four caves, called Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of Luis Salvador, and Cave of the French, are connected to each other.
They have been formed by water being forced through the entrance from the Mediterranean Sea and there is even an underground lake. The caves are open to the public and the visit ends with a short classical concert performed by four musicians on a boat in the lake. The lighting, the music, the immensity of the caves, their raw beauty, it’s all very serene.
5. RENT AN ENTIRE OPEN TOP BUS
Yes, yes, yes, it’s very touristy, but it’s a great way to see so many parts of the capital city in one swift go and let’s face it, if you’re on board with your friends then it’s just good fun!
Of course this can be done without the need to hire an entire bus but that part just makes it extra fun. The route goes from Palma’s old town on a tour of 80 minutes that includes Bellver Castle (the only round castle in Europe), Palma Bay, the Royal Palace of L’Almudaina, the Cathedral and all the main streets with their shops, gardens, parks, cafes, restaurants and beautiful sights.
If you decide to do this with the masses and just purchase a ticket then you can also hop-off and hop-on at the 17 scheduled stops along the way.
6. RENT A CLASSIC CAR OR VESPA
Ok, so this one isn’t particularly a big group activity but if you want to tour the island, or parts of it, in style then what better way than a classic car or Vespa. Cruise along with the sunshine on your face and the wind in your hair and you will undoubtedly feel like you’re in a movie. You don’t even need a destination in mind, the ride is the thrill.
They can be hired for a single day or your entire stay and most of them will be brought to your hotel and picked up at the end of the day.
7. TAPAS & PAELLA WORKSHOP
Love Spanish food? Love learning local cuisine? This is the activity for all foodies.
In an authentic local kitchen in the charming Santa Catalina market district of Palma, your chef introduces the mouthwatering ingredients that make up today’s menu. As you slice, dice, and fry, the room fills with fragrances that are sure to get your stomach rumbling.
With a glass of wine or sangria in hand, sit around the table and try out the fruits of your labor. Leave armed with the tips and techniques you need to recreate the delicious food for your own family and friends back home.
8. HOT AIR BALLOONING
What better way to see the beauty Mallorca has to offer, than from the sky in a hot air balloon. You can learn how to build the balloon, or just sit back and relax before climbing aboard and floating into the air, under the fluffy clouds up to 300-500 metres so you can see the olive trees, fields of sunflowers and orange trees, rural farmlands and a view of the neighbouring islands Cabrera and Menorca.
A great option for either a group, or a romantic flight, the trip includes a glass of champagne and can be arranged with or without transfers from your hotel.
9. HANG OUT AT A BEACH CLUB
A great option for the day after your wedding, we can arrange a special ‘recovery brunch’ for you and your guests hangovers. Mallorca has numerous Beach Clubs, and whether chic or more casual, they all have one thing in common; fantastic views of the mediterranean sea. Book some beds and relax by the pool, while listening to balearic beats and enjoying cocktails.
10. ISLAND TOUR
Mallorca was recently voted the 6th best island in the world, so why not organise an island tour to find out why. Tours can be arranged by air, sea or land, and cover some of the island’s most popular spots, along with some hidden gems. Tours can be arranged for any size group of guests, and can be tailored based on your favourite hobbies, or age group.
Some other activities we recommend, but didn’t quite make our top ten include:
- Visiting Es Trenc – one of Mallorca’s most iconic beaches spanning over two kilometres
- Gaudi – discover some unique buildings in Palma designed by Antoni Gaudí
- Trekking – if you love the outdoors, Mallorca offers some great trekking and guided hikes
- Paintball – for the more adventurous and competitive among you!
- Scuba Diving – Mallorca has some beautiful marine reserves offering some of the best scuba diving in the Mediterranean
- Golf – Mallorca boasts over 20 fantastic courses just waiting to be played!
No matter the excursion you choose, you can be sure your guests will be in awe of what Mallorca has to offer, and who knows, they may even be inviting you to their wedding on our beautiful island in years to come!