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Driving in Mallorca

The Mountain roads of Mallorca are a must for drivers with their curves, hairpins and beautiful views. These along with the rural and coastal roads are an excursion in themselves. However Palma city is busy and a bit more stressful to negotiate especially during rush hour times.

Are Mallorca’s roads a problem to drive on? No, as long as you stick to the rules of the road, Mallorca will be a pleasure to drive in. In general it’s a very safe island to drive around. Most European rules of the road are the same or very similar to Mallorca’s.

Spanish road laws though, should be adhered to strictly whilst driving in Mallorca. If you are a visitor don’t fall into the trap of thinking you won’t be prosecuted. Breaches of the road laws in Mallorca will be swiftly and heavily penalized by the Spanish authorities.

Road laws in Mallorca

As most road laws are generally the same as for other European countries, below are some reminders and some laws that might be different to what you would expect.

Speed Limits

Always check signs for speed limits whilst driving in Mallorca.
Type KPH MPH
Motorways 120 74
Main roads 100 62
– Regular dual carriage ways, not all main roads are 100kph
Minor road 90 55
Urban areas 50 31

General Driving

Drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • A driving license must be carried whilst driving, along with a passport or European ID or Spanish residence card. A heavy fine of around €150-200 will be imposed on the spot for driving without a license.
  • The minimum age limit to drive a car is 18. The minimum age to drive a 50cc motorbike is 16, to drive 125cc is 17 and to drive anything over a 125cc is 18.
  • Any violations of the road laws in Mallorca which incur a penalty, will be passed onto you by your rental car company.
  • Drivers must not cross solid white lines in the center of the carriageway.
  • In tunnels headlights must be used.
  • Child safety seats must be used for children under 135cm.
  • Moped, scooter and motorbike riders are obligated to wear helmets.
  • Some Petrol/Gasoline filling stations require pre-payment before the pump will operate.
  • Be careful on roundabouts, correct Spanish driving involves using the outside lane for all directions, this will frequently cause near collisions.

Fines

Police will give out fines on the spot. These can be reduced by 50% if paid within 20 days.

Non Spanish residents will be required to pay the fine immediately. Noncompliance will mean the confiscation of the vehicle. Providing a named guarantor to pay the fine in Spain is the only way not to pay immediately.

Drink Driving

The limit for regular cyclists and car drivers is 0.05% (0.015% for new drivers, less than two years).

Random breath tests can be imposed by police. Breath tests are obligatory if requested by police. Refusal may mean the immobilizing of the vehicle. A driving ban for 1-4 years may be enforced with a possible prison sentence of up to a year.

Parking

  • Single unbroken yellow lines on the side of the road mean absolutely no parking.
  • Don’t park in a disabled space, marked by a wheelchair symbol, unless you have a permit.
  • No parking signs are frequently on garage doors and driveways, they will usually have the words, vado permanente or prohibido estacionar, don’t park here.
If you park in any of the above mentioned areas you will be towed away and you will have to pay a heavy fine of around €150 to retrieve your car from the police pound.
  • Blue lines on the road mean it is a pay to park zone and is obligatory.
  • To park in disabled spaces you must display the blue permit badge or sticker. This badge is an EU regulated parking permit for disabled persons. This badge must be applied for in your home country.

Useful Spanish English equivalent driving terms

Spanish English
Autopista Highway, Motorway
Carretera Road
Calle Street
Salida Exit
Ceda el Paso Give way
Peligro Danger
Curvas Peligrosas Sharp or dangerous bends
Despacio Slow, slowly
Obras Roadworks
Multa Fine
Ayuntamiento Town hall
Aparcamiento Car park
Gasolina Petrol
Gasoline sin plomo Unleaded petrol
Gasoleo Diesel
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