Useful information for island newcomers
A. Important phone numbers:
• General Emergency: 112
• Local Police: 092
• Policia Nacional: 091
• Guardia Civil: 062
• Fire Department: 085
• Ambulance: 061
• Maritime distress call: 900 202202
• Ambulance Red Cross 971 202222
• British consulate: 971 71 75 20
• German Consulate: 971 7077730
• Swiss Consulate: 971 712520
• Breakdown Service Palma 971 205912
• Tourist Information 971 712216
• Lost & Found Palma 971 2255900
• German medical specialist center Paguera 971 685333
• branch in Santa Ponsa 971 695585
• 24-H-on-call-service 609 681 168
• medical center in Palma 971 228067
• medical specialist center Palma 971 707055
• Son Espasses -Palma, Carretera de Valldemossa, 79, 07120 Palma, Tel: 871 20 50 00
• Palma Planas - Palma, Camí dels Reis, 308 Autovía Palma- Andratx, exit 5B, 07010 Palma, phone 971 91 80 00
• Juaneda -Palma, Calle Company 30, 07014 Palma, Tel: 971 73 16 47
• ambulance in Santa Ponsa for minor injuries:
At the large roundabout straight on main road Jaime I, then immediately the first right (left hand is the supermarket Eroski), down the road. The last building before the round-about on the right after the post office is the PAC = Ambulance. There is always a standby service. For sprains, fractures, burns, cuts, etc., the first address in the neighborhood.
Do not wait for the ambulance in an absolute emergency, drive yourself and wave with a handkerchief out of the window, then everybody knows it's an emergency.
B. Own car versus car rental
New property owners frequently like to bring their own car from the UK to Mallorca. But it is wise to take some into account general considerations before taking that decision.
First, of course, raise the question how many days / weeks the car is needed per year. With just a few visits per year a car hire is certainly the more inexpensive choice. If you plan to spend several months here you can calculate with these costs having your own car on the island:
+ Transport to Mallorca (about 600-800 €, depending whether by collective transport or self-drive)
+ Car insurance (about 500, - € / year for a medium-sized car)
+ The necessary change to a Spanish licence plate (1.500, - €, depending on engine size and age of the vehicle)
Especially the latter point is often neglected because only a few know that a vehicle with foreign licence plate is only allowed to stay for a maximum of six months on a row on the island. The Spanish police monitors schools and supermarkets especially in low season to get hold of foreign cars in order to check when exactly you brought your car on the island and ask for a proof when and how your car came to Mallorca. The necessary change to a Spanish plate is not only expensive but also time consuming and takes up to eight weeks. It is recommended to use specialized companies or trusted garages as it is a lot of paper work and various authorities involved.
It is no problem to bring a car each year for up to six months to Mallorca, but the costs of the expensive ferry rates especially in high season have also to be considered.
You should also consider that long periods between your Mallorca stays do not do any good to your car either. In addition to the constant salty air with its high humidity affecting the finish the chance of dead batteries upon your arrival is high, and instead of immediate mobility on the first vacation day the way to the garage is your first activity.
+ Important information to drivers:
+ In Spain you are not allowed to offer tow service to another car - neither with your rental car nor with your own car.
Should you have a breakdown with a hired car , you have to call the rental station. With your private car you are obliged to call your car insurance which is cooperating with a network of towing companies around the island , which then bring your car to the nearest garage or to your preferred address.
+ Compulsary equipment in the car
In Spain, carrying two safety vests (available in the larger supermarkets and hardware stores such as Carrefour, Bauhaus, Leroy Merlin, etc.) is mandatory as well as a warning triangle. A first aid equipment, however, is not required. Instead, bulbs for the headlights as a replacement are mandatory to carry with you, even though you can rarely change them yourselve in newer cars.
It is absolutely necessary to take the insurance certificate - togehter with the latest banktransfer statement - with you!! It is not the proof of insurance but also the matching bank extract of the annual insurance which the police wants to see! That is, together with the ID card and driver's license, the most important document that is required at a police checkpoint.
Status: March 2016 - with no responsibility of the correctness of the information provided
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