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Key facts for hiring a car in Palma de Mallorca

  • When to visit

    Temperatures are good from March - May, and you'll miss the worst of the crowds.

  • Car hire locations

    There are pick up points across the island, so you can collect a car whenever is convenient for you.

  • Must trys

    Coca de trampó – a vegetable flatbread coated in olive oil

  • Time difference

    GMT + 1

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Hire a car in Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the largest city in the Balearics, and it has a long and interesting history.  

Mallorca’s reputation may be that of a fairly typical resort destination, but in reality it is so much more. Don’t head to the island without visiting its beautiful capital city, Palma de Mallorca.

With stylish sandstone buildings, boulevards shaded by fragrant lime trees and the Gothic giant, La Seu cathedral, on the water’s edge – pretty doesn’t really cut it. Soak up the Mallorcan atmosphere in Sa Llotja neighbourhood, then find the gnarled, ancient olive tree in Placa de Cort.

Top rated suppliers for Palma de Mallorca

  • Thrifty

    Average Rating 8.3 – “Excellent, efficient and well priced car rental. Easy to pick up car and drop off at end of rental.”

  • Hertz

    Average Rating 8.3 – “Nice and friendly gentleman at the desk, speedy service and excellent value for money.”

  • Enterprise

    Average Rating 8.3 – “Fantastic service from the Enterprise stuff. I will only be using them in the future. Painless booking.”

  • Sixt

    Average Rating 8.0 – “The staff at each of the Sixt desks were extremely knowledgeable and helpful.”

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Local knowledge

Driving tips

Signs are good in Mallorca, and Palma (being the most important city on the island) is constantly signposted. So ,if you’re heading back to the city you should find it with ease.

There are pedestrian crossings all over the island. They can be in unexpected places too, such as just off of roundabouts or near junctions for side streets. Cars should stop at these – people will walk out into the road expecting them to, so be wary.

Watch out for cyclists, as Mallorca is a popular place to ride. There are hundreds of clubs here, and many overseas teams and professionals come to use the favourable roads and conditions when it is not too hot.

Spot checks
Guardia Civil (law enforcement) may do spot checks at roundabouts. This will vary from breathalyzer tests to checking paperwork.

There are thousands of parking spaces in the capital in municipal car parks, so you should be able to get a spot. However, traffic can get congested within the city – you can always park in the outskirts and walk in.

Soller Tunnel
Once upon a time, it was the most expensive toll tunnel in Spain. However, the fees were scrapped at the end of 2017 so now you can use it for free. This impressive section of road is carved deep into rockface and means you can avoid the difficult mountain drive from Bunyola to Soller.

Towns to visit

Valldemossa – 30 minute drive from Palma

In the Tramuntana hillside, this attractive town is nestled in an olive tree covered valley. The honey-hued stone houses and villas make for an alternative retreat, if you’d like to get away from the beaches for a day. Valldemossa oozes charm and tradition. Is this rural Mallorca at its finest? Keep driving, and you’ll stumble upon Deia, another gorgeous (not dissimilar) village by the sea.

Alcúdia – 50 minute drive from Palma

On the other side of the island is Alcúdia, which is definitely worth a visit if you’ve got a car. The old town comes complete with restored medieval walls and an enchanting town centre, whilst open-air markets and a tiny Roman amphitheatre add to its charm. This is also a popular town to visit because of its beautiful beach.

Binissalem – 30 minute drive from Palma

The wine capital of the island, Binissalem is where you’ll find bodegas and vineyards aplenty. It was thousands of years ago that growers realised that the hilly and fertile lands were perfect growing grapes. The roads into Binissalem are winding and picturesque, and old world vibes are tucked around every corner.

Arta – 1 hour drive from Palma

An ancient city, the name of which derives from the Arabic for garden, there are many ruins in this area. Also a great base for hiking and cycling, the area is surrounded by pine forests and nature trails.

Driving heaven

Made for a road trip

It’s roads like Sa Calobra that make you understand exactly why hiring a car is so special. One of the most scenic drives in the world, the MA-10 snakes through 40 miles of rocky wilderness, Tramuntana Mountain views and spectacular coastline. You are utterly spoilt for scenery here.

The drive does take some concentration – there are around 50 hairpin bends to navigate – but it is unbeatable in terms of the rewards. Pass through canyons, pretty villages and even old pirate lookouts (with amazing views). If you enjoy driving, and want to make the most of the island, this road is a must.

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