Mallorca is, of course, known for its capital, Palma de Mallorca, and its beaches. However, if you get away from the more touristy areas, you will find hidden corners that are well worth exploring. In this article, we will take a short trip through three of Mallorca’s most beautiful villages: Valldemossa, Alcúdia and Portocolom. Each of these towns has its own history, charm and spectacular scenery. Don’t miss them!
Just 17 kilometres from Palma is Valldemossa, a village that looks like something out of a fairy tale. This charming village is located in the heart of the Sierra de Tramuntana valley, between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Its urban centre is characterised by steep streets, stone façades and buildings that blend in with the lush vegetation of the area. The green of the doors and windows of the houses contrasts exquisitely with the sober stone with which they are built.
But what really stands out in Valldemossa is La Cartuja, an ancient monastery that was the residence of Jaume II and later occupied by the Carthusian fathers from 1399 to 1835. Later, illustrious figures such as the composer Frédéric Chopin and the poet George Sand left their mark. Today, the Museo de La Cartuja houses scores, writings, and memorabilia from these famous visitors, including the “Pleyel” piano.
Another place of interest in Valldemossa is the Municipal Museum, which has an old Guasp printing press and a collection of 1,450 woodblock prints. It also houses materials collected on the island by Archduke Louis Salvador of Austria and an art gallery dedicated to the Serra de Tramuntana. On the other hand, a contemporary art room exhibits works by artists such as Miró, Picasso and Tapies.
Valldemossa is also known for the 13th-century parish church of San Bartolomé and the house of Santa Catalina Thomas, who was born in the town. Don’t forget to visit the port of Valldemossa, a small fishing port that has retained its traditional charm.
Alcúdia awaits you in the northeast of Mallorca, just a stone’s throw from the Alcanada Golf Club. Founded as a village by King Jaume II in 1325, it stretches along the coastline, with miles of sandy beaches and impressive cliffs. This area is famous for its social dynamism and tourist infrastructure, offering visitors a wide range of activities. Alcúdia combines history, culture, beaches, mountains, and a touch of fun that any traveller could wish for.
A visit to the ruins of the Roman city of Pollentia is a must, where you can discover the Forum, the House of the Dos Tresors, the Roman Theatre and the Pollentia Museum. The Roman city of Pollentia, founded by Quint Caecilius Mettellus in 123 BC, is a testimony to Mallorca’s ancient history.
The old quarter of Alcúdia houses the church of Sant Jaume and the Parish Museum. The neo-Gothic church is dedicated to Sant Jaume, the patron saint of the city. The Parish Museum, in the same building, houses a collection of religious works, paintings, furniture, and objects used in religious celebrations throughout history.
Portocolom, on the south-east coast of Mallorca and home to the Vall d’Or Golf, is one of the most impressive natural harbours on the island. Linked to the history of piracy and marked by the creation of the watchtowers in the 14th century, this place is a hidden treasure that combines natural beauty with a fascinating history.
The natural harbour of Portocolom is the largest in the Balearic Islands and has witnessed centuries of fishing and commercial activity. In the 18th century, the first port infrastructures were built and in 1854 the customs building was constructed. At the end of the 19th century, the wine trade boomed, but was abruptly interrupted by the phylloxera crisis. It was not until the middle of the 20th century that trade resumed.
Portocolom is characterised by three unique types of buildings: houses with a box on the first floor, slipways or barracks, and the lighthouse at the entrance to the port, built in 1860. The town has retained its original character and is an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation and authenticity. The beaches, such as Cala Sa Nau and Cala Marçal, are beautiful and quiet, the perfect place to enjoy the sun and the sea. In winter, you can also walk up to the San Salvador monastery, which is over 600 metres high, and enjoy the views.
Discover Mallorca’s most beautiful villages
Mallorca is the perfect island for golf, with several courses within an hour’s drive. But it’s also a place to explore and enjoy when you’re not playing. Valldemossa, Alcúdia and Portocolom are just a taste of the charm this island has to offer, but there are many more villages to explore. So when you’re planning your next trip to Mallorca, make sure you include breaks to explore these charming places in your itinerary—you’re sure to discover the real Mallorca and fall in love with it!
Mallorca is not only a world-class golf destination, but also a place where passion for the sport is combined with solidarity and natural beauty. At Mallorca Golf Island, we are proud to be part of this incredible golf community and look forward to its continued growth. So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us on the courses and discover why our island is truly a paradise for golf enthusiasts.