It's easy to see what attracts the holidaymaker to Majorca; hot sun, golden sand and refreshing seas lay less than a two hour flight away. However, its popularity means it can get very busy - hiring a car in Majorca is the best option for those wanting some freedom from public transport and the crowds on their holiday. Collect your hire car at Palma Airport and drive east to the quieter beaches or north to the mountains - it's your holiday, make it your own.
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Majorca's capital is swamped with Brits all year round. Hire a car and discover the real Majorca. It may just surprise you.In the mood for a party? Take the hire car to Magaluf. If you like foam, sticky floors and neon lights, you'll love it. Lost someone? See if you can spot them from the top of Bellver Castle. It offers a great view of the city.
Ignore those that say you shouldn't drive in Palma. Keep calm and you'll do just fine.
Pollenca is a great place to hire a car and explore the north of the island. Discover hidden coves and quaint little towns that aren't even on the map.The Caves of Drach sound scary but there no chance of getting bitten. There's even a concert by a lake. Just head to Porto Cristo in your hire car.For that spectacular landscape photo, head to Cap de Formentor. It's a short drive north of Pollenca.
If you're parked on narrow streets fold your wing mirrors in.
This natural park on the island’s south coast is a slice of paradise. Fine, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, trees and craggy rock pools are all there to explore. Pack up the hire car with towels, a picnic, water, sunblock and your camera.
Roads into the park are limited, but free parking is available. The coast is just a short walk from designated parking bays.
Don't be deceived by the fairytale appearance of this castle - it did not house kings and queens, but 18th Century prisoners. Nowadays it's home to the City History Museum and is well worth a visit, even if it's just to get a glimpse of the views from its towers across the island and out to sea.
The castle has its own car park which you can access from the Camilo José Cela road.
This quirky, interactive theme park in Magaluf is sure to keep kids of all ages entertained. You can shoot 'em up Rodeo style with laser guns, have your mind messed with in the upside-down house, take a rollercoaster ride through a 4D film or go on a terrifying adults-only ride in the abandoned mental hospital.
Parking is available for your rental car outside the park.
Located on the east coast of the island, this collection of caves is not only the perfect place to cool off for an hour or two but to get some truly spectacular views from the mouth of the cave out to sea. There are some great photo opportunities to be had here.
Free parking is available a short walk from the cave entrance.
This tiny village and its beaches located on the north of the island are like heaven to the peace-and-quiet-seeker. There are no attractions or watersports here, just laid-back beach living. Pack the rental car with everything you’ll need for the day because once you lay down on the sand you won’t want to get up again.
Free parking is available within walking distance of the beach.
This tiny village sits on the slopes of Mount Galatzo in the Tramuntana range of the island’s west coast. With less than 400 inhabitants, this town has retained its cultural charm and natural beauty. If you’re feeling energetic you can park your car hire near the bay and walk uphill through the village, or sit in the cove and dip your toes in its cyan-coloured waters.
From Palma, take the MA-1040 motorway north to Son Comes. From there, pick- up the MA-1100 ,until you reach the junction and take a left onto the Ma-10. This road will take you all the way to Estellencs.
For colourful street markets selling handicrafts, foods and quality leather goods, head to Inca. Located towards the centre of the island, this town thrives on the leather industry and there can be some great bargains on offer.
From Palma, the Ma-13 motorway will take you directly to Inca, the journey should take no more than 25 minutes.
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience then take a drive to the Es Cellar Restaurant in Petra. Here, you can sit underground amid stone arches to eat traditional Majorcan food. Call ahead if you’d like your meal to include slow-cooked roast suckling pig, they need 48 hours’ notice.
Petra is located east of the island’s centre just outside the village of Manacor. From there, take the MA-3320 highway north for 5 miles until Petra is signposted. Es Cella can be found on the Carrer d'hospital road.
Take the car rental for a scenic spin along hairpin bends out to the Cap de Formentor on the island’s northernmost point. From here, there are panoramic views out to sea and along the coast. Take the pictures from the car, or park up and go for a walk - if you can get there for sunrise, even better.
For the most scenic route, take the MA-2220 north from Alcúdia until you see the Carrer de Formentor signposted. Follow that road all the way to the coast.