Taxi Transfer to Cala Major – Getting from Airport to Cala Major
Taxi Transfer, Car Hire & Bus
Taxi to Cala Major
As you walk through customs into the arrivals hall look overhead and you will see a sign with a taxi on it, showing you the direction to the taxi rank. If for some reason you cannot see the sign, head for Exit C and the taxi rank is immediately outside. Taxis in Mallorca are easy to spot as they are all painted white with a red and yellow stripe on the bonnet and both doors. Plus, they all have the universal green illuminated taxi sign on the roof to let you know if they are available or not.
All taxis in Mallorca calculate fares using a taxi metre; they charge a supplement for picking up at the airport and for working after 10 pm at night and on weekends and holidays.
While a taxi may seem like a great option given that Cala Major is so close to the airport, there are some drawbacks to consider. Firstly, taxis in Mallorca are strictly regulated and are only ever allowed to carry a maximum of four passengers. This also includes babies and there is no wiggle room or turning a blind eye to the rule. If you are travelling in a group, you may have too much luggage and be forced to take two taxis. Also, people with reduced mobility will not find taxis very accommodating, which is why we recommend ordering a Private Airport Transfer if you have special needs or require a child safety seat.
In case you were not aware, Palma airport is the third busiest in Spain after Barcelona and Madrid and can be particularly busy during the summer.
With so many planes all arriving one after another, it is not unusual to see long lines of people queuing up for a taxi. Something you probably don’t feel like doing after a day of travelling. Just be patient though as the line moves fairly quickly.
Because lines for taxies are common at Palma Airport, pirate taxi driver try and lure you away by telling you they just dropped off a fare but are not allowed to pick up from the airport rank. These drivers are not licensed and insured and should be avoided. If you are not sure, look at the paintwork on the car and check to see if they have a taxi metre – if not, they are not a licensed taxi.
Transfer to Cala Major
Due to the fact that Palma de Mallorca International Airport is so busy, we recommend you book a Private Airport Transfer so that your Mallorca holiday starts the moment you arrive. Having someone waiting for you at the airport holding a sign with your name on it sounds like you are a rock star or at least a VIP. The truth, however, is that anyone can arrange to be met at the airport and it really doesn’t cost all that much when compared to a taxi. Several companies offer Private Airport Transfers in Mallorca, but we always use Solhop as they are the number one rated company on TripAdvisor. All their cars are relatively new and their drivers all speak English. Plus, you don’t need a credit card to book and there is no problem should you need to alter your booking or make a cancellation.
For more information, please also see our page Palma Airport Transfers.
If you plan on exploring the island while on holiday in Mallorca nothing beats having your own car, as it allows you to get to places you would never see any other way.
Car hire offices at Palma de Mallorca Airport can be found in both the arrivals and baggage halls with some companies even having desks in both locations.
All are staffed starting early in the morning and stay open until the last flight arrives at night with some even offering fast-track car pickups and 24-hour drop-off facilities, so you can return your keys easily no matter how early in the morning or late at night your flight departs.
Car rental companies that have desks at Palma de Mallorca in 2018 include:
Enterprise-Alamo-National (Tel: +34 971 266 001)
Goldcar-Rhodium (Tel: +34 965 233 181)
Europcar-InterRent (Tel: +34 971 746 540)
Hertz-Thrifty (Tel: +34 971 789 670)
Avis Budget (Tel: +34 902 110 261)
Sixt (Tel: +34 971 260 268/+34 971 743 743)
Record Go (Tel: +34 877 406 471)
If you are not in any hurry when arriving in Mallorca you can save a little money by renting from a car hire company that does not have a desk at the airport. All these companies have a nearby lot and offer a free shuttle to and from the airport.
Offsite car rental companies include:
Centauro (Tel: +34 966 36 03 60)
OK (Tel+34 902 36 06 36)
Hiper (Tel+34 971 26 98 50)
Wiber (Tel+34 964 01 00 00)
Dollar (Tel+34 971 00 00 45)
Drivalia (Tel+34 971 12 69 63)
Most car rental companies at Palma Airport operate on a take your car with a full tank of fuel and return the car with a full tank of fuel. Failure to do so can incur penalties and have you pay for fuel at a higher price.
Palma Airport has a petrol station just before the exit, which means you will have to pass where you would normally drop off the car, fill up and then double back.
Be sure to take out the appropriate insurance so that you are covered for all eventualities. Read your agreement properly to understand the fuel policy and to make sure you are not paying for any add-ons you did not ask for, such as a child seat or GPS.
For more detailed information on this topic, please also see our car hire page.
Driving from Palma de Mallorca Airport to Cala Major
With Cala Major on the opposite side of Palma to the airport, you need to take the first exit onto the MA-19 and then take Exit 3 onto the MA-20 ring road until you arrive in Cala Major, taking the MA-1C Avenida Joan Miro into the centre of town.
When you enter the arrivals hall, just follow the signs that have a picture of a bus on them. To get to Cala Major you must first travel into the city taking the L1 Airport-Palma-Airport bus to the city’s main bus station in the Plaça d’Espanya. From here, take the red and yellow TIB (Transport de les Illes Balears) Line 104 for Cala Major. Buses run every 30 minutes, so you should have no trouble getting from the airport to Cala Major by bus.
To find out more, please also see our page Taking Buses in Mallorca.
About Cala Major
Located just 5 kilometres southwest of the capital Palma, the once fashionable resort is the closest “Blue Flag” beach to the city centre and can be especially busy on weekends.
Despite not having the allure of some of the islands newer resort destinations, Cala Major retains an upmarket feel and would appeal to holidaymakers looking to spend time at the beach while being able to shop and dine in nearby Palma.
Located in a natural bay surrounded by rocky outcrops and apartment buildings, the beach of Cala Major is a mix of fine golden sand lapped by clear turquoise blue seawater that makes the island of Mallorca so special.
In 1956 at the age of 63, Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro bought a house in Cala Major and lived in it until he died in 1983. His house is now a museum open to the public where you can view a collection of over 100 paintings and sculptures.
Practically a city beach with a mixture of tourists and locals, Cala Major has all the amenities you would expect to find on a first-class Spanish beach with lifeguards on duty from May until September.
A walk up the hill from the beach to the main road offers fantastic views and a regular bus service into Palma where you can visit the cathedral “La Seu” and explore the historic old quarter.