If renting a car in Mallorca is your ultimate travel plan for an epic island holiday – here´s all you need to know!

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All You Need To Know About Renting a Car in Mallorca

Visiting Mallorca by Car

About Mallorca

Mallorca is one of the most iconic Spanish islands and a popular destination for family holidays on the Iberian Peninsula.

As the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca has everything for a perfect vacation: breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, paradise beaches, and stunning landmarks.

Nevertheless, to fully experience the island, you should consider renting a car in Mallorca.

Having visited the island both with and without a car, I always opt for the first option. Exploring Mallorca by car is the best way to enjoy the island at your own pace, plan scenic drives, and discover local hidden gems.

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La Palma – the capital of Mallorca
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Exploring Mallorca by Car: All You Need To Know

Why to rent a car in Mallorca

It is no secret that Mallorca’s capital, Palma de Mallorca, suffers from over-tourism during the peak season. Public transport does not entirely meet the needs of all international visitors.

On one of my recent Mediterranean cruises, we had a stop at the port of Mallorca and planned to take a quick day trip to Valldemossa, one of the most unique small towns in Spain.

To my surprise, almost all of the cab drivers refused to take us there, preferring to stick around the city center – until we found one nice lady who agreed to drive us to Valldemossa. I have never encountered a similar situation anywhere else in Spain – I’m not even sure if their refusal was legal if I were to call the police (but who wants to deal with those things on vacation?!) Not to mention that we ended up returning from Valldemossa to Palma de Mallorca by bus, as there were no taxis available again. The bus did not arrive right away, so we spent another 40 minutes waiting for it.

Since that Valldemossa incident, I have been very cautious about making summer plans based on the island’s public transport.

Renting a car in Mallorca eliminates all this unnecessary hassle. It also provides the opportunity to book accommodations anywhere across the island and gives complete freedom in terms of itinerary.

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Renting a car in Mallorca is a must-do for visiting Cap Formentor
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Visiting Valdemossa and Serra Tramuntana in Mallorca

Where to rent a car in Mallorca

There are many international companies offering car rental services in Mallorca – Rentalcars, Localrent, QEEQ, GetRentacar, Expedia, and AutoEurope.

The platform I personally use and enjoy is Discovercars: it’s one of the highest customer-rated comparison sites on the market, where you can find more than 700 suppliers. It is especially handy for evaluating all the options before renting a car in Mallorca, as well as discovering the best deals from both international and local car rental suppliers.

Planning a Road Trip in Mallorca

If you are planning a trip to Mallorca, check out all of my travel stories under the hashtag #BalearicIslands. Additionally, traveling across Mallorca by car provides the flexibility of reaching its port and hopping on a ferry to Ibiza or Menorca – so it´s another great idea for any Mallorca Itinerary.

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Exploring Mallorca by car is the only way to enjoy the island’s hidden gems
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Visiting small towns of Mallorca at my own pace

Tips for Renting a car in Mallorca

Quick Mallorca Car Rental Checklist

  • compare prices and find the best deals via Discovercars
  • book your car in Mallorca at least a few months in advance to ensure availability (during the summer peak season all Mallorca car rentals are in high demand)
  • consider purchasing full coverage insurance to avoid even minor damages (especially if planning to drive in the mountains of Sierra Tramuntana )
  • check the fuel policy / full-to-full is usually the best option to avoid extra charges
  • inform yourself about local traffic laws (if it´s your first time driving in Spain I recommend getting Tripiamo Driving in Spain Guide)
  • keep the rental company’s contact details close for roadside assistance or queries
  • some rural Mallorca roads can be narrow and winding – drive extra cautiously across Serra de Tramuntana
  • call 112 for emergencies in Spain
  • parking: keep in mind that the touristy beaches might have limited spots in summer/ parking spots marked with while are free of charge, the blue lines involve a fee and can be used up to 2 hours, the yellow marks mean parking is not allowed
  • while I always use a car GPS or Google Maps, you might want to download offline maps for driving across the mountains of Mallorca
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The stunning landscape of Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca

The Most Scenic Drives of Mallorca

Serra de Tramuntana

The mountain range of Serra Tramuntana is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful natural settings in Mallorca. The views from Cap de Formentor are known for some of the most unforgettable cliffs in Spain. Plus, there are many charming villages you can visit along the way such as Soller, Escorca, Pollenca, Valldemossa, Deia, and Fornalutx.

Driving Itineraries in Serra de Tramuntana

Here are a few scenic mountain drives to enjoy in Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca by car:

  • Palma – Valldemossa – Andratx – Palma
  • Palma – Valldemossa – Deia – Soller – Palma
  • Palma – Cap De Formentor – Palma
  • Viewpoints of Mallorca:  Far des Cap Gros – Mirador des Gorg Blau – Cap Formentor
  • Road MA-2141 and Nus de sa Corbata (called “the snake” by locals for a reason)
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The charming small towns in Mallorca

The coast of Mallorca

Another way to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Mallorca is to drive along the coast. This is something I would not recommend during the peak season since you will pass by the beaches (which are quite busy in summer). However, coastal areas are nice if visiting Mallorca during the low season:

  • MA-6014 from S Arenal to Sa Rapita
  • MA-12 from Alcudia to Manacor

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