Mallorca is an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain and north of Africa.
It is one of the x islands that make up the Balearic Islands. Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Island region. There are prehistoric traces found that date back to 6000-4000 BCE. The Romans occupied the island in 123 BCE, when the local economy was based around olives, wine and salt mining. For four hundred years beginning in 902, the Moors were in power. During this time they built the Bellver Castle, the Almudaina Palace and what is now the Convent of Sant Frances. Between 1229-1231, the Christian kingdom conquested the island and built the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma where the old Moorish mosque stood.
It became a geographically rich area due to its proximity to Italy, North Africa and the Mediterranean.
Mallorca is well-known for its mountain ranges, crystal clear waters, cobblestone villages and coastal Spanish lifestyle.
Important dates in Spain
- January 1: New Year
- January 6: Feast of Epiphany / Three Kings
- March 1: Balearics Day: Marks the Statute of Autonomy of 1983
- March 24: Maundy Thursday
- March 25: Good Friday
- March 28: Easter Monday
- May 1: May Day/ Labour Day
- August 15: Assumption of Mary
- October 12: Spanish National Day / Columbus Day
- November 1: All Saints Day
- December 6: Constitution Day
- December 8: Inmaculada (Immaculate Conception)
- Decmber 25: Christmas Day
- December 26: Boxing Day / Saint Stephen’s Day
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- White tigers can only be found in Indian tigers.
- India is home to the largest population of vegetarians in the world.
- 70% of the world’s spices come from India.
- In 2004, Indian farmers used Coca-Cola and Pepsi instead of pesticides because they were cheaper and as effective.
- Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
- Kumbh Mela is the world’s largest gathering of humans, occurring every six years.
- Bridges in Meghalaya are made of living trees.
Good to know
As a visitor, you will require a short stay visa or “Schengen” visa. The Schengen visa is the standard visa that is valid for all the 26 countries in the Schengen Area, including Spain.
This short stay visa is issued for 90 days within a 180 day period from the date of first entry to the Schengen Area. The visa is issued for single entry or multiple entries.
Please check the official Schengen websites for more up to date information – https://www.schengenvisa.cc
Culture and Etiquette in Mallorca
Tourism in Mallorca is at an all-time high. From spring through the autumn, a record 715 planes will land in Mallorca every day, bringing in around 13 million tourists. From 1981-2008, Mallorca has seen an over 60% increase in population. We begin with this fact because the impact of tourism is having a massive effect on the ecosystem of the island.
Environmental Protection: Mallorca is very vulnerable to the impact of tourism. With a rich marine life, it is important to conserve the island. Make sure to pack your trash – cigarette buts especially – recycle, and if you see some trash, help pick it up!! The only way Mallorca will be a place you want to visit is if everyone who visits helps take care of it. This cannot be understated.
Lifestyle: Mallorca has a very traditional Spanish lifestyle. They take siestas religiously, shutting shops and restaurants from 2-4pm every day. Locals tend to be relaxed and in tune with nature. In the villages, people say hola when they pass each other on the streets and your local shopkeepers will take the time to get to know you.
Language: It is very important to learn basic Spanish words for your stay in Mallorca. Yes, the people welcome visitors, but they want to keep their heritage in tact and by speaking in Spanish, you are helping to do that.
Dress: Mallorca is laid-back like the rest of Spain, so wear whatever is most comfortable for you. The summers get incredibly hot and no one expects you to cover up. Even swimming you will find that at most beaches women are topless. It is a part of the culture, of embracing the human body, of equality of men and women and of normalizing the human form instead of sexualizing it. Outside of the beach, cover up but again, you wont feel pressured to show less skin.
Tipping: A 10% tip is always appreciated in restaurants. At bars, tips are not expected.
Greetings: It is customary to do the two-cheek brief kiss when meeting new friends. For business interactions, a handshake is fine.
Tip: Avoid Magaluf – unless you’re looking for that dirty frat party vibe.