With so much to see and do on the island you are never short of places to explore with your rental car.
The capital Palma has a historic heart with its imposing cathedral, the 14th-century Bellver Castle, excellent shopping including two branches of El Corte Ingles, the Spanish department store, and a fantastic food and bar scene. All of course, within striking distance of enough beaches and sunshine to keep the most dedicated sun worshipper happy.
Getting to your resort is relatively straightforward by car as resorts are dotted along the coastline of the island. So, whether you're heading north, south, east, or west, the road network will serve you well.
The well-known resorts of Palma Nova, Alcudia, Magaluf, Valdemossa, Soller and Puerto Pollensa are well served by buses and taxis, though exploring beyond the boundaries of these areas is made much easier with a car.
Hiring a car is definitely a good idea if you want to see outside resorts such as C'an Picafort and Cala San Vicente in the north of the island, Andratx, Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Sa Coma, Porto Cristo, Porto Colom and Cala d'Or in the east, and Camp de Mar and Playa de Palma in the south.
Finding celebrity haven Deia, a small coastal village surrounded by olive groves in the north, is also easier by car. Novelist Robert Graves was the first literary resident to move here in the 1920s, and he's been followed by great artists ever since.
For culture of the more modern variety, the nightclubs around Palma city are sure to keep the pulse pumping all night long. However, be sure to designate a driver.