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Mallorca, Balearic Islands: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands. Thanks to the particular climate it enjoys, and its ability to satisfy any holiday desire and idea, the island is a popular European tourist destination throughout the year. Known throughout the world for its incredibly white beaches, for the many possibilities to practice sports, cheap restaurants, typical products, its impressive number of bars and clubs suitable for nightlife and several historical sites, Mallorca is a vacation spot where boredom is definitely banned.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Mallorca: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday in Mallorca cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments
  8. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 869.067
  • Main center: Palma de Mallorca
  • Languages: Spanish, Catalan
  • Local currency: EUR
  • Weather: Mediterranean, with very high temperatures in summer, with peaks above 30 ° C, and moderately low in winter, almost never below 5 ° C
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: identity card valid for expatriation and in good condition for EU citizens
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is


    The largest of the Balearic islands, an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea near Spain



    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: Mallorca is home to the most important airport of all the Balearics, San Joan, which handles tourist traffic throughout the year. The airport, located 8 km from the center and perfectly connected to Palma de Mallorca, land flights from Milan and Rome provided by the airlines Ryanair, easyJet, Vueling and Volotea. Direct flights are scheduled only in summer while, in the other seasons, it is necessary to make a stop in Barcelona. The duration of the flight varies from 1h and 45m to 4 hours.
      Flights from Rome from € 30,00 - Flights from Milan from € 23,00
    • From the main European capitals: also for London, Paris and the main European capitals, the travel solutions follow what was previously done.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, sunny summers. Winter, which runs from December to February, is mild, with sunny days, but also with periods of rain and wind. During the night, the temperature can approach zero. Summer runs from June to mid-September and is hot and sunny, with rare thunderstorms. Heat waves cannot be excluded, with highs around 35/38 degrees.
    • Best time: from June to mid-September, if you intend to do beach life. April and May are great for visiting the island and its cities
    • Period to avoid: generally the winter months
    • Advice: summer clothes, with sweatshirt or jacket for winter evenings, sun protection, comfortable shoes for hiking, diving equipment, sun hat in summer

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Old town of Palma de Mallorca: is the main city and tourist center of the Balearics. The particular architectural structure of Palma, made up of small streets and stately buildings, is the testimony of the different cultures that have affected it over the centuries. Absolutely not to be missed are the characteristic narrow streets of the center full of shops and lively clubs.
    2. The Cathedral of Santa Maria: seat of the diocese of Mallorca, the building is 120 meters long, 70 wide and 44 high for a total area of ​​6.600 square meters. Located in the center of the city, where once stood there, from an architectural point of view it is an example of the Gothic style
    3. Almudaina Palace: built in the th century, on a pre-existing Muslim fortress, it is the emblem of the combination of architectural styles that have influenced the island over the centuries. Today it is one of the residences available to the King of Spain
    4. Bellver Castle: it is located on a hill 100 meters above sea level, to which the "belvedere" of the name refers. In spite of the place where it was built, this was initially a place of detention, and then transformed into a royal summer residence.
    5. Valldemossa: a small town of just over a thousand inhabitants located in the province of Sierra de Tramuntana, it is famous for its Certosa, where the musician Chopin and his partner, the writer George Sand stayed in the 800th century.
    6. Pollença: also part of the province of Sierra Tramuntana, the area is famous both for its ocher-colored rural houses, for the beaches of Cala Figuera, Cala Formentor and its lighthouse, from which you can enjoy a wonderful panorama.
    7. Petra: the small rural village is part of those stops to do to discover Mallorca more historical than tourist. Located in the hinterland of the island, the town has the basis of its economy in viticulture and cereal production. It is also famous for being the birthplace of Junípero Serra, a Franciscan missionary who was responsible for an impressive work of evangelization in Mexico and California.
    8. The caves: the territory of Mallorca is scattered with a series of underground settlements. The most famous are the Caves of the Dragon (Cuevas del Drach), located in the village of Porto Cristo, municipality of Manacor, and the Caves of Artà (Cuevas de Artà) which are located in the municipality of Capdepera, north-eastern side of Mallorca. .
    9. Cala Mondragò of Mallorca: it is located about 6 kilometers from s'Alqueria Blanca and is part of the most beautiful bays in Mallorca which is divided into two beaches: s'Amarador and this one. 80 meters long coastline of white sand, with a luxuriant pine forest behind it that favors a pleasant natural shade, the beach is awarded the Blue Flag, and was declared a Natural Park in 1992 and, three years later, it was declared by the European Community Area Natural of special birdlife interest.
    10. Cala Millor of Majorca: located about 3 kilometers from Son Servera, it is a beautiful white sand beach awarded with the Blue Flag, characterized by a wide coastline 1800 meters long. The sea is turquoise, crystalline and transparent, with sloping and sandy bottoms, ideal for bathing, diving and swimming. The area is also ideal for windsurfing

    What to do in Mallorca: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in Mallorca cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Accommodation prices in Mallorca start from € 30,00 to € 61,00 for a two-star hotel. A three-course meal for two in a middle-class restaurant can cost from € 35,00 to € 58,00 while, for the rental of a car, the average cost is € 16,00 to € 20,00, based on the period and the car model chosen. The cost of petrol per liter, on the other hand, is around € 1,30. Please note that the Italian driving license allows you to drive on the island.



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