The sun-kissed Balearic Islands with their golden sandy beaches are among the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. The archipelago in the Mediterranean not far from the Spanish coast offers vacationers shady terraces, ancient historic buildings, sheltered bays and gently rolling hills. Mallorca, the largest of the three islands and a symbol of sun and sangria, has developed into a stronghold for package tourists in recent decades. Recently, numerous renovations of old hotel complexes have given the somewhat outdated island paradise a facelift. Palma, the capital of Mallorca, is today one of the most attractive and trendiest Spanish small towns. The party island of Ibiza is best known for its nightclub scene, which is mainly concentrated in the hip capital of Ibiza, the hotel canyons of San António and the resort hotel complexes of Playa d’en Bossa. The interior of the country, on the other hand, is surprisingly rural. Both Ibiza and Mallorca have excellent beaches, but the most idyllic coves can be found on the Balearic island of Menorca. concentrated in Bossa. The interior of the country, on the other hand, is surprisingly rural. Both Ibiza and Mallorca have excellent beaches, but the most idyllic coves can be found on the Balearic island of Menorca. concentrated in Bossa. The interior of the country, on the other hand, is surprisingly rural. Both Ibiza and Mallorca have excellent beaches, but the most idyllic coves can be found on the Balearic island of Menorca.
Arriving by plane
There are several charter connections daily from all airports in Germany. TUIfly (X3) flies from Basel and numerous German cities to the Balearic Islands in summer. Ryanair (FR) flies to Palma from Bremen, Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt Hahn and Frankfurt am Main. Eurowings (4U) flies from Basel and from many major German cities to Palma and Ibiza as well as from Zurich to Palma. my Austrian Holidays (OS) connects Vienna with Mahon / Menorca, among others. Swiss (LX) flies from Zurich to Palma. Helvetic Airways (2L) flies to Palma de Mallorca from Bern and Zurich. Condor DE flies from numerous German airports and from Zurich to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. Uepfly.com connects Mallorca and Menorca as well as Mallorca and Ibiza.
Frankfurt – Palma: 2 hours; Frankfurt – Ibiza: 2 hours 30 minutes; Vienna – Palma: 4 hours 10 minutes (with a change in Zurich); Zurich – Palma: 1 hour 45 minutes
Arrival by car
The road network of Formentera covers only 40 km. A limited number of cars and motorized two-wheelers are allowed on the island in July and August. If you want to take your car or motorbike to Formentera, you need a fee-based permit, which must be obtained from the Consell Insular de Formentera.
Arrival by ship
The following shipping companies offer boat connections to the Balearic Islands: – Compañía Trasmediterránea (car ferry) from Barcelona, Valencia and between the islands; – GNV from Barcelona and Valencia to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza and from/to Palma de Mallorca to Ibiza. – with the car ferry of Corsica & Sardinia Ferries from Toulon (France) to Mallorca (journey time: 11 hours). There are also other connections to and between the islands – Balearia connects Mallorca with Ibiza with the fast ferry Cecilia Payne (journey time: 2 hours), Mallorca with Menorca several times a day and in the summer months Barcelona with Alcúdia on Mallorca (journey time: 5 hours 30 minutes); – Mediterranea Pitiusa and – Trasmapi.
Passport and visa regulations
Entry with children
Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.
1 euro = 100 cents (céntímos). Currency code: €, EUR (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins in denominations of 1 and 2 euros and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.
|Code||Symbol||Exchange rates (no guarantee)|
|EUR||€||1 EUR = 1.00 €
1 CHF = 1.19 €
1 USD = 0.96 €
The public holidays for the period from January 2014 to December 2015 are listed below.
Tourist Office of the Balearic Islands (Ibatur)
C/ Montenegro 5, E-07012 Palma de Mallorca
(971) 17 71 50.
http://www.illesbalears.es Oficina de Turismo de Formentera (Formentera Tourist Office)
In the Port of La Savina:
Calle de Calpe s/n, E-07870 La Savina
Tel: (971) 32 20 57.
+34 971 32 12 10.
http://www.formentera.es Oficina de Turismo de Mallorca (Tourist Information Mallorca)
Plaza de la Reina 2, E-07012 Palma de Mallorca
Tel: (971) 17 39 90.
at Palma Airport:
Tel: (971) 78 95 56.
http://www.palma.cat Oficina de Turismo de Menorca (Tourist Information Menorca)
Plaça de la Catedral 5, E-07760 Ciutadella
Tel: (971) 38 26 93.
Maó Airport Arrivals Hall:
Tel: (971) 15 71 15.
http://www.menorca.es Oficina de Turismo de Ibiza (Tourist Information Ibiza)
Passeig Vara de Rey 1, E-07800 Ibiza
Tel: (971) 30 19 00.
at Sant Josep de sa Talaia Airport:
Tel: (971) 80 91 18.
http://www.ibiza.travel Fundacion Turismo Palma de Mallorca
c/o global communication experts
Hanauer Landstr. 184
+49 69 175 37 10 58.
Business hours: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm and 4pm-6pm. Usually longer opening times in the tourist areas. closed on Sundays.