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Welcome to Palma
Palma, or Palma de Mallorca to use its full name, is the biggest city on Mallorca and is located on the southwest corner of the island. Since the 1950s the island has become a hugely popular tourist destination, especially with German and British people. Mallorca is the largest of four islands off the east coast of Spain known as the Balearic Islands.
The island has played an important part in the history of the region.
- Mallorca derives from the Latin ‘insula maior’ meaning ‘larger island’
- The island has been often invaded, King James I of Aragon invaded with 15,000 men in 1229!
Where to Stay
Palma is a small city and you’ll never be too far from the picturesque old town of the city. It resembles a more relaxed Barcelona, complete with excellent nightlife options and intriguing historic sites. Many visitors to the island opt to stay along Palma’s beautiful waterfront. The eastern side of the front offers the Es Portixol cove, where a number of pleasant restaurants are located. There is also a nearby beach. The charming old town is also where many tourists stay - there are many places to stay in the Sindicat and Sant Nicolau neighbourhoods. Attractions such as Palma Cathedral and Mallorca Museum are never further than 10 minutes on foot away. The Spanish Royal family have a palace here in the suburb of Cala Major, which lies to the west of the city.
Things to Do
Palma’s charming historical centre has lots to offer visitors. Bellver Castle, one of the few circular castles left in Europe and with origins dating back to the 14th century, is well worth a visit. It contains a museum which features archaeological finds and classical sculptures. The magnificent Le Seu Cathedral is a must-see! The Pueblo Espanol is an architectural museum designed like a small village and contains beautiful examples of Spanish architecture. Palma has several beautiful beaches that are among some of the most beautiful on Mallorca. Just west of Palma is the Paguera Beach, a popular beach for tourists. You can do lots of watersports at the beach and people regard Palma to be the windsurfing capital of the world. Illetes Beach is another pretty beach and is located in a small bay surrounded by trees.
Eating and Drinking
Palma has good nightlife and the best place to experience Palma at night is at the Paseo Maritimo, along the ocean in Palma. This area is where the boats and yachts are moored and the port is located. The majority of bars, pubs and clubs can be found here. We recommend Tito’s nightclub, one of Palma’s most famous clubs which once was one of Frank Sinatra’s favourite haunts. At night time the cathedral is lit up and it’s very pretty. Restaurants are also plentiful. Visitors looking for particularly good value for their food should look for restaurants providing a set menu, the 'Menu del Dia'. Finish every meal like the locals by ordering a coffee. However, it should not just be any coffee, it should be a cafe solo, served short, strong and black, with sugar.
Palma is a nice city to explore on foot via cobblestone streets. Walking around will give you a personal view of the city and you’re likely to come across some nice off the beaten track restaurants and bars. The city has a good bus service which is the best way to reach the various beaches located close to Palma city centre. As Mallorca is a major tourist destination the island has connections with all major European cities. Palma has the advantage of only being a two hour flight from major European capitals such as Paris, Berlin and London. Palma is located just five miles from Palma de Mallorca Airport and the EMT Line 1 bus runs between the airport, port and city centre every 15 minutes between 6am and 2am. Ferries from Spain to Mallorca are frequent too.
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