visitor information

 

DOCUMENTS

A passport issued within the past 10 years and valid for 3 months beyond your planned length of stay is required for British, Canadian, Australian, U.S. and other nationals from outside the European Union (EU).

EU nationals traveling from one border-free Schengen country to another are not required to show a passport or national identification card, but carrying a valid passport or ID card is recommended. Possession of a return ticket to your home country may also be required for entry into Spain.

Note: You may asked to present documentation related to the purpose of your trip, your return flight, yacht reservation and proof that you have sufficient funds for your stay upon your entry into Spain.
Most travelers from Britain, Canada, Australia and the United States staying less than 90 days aren’t required to obtain a visa. To determine whether you will need a visa, contact the nearest Spanish embassy or consulate.

Various types of visas are available to travelers: tourist, business, and transit visas.


Time Zone

Europe/Madrid time zone. Standard UTC/Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1. Daylight saving time UTC/GMT +2.

In Europe, daylight saving time begins on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.


Customs

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Religion: Catholic
Cover bare legs and shoulders when visiting churches and historic religious sites. The dress code is casual, but some nightclubs and restaurants require jacket and tie. Bars and restaurants in the larger cities stay open year-round, but some bars and restaurants in the tourist resort areas open only for the summer.

Locals take a siesta between 1300 and 1730 hours, though many shops and restaurants in the main tourist areas stay open all day.

HEALTH

No special precautions or vaccinations are required. The Balearic Islands have a robust public and private health-care system.

For a medical emergency or other emergency, dial the Spanish emergency services at 112. Pharmacies, called farmacias, have large red or green crosses on their signs.

Use sunscreen with a high SPF and drink plenty of water. The local tap water is safe for drinking, bathing and dishwashing


Currency

Currency: Euro (€)

Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express are usually accepted

ATMs: Most are linked to Cirrus and Plus systems (confirm your ability to use your ATM card overseas with your bank).

Traveler’s Checks: No

Banking Hours:
April-September, Mon.-Fri. 0900-14:00 hours.
October-March, Mon.-Fri. 0900-1400 hours and Sat. 0900-13:30 hours.


Transport

Airport: There are three airports serving the Balearic Islands. Son Sant Joan (PMI) airport in Palma, Majorca, is the primary one. It is about 8 kilometers southeast of Palma.

Taxis in Palma:
Fono Taxi-Phone: +34 971 728 081
Radio Taxi-Phone: +34 971 764 545 or +34 971 755 440
Taxi Palma Radio-Phone: +34 971 401 414
Taxi Teléfono-Phone: +34 971 743 737 or +34 971 744 050
Tele Taxi-Phone: +34 971 200 900

Rental Cars: Various agencies are present. Booking ahead during high season (June-September) is recommended. You will need a valid driver’s license to rent a car. Seat/safety belt use is required for all occupants. Children under age 12 cannot be seated in a front seat without using an age-appropriate child safety seat.

 
 

 
 

The weather

The Balearic Islands have mild seasonal weather throughout the year. On average, there are at least 300 days of sun each year. Rain occurs mostly in winter (Oct.-Dec.), but brief showers can occur throughout the year.

Temperature: Summer average high = 30°C (86°F). Winter average high = 16°C (60°F). In winter, the nighttime temperature rarely drops below 0°C (32°F). Average sea temperatures range from 14°C (57°F) in winter to 26°C (79°F) in late summer.

High Season: June-September. Avoid the crowds by visiting in the spring or fall (May or October) when the daytime temperatures are still warm and sunny.

Winds: The risk of strong winds is highest Oct.-April. The Scirocco (southerly in spring) and the Mistral (northwesterly in autumn) are tempered by the Gulf of Lion and bring heavy seas. The Levant is an easterly wind that blows in the western Mediterranean Sea. Minorca is known as the island of wind due to a cool, dry north wind called the tramuntana, which makes the island popular with sailors and surfers.

Sunrise/sunset: Times for the Balearic Islands may be found at http://www.sunrisesunset.com