Mallorca is an island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most popular destinations for cruise ships.
The biggest cruise companies such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival or Norwegian Cruise Line dock their ships in the port of Palma de Mallorca.
With its stunning beaches, beautiful landscapes and rich history, Mallorca has something for everyone. If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience during your cruise, we have compiled our 15 best shore excursions in Mallorca for you.
# 1 Luxurious private/shared boat trip
Create memories with your family and friends and join a 4-7 hour boat tour to the most beautiful bays. Just 15-20 minutes from the cruise terminal, you can catch a taxi at the arrival dock and join a Private sailing trip. A glass of cava on deck after active snorkelling and stand up pedal boarding, chill music in the background and enjoy the private atmosphere.
Trips are all-inclusive with tapas prepared on the boat and the best desserts!
If you have a special occasion to celebrate, everything can be customised.
# 2 Palma de Mallorca Old Town Walking Tour
One of the biggest advantages of arriving in Palma by cruise ship is the ease of access to the old town. The port is located just a few minutes' walk from the historic center, which is home to many of the city's top attractions.
Discover the history and culture of Palma de Mallorca on a walking tour of the old town. It is a maze of narrow streets and alleys, lined with stunning architecture and charming cafes. It's a wonderful place to get lost and discover hidden gems, like the picturesque Plaça de Cort, home to the town hall and a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. See the stunning Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria, stroll through the narrow, winding streets lined with historic buildings, and stop by local shops and cafes.
Take a scenic drive to Valldemossa and Deiá, two of Mallorca’s most picturesque villages.
You can either book a private transfer or take the public bus number 203, which passes both villages. Only the drive along the coastline is worth the ride! Many view platforms on the way invite you for a photo stop.
Admire the stunning views of the mountains and coastline, and learn about the history and culture of these charming towns.
# 4 Caves of Drach Tour
Summers in Mallorca can get exceptionally hot, especially in July & August. The best way to flee from the heat is to discover the underground world of the island. The comfortable temperature between 17 ºC to 21 ºC can be very refreshing and comforting on such a hot summer day.
Explore the magnificent Caves of Drach, one of Mallorca’s most popular natural wonders. Marvel at the stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and take a boat ride on the underground lake to experience the cave’s ethereal beauty.
Take a scenic drive through the Tramuntana Mountains with the historic train to the charming town of Sóller. Starting point is in the center of Palma, at the train station next to Plaza de España. Admire the stunning views of the mountains, sea and countryside.
Once arrived in Sóller, make sure you take some time to stroll through the small and narrow streets. Many local shops and restaurants are located in the heart of the town.
Tipp: Don´t miss the local market on Saturdays!
Afterwards you should jump on the historic tram, which connects Sóller with the costal village Port de Sóller. Take a walk along the promenade and get fastinated by the beauty of this unique bay.
Even though Mallorca has around 300 days of sunshine per year, there is always the possibility of rain. Don´t worry if the weather is not as expected. We have an idea where to go and hide from wind and rain.
Discover the fascinating world of marine life at Palma Aquarium. Explore the many exhibits, including a coral reef, shark tank, and sea turtle exhibit, and learn about the conservation efforts to protect these magnificent creatures. Especially for kids this place is absolutely popular!
# 7 Train Gourmet tour │ Mallorca wine tours
On the Train Gourmet Tour the train stops in the vineyards and you have the chance to try the wine from those particular fields including the oldest winery of Mallorca.
You will start our Wine Tour with a full visit of Bodega Jose Luis Ferrer showing/explaining how the grape is transformed into wine.
After visiting the winery we will stop in our picturesque tasting area, sampling 4 different wines and enjoying typical Spanish Tapas.
You will then board our Mallorca Wine Express Train to continue the Tour through the countryside.
Here you will stop in the middle of the vineyards to taste our 5th wine of the Tour and examine the plants that produce the magic fruit for the wines
You will finish this wine tour visiting the oldest Winery here on the island of Mallorca. After seeing this really nice Finca-Winery, we will taste the last 3 wines and sample again the typical Tapas.
If you want to learn more about wineries in Mallorca, check out our blog post “Best Wineries in Mallorca”.
Get your adrenaline pumping with a day of water sports in Mallorca. Choose from a variety of activities, including snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and paddle-boarding, and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean waters.
For inspirations check out El nino Surf center
# 9 Hiking in Mallorca
💰 € 75.00 adults € 10.00 Kids
Explore the stunning landscapes of Mallorca on a hiking tour. Choose from a variety of trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes, and admire the stunning views of the mountains, coast, and countryside.
Not enough time for hiking? Here you find a list of hikes and trails close to the city:
You will drive in columns through the area. The Jeep drivers are directed through the individual sections of the tour. The entire route is constructed in a manner, that it can be driven by everyone. You will also make a few stops in order to enjoy the scenery and take nice pictures. Don't forget your camera! Your friends will be impressed by your beautiful pictures. The English-speaking tour guides will inform you about the flora, fauna, landscape and history of the area. At lunchtime we will visit a little cozy finca in town. A typical Majorcan menu will be served.
Those, who is still feeling hot from the tour, can cool off in the pool of the property. Fun is guaranteed. The tour ends at 17.15 in the afternoon and you will be transferred by bus back to your Hotel.
# 11 Market Tour in Palma de Mallorca
Instead of simply ordering at a restaurant, step into the shoes of a local chef with a market tour and tapas cooking class in Mallorca. See all that goes into the making of Mallorcan and Spanish cuisine as you shop for fresh, seasonal produce at the Santa Catalina Market and turn it into tasty tapas. Learn kitchen tricks you can take back home to impress your friends, and enjoy the homemade feast with wine in the company of fellow travelers. Learn how to make traditional tapas from start to finish Shop for fresh ingredients at Mallorca's Santa Catalina Market Walk to a nearby kitchen for hands-on lesson in preparing tapas and tasting 'boards' Sit down to enjoy the authentic meal with new friends and a glass of wine
If you want to know which market takes place on which day and where on the island, check out our blog post about “Markets in Mallorca”
# 12 Palma de Mallorca Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour.
💰 € 19.00
Explore the ancient Mediterranean port city of Palma de Mallorca on a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour. Climb on the double-decker bus at one of the 20 centrally located stops along the two routes and listen to audio commentary as you cruise past top attractions. When you're ready for a closer look, hop off and rejoin the route at any point within the 24- or 48-hour validity period. Upgrade your ticket to include a boat tour or entry to Bellver Castle. City sightseeing Palma de Mallorca 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off tour See Palma de Mallorca's top attractions Hop on and off as many times as you'd like aboard an open-top, double-decker bus Set your own itinerary and explore the city at your own pace Upgrade to include a boat tour or entry to Bellver Castle with your ticket Mobile entry ticket available for extra convience.
# 13 Chill at the beach club
💰 € 10.00 - 200
If you're looking for a blissful, relaxing way to spend the afternoon, you need look no further! With 180-degree views of the Mediterranean Sea, a large pool, spa treatments, two bars, a restaurant and a shop, you and your family or friends will be in heaven!
Enjoy great music, quality gastronomy and stunning seaside views as you lounge on the sunbeds and top up your pre-wedding tans. It's the perfect place to spend quality time with the girls, make new friends, and chill out in the glorious Spanish sunshine.
Soak up the rays and plunge into the beautiful lava stone pool which overlooks the calm, blue Mediterranean Sea. If you fancy treating yo'selves, a range of spa treatments are also available. Why not enjoy a massage by the sea? As the music fills your ears and joy fills your soul, your worries will drift far away… it's not hard to see why Puro Beach is often referred to as an 'Oasis of Happiness'. Official Website
# 14 Air balloon ride
💰 from € 160.00
One of the most breathtaking experiences you can have in Mallorca is an air balloon tour. From high above the ground, you can take in the beautiful scenery of the island in a completely unique way, floating peacefully in the sky with a bird's-eye view of everything below. Some tours take you over the beautiful countryside, where you can see rolling hills, lush forests, and quaint rural villages. Other tours focus on the coastline, giving you a chance to take in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the gorgeous beaches that line the island's shore.
# 15 Horseriding
💰 € 60.00
In they're excursions you will get to know the most unspoilt corners of Mallorca. You can sleep outdoors, swim with the horses in the sea or discover historical sites in the mountains of Mallorca. They design your individual horseback riding experience. Get to know the beautiful nature of Mallorca with Natura Cavall!
Why Book with Local Tour Operators:
Most shore excursions that cruise ships offer are overpriced and crowded.
Besides that, they are often booked out in advance and less active.
Local tour operators have a deep knowledge of the island. This is the best way to get the most out of your shore excursion in Mallorca.
Local tour operators can provide you with an in-depth look into the area, allowing you to get to know the culture, the people, and the best of the local attractions in a unique and authentic way. They can also create a custom itinerary that is tailored to your interests and needs.
Is your cruise ship coming to Mallorca this year? :
Anthem of the Seas
Mein Schiff 2
Mein Schiff 4
Mein Schiff 6
Mein Schiff Herz
MS Europa 2
MS Nieuw Stratendam
MS Oost Amsterdam
Odyssey of the Seas
Seven Seas Mariner
Spirit of Discovery
Symphony of the Seas
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