Getting there: Flying into Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), eight kilometres from Palma would be the easiest way of getting to this island. If travelling overland, ferry in from mainland Spain or sail in.
Capital city: Palma.
Population: Approximately 900,000.
Religion: The majority is Roman Catholic.
Language: Spanish and Catalan are the official languages.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Climate: Mallorca has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, sunny summers, and mild winters.
Transport: The extensive bus system connects to all points on the island but can be infrequent. The train system is quite limited with just one line. To see Palma — walk — as it is a compact town. It also has hop-on hop-off buses to the popular sights. Taxis to travel within towns and rental cars to travel the countryside are other options.
Best time to travel: High season is from April to September, the warmest months. Autumn’s daytime temperatures are still warm and can be a cheaper and better alternative to the crowds and heat of the high season. Winter and spring brings cooler temperatures and may therefore can rule out swimming in the sea. Many of the restaurants and bars are closed too as they operate only during summer.
What to wear: Dress modestly when visiting churches. Swimwear is frowned upon outside of beaches and resorts. Smart casual is the way to go; the locals take pride in their dress sense.