Tailormade tour Mallorca coast, country and mountains fly-drive tour Spain

8 nights/9 days

Cala Fornells • Puigpunyent • Deia • Tramuntana mountains • Pollenca

This gentle fly-drive touring of the island of Mallorca captures its charming coast, dramatic mountains and verdant, picturesque countryside. Begin and end beside the sea on the coast on either side of the island, stopping off at a picturesque ochre village nestled high in the mountains and an idyllic rural retreat amidst undulating green hills. Finally, drive to rugged Cap Formentor, Mallorca’s most northern point and stay near the pretty coastal resort of Pollenca.
Holiday price guide

Available year-round subject to the opening period of the hotels, from about £2,980 per person.

Luxury fly-drive touring holiday of Mallorca, exploring coast, mountains and countryside, staying in four different places

Highlights

Cala Fornells • Castell de Bellver • Palma de Mallorca • Andratx • Puigpunyent • Deia • Tramuntana mountains • Soller • Cap de Formentor • Puerto de Pollenca

Day by day

Begin this luxury tour of Mallorca by flying into Palma de Mallorca from London and collecting your hire car. Drive west along the coast past the Castell de Bellver, perhaps stopping off to see this famous 14th Century landmark, and the seaside towns of Cala Major and Cas Català, on your way to the Cala Fornells near Paguera, where you will stay for two nights. The seaside location offers visitors idyllic coves, crystal clear waters, and rural peace and quiet, all within a short distance of the larger tourist resorts.

Spend today enjoying the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Palma, just a short drive from the hotel, exploring historic sites such as the impressive seafront Gothic cathedral, the Basilica de San Francesc or the famous Castell Bellver, or remain amidst the serenity of peaceful Cala Fornells. The coastline in Mallorca is both dramatic and diverse and guests can enjoy beautiful beaches such as Ses Llises and Es Monjo Coves or, for a taste of more rural Mallorcan life, watch the fishing boats come in in the picturesque fishing port of Andratx. Guests may also choose to explore Cape Andritxol and its pine forests and rocky terrain and the monastery of La Trapa. With nearby water sports and golf courses there is plenty of activities for all to enjoy. For those wishing to simply relax the hotel has a range of wellness facilities including a swimming pool and terrace with impressive sea views. In the evenings, dine at the hotel's own restaurant that produces fresh, flavoursome Mediterranean cuisine.

Drive north towards the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains, Puigpunyent, and the Gran Hotel Son Net. With its red façade, this hotel rises from the verdant Mallorcan landscape with all the charm of a traditional estate. Virtually untouched by commercial tourism, the village of Puigpunyent is a delight.

Explore the local area and the charming village of Puigpunyent. Though very traditional at heart, a feeling of exclusivity pervades the streets. Nearby, you may choose to visit the prehistoric Talaiot sites at Son Burguet, Son Serralta, Ses Casotes, or Son Bru, which form an integral part of Mallorca’s authentic history, or seek out the recently excavated Roman ruins at Es Collet. The main charm of the area, however, is in the village, surrounded by mountain ridges that seem to encircle the houses in a bubble of surreal natural beauty, and in the mountain paths that vein the landscape. Perhaps drive out into the Ratx Valley to explore La Reserva de Galatzo, a beautiful nature reserve, and home to the legendary Conde Mal, infamous in Mallorcan history. Time this tour for the summer to experience the lively local fiesta that brings this sleepy village to life; the Fiesta of Madre de Dios is held around the 15th July each year. Relax in the evenings in the lounge areas and restaurant of your luxury hotel, amidst the low stone archways that hint at the building’s history.

On your fifth day, travel towards the northern coast of the island, further into the Tramuntana Mountains. The boutique Belmond La Residencia will be your host for the next two nights, at the top of the enchanting hilltop village of Deia, characterised by its ochre stone buildings and winding pathways.

Explore the simple pleasures of this village which really takes visitors back to Old Mallorca. In its centre stands the Archaeological Museum and Research Centre, founded by American painter Dr William H Waldren, which offers a valuable insight into the history of this spectacular natural landscape. After exploring the village of Deia, take the shuttle from the hotel, or hike along the rocky mountain paths, down to the Cala Deia, a secluded picturesque cove popular with local residents. This small shingle beach offers a taste of traditional Mallorcan fishing. Also in the local area is the Son Marroig country house, which once belonged to Archduke Ludwig Salvador, and now commemorates his time in Mallorca. The highlight of your visit to the house will be the white marble rotunda at the end of garden that overlooks the dramatic Na Foradada Peninsula. The Monastir de Miramar, near Son Marroig, once trained monks in Arabic, and now houses another museum, and overlooks a rocky natural cove. In the evenings, return to La Residencia to enjoy your light, airy room, which combines the rustic feel of Deia with luxury comfort.

Drive on from Deia, through the Tramuntana mountains, stopping to visit the fishing village of Soller, which may provide an interesting stop-off point to see the Ferrocarril, and past the farmland of inland Mallorca, until you arrive at the Son Brull Hotel and Spa. With sensational views over the Mallorcan countryside and an excellent spa, it is the perfect place to end your tour.

Spend your last full day exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The ancient town of Pollenca is just a short drive away, with winding, narrow streets it is perfect for exploring and soaking up the Mallorcan history and culture or simply enjoying a coffee in a pavement cafe. Slightly further afield is Puerto Pollenca and Port d'Alcudia which offer the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional Mallorcan port. Nearby are pretty beaches, such as Cala Sant Vicenc and also the rocky peninsula of Cap Formentor, which offers plenty of opportunity to explore by bike or on foot.

Travel across the width of the island back to Palma airport for your return flight.

Holiday price guide Prices from £2,980 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

Holiday Code SNFD04

Luxury fly-drive touring holiday of Mallorca, exploring coast, mountains and countryside, staying in four different places

Holiday price guide Prices from £2,980 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

Holiday Code SNFD04

Our prices include ● Scheduled return flights from London to Palma de Mallorca, economy
● Hire of a Group C car for the duration of holiday
● 2 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Cala Fornells in Bendinat
● 2 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Gran Hotel Son Net in Puigpunyent
● 2 nights’ bed and breakfast at La Residencia in Deiá
● 2 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Son Brull Hotel and Spa near Pollença
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Our prices do not include ● Early check-in or late check-out at any hotels (although we can arrange this on request at additional cost)
● Any other services not mentioned above, such as transfers and meals except breakfast at hotels
● Personal holiday insurance. This is essential and cover should be in place from when you book the holiday.
● Local tourist tax, usually between Euros 1 and 3 per person per night, and payable locally to the hotel

Additional information Driving times for this touring holiday
Palma de Mallorca to Cala Fornells 30 minutes
Cala Fornells to Puigpunyent 40 minutes
Puigpunyent to Deia 55 minutes
Deia to Pollenca 1 hour 10 minutes
Pollenca to Palma de Mallorca 55 minutes

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