Europpomeet (autumn 2019) goes exotic: Mallorca (Spain). Poll included!

After some polls we decided Mallorca would be the place to visit this autumn. This little article will give more information, include a poll and asks for volunteers who want to join!

What is an Oppomeet?

I can give you an explanation, but I think a description of our last meet is more effective. Look no further:

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Why Mallorca?

We had a poll a month or two ago for a potential summer meet and a potential autumn meet. Mallorca won for the autumn destination.

Mallorca? Is that something you can eat?

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Mallorca is a Spanish party island in the Mediterranean sea. Population: 850,000. It’s also said to be driving paradise. Off-season, when the tourists are gone and the hotels, car rental agencies and restaurants struggle to find customers is the obvious sweet spot. The weather will still be nice enough (20 degrees C) with little rain. Statistically speaking.

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There is lots of hiking potential here too. From long trips to fat clumsy tourist friendly spots.

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Mallorca has 2 mountain ranges, the highest accessible peak at 1,364 m (4,475 ft). As you can see on the map a few pictures above the north of the island is very hilly.

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Some pictures stolen from 4muddyfeet’s Mallorca oppo article. I would recommend everyone to read it:

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There is drinking

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There are old buildings

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There’s a circuit for karts

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When?

Well, late October, early November. We will schedule activities for October 31st (thursday) until November 3rd (Sunday). An exact date will need to be set. That’s why we have created a poll. We’re thinking of a 4 day trip over a weekend, although you can obviously add as many days as you please.

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What is the main plan?

Everyone can chose to do whatever they prefer obviously, but the main idea was to rent some cheap small car (preferably everyone a similar one), set up a route and drive that through the mountains/hills in a slow-car-fast way. Additionally we tend to plan some cultural activities in between and socialize at night. We might plan a regularity rally as well.

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Hold on, a Spanish island, isn’t that way too expensive?

No. We’re looking at late October, early November here. The few months a year the island is not overrun by tourists. A two-way airline ticket from Europe (incl. UK) can be had for less than €100. From the US? Whatever it costs to fly to the cheapest random European airport, plus that ticket to Mallorca. Total for the US starting at €400. Small rental car for 4 days from a random big international rental agency? <€100. A place to stay? When you share a double room, €25 a night a person will be possible, but assume €35-40. For that latter price you can have a 3 or maybe 4 star hotel, breakfast included. So, for a European you’d have flight + personal rental + hotel for 3 nights for a realistic €300 total. Maybe in the €250 range. Not bad for a trip like that, right? This is excluding food and fuel, but that won’t be overly steep either.

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Additional info:

If you don’t want a hotel you can rent a holiday home like this one (6 bedrooms, 11 beds) for €200 a night (taken from airbnb)

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Rentals are cheap (Screenshot selection: Europcar, Palma de Mallorca airport, November 1st-4th 2019). Price is for the whole trip, not per day.

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Current 2-way airfare prices to Mallorca. I only picked nov 1-4 as an example:

  • Munich: €67
  • London: €101
  • Nantes (France): € 99
  • Berlin: € 40
  • Barcelona: € 32
  • Budapest (1 stop): € 132
  • Vienna: € 90
  • Brussels (1 stop): €118
  • Stockholm: € 184
  • Rome: € 54
  • Manchester: € 97

What’s not to like?

So come one, don’t be afraid and join us on Mallorca.

Here’s the poll, where you can enter which data are most suitable to you.

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