Bienvenido a la Ciutat de Mallorca! Palma de Mallorca (pronounced ‘My-or-ka) is the capital city of the island of Mallorca (sometimes known as ‘Majorca’), the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Once one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, the melee has died down in recent years and Mallorca now draws a cosmopolitan mix of affluent expatriates. You will be in good company living in Palma de Mallorca, with regular visitors including Kate Moss, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Stephen Fry and Michael Palin. Unlike nearby party island Ibiza, Mallorca is known for its laid back lifestyle and Palma de Mallorca combines the easy-going beach vibe with all the amenities of a major Spanish city. Expats living in Palma de Mallorca should as such definitively take time to explore the fascinating local history, which showcases Roman, Christian and Muslim influences. The cathedral, for example, referred to as "La Seu" is a Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque, while Bellver Castle is like something out of a fairy-tale. Built in the 14th century, it is known as one of the few circular castles in Europe.
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Located right smack in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, you can get to Mallorca within a couple of hours by plane from most of Europe and North Africa. Palma de Mallorca has an international airport which runs regular flights across the Continent, making Palma de Mallorca one of the most accessible locations for expatriates. Palma de Mallorca enjoys one of the most temperate climates in Europe and expats moving to Palma de Mallorca will enjoy warm seaside summers and mild winters, with temperatures rarely dipping below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Spanish is the official language of Mallorca, although English and most other European languages are widely spoken, too. Speak to other expats on the InterNations discussion boards for tips on picking up a new language, and what to expect from life in Palma de Mallorca or Spain in general.
The island of Mallorca is a part of Spain, which is in turn a member of the European Union, so working in Palma de Mallorca is pretty straightforward for any European citizen. For any international expatriate there may be some limitations, so be sure to check up on any visa or permit issues before you leave. Expats in Palma de Mallorca will quickly come to see that tourism is still one the biggest industry in Mallorca, with resorts such as Magaluf catering to hedonistic young clubbers. While Palma de Mallorca is more sedate, drink and drugs are rife so be aware of the risks involved in working at the local bars or nightclubs. You can use the InterNations community to get advice from past and present holiday reps and expats specializing in the tourist trade. Check out our discussion groups and forums, as well as Expat Magazine, for more details on life and work abroad.