Traveling to Mallorca for the first time. All you need to know

If this is the first time you are traveling to Mallorca, it’s probable that some doubts have come up and our intention is to solve all of them before you start your trip around the island.

Practical information about Mallorca

  • Capital: Palma (although it is very common to use, wrongly, Palma de Mallorca).
  • Population: the island has a population of more than 940.000 inhabitants, almost half of them living in the capital, Palma.
  • Demonym of Mallorca: people from Mallorca are called mallorquina and mallorquín, respectively.
  • Language: Mallorca has two official languages, Spanish and Catalan (using the dialectal variety known as Mallorquín), but it’s very common to find people who speak other languages such as English or German.
  • Currency: the official currency, as in the rest of the country, is the euro (€).
  • Current local time: the official time in Mallorca is the same as in mainland Spain, GMT+1.
  • Electricity and plugs: the plugs are European type, with two round outlets and 220V.

How to get to Mallorca

The first thing you”ll be interested to know is the different options you have to get to Mallorca, because as it is an island you can only travel by plane or ferry. Here’s how!

Accommodation in Mallorca

The largest of the Balearic Islands has one of the best hotel facilities in the Mediterranean. However, we recommend that you do not delay in booking your accommodation, as during the summer season it can be difficult to find a hotel at the last minute. Take note of our suggestions!

How to move around Mallorca

Once in Mallorca and with your accommodation booked, the best way to get to and around the island is by renting a car.

Car rental in Mallorca

We would love to tell you that this is not necessary and that you can travel around Mallorca, without limitations, by public transport. Our intention is to promote a responsible and sustainable model of tourism with the environment and local culture, distancing ourselves from the promotion of certain practices related to mass tourism, but we would be lying if we told you that Mallorca can easily be explored without a car.

There are very good alternatives, such as the increasing practice of cycle touring, but we understand that there are different requirements for each traveler, so if this plan doesn’t suit you and your idea is booking a hotel and getting to know all the corners of Mallorca at your own pace, you will need a motorbike or a car.

Travel insurance to Mallorca

During the holidays there may be unwanted unforeseen events that require assistance: medical attention, stolen possessions, flight delays, lost or damaged luggage, early returns for personal reasons and a whole host of other things that we don’t normally want to think about.

For this reason, we always recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy in order to travel with the best guarantees, even for trips nearby. In addition, Yo soy Mallorca readers can take advantage of an extra 5% discount on the usual price.

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All you can see in Mallorca

If you’ve never been to the island before and you don’t want to miss anything, we recommend you to download the Mallorca map that we have created for our readers. With it you can easily organise your itinerary, as it includes all the interesting sights.

Mallorca has 262 beaches, and although these are the main tourist attraction (which we fully understand!), we guarantee you that Mallorca is much more.

The island is full of history, which you can discover through its talaiots or the Roman remains of cities such as Pollentia, which will take you back to the first centuries of our era, being the departure point for a journey through time that culminates in the superb modernism that you will be able to admire in the capital.

Moreover, its landscapes also deserve attention. Did you know that UNESCO granted the distinction of World Heritage to the Serra de Tramuntana? You shouldn’t miss a route to discover it, stopping to visit some of its picturesque villages and ending the day enjoying a sunset from one of its famous viewpoints.

What to do in Mallorca

As Mallorca is the largest of the islands, it offers variety and multiple options to enjoy it. It is not the same whether traveling alone, as a couple, with friends or as a family, so we have recommendations for everyone.

You may only have one weekend to spend on the island and you might not be sure what to prioritize. We have a plan for this as well.

What we are sure is that, whatever the case, Mallorca will impress you and that this will only be the first of many visits. We’re waiting for you!

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* During the winter season not all hotels and accommodation in Mallorca are open. Because of this, they may not appear on the map.