MALLORCA ISLAND FAQ'S
Visitors arriving by air will land at Palma de Mallorca Airport, also called Son Sant Joan Airport (IATA code PMI), located five miles east of Palma and just north of C`an Pastilla. It is the base of operations for Air Europa and a focus city for Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2, Vueling, and Lauda.
Driving directions to the towns of Mallorca: When you leave the airport, turn right and join the Ma-19 motorway which will take you directly into Palma. Continue on Avinguda Gabriel Roca to the Ma-1 motorway, which will take you past Illetes, Palmanova, and Peguera. Take exit 13 to reach Palmanova, 14 to reach Magaluf, 17 to reach Santa Ponsa, and 20 to reach Peguera.
The Ma-13 motorway runs directly from the circular road separating Palma from the suburbs all the way to Alcúdia. Take Carrer de Pollèntia and Carrer de Teodor Canet to Port d`Alcúdia. The Carretera d`Artà connects Port d`Alcúdia with Platja de Muro and finally Can Picafort.
The Ma-19 motorway runs from east of Palma to Portopetro, just south of Cala d`Or and Cala Ferrera. From Cala d`Or/Cala Ferrera, take the Ma-4012 to just northwest of Portocolom, where you will merge briefly with the Ma-4010 before taking the right fork onto the Ma-4014 motorway, which will take you to Porto Cristo. From there, go north on the Ma-4023 motorway to Cala Millor. The Ma-15 motorway connects Palma and Capdepera, just outside Cala Ratjada. To reach Cala Millor from Cala Ratjada, take the Ma-4040 to the Ma-4023, entering Cala Millor just outside Son Servera on Ma-4026.
Note: Roads with one or two numbers (ex. Ma-1, Ma-19) are larger expressways, while roads with four-number designations (ex. Ma-4023) are smaller motorways.
Intercity buses leave the arrivals hall for the following places: Peguera, Santa Ponsa, and Magaluf (Line A11); Alcúdia, Port d`Alcúdia, Platja de Muro and Can Picafort (Line A32); Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Sa Coma, Porto Cristo, and Manacor (Line A42); and Cala d`Or, Portopetro, and Llucmajor (Line A51). Depending on the destination, fares can cost anywhere from €5 to €12 each way, and tickets can be bought from the driver. For more information, call 971 177 777 or visit www.aena.es/en/palma-mallorca-airport/intercity-buses.html to look at timetables, which vary depending on the time of year.Are there buses or trains that connect the cities and towns of Mallorca?
Mallorca`s rail network (Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca) is fairly simple, connecting Palma to Manacor in the east; Sa Pobla, nine miles southwest of Alcúdia, in the north; and Sóller in the northwest. In addition, there is an express train which runs to Inca, northwest of Enllaç/Empalme. Trains to Sa Pobla and Manacor change trains in Enllaç/Empalme, one stop from Inca station. There are plans to add new lines and extend current ones. Trains begin running around 6 a.m. and continue to run until 11 p.m. For a full timetable, visit www.trensfm.com.
Bus routes in Palma and environs are run by Empresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca (EMT, www.emtpalma.cat/en/home). Bus routes outside the city of Palma are run by Consorci de Transports de Mallorca (CTM, www.tib.org/en/web/ctm/inici), a subsidiary of Transports de les Illes Balears (TIB). EMT fares are as follows: to and from Palma Airport, €5 each way. Ticket to the cruise port, €3 each way. Regular fares are €1.50 each way. Buses only take €10 and denominations smaller than that, so keep smaller amounts on hand. On TIB buses, fares can only be paid with amounts up to €20; if a ticket costs more than €20, then a €50 is permitted. Tickets are bought from the bus drivers and vary in price from depending on the route traveled. Here are some sample prices based on popular TIB routes:
- Route 104: Palma - Palmanova - Magaluf - Santa Ponsa - Peguera - between €3 and €4 depending on distance
- Route A11: Aeroport - Palmanova - Magaluf - Santa Ponsa - Peguera - between €5.50 and €7
- Route A32: Can Picafort - Platja de Muro/Alcúdia - Aeroport - between €8 and €10
- Route 351: Platja de Muro - Alcúdia - Palma - between €5.50 and €6.50
- Route 390: Can Picafort - Palma - approximately €7
- Route 501: Cala d`Or - Palma - approximately €9
- Route A51: Cala d`Or - s`Arenal de Llucmajor - Aeroport - approximately €9
- Route 411: Cala Ratjada - Palma - approximately €12
- Route 441: Cala d`Or - Cala Millor - Cala Ratjada - between €8 and €10
- Route A42: Cala Bona - Cala Millor - Aeroport - approximately €12
For reference, bus routes in the 100s go to the southwest of Palma, the 200s go to the west of the island, the 300s go to the interior and the north, the 400s go to the east of the island, and the 500s go to the southeast. For more information on routes, including fares and timetables, visit www.tib.org/en/web/ctm/cerca-teva-linia.How do I call/hail a taxi?
Taxis are perhaps the best mode of transportation between towns and cities on the southern coast of Mallorca, and further afield as well. Taxis can be hailed from the street; they can also be hired by calling ahead or queuing at a taxi stand. The taxis in Palma and environs are white, with a red and yellow stripe down the middle of the car. Taxis in other parts of Mallorca will be white, but sometimes with a diagonal black or blue stripe. The light on top of the taxi will show as green when vacant.
Taxi stands (parada de taxis in Catalan) can be found in nearly all of the towns and villages on the southern coast of Mallorca, and at multiple points in Palma. The taxi stands in Palma are located at the Palma de Mallorca Airport; at Passeig del Born; at Avinguda de Gabriel Alomar near Parc de Sa Feixina; at Avinguda de Joan March across from the Estacio Intermodal; at the corner of Avinguda de Joan Miro and Carrer Castell de Bellver; and at the corner of Carrer de Company and Carrer de son Espanyolet. There are also taxi stands at Son Fuster and Verge de Lluc Palma Metro stations. There are also three taxi stands in Peguera, three in Santa Ponsa, two in Magaluf, and a taxi stand two blocks north of the beach (at Cami de les Meravelles) in Playa de Palma. You can find taxi ranks at Port d`Alcúdia portside, at the Bellevue resorts, and at Platja de Muro. There are also ranks in Can Picafort, Cala Millor, Cala Ratjada, Cales de Mallorca, and Cala d`Or.
Taxis are metered in Mallorca and drivers must operate on the meter system with prices displayed inside the car. Base fare is €5 on weekdays; the price is 25% higher on weekends and during late night hours regardless of the day of the week. Expect to pay in the neighborhood of €2-€2.50 per mile, with a similar increase in fare on nights, weekends, and holidays. Prices are 5 to 10% lower, on average, in other parts of Mallorca. To call a taxi in Palma and immediate environs, call +34 971 401 414 or +34 971 400 004. In Peguera, Santa Ponsa or Magaluf, call +34 971 134 700 / +34 971 680 970. For C`an Pastilla and points east, call +34 971 744 050. In Alcúdia, Platja de Muro and Can Picafort, call +34 971 54 98 70. or +34 971 54 97 66. In Cala Millor, call +34 971 58 69 69. In Cala Ratjada, call +34 619 11 51 04. In Portocolom/Cales de Mallorca, call +34 971 82 43 47. In Cala d`Or, call +34 971 65 71 73. Note that there is typically a surcharge added for reserving a taxi via telephone, usually well under €5.How easy is it to explore the sights on Mallorca?
Considering how many bus routes cover Mallorca, in addition to taxis, cars for hire, trains, and of course self-driving, it is very easy to get from Point A to Point B in a stress-free manner. From Peguera in the southwest to Cala Ratjada in the northeast, the driving distance is roughly 60 miles and takes about an hour and a half, meaning it is feasible to explore the entire island if you wanted to. The largest freeway, the Ma-1, connects Palma with the towns to the west and southwest, such as Illetes, Palmanova, Santa Ponsa, and Peguera. The Ma-20 is the ring road which separates the inner city of Palma from its northern environs. The Ma-19 connects Palma and Llucmajor to the east. Other key motorways include the Ma-13, which connects Palma and Alcúdia, and the Ma-15, which connects Palma with Artà and Cala Ratjada. The cities of the east coast can be reached easily via Manacor, which is on the Ma-15.
The cities and towns on the island of Mallorca are easy to explore on foot. Palma de Mallorca in particular, as well as the Playa de Palma area down to El Arenal, are very beautiful and millions of tourists each year walk down Palma`s narrow streets and the Playa de Palma promenade. Keep in mind, however, that the towns and villages outlined on TripMasters` dedicated page sprawl for 25 miles along the southern coast, so getting to all ten of the cities and towns on foot would perhaps be unrealistic; you will need transportation to get you from one city or town to another in most cases. The northern resort cluster from Port d`Alcúdia to Can Picafort is about six miles in length, for those who might think about walking the waterfront or the beaches that seem to (almost, not quite) connect with one another. Except for Cala d`Or and Cala Ferrera, most of the destinations on the eastern coast are meant to be enjoyed one at a time.How safe is Mallorca?
Mallorca is a fairly safe destination. Since so many visitors travel there every year, there is a vested interest in keeping the island safe for the enjoyment of the tourists. However, since it is known that people go to Mallorca to party, the most common crimes you will encounter are muggings and petty thefts. Here are some tips to keep you safe: 1) Carry small amounts of cash with you. Do not pull out all the money you will be spending on your trip. 2) Even though you are carrying small amounts, break up the amounts and store them in different areas on your person. 3) Keep your documents in a separate place on your person. Don`t take your passport out unless you absolutely need to. 4) Use common sense, like you would in the U.S., when visiting an ATM. `Skimmers` are also an issue in Spain, so study the ATM before using it, and if you feel like it looks suspect, find another ATM to use. Be mindful of your surroundings while withdrawing money. 5) Stick to well-lit routes at night, just in case. While you shouldn`t have a problem walking in most tourist areas at night, it is best to stick to main avenues. If you need the assistance of the police, you will find that many speak English.What is shopping like in Mallorca? What kinds of souvenirs are unique to the area? Where should I shop?
Mallorca has a lot of opportunities for shopping, from luxury designer goods (on the Passeig del Born in Palma, referred to as `The Golden Mile`) to souvenirs, which you can find in nearly every resort, not to mention every resort town. Here are some items that Mallorca is world-renowned for: leather, pearl necklaces, rings, and other pearl accessories, vibrant colored pottery pieces, and sobrassada, delicious Mallorcan pork sausage. In the summertime, don`t miss the La Llonja craft market in Palma; the Olivar indoor food marketplace, also in Palma; and the market in the Old Town of Alcúdia, which runs every Tuesday and Sunday morning. If you are looking for the outlet mall experience, you can find the Mallorca Fashion Outlet in Marratxi, just off Exit 8 if you are taking the Ma-13 north from Palma (approx. 30 minutes by car).Can I pay/tip in U.S. dollars?
The currency of Spain is the Euro (€) and U.S. dollars are not accepted for payment. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival. Currency exchange desks and ATMs can be found at your arrival airport and at many locations throughout the region.I do not speak Catalan or Spanish. Do many people speak English?
The official language of Mallorca, like the other Balearic Islands, is Catalan, with Spanish used in a secondary capacity. English is widely spoken and understood in Mallorca, due to its enduring popularity with British and Irish package tourists, who have come to the island en masse since the 1960s. English should be spoken at your hotel, in tourist areas such as large-scale resort complexes, bars and restaurants geared toward tourists, and many shops, but keep in mind that for as spoiled as you may be in this regard, it won`t be spoken everywhere. We suggest you get a good English-Catalan dictionary and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10. To ask someone if they speak English, say `Parles anglès?`.What are the drinking laws in Mallorca? What other facts should I know about drinking here?
The minimum purchasing and drinking age for alcohol in Mallorca, like in the rest of Spain, is 18. Your passport can serve as verification of your age in bars and nightclubs. Mallorca has long had a reputation for partying and drinking, due to the throngs of tourists who arrive from mainland Europe, in particular the British Isles and Germany.
Starting in 2015, Magaluf cracked down on public drinking and `incitements to drink` such as happy hour pricing. This spread to Palma in 2017 and other cities in Mallorca have adopted similar policies, not to mention some resorts dropping their famous all-inclusive drink packages. Don`t be deterred if this is part of the experience you wish to have: the drinks are still flowing in Mallorca despite these new laws (which you should take seriously, as thumbing your nose at one of these regulations, such as drinking outside in a city where there is a ban, can cost you as much as $5,000 in fines).
`Last orders` (the British term for `last call`) in Mallorca is typically 1 a.m. during the week, extended to 2:30 a.m. on weekends and possibly longer in the summer depending on jurisdiction.