Mallorca is generally a sunny island, but the weather can be very changeable, especially in spring an autumn. And when it rains in Mallorca, it rains! I remember landing on the airport in Palma and all I could see on the window was heavy rain. I got drenched from the airport’s door to the shuttle bus, that’s how hard it was raining! I was baffled, as I left a sunny England behind me, only to land in a very rainy Mallorca. It didn’t really make sense!
But don’t worry, there are plenty of things to do in Mallorca when it rains! You might not be able to go to the beach or enjoy a sailing cruise, but you can do many other exciting experiences! So here is a list with my choices on the best things to do in Mallorca when it rains, to make the entire family happy!
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Go on a tapas and wine old city tour
I don’t know about you, but I love taking food tours when I travel. I feel that it’s a great way to connect with the locals, find out their stories, and learn about the local cuisine. I have gone on food tours and taken cooking classes in Italy, in Guatemala, in Vietnam, and always I have had an amazing experience.
Usually the tour will include at least 5 different stops, where you will taste the local delicacies. This particular tour takes you to small tapas bars, off the beaten path, where you will taste local olive oils, hams, cheeses, and traditional Mallorcan dishes such as sobrasada and paella Mallorquina. The tour lasts for 4 hours!
Go for a local wine tasting
Don’t you like watching the rain, from the inside, whilst having a glass of wine? I do find the sound of rain very relaxing and I can say the same about a glass of wine. So why not visit a vinery and go for a wine tasting experience, on a rainy day in Mallorca?
The tasting includes five different wines, paired with local snacks such as the spicy sobrasada sausage, the quelitas cookies, and other local cheeses and cold cuts. The experience also includes a tour of the vineyard and the cellars.
Take a hierbas liquor making class
“Hierbas” is a local digestive liquor that has a strong aniseed flavour. In this hierbas spirit making class you will travel to the countryside, in the Tramuntana mountain range, and you will collect your own herbs, lemon and orange tree leaves from the local gardens.
The guide will tell you how each herb influences the aroma of the liquor so you can personalise it to your own taste. Whilst you will learn how to make the hierbas, you will be given a merienda – a traditional Mallorcan snack.
Even if it takes 3 months for the spirit to ferment, you will be given a bottle with your own produced liquor to take home. They also provide smaller bottles for guests to travel hand luggage only.
Explore the Cave of Hams and visit a pearl factory
Did you know that Mallorca is famous for the man-made pearls? Or that the factories on the island have been producing them for over 100 years? Me neither!
In this fantastic tour you have the chance to visit a pearl factory and learn how they are made. Afterwards, you will stop and visit the Cave of Hams, which is 10 million years old! The inside of the cave is lighted with different colours, so you can observe the rock formations, the stalactite and the stalagmites. During the visit they will play a short classical music concert too, so that you can notice the acoustic of the cave.
Attend a show
The Son Amar has been declared Mallorca’s most spectacular show, with over 20 performances of different flamenco dances, international acts, acrobatics and live music. The ticket to the show includes a four-course meal, accompanied by wine and soft drinks.
The transport to the venue is included from all over the island and it’s provided by air-conditioned comfortable minivans.
Go swimming in Cova des Coloms
You will be surprised to know that there are quite a few caves in Mallorca, and some of them can pump up the levels of adrenaline in your body. One of these examples is Cova des Coloms, where you can swim inside flooded passageways and practice caving.
This experience includes transport from your hotel and all the equipment needed. You will go inside the cave with an expert guide, so it’s a great opportunity to try out caving, if you have never done it before.
This experience is a great way to explore Mallorca’s underground rocky landscape created by the movement of the water.
Visit a brewery in Alcudia
During the past few years we have seen a lot of microbreweries appearing all over the world. And what makes them special is that their beer will always be unique, as they will use their own recipes. So, no matter how many microbreweries you visit, you won’t find two craft beers that taste the same. I find it quite fascinating to be honest, as there are so few ingredients in beer!
In this tour you will get to visit one of the most popular microbreweries in Mallorca, which is located in the old town of Alcudia. The owner has converted his old grandfather’s house into a very successful brewery, which you will get to visit.
The beer tasting includes four artisan beers and a brewing lesson from the owner.
Visit the Rafael Nadal Museum Experience
Tennis fan or not, there is always a good idea to learn new things. So if it rains in Mallorca, who not go to the Rafael Nadal Museum Xperience? The museum is a great choice for both adults and children because it has so many interactive experiences such as simulators and sporting skill testing tests.
And who knows, maybe you get to meet Rafael Nadal in person as well whilst you’re there. ?
Visit the aquarium in Palma
Even if it rains you can still enjoy the underwater world of Mallorca, at the aquarium of Palma. Home to over 200 different marine species, the aquarium in Palma is quite unique in Europe because it has the biggest shark tank on the continent.
You can also experience swimming with manta rays or walking inside the largest rooftop jungle in Spain, which recreates the tropical areas of the Amazon. The grounds are so big that you can easily spend the entire day exploring them.
Transfer from your hotel to the aquarium is included in the ticket to the aquarium.
Get the Paella Man to come cook for you
If you have rented a villa with your family or friends in Mallorca, when why not call the Paella Man to come and cook for you on a rainy day? You can learn the secrets of making a good paella whilst you watch him cook and enjoy a delicious dinner afterwards. He brings appetizers as well, which you can enjoy before the paella is ready.
Did you try any of my suggestions of what to do in Mallorca when it rains? Let me know how was it! ?
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