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.
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.
|– Regular dual carriage ways, not all main roads are 100kph|
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.
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.
|Ceda el Paso||Give way|
|Curvas Peligrosas||Sharp or dangerous bends|
|Gasoline sin plomo||Unleaded petrol|