Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The city is situated on the southern coast of the island of Mallorca, which suffered several invasions and occupations throughout history. Read more.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the capital city of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The city is situated on the southern coast of the island of Mallorca, which suffered several invasions and occupations throughout history. The legacy of these invasions can be felt in the city’s multicultural influences and seen in the eclectic variety of architecture throughout the city. Modern Palma de Mallorca offers the millions of tourists who pass through it an amazing combination of traditional food, unique shopping, outdoor activities and a vibrant nightlife.
Shopping, Chopin and living by the water
Palma de Mallorca excels in all things expected of a beachside resort town. Water sports, hot air ballooning, beach clubs and an energetic nightlife are all in abundance. But delve a little deeper and you’ll find so much more. Palma is a fabulous shopping city, with international designer brands packed into the tiny historical lanes around Avenida Jaime III and Paseo del Borne. Wander from bar to bar in the Santa Catalina area and sample traditional tapas and local wines. Go straight to the source and follow Mallorca’s Wine Route on a tour of the 60 local bodegas. On a different day, hire some fancy wheels and cruise the surrounding Tramuntana Mountains or visit Chopin’s beloved holiday destination, the charming village of Valldemossa. In the town of Palma, the Catedral de Mallorca is one of the more stunning architectural sites and definitely worth a look, even if just from the outside. To fill in any spare time, a stroll, cycle or run along the promenade which stretches the entire length of the town, is highly recommended.
Hotels and Villas
Peak season in Palma de Mallorca is between July and September so it pays to book in advance for trips during this period. Many hotels close completely over the winter months. The range of accommodation options is diverse, with cheap hostels, mid-range hotels and luxury hotels or villa rentals. The party areas of Magaluf and S’Arenal are best avoided for actual sleeping, but if continuous partying is your vibe, booking a hotel here will provide a short walk home. Otherwise, the town itself is quite compact and many visitors choose to stay in either the old town or along the beachfront.
Getting there and around
Palma’s city airport services daily flights from numerous European cities and is just 9km from the city centre. A frequent and inexpensive bus connection runs between the airport, city centre and sea port. Many cruise ships berth at Palma de Mallorca and there are ferry routes to other Balearic islands and the Iberian Peninsula. Palma has no road links to other islands or the mainland, so bus, train and driving options are strictly for getting around the island itself.