Majorca - The Undiscovered Towns and Villages
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you a holiday to Mallorca, we do not operate any form of on-line booking service,
and being totally independent from all Travel Agents and Tour Operators we
derive no benefit from giving you a glossy tour operators view of the island.
Our mission is simple..., to provide you with practical first hand objective advice, from "real" paying visitors to the resorts, hotels and attractions that Mallorca has to offer.
This web site can only be maintained with feed back from your comments. So, if you've already visited the island in the last few months, any help, comments or contributions would be greatly appreciated.
To most people the very mention of a holiday to Majorca conjures up all too familiar images of Magaluf, Palma Nova and the popular resorts along the south coast of the island. But through the pages of this web site, we hope to be able to demonstrate to you that there is an awful lot more to Majorca than sun, sea and sand.
Majorca or Mallorca, whatever way you prefer to spell it, and whatever way you wish to pronounce it, is the largest of Balearic Islands, and along with its sister islands of Menorca and Ibiza, lies in the Mediterranean Sea off the south east coast of mainland Spain.
Flying time from most UK airports is around 2 - 2.1/2 hours, which for most of us is less time than it takes to drive around the M25, and on arrival local time is then 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. The first recognisable landmark on the final approach before landing will be the magnificent 14th Century Gothic cathedral at nearby Palma, and the sight of it from the air never ceases to take your breath away.
The Son Sant Joan International Airport, which is the main tourist airport for Majorca, is a large modern facility that is located in the south of the island just outside the capital Palma and a little to the north of the resort of C'an Pastilla. One thing you certainly won't notice on arrival, is that the departure gates for your return flight are a considerable distance from the check in desks. So be warned, allow plenty of time for the walk to the aircraft on your return journey!
Once you have cleared Customs Control and collected your luggage, there are always large numbers of taxi waiting outside of the arrivals hall, although during busy periods you should also be prepared to stand and wait your turn in a queue for the next one to become available. Taxis on Majorca do represent good value for money by European standards, and can instantly be recognised as being the large eggshell/white cars with a green light on the roof.
One thing that you should be aware of is a standard taxi on the island is only licenced to carry a maximum of 4 passengers plus a "reasonable" amount of luggage, so for larger groups of travellers, or those with special needs, it is our recommendation to make provision for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you at the airport, and clearly specify at the time of booking that a larger, or specially adapted, vehicle is needed for the journey.
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