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In this Destination Guide you will find information for : Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Alicante

 
CommunityCity 
Madrid Madrid
 Catalonia (Cataluña) Barcelona
 Valencian Community Alicante, Torrevieja
 Balearic Islands Mallorca
 Castilla and Leon Avila
 
Visited Communities in Green

Essential Country Information:

Spain


Capital: Madrid

Currency: Euro €

Best time to visit:Mar-May/Sept-Nov

♦Time Zone: +1 GMT

Phone Code: +34


Must eat: Paella, Tortilla, Tapas

Must drink: Red Wine, Sangria, Beer

Don't miss: "Chiringuito" Restaurants on the Beach!


Number of times visited: "Base Country"


Getting there and transportation: The most common transportation option is by air, with many airlines operating to many Spanish Cities from most European Airports.Main airports are Madrid-Barajas (MAD), Barcelona El Prat (BCN) , Malaga (AGP) , Alicante (ALC) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI).

Iberia and Iberia Express offer a wide range of destinations together with low-cost airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair and recently based Norwegian.
You can also reach Spain by international rail from cities such as Paris or Brussels. Internal Spanish Rail is excellent, having high speed connections through out most of the major cities ranging north to south and west to east.Prices are very competitive and always better to buy in advance except for local trips. For more information about Spanish rail system visit Renfe.
Busses are widely popular to travel in Spain through out the country despite the longer times, for more info visit Alsa.

Weather and temperature: Spain's climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. As it is a big country with varying terrain and altitudes, climate can be extremely distinctive from one corner to another. Overall, the coastal regions in the South and Eastern parts of Spain are excellent to visit all year round thanks to the Mediterranean climate (mild temperatures and long days). Northern Spain generally experiences colder temperatures than the South, while Central Spain stays hot and dry due to its location on a plateau.
The best time to visit depends on the region and type of travel experience you’re seeking. For a beach vacation, the best months for guaranteed sunshine are June to August. Naturally, these are also the busiest months for tourism along the coast and on the Spanish islands, so be prepared for high prices and crowds. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head inland to cities like Seville, Madrid and Granada where temperatures are sizzling (+35/40C) but streets are empty.
The best time to go is mid season, Spring and autumn: from March to end of May and September to November. These are when tourist destinations are least crowded and weather is still pleasant. January to February is the best time to ski, as snow is ample and the sun is shining. Especially in the Sierra Nevada, the sun can be quite overwhelming even in the snow, so come prepared with snow goggles and sunscreen.

Food and Drink: Spain's eating and drinking culture is one of its greatest attractions, and a very sociable one too, with people very close together rubbing shoulders in tapas bars and cafés. The Spaniards take their food seriously, you can find from cheap menus del dia (menus of the day) or elaborate cuisine in gourmet restaurants. An excellent way to understand different facets of Spanish cuisine is to sample tapas (pintxos in the Basque Country): small snacks served with drinks in local bars across the country. They can range from gourmet canapés to simple plates of olives, cheeses and cured meats, and may be charged or given for free. 
Specialities include: Paella, a Valencian rice dish loaded with seafood and chicken or rabbit, saffron and vegetables. Croquetas, fried bread-crumbed fritters with a creamy, potato interior. Cocido, a fragrant and rich chickpea and meat stew popular in Madrid. Tortilla Espaniola, a rich, chunky potato omelette, one of the most traditional dishes and made in different styles depending on the region you visit. Gazpacho, a chilled tomato-based, tangy vegetable soup from Andalucía. Jamón Serrano, one of many cured Spanish meats, finely sliced ham. Pulpo á feira, tender, boiled lobster seasoned with paprika and salt and drizzled in olive oil. Chorizo, a dried pork sausage seasoned with smoked paprika. Bacalao al pil,  a Basque Country dish of salt cod with a velvety white olive-oil emulsion. Albondigas, fried Spanish-style meatballs, usually smothered in tomato sauce.
Spanish drinks are also very popular, and are renowed worldwide. From the thirst-quenching sangria (Fruity red wine with a sweet taste served in a Jug) to bubbly Cava and the sophisticated Rioja wine. Spirits are also famous, like the, Sherry a fortified wine available in several styles: Fino and Manzanilla (pale and dry), amontillado (dry, richer in body and darker in colour), Oloroso (medium, full-bodied, fragrant and golden) and sweet sherries such as Pedro Ximénez.Rioja: Spain’s flagship red wine, made from Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes. Cava, a sparkling wine from Catalonia made using the same method used to produce Champagne.
 
Paella
Calamares (Typical Sea-food)
 
Gazpacho
Tortilla (Spanish Ommelete)
 
Churros with Hot Chocolate

Author's Comment:

Since Spain was my Childhood country, I have lived there for over 20 years. Spain is most noted for it's warm weather, tasty food and calm towns and villages along it's coast line which have become very popular for visitors around the globe. But also Spain has an incredible array of cultural attraction, historic cities with old quarters and buildings, art galleries, museums and even a medieval feel in some cities where you can discover the most pure Spanish culture.  Spain is a paradise for tourists around Europe and now far beyond who come to the country to enjoy the tasty natural and healthy food, great weather, as most of the year it's kissed with clear blue skies. Spain has a big array of interest and reasons to come. For sure it will leave you with plenty of desire to come  time and time again!  

Madrid tourism information: 

Being the Capital of Spain, Madrid offers a vast quantity of options to all kind of people and ages. Mostly Madrid will attract you for being a true representation of what Spain is renowned for: Food and Drink, but the city stands out for it's rich History, Architecture and Culture.
Transport: In Madrid it's very easy to move around it's public transport system. The metro is cheap (€1.50 single ticket) and very convenient with modern trains, air conditioned and frequent. Operating from 6am to 1.30am. Arriving from the airport is fast and easy, take Line 8 from Airport Terminal 1 2 3 to the heart of the Finnancial city (Nuevos Ministerios) in 12 min. For Sol Station (Tourist centre of Madrid) change at Nuevos Ministerios, journey time 30min. 
For more info visit Madrid Metro.
Night time travel  is available in Madrid and offers a wide range of night busses departing from Plaza Cibeles, so no need to worry for getting home after a night out partying! Also the Airport is connected by a bus operating 24H from Plaza Cibeles and the cost is €5 one way and takes 45min aprox. 
Taxis  are available and you will recognise them by being all white with a red line across the side. If a taxi is free it will show a green illuminated light on the top of the taxi and a sign at the front displaying the word "LIBRE" , be aware they are expensive and often surcharge if you going to the airport or have luggage. 
Weather / Temperature: Visiting Madrid is recommended during the cooler months, March to June and September to November. However December can be a very interesting Month to visit as all the streets are lit up for Christmas and Plaza Mayor hosts a great Christmas Market! Winter's in the city can plummet down to 10C or less. However, the Summers can be very hot in Madrid and temperatures can reach 45C during July and August! A recommended bottle of water, hand fan and plenty of sun protection is advised if you visit during this time. 
Lomo Sandwich
Food and Drink:  In Madrid you can enjoy authentic dishes such as Cocido Madrileño, Callos Madrid Style, Calamari Sandwich, Lomo Sandwich  (Pickled Pork Sandwich) Patatas Bravas, Churros with Chocolate  etc...
Madrid is famous for its sea food, and you will find fresh fish caught daily served in its restaurants. National dishes are Paella, Tortilla, Pulpo a la Gallega (Octopus) or Gazpacho, depending of your location they are made slightly differently. Staying late in the city during the evening and sitting outside whilst its still warm is a pleasure Spanish people know how to enjoy, and what best but by accompanied by the traditional snack "Tapas" (finger food served always with bread) and drinking some cold Spanish Beer or Sangria (fruity wine). 
Many restaurants offer Terraces to enjoy eating in the open air but you can also find traditional restaurants offering popular shows like Flamenco Dancing or singing at night. (reservation is often necessary specially at weekends).
Tips: When asking for beer, a glass of beer in not used, instead you need to ask for a "caña" if what you want is a draught beer. Around Puerta del Sol there are many traditional Spanish restaurants offering lunch and dinner menus from €10 for a 3 plate course and a glass of wine! It's value for money!
 
Octopus
 
Tapas
What to see and do? Madrid also offers a great Cultural scene, renowned galleries and Museums (El Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen Museum), beautiful Buildings like Cibeles Palace, Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcala, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Theatre  etc
For those interested in Sport, Madrid hosts one of the most visited Stadiums in the world, home to Real Madrid FC, Santiago Bernabeu Statdium.
Suggestions:To enjoy Madrid the best option is to walk by foot, everything you need to see is in walking distance and there is always a cafe or bar in which to recharge! In Madrid there are several Free Tour Groups  you can join and they explain in Both English/Spanish interesting facts about the city and its history. Check for "Free Walking Tours madrid" online for more info. A walking tour in Madrid can take up to a few hours. Another  alternative is to enjoy the city from the comfort of a roof top bus, you can buy tickets for the tour on Madrid City Tour.

Day trips out of Madrid: There are several destinations not far from Madrid which can make a perfect half day trip. The following places can be reached within one hour from Madrid by public transport.  
  • Escorial Monastery, a beautiful construction from the Renaissance era located north-west from Madrid, surrounded by breathtaking scenery views. To get there take bus 661 / 664 from Moncloa Metro Station (line 3 and 6).Bus duration,1 hour approx.

 
El Escorial Monastery
 
El Escorial Monastery grounds

  • Alcala de Henares is recommended for being the birth place of famous author Miguel de Cervantes. The town is listed in the Unesco World Heritage for it's rich history and archaeology. To get there take bus 223 from Av.America metro station. (line 4, 6 ,7 and 9). Bus duration,35 min approx.

 
Famous Literature Statue (El Quijote)
 
"Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso"
 
Pleasant terraces outside

  • Aranjuez, a town on the edge of Madrid State, where the Royal Family have a Palace and where you will find beautiful gardens and parks. It's listed as well on the Unesco World Heritage site for it's cultural buildings.Take the local train (Cercanias) from Sol Station.(by metro get first to Sol Stop line 1,2 and 3) or Atocha Station (Metro line 1).Train duration,1 hour approx.

 
Aranjuez Gardens
 
Aranjuez Palace

  • Avila, a city actually out of the State of Madrid, but very popular for tourists for it's historical old town located within one of the best preserved castle walls in Europe, built in the XI century. Within the walls, it's possible to walk along the walls themselves for €5 or walk freely around the town admiring the numerous churches, Cathedral with it's museum, cobbled stoned streets, town square, monasteries, cloisters etc. It has some great restaurants as well offering traditional Spanish food for cheaper prices when you eat out of the wall rather than inside. To get there you can take a train from Chamartin Station (metro line 1 or 10). Alternatively and with more  frequencies you can take busses from Mendez Alvaro Bus Station (metro line 6). The trip costs one was about €10 and €15 return. Trip takes 1 hour 20 min direct or 1 hour  45 minutes with stops along the way.  

 
Old Town Square
 
Teresa of Avila Church
 
Castle Walls
Accommodation  in Madrid is very affordable, you can find wide range of prices to suit all pockets from 5* Star Hotels to economic Hostels. In Spain you will find one more type of Accommodation called "Hostal" , they feature Hotel style rooms but without extras, generally smaller rooms and they are run by local owners other than big businesses. Prices can be range €25 per person. 
Recommended duration:  Visiting Madrid city centre can take only a few hours as everything you need to see is close by foot. But to relax, enjoy fully all the city has to offer, visit Museums and attractions, I would suggest to Stay in Madrid from 3 to 5 nights.

Madrid Photo Gallery:

Barcelona Tourism information: 

This is Spain’s second largest city. It's famous for its architecture and artistic heritage from Gaudi.
It's a modern city with beautiful sand beaches and trendy metropolis which combines both sides of what every holidaymaker desires; sun and sea together with culture, art and history. Barcelona grew in popularity after the Olympic Games of 1992 were held here.
Weather / Temperature:  Year round Barcelona offers a warm climate except winter which can be too cold for a swim in the Mediterranean sea! Recommended months to visit are March to June and September to November. July and August is peak season and can be very hot, up to 35C!
Transport in Barcelona: Arriving in Barcelona is pretty simple. From the main airport you have metro (line L9 Sud) and bus connections straight into the heart of the city. Take line 46 from Terminal 1 or 2 to Plaza España and from here take metro to your final destination or walk. Alternatively  you can take the "Arobus A2" which is a little more expensive than the local bus but stops in all major stops in Barcelona city centre.
The metro reaches every corner of the city so travelling around is very easy in this practical city. Streets in the city are organised and long straight roads make it easy to navigate for those who are driving. You will also find good a tip is that by using the local trains "cercanías" you can discover some interesting places to the outskirts of the city.

The metro reaches every corner of the city so travelling around is very easy in this practical city. Streets in the city are organised and long straight roads make it easy to navigate for those who are driving. You will also find good a tip is that by using the local trains "cercanías" you can discover some interesting places to the outskirts of the city.

Food and Drink:  You can find every type of Spanish typical restaurant, from local bars serving home made  "tapas"  to more elegant fine dinning. But for the budget traveller you can find the best deals tucked away in the side streets where local bars offer good promotions and sometimes free food when you buy alcoholic beverages. Typical dishes in Barcelona are "pa amb tomàquet"  rustic Bread with olive-oil and tomato pulp, "fideuà"  nodle based Paella containing rabbit, chicken, and rich regional sausage. "cannelloni" Italian style pasta tubes but It tends to have stuffed with stewed meat. 
As for drink, Beer and wine are not to miss out when you eat in Spain, "Estrella" beer is locally brewed in Barcelona. Other drinks you can find are Sangria and Moscatel, a very young fruity sweet wine.

What to see and do? Barcelona is one of the most artistic cities in the world and can be compared to a live museum in the open air. 
The heart of the city is located at Las Ramblas, from here walking to other main attractions is possible, restaurants , theatres, street markets and the port is all near by.
Main culture points are Sagrada Famiia Cathedral, Park Güell (with good viewing spot), Casa Mila, Casa Batlló, Montjuïc, Camp Nou (football Stadium).
Recommended Duration:  An ideal first trip to Barcelona would last for 3 nights for the city, however there is a lot to see and many attractions, sites and beauty spots are well far from walking distance and it's recommend to go by metro. If you want to explore the outskirts, relax and sunbathe then a week would be perfect. 
Day trip: A nice day trip away from the city is to visit Montserrat. It's famous for its scenery but also for being a medieval monastery built on the side of the mountain. A very impressive site. More info on Montserrat visita. 
Monstserrat and the Monastery within the mountain

Barcelona Photo Gallery:

Alicante Tourism Information: 

This once small city in Spain has converted into a large city attracting thousands of visitors and foreigners making Spain their home country. Alicante and it's region is very popular for foreign retirement and buying property, due to it's lower value compared to other major cities in Spain. There's a huge rental property market here for the busy Summer season which sees large volumes of tourists specially from the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia and even Russia.
Coming to Alicante is a nice day out if you are staying in the area or travelling around. It has a very historic town centre with beautiful narrow streets and typical Spanish constriction styles, with the stone extracted from the area which gives the buildings it's typical beige colour. It's an important port and recreational area attracting plenty of national and international tourists. Alicante offers great food, Paella is very popular and sea food. The city size is ideal for walking along the promenade and the port, discovering the old town and having a swim at the beaches located at the front of the promenade. 
As with many Spanish towns, you will find that many shops and services are limited between 14h-17h, this is for the custom Spanish sleep time "Siesta" , however everyone is eating or socialising in the many restaurants and bars around the city. 

Transportation:  Alicante can be reached easily by plane, train or bus from major Spanish cities. However it can be easily flown to direct from Europe, having multiple airlines offering direct scheduled or chartered flights to the airport for the vacation resorts in the area. (Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2, Wizz Air, Norwegian, Monarch, etc).
When arriving by plane, you can catch the bus C6 direct to the city centre, which passes by a local train station ( Saint Gabriel) or the Alicante Bus Station (for other cities connections). The bus takes just 20 minutes to reach the city centre, for €3.85 per ride. However when coming back it will take longer as it drives along the city back to the airport. (It's a circular line in one direction only).
  Within the city centre, Alicante has 4 tram lines which converge in one station, Luceros. You can buy tickets for single rides, day or multiple rides tickets on the tram itself. The city can be walked easily within the city centre and from the Bus station or the train station. If you need to travel further there are also plenty of busses which connect the outskirts of the city in modern air-conditioned vehicles. Below you will find the maps for Alicante Transport. 

 
Alicante Tram
 
Bus C6 to Alicante City

What to see and do? Alicante has a quaint old town, located around the Cathedral and the Town Hall where you can find multiple narrow streets built with the classic beige stone colour of the area. Eating Paella and other typical dishes is popular in this location with abundant restaurants offering eating out in the streets under big canopies.
  Walking around the old town is easy as many streets are pedestrian, you can find many souvenir and gifts shops around. If you're stay in Alicante is short, or it's very hot it's also a good idea to take the tour bus which drives along many interesting points of the city. The "TuriBus" operates daily from 10h-13h and from 16h-18h. The ride takes 50min to complete the whole city, but the frequency is only every 60min. Not really good for hoping on and off and taking into account the gap between 13h-16h you could be a long time waiting for this bus. It starts from Plaza Puerta de Mar (same as where the Airport bus C6 leaves you) and costs €10 per person.
  The main highlights of the city are: St Barbara Castle, Museo Marq  (Archaeological Museum), Plaza de Toros  Museum, (Plaza de España), Town Hall Square, St Nicholas Cathedral, Mubag Museum, Mercado Central (Central Market), Alicante Theatre, Luceros Square and Diputacion de Alicante. 

 
St Barbara Castle
 
Alicante Port and Promenade
 
Central Market
Suggestion: Whilst in Alicante you can plan a day visit to Torrevieja. It's a typical Spanish town which not only has some good beaches, it also has an excellent street market every Friday morning and some good shops, bars and restaurants. The highlight of the town is it's long promenade which stretches for miles, covering the popular beaches from the town centre to La Mata area. Along the walk you will find many restaurants, bars, beach-shops and souvenirs. You can also find natural cliffs and rocks at the end of "Playa de los Locos" ("Mad Beach") named "Punta del Salaret", where some good photos can be taken. The town specially gets crowded during the evening as Spanish come out to dine, walk their dogs and enjoy the pleasant temperatures at this time of day.
To get there take busses from either Alicante Bus Station or direct from the Airport. They are operated by Costa Azul and take just over one hour to reach the Torrevieja Bus Station. Costs from €4.50 from Alicante and €7 from the airport. Note that the last bus leaves at 21h in each direction. 
 
Torrevieja Promenade
 
Sea Food Paella
 
Punta del Salaret

Accommodation:  Staying in Alicante is not as expensive as other cities in Spain and it offers a better budget offering if looking for relax, beach and good food. Hotels and Hostels are widely available. City centre Hotels can be a bit more expensive and specially by the beach/port front, but the further away you stay the better it will be priced. Average Hotel prices can start at €35 per room. However, it's not really hotels which are popular in this part of Spain, it's popularity for beach holidays and longer stays make private property rental a huge market in the area. If you a staying for a week or more then looking at flats and rental property is ideal as you can get a whole flat. Prices are much lower in the low season (November to March). The best booking agents for private flats can be found on Booking.com  and Airbnb. 

Recommended duration: Alicante is a small city and coming for active tourism will leave you with appetite for more after a couple of days. One or two days is enough to see the city (one night accommodation). However many tourists come here to relax and unwind in the calm beaches and soak up the sun which shines much of the year here. If you want to get a good rest, the usual time which tourists tend to spend is up to a week, including travelling to other towns nearby. 

Alicante Photo Gallery:

Palma de Mallorca tourism information: 

This Island, located on the Balearic Islands Archipelago, is at a distance of nearly 250km from the Spanish mainland. The islands have a Mediterranean climate, and the four major islands are all popular tourist destinations. Ibiza in particular is known as an international party destination, attracting many of the world's most popular DJs to the many nightclubs located on the island. The islands' culture and cuisine are similar to that of the rest of Spain but have their own distinctive features. 
Mallorca, is the biggest of the islands, the capital of the island is located in the bay of the same name and enjoys an excellent climate all year round, known for its sun and beach tourism, it also has an attractive historic quarter. The Cathedral, Almudaina Palace, the Lonja fish market and Plaza Mayor are some of the sites that are well worth visiting. The landscape of the island is full of coves, beaches and cliffs on the coast, and inland you will find typical towns and mountain ranges up to 1,500 metres high.
Transportation:  Arriving in Palma de Mallorca is convenient from the airport with a shuttle bus connecting the city centre and the port, line 1 (L1) operates from 6.00 am to 01.00 every 15 minutes. The trip costs €5. (Residents €1) and takes 25 minutes.If you are travelling to the other side of the airport,S'Arenal area, then the best bus is route 21, which leaves every 30 minutes and costs €5 one way.
Once in the city, Palma de Mallorca has train, busses and metro. The metro is however quite small with only 2 lines. There are no day tickets, only bundles of up to 10 or 20 trips. The main hub for transportation, (Central Station) is Estacio Intermodal, where all the transport modes coincide.
Travelling to other sides of the island is possible by train or bus, but if you are heading into the mountain area, then only by bus. Busses go to mostly all the parts of the island, beaches and bays (they all leave from the Estacio Intermodeal, main station). Busses are comfortable to travel in but the frequencies are limited and stop by 7-8 pm. However renting a car is a good option by it's competitive rates and many providers are on hand to give you discounts on arrival. If you are staying with friends/family and share the expenses renting a car is by far much more economical, as well as having unlimited time to enjoy the natural beauties of the island. 
Within the city centre, it's quite easy to walk around the main attractions on foot with no need of any transport. Below you will find the maps for the Islands transport and the map for the airport to the city centre. 
 
Central Station at Plaza Espana
 
Palma Inter-city Busses
Climate:  It's a Mediterranean climate, typical of the southern countries of the region,with warm weather year round. Winters are rarely cold, with light winds and at times some thunderstorms. However it gets colder in the Tramuntana  range, where brief episodes of snow during the winter are not unusual. In contrast, in the Summer's, the high season, Mallorca is a heaven for those seeking warm seas, beach and relax, as the temperatures can rise to an easy 30C. The feel is quite dry and hot once you go inland as the island elevates up to 1.500 meters.
Food and drink: The culinary offer in the Balearic Islands remains true to the principles of Mediterranean cuisine. Typical dishes of the region are sobrasadaMahón cheese and Binissalem-Mallorca  wine
For dessert, the best thing to have is an Ensaimada, (bread made from sweetened, yeast-risen dough and sprinkled with powder sugar or other ingredients) found in the many traditional bakeries around the island. It's a typical souvenir to buy when you leave from the airport, as they are packed in air-tight sealed bags and boxes. They come in multiple sizes and flavours. 
There are also over 1,000 restaurants in the city, which as well as the most typical dishes, also offer a wide range of cuisines from all over the world, and creations by internationally-renowned chefs. The most popular restaurants are to be found in several areas: the old part of town, on the seafront promenade, Paseo del Born, Santa Catalina, Es Molinar...And here's a tip: if you want to buy typical products like sobrasadas, cheese, almonds, cakes and pastries visit El Olivar market. 
 
Mahon Cheese
 
Ensaimada
What to see and do? Mallorca attracts thousands of visitors from all over Europe, specially from the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia and more recently Russia. The warm weather, relaxed atmosphere and good food help make this island a paradise for a short holiday. There are multiple resorts, as well as many cruise ships come in to dock to Mallorca harbour and let tourists visit the surroundings. The island's fame is not only by it's beaches but also by it's impressive natural scenery and history. 
The city of Palma was once coveted by Romans, Moors and Berber pirates.The old quarter of the city stands inside the 18th-century walls which served to repel pirates and corsairs. Visitors will find old churches, palaces and noble mansions with charming courtyards.
The highlights of the Island are:
  • The Cathedral, built in an elegant Gothic style, it is harmoniously built, despite being so large. It was commissioned by King Jaume I, to be built on the site of the old Mayurqa Mosque. The cathedral has very high vaults; although what surprises the most is an impressive rose window, by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí.  
  • Almudaina Palace, the former Moorish palace and residence of the monarchs of Majorca is currently used as a museum. Its appearance as a Moorish fortress contrasts with the rich ornamentation of the flamboyant Gothic Chapel of Santa Ana that can be found inside.
  • Situated near the Paseo Sagrera is La Lonja, it's essentially an old fish market, which is used for exhibitions today, is one of the best examples of civil Gothic architecture in Spain. Its Solomonic columns and cross vaults are quite unusual for a secular construction.

 
Palma Cathedral
Olivar Market
 
Almudaina Palace
Town Hall

  • Golf and nautical sports, due to the pleasant temperatures year round and ideal setting, the island also attracts loads of golf lovers and fan's of nautical activities and sports.  Golf lovers have five courses (all with 18 holes) perfectly equipped and located in beautiful settings .There are 9 yacht clubs and marinas, which are ideal for those who want to explore the city from the coast and for activities such as sailing or sports fishing. 
  • Especially in summer, many sports are easy to practice with offices located on the beach, sports include windsurfing, kite-surfing, wakeboard, skate, and watch breakdance and capoeira displays right on the beach. There are also numerous sports facilities all around the city to enable everyone to experience Majorca in the most active way. Fans of cycle-touring and hiking will find these are the perfect means of getting around the island, thanks to the network of signposted routes.

It's popular to cycle in Mallorca

  • Natural reserves and landscape, The Sierra de Tramuntana mountains are over 1,400 metres high, with important towns like Valldemossa, Sóller or Deià. This steep mountain range slopes down to the Mediterranean and creates unique bays such as Drach Caves, Cala de Deià cove, Port de Sóller or Cala Sa Calobra cove. Also beyond Andratx we find the Sa Dragonera Nature Reserve. In the northeastern part of the island you will find the Alcúdia and Pollença bays, and the Formentor peninsula - important tourist locations where the pine forests reach the beach. The Albufera Nature Reserve is also nearby. Visitors should not miss a trip to the Archipiélago de Cabrera national park, overlooking the southern coast of Majorca and part of the Palma municipal district. To get there you need to go by bus from Palma city and then take a ferry which costs about €37 return per adult. (Getting to the many bays requires time and transport, therefore if you want to make the most of it, it's best if you rent a car)

 
Drach Caves
Ratjada Bay
 
"Cala Murta"
Look out, "El Colomer"
 
Palma Beaches
Sierra de Tramuntana
Suggestion, visit Sóller: This interesting town has a double attraction. Sóller is a beautiful town on the North East coast of Mallorca. It is 3km inland of its port, Puerto de Sóller, surrounded by mountains, in a fertile valley which it shares with the village of Fornalutx and the hamlet of Biniaraix.
Sóller valley and port are about half an hour from Palma de Mallorca by car. Alternatively you can reach the town/port by bus L211 from Palma for €2.65 one way. There is also a train, but this is expensive at €30.  The valley and the surrounding mountains, “the Tramuntana Sierra” are the favourite resort for people from all over the world,though specially you will many Germans and British, those who enjoy nature walks, culture, water sports and good food, or who simply seek a peaceful place away from the noisy tourism of other popular areas.
The best idea when going to Soller, is to visit the port first before lunch and then take the famous Tourist Tram which takes you to the town of Soller, the trip goes through some great scenery. Get to the terminus stop at the port with good time as the trams get full very quickly. The trip takes 25 minutes for €6 one way. 

 
Soller Port
Soller Tram
 
Soller Port Cliffs
Soller Town
Nightlife:  The Balearic Islands are internationally famous for their fantastic nightlife, and Palma is an example of this. There a numerous outdoor cafés, pubs and bars all around the city which make ideal places for enjoying a drink, and large discos where you can dance to the beat of some of the best-known DJs on the music scene. Many of these nightspots are located on the seafront promenade. All year round you'll find festivals, concerts, plays, dance performances and exhibitions in the major museums such as Es Baluard, where you can enjoy the most traditional culture through to the very latest trends. Palma is also home to jazz (with the Jazz Voyeur Festival), opera (the season in the Teatro Principal).The most typical festivities in the city, such as the fiestas of Revetla de Sant Antoni, Sant Sebastià and Sant Joan, offer performances for everyone and street parades where you'll find it hard to resist the temptation to join in the high spirits and friendly atmosphere.
Accommodation:  Staying in Palma comes at a premium price, as it's one of the most affluent holidays destinations in Europe. Most visitors who come to Palma come with tours and packages which have been organised previously from their respective countries. This might be a good option to consider when travelling with friends /family as it will work out cheaper to buy a package. There are many resorts in the island which offer half or full board catering and a full range of facilities. (Pools, proximity to the beaches, tennis courts, sport activities, tours, etc). For these packages 
Recommend duration:  when visiting the island, most travellers come for the beach, sun and relaxing. However you can't overlook the island's beauty and nature, not to mention the history, art and culture which the city has to offer. To see the city in one day it's possible walking around the main attractions and sights. But if you want to explore the island and take in all it has to offer probably a good 3 days would be sufficient. Take into account that travelling from one side of the island to the other can take up to 90 minutes by car. If you want to additionally relax and take as much sun as you can, a lot of holiday makers to the island in packages up to a week.