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“Mallorca was a real surprise for me. Before I arrived, I imagined that there wouldn’t be much to do
here besides partying and sunbathing, but by the end of the first day I had abandoned this
stereotype. Mallorca has everything you need for a real Mediterranean holiday: beautiful azure seas,
sandy beaches and palm trees. I can also recommend the island to families with young children,
though they should avoid El Arenal or Magaluf, and stick to the eastern and southeastern coast
instead.
The island is also rich in natural beauty, which makes it a great destination for those looking to
disconnect: The Serra de Tramuntana, for example, is an unmissable area for hikers and nature
lovers, and is a UNESCO world heritage environment. At the same time, I’d only recommend it for
experienced drivers, because you’ll have to deal with narrow, winding roads full of hairpin bends,
and unfortunately accidents are a frequent occurrence. Beneath the surface, Mallorca is bursting
with magnificent natural beauty, and the Dragon Caves are another must-see attraction.
The island is a genuine pearl, and although it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, it’s still only about
as big as Long Island, so it’s quite possible to explore it in a week if you rent a car. This is much more
fun and better value than a whole-day tour of the island, which really does take the whole day, and
basically involves sitting in a bus for most of the time. Car hire is straightforward, and in most places
they don’t charge a deposit to your card (just in case the possibility of being cheated was putting you
off the idea). Most cars cost about €37 a day.

Practicals

Transport

Car rental is necessary to discover the island because you can hardly reach the most beautiful spots by long-distance buses. Car rental is not very expensive; a small and medium-sized car may cost about 130-140 euros/week (fuel not included).


Mallorca - Sóller - Train of Sóller - Krista photo (2021)

Food

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Mallorca - porcella (Suckling pig)- b.s. photo

Mallorca - Pa amb oli (bread with olive oil) - b.t. photo

Mallorca - vegan food - s.c. photo

Shopping

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Mallorca - Alcudia market - s.k. photo

Fun

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Mallorca - Magaluf - Mambos Terrace - f.b. photo

Mallorca - Less internet, more Cabernet - Krista photo

Public safety

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Mallorca - police - c.j. photo

Mallorca - Port de Sóller - beach with sunbeds and small locker on the parasols - Krista photo

Health

“Mallorca, like most seaside destinations in the Mediterranean, has the most jellyfish during the summer heat. It should be noted, however, that Mallorca's beaches are not frequented by deadly jellyfish. Their sting is unpleasant, but it does not spoil the holiday. Unfortunately, it is not possible to specify when and on which beaches you should watch out for jellyfish. More or less of them may appear on any beach and bay at any time. This is because jellyfish swarms migrate (or rather drift) quite randomly.

Some foreigners spend months on end in Mallorca and are not stung by a single jellyfish during the whole season. In any case, it’s usually pretty easy to see if there’s any danger when you get to the beach – if for no other reason than that kids seem to love throwing the washed-up jellyfish around. Otherwise, you may see other beachgoers staring at the water very carefully.

If you do get stung, pour only seawater on the sting, not tap water. Vinegar, wine, and other alcoholic drinks are also possible. You only have to go to the doctor if you get a jellyfish sting in the eye.

Sea urchins can also be a danger – it’s not specifically venom that causes problems, it’s the quill itself, which is often difficult to cleanly remove. The sea urchin’s quill is non-toxic. Sea urchins occur are mostly found in the rocky bays of Mallorca. It is not possible to delimit geographical areas occupied by urchins in relation to the island. "

Background

Destination in brief

The Spanish island, Mallorca is located in the western Mediterranean, 248 km (154 mi) from Barcelona, ​​261 km (162 mi) from Valencia, and 315 km (195 mi)from Alger. The nearest Spanish mainland is 170 km (105) from Mallorca.

Mallorca is one of the Balearic archipelago's main islands, alongside Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Of these, Mallorca is the largest and most populous.

Mallorca's name comes from the Latin term insula maior (the larger island) as it is the largest Spanish island.

Size: 3,640 km² (1,405 mi²)

Population (in 2020): 393,000

More than 10 million tourists, vacationers in 2019.

The capital, Palma de Mallorca, about half of the island’s population lives here.

Catalan and Spanish (Castilian) are the official languages ​​of the island. Catalan has been an equally official language alongside Spanish since 1983 and is now considered a first language. The Catalan dialect spoken on the island is called mallorquí.

From May to October is the best time to make a holiday on this island. June to August is the recommended period for young people seeking hustle and bustle, great nightlife. Outside the high season (May, September, and October), life is slow, the best timing for calm vacation and many excursions.

Quiet locations for families with children: e.g., Alcúdia (beaches with slowly deepening water), Soller, Ca'n Picafort, and usually the parts of the island further away from Palma (the capital).

The most beautiful bays are at Cala d'Or.

A beach called Es Trenc is visited by more than half a million people a year, and - believe it or not - 25 tons of sand is carried away every year unintentionally on the soles of slippers, between their toes, or on towels. After each tourist season, the lost sand is replaced in an organized way.


Geography

Mallorca's coastline is 554 km (334 mi) long; its highest point is the 1432-meter (4698 mi) high Puig Major.

Mallorca - Cap de Formentor, the northernmost point of the island - f.m.

Mallorca - Alcúdia - yucca tree - a.a. photo

Mallorca - Fornalutx - Krista photo

People

“Locals call their island an oasis of tranquility, and indeed, the abundance of sea, sunshine, and natural beauty make not only foreigners but also locals calm and happy. They have a typical Spanish zest for life, although especially in rural towns you can feel that they are not always happy to see throngs of tourists. While they make a living from them, they are also bored of them, which, given the sight of young Britons and Germans drunkenly flirting and hooking up, isn’t altogether surprising. The island’s traditional way of life has been changed in a relatively short time by forcibly developed mass tourism, with all the usual negative effects, so many locals feel they are slowly being pushed out of their homeland.

One positive, however, is that almost everyone speaks English and often also German, so you won’t be lost even if you don’t understand Spanish.

Incidentally, the locals speak an island version of Catalan, which even the average Spanish speaker struggles to understand, so in the end, English will almost certainly be the common denominator. The majority of the locals, as on the mainland, are deeply religious Catholics, so despite the island being a holiday resort, we should not walk anywhere except the beaches half-naked or in a bathing suit, and churches and cathedrals should of course only be visited inappropriate attire.

Mallorca - Valdemossa - elder locals chating vehemently in Mallorquín, a local dialect of the Catalan language - Krista photo

Gastronomy

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Mallorca - tumbet, a Mallorcan version of the French Ratatouille (layers of aubergine, potato and red bell peppers) - d.f. photo

Mallorca - Stuffed eggplants (Berenjana relleno) - t.s. photo

Attractions

Sóller

Mallorca - Sóller - Sant Bartomeu Church - Krista photo

Mallorca - Sóller - Calle de la Luna - Krista photo

Mallorca - Sóller - Train of Sóller - Krista photo

Mallorca - Sóller - Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square) with a fountain - Krista photo

Mallorca - Sóller - off the tourist track - Kriszta photo

Port de Soller

Mallorca - Port de Soller - Krista photo

Mallorca - Port de Sóller - promenade along the beach - Krista photo

Mallorca - Port de Sóller - beach beside the marina - Krista photo

Mallorca - Port de Sóller - train - Krista photo

Alcúdia

Mallorca - Alcúdia - r.a. photo

Mallorca - Alcúdia - a.r. photo

Mallorca - Alcúdia - p.a. photo

Can Pastilla

Valdemossa

Mallorca - Valdemossa - very touristy - Krista photo

Mallorca - Valdemossa - Where Chopin has lived with George Sand - Krista photo

Deiá

Mallorca - Deiá - Krista photo

Mallorca - Deiá - Krista photo

Mallorca - Deiá - Krista photo

Fornalutx

Mallorca - Fornalutx - Krista photo

Mallorca - Fornalutx - Krista photo

Mallorca - Fornalutx - village church with clocktower - Krista photo

Mallorca - Fornalutx - its most popular cafe - Krista photo

Mallorca - Fornalutx - idyll - Krista photo

Mallorca - Fornalutx - Krista photo

Banyalbufar

Mallorca - Banyalbufar - Krista photo

Mallorca - Banyalbufar - 16th century parish church - Krista photo

Mallorca - Banyalbufar - Krista photo

Mallorca - Banyalbufar - Krista photo

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