A visit to Majorca, however short as it may be, should not and cannot be confined to the town, the most interesting features of the visit are the island excursions. Not to take any excursions amounts to not visiting Majorca at all. A 2.000 kms. road network enables the visitor to drive around. To make one’s own car available will always be the best plan. Several thousands of privately owned cars are thus taken onto the island yearly. Besides there exist firms in Palma dealing with motorcycle or self-drive cars.
A complete touring organisation has been established selling individual tickets for all the excursions. The coaches leave the town between 9 and 10 a.m. driving round to the main hotels to collect the passengers. In the evening they take them back to their hotels. The trip to Valldemosa The Carthusian Monastery. Deya and Soller is organized on Mondays and Thursdays. The one to Manacor, Drach and Hams grottoes on Wednesdays and Sundays. The one to Pollensa and Formentor with a visit to the grottoes at Campanet on Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays. On Saturdays there is an organized trip to the Arta grottoes. On Tuesdays and Saturdays to Lluch and Torrent de Pareis. On Saturdays there is an afternoon trip to Camp de Mar. In summer nearly a hundred coaches with guide-interpreters undertake these excursions whose frequency has increased then. Besides other excursions are varied out. Tickets are sold until the preceding evenning at the very same hotels, travel-agencies and Fomento del Turismo Office.
A very convenient system in the absence of one’s own car is for 5 or 6 persons to gather and hire a car at any garage or even at the taxi stand (some drivers can speak French). A safe course of action is to state the terms before, never forget this caution considering that the authorized price is between 6 and 8 pesetas per kilometer. This system allows the utmost freedom in selecting the routes, avoids delays or jammings or to have the tourist compelled to prolonged stops at places or villages he is not interested in or on the other hand he is not being able to admire with leisure the beautiful landscapes he may come across. In this way advantage may be taken for a visit to the country houses close to the road, some of them of typical Majorcan character; wonderful country mansions the others. Many among the latter are palaces of XVII or XVIII century displaying a splendid fagade and courtyards and some of them a park or garden. In Spring and Summer the excursions as described in this guide book can be carried out in an afternoon. If the number of excursionists is big enough to fill up a car, this system besides being the most suitable turns out to be the cheapest.
The routes for the excursions described in this Guide follow the best main roads and visit the most interesting places from the tourist’s point of view. However, today the cross-roads and divertions on all main roads have posted signs in such a way that nobody should get lost. So the excursions, with the variation which best suit the visitor, can be made with the general and complete map which we publish.
In the Summer, weather permitting, sea-excursions are carried out in comfortable boats leaving from the quay in front of La Lonja and sailing to the western coast enabling tripmakers to spend a few hours bathing at Palma Nova and Magalluf and other beaches.
Mountaineering amateurs can make splendid mountain excursions. These will be described in their corresponding chapter at the end.
No detailed prices or time tables of the different services can be given here as they are fixed beforehand at the beginning of each season.