Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the island's only true city. A city on the island of Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off the Spanish east coast. Mallorca is one of Europe’s major holiday destinations, with many tourists coming from everywhere, every year. Palma is a city of modern hotel chains, and flashy shops, yet, is dated and still retains much of the old architecture, with the Old Town having narrow streets, and showing the restored cathedral standing proud in the centre of town.
Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, is the largest city in Mallorca. The population of Palma municipality was approximately 410,000 in 2018. Half the population of Mallorca lives in the city of Palma.
The city occupies the northwestern end of a bay in the southwest of the island of Mallorca. The city council also has jurisdiction over the sub-archipelago of Cabrera including the islands of Cabrera, Conejera, Estells, Imperial, Rodon, Foradada, Plana, and Pobra.
The name Palma dates back to the Roman settlement on the site of the present city, although the area had been settled during the Bronze Age. In the early middle ages it was conquered by Arabs, who named it Madina Mayurqa. In 1229 it was conquered by King Jaime I, ruler of Valencia and Aragon, and became an important trade city. Palma saw its dark ages in the 16th century, when a significant decline was caused by attacks from Turkish and Berber Pirates and through plague. Lasting until the 18th century, Felipe V changed the government which made Palma the capital of the Balearic Islands. Later, Carlos III established a free trade pact with the Indies, which had a huge impact on Palma's economy.
The city became a tourist destination in the 1950s, and tourist numbers have continually increased in the subsequent half century. Palma is a busy commercial and cultural center of Mallorca. This independent region of the Balearic Islands of Spain has over half of the island’s population.
The holiday season lasts from the end of April until October. Temperatures range from 20–28 °C (68–82 °F) and may require a jacket in the evenings.
Palma de Mallorca, during the 19th century, more sea traffic would come in bringing in much economic growth for the island.
- 1 Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI IATA) (9 km (5.6 mi) from the centre of Palma). The major airport in Mallorca, and has daily flights from many European cities on national and budget carriers.
EMT's Line 1 bus service runs between the seaport, the city centre and the airport every fifteen minutes between 06:15 and 02:30. As of October 2016, the fare is €5. There's a ticket machine that sells return tickets for €8 but it only accepts notes up to €10.
A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre costs €20-25 and takes maximum 15 minutes without traffic.
There are four modules at the airport: Module A, Module B, Module C and Module D.
Module A, in the north of the airport, has 28 gates, of which 8 have air bridges. This is the only module that has double air bridges attached to gates. The Pier is mainly used by flights to non-Schengen destinations including the UK and Ireland. This part of the terminal building is closed during winter months and is only used in the summer.
Module B, the smallest module, is in the north east. It has 8 gates on the ground floor, of which none have air bridges. It is used by regional aircraft of Air Nostrum, mainly operating intra-Balearic flights.
Module C, in the east, is the largest of the modules. It has 33 gates, of which 9 have air bridges. It is used by Condor and by EasyJet flights to Schengen destinations. Module C is also the meeting point for transfers, taxi pickup and groups.
Module D, in the south, has 19 gates of which 10 have air bridges. All odd-numbered gates have a bus transfer.
From the airport by private transport
You can go from Mallorca Airport to your hotel. This type of companies offers a door to door service. They will be waiting for you at the meeting point, and you and your group will go directly without waiting until the place you have agreed. Also, the price is closed. The average price for each sense of travel is €78 for eight people. The cost varies according to distance, passengers and luggage.
Without a doubt, if your only intention is to go from the airport to the hotel and you are a group from 5 people to 14 people, it is a great option to take into account. You can move around Mallorca hiring a transfer service, such as Palma Airport Transfers.
- 2 Estacio Intermodal – The main train, bus, and metro station. It is underground at Plaça d'Espanya in Palma. TIB runs train services between Mallorcan towns. There is no train service to the airport.
- 3 Ferrocarril de Soller. It operates the quaint wooden electric train from Plaça d'Espanya in Palma to Soller town, northwest of the island, and from where you can continue your relaxing scenic journey to Puerto Soller on the companion Electric Tram. €18 single and €32 return (cash only).
There are no bridges or any road links from mainland Spain or other islands. Most cities and towns in Mallorca have road links directly to Palma.
There are several companies in Mallorca that offer transfer facilities from the airport to any destination on the island. Balearic transfer services, Fleet and Goo[dead link], BookTaxiMallorca and Ourtaxi4you are examples of these companies.
EMT runs the local bus service in Palma. Regional buses to destinations around the island are operated mainly by TIB (Transport de les Iles Balears). All EMT buses are equipped with onboard screens and loudspeakers that state the current and next stop, in both Spanish and Catalán.
EMT's line number 1 will take you from the airport through Palma downtown and to the outer dock of the main harbor (where most large cruise ships dock). Arrivals/departures every 15 minutes from 07:00 until 20:00. They operate once every 30 minutes from 06:00 to 22:00. The fare is €5 (as of October 2016). There is only one fare, so you don't need to specify your destination to the driver/conductor. All other local EMT destinations within Palma cost €1.50 so you must tell the driver "no aeroporto, por favor.".
In an effort to reduce drunk driving and get fewer people driving on the weekends, Palma offers a bus de nit bus service (Catalán: night bus). It is full of locals and Spaniards from the peninsula and runs from 22:00 to 06:00 every 20 to 30 minutes. It goes all the way down the infamous Paseo Maritimo, which is where all the best clubs are in Palma. The price is that of a regular ticket.
Any number of cruise ships berth at Palma, and there are also a number of ferry services to other Balaeric Islands and to the Iberian peninsula:
- Baleària, ☏ +34 966 42 87 00. Ferries from Denia, Valencia, and Ibiza.
- Acconia Trasmediterranea, ☏ +34 902 45 46 45 (non-geographic number). Ferries from Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and Mahon.
- [dead link] Iscomar Ferries, ☏ +34 971 43 75 00. Ferries from Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and Denia.
The all-year-around Baleària and Acconia Trasmediterranea ships travel to and from the mainland (Barcelona) once a day, each. They both usually leave Barcelona at night (23:00) and arrive in Palma very early the next day (06:00). And they both usually leave Palma for Barcelona at 12:30 and arrive at 19:30.
Palma's port has a small office on the west end of the port where customers must check in at least one hour before departure. The line can grow long so travellers may want to arrive a couple hours in advance. Please be aware that the ship may depart from the east end of the port, and that a bus will transport the customers from the check-in building to the ship.
- 4 Palma de Mallorca port.
By public transport
Buses and trains are the two forms of shared public transport in Palma de Mallorca. The local buses are run by Empresa Municipal de Transportes Urbanes de Palma de Mallorca (EMT) and are very frequent. They have particularly good coverage of the beaches and the centre of the city. The main train system is operated by Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM), Mallorca Railway Services.
The Palma City Sightseeing bus (which is numbered line 50 on the EMT bus maps) does a circuit of Palma that includes tourist attractions like Pueblo Español and major shopping centres like Av. Jaume III and Porto Pi, as well as the ferry and commercial ports. The buses are double-decker and the top floor is open air. A basic audio tour is free with the tickets. The tickets are €15 adults and €6.50 children for one day (24 Hours) which is much higher than the other city buses, but they are valid for reboarding as many times as you like within 24 hours, and this is the only bus route that visits the Castell de Bellver. The two-day fare is €16.25 for adults and €8.13 for children from the age of 8 to 16. The first bus in the winter season starts from Cathedral at 10:00 and the last bus in winter starts from the same place at 18:00.
Cycling is a great way to get around Palma and along the coastline near Palma. Excellent bicycle paths have been made.
- 1 Rent A Bike, Can Pastilla, ☏ +34 971 26 64 25. Good quality bicycles for rent, from €5 full day, €3 half day.
Like much of the Balearic Islands and the Catalonia region of Spain, the locals speak Catalan and Spanish. In addition, the island of Mallorca has its own version of Catalan called Mallorcan. For this reason, fewer locals learn to speak English. English-speaking Westerners should be aware that it will be more difficult to get around without learning basic Spanish. However, the nearby communities of Magaluf and Palma Nova are home to UK citizens, Germans, and other Europeans.
- 1 Castell de Bellver, Carrer de Camilo José Cela, ☏ +34 971 73 06 57, +34 971 45 12 03, fax: +34 971 45 43 73, [email protected]. Sunday and bank holidays 10:00-15:00, Oct-Mar: Tu-Sa 08:30-18:00, Apr-Sep: Tu-Sa 08:30-19:00. A 14th-century castle, one of the most distinct castles in Spain with its circular form. The castle is set high on a hill and has the best view of the bay and the entire city of Palma. Built on the ruins of a Muslim site, the castle contains a museum of archaeological finds and classical sculptures. It has three large towers, a central courtyard, and other features throughout the architecture of the interior and exterior. The best way to tour this castle starts with a walk around the moat; then proceed to the top of the castle to a patio area. €4/adult, €2/concession.
- 2 Pueblo Español, C- del Poble Espanyol, ☏ +34 971 73 70 70, +34 971 73 70 75, fax: +34 971 73 15 92, [email protected]. 09:00-19:00. This architectural museum is designed like a small village containing facsimiles of the major classical works of Spanish architecture. During the week there are numerous artisans' shops, restaurants and bars operating within the museum. €5 adults and €3 children..
- Paseo Maritimo, Paseo Marítimo Palma. 20:00-06:00. If you enjoy nightlife, don´t miss the Paseo Marítimo, along the ocean in Palma. Paseo Maritimo refers to area all along the port, where all the yachts and boats are chartered. It is where you'll find the majority of the discotecas, bars, and pubs, and it is beautiful at night because you can see the cathedral all lit up. Discotecas are very popular here; Tito's is a famous discotecas that in the 1950s, people like Frank Sinatra used to go to and it is still up and running today. Clubs stay going until about 06:00 and the clubs here do not get extremely busy until at least midnight on most days. It is a great place to people-watch, even if you cannot stay up until the sun rises on the island.
- 3 Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, C. de Saridakis, 29. A museum showing works of the artist Joan Miró, who lived and worked in Palma. There's a sculpture garden and you can visit Miró's two ateliers: a modern one designed by the architect Sert, and an older one with Miró's graffiti on the walls.
- 4 Playa de Palma (Platja de Palma), Carretera Arenal 18, 07610 Palma de Mallorca. The Beach of Palma de Mallorca.
The historical centre of Palma is the oldest part of the city. It is also a refreshing area to walk in on one of Palma's hot humid days: the streets are narrow and shady. You will get a chance to peek in at a number of private courtyards. In addition, the historic center has a lot of attractions:
- 5 Catedral de Mallorca, ☏ +34 971 72 31 30, +34 971 71 31 33, fax: +34 971 71 93 87, [email protected]. And Museo Catedralicio, C/ Capiscolato, 2. Mallorca's spectacular cathedral is located close to the sea-side. The museum, located in the chapter room and vestry, has exhibits of religious paintings and silverware. The museum opens at 10:00, and its weekday closing hours are 17:15 (April to May), 18:15 (June to September), 17:15 (October) and 15:15 (November to March). On weekends it closes at 14:15 (all year). €4.
- Banys Àrabs, C/- Serra 3, ☏ +34 971 72 15 49. The Arab bath building is the only building in Palma dating to the Arab settlement. The baths were constructed in the tenth century, and were sauna-style: the floor was heated and water added to make the room steamy. A small courtyard and the two rooms of the baths themselves are open to ten people at a time. €2 adults and free for children.
- Museo de Arte Español Contemporáneo, Sant Miquel, 11, ☏ +34 971 71 35 15, +34 971 71 04 28, [email protected]. M-F 10:00 to 18:30, Sa 10:30 to 14:00. This branch of the museum of contemporary art has a permanent collection of over seventy pieces by modern Spanish artists including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Juan Gris and Salvador Dalí. Free admission.
- Plaça del Mercat, church and interesting art nouveau buildings.
- Plaza de Toros (bull ring), located on Avinguda de Gaspar Bennazar. If you are not into animal cruelty then just have a look around the arena. It is open when there are no events taking place. It is a fairly impressive structure.
- Aqualand (Palma – Arenal Motorway, exit 13, Km 15). May-Jun, Sep-Oct: 10:00-17:00; Jul-Aug: 10:00-18:00. This water park has slides and pools of varying degrees of adventurousness. €20 adult, €18 senior and €14 child.
- Beach. From the town centre follow the signs to the Parc de la Mar (the park by the sea, just south of the cathedral). When you get there face the sea and walk left along the main coast road for 5-10 minutes until you reach the beach. This part of the beach is fairly noisy due to the traffic so go to the other end where the road veers away. There are also some showers here.
- Ciudad Jardín is very a white sandy beach, 450m long and 45m wide and protected from bad weather by a series of jetties. This beach has moderate waves and is located in Ciudad Jardín residential area, a pleasant neighborhood that is surrounded by the La Torre d’en Pau Park, where all buildings are low-rise and are flourished with many outside, beautiful gardens. Ciudad Jardín offers many facilities for visitors, such as free showers, telephones, beach umbrella rentals, hammock rentals, Boat rentals, as well as plenty of bars and restaurants, and shops.
- Cala Major (Cala Mayor) is positioned only a few kilometers west of Palma de Mallorca. The beach is 200 m long and 80 m wide. The water is crystal clear. The beach is surrounded by high hotels and tends to be crowded during the months of July and August. Cala Major, is suited for children, only always pedal boats, and has a promenade that visitors or locals can find a number of restaurants and bars.
- Can Pere Antoni is 735 m long and 25 m wide. This beach is to be found just in front of the cathedral of La Seu, beside the beautiful promenade. This is one of the most pleasant locations in Palma to go cycling. A cycle path is available, that stretches the entire length of the Bay. Can Pere Antoni has a restaurant available as well.
- Titos. Titos is a hip night club. During the 1950s and 1960s, big stars of the day such as Marlene Dietrich and Ray Charles kept this place hip. Visitors can dance to house and R&B music. There is an illuminated elevator that will transport visitors up to the disco, which suggests a fantastic view of the city of Palma at night. Visitors need to be 20 to enter, and range from ages 20-35 years old. Titos includes go-go girls, a light show and can hold up to 2,000 guests.
- Marineland. Marineland is a large marine zoo, a perfect place to take children. This main attraction of this zoo can be made an entire day experience and has been in existence for 38 years. Marineland has a large aquarium, as well as, a terrarium. Sharks, tropical fish, exotic lizards, iguanas, anacondas, flamingos, and penguins can all be witnessed here. If visitors want to take a break from the animals, Calvias Costa d'en Blanes beach is close by, as well as, a playground, which all belong to Marineland. There are daily shows played here, such as shows of the Sea lions, Dolphins, and Parrots.
- Football: RCD Mallorca play soccer in La Liga, Spain's top tier. Their home ground is Estadi de Son Moix or Visit Mallorca Stadium (capacity 23,000), 2 km northwest of city centre.
- Festival Isladencanta – Annual music festival covering genres including rock, pop, and features Europe’s best DJs during the month of July.
- Festival de Pollença – Classical annual festival featuring ensemble of renowned international artists and orchestras, occurring during the month of August.
- Fonart Short Film Festival – Showcases rising talent from Balaeric Islands and the mainland, with regular screenings at establishments throughout the city between the months of August and September.
- Festa de l’Estendard – Historical event of the festive new year, featuring a Mass at La Seu Cathedral during December to celebrate the marking of the end of the year and the coming of the new year.
- El Corte Ingles. Two large branches of the Spanish national department store, in Palma at The Avenidas and at C/ Jaime 111. Anything and everything you might want to buy, in the UK at a good branch of Debenhams, or in the US at Macy's!
All EU citizens have the legal right to work. Getting a job, even temporary ones, for non-Spanish speakers is hard to find in a Spanish speaking environment (most Spanish do not speak English). So you may try looking for temporary jobs as bartending or waiting at English, Irish or German owned bars and restaurants, mainly in cities outside Palma like Magaluf, S'Arenal and Peguera (for German speaking travellers). In Palma you may try getting day-work washing boats at Palma´s Marina. There are several boats and some of the owners may need a hand. Be around 8AM at the Marina and start asking for "day work" to people around the big boats. If you're lucky you'll be making around €100! If you are seeking a career aboard one of the many superyachts in Palma de Mallorca a good place to register and start looking is Crew Central.
Typical food is:
- Pamboli - traditional "sandwich", made with Majorcan bread, plenty of oil and tomato, and then with the topping of your choice.
- Ensaimada - literally translated as "made from pork fat" - traditional pastry here, sometimes it just has powdered sugar on top, other times it is filled with chocoloate, cream or fruit filling.
- Sobrasada - Raw, cured sausage that is typical of Mallorca.
- Bunyols - (sweet pastries)- they are typical only in autumn. Bunyols are commonly made of boiled potatoes, flour, eggs, butter or lard, yeast and sugar; they are fried in hot oil and then sprinkled with sugar. (A fried Donut)
There are several budget-friendly restaurants in the city center.
- 1 La Cuadra del Maño, Carrer del Miracle, bajos. Lovely little restaurant in the heart of Mallorca, with a small menu but a heavenly variants of flavours. The staff is nice and friendly. The waiters patiently explaines all dishes even when the restaurant is crazy busy. The waiters give a perfect recommendation on how much to order for a big group. A small place suitable for its character.
- 2 Es Badulake, Carrer de les Minyones, 2. The sandwich are tasty. Very nice vegan alternatives. Friendly couple who run the place. This small kind of “rotiseria” place is to be loved. The veggie burger is delicious. Best baguettes, it is ideal to enjoy them in the shade on the adjacent Passeig del Born.
- 3 Ca n'Ela Vegan Restaurant, Carrer de la Mar, 16. One of the best vegan restaurants. The service is excellent and the food is perfect too. They have only vegan food and some of them are gluten-free. Healthy,fresh and absolutely delicious. The lunch menu has 4 sets: starters, soup, main dish, desert (every day menu is changing). The dinner menu (also changes every day) has a lot of drinks to choose, also they have local kombucha and many great wines. So cool atmosphere
- 4 Restaurante A Estribor., Carrer de Berenguer de Tornamira, 5. A small palm bar run by Chinese that offers Chinese dishes cooked in the western way. They are very professional and kind. Quick to attend and to serve the dishes. Tasty breakfast. Very good quality food.
- 5 Restaurante Casa Julio, Carrer de la Previsió, 4. Friendly neighborhood restaurant. It is full and you have to queue quite a bit if you don't go early. The food is homemade. Very abundant. It is always a hit and that is why it is always full. That's why you're pretty close to people. Reservation is recommended.
- 6 Es Raconet, Carrer dels Moliners, 3. Fantastic natural home cooked food, and very good treatment. Excellent service, an insider tip. In the heart of Palma. A totally recommendable little corner. So unassuming, so great. The attention of the staff is 10.
- 7 CALIXTO, Plaça, Carrer del Banc de l'Oli, 14. Paella specialty restaurant just sells paella. Meat, fish, vegetables or mixed. Quiet and very friendly welcome. Very pleasant place on a small square. It is delicious. Here you can enjoy a really good meal while sitting under the lemon trees.
Around the Marina Port
- 8 Oh Mallork Bar de Tapas, Francisco Roselló Pintor 4. A cozy and familiar place. A lovely little tapas restaurant. Very good and homemade food. Attention 10. The owner is so friendly and attentive, he makes the experience amazing. A very casual and relaxed atmosphere.
- 9 Restaurante Turco "Urfa", Joan Miró 38, (Local 13). Favorite pizza. Delicious kebabs. Very varied. A popular and busy place. Friendly service. Visited by locals. Rather simple atmosphere.
Plaça d'en Coll is a veritable plethora of bars and cafes, vying with each other on quality and price: the ideal place to visit for a 3-course menu del dia for less than €15 (2011).
- 10 Pesquero, Moll de la llonja (at the marina), ☏ +34 971 715 220. This portside restaurant is a seafood specialist, and also serves local specialties like tapas and platos mediterráneos. It is popular with locals and tourists. Mains €14-20 (Nov 2017).
- 11 A Ma Maison, Carrer Soler 18A (Santa Catalina), ☏ +34 971 919 697. Tu-Sa 13:00 - 15:30 & 19:30 - 23:30. French Tunisian homemade dishes. Recipes can be changed to cater for any dietary requirements vegans, gluten-free, diabetic etc. Average a la carte price €30 (Feb 2018).
- 12 Boira Restaurante, Plaça Francesc García i Orell, 8. They specialize in local fresh food and have something for veggies and also for meat lovers. Nice typical Spanish breakfasts with good fresh orange juice. The dishes are beautifully presented. Nice interior terrace. The 3-course menu is for €15.95.
- 13 La Mirona, Carrer de Sant Jaume, 21. Recommended are the squid with artichokes, the artichokes, Parmesan salad and pork ribs. The menu is not written down and only in the owners head following market’s best raw food available. Keep in mind to book in advance as the tables are quite few. €30-40.
- 14 Marc Fosh Restaurant, Carrer de la Missió, 7. Fine dining.
- 1 Cappuccino Palau March, Carrer del Conquistador, 13 (in a palace near the cathedral), ☏ +34 971 717 272. Good breakfast till 12:00. Then cocktails and salads. Nice, romantic and comfortable. But not cheap. Various breakfasts including "full English" ("Desayuno London") at €12.
- Jah Garden - Reggae Bar, Joan Miro (the road up to Castell de Bellver leads of this one). This bar plays non-stop reggae DVDs on a wide-screen TV. The drink prices are a bit steep (€5 for a bottle of Heineken) but they don't seem to put any one off as people keep disappearing into the toilets at frequent intervals. There is an electronic lock on the front door so you won't get in if the barman doesn't like the look of you.
- 2 Abaco, Carrer Sant Joan 1, La Llonja, ☏ +34 971 71 49 39. The world-famous cocktail bar, set in a magnificent old-town former coaching house, where every Friday at 23:30 (-ish), the classical background music rises to a crescendo and fresh rose petals fall from a hidden balcony above the imposing open stone fireplace. A ceremony not to be missed. Ignore the killjoys who tell you it's a rip-off: true, the bar only serves drinks (no food), frowns even on using the Cappuccino machine, and pushes an expensive cocktail menu on you as soon as you walk through the daunting entrance door. But the cocktails are all made with fresh fruit juices and are huge - or just have a cerveza or a copa de Vino.
The Mallorca high season is between July and September. Book especially early during any holiday weeks or weekends in the United Kingdom or Germany, as Mallorca and Palma in particular are popular holiday spots for people from these countries. Many hotels close in winter so that booking is also advised then.
- 1 [dead link] Hostel Terramar, Pl. Mediterránia, 8, ☏ +34 971 73 99 31. Reviews describe this as a particularly clean hostel with very friendly staff. A guest kitchen is available. Dorm beds are €15-17 per person, and double rooms are €17 per person (€22.50 with en suite).
- 2 Hostal Ritzi, Apuntadors, 6, ☏ +34 971714610. Open in winter, English owned and conveniently placed near the cathedral and with numerous cheap tapas bars around. Single room with shared bathroom €40. Twin room €65..
- Hotel Venecia, C/ Rosal Nº8 Paguera, ☏ +34 971 68 66 12, fax: +34 971 68 66 16, [email protected]. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 11:00.
- Hotel Amic GALA, C/ XABEC , 5 Can Pastilla, ☏ +34 902 400 661, fax: +34902 888 769, booking[email protected]. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Reviews describe this three-star hotel as in a good location near the beach and not far from the airport. It is described as an ideal family hotel with plenty of entertainment and a good distance from local restaurants and activities. Double rooms €69 per night (high season, 16 July - 15 Sept), €49 per night (low season). Cheaper single occupant rooms also available.
- 3 Hotel Isla Mallorca, Plaza Almirante Churruca, 5, ☏ +34 971 28 12 00, fax: +34 971 45 65 03, [email protected]. Well equipped and close to the commercial centre of the city. The facilities are oriented towards business travelers and include Internet access and a fax service for guests. Double rooms with breakfast only €100 per night (high season, July - Sept), €80 per night (low season). Double rooms with all meals €140 per night (high season), €120 per night (low season)..
- 4 Hotel Leman, Avda. Son Rigo, 6 07610 Playa de Palma (About halfway between Ca'n Pastilla and S'Arenal, very nice location), ☏ +34 971 260 712, fax: +34 971 492 520, [email protected]. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Nice, family-owned 4-star hotel, with a very good breakfast and dinner (no lunch) buffets. Indoor and outdoor pools. Only 1 block away from the beach with unobstructed sea views from the 4th floors up. Bus to Palma stops only 70 meters away. Value for money
- 5 Hotel Amic Miraflores, C/ XABEC , 4 (close to Hotels Leo and Linda in Can Pastilla, really nice area and one of the best sandy beaches of Majorca.), ☏ +34 902 400 661, fax: +34902 888 769, [email protected]. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Family atmosphere 5 min to the airport PMI by bus or taxi.
- 6 Castillo Hotel Son Vida Palma, Calle Raixa 2, Urbanizacion Son Vida. Surrounded by an 18-hole golf course called Son Vida Golf. This beautiful, 171 room high rise setting over the city of Palma de Mallorca has private bathrooms, air conditioning, cable television, Wi-Fi, coffee makers, a minibar, spa facilities, laundry, tennis, swimming pool, game room, fitness centre, lounge, salon, and offers parking available on-site.
- 7 [dead link] Linda Hotel Can Pastilla, Carrer Octavi August 2, Can Pastilla (At the airport). A more poular hotel in Can Pastilla. This 189-room hotel, close to the beach, shopping, bars, restaurants, water sports, gold and an aquarium. This hotel offers a lounge, bar, restaurant, swimming pool, sun lounging areas, parking, internet access, 24 hour reception, game room, tennis, laundry service, and currency exchange. Rooms consist of en-suite bathrooms, balcony, satellite TV, telephone, etc. All of these amenities make this hotel an ideal spot for a holiday vacation in Mallorca.
- 8 Hotel Dalt Murada, ☏ +34 971 42 53 00, fax: +34 971 71 97 08, [email protected]. C/- Almudaina. Reviews describe this small hotel as delightful: it is in a refurbished 16th-century building near the cathedral, and the rooms have period furnishings. The rooms have hydromassage baths, internet access and satellite TV. Double rooms from €140 per night and suites from €186 per night.
- Palacio Ca Sa Galesa, ☏ +34 971 71 54 00, fax: +34 971 72 15 79. C/- de Miramar, 8. This luxury hotel goes all out with the rooms: silk curtains, antique furnishings and original paintings are in every room. The facilities are also top rate: private phone line, Internet access, and climate control. Double rooms €278 per night, suites from €332 per night.
- Portixol Hotel (Portixol Hotel), C/ Sirena 27, 07006 Palma (At the end of the Paseo Marítimo on the way to highway, follow the right side by sea. After first traffic light in the small fishing harbour, turn right twice), ☏ +34 971 27 18 00, fax: +34 971 27 50 25, [email protected]. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A small 4-star hotel facing the sea and the small harbour of Portixol, mixing Scandinavian decoration with mediterranean style. Nothing pretentious but offering high standard accommodation. Rooms with views to the sea. €200.
- Hotel Bon Sol, Paseo de Illetas, 30, ☏ +34 971 402 111, fax: +34 971 402 559, [email protected]. A luxurious yet friendly and charming 4-star beach hotel on the outskirts of Palma, with two swimming pools, conference facilities and golf €170-205.
- 9 Gran Melia Victoria, Avenida Joan Miró, 21 (Paseo Maritimo in the heart of the bay of Palma), ☏ +34 971 732542, [email protected]. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Five-star hotel offering guestrooms, Suites, and Junior Suites are affixed with state-of-the-art technologies and accentuated by furnishings that combine both traditional and island-luxury styles.
As of June 2022, Palma has 4G from MasMovil/Yoigo, and 5G from Movistar, Orange and Vodafone.
- Be aware of pickpockets when walking around the centre. They can even steal loose change from your back-pocket!
- If you do stop at any of the many terraces in the centre, keep an eye on your valuables and never leave them alone.
- You will probably find women offering flowers around the Cathedral. They will do their best to take what ever they can from you. If you see them, pass on.
- The people on Mallorca are Catalan, not Spanish. Do not make any jokes about "Catalan just being Spanish spoken with a lisp" or any remarks that could be construed as support for the Madrid government.
- Italian troops were stationed on Mallorca during the 1930s. The Franco regime named a road and erected monuments in their honor. However, the local population were less hospitable and there is still some residual resentment. If you are of Italian origin and this comes out during conversation then don't be surprised if it comes to an abrupt end.
Most areas of Palma are safe to wander around even after dark. Visitors should refrain from wandering alone after dark through the empty narrow streets of the Old Town and El Terreno. The gay and lesbian area of town, the Latter, can be rather sleazy in parts and known to attract drug users.
Remember Palma de Mallorca (as well as the other Baleric islands) is full of club drugs. Extasy, cocaine, marijuana, and more can be found especially in the club scene. Be cautious of drugs like GHB, ketamine, and others which can be slipped into drinks (especially in Sangría found in restaurants). Personal drug possession in Spain is legal (considered to be less than 500 doses), but trafficking is illegal.
Keep all valuables out of sight when sightseeing, such as wallets and purses to be kept in front or hidden in pockets. Any excess cash, cards, passports, and valuable documents are best left in the hotel or wherever visitor is staying to stay safe. It is always safe to take a taxi during late hours, especially if you are alone. Use your common sense to stay safe.
- Take a journey on a vintage train from the Plaza d'Espanya to Sóller. Sóller is a beautiful small-town getaway, and the slow train journey through the citrus groves has magnificent views of the western mountains. Groups can get a deal for about €10, but depending on the day of the week, tourists can make the round-trip day adventure for about €17.
You can then take a tram from Soller train station to the Port de Sóller, located on a large bay. The journey takes about 15 minutes and costs €4 (one way). The port of Sóller is full of tourists attractons and shops, and has breathtaking views from the top of the hill on the island.