From hiking across mountains and cycling through villages to island hopping around the Balearics and diving into its azure waters, these unmissable adventures will entice you back to your Sonhaus home time and time again.
The rugged coves and long sweeps of sand that frame Mallorca offer a sanctuary for travellers and locals alike. With a Sonhaus home here you can savour the discovery of your favourite beach spots and join islanders for ritualistic early morning swims, as you experience spectacular stretches of sand on this Balearic gem.
Head inland, and the scene turns even more serene: fields of almond blossom, the mist-swirled Serra de Tramuntana mountains, vast orchards with lemons the size of your fist — all of which form a backdrop to days spent hiking, biking and diving around this beautiful island you’ll be lucky enough to call home.
You’re spoilt for choice here, so where you choose to settle will depend on what you want from life in Mallorca. Take your pick between a coastal spot, country escape or something close to Palma city — Sonhaus’ expert team can help guide you through this decision to make sure you find your perfect home.
1. Explore Mallorca’s mountain range
The great peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, run from the northeast of the island all the way to the southwest. Carved with ancient terraces, working farmland and olive groves, corkscrew roads twist along the mountainside and startling sea views soar towards the horizon. Here, cyclists climb between the breathtaking villages of Valldemossa, Deià (a famed hub for creatives) and soar down to Port de Soller. Step away from the road, and dusty hiking trails twist along thyme-scented paths towards the brooding Cala Deia cove, where you can throw your clothes across the rocks and take a cooling dip in tranquil waters. If your Sonhaus home is near to Palma, you can make your way through the mountains from the city all the way to Soller aboard the rickety and century-old Tren de Sóller (Soller railway) to start your day of adventure.
2. Delve into the Drach Caves
It’s not just above ground that Mallorca enamours visitors. Hire a car with Hertz, one of Sonhaus’ helpful partners, and head towards the eastern point of the island. Hidden out of sight below the town of Porto Cristo are the Drach Caves, a subterranean layer of caves, descending to depths of 82 feet underground. As you journey down pathways chiselled between vast geological formations, the light above fades and the rhythmic drip of hidden waterfalls lure you towards centuries-old stalagmites and stalactite formations. Visits to the Drach Caves culminate in an illuminated boat trip over the underground Lake Martel — a startling shade of turquoise — where a quartet plays classical music in its echoey geological chamber.
3. Submerse yourself in the Mondrago National Park
This natural park ties in vast wetlands, honey-coloured cliffs and bays brimming with crystal-clear waters, without a high-rise or hotel in sight. Its ribbon of white sands carving out coves invites endless exploration with each stay at your Sonhaus home — follow locals to find the quietest spots or pick a beach a day until you find your favourite. On pine-backed S’Amarador, sugar-soft sand spills out towards the cerulean sea, while neighbouring Cala Modragó attracts snorkellers into its tranquil waters. And on dinky Caló Des Burgit, locals bathe in the sizzling Balearic sun, gazing at the handful of yachts offshore and clambering over rocks to dive headfirst into water as clear as glass.
4. Discover the island by bike
Mallorca has gained a reputation for its cycling terrain — of which there are miles of spectacular and sometimes demanding routes, rising with the island’s mountainous interior and dropping towards soul-stirring lagoons. If you’re looking for the most incredible ride, the route winding to the Cap de Formentor lighthouse clocks up an arduous 3,280ft climb, but enchanting views of the Mediterranean Sea more than make up for the pain. The ride to Lluc Monastery takes you along the hairpin bends of the Tramuntana’s Ma-10 with a blast down to this former monastery, where you can refuel on a cafe con leche and wander round its botanical gardens. Finally, don’t miss the formidable climb from Coll dels Reis to Sa Calobra, weaving along 26 hairpin bends before a thrilling final descent. And you don’t have to worry about hiring new wheels with each visit to Mallorca, as you’ll have year-long storage at your Sonhaus home, so you can have your own bike waiting for you to hit the island’s roads.
5. Beach hopping across the Balearics
Mallorca’s unfathomably stunning coastline offers endless adventure. With a Sonhaus home you can slowly work your way around the island, beach by beach, as well as discovering nearby shores. Charter a yacht for an extraordinary showcase of hard-to-reach coves and far-flung beaches around the island and its fellow Balearics. Uninhabited Cabrera swells out of the sea a few miles south of Mallorca and is covered in thick vegetation with rocky boundaries concealing hidden lagoons and grottoes trickling with threads of waterfalls. Navigate to the southwest and you’ll steam towards Ibiza and its iconic spiritual rock of Es Vedrà. On Mallorca’s northeastern side is a vision of the Caribbean on go-slow Formentor, and beyond Mallorca’s north-eastern tip, crowd-free slips of land lie in waiting on Menorca.