Despite its modest area (3640km2=2000sqmiles), its fragile and limited territory, it offers the visitor a wide range of alternatives, whether these be its countryside, its culture, its artistic legacy or its leisure facilities. However, it was not until the end of the 20th century that this fact met with the recognition it so richly deserved. Until not long ago, mentioning the name of Mallorca meant summoning up nothing more than an image of its wonderful climate and kilometres of fine sand. For years, the beach and sunshine were the emblems of this island. But, Majorca is much more than that; if you want to really know the island, you have to explore its historic monuments and villages. By discovering the Serra de Tramuntana or Es Pla, and its peasants, the coastline, with its splendid beaches and coves, you will better understand the history, the character and the traditions of its people. That is The Other Mallorca, that one the illustrious visitors at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th had appreciated, and who were exemplified more than any othe by the Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria.
My Majorca is usually as sunny as the brochures portray it, but I also know that the wind can blow hard enough to strip tiles from the roof. We, Majorcans, are a friendly, honest people who welcome the stranger and are always delighted to explain the mysteries of our culture.
So, I would like to invite anyone one to discover that Other Mallorca.
-Weather & Climate
The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot dry summer, and a wet wild winter. Average annual temperatures vary between 13 and 18 ºC in winter-springtime, to 25 and 35 ºC in summer-autumm. Rainfall oscillates between 500 and 1400 mm annually.
-Cash & Currency (http://www.xe.com/ucc/es/)
Majorca’s currency is the Euro.
There are plenty of currency exchange bureaux and banks all over the island, and you can often change currency in hotels. Travellers’ cheques can also be exchanged in many places. You need to take your passport with you when you go to cash in your cheques, to prove your identity.
Exchange rates can vary from place to place, so check rates beforehand to make sure you’re getting a competitive rate.
Like anywhere else, Majorca has its share of pickpockets and opportunists, so you should take care when carrying cash and valuables – take sensible precautions such as:
- Hire a safe in your hotel room or apartment
- Avoid flashing large amounts of cash in public
- Be careful when entering your PIN at cashpoints
- Be aware of your belongings such as handbags, cameras etc., when in a crowded street or event, and especially at street markets.
- Ensure your travel insurance covers theft of valuable items whilst on holiday, in case of the worst case scenario.