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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Palma de Mallorca

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Palma de Mallorca each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

January 5: Cavalcade of the Magi - Cavalcada dels Reis Mags - (celebrated nationwide)

For this tradition, a procession of colourfully decorated floats is accompanied by boisterous music through the streets of Palma, distributing sweets to children.

January 6: Epiphany - Día dels Reis - (national holiday)

This is an especially important day of the year for Spanish children, since it is on Epiphany (and not Christmas) that they receive their gifts. The holiday is celebrated quietly with family members.

One week before Easter: Holy Week (national holiday)

Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and ends with the Easter Vigil, is an important time in Palma de Mallorca. Numerous celebrations and services include huge processions around the Cathedral and in the narrow streets of the old city.

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

June 24: Feast of Sant Joan (local event)

The night preceding the Festa de Sant Joan is the most popular in all of the Balearic Islands. Everywhere, but especially in Palma, firecrackers and firework displays are set. People gather on the beach to party all night long.

August 2: Festa de Pollença (local event)

North of Mallorca in Pollença, a mock battle takes place between local hero Joan Mas and the Moor pirate invaders to pay tribute to the Christian victory.

September 12: Day of Mallorca - Diada de Majorque - (local event)

Each year, this holiday commemorates King Juan II taking the oath in 1276 as Mallorca's ruler. On this occasion, various concerts, debates and activities take place all over town.

October 12: Spanish National Day - Día de la Hispanidad - (national holiday)

Spain's national day commemorates the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The anniversary is marked with a host of festivities, including street parties, shows and a fireworks display in the centre of Palma.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Palma de Mallorca

Palma has a South-Mediterranean climate and enjoys a great deal of sunshine all year long. Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). Spring in Palma is pleasant, sunny and mild, slowly reaching summer temperatures. It rains rather frequently in October and November. Winters are a bit colder due to strong winds, especially in mountainous regions.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 4/39 16/60 43 Not the best period to go
February 4/39 16/60 37 Not the best period to go
March 6/42 18/64 28 Not the best period to go
April 8/46 20/68 39 Good period to go Good period to go
May 12/53 24/75 36 Good period to go Good period to go
June 16/60 28/82 11 Good period to go Good period to go
July 18/64 31/89 6 Good period to go Good period to go
August 19/66 32/90 22 Good period to go Good period to go
September 17/62 28/82 52 Good period to go Good period to go
October 13/55 24/75 69 Not the best period to go
November 8/46 19/66 59 Not the best period to go
December 6/42 16/60 48 Not the best period to go
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Palma de Mallorca International Airport

The Airport is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) south-east of the city centre.

  • Two terminals
    • International terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Domestic flights

Getting from the airport to Palma and back
  • By car
    • Accessible via the Autopista de Llevant (Levant freeway), also called Ma-19.
    • Public parking facilities of 6,000 capacities, located near the International terminal for short and long-term stays.
      Short-term parking lot: EUR 0.85 for one hour, EUR 0.65 for the next hour and 6.75 EUR for 24 hours. Long-term parking lot: EUR 6.75 per day. After the 6th day: EUR 3.20 per day.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in front of arrivals. In order to rent a vehicle, you must present your driver's license, be at least 21 years of age and have a credit card to your name.
  • By bus
    • Located in front of Arrivals (D exit), the EMT bus line1 connects the airport to the city centre in 20 minutes. The fare is EUR 5.00 each way.
  • By taxi
    • There are taxi ranks outside the D exit. The trip to the city centre takes about 15 minutes and costs around EUR 15.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +34 902 404 704 / +34 913 211 000
  • Website: www.aena.es/en/palma-mallorca-airport

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GETTING AROUND Palma de Mallorca

Palma is the only city on the island offering excellent public transport options, buses mostly. Even though most of the island is connected by these buses and 2 train lines, it is recommended to rent a car to enjoy greater freedom. Renting cars is easy to do. Besides, taxis are readily available in Palma.

Subway

Two subway lines have recently been created. The M1 connects the city centre to the university and the M2 ends in the city of Marratxí, north-east of Palma. They are operated from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (with about 1 train every 30 minutes) every day except Sunday (for line M2). One ticket costs EUR 1.55 (EUR 3.10 for a return ticket). You may choose a city pass instead. The Intermodal card costs EUR 3 and you can charge it with either twenty fares (T20) or forty fares (T40). Price varies depending on the number of connections and your final destination. For more information, please visit Mallorca's public transport website: www.tib.org

By bus

About thirty bus lines are being operated between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. On Friday, Saturday and on the eve of holidays, night bus services are available, departing from the bus station and connecting Palma to other cities on the island. Palma also offers a tourist bus that stops in all major spots of interest, as well as gives information in various languages and allows you to hop on and off as many times as you like. Basic fare is EUR 18.70 for a day and EUR 23.35 for two days.

By train

Two train tracks depart from the Plaça d'Espanya in Palma. One goes up north to Sóller, while the other enters inland up to Inca where the route spreads over either Sa Pobla or Manacor. Trains are usually cheaper than buses (EUR 1.80 for Inca and EUR 2.40 for Manacor) and leave quite frequently.

By taxi

Palma's official taxis are plentiful throughout the city. Elsewhere on the island, it is fairly easy to order one by phone. Further information is available from your hotel desk or tourist offices.

By car

Driving a car in Mallorca offers great freedom. In Palma and other tourist places, it may be hard to find a place to park during high season, but you'll find parking facilities near the city centre.

By bicycle

Mallorca is an ideal destination for bike riders. The ground may be hard to climb in the mountain regions though, especially along the west and north-west shores. However, most of the island is flat and can be explored by bicycle. Bike rentals are easy to find.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Palma de Mallorca, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Palma de Mallorca tourist office (Informació Turística de Mallorca)

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address: Plaça de la Reina, 2 - 07015 Palma
  • Telephone: +34 971 17 39 90
  • Website: www.infomallorca.net

Casal Solleric tourist office

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address: Passeig del Born, 27 - 07015 Palma

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Currency and Exchange Rates

Spanish currency is the Euro (EUR).

HKD 1 = EUR 0.11

EUR 1 = HKD 9.09

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. Palma counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home.

Vaccination

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to the Balearic Islands. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Palma de Mallorca.

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Administrative formalities

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN

For stays of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay. As a general rule, travellers from all other countries are subject to visa requirements, although foreign nationals from certain countries may enter Spanish territory for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. For further information, visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
www.exteriores.gob.es

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Useful contacts

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Palma, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Spanish phrases that will make your stay in Palma a little easier:

Good day / Good morning: ¡Buenos días!

Good afternoon / Good evening: ¡Buenas tardes!

Good night: ¡ Buenas noches !

Good-bye: Adiós

See you (later): ¡Hasta luego!

Yes:

No: No

No, thank you: No, gracias

Thank you very much: Muchas gracias

I don't understand: No entiendo .

Could you repeat that: ¿Puede repetir?

Please: Por favor

What time is it: ¿Qué hora es?

Excuse me: Disculpe (to say sorry) / Con permiso (to get past) / ¡Por favor! (to get attention).

Airport: Aeropuerto

Train station: Estación de trenes

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Hotel

Hospital: Hospital

Bank: Banco

Telephone: Teléfono

I'm (…): Yo soy (…).

I'm looking for (…): Estoy buscando (…).

How much is it?: ¿Cuánto es?

Do you have (…)?: ¿Tiene (…)?

Where can I find (…)?: ¿Dónde puedo encontrar (…)?

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Good to know

+ 34
+ phone number (calls to Palma de Majorca )
-7 : 00
of time difference with
Hong Kong
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks
Usually open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
As is the case elsewhere in Spain, tipping is not expected in Palma. In principle, the service charge is included in the bill. But if you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly round up the bill or leave a few extra euros on the table.