This is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Travellers flock to Mallorca every year to enjoy the sandy beaches, balmy weather and historic architecture.
Best time to travel, know your seasons
Mallorca is known for its warm summers. The high season runs from the end of April until the end of October, when temperatures can reach up to 28 degrees Celsius in the day time (it's advisable to still bring a light jacket for the evenings). It's best to avoid the island in the winter however, as it can get very cold, with snow fall not uncommon in December and January.
Before you travel, hints and tips
Remember to reset your watch when you land in Palma de Mallorca, as the Balearic Islands are one hour ahead of our time. English is widely spoken, but buy a phrasebook before you travel if you want to impress the locals; the main languages are Spanish and Catalan (though if you speak Spanish to a Catalan native, they will still understand you). It's always wise to budget for a big trip abroad, but thankfully things like dining out won't break the bank in Mallorca as the cost of living tends to be cheaper than in Britain. If you feel like splashing out, check out the lovely cocktail bars for a sophisticated evening out and drinks made with fresh local fruit juices.
Getting from A to B, finding somewhere to stay
The airport is about 9km from the city centre, so you'll need to arrange some transport to reach your hotel if they don't provide a shuttle service. Taxis cost around 30 euros, however clean, fast buses run every 15 minutes for only approximately 3 euros. Once you reach the city centre, most destinations can be reached on foot; however the bus and metro network is extensive and reliable, and much cheaper than taking taxis. Should you wish to explore other parts of the island there are longer distance buses and trains, or you can hire a car. For getting around town without walking, cycle hire is widely available. You'll have plenty of accommodation options, with hotels from around 50 euros a night and hostels and B&Bs available from roughly 20 euros a night.