Drive through Mallorca’s undulating mountains and you’ll discover they’re punctuated with picture-perfect villages and towns that exude rural charm. With labyrinthine alleyways and quaint churches, these lovely locales offer timelessly alluring Balearic beauty. Join us on a journey around the island’s dreamy landscapes in search of the prettiest Mallorcan towns and villages.
A well-heeled yet rural retreat, Deià has long been a magnet for the bohemian set. Writers, artists and musicians have flocked to the sleepy enclave for the past hundred years, drawn by its blissful views, scenic stone houses and idyllic pace of life. Poet Robert Graves lived in Deià from 1929 until his death in 1985, and his former house is now a museum. Nestled in a ravine at the foot of Teix mountain, Deià is a 30-minute stroll to the heavenly cove of Cala Deià. Catch some rays there before sampling Michelin-starred cuisine at Es Racó d’Es Teix restaurant.
Frédéric Chopin once claimed Valldemossa to be the most beautiful place in the world and we can’t disagree. Tucked away in a Tramuntana valley, this traditional Mallorcan town is a higgledy-piggledy cluster of honey-hued houses around a grand Carthusian monastery emerging from the hillside. Amble through its winding cobblestone alleys and flower pot-lined streets and you’ll find pretty cafes, restaurants and art galleries where you can linger and soak up Valldemossa’s beauty. It’s worth paying a visit to the monastery (where Chopin stayed in 1839) and explore the cloisters, church and old pharmacy.
Sóller and Port de Sóller
Perfectly positioned in the heart of Mallorca’s ‘valley of oranges’ in the rugged northwest, the delightful village of Sóller is swathed with seemingly endless citrus groves. Dominated by the magnificent Sant Bartomeu church, Sóller is lined with lovely townhouses and elegant boutiques. A traditional wooden tram rattles through its centre to Port de Sóller, its picturesque neighbouring port town where sailing boats bob on vivid cerulean waters. Take a walk along the promenade to soak up the scenery and enjoy a tapas sunset dinner with panoramic clifftop views at Es Fanals at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa
Frequently dubbed the ‘prettiest village in Spain’, Fornalutx has a lot to live up to but delivers rural wonder in ample measure. Peaceful, characterful and framed by almond trees and lemon groves, its traditional stone cottages are closely gathered around a Gothic church and a striking town hall. Pull up a chair at a café on Plaça d’Espanya and tuck into a local pa amb oli; bread with garlic, tomato and olive oil. Seek out arts and crafts to take home from one of Fornalutx’s tasteful shops.
It’s the sheer, stone wall terraces sloping dramatically from the cliffside that make Banyalbufar such a show-stopping enclave. Houses teeter precariously on a steep inclination that rolls down to the Mediterranean, while olive trees and vines grow along the banks and terraces. Originally cultivated by the Moors, Banyalbufar has a rich agricultural heritage and sophisticated irrigation system. Visit this north-western Mallorcan town, and you’re rewarded with incredible views, rustic narrow lanes and great hiking and cycling routes.
Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa is ideally located in the Port Soller region and perfect for exploring the nearby villages.