The Island of Mallorca is the largest in the archipelago of the Balearic Islands. It is located about 240 km off the coast of Spain and is one of Germany‘s most popular holiday destinations. Year after year, more than 8 million holiday makers visit the island in the Mediterranean Sea – most in search of the 3 S‘s: sun, sea and sand.
Mallorca derives from the Latin “insular major” (=larger island), and is also known as the Island of the Calm. The island‘s greatest assets are its magnificent landscapes together with its temperature and sunlight. Mallorca ideally combines the tourism at the coastal area with its excellent range of beaches with breathtaking inland mountains. Almost half of the island is taken up by protected areas. The coastline forms a profile of contrasts between the beaches of fine sand and the cliffs.
In addition to its extensive offer of beaches, inland Mallorca provides the chance to enjoy an extraordinary mountain landscape. In the inland a mountain range crosses the island and creates a mountain landscape that surprises visitors. The mountain range “Serra de Tramuntana” runs parallel with the northwest coast and Pruig Major (1,445m) is the island‘s highest peak.
* Area: 3,620 km²
* Coast: 623 km
* Population: 781,600 inhabitants of which foreign population totals 16 %
* Capital: Palma de Mallorca (also the Capital of the Balearic Islands)
* Official languages: Catalan and Spanish
* Currency: Euro
* Average annual temperature: 18.7°C
* Annual visitors: over 8 million
* Highest Peak: Puig Major (1,445m)
1st stage of tourism:
* Winter 1838/1839: George Sand, a French novelist, and Frédéric Chopin come to Mallorca.
* The novel Un Hiver à Majorque (A winter in Mallorca) is published in 1855.
* The Island is widely unspoilt and the mistrust towards travellers is still high.
* 1905: Foundation of the 1st tourist association “Fomento”
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