Mallorca, one of the best-known holiday destinations in Europe, is the largest of the island group known as the Balearic Islands, situated 180km off the eastern coast of Spain. It is easily accessible by regular and inexpensive flights from major European airports and also by overnight ferry from Barcelona and Valencia.
Mallorca is neither a large island or a small one, with an area of 3640 km², surrounded by a coastline of 555 km, a distance from north to south of 100 km and from east to west of 70 km.
The principal city is Palma, which also serves as capital of the Balearic Islands. Palma has a population of 325,000 inhabitants, out of a total of 630,000 for the island as a whole. However these bumbers are augmented year round by a significant number of tourists from many parts of the world, particularly the UK, Germany and Scandinavia.
It is on the island of Mallorca that HCI chose to establish its international base.
Mallorca has a temperate Mediterranean type climate with an annual average temperature of 19ºC and an annual average rainfall of 410 mm. The coldest month is January, with 15º/3.5º and the warmest August, with 31º/18º. There are on average 51 days of rain each year and 2,756 hours of sunshine.
The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is an area of much higher rainfall. Summers are hot in the central plains and the winters mild to cool, becoming colder in the Tramuntana range. There are even periods of snow on this high ground during the Winter months.
The following chart provides a tabulation of average monthly temperatures and rainfall:
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