The largest of the Balearic Islands off the
Catalonian coast, Mallorca is a place where holidaymakers from
all over Europe come in order to soak up the sun and relax on
its pristine beaches. Many head to Palma de Mallorca, the
island’s principal city where many of the hotels, bars and
restaurants are, while away from Palma, there’s plenty to
explore for adventurous types. Mallorca’s coastline ranges from
the fine sands that lie on Palma to jagged mountainsides which
provide walkers with an interesting place to walk and go
sightseeing. Meanwhile, despite being away from the Spanish
mainland, Mallorca is a vibrant, cosmopolitan place where the
busy nightlife contrasts greatly with the peaceful daytime.
Economy. Although the roads are good in Mallorca, you do need to
be wary of some of the rural routes, which can be hard to
navigate in a larger car. Something small and nippy is fine away
from the motorways.
Important things to note
Despite being a small island of
around 800,000 people, there is a motorway network on Mallorca
that makes driving between the major towns and cities easier
than anticipated. There are no direct road links to other
Balearic Islands, but planes to and from Ibiza and mainland
Spain are available. There are four tourist offices in Palma.
They’re at Parc de les Estacions, Passeig des Born 27, Placa de
la Reina 2 and Palma de Mallorca Airport.
The Paseo Maritimo, which spans the port of
Palma, is a good place to spend a night out. Many of the city’s
bars, restaurants and nightclubs are based here, while the view
of the nearby Cathedral makes for an exciting, awe-inspiring
backdrop as you sip on sangria. The Catedral de Mallorca and
Museo Catedralicio in Palma’s historic centre are both worth a
look too. Close to the beach, the cathedral is great for walking
around, while the museum reveals plenty about the island’s rich
history. If travelling with the family, Aqualand near the
Arenal Motorway is worth visiting. Waterslides, pools and more
are here if you like the idea of some waterborne family fun.
It’s open from May to October every year and is very popular. Placa del Mercat, home to an ornate church and various art
nouveau buildings, is a good place to go shopping for unique
Balearic goods. It’s also a quiet place to relax if you want to
get away from the beach during the height of summer.