Majorca Facts File
Majorca or Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean. Like the other Balearic Islands of Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the island is an extremely popular holiday destination, particularly for tourists from Germany and the United Kingdom.
Majorca is a hub of places of interest. The island has many historic and religious buildings, museums, art galleries, monuments and landmarks to visit. Palma is a very popular holiday city all year round. Here are our top places to visit in Majorca. Visit Alaro castle but first you must conquer the Puig D’Alaro – a steep climb, but worth the effort if you are fit enough. Climbing the Calvari steps can be challenging but there are a few places to stop along the way to admire the wonderful view. Visit Almudaina Palace. Located at the entrance to Palma city, this ancient palace was built in the 10th Century on a site which pre-dates the city of Palma itself. It has many interesting historic features as well as a museum. Trying your luck at the Casino De Mallorca. The Casino has a luxurious setting and attracts visitors in large numbers, both playing and spectating. Ride the Ferrocarril De Sóller. This electric locomotive train runs from Palma de Mallorca to Soller, on the North West coast of the island taking in some beautiful views. Visit Bellver Castle. Majorca’s Castell de Bellver is a 14th century castle steeped in history and legend. Enjoy one of the Majorca’s festivals (see below). Visit Palma Cathedral. La Seu stands out from its surroundings, a demonstration of the might of Mallorca’s Christian conquerors to all who arrived by sea. More on Majorca’s attractions and things to do can be seen here .
Shopping opportunities in Majorca are plentiful and range from local markets and handicrafts, to large shopping centers containing many popular fashion boutiques. Majorca's markets are often the best places to find genuine bargains and inexpensive shopping, with many markets in Majorca offering a good selection of gift ideas, together with tasty produce, hot snacks and local specialities. As you would expect the Capital city of Palma has the best shops with the main shopping areas are Avinguda Jaume III and the Passeig des Born for up-market boutiques, and the pedestrian streets around Placa Major for small specialist shops. Other hotspots for shopping include Arta, Alcudia and Pollenca for gifts, art and artesian work, Cala d'Or and Port d'Andratx for fashion and gift boutiques and Puerto Portals for upmarket fashions.
There are plenty of different festivals that take place throughout the year in Majorca starting in January with the Festa de Sant Sebastia in Pollenca, Majorca and ending on the last day of December with the Festa de l'Estandard in Palma with a procession from the town hall to the Mass at the Cathedral. Many festivals are based around the Christian calendar with Easter being a very busy time with events all around the island.
Eateries in Majorca present an array of dining options. The most popular restaurant in Majorca Town is the Jackpot Restaurant, which serves delicious food and is open until early morning hours. The Casino is a great place for organized parties and to entertain guests. La Brasa in Port d'Andratx, surrounded by a lush garden, presents candlelit dinners, and the ambience of this restaurant adds to the dining experience.
The Island of Majorca can be lively in some resorts with nightlife, with many pubs and discotheques offering party nights. Nightlife is lively in Playa de Palma and starts after midnight. There are ample pubs and disco-bars. Palma is home to lively tapas bars and trendy coctelerías, hot discos and glitzy beach clubs, as well as classical music venues, opera and theatre. Deià and Sóller are both good destinations for classical concerts, live music and low-key bars.
There are many activities available to visitors to the island, especially the watersports. The island of Majorca offers sailing, fishing, diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, boating, and sea-kayaking. Adventurous activities include hiking to the hilly regions of the island, horse riding, and cycling. More on Majorca’s attractions and things to do can be seen here .
Vaccinations and health
There are no certificates required for vaccinations. UK tourists should take a European Health Insurance Card to avail themselves of free health checks at State hospitals in case of emergency. An all-inclusive Health Insurance is recommended. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
The climate in Majorca is hot and humid. Always drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. Remember that alcohol has a stronger affect in hot temperatures. A more detailed average climate guide for Majorca can be seen below.
220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
The currency in Majorca is the Euro. Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted at most establishments. ATMs, which are found almost everywhere, are generally the easiest and most economical way of obtaining money. Though money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, it is advised to get them exchanged at banks, as they offer the best rates.
The international access code for Spain is +34.
Local time is GMT +1 hour. During summer (between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October), local time is GMT +2 hour.
The official language is Spanish, but English is widely understood in main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Majorca
There are flights from many of UK’’s regional and International airports to Majorca. Smaller UK airport may only offer weekly flights so do set the “Give or Take” box (in the search box) to plus or minus 3 days as this will then give you better results. Low-cost and charter flights mainly fly from late April until the end of October.
Majorca Tourist Tax
From July the first 2016 visitors to any of the Balearic Islands will have to pay a local tax when checking in to their holiday accommodation. Adults will have to pay around €1.5 per day but children under 16 will be exempt. More details and charges can be seen here .