Places To Visit

Places to Visit in Mallorca




The ancient town of Alcudia has a fascinating and turbulent history. The Phoenicians and Greeks settled here and the Romans made it their capital in the 2nd century BC. Destroyed by the Vandals in the 6th century it was rebuilt again by the Moors before being liberated by King Jaime I of Spain in the early 1200s. The Spanish sensibly fortified the city; its massive city walls date from this era. Today visitors still enter the narrow streets of the old town through one of the two gates, which are guarded by large towers. Near the town, at Polentia, is a well preserved Roman amphitheatre and the Oratori de Santa Anna, one of Mallorca’s oldest churches.

Our nearest Mallorca Accommodation that we feature near to Alcudia is our stunning collection of villas with pool to rent in and around Pollensa.


Palma is the capital of Mallorca and is a fabulous city steeped in history, typified none more so than by the stunning Palma Cathedral (don’t forget to look at the magnificent 15th-century door by Guillem Sagrera).

Famed also for it’s super chic shopping and beaches Palma is also host to the marina at Porto Portals, perhaps Mallorca’s finest celebrity spotting venue – where millionaires showcase their wonderful ocean yachts.

Design Holidays is pleased to reccommend Nixe Palace as our nearest hotels to Palma although our most popular boutique hotel near Palma must be the Son Net.


Formentor Peninsular

The wonderful Formentor area to the northeast of Mallorca (15 mins drive from Pollensa) has truly sensational stunning views, glorious sandy beaches and possibly the oldest 5 star on the island Hotel Formentor – one of our favourite 5 star family hotels in Mallorca.


Deia nestles between the sea and the Tramuntana mountains, whose highest peak, the Teix, rises behind the La Residencia Hotel. Range with a population of 600 inhabitants but which has become one of the most cosmopolitan villages in the Balearic Islands. Every season is magical in this idyllic spot. In summer, you can take a boat, go fishing, swimming or simply soak up the sun down by the coast. In the cooler months, the mountains and hills offer limitless opportunities for walking or climbing. Ask at any of our hotel reception desks for information on Deia or local walks, which can also be organised with a guide.

Deià is an out-of-the-way spot, reached by narrow winding roads. In summer time, many tourists come to visit Deià for its preserved authentic character. Robert Graves was among the first of a long succession of artists, writers and poets who found inspiration in the magnificent setting, and there is now a well-established artist community which gives the village a special atmosphere. Graves is buried in the cemetery beside the church on the hilltop.

We trust you will come to love this village as much as its permanent residents do. We especially hope that you will enjoy your stay at our selected hotels in Deia La Residencia / Es Moli.

From Deia village you can walk down to Cala de Deia, a small stoney beach set in an gorgeouse cove, where local artists still continue the Robert Graves tradition of ‘skinny dip’ swimming and long parties.

Our featured hotels in Deia are : 5 star Hotels Deia La Residencia Hotel / 4 star Hotels Deia Es Moli


The Sierra de Tramuntana houses villages which, like Valldemossa, do not exist to be defined, but to be experienced. Exploring its steep streets, marvelling at the views and the aroma this valley offers as you try a ‘coca de patata’, visiting the house of Santa Catalina Thomás or the Carthusian Monastery, the cells of which were home to the love of Chopin and George Sand for one winter… No wonder Valldemossa was the place of inspiration of artists such as Jovellanos, Rubén Darío or Santiago Russiñol and the birth place of Catlina Thomas – Mallorca’s patron saint !

Valdemossa is widely credited with starting Mallorca’s tourism industry.

Our featured hotel in Valldemossa is the luxury Valldemossa Hotel.


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