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Introduction

Mallorca

Mallorca

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Mallorca is the biggest island of the Balearic Islands and the biggest in Spain as well. It is a popular tourist spot, especially during the summer months when thousands of people from northern Europe come here to soak up the sun, enjoy the beaches and good restaurants. There is more however, because the island boasts some great architecture, culture and secluded places as well. You just have to look for it and if possible come just before or after the great influx of people.

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Geography

Parts of Mallorca are mountainous, especially the northwest and east: the Serra de Tramuntana. The highest peak is Puig Major at 1,445 metres, though this is millitary area, so the highest accessible peak would be Puig de Massanella at 1,364 metres. The northern coastline is less popular with beach fanatics, as the coastline is rugged and with cliffs. To the south, the area flattens out and this is where you will find the more popular beach resorts.

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Cities, towns and villages

  • Palma de Mallorca - the capital and biggest city on the island.
  • Sóller - town in the north noted for its old rail link with Palma de Mallorca, its tram to the port and numerous art nouveau buildings.
  • Fornalutx - village near Sóller - one of a number claiming to be the prettiest in Spain.
  • Biniaraix - village within easy walking reach of Sóller.
  • Deya - attractive village on north coast.
  • Valdemossa - attractive village near the north coast, where Chopin and George Sands lived for a year in the old monastery (open to public).
  • Alcudía - the best Roman remains in Mallorca (but they are a bit on the underwhelming siide. The fine walls and gates are more appealing.
  • Pollença

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Sights and Activities

  • Banys Arabs: Arab Baths dating back to the Muslim domination of the island
  • The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca
  • Beaches and marine activities
  • The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Palau de l'Almudaina, a Muslim castle
  • S'Albufera de Mallorca - wetland bird reserve near Alcudía (free entry)
  • Old monastery at Valdemossa.
  • Belver Castle - a round castle near Palma de Malorca with great views.
  • Joan Miro Foundation - an art exhibition house with Miros best work during his years in Mallorca.

For a complete overview of many sights and activities around the island, including great hidden villages, check the Balearnet website.

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Weather

Mallorca has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm and dry summers and mild but relatively wet winters.
Summers last from June to September when temperatures during the day average between 24 °C and 28 °C with nights generally still above 20 °C. Occasionally, temperatures can hit almost 40 °C. Winters last from December to February with temperatures around 13 °C or 14 °C and nights around 10 °C. This is also the time when most rain falls, although autumn and spring have a good deal of showers as well and even summers can have some heavy showers now and then. Occasionally, snow, especially in the higher parts is possible.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max15.1 °C15.5 °C17.1 °C19.2 °C23.3 °C27.4 °C30.8 °C31 °C27.7 °C23.2 °C18.8 °C16.1 °C
Avg Min3.5 °C3.8 °C4.5 °C6.5 °C10.5 °C14.6 °C17.3 °C18.2 °C15.9 °C12.2 °C7.6 °C5.2 °C
Rainfall36 mm32 mm28 mm34 mm27 mm16 mm7 mm16 mm48 mm68 mm48 mm46 mm
Rain Days777863236989

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Getting There

By Plane

Palma de Mallorca Airport (IATA: PMI, ICAO: LEPA), located 15 minutes' drive from the city of Palma de Mallorca, is the main airport in Mallorca. After Madrid Barajas Airport and Barcelona Airport this is the third busiest airport in the country and one of the busiest during summer. Numerous airlines serve the island, including several budget airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair. Dozens of cities have connections, mainly in the north and west of Europe, as well as places closer by in the south.
Ryanair has flights to Alicante, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bremen, Dublin, Edinburgh, ]]Frankfurt|Frankfurt-Hahn]], Girona, Glasgow-Prestwick, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Lübeck, Madrid, Reus (near Barcelona, Shannon, Stockholm-Skavsta and Weeze (near Düsseldorf).
Air Berlin is another big one serving the island with destinations like Almería, Amsterdam, Asturias, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bilbao, Bremen, Ciudad Real, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Faro, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Karlsruhe, Leipzig, Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Munich, Murcia, Nuremberg, Porto, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Stuttgart, Valencia andZürich.
Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUIfly, Easyjet and Condor air other big airlines, mainly serving the UK, Germany and Spain but some other destinations as well.

By Boat

Domestic
Several ferry operators have connections to Mallorca from mainland Spain. Acciona Trasmediterránea has boats to and from Alicante for example. Other ferry operators include Balearia between Barcelona, Valencia and Denia and Mallorca. Iscomar offers roughly the same connections as well.
Most of the ferries have connections to the other Balearic Islands as well, like Ibiza and smaller Menorca.
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Getting Around

By Train

There is several train routes. One travels several times daily between Palma de Mallorca and Soller on the northwest coast. Check Sollernet for more information about the train and the town.
Other trains go inland to Inca. A third train connects Inca with Sa Pobla and Manacor.

By Car

Renting a car is one of the best ways to cover a lot of the island and offers the possibility to visit some more remote places. Roads are generally in a good conditions and prices of rental cars are not too high. Book ahead during the peak months of July and August.

By Bus

There are number of bus routes around Mallorca and to the interior. Most buses terminate and originate in Palma de Mallorca, where they leave from de Playa d'Espanya. The only really reliable way to be sure about services is to ask at this bus station - in winter at least.
For an overview of schedules and connections, check thebusschedule.com.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hotel Sa Rota d´en PalermCarretera Lloret -Montuiri Km.Hotel-
Can Tem - Hotel d'InteriorEsglesia 14 AlcuidaHotel-
Es Bauló Petit HotelAvda. Santa Margarita, 28 Can PicafortHotel85
Finca Sa CarrotjaSa Carrotja 7 Ses SalinesGuesthouse-
Fornalutx Petit HotelAlba, 22 FornalutxHotel-
Hi! Hotel HonoluluC/ Alta esquina, C/ Pineda Urbanizacion TorrenovaHotel-
Hi! Mimosa ParkC/ Cas Saboners 28 PalmanovaHotel-
Hi! Palmanova HotelC7 Miguel de los Santos Oliver 13 PalmanovaHotel-
Hostal CalmaTeodoro Canet, 25 Puerto AlcudiaGuesthouse-
Hostal OriolaTorrent de Can Botana 35Guesthouse-
Hostal Blue Beachc/ Silenci 18, Ca´n Picafort. MallorcaGuesthouse84
Hotel TeixCalle Pinada 1 Palma Nova, MallorcaHotel-
Hotel VillabárbaraPlaya, 17 Can PicafortHotel-
Playas del ReyVia Jaime I, 76 Santa PonsaHotel-
Aparthotel La PérgolaAvda. S'Almudaina 16Apartment-
Ola Aparthotel IsabelRonda des Prat, s/nApartment-
Ola Aparthotel TomirMiguel de Cervantes, 4 Portals NousApartment-
Ola Aparthotel CeciliaGavina, s/nApartment-
Apartamentos Central ParkCrta. Alcudia-Arta s/nApartment85
Ola Apartamentos BouganvilliaDes Centre, 4Apartment-
Hotel Son BauloRonda del Torrente, 8Hotel-
Cas Comte Petit Hotel & Spa11 AiamansHotel-
Hotel Sa Coma3 Camí des MolíHotel-
Hostal Porto ColomCalle Cristofol Colom 5Guesthouse-
Hotel Son CledaPlaza Fossar 7 SineuHOTEL-
Finca Son MercadalCarrer de Sant Pau s/n Apdo de correos 52 PorreresHostel-
Hotel Bahia Principe Coral PlayaC/ Torrenova, 41Hotel-
Es Palmer GuesthouseCarretera Campos-Colonia Sant Jordi Km 6,400Guesthouse-
S'Hort des Turo ApartmentsCarretera de Ses Salines a Colonia Sant Jordi, KM 2,5Apartment-
Hotel HM TropicalCalle Marbella 16Hotel-
Hotel HM Gran FiestaCalle Marbella 28Hotel-
Apartamentos Roc PortonovaPaseo del Mar 2 PalmanovaApartment84
Hotel Roc LeoCalle Polacra Can PastillaHotel90
Hotel Roc LindaC/ Octavio Augusto, 2 Can PastillaHotel-
Aparthotel Dunes PlatjaPaseo Colón, 140 Can PicafortApartment-
Hotel Costa VerdeCalle Europa 33 EL ARENAL Palma de MajorcaHotel-
Hotel Roc Illetas PlayaPaseo Illetas 62 CalviáHotel-
Hotel Flamenco - Can PicafortIsabel Garau 47 MallorcaHotel-
Niu d´AusEstel d´Argent, 15APARTMENT-
Citric Hotel SollerCamino del Faro a Muleta -Playa Repic Soller , MallorcaHotel83
Sa Casa Rotja AgroturismoCarretera Sineu-Muro km 3.5, SineuApartment-
Hotel MonportCala d'Egos, Finca La NoriaHOTEL-
Hostal SaturnoC/De La Flor 13, Calla MillorGUESTHOUSE90
Ola Apartamentos Es Ravells D'OrRavells, s/n Cala d'Or MallorcaAPARTMENT-
Green GardenCastellet, 59 Cala RatjadaHotel-
Hostal BienvenidosAvenida Bienvenidos 12 Cala d'OrHotel-
Cap Vermell Beach Hotel - Optimal Hotels SelectionPlaza Pins de ses Vergues, 1 CanyamelHotel-
Hotel Sa Franquesa Nova - Optimal Hotels SelectionCtra. Petra-Felanitx, km4.0 Villafranca de BonanyHotel-
Can IsabelCalle Isabel II, 13 SollerHotel-
Hotel MoronAvda Cala Agulla 83 Cala RatjadaHOTEL-
whala!ambos mundosC/ Marbella, n 35 Playa de PalmaHOTEL79
Hi! Cala Vinas ApartmentsC/ Las Sirenas 17 Cala VinasAPARTMENT-
Hi! Bouganvilla AparthotelC/ Margaritas 21 Sa Coma - Sant Llorenç des CardassarAPARTMENT-
Hi! Don Pedro HotelC/ Cala Clara s/n Cala San Vincente, PollensaHOTEL-
HM MartiniqueTirso de Molina, 1 MagallufApartment-
Hotel Roc BoccaccioAvda. Pedro Mas y Reus 3, Pto. de AlcudiaHOTEL-
Casa PoesiaAvd. Cala Llombards 51 Cala LlombardsGuesthouse-
Apartamentos SuredaVia del Foner 49 CanyamelAPARTMENT-
Hostal MarblauCalle Iglesia 24 Cala FigueraGuesthouse84
Hotel Peru PlayaMar de Aral 12 Playa de PalmaHotel-
Posada de LlucRoser vell 11 PollensaGuesthouse-
Hostal LidoCalle Germa Bianor 16 El ArenalGUESTHOUSE83
Ca'n VerderaCarrer des Toros 1 FornalutxGuesthouse-
Nord RuralPlaza Triquet EstellencsGUESTHOUSE-
Venecia ApartmentsCalle del Garballons 2 Puerto de AlcudiaAPARTMENT-
Tres Torres Apartmentstrovadors,5 Palma de MallorcaApartment-
Es Camp B&BCamino de Can Pico, 3 BanyalbufarGUESTHOUSE77
Es Pla NouAp.de Correos,No.22 FelanitxGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Delfin MarVi­a Rey Sancho, 11 Santa Ponsa CalviaHOTEL-
Son Siurana AgroturismoPalma-Alcudia road km. 42 AlcudiaGUESTHOUSE-
RocamarJuan Sebastian Elcano 38 Cala FigueraGuesthouse-
Torrent Fals AgroturismoCarretera Santa Maria-SencellesGUESTHOUSE-
Son PenyaCami de Son Berga s/n Sant Llorenç des CardessarGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Rural Son MasCarretera Porto Cristo-Porto ColomGUESTHOUSE-
Villa Sa Barcellacalle de llorito, 1 Sineu - Mallorca - BalearesApartment-
Hostal ColonialCalle Ingeniero Gabriel Roca 9 Colonia de Sant JordiGUESTHOUSE-
Holiday GardenCircuit del Llac, s/nHostel-
Hotel Posada del MarquesUrbanizacion Es Verger s/n Esporles IllesHOTEL-
Es Salobrar ApartmentsCalle Cervantes 22 Colonia Sant JordiAPARTMENT-
whala!balmesC/ Bellamar 7,Can PastillaHOTEL-
Ibersol Son Caliu Mar & Beach Clubc/ Voranova 6HOTEL-
Villa PrimeraBernareggi 25 Cala FigueraAPARTMENT-
Apartments Guya PlayaCalle de SecretApartment-
Hotel Villa BarbaraAvenida Platja 17Hotel-
Catalina Vera HostalCalle Isaac Peral, 63 Port d'Andratx - MallorcaGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Pinos PlayaC. Costa den Nofre, 15 Cala SantanyiHOTEL-
Gran Hotel Sollerc/ Romagera 18 SollerHOTEL-
Hostal ParisC:Magallanes 18 Port de PollencaGuesthouse-
Hotel Leon De SineuCarrer dels Bous, 129Hotel-
Marina PaxAv. Notario Alemany 12 MagallufHOTEL-
Hostal Mar del PlataCarretera Militar 252 El ArenalGUESTHOUSE84
Hostal San Francisco Cala D'orAvd Tagomago 18 Cala D'OrGUESTHOUSE-
Marbel HotelPlini Street, 2 Can PastillaHOTEL-
Algaida Petit HotelCalle Ribera 1 AlgaidaHOTEL-
Hotel DaltmuntanyaCtra.Bunyola-Orient, km.10 OrientHOTEL-
Adosados Es TrencOrtega y Gasset 37 Ses SalinesAPARTMENT-
Agroturismo Alqueria BlancaCtra. Palma-Soller km 13,6 BunyolaHOTEL-
Es RasquellCamino des Rasquell - Finca 1336 IncaAPARTMENT-
Hostal Can TiuCarrer Petit,11 AlaroGUESTHOUSE-
Casa EstrellaMajor 26 ArtaGUESTHOUSE-
Prisontel AlbaC/Conillera s/n Cala DOr - SantanyíHOTEL-
Prinsotel Mal PasC/ Cami Vell de la Victoria s/nHOTEL-
Prinsotel La PinedaC/ Castellets 72 Cala RajadaHOTEL-
Hostal ParisCalle de Magallanes 18 Port de PollençaHotel-
Live Mallorca HostelAeródromo de Son Bonet s/nHostel-
Hotel Roc OberoyCarrer Ametllers, 5Hotel-
ApartHotel PlayaDoradaAritja n7HOTEL-
Can Calco Petit HotelC/ Campanet, 1 MoscariHOTEL-
Sant Salvador Petit Hotel HostatgeriaCarretera Felantx Pto. Colom s/n, FelanitxHOTEL-
Hostal DorisCalle Estanques 56 Colonia de Sant JordiGUESTHOUSE-
Whala!solimarCalle Bergas 7&9 LlucmajorHOTEL-
Hostal ApolloPaseo Colón, 79 Can PicafortGUESTHOUSE-
whala!san diegoCalle Miramar 1 Playa de PalmaHOTEL-
Agroturismo Son Pons S.L.Ctra. Buger - Sa Pobla, km 1.2 BugerHOTEL-
Agroturisme Son Barcelo MasCrta Campos Santanyi Km 42GUESTHOUSE-
Casa OlgaAvenida de Palma, 16 - Left door - 2º floor left. ValldemossaGUESTHOUSE-
OLA Club BermudaCalle de Pinzones, 20, Palma NovaHotel-
OLA Club MaiorisCarretera Cap Blanc, km 6Hotel-
OLA Club PanamaParis,4 Palma NovaHotel-
OLA Hotel el VistamarGermans Pinzón, s/n Porto ColomHotel-
OLA Apartamentos Es Ravells D'orRavells, s/n Cala D'OrApartment-

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 39.57151
  • Longitude: 2.64693

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