Car Hire in Mallorca
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Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearic Islands, which belongs to Spain and lies in the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of the island is Palma. As one of the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean, Mallorca is known for its beautiful coastline, limestone mountains, architecture, wineries, and last but not least, beautiful beaches, which are probably the main reason for the flourishing tourism on this island. If anything, it is certainly Mallorca where everyone can find their paradise beach. Besides beautiful sandy beaches, there are also stone and pebble beaches that are completely illuminated by the sun or surrounded by palm and pine trees.
But Mallorca has much more to offer than beautiful beaches and with a car hire in Palma, you can easily explore many great places on the island.
The best time to visit Mallorca is from March to May, when the average temperatures are around 21 degrees Celsius and the masses of summer tourists have not yet flocked to the island.
Basic info and car hire in Mallorca
- Location: Mediterranean
- Population: 896,038
- Official language: Castilia Spanish, Catalan
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: The climate in Mallorca is the Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, sunny summers that are somewhat humid but tempered by sea breezes. In Palma, the largest city, the average temperature ranges from 9.5 °C (49 °F) in January and February to 24.5 °C (76 °F) in August.
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads on Mallorca are in good condition, areas with road works are generally sufficiently signalled.
- Car hire in Mallorca: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Palma de Mallorca airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Mallorca!
Driving in Mallorca
Mallorca is a relatively small island, but there are almost endless ways to get around, and renting a car is definitely the best option for exploring the island. The landscape is mountainous and full of winding roads, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous scenery. The roads are mostly quiet so you can really enjoy your drive. The longest route is 312 km (193 miles) and loops around the island, so you can drive around the entire island in about 6 hours. To drive a car in Mallorca, you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's licence, and show valid proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. On Mallorca, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit on the motorway is 120 km/h (75 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is 90 km/h (75 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (50 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign.
It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Seatbelts front and rear are compulsory everywhere. The police on Mallorca is known to stop drivers for random breath tests.
There is only one toll road on Mallorca, the tunnel to Soller, the Ma-11. The tunnel offers a shorter route compared to the old road, the Ma-11A, and is free.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, it is imperative that you always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not actually compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
- Parking suggestions: For on-street parking, blue lines indicate that it is a zone where you must pay to park (known as 'ORA'). You can buy your parking ticket from a parking ticket machine. There are often 'free periods' in these zones, but these vary from area to area. If the lines are yellow, parking is not allowed, while white lines mean free parking. In many towns on Mallorca, look out for signs in the car parks indicating a market or other event taking place the next day, and make sure you park in legal spaces. Otherwise, you could be fined or have your car towed away.
What to see in Mallorca
If you are interested in nightlife and parties, Palma is definitely the place for you. El Arenal is known for its endless beach with many hotels, clubs, and restaurants. If you like water sports on the beach, this is also the right place for you. In Palma, you can also admire beautiful architecture, enjoy culinary delights or simply stroll along the promenade of Portixol. In the centre of the city stands the mighty Gothic cathedral La Seu, which was built in 1601. In addition to the cathedral, there are many museums, galleries, and other cultural and historical attractions worth visiting. Be sure to visit the Castell De Bellver, where concerts and other cultural events take place in the summer.
Drive your rental car beyond Mallorca
Besides Palma, there are several historical sites that are worth visiting. And each of them has its own interesting history. One of them is Valldemossa, a dreamy village full of narrow, cobbled streets. Among the souvenirs on the street, you will also find pearls, because Mallorca is known for the production of pearls that are exported to different parts of the world.
Very interesting is also the village of Deia, to which there is no organized public transport to avoid mass tourism. Many different artists and writers have found their place in this small village, which is why it has been called the "village of artists".
The Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain range that runs from southwest to northeast and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the "Cultural Landscape category. In addition to beautiful mountain views, panoramic roads, and idyllic villages, the Serra de Tramuntana also offers hiking and cycling trails with varying degrees of difficulty. So if you are interested in cycling or hiking, the Serra de Tramuntana is definitely the right choice for you. The highest peak is the Puig Major, which is 1445 m high.
MA -10 is a scenic road in the northern part of the island of Mallorca, also known as the wildest road in Mallorca. The road is about 110 kilometres long and runs from Andratx to Pollenca. It is also popular with cyclists and motorcyclists and from time to time cattle may cross your path, so you need to be careful when driving. The road crosses high mountain ridges and you can enjoy beautiful views as you drive. There are often parking areas along the road with permanent viewpoints. You should definitely stop at the two beautiful lakes Cuber and Gorg Blau, where there are also picnic areas where you can prepare your food and enjoy it with friends or family.
Enjoy the culture in Mallorca
Where to eat, drink, and party in Mallorca
Fish and shellfish, especially the prized local lobster, can be found all over the Balearic Islands. Seafood alls and oil sauce are served with the seafood.
Mallorca's speciality is emboli, toasted bread spread with fresh tomatoes and drizzled with olive oil and salt. It is accompanied by a variety of cheeses or the typical Sabrasada sausage, which is slightly spicy.
Lovers of desserts should try the Ensaimado, a special pastry filled with different creams: chocolate, caramel. If you are a little braver, you can try the fish pie Tumbet de Peix, which consists of layers of firm white fish, chillies, eggplant, and sliced boiled eggs. Typical desserts are el Gato (almond cake), namely fish Flao (cream cheese flavoured with mint).
Best Restaurants To Visit in Mallorca:
Celler sa Premsa, Palma
El Pilon, Palma
Béns d'Avall Restaurant, near Sóller
Es Cruce, Vilafranca de Bonany
If the island is already full of life during the day, it really awakens at night. The most varied nightlife can be found at Palma Bay, and the capital is definitely Magaluf. Around Calle PuntoBalena there are many discos and bars. The most popular clubs are Boomerang, TokicoJoes, Car Wash, and Bananas. The biggest discotheque on the island is BCM Planet Dance and is located in Avenia S Olivera Street. In the town of Paguera is probably the wildest discotheque that will keep you entertained until the morning, PygmalionPaguera. Entry prices to the larger clubs on Mallorca are much lower than in neighbouring Ibiza, and you often get a drink or two with your ticket. Smaller clubs and bars have free entry.
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in the Balearic Islands?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so it is important that the credit card has sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. In many European Union countries, a National ID is sufficient. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car?
The minimum age to rent a car is 19 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.
Do I need car rental insurance?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the Balearic Islands with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit Car Hire you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in the Balearic Islands?
Drivers licenses issued in the Balearic Islands or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in the Balearic Islands.
How do I find the cheapest rental deal in the Balearic Islands?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can raise the closer to the travel period gets. You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW UP and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in the Balearic Islands?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, Centauro and OK Rent a Car.
What are the types and makes of rental cars that are available in the Balearic Islands?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are VW Polo, Fiat Panda, VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I rent a car in the Balearic Islands?
Most car rentals in Balearic Islands offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
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