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    Car rental in Mallorca - A magical island to enjoy

    A beautiful island with diverse scenery, Mallorca is perfect for exploring. From the lively party atmosphere to calm and tranquil coves with crystal blue waters – Mallorca has it all at its door step. Its long sandy beaches and turquoise waters make it a jewel in Spain’s tourism arsenal. As you drive around the island with your car rental in Mallorca, you’ll pass through quaint mountain villages, sleepy towns and fascinating landscapes. Here history and culture converge with vibrant bars, restaurants and clubs to make Mallorca a must visit island.

    With over 60 year’s car rental experience, Auto Europe, is well poised to offer you great quotations on a large fleet of vehicles to choose from. Having partnered for many years with local, national and international well-renowned car rental suppliers, we’ll find the perfect vehicle solution for your trip. From car hire to luxury cars and motorhomes, we also offer a transfer service. Contact our dedicated reservation agents to find out more today.

    How is the traffic in Mallorca?

    Congestion on the island is very much dependant on the time of year. During the winter low season, traffic is relatively low and many of the roads are clear. During the summer peak period however, congestion increases. The main traffic hotspot is unsurprisingly its capital city Palma de Mallorca. This is mainly within the city centre and along the northern section of the MA-20 - especially noticeable where the MA-20 links to the MA-13. The MA-13A road also sees some traffic, mainly from vehicles trying to avoid the MA-13. Generally at roundabouts, main intersections and near the beachfronts you can expect higher amounts of traffic.

    Where can I park my car rental in Mallorca?

    Finding parking in Mallorca can be easy or difficult depending on the time of year you visit. During the peak summer months, parking can be extremely challenging, whilst during winter time, you’ll find parking easily. On-street and car parking is available in many city centres and a long beachfronts - although, again it could be difficult to find during peak season. Parking is generally paid; free spaces are available but more popular. You should note that a blue line indicates a paid parking spot. You will need to buy a ticket at the ticket machine provided. A yellow line indicates that parking is not allowed. Failing to adhere to the rules could see you receive a parking fine.

    Mallorca Airport

    Known as Son Sant Joan Airport, Mallorca Airport is located 7 km east of Palma de Mallorca – the islands largest city. Consisting of four terminals, the airport is officially the third largest in Spain. During the summer season, it can easily become one of the busiest airports in Europe, with many tourists flocking to the island. Both domestic and international flights operate out of this airport, with national carriers alongside budget airlines connecting countries such as the UK, Germany and so forth.

    Palma de Mallorca Airport - (PMI)
    Address: 07611 Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
    Website: Mallorca Airport
    Telephone: +34 902 40 47 04

    What to do in Mallorca

    Mallorca is primarily known for its vibrant atmosphere and lively bars, clubs and nightlife. There is another side to this island though, which will pleasantly surprise those who are looking for history, culture and tranquillity during their stay. It goes without saying that Mallorca’s beaches, coves and crystal clear waters aren’t to be missed, but neither are the following recommendations that you should keep in mind.

    • Palma de Mallorca by bike:

      If you’re staying in Mallorca’s capital city, Palma de Mallorca, then you should consider hiring a bicycle and exploring Palma’s history and heritage. Opt for a bike tour and your guide will take you through the areas points of interest. From the old town to the harbor and Palma Cathedral – you’re sure to find it all extremely fascinating. Your bike will allow you to wander the narrow alleyways, discovering quaint restaurants, bars and coffee houses.

    • Cuevas del Drach:

      Located on Mallorca’s serene east coast, at Porto Cristo, you’ll come across the Cuevas del Drach. This cave network consists of four large caves, with numerous others that descend into a depth of 25 metres. The whole cave network covers an area of around 3 km and is a wonderful and peaceful place to visit. It was rediscovered in the 19th Century, but it is believed to have already been known of in the middle ages.

    • Mallorca Beaches: The island is renowned for its sandy beaches and pretty coves. Alcudia Beach is known for its stretch of white sandy beach and beautiful scenery - likewise S‘Arenal and Portal Nous are beaches that shouldn’t be missed. Also not to be overlooked and slightly less popular are the beaches of Cala Gat and Cala Ratjada. These beaches are perfect for snorkelling due to their crystal clear waters. Ultimately, the whole of Mallorca is packed with hidden coves and less popular beaches – great for exploring.

    • Castle of Capdepera:

      Located high up on top of a hill, this 14th Century castle is surrounded by massive triangular walls. Enjoy much of the historical elements this castle brings to its visitors, including views towards the island of Menorca – on a clear day. We would recommend visit Capdepera during one of its many festivals. This will allow you to indulge in the atmosphere and great food. A traditional Mallorcan market is also hosted every Wednesday with lively music and entertainment.

    • Tramuntana Liquor Workshop:

      Hierbas is known as Mallorca’s typical alcoholic beverage and is something you shouldn’t miss out on. Join a tour in the protected UNESCO Tramutana Mountains and partake in a workshop where you’ll learn how this local delicacy is created. Most tours will take you into the mountains to collect the herbs for the liquor. Once back at base, you’ll firstly make the liquor before sitting down for a light dinner – you’ll even get to take a bottle home with you.

    Best day trips with my car hire in MALLORCA

    As an island, Mallorca is a great place to explore by car. With your car rental in Mallorca you can venture as near or far as you wish – but nowhere on the island is actually too far. Visit its numerous coastal caves and sandy beaches, or entertain yourself in some local museums and tourist attractions. Enjoy the islands tranquil natural parks and sanctuaries. We would recommend the following ideas for a memorable day trip.

    Cap Formentor: Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Cap Formentor is renowned for its picturesque postcard views. These limestone cliffs rise up to gift you with amazing vistas, whilst you experience the majestic waves crashing against its rocks. We would recommend visiting these cliffs during dusk, to catch a glimpse of the amazing sunset across the sea. It is by far one of the prettiest parts of the island, and a must visit – just take extra care driving u the narrow mountain roads to the top.

    Mondragó Natural Park: With crystal clear blue sea, impressive cliffs and an abundance of pine trees to match, the Mondragó Natural Park is a great place to unwind and relax. Located around 10 minutes from Portocolom, near Cala d’Or in Santanyi, this natural park is perfect for surrounding yourself in Mallorca’s unique wildlife and beautiful scenery. The influx of migratory birds brings with it a burst of activity to the park – so try and plan your visit to match.

    Sollér Railway: Experience a railway ride like few others, the Sollér train ride will take you deep into the island of Mallorca, passing through historical villages, tunnels, stone bridges and amazing landscapes. Experience the real Mallorca, with a train ride that will keep you entertain and fully intrigued. The train is an old-fashioned wooden style engine that runs along a traditional three-foot gauge.

    Sanctuary of Lluc and Sant Salvador: Located on the east coast of Mallorca, Sant Salvador Sanctuary is less than an hours drive from Palma de Mallorca. High up on top of a hill you’ll be greeted by a figure of Christ and a stone cross monument. This monastery dates back to the 14th Century and was in use until the early 90s. Towards the northwest of Mallorca, you’ll come across yet another sanctuary Lluc. Surrounded by the beautiful Tramuntana Moountains, this area is the perfect get away.

    Geographic Information & History

    Mallorca, together with Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, is one of the islands that form the Balearic archipelago located in the Mediterranean Sea. The islands landscape consists of sandy beaches, mountains, coves, pristine waters and all-year round great weather. Its Mediterranean climate means that winters are mild, whilst summers are hot and humid. During the summer months temperatures can reach around 30ºC, with winter rarely falling below 10ºC.

    The island of Mallorca witnessed many conquests and rulers over its history. Evidence exists of the islands past trading importance, with some involvement during the Punic wars. Initially, the archipelago served as a hub for pirates until the Roman Empire decided to annex it in 123 BC. The following centuries saw the islands change hands from the Romans to the Vandals and Byzantines. It wasn’t until the 9th Century that the Islamic Emirate of Cordoba annexed the island, influencing greatly the islands cuisine, culture and local dialect.

    Catalan King Jaume I conquered the islands in 1231, annexing them into the Kingdom of Aragon. The islands during this period started to flourish, both through trade and as an important strategic location. All the islands in the archipelago were united as the Balearic Islands, and came under the Kingdom of Spain. Throughout the years the island was influenced by external European wars, politics and even the plague. Since the 1970’s and the onset of mass tourism, the island has grown in wealth and popularity, establishing itself as one of Europe’s main holiday destinations.

    How to get around MALLORCA

    The island of Mallorca has a surprisingly efficient and well-maintained public transport network. This consists of buses, trains and taxis for island travel, and a metro network within the capital city of Palma de Mallorca. Opting for public transport is a convenient and environmentally friendly way of exploring Mallorca. Routes can be found to other towns and also too many of the major tourist resorts. For harder to reach places, we would recommend a car rental or a taxi.


    The train system is regular, reliable and very pleasant. It has three routes with trains that run generally every hour. Both fast trains and slower more scenic trains are available. Stations include Inca, Sa Pobla, marratxi, Consell, Santa Maria, Lloseta, Muro, Sineu and Manacor – with Palma being easily reached from Inca and Manacor. Tickets are relatively inexpensive, costing around 4€ one-way.


    Covering only the capital city of Palma de Mallorca, the metro system was opened in 2007. It consists of two metro lines, the M1 and M2. M1 is around 7.2 km and contains nine metro stations, whilst M2 covers around 8.4 km with nine stations. The metro system is a great way to get around the capital, carrying 1.2 million passengers annually. The stations and trains are new, modern and well-maintained.


    Two main bus operators exist, TIB and EMT - their hubs are located in Palma de Mallorca. TIB buses are red and yellow, whilst the EMT buses are recognised by their blue and white colours. TIB services serve the whole island on an hourly basis, and are a great way of getting around - although their service is reduced during the winter season. EMT is a regular all-year round bus service that runs every fifteen minutes. It is very reliable and tickets are around 2€ or less.


    Official taxis in Mallorca have a blue number plate, if this is not present, then it has no licence to carry passengers. Taxis can be pre-booked or picked up at one of the numerous taxi ranks across the island. Journey cost estimates are displayed on the taxi rank, but we advise discussing this with the driver before commencing your trip. Using a taxi is cost effective if used by a few people, especially in comparison to other public transport options.

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