Mallorca has a good public transport network to connect its main cities and tourist centers. But it also has an infinite number of hidden and unsuspected places to discover, and we will need freedom to discover them while we tour the island.
Why rent a car in Mallorca
If we depend on public transport we will have to adjust to their routes and schedules
When renting a car we will enjoy total freedom to create our routes, visit the places we want, or do it outside of the hours where there is a greater agglomeration of visitors.
We can also reach a multitude of places that are too far from the stops
This is very important if we travel with small children or people with mobility problems. Although public transport is adapted it has its limitations, and renting a car is a way to gain comfort.
In addition, in these times where it is essential to take care of health and prevent infections
When renting a car, we will avoid areas with a large influx of public, such as stations or the means of transport themselves.
Where to rent a car in Mallorca
The best place to rent a car in Mallorca will depend on the purpose of our trip and where we are staying.
The most common thing will be to rent the car at the same airport, the main route of entry to Mallorca, or near the maritime terminal
In both places there are many companies dedicated to car rental, both large international firms and local suppliers.
In the major tourist centers of Mallorca (Palma, El Arenal, Magaluf, Cala d’Or, Puerto de Alcudia or Can Picafort, to mention just a few of them) there are also offices where you can rent a car. Thus, it is possible to move from the airport in one of the shuttle buses to the place where we are staying, and then rent the car with which we are going to move there.
In this way we can save money by renting a car only for essential trips, and we will not be paying it for the days we stay at the hotel or on the nearby beaches.
Companies with which to rent a car in Mallorca
This family-owned car rental company in Mallorca was born in 1975, so it has more than 45 years of experience in the sector
It has a modern fleet and stands out for its exquisite customer service.
It only has an office at the airport and in hotels in Playa de Palma, but in exchange it has excellent rates offering free services that other companies offer at an additional cost (comprehensive insurance, possibility of payment in cash, etc. ).
This local company founded in 1976 is dedicated to the rental of cars, vans and minibuses
It does not have an online reservation system so you must contact them through the form on their website or by phone.
What we will have is an excellent personalized treatment and advice on the type of vehicle we need. They have a shuttle service to and from the airport.
Hiper Rent a Car
This Balearic company founded more than 50 years ago combines the advantages of a large international brand and those of a local company
It has an extensive network of offices at the airport and in the main tourist centers of Mallorca, while offering highly personalized attention thanks to its knowledge of the island where it offers its services.
We can choose from a wide variety of models at very competitive prices. Apart from renting the car at any of its offices, we can enjoy a collection and delivery service at the hotel where we are staying.
Sixt is one of the world’s leading car rental brands, with more than a century of existence
Despite its growth, it has preserved the character of a family business whose philosophy is that the customer is the boss.
In Mallorca it has offices at the airport and in all major tourist centers. We can choose from a wide range of vehicles: from cars and vans to convertibles and luxury cars, and even electric vehicles.
Roig Rent a Car
The history of this local company dates back to 1953, when it began its activity as a taxi for tourists in Cala d’Or, and since 1964 it offers its car rental services
It also has a fleet of coaches, taxis and premium vehicles for rent. It is located in the east of Mallorca but also has an office at the airport.
Its local roots allow it to offer a highly personalized offer of products and services. It also has advantages such as cash payment, it does not increase the price for young drivers and all its offers are transparent with no surprise charges.
This Spanish company with more than 40 years of experience specializes in the rental of cars and other vehicles in the main tourist airports in Spain and southern Europe
It stands out for a major renewal of its fleet thanks to direct contacts with manufacturers. The average age of their vehicles is only 7 months.
It offers us a wide variety of categories and models: cars and vans, SUVs, 7 and 9-seater minivans, and also hybrids.
Europcar is one of the world’s leading car and van rental companies with more than 70 years of experience
And that allows you to maintain a varied, modern fleet with very competitive prices. It has additional advantages such as its loyalty card and the possibility of managing reservations and rentals through its app.
In Mallorca it has 17 offices spread over the main tourist centers, including Palma airport. It has a good variety of models of different sizes and categories to satisfy all the needs of its customers.
Avis is another of the world leaders in car rental for more than 70 years
Since its inception it has been characterized by seeking excellence in customer service and innovating in its services to offer the best experience to its users.
In Mallorca it has six offices strategically located in the main tourist centers, including the airport. We can benefit from advantages such as its loyalty program, the best guaranteed price and offers for the weekend or full week.
Electric charging points
If we want to rent a plug-in electric car in Mallorca, we have it easier and easier. More companies include this type of vehicle in their fleets, we have a good network of both public and private charging points. We will also enjoy some additional advantages such as exemption from payment of ORA in some municipalities or free recharge in municipal car parks.
Routes to discover Mallorca by car
Sierra de Tramuntana: 183 Km, 4h 50’
The Sierra de Tramuntana, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, is one of the areas that we will enjoy the most if we travel it by car
Although the main towns are connected by public transport, their schedules make it difficult to make a comprehensive tour.
When renting a car to tour it, we can choose several routes. Leaving from Andratx, at its southern end, we can follow the winding and spectacular Ma-10 road. Passengers will be able to enjoy spectacular views of valleys between the mountains, and how they sink into the Mediterranean.
We will cross the towns of Estellencs and Banyalbufar, and if we want we can bathe in their small rock coves with fresh and crystalline waters. Then we can continue to Valldemossa, to then visit Deià, the town of painters.
Our next stop will be Sóller, in the middle of an isolated valley where the predominant crop is citrus. From there we will ascend close to the highest elevations in Mallorca: Massanella and Puig Major. We can descend to Sa Calobra and the mouth of the Torrent de Pareis, a place of singular beauty.
The last stretch of the mountain route will take us to Pollensa, and from there we can continue to the Formentor Peninsula, another enclave of rugged beauty where some small coves and spectacular beaches are hidden.
Valldemossa-Deià-Sóller Triangle: 70 Km, 1h 40 ‘
If we don’t want to binge on a car, we can reduce our visit to the heart of the mountains by visiting these three towns, each with its own very marked character.
Valldemossa is a town steeped in history no matter where you look. La Cartuja, the palace of King Sancho or the birthplace of Santa Catalina Thomàs, the only Majorcan saint, are just three places that we should not miss in this charming mountain town.
Deià is a village that for more than 70 years has attracted the attention of artists from all over the world, and it is not for nothing that it is called the town of painters
In addition to its fabled landscapes illuminated with a unique light in the world, we can enjoy several museums and a world-class gastronomic offer.
Sóller, the third vertex of this triangle, is a small city that was once very isolated from the rest of Mallorca but which curiously had a lot of contact with France, even having a regular maritime line with Marseille. Thus, it has a very peculiar character of a small town at the same time agricultural, industrial and commercial that had to be self-sufficient. Surrounded by mountains and the sea, the opening of the Sóller tunnel greatly improved its communication with the rest of the island.
Excursions in the Sierra de Tramuntana
The Sierra de Tramuntana is a hiker’s paradise
Hundreds of routes run through it, of varying length and difficulty. If we stick to those that are accessible from urban centers, we will miss some of the most spectacular.
The north of Mallorca: 56 Km, 1h 35 ‘
On this route we will go from small mountains with hidden coves at their feet to large sandy areas and lagoons in large plains
We will begin our route heading to Pollensa, if we are not already in that northern municipality, and then head towards the Port of Pollensa. In between we have the option of diverting to Cala San Vicente, a small tourist town but loaded with a lot of history. From Puerto de Pollensa we will head towards the Formentor peninsula. At the top of it, from the viewpoint called Es Colomer, we can enjoy magnificent views over the bay of Pollensa. On the coast of this peninsula there are hidden gems such as the beach of Formentor, Cala Murta or Cala Figuera.
After returning to the Port we will head to Alcudia. There we can walk through the streets of the ancient Roman Pollentia, or of the more modern medieval and Renaissance Alcudia, enclosed within its imposing walls. Then we can go to Puerto de Alcudia and Playa de Muro, with its kilometer-long sandy beaches, or turn off to the Cap del Pinar peninsula, with small beaches such as Alcanada or Sant Joan.
In addition to several prehistoric sites, we can visit the Albufera de Mallorca Natural Park, the largest wetland on the island. Finally we will arrive at Can Picafort, another tourist center with a magnificent beach and a wide range of activities before returning to our starting point.
El Pla de Mallorca: 129 Km, 2h 45’
The interior of Mallorca is a great unknown, far from the beaches and crowds
If we want to visit it comfortably, it is best to rent a car to organize our route.
We can start with Pina, where the Pou de Judí is located, which according to tradition (or at least one of them) is the geographical center of Mallorca. This village belongs to the municipality of Sencelles, where there are a good number of prehistoric sites.
We can then continue to the nearby town of Costitx, where the Son Corró deposit is located. Here at the end of the 19th century the famous Costitx bulls were discovered: three bronze sculptures of bulls’ heads, which are currently on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Madrid. In the House of Culture of Costitx some replicas are exhibited.
Our next stop is Llubí, a typical agricultural town in the interior of Mallorca. Many mills that were in use not too many years ago are still standing. From here we will continue to the agricultural towns of Maria de la Salut and Ariany, where we can visit their parishes, convents and wayside cross.
A few kilometers from here is the small town of Petra that was the birthplace of a world-renowned character: the Franciscan Fray Junípero Serra, Apostle of the Californias, and founder of cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego.
Our next stop will be Montuiri, an agricultural town converted to the service sector. Here we can find several rural hotels and agrotourisms if we want to escape the agglomeration of the coastal centers, and it also has a good gastronomic offer. The parish church, the oratory and the Son Fornés site are worth visiting.
Very close to here is the Puig de Randa on which the sanctuary of Cura is located. From its more than 500 m high you can see a magnificent panoramic view of Pla de Mallorca and part of the bay of Palma.
To end our route, we can return to Algaida and stop at the Gordiola blown glass factory, which in addition to being a shop includes a small museum and demonstrations of how some of the pieces are made.
The south of Mallorca: 63 Km, 1h 30 ‘
This part of the island is home to some of the best beaches on its coastline, but we will only have three
We can start our day in Es Trenc, a virgin beach that has dodged the onslaught of urbanization and that has nothing to envy to the Caribbean beaches.
From there we can go to the town of Colonia de Sant Jordi to continue to Es Caragol, another wonderful virgin beach. Very close to it is the Cap de Ses Salines lighthouse, from where we can contemplate the Cabrera archipelago.
And to finish off our route of natural landscapes we can visit the Mondragó Natural Park and its wonderful beaches. The closest will be that of s’Amarador. From here we will also have very easy access to the tourist centers of Cala Santanyí and Cala d’Or, with a great gastronomic and leisure offer.
The east of Mallorca: 83 Km, 2h 20 ‘
The east and northeast of the island, despite having some important tourist centers, is still an area to be discovered by many visitors.
After visiting them we can opt for Porto Cristo beach, or head north to the tourist center of Cala Millor. Inland, one of the main attractions is the Capdepera castle. More than a castle, it is a small walled town built on a 159 m high hill, but from which the entire nearby coastline is overlooked and it also gives us wonderful views of the interior of the island.
From here we can go to the tourist beach of Cala Mesquida, or head to Artà and then head towards the virgin beaches of Cala Torta or Cala Mitjana. After cooling off in its fresh and clean waters, we can continue on to the nearby Levante Peninsula Natural Park.
We can continue our route through the east and northeast of Mallorca approaching the beautiful beach of Son Serra de Marina. And finally we can go to the Son Real public estate, where we can visit a spectacular archaeological site and discover the rich ethnological heritage of this part of the island.