Things to do in Mallorca in the Autumn

Things to do in Mallorca in the Autumn

After the summer holidays, the autumn months are cooler but still sunny and warm enough for plenty of outdoor pursuits. It’s also the time when the cultural season starts on the island.

Island hopping
Mallorca has a scattering of islands off the coast and autumn is the ideal time for a boat trip. We recommend a ride out to Sa Dragonera island. It’s a protected nature reserve with stunning coastal scenery that’s inhabited by wildlife and especially lizards – like a miniature Jurassic Park! You can take a walk on the island, and with some boat rides, discover secluded bays and go diving in crystal clear waters. You can often see dolphins on the boat journey and around the island.

When the heat of the summer is gone and the beaches empty, the mountains become more popular with visitors. Still warm in early autumn, it’s the later months when hiking conditions are about perfect. Forests walks, spectacular landscape, stunning views and a variety of well sign-posted routes that suit all levels are a big draw. In a rural landscape peppered with ancient dry-stone terracing and knotty centuries-old olive trees and tiny villages, stop off at for a cool drink and tasty local dish.

We really like the hiking trail which starts in San Telmo and runs around the coast to the ruins of La Trapa Monastery. From here you’ll have wonderful views over the coast and Sa Dragonera island.

Harvest festival
There are more than 70 vineyards on the island and an autumn tour reveals them at their best. If you go in the early autumn you might get a chance to see the grape harvest in full flow. There are plenty of festivals to celebrate the end of summer and local produce from nuts to olives. In restaurants all over the island, menus reflect the bounty from summer. It’s also a great time to visit the markets, less busy and full of lush produce.

Mallorca is one of the top European golf destinations with numerous golf courses and top class facilities. Autumn is the idea time to practice your swing, take a lesson with a professional golf instructors and for experienced players, be challenged by championship-level courses. The greens, shrubs and trees are kept in lush perfect condition all year round.

Although slightly cooler, at the start of autumn it’s certainly warm enough to hit one of the island’s numerous beaches. Choose a beach with a sheltered cove for maximum comfort. With summer crowds gone and without the intense heat, it’s an idea time to relax on the beach and take a last dip of the season.

Go gallery hopping in Palma
The season of culture starts with the ever-popular Nit d’Art in the middle of September. Palma hosts this free event where the museums and galleries open their doors to visitors. Many of the galleries feature new exhibitions by well-known artists and you can enjoy a glass or two of cava as you enjoy the art. In addition to the open-house galleries, the streets of Palma come alive with performance art and street theatre. The event starts at 19:00 and galleries remain open until midnight.

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Summer in the Algarve

Summer in the Algarve

If you’re off to the Algarve this summer you’re in for a treat. Not only is the weather forecast showing sunshine all the way but Quinto do Lago, the upmarket resort, has a summer programme that’s simply superb.

Seaside, safari and sensational wines
There are so many beaches to choose from you’ll have no problem finding your own favourite to relax on. Swimming in the sea is said to actively improve your health and wellness so what are you waiting for! See our top tips for best beaches in the Algarve.

Take a jeep safari from Portimao to get the most amazing views of the Algarve coastline from the mountains. Stop at Navy Beach, considered to be one of the top 10 beaches in Europe and rated by the Michelin Guide as one of the top 100 beaches in the world. Jeep tours are run by several companies including Algarve Discovery who also run popular boat tours.

Quinta dos Vales Winery, Estômbar, is a vineyard as well as open-air art gallery and the perfect place to enjoy the red, white and rosé wines produced here.

Summer Sports Camps
The new Campus sports facility at Quinto da Lago never fails to impress. There are popular programmes like football with Rio Ferdinand, dance with Lauren Jamieson, rugby with Brian O’Driscoll and tennis with Judy Murray, as well as exciting new additions like Karate Camp for kids. There are options for adults and children, so don’t miss out and book in advance to make sure you get the programme you want. The programme is year round so check the Campus website for details of more great activities.

Golf at Quinta do Lago
There’s not much that beats a round of golf in the sun. Book your session on the lush fairways at Quinta da Lago and make the most of the gorgeous location.

Wine and Dine in style
Casa Vehla, the French fine dining restaurant at Quinta do Lago has a new head chef and updated menu of fresh, local and seasonal dishes. Book in advance to indulge in a delicious culinary experience at this popular restaurant.
For a taste of authentic and rather special Portugal, head to Canico restaurant and bar in Alvor. Accessed via a tunnel and elevator from the top of the cliff you’ll find a beach-level cafe bar whilst upstairs the dining room offers wonderful views of the ocean. The cuisine is traditionally Portuguese with fresh fish and seafood and a fine wine list.

Music, Movies and more
At Quinta do Lago there’s a full programme of events with Movies in the Park, Big Band performance, jazz brunches, picnics in the park, live music nights, barbecues and parties. For details of what’s on at Quinta do Lago see their full list of events:

Don’t miss FIESA, the biggest sand sculpture festival in the world, head to Pêra to be wowed by sand statues up to 12m high.

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Plan your perfect summer getaway to Mallorca

Plan your perfect summer getaway to Mallorca
Mallorca is an enchanting island just waiting to be explored. With great gastronomy and beautiful beaches, fascinating culture and historic towns, plus loads of activities and shopping, we know you don’t need any excuse to visit Mallorca. But, we’ve put together some of our favourite things to tempt you…

Sunshine breaks in Mallorca
Maybe you fancy a round of golf in the sun, cycling through stunning countryside or a relaxed day of wine tasting at a vineyard. Or perhaps snorkelling in the crystal clear sea, browsing the boutiques that line picturesque streets or simply lazing on the beach or round the pool of your gorgeous villa is your thing.

There’s a great choice of seaside towns and picturesque villages for your Mallorcan holiday. Pollensa is one of the most popular seaside destinations and with good reason – gorgeous beaches, huge choice of bars and restaurants and a charming town that’s a jumble of buildings, cobbled streets and courtyards. Hop over to our home page to see our listings of magnificent luxury villas in Mallorca to find the holiday home of your dreams…

Action packed Mallorca
There are plenty of boat rides round the island but for something different try Robinson Boat Trips. They’ve been operating for 60 years and know the secrets of the coast. Take a day trip round the cliffs, go snorkelling, discover secluded beaches and even take a sunrise tour to see the dolphins frolic while you have breakfast on the deck.

Get a round of golf in at Club de Golf, a beautiful 9-hole course in Pollensa. With olive and pine trees, lakes and a stunning natural landscape – reserve your tee time online and relax on the green.

Cycling in the area is very popular and offers several routes including the famous Formentor Peninsula, a 19km long road which winds its way around the coastline of the Med. Ending at the Cap de Formentor lighthouse from where there are fabulous views over the bay. Apparently British Tour de France legend, and holiday maker, Bradley Wiggins holds the record for riding to the lighthouse and back in under an hour!

Shopping and culture
When you’re not relaxing on a golden sandy beach, wine tasting, playing golf or enjoying the many activities and sports on offer, indulge in a spot of shopping and enjoy Mallorca’s cultural scene.
Palma de Mallorca is where you’ll discover the designer boutiques filled with beautiful clothes and accessories. You’ll find local designers as well as big names such as Louis Vuitton, Boss and Mulberry.

Head to the Es Baluard museum to enjoy the work of contemporary artists with a collection which includes Picasso, Fernand Léger and Joan Miró. There are several museums on the island as well as art galleries.

Enjoy exploring parts of the 13th century Royal Palace La Almudaina which is opposite the imposing cathedral in Palma. The grand rooms of this former home of Mallorca’s rulers have some beautiful tapestries and furnishings and the gardens are lovely.

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