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Key Addresses

The British Consulate in Palma is at Plaça Major 3D; tel 971 71 24 45.

The Spanish Embassy in the UK is at 39 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8SB; tel 020 7235 5555; http://spain.embassyhomepage.com.

The Spanish Tourist Office in the UK is at 22-23 Manchester Square, London W1M 5AP; tel 020 7486 8077; www.tourspain.co.uk.

You will need a valid passport to enter Spain. Nationals from the European Union, US, Canada and New Zealand can stay in Spain without a visa for 90 days. For Australians the period is 30 days. If you wish to stay longer you will need a 'permiso de residencia' from the police and have to demonstrate that you can support yourself financially.

Communications

The international dialling code for Spain is +34. The area code for the Balearic Islands is 971. So to call a Majorcan number from the UK you dial 00 34 971 followed by six figures.

To make a call from Majorca, resist the urge to use the phone in your hotel room, which can end up quite expensive. Public phones are cheaper; they use cards which you can buy from tobacconists and kiosks around the island.

Money

ATM machines will allow you to withdraw money using a credit card or a debit card (if the ATM carries the Cirrus symbol; most do). Your credit card will be accepted in many shops and hotels, but not all.

Health

Brits should take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with them as this allows them treatment from Spanish health services. For more information, visit www.fco.gov.uk.

Emergency services can be reached on 112.

Public Transport

Buses run all over the island, with their destination marked at the front. You buy your ticket on board. Tourist offices can give you bus maps and timetables.

Train services are rare. You can go from Palma to Sóller, Manacor (via Inca) and Sa Pobla (also via Inca). The station in Palma is in Plaça d'Espanya.

Miscellaneous

Majorca is one hour ahead of GMT.

Electricity throughout Spain is 220 volts AC with a European-style two-pin plug.

Banks and are open 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday; post offices 8am to noon and 5pm to 7.30 Monday to Friday. The big branches stay open through the day.

Majorca has 14 days public holiday per year. On these days, many public services close or operate limited opening times.

Tipping - different sources suggest different customs. Giving 10 per cent on top of bills will not displease anyone.

Further Reading

Guidebooks dedicated to Majorca : Time Out, Rough Guides, AA and Eyewitness.

For hiking: David and Ros Brawn's three books on walking in Majorca - one on the mountains, one for the west and one for the north.

For background reading: George Sand's 'A Winter in Majorca' (a Frenchwoman visits in 1838); George West's 'Jogging Round Majorca' (an Englishman visits in the 1920s); Tomás Graves's ' Tuning Up at Dawn: A Memoir of Music and Majorca' (Majorcan culture by the son of Robert Graves).

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