Sunday in Mallorca
Mallorca is governed by Spanish and EU law. The island is a part of the Balearic Autonomous region which comprises also Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera and as such has in addition, its own government and local laws. On all legal matters a local Abogado, (lawyer), should be used.
The local language is Mallorquin. However, there is much debate at present about the use of the Catalan or Castilliano (Spanish) languages. You will find that most Mallorquins will happily use Castilliano with visitors brave enough to practice their language skills. Mallorquins are very proud of their traditions, their language being one. Part French, some Spanish, some Arabic and a lot of something else! Official bills (facturas) and statements from utilities, banks, etc. are accompanied by information in Mallorquin on one side and Spanish on the reverse.
The cost of living here IS slightly lower than in UK but is by no means cheap; since the introduction of the euro prices have increased. So - check your budget accordingly.
If you bring your car here permanently you must register it within 30 days or it may be impounded - and convert your UK driving license to a Spanish one - giving a boost to the local economy from a large fine. There is a points system for traffic offences, including illegal parking, which will go on your UK record if not your record here. Drinking and driving is NOT tolerated and frequent road blocks for sobriety tests press the point home - excuse the pun. For a small island, the distances are deceptive; short distances may take a long time!
The working day for construction workers and city professionals begins at 8:00 a.m. Most shops do not open until 9:30 - 10:00 am. That most civilized of customs, the Siesta (afternoon nap) begins shortly after 1:00pm until 4:30 - 5:00pm - don't fight it, join in! Shops and many businesses reopen late afternoon and stay open until 8:00pm Lunch is always a long affair and don't expect to eat dinner in any decent restaurant before 8:00 p.m. The legendary casualness of Spanish workpeople who say "manana" (tomorrow) is exaggerated, and once they commit to doing a job they can be relied upon to do excellent work, although it might be a little unorthodox by UK standards. A phone call will not bring a plumber or electrician ten minutes later! Maintaining your property and systems is important as responses to emergency calls may not be as prompt as expected.
Medical facilities and services are excellent. There are state hospitals and private clinics. For residents your NHS UK affiliation is reciprocal here. Visitors should have an EHIC (European Health Insurance) card (formerly Form E111) and/or private insurance. Nursing services, nursing homes and retirement homes are of the finest quality and reasonably priced by UK standards.
Banking and a full range of financial services are available. Vets and kennels are also excellent for your four-legged friends. Dogs and cats must be chipped and vaccinations kept up to date.
The Salvation Army and Age Concern are active, and every denomination is served with places of worship in this predominantly Catholic island. The local Spanish Senior Citizens organization the "Tercera Edad" (literal translation: Third Age) is active throughout the island. with many leisure activities, excursions and support groups. For a very modest fee, become a member and integrate into the local scene; they welcome us particularly if we can speak a few words of Mallorquin.
The Calvario, Pollensa
South Eastern coastline
Coll d'en Rabassa, Palma