Palma, in Spain’s Island of Majorca, has something to offer people of all ages. Tan yourself on the white or golden beaches, take part in a variety of water sports at the Badia de Palma bay, discover ecological treasures while hiking in Palma’s Serra de Tramuntana mountains, or just walk around and take in views of the island’s exceptional landscapes. For football fans, there are matches at the Iberostar Stadium, and cyclists should feel right at home. The island has a vibrant nightlife, and there are fiestas to enjoy throughout the year.
Kilometres of golden sand beaches, sunbathing opportunities and water sports and other activities lie within walking distance of Palma for those looking to unwind. For those more interested in the history and culture of the region, the options are endless. The Gothic architecture mixed with 19th Century renovations of Le Seu Cathedral is an advisable first stop, and Castillo de Bellver is a stunning building, its name meaning ‘great view’, and it is easy to see why. Museums, galleries, cathedrals, Roman baths and palaces are scattered around the city of Palma and bring to life the various cultural influences of the region’s history so you won’t find yourself short of things to do and see here.
Book your Palma transfers with hoppa today and we’ll make sure you have more time to make the most of your holiday. Should you prefer to take life at a slightly slower pace, Palma has a great wealth of history, culture and art on offer. Visit the many museums and explore the maze of streets in the old fortified city. Itinerary essentials should include the Almudaina Palace, the Arab Baths and the magnificent Cathedral.
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Palma is a trendy, sophisticated city located in the south of Majorca. Situated next to the Mediterranean Sea, it is home to half of Majorca’s population and offers a vast range of top restaurants, bars and shops, many of which can be found near to the cathedral. Also close to the cathedral is the picturesque old quarter, which is home to various independent cafes and small but charming streets. The Santa Catalina area is noted for its nightlife, and the marina is renowned for its electric atmosphere.
Playa de Palma is a resort located around 10km from Palma that can easily be reached via public transport. An urban beach is also located near to the cathedral. Palma is famous for holding festivals,with the two most high-profile fiestas take place in January and June. There are many restaurants to choose from, and you shouldn’t struggle to find something suitable whether you require traditional Majorcan cuisine or other delicious dishes from around the world. There are many great places to eat in Santa Catalina and La Llonja, and a number of highly-rated restaurants can be found hidden away within the back streets of the city. La Llonja is also noted for its energetic bars and clubs.
The city is also home to a couple of large theatres and jazz clubs. Architecture fans won’t be disappointed by the buildings on offer, with the La Seu cathedral being the most iconic of all of them. The Almudaina Palace is located right next to the cathedral, as is the Arab quarter, which has the Town Hall tucked behind it. The Arab Quarter is home to various palaces, courtyards and museums.
Architecture: The city’s range of iconic ancient buildings draw in architecture lovers from all across the world. It’s worth keeping a camera on you at all times so you can capture your own images of the various famous sights you’ll encounter in Palma.
Food lovers: The huge range of luxury and affordable eateries in Palma mean that you shouldn’t struggle to find something to please the taste-buds no matter what you’re looking for.
Beachgoers: Palma and the areas that surround it are home to a diverse range of beaches. Whether you require a lively spot or something more laidback, the region can easily cater for you. Platja Ca'n Pere Antoni is the main beach at Palma, though those seeking something more serene can head to the likes of Ciutat Jardi.
Currency: EUR: Euro
Language: Catalan and Spanish, English widely spoken
Approximate flight time from the UK: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Time zone: GMT +0/ +1
Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
The Es Baluard is home to various examples of Balearic and Mediterranean art dating back to the early 20th century. It opened in 2004 and is located inside an ex-military fortress. The building was once part of the Renaissance wall that surrounded the city. The city is home to a wide range of ceramics, paintings and sculptures from artists including Picasso, Miro and Schnabel. Exceptional views of the Palma’s bay can be enjoyed from its various terraces and external spaces. The complex is also home to a bookshop and restaurant.
Address: Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina, 10, 07012 Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
Opening times: 10am-8pm Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday, closed Monday.
Prices: €6 general, €4 temporary exhibition, €2 cyclists, from €0.10 Friday. Reductions available.
La Seu Cathedral
The La Seu Cathedral is widely agreed to be Palma’s most significant landmark. The Cathdreal overlooks the harbour and is found in the oldest part of the city. Construction began in the early 14th century. It was built on the site of an old Arab mosque and features the tombs of Kings James II and James III of Mallorca. It is home to one the largest stained glass windows in the world.
Address: Plaza Almoina, s/n, 07001 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
Opening times: 10am-6pm Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday (summer only). 10am-3pm Monday-Friday (winter only).
Prices: €4, children under ten free.
The world-famous Palma Aquarium is home to 700 species of marine and plant life and is one of the most high-profile attractions in Majorca. Visitors to the Aquarium can admire the only steaming jungle in the Mediterranean as well as sharks, stingrays and all sorts of fish. The aquarium appeals to people of all generations and is an obvious choice whether you have a whole family to entertain, are travelling as a couple or are enjoying a peaceful break alone. The aquarium opened its doors in 2007.
Address: Carrer de Manuela de los Herreros, 21, 07610 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Opening times: 10am-2pm Monday to Friday, 10am-5.30 weekends and holidays
Prices: €21.50 Adults and children aged 12 and over, €14 children aged 4-12, babies free.
The Olivar market is home to a diverse range of retailers and a great place to obtain fresh fish, flowers, fruit, meat, vegetables and much more. An additional fish market can be found in an adjacent building. The market is also famous for its unmissable delicatessen stalls and tapas bars. A great place to stock up on essentials or sip a cappuccino whilst watching people from all walks of life go about their day.
Address: Palma de Mallorca, Majorca, Spain
Opening times: 7am-2:30pm Monday-Saturday, Friday 2:30-8pm.
Playa de Palma Beach
Playa de Palma is the name given toPalma’s lengthy stretch of beaches that can easily be reached via public transport. These beaches include the modestly-sized Cala Estancia, home to Puro Beach Club. The main stretch connects the areas of Can Pastilla and S’Arenal. Its generous width means you shouldn’t struggle to find a spot even when the beach is at its busiest. Its shallow waters make it ideal for kids and water-sports fans are catered for excellently, with fans of jet skiing and water skiing flocking here in droves. The beach is backed by a safe, car-less promenade and cycle path.
Address: Playa de Palma, Majorca, Spain
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