Follow our local tips so you can enjoy the racing to its fullest.
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands. The island’s beauty comes in many forms so prepare yourself to be awed by rugged mountains, crystal blue coastline, quaint villages, rich history, and a cosmopolitan capital. Ready to explore?
GETTING AROUND MALLORCA
Public transportation is an option in Mallorca, but we highly recommend you rent a car. With a car you will move freely to any part of the island and once the race has finish you can explore all the beauties this island has to offer.
Taxis are at your disposal any time of the year, just in front of the arrival door after exiting the airport. They are metered and cost about EUR 30 to the city centre of Palma and about 50€ to Calvià.
If you only want ti use public transport you will need to get to Plaza de España, the main transportation hub of the island. Here you’ll find the bus station, train station and a Metro stop (Intermodal Station). Costs and times vary depending on where you’re travelling. You can check timetables for buses and trains here.
THINGS TO DO IN MALLORCA APART FROM SLALOM RACING ;D
You’ll want to spend a good chunk of time exploring Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the island. This is where roughly half of Mallorca’s population live and where you’ll find a good bulk of things to see, do, buy, and eat. No matter where you end up in Palma, make a point of spending some time in the Old Town — you’ll know you’ve arrived when the massive and imposing Gothic cathedral, La Seu Cathedral, enters your sightline. From here, get ready to wander aimlessly (and take tons of pictures). Packed into not much more than one square kilometre you’ll find a plethora of cute cafés, quirky boutiques, bookshops, museums, bars, and restaurants.
Art is also not hard to come by in Palma so save some time to check out some of the area’s museums and galleries. Make your way to and through Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, where you can feast your eyes on works by Picasso, Miró, and Magritte, among many others. If Miró piques your interest, pay a visit to Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca, which exhibits a permanent collection of the artist’s work.
In need of a little sunshine? With well over 200 beaches to choose from on Mallorca, it’s not hard to locate a stretch of sand worthy of your beach blanket.
A great way to get a feel for the entire island is to take the vintage train from Palma to the pretty town of Sóller. The journey allows you to see some of Mallorca’s spectacular scenery including mountain ranges, countryside, olive and orange groves, and scenic towns and villages. Once in Sóller, plan to stay a while. There are a couple of beaches here where the water is calm and shallow and sun loungers are available to rent. The area around Sóller is mountainous so hiking and mountain biking are also popular activities. In town, there are numerous shops and cafés to explore before heading back to Palma.
There are also numerous bars and restaurants worthy of your time and money on Mallorca, but one spot not to miss is S’embat Ses Covetes, a cocktail bar and restaurant with a magic atmosphere and very good music. Located in Ses Covetes behind the beautiful Es Trenc Beach, they organise free concerts with local and international artists. Shows usually start around 9pm. If you want to have dinner, it’s a good idea to reserve a table in advance because this place is always packed.
In the following link you can find information given by the Council of Calvià that can be very helpful.