Palma de Mallorca Safety

Palma de Mallorca

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  • Be aware of pickpockets when walking around the centre. They can even steal loose change from your back-pocket!

  • If you do stop at any of the many terraces in the centre, keep an eye on your valuables and never leave them alone.

  • You will probably find women offering flowers around the Cathedral. They will do their best to take what ever they can from you. If you see them, pass on.

  • The people on Mallorca are Catalan, not Spanish. Do not make any jokes about "Catalan just being Spanish spoken with a lisp" or any remarks that could be construed as support for the Madrid government.

  • Italian troops were stationed on Mallorca during the 1930s. The Franco regime named a road and erected monuments in their honor. However, the local population were less hospitable and there is still some residual resentment. If you are of Italian origin and this comes out during conversation then don't be surprised if it comes to an abrupt end.
    Most areas of Palma are safe to wander around even after dark. Visitors should refrain from wandering alone after dark through the empty narrow streets of the Old Town and El Terreno. The gay and lesbian area of town, the Latter, can be rather sleazy in parts and known to attract drug users.
    Remember Palma de Mallorca is full of club drugs. Extasy, cocaine, marijuana, and more can be found
    especially in the club scene. Be cautious of drugs like GHB, ketamine, and others which can be slipped into drinks (especially in SangrĂ­a found in restaurants). Personal drug possession in Spain is legal (considered to be less than 500 doses), but trafficking is illegal.
    Keep all valuables out of sign when sightseeing, such as wallets and purses to be kept in front or hidden in pockets. Any excess cash, cards, passports, and valuable documents are best left in the hotel or wherever visitor is staying to stay safe. It is always safe to take a taxi during late hours, especially if you are alone. Use your common sense to stay safe.
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