Mallorca - Tramuntana Traverse
Mallorca & Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €955 (land only) - from $1,295 (land only)
Majorca has two mountainous regions each about 70 kilometres in length. These occupy the north-western (Serra de Tramuntana or Tramuntana range) and eastern thirds of the island. The highest peak on Majorca is Puig Major at 1445 metres in the Serra de Tramuntana. The neighbouring peak at Puig de Massanella is the highest accessible peak at 1364 metres. The northeast coast comprises two bays: the Badia de Pollença and the larger Badia d'Alcúdia. The northern coast is rugged and has many cliffs. The central zone extending from Palma is generally flat, fertile plain known as Es Pla. The island has a variety of caves both above and below sea-level. Mallorca is the largest by area and second most populated island of Spain (after Tenerife in the Canary Islands).
The electrity supply is AC 220v at 50HZ. Plugs are the standard 'Euro' plug with two round pins.
The language of Mallorca is Spanish. The majority of people will speak some English but it is a good idea to bring a Spanish phrasebook or dictionary with you and learn common words and greetings.
The climate is Mediterranean, with markedly higher precipitation in the Serra de Tramuntana. However, by European standards rainfall is low throughout the islands. Summers are hot in the plains and winters mild to cool, getting colder in the Tramuntana range; in this part of the island brief episodes of snow during the winter are not unusual.
The unit of currency throughout Spain is the Euro. For up to date exchange rates visit: www.xe.com. You should take some euros with you on your holiday to Mallorca. These are readily available at most banks. If you run out of euros, dollars and sterling (cash or travellers cheques) can easily be exchanged once you are on holiday although not every bank will provide this service. Credit and debit cards can be used widely and you will also be able to obtain currency at cash machines (ATM's) in the usual way.
A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Visas are not required by holders of passports from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries. Other nationalities should check with the Spanish Consulate in their own country.
You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. No special vaccinations are required for Mallorca. UK residents should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travelling. The EHIC is normally valid for three to five years and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary during your holiday, because of either illness or an accident. The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only, and you will be treated on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in the country you're visiting. Remember, this might not cover all the things you'd expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care. You can obtain an EHIC from the Department of Health by phone, online, or at the post office.