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Can you imagine sitting on a white sandy beach with a cocktail in your hand, enjoying the azure view and the warm, crystal-clear water that’s excellent for swimming?
That’s Majorca for you!
The Spanish island of Majorca, or Mallorca, is a paradise for everyone, whether you’re traveling solo, with your partner, or the whole family. So all that’s left now is to set a budget for your trip and stick to it.
So, how much money should I take on holiday to Majorca?
You should know that this is not the cheapest of the Spanish islands, and peak season sees an increase in hotel prices and other expenses.
It would be best to allow an average budget of about £120 per person for each day or travel and take about £900 for each week of travel. Increase that amount if you plan on joining sightseeing trips and doing water-sports.
It’s easy to spend less than what you’d think to bring, but it’s also easy to underestimate your expenses and spend a bit more than you can afford. Let’s go over your daily expenses just so you don’t get caught off-guard when you get there.
When choosing your accommodation, consider its location. Properties in Palma, the island’s capital, are considerably pricier than other resorts and villages in Majorca. You could end up paying double in Palma than what you’d pay in a different place for the star rating.
If you’re a backpacker hoping to land a good deal at a hostel, you’ll be disappointed to know there are not that many hostels on the island and the starting price for a bed in a dorm is about £15 per night.
Other types of cheap accommodation include B&Bs and guesthouses, where you’d pay around £35 per night for a double room.
A 3-star hotel in Majorca costs an average £50 per night for a double room, but you may find rooms as cheap as £35 per night per night if you choose to stay in less fancy locations.
There are also luxurious resorts equipped with everything from pool to a spa or a gym, but you’d pay an average £200 for a double room for one night only.
If you want to self-cater and buy products from supermarkets, you should know that the price of food and beverages in Majorca exceed those you’d find in the islands of Greece or Italy, for example.
Nonetheless, cooking your own food in a shared kitchen will help you save up a significant amount of money. Most food products are around £1, while meat and cheese costs around £5. The local beer is very cheap, and a bottle of quality wine is about £5.
You can eat at almost any price level on the island. Some restaurants offer a lunchtime menu with a 3-course meal and a drink for as little as £10 per person. Even dinner can cost around £15 per person at a decent restaurant.
Of course, for those that want to try some haute cuisine, there are also expensive places where you’d easily spend £50 per person for dinner.
As you can see, there’s something for everyone in Majorca, including street food vendors selling tasty dishes for just a few pounds.
The Palma region and the southwest of the island have an excellent bus service that runs regularly between the capital and the surrounding town and resorts. Other areas of the island, however, can be less accessible by public transport because of the less regular and less predictable bus services. One bus ticket is around £1, but you can buy a 10-journey prepaid card for about £8 and save up a few pounds.
You can also travel by train on the island. There are two railway lines, both of which start from Placa d’Espanya in Palma. On railway runs northwest while the other runs north and there are regular departures to the main points of interest in these areas throughout the day.
Many tourists recommend hiring a car to see more of the island, just so you don’t miss anything worth seeing here. You can book a 4-seat car for less than £30 per day for any day-trip you may want to take.
A lot of great things to do in Majorca are free. Sunbathing on the beach is one of them, but if you want to use the loungers and umbrellas you’d have to pay about £6 per day per person.
Some hotels offer them for free if you’re a guest.
Tip: head to Playa de Muro, a gorgeous beach backed by dunes that’s perfect for a picnic.
If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll definitely enjoy themselves at one of the waterparks on the island. It’s advisable to purchase your tickets online to save money and avoid queues.
One ticket at the Hidropark in Port d’Alcúdia, for example, costs about £20 per adult and a few pounds less for a child. The water and amusement parks here are actually affordable.
If you enjoy sailing, you can book a catamaran excursion with lunch and drinks included for about £50 per person, go dolphin watching for about £27 per person or explore the impressive caves of the islands for about £35 per person.
There are many travel agencies to choose from, and some may offer a discount if you’re traveling as a group.
Scuba diving costs about £80 for a 3-hour trip, while a flyboard session is about £60 per person. If you’re looking for something less expensive, you can enjoy Stand Up Paddle for about £35 per person, which include the equipment and a guide that will teach you everything you need to know.
Majorca can be done for cheap, but it would be a shame not to try as many fun activities as possible. If your schedule allows, it would be best to book your trip in May, early June or mid-September. This is when you can find better deals and you can avoid the crowds of tourists visiting the island each peak season.
You’ll also find that the weather is more pleasant during these months, as July and August can get extremely hot. Either way, you will surely enjoy your holiday in Majorca regardless of your budget.
|Holiday Class||Estimated Amount Needed Per Day (Per Person)|
|Budget||£120 Per Day|
|Mid-range||£250 Per Day|
|High-end||£600 Per Day|
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