Mallorca is a popular tourist destination for its abundance of resort hotels, Palma’s vibrant nightlife and diverse landscapes – all packed into one island. A mistake people often make when visiting Mallorca is thinking it is small just because it is an island which means Mallorca car rental with ROIG is a popular service.
Is Mallorca a walkable island?
The reality is that Mallorca is 3,640 km² and runs almost 100 km from east to west. But while the island itself is far from walkable, individual towns are. Palma, the largest city, has a center of about 1 km, with several districts, such as Bons Aires and Son Dameto. You may be staying in a neighborhood a few miles away, but in general 90% of hotels are located in the center or in the adjacent bay.
If you get an airport transfer to your hotel and are not looking for a lot of excursions to the countryside, then in Mallorca it is quite possible to rely on your feet. And adding a bike to your arsenal makes it much easier to explore far and wide – even into the mountains. Palma is also becoming more bicycle-friendly.
While some of the smaller towns and villages are even more walkable, it’s easy to get there and take day trips by car. Palma Airport is the main place to find a car rental company, where you can pay from €16. Parking is usually available but the cost and some of the older parts of Palma can be difficult to drive through with lots of one way, narrow streets. However, car hire is ideal for those seeking the freedom to drive to villages and rural areas.
While it’s easier to travel with a moped as it’s smaller and easier to park it’s a similar story to car hire – it’s not necessary if you’re staying in Palma or even other towns on the island, but it can be good to be between them. In addition, the costs drop to just €6 per day.
Very impressive is that there is a bus network around most of the island. Of course, the schedules are tight, with few rides and even fewer on weekends. But for €3 you can get an Intermodal Card and move from city to city with relative ease. There is no rail network on the island, unsurprisingly, but the bus network is sufficient for most.
Another option is to use a taxi as it is the most comfortable, direct way to get anywhere. You may pay around €12 for a 20 minute journey, but this may vary depending on the day and time.
Private buses are very common on package tours, which can take you directly from the airport to the hotel. These are ideal for those staying in the city and can even be done separately outside of a package holiday. They are spacious and designed to hold your bags, unlike a public bus, and can be cheaper than a taxi.