I didn't like the experience of crossing to Balearic Islands from Valência.
We left the continent in a overnight trip that was not so bad, but the discreet balances of the boat were enough to awake me every 87 seconds.
In our way back, during the day, I spent 12 of the most boring hours in my life. Yes there was a bingo, and a small pool, but nor even the kids took any proffit of it.
No! Plane, even a little more expensive, is MY transport to the Islands.
In Spain as most will know you drive on the right-hand side of the road - but this is not really a problem as it takes no time to get used to it.
The issue is Majorcan drivers are pretty insane - recently when I went you had lorries overtaking each other, a lack of indicating, etc.
The biggest issue of all, which is really important I must add, is that the drivers rarely stop for you at pedestrian crossings so do not head into the road assuming they will stop - they won't.
If you are walking as a single male you will be flooded with offerts from prostitutes. The best thing is to ignore them, but even then they are very annoying. I also heard stories that they pickpocket, so be careful....
I were twice in S'Arenal, the first time with my then girlfriend. I not even noticed, that there were so many prostitutes. The second time I was alone and they got up my nose, that I decided to go home by taxi every day to avoid them.....
Never mind how thirsty you are, do not buy from the vendors selling refreshments at the beach! Just ignore them, because if you look interested they will open a can and you'll have to pay for it exorbitant prices.
It is also useless to explain them, that you won't buy the drink. If it is open, you have to pay, because otherwise they scream around and charge you some crimes....
If you're a true traveller, avoid Magaluf like the plague. Every week, the crowds and crowds of Brits swarm in and descend on this town and with only one thing in mind: getting drunk and laid. While the town itself is quite nice and has potential, these inbred geezers ruin it - but as a result, the town has become a tourist-haven. It's basically like England but..hotter. It has no authenticity to it at all and its culture is mainly an alcohol-fuelled one. If that's your shot of whiskey, be my guest, you'll love it, but most people who visit this site I'm sure will not.
Not to mention, it's also a pretty rough area in the evenings, especially at the weekends, as all the groups stagger out of the pubs and continue "on the foocking raz!" and they just love a good fight or a grope. So if you must visit at night, beware of this.
You should stay away from the beaches in the evening and at night when it's dark. First of all, it's dark and deserted, if something happens they might not see or hear you. And secondly, large groups of boys (both visting guests and locals) may harass girls walking alone or in smaller groups because they are so vulnerable, .. So stay away from dark and empty beach/streets, and always walk in groups.
When i was staying in Majorca my hotel was in Palma Nova, i didnt get bitten by any mosquitoes in the area of Palma Nova & Magaluf but do be aware of them when if you are staying in Alcudia or visiting Alcudia for the day.
They are everywhere & i had a friend who went & was covered in bites. Make sure you get a good insect repellent which can be bought from Boots.
Majorca is a very safe place but you must be aware of any pick pocketers, whilst i was there i heard about a young girl getting her purse snatched off a man who was trying to sell her some sovernirs especially flowers.
You have to be very careful because they are quick & can easily do it without you realising whats happened.
It is important that you check your change when in the bars in palma nova. i stayed in the district for two days and three times i was given seriously short change.
they try to con you by giving tou change of 5 euro when you have given them 50 euro to pay for your drinks. they will then swear blind that you gave them a 5. just demand to talk with the manager and say you want the till counted or you will report them to the police.... it worked for me :)
When we were there jellyfish were abundant in the sea around Magaluf and although fairly small they can give a nasty sting. If you do venture into the sea keep your eyes open for these little brownish creatures as they can creep up on you without you noticing. Also whilst walking along the beach becareful as some of them do get washed up.
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people that refuse to put on suncream and opt for nothing or even baby oil or cooking oil in the naieve belief that it will help them tan quicker. It will not, it will only make you burn and then peel quicker.
A high factor sunscreen is always a good idea, a healthy white skin is far more attractive than burnt, peeling red skin.
When buying the sunscreen make sure that it doesn`t have water or agua as an ingredient, it evaporates in the heat and doesn`t help you at all.
I would also recommend a hat, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses as well to help protect you from the suns harmful rays.
The seaside tradition of the rude or downright mucky postcard lives on in Majorca.
After several sangreias, it may seem like a laugh to send nice old kindly Uncle Cyril a postcard of a three-breasted Spanish madonna with an unfeasibly large and hairy 'poodle' or nice Aunt Edna who has lived all her life in a small conservative village in Hampshire a postcard of a macho hunk balancing between two chairs with a large weight hanging off his todger - but they may not see the funny side when it pops (or plops) through the letterbox (oh er Misses !)
Trust me on this one.
Please be careful with these sellers,sometimes they dont take no for an answer.I had a bracelet put on my wrist and didnt even no he did it he was that fast,then he demanded money.There not all like that though some were really nice.
You'll find them frequently: thimbleriggers, but don't be misled to play the three shells game, you'll lose!
Take some time to observe them, it is easy to savvy how they pull a fast one on overcredulous tourists.
Be careful with the taxi drivers, especially in S'Arenal at night. Although they are obliged to use taximeters, some don't (and some do, but have a non-smoking sticker or something like that in front of the display, so you can't see, what you have to pay).
So demand that they use the taximeter, at least negotiate with them the price before you get in.