Travelling in Mallorca without speaking a single word of Spanish or Mallorquin is entirely possible, but picking up a smattering of these languages will go a long way to winning the affection of the locals. English is widely spoken in the beach resorts and in major towns, but in the rural hinterland and small villages you'll find it handy to have a grasp of a few basic phrases. Plus it's part of the fun!


Palma is the main place to learn Spanish, but Sóller is an appealing alternative. The better places include the following: