Mallorca — Travel Tips
The locals speak their own dialect of Spanish, which is known as Mallorquin similar to Catalan. If you can speak any degree of Spanish, you should have no problems communicating. Everyone in the tourist industry knows English, while German and French are also commonly used at hotel reception desks.
Being part of Spain, Mallorca is on the euro (€). US dollars are not accepted, though American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Diners Club cards can be used at hotels, shops and main restaurants. Money is best changed in banks or cambio exchange booths. For convenience, hotels can change money, but their rates are typically poor. ATMs are ubiquitous across the island.
Spain is on Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is UTC +2 during daylight savings time and UTC +1 in winter, GMT +2 and +1, respectively.
The power supply in Spain is 220 V/50 Hz with round, two-pin plug sockets. Visitors from North America will need an adaptor and converter to run electrical devices such as hairdryers. The latest smartphones and laptops are usually able to accept both voltages.
The dialing code for Spain is +34, and Mallorca has an island code of 971. You can either use roaming rates on local networks or buy a pay-as-you-go SIM card or even scratch cards. Cell phones can be bought for under €50. Pre-paid calling cards (tarjeta telefonica) are also available for use at public phone booths or head to a call shop (locutorios) to use VoIP. There are internet cafés all over Mallorca, along with WiFi in hotels and hotspots at coffee shops. Access is through tripNETer.
Visitors arriving from outside the EU can import: 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco; and one liter of spirits, two liters of wine and 250 ml of perfume. Coffee and tea is subject to duty.
Oficina de Turismo de Mallorca, Plaza de la Reina 2, 07012 Palma: +34-971-171-2216 or http://www.illesbalears.es/ing/majorca/home.jsp
Consulates in Mallorca
US Consulate, Palma: +34-971-722-660
UK Consulate, Palma: +34-971-712-445
French Consulate, Palma: +34-971-730-301
German Consulate, Palma: +34-971-707-737
Netherlands Consulate, Palma: +34-971-716-493
Irish Consulate, Palma: +34-971-719-244
Emergency services: 112