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Top 10 Must-See Shore Excursions when on a cruise in Mallorca

Mallorca is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most popular destinations for cruise ships. 

The biggest cruise line companies like Royal Caribbean, Carnival or Norwegian Cruise Line bring their ships to the port of Palma de Mallorca. 


With its stunning beaches, beautiful landscapes, and rich history, Mallorca offers something for everyone. If you’re looking for a unique and memorable experience during your cruise, we’ve got you covered with our top 10 shore excursions in Mallorca.


  1. Palma de Mallorca Old Town Walking Tour

One of the biggest advantages of arriving in Palma by cruise ship is the ease of access to the old town. The port is located just a few minutes' walk from the historic center, which is home to many of the city's top attractions.

Discover the history and culture of Palma de Mallorca on a walking tour of the old town. It is a maze of narrow streets and alleys, lined with stunning architecture and charming cafes. It's a wonderful place to get lost and discover hidden gems, like the picturesque Plaça de Cort, home to the town hall and a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. See the stunning Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria, stroll through the narrow, winding streets lined with historic buildings, and stop by local shops and cafes.

Check out our blog post “Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca” for more information.


2. Valldemossa and Deiá Village Tour 

Take a scenic drive to Valldemossa and Deiá, two of Mallorca’s most picturesque villages.

You can either book a private transfer or take the public bus number 203, which passes both villages. Only the drive along the coastline is worth the ride! Many view platforms on the way invite you for a photo stop.

Admire the stunning views of the mountains and coastline, and learn about the history and culture of these charming towns.

More in our blog posts about “Valldemossa” and  “Deiá”


3. Caves of Drach Tour

Summers in Mallorca can get exceptionally hot, especially in July & August. The best way to flee from the heat is to discover the underground world of the island. The comfortable temperature between 17 ºC to 21 ºC can be very refreshing and comforting on such a hot summer day.

Explore the magnificent Caves of Drach, one of Mallorca’s most popular natural wonders. Marvel at the stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and take a boat ride on the underground lake to experience the cave’s ethereal beauty.

Check out our blog post about “Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo” for more information.


4. Sóller and the Tramuntana Mountains Tour 

Take a scenic drive through the Tramuntana Mountains with the historic train to the charming town of Sóller. Starting point is in the center of Palma, at the train station next to Plaza de España. Admire the stunning views of the mountains, sea and countryside.

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Once arrived in Sóller, make sure you take some time to stroll through the small and narrow streets. Many local shops and restaurants are located in the heart of the town.

Tipp: Don´t miss the local market on Saturdays!

Afterwards you should jump on the historic tram, which connects Sóller with the costal village Port de Sóller. Take a walk along the promenade and get fastinated by the beauty of this unique bay.

More in our blog posts about “Sóller” and “Port de Sóller”


5. Palma Aquarium

Even though Mallorca has around 300 days of sunshine per year, there is always the possibility of rain. Don´t worry if the weather is not as expected. We have an idea where to go and hide from wind and rain.

Discover the fascinating world of marine life at Palma Aquarium. Explore the many exhibits, including a coral reef, shark tank, and sea turtle exhibit, and learn about the conservation efforts to protect these magnificent creatures. Especially for kids this place is absolutely popular!

The Palma Aquarium is only 15 minutes drive away from Palma city (El Arenal).


6. Wine Tasting in Mallorca

Savour the flavours of Mallorca’s delicious wines on a wine-tasting tour. Visit local wineries and vineyards, taste some of the island’s finest wines, and learn about the winemaking process from the experts.

If you want to learn more about wineries in Mallorca, check out our blog post “Best Wineries in Mallorca”.


7. Water Sports in Mallorca

Get your adrenaline pumping with a day of water sports in Mallorca. Choose from a variety of activities, including snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and paddle-boarding, and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean waters.

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8. Hiking in Mallorca

Explore the stunning landscapes of Mallorca on a hiking tour. Choose from a variety of trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes, and admire the stunning views of the mountains, coast, and countryside.

Not enough time for hiking? Here you find a list of hikes and trails close to the city:


9. Private Boat Trip along the south-west coast of Mallorca

Take a scenic boat trip to Cala Noelia or Cala Blanca, two of Mallorca’s most beautiful coves. Swim and sunbathe in the crystal-clear waters, and admire the stunning scenery of the rugged coastline. If the wind is in our favour, we can even sail to Dragonera Island and drop the anchor in front of the charming fisher village Sant Elm.

We, Sail Trip Mallorca, are located in Santa Ponsa, only 15 minutes away from the cruise terminal of Palma de Mallorca. Use the contact form or the chat function on our website to get in touch with us!


10. Market Tour in Palma de Mallorca

Discover the vibrant culture and cuisine of Palma de Mallorca on a market tour. Visit the bustling food markets, sample the delicious local cuisine, and learn about the local traditions and customs.

If you want to know which market takes place on which day and where on the island, check out our blog post about “Markets in Mallorca”.


Why Book with Local Tour Operators:

Most shore excursions  that cruise ships offer are overpriced and crowded. 

Besides that, they are often booked out in advance and less active. 

Local tour operators have a deep knowledge of the island. This is the best way to get the most out of your shore excursion in Mallorca.

Local tour operators can provide you with an in-depth look into the area, allowing you to get to know the culture, the people, and the best of the local attractions in a unique and authentic way. They can also create a custom itinerary that is tailored to your interests and needs.


Is your cruise ship coming to Mallorca  this year? :

  • AIDA Cosma

  • Ambience

  • Anthem of the Seas

  • Arvia

  • Azamara Journey

  • Azamara Pursuit

  • Britannia

  • Celebrity Edge

  • Celebrity Infinity

  • Costa Diadem

  • Costa Fascinosa

  • Costa Smeralda

  • Costa Diadem

  • Disney Dream

  • Marella Explorer

  • Marina

  • Mein Schiff 2

  • Mein Schiff 4

  • Mein Schiff 6

  • Mein Schiff Herz

  • MS Europa

  • MS Europa 2

  • MS Nieuw Stratendam

  • MS Oost Amsterdam

  • MSC Magnifica

  • MSC Musica

  • MSC Orchestra

  • MSC Seaview

  • MSC Virtuosa

  • Norwegian Epic

  • Norwegian Gem

  • Norwegian Getaway

  • Odyssey of the Seas

  • Riviera

  • Royal Clipper

  • Seabourn Quest

  • Seabourn Sojourn

  • Seven Seas Mariner

  • Silver Dawn

  • Silver Moon

  • Sirena

  • Spirit of Discovery

  • Star Clipper

  • Symphony of the Seas

  • Valiant Lady

  • Vista

  • Wind Surf


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