As Mediterranean islands go, Mallorca might just have it all. The south cost is a strip of glinting sand and cliff-backed inlets, a magnet for partiers, yachters and sunbathers. The mountains rise above that, dressed in orange groves and lemon plantations. City wise, Palma has more history than you can shake a tapa at, while the north and the inland are given to rural landscapes and lonely beaches. Use this guide to find the perfect Mallorca villa in the perfect setting for you this year.
Where to find Mallorca villas near the sea
The Mallorcan coast winds and weaves away from the bustling marinas of Palma and out to some seriously alluring spots. From the pine-topped coves of the south-east to the mountain-spiked headlands of the north, the selection below includes just 3 of the must-see places.
Make for buzzing Pollenca
Surely the jewel in the crown of the Mallorca north coast is little Pollenca. It sits at the base of its own headland, the rock-ribbed Cap de Formentor, where golden beaches like Cala Barques and Platja de Formentor carve out places below the high cliffs. A villa here also means being close to handsome plazas and boutique shops that buzz with life and locals each evening.
Come to Cala Ratjada
The criss-crossing grid of Mallorca villas and rental homes that spreads out from the much-loved beaches of Cala Ratjada on the north-west coast are laden with plenty of places to stay. The resort itself is great for those in search of nothing but sun, sea and sand, with virtually all the houses offering walking access to coves like Cala Agulla and Cala Gat.
Be enchanted by Cala d'Or
The scent of the pines and the hum of the cicadas is strong down in Cala d'Or, which is now established as one of the most popular places to laze and unwind on the shores of Mallorca. The beaches here are unique in that they sit at the end of stone-carved inlets, framing the sands in a natural patchwork of woodlands and rock pools. Bring the snorkels and reef shoes and you're in for a real adventure.
Adventure to rural Mallorca villas
A holiday to Mallorca doesn't have to mean sandy feet and salty swims. It can also be about escaping to one of Spain's most talked-about wildernesses. For that, the peaks of the Tramuntana can oblige.
The mountains of Soller
You can hop on the famous heritage railway that ambles up and into the Serra de Tramuntana to the town of Soller from Palma. When you arrive, be ready for layers of culture and wonderful backcountry. The Art Nouveau gallery of Can Prunera starts things rolling, followed by Sala Picasso y Sala Miro and its masterworks of Spanish surrealism. After that, you can retire to Mallorca villas surrounded by orange orchards and olive groves, many with eye-watering views over the central plains.
In good company in Valldemossa
Both Frederic Chopin and George Sand have patronised little Valldemossa, and it's easy to see why. Cradled in a verdant valley in the heart of the Tramuntana, it's a beautiful place that's formed by neat rows of honey-coloured Mallorcan villas, mansions and churches. The age-old monastery of Cartoixa de Valldemossa is the most famous site, but there are loads of cafes and galleries around it to get stuck into, too.
Pull on the boots in Fornalutx
There might not be many Mallorca villas crammed onto the steep-sided slopes that surround the town of Fornalutx high up in the UNESCO reserves of the Serra de Tramuntana, but there are some. For travellers in search of a rustic bout of Balearic life, they probably can't be beaten. Farmers’ markets and lemon-growing hamlets surround the place, while hiking routes will weave out from your doorstep up to 1,445-metre-high Puig Major – the tallest peak on the island.
What types of Mallorca villas are out there?
With Mallorca villas big and small, simple and luxuriant, to choose from, you can find stays in these parts to suit a whole medley of different trips and travellers.
A Mallorca villa with a pool
Just in case the turquoise coves and sugar-soft sands of Mallorca aren't enough to keep you going, you could home in on rentals with a pool. They are available in the coastal resorts and in the mountains, with some sharing facilities with other villas in the same complex.
A romantic Mallorca villa for 2
In chic and refined hotspots like Portals Nous and Cala d'Or there's certainly no shortage of holiday lettings for couples. Choosing villa stays can mean really getting the romance flowing, with private pools and beautiful terraces with views of the sea.
Family villas in Mallorca
Coming to Mallorca with the whole crew and bags of luggage? Don't worry about things on the villa front – there are plenty of houses here that have bedrooms and beds enough for all. Add to that an enticing array of fun-loving attractions, from the whizzing waterslides of Aqualand El Arenal to the deep caves of Cuevas del Drach, and it's easy to see why this isle remains so popular with families.