Holidays in Mallorca/Majorca: where to stay in Mallorca, what to see & do in Mallorca, language in Mallorca
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General Information about Mallorca

Where is Mallorca?
What is the capital of Mallorca?
How big is Mallorca?
What language do they speak in Mallorca?
How come it’s sometimes Mallorca and sometimes Majorca?
What is the weather like in Mallorca?
When is the best time to go to Mallorca?
What currency do they use in Mallorca?
What are the prices like in Mallorca?
What is the time difference in Mallorca?
What are the opening times in Mallorca?
How safe is Mallorca?
Is it OK to drink the tap water?
What should you bring with you to Mallorca?
About me

Where is Mallorca?

Mallorca is in the Mediterranean Sea, off the south-east corner of Spain. It’s about 90 miles from Barcelona.

Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are known as the Balearic Islands.

 
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What is the capital of Mallorca?

The capital, and much the largest conurbation, is Palma de Mallorca. Palma is, in fact, the capital of the whole Balearic Community.

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How big is Mallorca?

Mallorca is the biggest of the Balearic Islands and Menorca the second biggest. Their names derive from the Latin for ‘major’ and ‘minor’ (in English, they are Majorca and Minorca).

Mallorca is approximately 70 miles wide and 46 miles north-south, although it has a good 325 miles of coastline. From wherever you are in Mallorca, you can reach any other point on the island in a maximum of half a day.

In 2006, the population of Mallorca was 790,763, just under half of whom live in Palma. However, several million tourists visit Mallorca every year, so there are always a lot more people on the island than actually live there.

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What language do they speak in Mallorca?

Among themselves, the locals speak Mallorquín, a version of Catalan. However, everybody also speaks Spanish, so do feel free to use your Spanish. You are in Spain, after all, and the people are bilingual Mallorquín/Spanish.

In the tourist areas, almost everyone also speaks both English and German, so don’t panic if you run out of Spanish - although there’s no doubt that you’ll make a better impression if you can speak at least a bit of Spanish.

See the Language in Mallorca page for more information.

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How come it’s sometimes Mallorca and sometimes Majorca?

It’s Mallorca in Spanish and in Catalan. Majorca is the Anglicised name for the island. (The pronunciation is the same, however: Mayorca.)

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What is the weather like in Mallorca?

Mallorca has a typically Mediterranean climate. The sun comes out earlier in the year and gives up much later in the year than it does in Britain. Temperatures pretty well throughout the year are higher than they are at home.

The sun can be very strong and, especially if you’re going in the summer, you will need sunscreen. When I was there in April 2005, it already felt like August.

In November 2005, I was still swimming happily in the sea. Sitting on the beach, I usually needed a jumper on but the water was warm and if I was walking, rather than sitting still, a T-shirt was fine.

However, the weather is not completely reliable anywhere in Europe and it’s always a good idea to have a few back-up plans up your sleeve, just in case it rains. During my stay in September 2007, there were some very rainy days.

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When is the best time to go to Mallorca?

In terms of time of year, it depends what you are looking for, really. Summer is the obvious time to go but spring and autumn are also good. Just be aware that all the shops, bars and restaurants that depend on the tourist trade close down for the winter on 1st November.

If you have never been to Mallorca, I would suggest you go as soon as possible – not only because it’s a great place but also because it’s being developed at a fairly alarming rate. If you want to see the coast, particularly, before it’s covered in tourist accommodation, don’t leave it too long.

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What currency do they use in Mallorca?

Mallorca is part of Spain and uses euros and cents. It’s quite easy to exchange pounds for euros in Mallorca but you’ll probably get a better rate if you shop around and buy your euros at home. I do that but bring some extra pounds as back-up, in case I spend more euros than I expected to. You can also use credit cards in most places on the island.

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What are the prices like in Mallorca?

Overall, I have found that the cost of living in Mallorca is similar to that at home in England. However, the wine is amazingly cheap, as is the beer, so that adds to the holiday atmosphere!

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What is the time difference in Mallorca?

Mallorca, like the rest of Spain, is one hour ahead of British time.

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What are the opening times in Mallorca?

Shops are generally open from 9.30 till 1.30, closed for siesta, then open again 4.30 till 7 or 8 pm. Supermarkets are usually open all day, from 10 till 10, and banks from 9.30 till 2 pm. Virtually all shops are closed on Sundays.

Restaurants tend to operate later than we are accustomed to, particularly in the evening. The locals would consider it normal to sit down to dinner at 10 pm.

Many restaurants, museums and other places of interest are closed on Mondays, so it’s worth checking before you set out that your destination is open.

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How safe is Mallorca?

Although, of course, it’s always better to take sensible precautions, Mallorca is pretty safe. I get the impression that it would be fine to leave the front door or the car unlocked – but I’ve never tried it because I might just be unlucky. Equally, I never worry about walking around by myself after dark. I keep to well-lit areas, though probably just out of ingrained British habit. I have never had any trouble of any sort but it is as well to beware of pickpockets if you’re in a crowd.

The only time I have ever felt scared in Mallorca is driving on the mountain roads in the rain.

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Is it OK to drink the tap water?

I usually consider that, if it tastes OK, it’s probably not doing much harm, particularly just for a week or two. However, I have stayed in places in Mallorca where the tap water was salty and completely disgusting. On the whole, I’d suggest you buy bottled water – it’s cheap and you know you’re safe.

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What should you bring with you to Mallorca?

A few things you conceivably might have forgotten or not thought of:

  • Bring a plug adaptor for your electrical items.
  • If you’re going to hire a car, don’t forget your driving licence.
  • It’s handy to have some insect repellent.

Also:

Map of Mallorca

To save having to look for one when you get there and/or getting lost immediately, I would suggest you take a map of Mallorca with you. This is the one I’ve got and it’s good.

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Spanish-English Dictionary

It’s a good idea to bring a Spanish dictionary as well, just in case. See the Language in Mallorca page for more advice about language.

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Mallorca Guide Book

Although you can manage perfectly well without one, it’s useful and interesting to have a guide book.

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About me

My name is Miranda Grace Robinson and I’ve been visiting Mallorca as often as possible since I first ‘discovered’ the island in 2004. I’ve been there with friends and I’ve been there alone and I’ve always had a fantastic time.

I’m sharing my experience in the hope that it will help you to have as much fun as I always have in the Balearics.

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