An island with long and fascinating history, Mallorca. The island is the melting pot of the Roman, Moors, Jewish and Christian civilization and culture, and long at the center routes of the busy Mediterranean trade. Another period that has greatly influenced the island (known as Menorca then) was during the British colonization in the 18th century. As a result, Mallorca today emerged into an island packed with rich history, culture, cuisine, language and a lot more.
Situated off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea, Mallorca is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca). The island has mountain ranges toward the eastern and northwestern part, which often experience snowfall during winter. On the other hand, on the south side of the island, along the flat plains of Es Pla is the main city on the island, Palma de Mallorca (or simply Palma).
Mallorca basically enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers and short, rainy winter, which attracts a lot of tourists. Aside from being a famous destination for stag and hen nights, beer flows and party till dawn, the island is also a very popular choice for family vacationers. In fact, majority of the tourists that visit Mallorca bring children, so many of the hotels and resorts here cater for their needs. A lot of them offer play areas and planned activities to entertain and occupy the little ones, thus giving their parents some time for themselves.
But before you grab your sun block, Spanish dictionary and take the next flight to the magical tropical island of Mallorca, here are three basic infomation that might help you. First, the currency currently used in the island is euro. Second, a standard taxi on the island is only allowed to carry a maximum of 4 passengers plus a reasonable amount of luggage, so for larger groups of travelers, it is better to pre-booked taxi. And third, Mallorcans usually speak Spanish and Mallorquí (the island’s own language), plus some of them also know English and German, given that they are the largest number of vacationers here.