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Getting to Western Mallorca

The best way to get around – for freedom, ease and pure convenience – is by car: the road along the coast insists on you getting behind the wheel.

If you want to travel by public transport, however, this is also very feasible as regular and largely inexpensive bus connections link the towns and villages. But a few spots are inaccessible by public transport, so keep that in mind.

Sóller is also linked to Palma by a train, which also stops at Bunyola.

Much of the terrain can be covered on foot, and the Ruta de Pedra en Sec conveys hikers from Pollença all the way to Sant Elm. Another alternative is travelling by boat or yacht, as there are sea connections between some of the ports and coves along the coast, as well as the possibility of chartering a yacht. You can also get on your bike: the Serra de Tramuntana is a cyclist's paradise.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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