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Top tips for renting a car in Mallorca
Although Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, you’ll quite easily be able to explore it all if you have a hire car. It’s roughly the same size as Cornwall, about 45 miles long and 70 miles wide. It’s a year-round tourist destination, with a climate that lends itself to outdoor activities, and so the main roads around the tourist centres can become quite congested. When you’re in built-up areas of towns like Palma de Mallorca, note that the local convention at roundabouts differs from that in the UK: locals stay in the outside lane, no matter which exit they choose. Once you’re in the countryside, you’ll find well maintained roads with less traffic.
There are a number of regulations to be aware of if you’re visiting Majorca with children and are hiring a car for your family. These apply from when you leave the airport to when you return your vehicle. Children under the age of 12 may not sit in the front passenger seat unless they are at least five feet tall. Children under the age of three are legally required to be in a child safety seat. These are available as bookable extras when you make your car hire reservation through KAYAK.
The larger towns in Majorca have plenty of petrol stations, mostly on their outskirts. However, you’re not likely to find any petrol stations in the smaller towns, so make sure to fill your tank before leaving on a road trip. If you need to top up along the way, you’ll find stations at regular intervals on the island’s main motorways. If you hire a hybrid car, charging stations are in Palma de Mallorca, Port Adriano, Sóller, Manacor, and Palmanova.
FAQs about renting a car in Mallorca
Hiring a car is the best way to get yourself around this holiday island, particularly if you’re on the more mountainous western side. The public transport is mainly centred around Palma de Mallorca, with buses running between some of the smaller towns, but they don’t provide enough coverage for you to really explore. There are some good driving roads here, with the road to Sa Calobra rated as one of the most scenic in Europe. You can visit the island’s historic towns to see medieval architecture, like Alcudia’s Old Town, the seaside resorts of Puerto Portals, and the cultural capital of the island, Palma de Mallorca. There’s also Artà, in a lush farming valley of olive, fig, and almond orchards.
The first thing to note is that you’ll be driving on the opposite side of the road to what you’re used to in the UK, but it won’t take long to make the adjustment and feel comfortable and confident on the roads. Just make sure that you don’t overtake on the right, as this is always treated as a traffic offence. Also, beware of the many speed cameras and radar traps on the island – it’s a busy tourist destination, so the Guardia Civil police are present. The speed limits are a little higher than you’ll be used to in the UK; you can drive up to 120 kph (75mph) on motorways.
While you are allowed to drive with a licence from the age of 18, car hire companies may only offer vehicles to people who are 21 and over. In addition, KAYAK has specific classes of more powerful and high-end luxury cars that are only available to those at least 23, with some reserved only for those who are 25 and older. You will need to carry your driver’s licence with you at all times, and your vehicle must have proof of third-party insurance. All the necessary legal paperwork will be provided when you collect your car, and you must ensure that it is always in the car while driving.
On average a rental car in Mallorca costs ₪99 per day.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Mallorca.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Wiber (₪16/day), CLICK RENT (₪17/day) and Record Go (₪17/day).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Mallorca are Palma de Mallorca (95% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Mallorca), Cala d'Or (4%) and Magaluf (1%).
On average a rental car in Mallorca costs ₪468 per week (₪67 per day).
On average a rental car in Mallorca costs ₪2,007 per month (₪67 per day).