By Car, Majorca Island
I used Goldcar Rental for my 11 days in Majorca.Upon arrival at Palma airport i headed for their office inside the terminal.Once there i found that i was first in the queue,which is always a good start.
As i had pre booked the car before leaving home it was not long before i had a set of keys in my hand.Be aware though that the girl behind the desk was very persistent in trying to sell me full insurance at an exorbitant price,and this i declined as i already had an annual policy for loss damage waiver excess reimbursement insurance.Once all the paperwork had been sorted it was just a few minutes walk outside the terminal building to pick up the car.
The car i had was a almost new Fiat Panda,which was perfectly adequate for two people travelling around the island.Cost of car was £102 (£9.27p / day) for 11 days.
Gregi, that's the busiest time of the year for car rental so I think you need to book straight away or you may not get anything. Car rental in Mallorca is not as cheap as it used to be, expect to pay a minimum of €200 per week for the most basic model. There are lots of companies - Sixt, Europcar, Mallorcacar, Avis, etc. Just google car rental+Mallorca for lots of options.
Enjoy your holiday! AM
Hiring a car in Mallorca is good value and very straightforward. There is no shortage of car-hire companies, with the majority at Palma Airport, though there are many others at Passeig Maritim in Palma centre.
Palma's public transport is quite good so having a car is not essential, but it is useful for reaching out of the way spots or if your time on the island is limited and you want to get around quickly to see sights.
After spending a morning exploring Palma we walked down towards the port where the majority of car hire companies are found. The tourist office in Palma can provide a list though it's very easy to find them. We stopped at the first car hire place we saw and arranged to hire a Chevrolet for 25 Euro a day, with all taxes included. The process was simple and straightforward and 20 minutes later we were on our way to explore the island.
For the most part driving in Mallorca presents no problems, though some of Palma's one way streets can be complicated so it's worth having a good map to work out detours. Once in the mountains you'll really feel the advantage of having your own transport as there are some scenic drives offering beautiful views.
Have you made the journey to Mallorca yet? I have done it twice, once from Bilbao to Barcelona and from Calais to Barcelona. The latter is obviously much quicker by road, I did it in just over 7 hours, but the ferry journey was very long from Portsmouth.
You have probably done it by now but if you want any tips please contact me.
I want to send some furniture over and was wondering if anybody was taking a van to Mallorca, don't suppose you know of anybody. Just 2 chests of drawers.
Look forward to hearing from you.
My wife booked the transfer although expensive the service was first class it cost £65 for the return journey from Majorca to our hotel in Palma Nova
We have used taxi services three times now this was the best so far.
Car hire is a must for Majorca. There are so many hidden away places which a must see. Dont worry the locals are far more patient than there mainland compatriots on the roads. Driving is fun as well especially considering the fantastic roads leading up to places like Cap de Formentor. A little nerve racking at first but you will be loving it after a while.
If you want to see a bit more of the island, the easiest way is to rent a car. And you can do that almost anywhere. Either ask in your hotel or check the place you're staying.
Although i also enjoyed mopetting around a lot too. Though i am glad my dad never saw me weaving through the Palma traffic at rush hour
The streets are almost fine and you won't have any problems with two exceptions:
The capital Palma de Mallorca is eays to pass because of a highway, but if you drive inside you'll have to face a traffic chaos.
secondly only go to Cala de Sa Calobra driving yourself, if you are an experienced driver. If you rent a car to go there, choose a smaller one for manoeuvring reasons.
When going to Majorca, you MUST rent a car, at least for one day! Majorca island is easy to ride with simple map. We bough a map and the road was ours :-). we got out in the morning, and in just one day we saw so many things that we would not have seen in any other way.The trick is knowing where the payed tours go, search it on the map, and here we go...we get there faster, we stay as long as we want, not having to wait for the tour. It's not too expensive and if you don´t have much money (like me) you can rent it for just one day, it's fun and better than the tours. The island is not very big, so it's very easy to cross. Enjoy your ride!
Get away from the hordes of tourists and hire a car, the mountain roads give spectacular views and there are plenty of lay-bys to stop and admire them.
If you are on a package tour you can save a lot of money by hiring a car and visiting places independantly, and you can go at your own pace instead of being herded around like sheep
You will find many car rentals at the airport of Palma and if you want to explore the island this is the best way I think. Small cars costs around 20€ a day....
We rented a car via www.amigoautos.de, which belong to the record rent a car company. We got a bigger car than expected, but you have to pay the gas in advance to a high price I think. So the other rentals might be cheaper. Well, the car, a Ford focus was quite nice and the air condition very helpful.
I think the best and easiest way to discover the beautiful island is by car. The roads are good and there isn't much traffic! Before renting the car check the prices. We rented our car by Topcar. If you plan to visit Palma I recommend the public transport which is very good.
Of course one can always go on an organised trip, but I found that renting a car is way more fun and you are flexible and can stop where you like. Car hire is also quite cheap.