ABOUT
MALLORCA

FROM THE SPECTACULAR SERRA DE TRAMUNTANA TO THE FINE DETAILS OF THE INLAND VILLAGES, MALLORCA IS A PARADISE TO DISCOVER. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF SPOTS WHICH HAVE A SPECIAL CHARM. HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES.

PLATJA DE MURO

Muro Beach is one of the most famous beaches of Mallorca.


With an extraordinary geographical location, including the Albufera of Mallorca, the largest natural park in the island is the “Comú Muro", a virgin environment protected from of all types of cement construction.


The beach, with over 5 miles of white sand, is one of the best beaches in the country. It has been given the Blue Flag, a distinction that guarantees optimal conditions of the environment and the facilities.

 

Along the Platja de Muro you can enjoy some beautiful beaches slightly more off the beaten track in comparison with other parts of the island. We recommend packing a rucksack and walking 15-20 mins to enjoy the crystal clear water of the Mallorcan sea whilst avoiding the big crowds. This area is also famous for its fish and meat restaurants, as well as the traditional “chiringuito” beach huts and clubs where you can taste the best paellas on the island or a tasty mojito by the sea. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced this!

 

At Futurtrans, we are always happy to pick you up at your accommodation and take you by bus to all the island’s hotspots.

 

So, where would you like to go?

PALMA

Palma is the capital of the island. It is a city that welcomes you and you will fall in love with it at first sight. It may be the streets, ancient monuments, the smile of the people, craft shops, the light, the ensaïmada or tapas, the terraces in summer and even in autumn and winter, the music and the musicians, the Cathedral and the nightlife in the old-town bars. There are thousands of things that you can fall in love with in this city. There are thousands of things that will you make go back to embrace it again.

 

Despite Palma being a small city, there are so many reasons to visit and so many activities it’s hard to know where to begin! We recommend perhaps taking a stroll through the streets of the old town, visiting La Seu (Palma Cathedral) or Bellver Castle, where you can enjoy some exceptional views over the Bay of Palma and the city below. You can also walk down the Rambla, buy a souvenir or two in one of the city’s many artesan boutiques, enjoy a delicious ensaïmada at Can Joan de S’aigo, visit some exhibitions and museums such as the Es Baluard, enjoy the sea views from the port or sample some of the local gastronomy and fresh produce from the Olivar and Santa Catalina markets.

 

Palma’s got it all! We recommend taking at least a day to visit the city.

SóLLER

In the northwest of the island of Mallorca, in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana lies the town of Sóller, nestled in a lush valley surrounded by olive groves and orange trees. Its privileged location facing the sea means that, along with its natural harbour, it is one of the most beautiful places in the archipelago; where the air smells of tranquillity and where the sea kisses the mountain.

 

Many travellers visit the Sóller region during their stay in Mallorca. Some are drawn to the area by its impressive natural surroundings, some by its bustling town square, some by the church with its frequently photographed Gothic façade. Another important part of Sóller’s appeal is its excellent cuisine, which makes the most of the island’s typical ingredients such as oranges, red shrimp or Sóller prawns, and of course its famous artisanal ice-cream. Others come for the traditional festivals such as Moros i Cristians (Moors and Christians), the beauty of the Sóller harbour, or the charming historical train line taking you from Palma right to the heart of the region, along a breathtakingly beautiful route. 

 

As you can see, there are many reasons to visit Sóllar during your visit to Mallorca. Contact Futurtrans to organise an excursion perfectly adapted to your needs: we can take you to Sóller, making stops here and there at different points of interest, or even take you to Palma, where you can take the old Sóller train line and enjoy a wonderful journey surrounded by nature.

COLòNIA DE SANT JORDI AND SES SALINES VISITOR CENTER

An excursion we often do with the Futurtrans buses is a trip to the Ses Salines Visitor
Center or the Cabrera National Park Visitor Center, in Colònia de Sant Jordi, a must-do
for all those who want to discover the true essence of the island.


The building is located on an artificial lake that evokes the crystal clear waters of the
sea, and is at a strategic point of la Colonia from where you can even make out Cabrera
island. In addition, we must highlight the architecture, in which the sculptures that
decorate the building’s exterior perfectly tie in with the Mediterranean Sea.


We must also highlight the aquarium, a virtual immersion where you can discover the
depths of the waters of Cabrera and the ecosystems of the National Park, with more than
5,000 fish and invertebrates, from over 200 species.


Another must-do is visiting 'The spiral of time' mural by Miguel Mansanet, a vision of
Mediterranean civilization through historical and mythological scenes, with special
attention to the islands and navigation. The artist invested more than 5 years working on
this piece.


Complete your visit in the educational room, the auditorium, and the recreational areas.
Outside, sculptures of cormorants and a huge whale skeleton will certainly attract
attention.


For this kind of excursion and other group trips around Mallorca, Futurtrans puts its
fleet of very comfortable buses, of various sizes, at your disposal, all driven by the most
professional and experienced drivers.


Futurtrans will take you. Where do you want to go today?


We’d like to take a moment to thank our driver Rafa Nieto for his unflagging efforts to
take pictures of our excursions.

SANT ANTONI

Sant Antoni must be the biggest and most traditional festival in Mallorca. The festival takes place in January, just after Epiphany, when Mallorca celebrates Saint Anthony. In fact, for many Mallorcans, the Christmas celebrations are just a warm-up for the Saint Anthony celebrations.

 

Artà, Manacor, Sa Pobla, Muro, Pollença, Capdepera... Many towns compete to throw the biggest party, and everyone knows who the winner is... their own town, of course!

 

Over several days, various traditional events take place to mark this ancient festival. The main protagonists are Saint Anthony and the Devil, who act out a battle between good and evil, accompanied by music, dances and fire. The battle is always won by Saint Anthony. Groups of devils, young and old, from all the island’s towns prepare their spectacles of fire and music; families and friends collect wood to stoke the bonfires, and prepare the typical spinach, sobrassada, blood sausage and meat to be roasted during the evening; streets are closed; children paint their faces; you can hear the music from all around... All while the town’s devils and Saint Anthony act out scenes from the life of saint’s life before hundreds of enthusiastic spectators. 

 

This is one of many good reasons to visit Mallorca in the winter, where you can discover the real culture and traditions of this sunny beach island whilst avoiding the crowds (apart from the crowds you’ll find at the town festivities, of course).

 

If you decide to visit Mallorca in January, get in touch with Futurtrans: we have a selection of buses for different group sizes, with which we can arrange an airport transfer and take you to some of the lesser-known sites so often overlooked by the summer tourists.  

TRADITIONAL MARKETS

The grand majority of Mallorcan towns organise a market once or twice per week, a tradition that dates back to ancient times when the farmers, ranchers and craftsmen brought their produce to the town square so that the locals could stock up for the coming week. In the markets of Mallorca you can find Mallorcan gastronomy and crafts in their purest form: fruit and vegetables (most of which in season), spices, the famous sobrassada, cheese, wine, sweets, clothes and shoes, farm animals, plants, cooking utensils... Here are a few of the most famous markets, offering you a great way to spend the day:

 

In Sineu, located right in the middle of the island, you will find a market that must be the most frequently visited in all of Mallorca: the Sineu market. Since olden days, crowds of people pour into Sineu every Wednesday to visit its market. If you decide to go and check it out, we recommend going early, that way by the time the crowds arrive, you can pop into one of the many restaurants found around the town square to enjoy a delicious Mallorcan afternoon snack.

 

Another market fighting for top place is the Pollença market (every Sunday) which, thanks to the town’s beauty and excellent location, nestled between sea and mountains, has captured the hearts of many visitors. It is also a great idea to visit Calvari, where steps will lead you up to some great views, perfect for working up an appetite!

 

On Thursday, it’s the turn of the Inca Market, a friendly market located along the main streets of the town, where you can find more or less all of the same products previously mentioned. The market, however, is known for its fur products, such as jackets or shoes (in Inca you can find some top brands).

 

The Santa Maria del Camí market takes place every Sunday and, thanks to the good transport connections with Palma, it’s one of the most lively markets for tourists and locals alike. Here you will find similar products found in other markets: local deli produce (sobrassada, Mallorcan blood sausage, cheese...), vegetables from local farms, artisanal products such as herbs, honey, and liqueurs, pottery, clothes, shoes and accessories... What makes this market special is its selection of great wines, produced in the Santa Maria and Binissalem regions – don’t miss the opportunity to buy a quality local wine at a great price!

Whichever market you choose, don’t forget to bring your senalleta, a typical Mallorcan basket used for carrying food, so you can pick up a few things while you’re there. If you don’t have one yet, you can find one in any of the markets mentioned above or in boutiques. Don’t worry about transport – we’ll take you to the markets in one of our buses. Feel like visiting one today?

DISCOVER MALLORCA BY BICYCLE

The bicycle (and the bus) is one of the best options to discover the essence of the island. There is nothing like "getting lost" among the multiple secondary roads which exist in Mallorca and enjoying nature without the burden of the traffic of the general roads. It is a joy to walk through the countryside and see how it changes colour as the seasons pass (the almond blossoms in February, the greens of spring, the yellows of the cereal fields when summer arrives) or feel the sea breeze in your face while pedalling along the shore; a true luxury for lovers of this sport. 

 

The northern area has the best hotels and services focused on cycling, and countless routes for all audiences where you can relax by cycling. To avoid the traffic, we just have to look for one of the secondary roads between towns and let ourselves be carried to our next destination. Once there the ideal thing is to take a walk around the town and discover its ancient streets, contemplate the architecture of the churches and have a coffee in a bar in the square. The routes are quite short, and we can discover new aspects of Mallorcan culture on a daily basis.

 

There are also some routes which are highly valued by cyclists. Routes like the Camí de Protons, which links the towns of Pollença and Campanet. A path at the foot of the mountain which runs between holm oaks and a lot of vegetation. If you go there during the rainy season, stop to contemplate the phenomenon of Ses Fonts Ufanes, where the water sparkles from the earth to form a torrent. Spectacular. 

 

Another good option is the Camí Vell de Muro to Sineu. We will enjoy nature free of the constant burden of cars. We recommend going on a Wednesday to coincide with the famous local market.

 

For those who prefer a calmer life, we recommend taking a stroll around s'Albufera de Alcúdia. This natural park has innumerable roads which cross it from side to side. Meandering through by bicycle, we will discover countless birds, oxen, wild horses, fish, frogs, ...  Nature in its purest state. We recommend you stop at some of its viewpoints and take it easy. And, above all, don't forget your camera.

 

And to finish, we recommend you take a leg through the majestic Serra de Tramuntana. Due to the requirement of the test, there are many Futurtrans customers who decide to perform the leg in only one direction; we load all the bikes and the material in our buses which are specially adapted for cyclists and ready; we start from the point which you choose. This option is also possible at other legs. You just have to decide the way out and where you want us to pick you up. Our driver will be at the indicated time and place with the bus. Plain and simple.

 

In addition, as a specialised bus company, we make transfers from the airport to the destination hotel with all the material.

 

Where do you want us to take you today?

THE MALLORCAN COUNTRYSIDE IN SPRING.

Normally, when people from outside the islands listen to others talking about Mallorca they quickly relate this to sunshine and beaches. This is a significant mistake which we would like to rectify with this post.  

 

We won’t deny that the climate and beaches in the summertime are not the main attraction, both for visitors and for locals, but we have many other things that are well worth discovering, and one of the best times to do this is the spring.

 

During this season we tend to enjoy a daytime temperature of between 15 to 20 degrees (sometimes higher) so we can enjoy the beaches without the crowds, without hammocks or sunshades, and in absolute tranquillity. More courageous people may allow themselves the luxury of taking the first dip of the year. The beach bars and hotels open their doors more in a more relaxed manner while they get ready for the whirlwind of the summer. The locals take advantage of this time to go on outings and have barbecues in the mountains. With the change in the time, we start to spend more time outdoors (we now have sunshine until 8.30pm) and there are cultural activities and festivals in every town.

 

As we said earlier, there is much to discover in Mallorca during the spring and, today, we suggest how you can discover its rural side. There is no better time to enjoy excursions and walks. The contrast between the greens and blues is majestic, and in many cases, the tranquillity is absolute. You can take a walk to the edge of any town and soon find yourself immersed in paradise: fields of soft grass, almond trees in bloom, traditional Mallorcan dry stone walls surrounding the fields, animals resting in the sun after the cold nights, flowers in a thousand colours,  farm workers labouring in the fields to fill the markets with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, windmills…

 

In our previous post, we have already said that spring is the time for cycle tourism, as many people take advantage of this time to enjoy the conditions on the island. It is a good time to practice the sport or to discover Mallorca in a more relaxed way.

 

Some advice: 1) If you visit Mallorca during this season, don’t forget your camera and a good-sized memory card in reserve. 2) Find out which festivals are taking place during your stay and enjoy them. 3) Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the seasonal gastronomy and the local produce. 4) If you need to make journeys as a group, you can rely on services like Futurtrans, a local bus company run by local people. We can pick you up at the airport and take you wherever you want. We can offer you advice at any time and can adapt to your needs.

 

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