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The largest of the Balearic Islands (which are also home to Ibiza and Menorca) Majorca has rapidly become a thriving holiday destination. Renowned for pretty villages, gorgeous beaches, a vibrant nightlife and a cultural capital, this is one location which offers a little something for everyone. The majority of Majorca's tourists spend their time enjoying the beaches and partying the night away come evening. However, travellers are beginning to visit for other reasons and opting to hire a car in Majorca so that they can explore the hidden villages and beaches on this diverse island.

Package holidays in Majorca are a fantastic option for those looking to experience the island on a budget. All-inclusive deals give tourists the luxury of knowing that most of their holiday has been paid for upfront. This then leaves extra cash for luxuries such as hiring a car in Majorca.

Magaluf is the best choice for travellers seeking a non-stop party atmosphere, but Pollensa and Alcudia offer less wild alternatives. The further you travel from Palma (especially towards the north Majorca) the more peaceful the resorts become. Therefore many families opt for car hire from Palma Airport which gives them the option to properly explore this scenic island.

Travel to Majorca

The most popular time for visiting is during the summer months and subsequently hotels in Majorca and meals out can be more expensive. However there are some deals available if you plan ahead, or you could opt to visit in the quieter months. If you do decide to visit out of season, it's a great idea to arrange car hire in Majorca so that you can fully explore the island and discover its secluded beaches.

Where to stay in Majorca

The incredible array of resorts that Majorca offers are often overlooked by tourists on a package holiday. However, if you want to experience a taste of authentic island life, it's wise to consider booking a hire car in Majorca, so that you can make the most of this incredible island. Here's our guide to the many resorts you can visit:

Palma The picturesque capital offers up historical attractions, a vibrant nightlife, traditional cuisine and a range of cultural attractions.

Palma Nova A large beach resort close to Palma, this thriving area is more family-friendly than Magaluf.

Magaluf Boasts a legendary nightlife which attracts young party-goers from far and wide. The beach is actually very beautiful too, but can become crowded in high season.

Alcudia It's simple to reach Alculdia on the north of the island which offers a huge stretch of sand and plenty of bars, shops and restaurants.

Pollensa In the far north of Majorca, this dreamy destination features luxury yachts and incredible seafront restaurants. It's less crowded than its neighbour Alcudia.

C'an Picafort Previously a fishing village, this charming spot has a pretty promenade and some lovely beaches in the Baulo region.

Santa PonsaOn the western side of the island, this is a close second to Magaluf in popularity. It has an enormous beach and lots of Irish and Scottish themed pubs for those missing home.

Cala de MallorcaHome to some of the island's best beaches, this area is great for a day trip.

S'Illot This is a quiet area on the far east side of the island. Great for those who want to avoid the crowds and enjoy peaceful beaches!

Cala Major Close to Palma this large beach has lots of family-friendly attractions.

Andratx An old fishing port, this is a more up-market part of the island which contains an array of luxury villas.

Cala Millor The largest resort in the east, there's plenty of entertainment to be had here and the beach is often described as the best on the island by holidaymakers.

Cala d'Or Often overcrowded in the summer, this destination is perfect for those visiting in the off-peak months. Discover a collection of small and beautiful beaches.

Cala San Vincente This is one of the smallest beach resorts in Majorca and contains a rugged coastline with clear waters and hotels beside the beach and nestled in the hilltops.

Palma attractions

If you choose to visit Majorca's capital city, Palma, there are a wide selection of attractions for you to visit. The incredible cathedral dominates the city and is a must-see for visitors to the area. La Almudaina (The Royal Palace) is a wonderful example of Arabian-style architecture and Bellver Castle (sits on a hill 3km north of Palma) offers a beautiful taste of the Gothic. The capital is a fantastic blend of old and new, also containing a wide selection of designer boutiques, cafes, bar and traditional restaurants. Overall, car hire in Majorca provides tourists the opportunity to balance the lure of beaches with the culture and history of Palma.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Majorca, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Majorca. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Majorca!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.