Do not believe the popularity of the island of Majorca go to the expense of their variety and breathtaking beauty.
Only about 2 hours flight from Central Europe, lies a little paradise with 300 days of sunshine. Places of recreation and attractions for the package tourists here are almost next to each other. So close that you can achieve both comfortable and yet again so far apart that you think you are on two different islands, if you change locations.
Whether a family vacation with children or individual holidays, the island is just waiting for you to surpass your wildest expectations and give you a memorable stay.
The Balearic Islands
In addition to Ibiza, Formentera, Menorca and a multitude of small mini-islands of Mallorca is one of the Balearic Islands, which form a separate Spanish province. The administrative headquarters of the archipelago is the Majorcan capital of Palma de Mallorca. Mallorca has about 3650 square kilometers, the largest island of the Balearic Islands.
The expansion of Mallorca is about 80 km north to south and from east to west about 100 km. The distance to the mainland is about 190 km and 280 km to North Africa. Ibiza, the distance is about 80 km and 37 km to Menorca. Mallorca has over 550 km of varied coastline, which is dominated by three huge bays: the Bahia de Palma in the south of Bahia de Alcudia in the north-east and the Bahia de Pollensa in the north.
Mallorca live about 862 000 inhabitants (2009), almost half of them alone in the capital, Palma de Mallorca. In high season, the fairly low population density changes of a sudden, when millions of tourists that populate mostly from Germany and England the island.
The coastal region is made changeable, sometimes it consists of soft beach and dunes, rugged cliffs of times, with the proportion between the cliffs and sandy beach has less balance. On the east coast it is the mountain range Serra Levant, the heights reached up to 500 meters. Along the northern and western coast stretches about 100 km long and sometimes up to 20 km width of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range across the island. The Puig Major with 1440 m the highest peak of Majorca.
The official languages are Spanish and Mallorca Mallorcan (a dialect of Catalan). In tourist centers, in addition to but mostly spoke Spanish and English or German.
Palma has an extensive bus system, operated by Empresa Municipal de Transports de Palma de Mallorca (EMT). Most buses stop at the bus station Plaça d'Espanya in Palma and there are more than 20 bus lines. Timetables and schedules with bus routes are posted at every bus stop.
Taxis can be hailed from the roadside or are boarded at taxi ranks. The taxi is free, if a green light marked lliure libre or lights.
Among the car rental company based inter alia Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Hasso, Sixt.
In addition, there are some railway lines: Palma - Inca - Manacor, Palma - Inca - Sa Pobla.
A worthwhile trip with the nostalgic railroad the "Red Lightning" is on the line Palma - Soller. He commutes several times a day between Palma and Sóller. On the Plaza de España launches the Red Lightning and promises a unique experience. The railway was built in 1912 and today is the last privately owned Spanish railway, the railway owes its name to the red paint and the top speed of max. 40 km / h. For a distance of 27 kilometers, the train takes an hour, but you can experience the unique countryside and enjoy the 13 tunnel extensively.