Ensure that you stopover at the many glorious beaches and coves littered through the Balearics. Ibiza, albeit famed for its nightlife, has so much more to offer. Neighbouring Mallorca and Menorca are definitely more than just sunny hotspots. Make sure you hire a car to experience the diversity of these amazing islands.
Tips for driving in the Balearic Islands
Which side of the road do they drive on?
Drive on the right, overtake on the left.
If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.
Driving with children
Children under 18, shorter than 1.35m must use a suitable child seat or booster seat. Children taller than 1.35m may use an adult seatbelt.
Blood alcohol limit
The blood alcohol limit is 50mg alcohol per 100ml blood. For professional drivers or drivers with less than two years’ experience the blood alcohol limit is 20mg per 100ml blood.
In the Balearic Islands if you require glasses, you must carry a spare pair in the glove box in case you lose or break the first pair.
Reflective vests, triangles & other essentials
Two warning triangles and a reflective vest should be kept in the vehicle at all times. If present this must be accessible from within the car and not kept in the boot.
In one way streets in some cities, vehicles must be parked on the side of the road where houses bear uneven numbers on uneven days of the month, and on the side of even numbers on even days.
Horns and headlights
You must not sound the horn at any time in urban areas, except in an emergency. You can however flash your lights instead. It is prohibited to use full headlights in built-up areas; sidelights or dipped headlights must be used. You must use dipped headlights in tunnels.
Speed traps are very common and fines are high. If oncoming vehicles flash their headlights they could be warning you of a speed trap.
What should I do if I have an accident or breakdown?
If your hire car breaks down or you’re in an accident and have no phone signal, emergency SOS telephones are positioned roughly every 2km.
If you breakdown in Spain, you must put on a reflective jacket and place the reflective triangles 30m behind and in front of vehicles to warn other drivers. Call the supplier who will be able to advise you. It is recommended you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.
If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental provider and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact us at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.
Palma to Alcúdia – 60km (48mins)
Palma to Magaluf – 33km (32mins)
Palma to Sa Coma – 60km (52mins)
Sa Coma to Alcúdia – 51km (56mins)